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      GemmaMedia publishes cultural memoirs for young people and adults, literary fiction, and current affairs content with diversity at its heart.The Gemma Open Door for Literacy imprint offers engaging,unabridged works exploring sophisticated topics in simple language. High-interest, low-reading leveloriginalstories come from best-selling authors and important new voices. Named for the brightest star in the Northern Crown, Gemma explores the brilliance of our shared and diverse experience.

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    • Children's & YA
      May 2019

      Indigo Girl

      by Suzanne Kamata

      Fifteen-year-old Aiko Cassidy, a bicultural girl with cerebral palsy, grew up in Michigan with her single mother. For as long as she could remember, it was just the two of them. When a new stepfather and a baby half sister en

    • April 2009

      The Builders

      by Binchy, Maeve

      Original short fiction by a beloved best-selling author on her best topic relationships. Charming novella from a masterful writer on the power of family secrets. Nan Ryan lives by herself at 14 Chestnut Road. When builders arrive to fix a deserted house next door, everyone expects the worst. But when the handsome workman looks to Nan to help unravel the mystery of the previous residents' disappearance, a strange relationship develops. With family dynamics and crooked developers in the wings, things are about to get very messy...

    • Travel & holiday
      April 2010

      A Secret Map of Ireland

      by Boland, Rosita

      When the award-winning Irish Times' journalist Rosita Boland was a schoolgirl she had--in common with all Irish children--a map of Ireland. Iconic in its pinks, greens and yellows, the Educational Company map was a staple of the Irish schoolhouse. As the author matured and changed, so did the unique country she grew to know first-hand. With deep affection and curiosity, she followed her very own map from those by-gone schooldays to take the reader on a tour of Ireland, a tour like no other.

    • Children's & YA
      September 2009

      Oliver's Surprise

      A Boy, a Schooner, and the Great Hurricane of 1938

      by Cronin, Carol Newman

      Historical young adult fiction on the Storm of '38 by Olympic sailing superstar. Longing to feel closer to his favorite grandfather, Oliver skips school on a sparkling September afternoon and hides out on a tired schooner. When he wakes up on the ways of his grandfather's boatyard and realizes he has been transported back to 1938, he must decide what to do before the dangerous hurricane he'd been studying in school hits. While the main character is a 12-year old boy, Oliver's story, and the story of a powerful weather event, is more than appropriate for an adult audience. The addition of glossary, history of Hurricane of 1938 and NEW history of coastal schooners in this revision make the reading and educational interest high. Oliver's Surprise nicely captures the look and feel of coastal New England in the early part of this century.

    • Fiction
      October 2010

      Fiona

      Stolen Child

      by Whelan, Gemma

      Fiona Clarke, an Irish writer living in New York, has been running away from her past since she left rural Cregora, Ireland, for boarding school. That past finds her, many years later, when her thinly veiled autobiographical novel is optioned for a movie.

    • Children's & YA
      July 2010

      Cape Cod Surprise

      Oliver Matches Wits with Hurricane Carol

      by Cronin, Carol Newman

      Oliver returns! The character we came to love in Oliver's Surprise finds himself on Cape Cod aboard Cap'n Eli's boat, the beloved "Surprise," as a major hurricane threatens to make landfall. In 1954, Hurricane Carol's wrath was felt from the Carolinas to

    • Fiction
      March 2010

      Best Love, Rosie

      by O'Faolain, Nuala

      The final novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Are You Somebody? Like many a modern, well-travelled woman, Rosie has lived a fascinating life, full of adventure and the pleasure of many lovers in her younger years. Now, facing the challenges of middle-age, she finds that the things that defined her most?work, love, independence?begin to fail her. She comes home to Ireland to care for her elderly aunt Min, trapped by circumstances in sleepy Dublin. But when an opportunity arises to visit New York again, the story takes an unexpected turn... Published to rave reviews in France (Sabine Wespieser), Best Love, Rosie became an instant bestseller in Ireland, where it was published to mark the first anniversary of Nuala's death. Here is one last bittersweet look through those fierce eyes at aging, death, relationships and, as always, love.

