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Best drama books to read on weekends

Filled with riveting conflict and dialogue, drama is the oldest form of storytelling. These stories are not only one of the most popular forms of books, they also represent the heights of human emotion and perseverance.

We’ve culled a selection of drama books available from our online bookstore.

The Chain That Binds The Earth by Sean O’Conaill

The book is an inspiriting tale about being covetousness and self-belief in the face of scorn and threat. Johnny Mullan wants to know why bullying happens in school and anywhere else. Margaret Phillips worries over the threat to the Earth environment, and wonders how to solve it. Eddy Li is amazed at crime of all kinds and wants to be a detective. Mary McNevin wonders why there are so many problems and wants to write songs that will help. When these four meet in their first year at their second-level school Iona College, they come to the conclusion that all of the major problems that interest them have a common cause. When they argue their case in a school debate they find themselves opposed by a senior teacher, and are threatened with censorship or expulsion. They discover that their school is itself divided, and are faced with an important choice. Challenged to abandon their own deepest convictions, Johnny, Margaret, Eddy and Mary stand firm – not knowing how this will affect their friendship and the rest of their lives.

A Midnight Clear: A Dog’s Christmas by Walter Oleksy

The book is based on a true-to-life story about an abandoned black Labrador Retriever, Max, who eventually finds a new home and love from a new master at a ranch house from across a golf course. With its wide beautiful meadow, the golf course has provided a nice place for Max to meet and befriend other dogs who become his playmates. By some unfortunate turn of events, Max and his best dog friend find themselves in a conflict with the owners of the other dogs who begin to show prejudice, severing the friendly ties between man and dog. Max and his best friend run away in a blizzard and find shelter in a makeshift house owned by a homeless Hispanic couple located in the golf course. The wife is about to give birth on a Christmas Eve at the small abode — an allegory of The Nativity of Jesus.

December Alliance by Annie Aaron

The book follows the story of Anne Olson, a mother of two boisterous youngsters living in a county. Anne recalls her college days in the past, and looks back on them with a deep longing. Back then, she had plans of showcasing her talents in the future. However, those dreams vanished after she decided to tie the knot with her husband. That event completely changed her life. Our protagonist confides in an old friend from college how her life as a wife and mother turns out fine, but the truth is that it is not exactly as she envisioned it to be.

Ginger by Nina Johnson

The book follows the story of Cord, a multi-millionaire who makes his fortune building technologies that he then sells to large corporations. He also travels a lot with his team of professionals ready to train employees of his corporate clients. Cord then meets Adri at a resort where he is presenting a new product to clients. He realizes that his two step granddaughters are left unattended by their mother. Adri takes care of four-year-old Emmy, who plays with Adri’s granddaughters. But Ginger is left with nobody to watch over her. Cord now wants to take custody of Ginger, but first he must find her biological father. Before that happens, he finds out that Ginger was born with AIDS.

Going Home Again by Louise Hannah

The book follows the story of Louise, a black teenage girl, as she was growing up in the sixties. Her country went to war with Vietnam, while at home she was facing the cruelty of her daddy’s rules. She felt like a prisoner in her own home, so she escaped from her father’s chains. After leaving home, she found out what “real freedom” was like, with no rules from a father or the need to be the perfect daughter. She exulted in the idea of not having to compete for attention and validation. However, for a girl who had never made her own decisions, managed her financials, lived under a liberated environment, or engaged in a relationship with men, Louise finds out what leaving home is like, in a bitter way.

Jay Hogarth

Jay Hogarth is ARPress' resident content manager, responsible for all public-facing information posted on this blog and on the main site.

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