Empty Stockings

Author: Denis Hamill
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416585540
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Christmas 1963. A nation mourns the loss of its president. A young boy mourns the life his Irish-Catholic, working-class father never had. Rory Maguire is a fourteen-year-old boy looking for a better life for himself and his family in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Harry, had a terrible accident that cost him his job, his ability to walk, and his dignity. His brother, Dermot, is hanging out with a local gang called the Shamrocks, and his two little sisters are growing hungry in the Maguires' frigid tenement apartment. Rory's dreams of becoming a writer seem hopelessly out of reach, as does winning the heart of Carol, the daughter of a prominent Brooklyn lawyer. What Rory needs most this Christmas is a miracle -- and even though he can't bring his hero John F. Kennedy back to life, he might be able to give his father, an ex-merchant marine, the recognition he deserves...and offer his family the gift of hope, health, and happiness for years to come. In Empty Stockings, Denis Hamill captures the romance, strife, and spirit of the urban Irish-American experience. A heartwarming tale for all seasons, it is a gift to treasure and behold.

Long Time Gone

Author: Denis Hamill
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743407105
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Years after a possible involvement in a man's death at the height of the Vietnam protests and his own drug addiction, a journalist returns to his Brooklyn childhood home in the hope of reclaiming the love of his life. Reprint.

Fork in the Road

Author: Denis Hamill
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671016741
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An American filmmaker visiting Dublin is robbed by a woman in a club and he pursues her, falling deeply in love in the process.

3 Quarters

Author: Denis Hamill
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501124609
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Explosive, street-savvy, and authentic, acclaimed columnist Denis Hamill's novels are drawn in the gritty ink that can only flow from the pen of a native New Yorker...and a superbly talented writer. Now, blending sinuous prose with a hair-trigger delivery, Hamill etches a novel set in a mercenary New York—where friends become enemies, cops are corrupted, and some must die, all for the sake of Bobby Emmet was a desperate man, an honest New York City cop, framed for the murder of his fiancée, and given one last chance to save himself—by an unlikely benefactor. Bobby didn't murder his fiancee, Dorothea Dubrow, and then cremate the body—but he has an idea who is responsible. His murder trial interrupted his investigation of a police medical pension scam—and revealed how little he really knew about Dorothea. Now suddenly free, he is imprisoned in a web of corruption, lies, and the kind of secrets people kill for. Beginning his search for the truth at a shady security firm that employs able-bodied ex-cops, all of whom have mysteriously qualified for medical pensions—equal to a cool three-quarters of their salaries—he stumbles upon a startling discovery: the cremated remains that led to his conviction didn't really belong to Dorothea. Bobby has a few allies: his policeman brother, his hacker daughter, his flamboyantly unprincipled lawyer, a cop or two who stood by him through the trial. But the same forces that landed him in jail more than a year before are putting a smothering squeeze on him now—and all roads lead to a powerful politician who will let nothing get between himself and the governor's mansion. As the struggle to find the truth—and Dorothea—intensifies, Bobby begins to suspect that those around him are not as loyal as they appear. His liberty and very life depend on whether or not he can discover how high—and how near—the conspiracy goes before the trap closes on him. At once lyrical and riveting, Three Quarters crackles in its electric setting, reverberating with a "relentless energy" (Lawrence Block) fueled by Hamill's intimate knowledge of and intense passion for New York City.

Strega Nona

Author: Tomie dePaola
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1442449446
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In this e-book edition, Tomie dePaola retells his classic story against a charming musical score. Strega Nona—"Grandma Witch"—is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical ever-full pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. Big Anthony is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden, but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, he recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results.