    • Travel & holiday
      January 2010

      A Yank Back to England

      The Prodigal Tourist Returns

      by Lipman, Denis

      Denis Lipman left London’s East End for Washington, DC more than 20 years ago, but made an annual pilgrimage year after year to visit aging parents, a pair of cantankerous, real-life Cockneys. He endured the visits as best he could. Enter an American wife. Not content with a grin-and-bear-it attitude, she declares that since each year’s trip to England was inevitable, it was to be enjoyed: see the sites, taste the culture, go places! Against his will, our expat becomes a tourist in his homeland and comes to discover it’s not so bad after all. Through new eyes, England is certainly better than he remembered! Enjoy a travel memoir more carbolic than bucolic. Discover a place where the sun rarely shines, where electricity is coin-operated, and where canned beans on toast is a cornerstone of cuisine. Taste the real East End and tour with a colorful, combative and fundamentally affectionate family as they rent cottages, host outrageous relatives, meet the locals and discover the English countryside.

    • Children's & YA
      October 2010

      Dragon Chica

      by Chai, May-lee

      Nea, a Chinese Cambodian teenager, has survived the Khmer Rouge only to land in poverty in Texas. Her small family struggles to get by when a miracle occurs. Wealthy and mysterious, Auntie and Uncle write to say they are alive and well, running a Chine

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      September 2009

      Postville: USA

      Surviving Diversity in Small-Town America

      by Grey, Mark A

      An inside view of a rural Iowa town torn apart by greed, failed immigration policy and misguided view of diversity. Postville (population 2400) is an obscure meatpacking town in the northeast corner of Iowa. Here, in the most unlikely of places, in the middle of endless cornfields, unparalleled diversity drew the curiosity of international media and outside observers. In 2008, however, people who hoped Postville would succeed declared the town's experiment in multiculturalism dead. It was not native Iowans, or the newly-arrived Orthodox Jews, or the immigrant workers and refugees from around the world who made Postville fail. Postville's momentum towards a sustainable multicultural community was stopped in its tracks when the town was crushed by a massive raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on May 12th 2008. 20% of the town's population was arrested, forcing the closure of the town's largest employer, a kosher meatpacking plant. The raid exposed the disastrous enforcement of immigration policy, the exploitation of Postville by activists, and disturbing questions about the packing house's operators. Today, with managers sitting in jail, workers in federal prison on their way to deportation, and a huge influx of new immigrants to fill their spots, the town is attempting to survive a near terminal blow. Grey and Devlin, with more than 10 years experience in Postville, 20 years experience in meat-packing plants and a life time work with immigrant populations, join with Goldsmith, the only Jew ever to serve on the city council, to describe the real events in Postville, which have been subject to misrepresentation in the media and by diversity professionals and detractors alike.

    • Biography & True Stories
      October 2008

      Lola's Luck

      My Life Among the California Gypsies

      by Miller, Carol

      A wild and bittersweet adventure into a world none but Machvaia Gypsies know - Susan Sarandon Gypsies in America are hidden. With estimates between fifty thousand and over a million, the Gypsy population is as mysterious as their ways, and vast amounts of misinformation swirl around them. Lola's Luck peers behind the curtain, past the paisley walls and twinkling lights to find an "expert advisor on love, business and marriage." Lola's Luck introduces a remarkable woman who drew a young anthropologist into her colorful society, changing her life. A true story of luck, kinship, love and an entire world hidden from view, Lola's Luck is a stunning personal memoir of life among the Gypsies of America. Here is a fresh response to the stereotypes that surround a traditional culture trying to keep itself alive in the face of American values. In the end, it is Lola's story-"the story of the world!"-that is riveting. Hand on hip, heart as big as the widest space, a Gypsy, yes, and a Queen.

    • Fiction
      January 2011

      Airport

      by Perseus, Wingo

      On any given day, in any given city, countless people are arriving and departing: to visit loved ones, to close a business deal, to hook up with an old love, to find adventure. Intrepid traveler Luis is trapped in flight delay and has many hours to see and hear and sense his fellow passengers. As he grows more invisible, the kinetic world around him takes on a life of its own. Where can all these people be going? Where in the world do we belong? Part of the prestigious Gemma Open Door Series, originally designed for new readers, these books confirm the truth that a story doesn't have to be big to change our world.

    • Fiction
      June 2011

      Everyday Ghosts

      by Morrison, James

      For two years, Brother Pete has lived as a monk in a rundown abbey on the outskirts of the city. He has run away from his life only to find himself among a group of outcasts and oddballs, from a former child star who's seen better days, to an old abbot who makes no secret of his love for drink and his hatred for almost everything else. It's not exactly what Pete had in mind. Then one day a stranger arrives and throws everything off balance. Soon, it seems, Brother Pete will need to face his own past if he wants to find out whether this mysterious visitor is a danger or a savior.

