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Jack Schiavone wants to rebuild his life after an embezzlement scandal saw him drummed out of his high-paying advertising job. So he’s reinvented himself as “Mr. Mattress,” a discount bedding franchisee in Ebbets Beach, Brooklyn. Running a mattress store is a nice, quiet life—until Jack gets sucked into a simmering mob war that pits an ambitious Russian crime boss against a softening Italian don.

How I Lost You
“I always thought we’d be friends to the end.”
Grace and Kya always do everything together, and nothing can get in the way of their friendship. They have a pact: Sisters Before Misters. Buds Before Studs.
Only Grace knows what Kya’s been through, or how much she needs someone to stick by her. No matter what. Besides, Kya keeps life exciting—pulling Grace into things she’d never dare to do on her own. But inch by inch, daring is starting to turn dangerous. And Grace will have to decide how far she can go to save her friendship with Kya…before she ends up losing everything else.

The Marching Morons (The Galaxy Project)
Published more than 60 years ago, this dark and prescient story of a future devolved to idiocy remains one of the most frightening visions to have emerged from the science fiction of that decade. Envisioning a future United States overwhelmed by a citizenry of low IQ (a consequence of the overbreeding of the stupid) Kornbluth was in fact writing of an observed present. The steady, inexorable descent of human intelligence obsessed Kornbluth, was one of his major themes and reached its truest statement in this novelette. The secret masters of Kornbluth’s future are a small population of the intelligent who in subterranean fashion run the country but the “marching morons” overwhelm them and they summon a cynical entrepreneur from the past to help them deal with the dilemma. Weak on technology (a time machine is employed scoop the entrepreneur into their present) the novelette is deadly accurate in its portrait of a society sunk in stupid television, ornate, worthless automobiles and catchphrases which substitute for thought. The denouement is absolutely uncompromising and its utter bleakness is refractory not of a speculative future (which it may well be) but a present which Kornbluth found omnipresent and unbearable. In terms of social statement and extrapolation THE MARCHING MORONS stands with Orwell’s 1984 or Forster’s THE MACHINE STOPS as shattering anatomization of an inevitable future.

Love at Morley Cove
Reine Jonson is in trouble. Not only is her car is falling apart, but her best friend, Deborah, is trying to set her up with the mysterious Stephen Morley, who owns Morley Cove Resort and needs help taking care of his nephews and niece after the unexpected death of his brother. Although Reine is attracted to Stephen, she finds his somber disposition gloomy. She resists Deborah’s attempts to convince her that Stephen is the perfect man but agrees to take the temporary child care position to earn extra money. When Reine begins to research Stephen’s ancestors role in the settlement of the Outer Banks area, she discovers secrets that draw her to this quiet, unsmiling man.
Still recovering from his family’s tragedy, Stephen is having difficulty balancing grief and his growing attraction to Reine.