The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati

Grades 9-12. Catherine knows her emotional level will zero out again and that she’ll need to kill herself to ease the pain from her depression. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she feels a nagging hopelessness knowing she’ll have to live with the illness all her life, and worries she’ll never have friends again. Things gradually begin…

River of Ink by Paul M.M. Cooper

Epic Entendre • River of Ink by Paul M.M. Cooper • Bloomsbury USA; New York. 304 pages. bloomsburyusa.com paulmmcooper.com. Available as hardcover, digital book, Audible, and MP3 CD. History tells stories and those stories about change, upheaval, or oppression should be compelling, as should historical fiction. What often makes them compelling are the words used…

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Shoutout! A.J. Fikry is a bookseller and a cantankerous, persnickety one at that. Since his beloved wife Nic died in a car accident, “cantankerous” and “persnickety” have earned capital letters. If you looked up the term “literary curmudgeon”, you would, of course, find A.J’s picture. The only thing he enjoys (aside from short stories) is…