    • Fiction
      October 2012

      Peach

      by Green, Joanne

      A prom: the climax of lively and painful high school years. Throw in the sexual revolution, a stuttering cousin for a date, and a parking valet dressed like Abraham Lincoln, and looking cool is an impossible dream. The hilarious narrator of our story tries to leave her painful past behind, and find a way to be the free spirit her friends demand. Peach tries, somehow, to be herself.

    • Biography & True Stories
      August 2011

      Guys Like Us

      A Memoir of Life Lost and Found

      by Nolan, Sean

      On a Saturday morning while in his early fifties, Mike Nolan, a hard-living, hard-working, hard-driving lawyer in New Jersey, was hit by a truck on a 40-mile bike ride and given up for dead. But he didn’t die. After months and months of recovery, Mike looked the same as he always did. The only change? He had absolutely no memory. Guys Like Us, like a reverse memoir, is the attempt by his son to tell him who he is through tales of the Nolan family on the Jersey shore and Mike’s powerful career in law. Mike was a fierce man who ran afoul of his own father, patriarch of the Nolan clan planted in Ocean City. The Nolans are people who suffer no fools, take no prisoners, and you had better have a lot of liquor in the house. Three strong characters – Joe, the grandpa, Mike and Sean – dominate Guys Like Us. Add a big old Cadillac that Joe and Sean bomb around in, Sean behind the wheel at the ripe age of eight. Stir in the boardwalks and beaches of the Jersey shore and family feuds, and the pot boils. Sean Nolan does not fall far from the tree. It doesn’t take long for him to realize he has to tell Mike, among many other things, what a jerk he could be. And that dark secrets, long held in a young boy’s heart, are out of reach to him forever. Giving his father back his memory, warts and all, Nolan paints a poignant, often hilarious, portrait of their shared past.

    • Travel writing
      January 2012

      I Married a Travel Junkie

      by Keyser, Samuel Jay

      When he married for the second time, Jay Keyser thought he and his wife would settle down on a bucolic little farm where the cows meet the sea. That was before he found out the awful truth: he had married a travel junkie. While he was envisioning walks along quiet beaches, her sights were set on stakeouts beside Tanzani’s Grumeti River watching crocodiles take down baboons. He didn’t want to come within 6,000 miles of a crocodile, let alone 6 feet. But, somehow, he couldn’t let Nancy go it alone. And so, for the past 15 years, Jay Keyser has followed his wife around this treacherous world. This is his chronicle. Our reluctant traveler did his level best to understand the extraordinary people and places he visited as well as his internal conflict. He gradually began to accept profound differences between his wife and himself. Although terrified by them, he has learned from his experiences, most especially from an encounter with an angry female gorilla, who offered key insight into marriage and human nature. Jay Keyser learned to stop and smell the elephant dung.

    • Fiction
      February 2012

      Pirates on Dinosaur Island

      by Edwards, Mark

      Dr. Christopher Lemuel escapes England on a privateer after he has the misfortune of winning a duel. With his life in jeopardy, he signs on as ship's doctor only to face further dangers on the high seas. The good doctor is wounded in a sea battle, captured by pirates, and reluctantly becomes a buccaneer. Then matters become stranger still when Dr. Lemuel is marooned on an island populated by enormous beasts unknown in natural history.

    • Fiction
      February 2012

      Nude

      by Murr, Naeem

      Albert Butler once wished to be an artist, but scandal destroyed his life. Now old and sick, he takes us back through his troubled childhood, England’s Blitz, and two passionate affairs. Returning to his former London haunts, he confronts old friends who have never forgiven him his sins, and sets out on a journey along the Thames that will bring him to the final and naked truth about himself.

    • Fiction
      February 2012

      Basketball

      by Bledsoe, Lucy Jane

      BJ, a talented college basketball player, lives and breathes the game. For BJ, life means nothing without hoops. Her mother—an abstract painter—doesn’t get it. Or at least she pretends she doesn’t. Everything changes when BJ accidentally discovers her dad, a man who’s been a shadowy presence throughout her life. As if that’s not enough of a surprise, she begins to suspect that two of her teammates, and her best friends, may actually be her half-sisters. As BJ struggles to keep her eye on the ball—literally—her life heads into overtime.

    • Fiction
      April 2012

      Dump and Chase

      by Young, Elizabeth

      Poor Ken. One snide comment about hockey and Kendra, his girlfriend—or “girlfriend coach"—asks him not to call her anymore. How can he win her back? By using his rent money to buy a fortune in hockey equipment and skating with the aging Wildcats. But it’s never that simple, because all of his teammates, Ivan the terrible landlord, Mittens the stray cat, and Franka the sexy scorekeeper are out to get him—all in their own special ways.

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