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Recent Books

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I Used to Be Korean

I Used to Be Korean
by Jiwon Choi

Publisher: Hanging Loose Press
Genres: Poetry

Release Date:
April 1, 2021

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Paper $18.00

Feral Ornamentals: Poems

Feral Ornamentals: Poems
by Charlie Green

Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Genres: Poetry

In Feral Ornamentals, Charlie Green takes the particles and atoms that are our lives, reads them inside out, and gives us beauty that says we are here and that every breath is art, whether we are grieving, loving, at war, or simply watching the snow fall and boiling eggs. “You can’t live in the past, but still you can die there” —read this gift in the present so that we do not die in the past. —Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Release Date:
March 26, 2021

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Paper $19.99

Easy Does It

Easy Does It
by Jennifer Moore

Publisher: University of Akron Press
Genres: Poetry

In Easy Does It, Jennifer Moore’s second full-length collection, the speaker brings the reader on an exploration of multiple worlds: the social, the domestic, and the pastoral, considering the difficult questions and problems of the self—of memory, history, grief, and desire.

Release Date:
March 21, 2021

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Stable Weight: A Memoir of Hunger, Horses, and Hope

Stable Weight: A Memoir of Hunger, Horses, and Hope
by Lisa Whalen

Publisher: Hopewell Publications
Genres: memoir

A story of resilience, empowerment, and the transformative power of human-animal bonds, Stable Weight illustrates that what matters isn’t whether we fall, but that we rise. Free with purchase: book club guide, educator’s guide, lesson plans, and assignments appropriate for high school and up.

Release Date:
March 02, 2021

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Paper $24.95

Flight of the Diamond Smugglers: A Tale of Pigeons, Obsession, and Greed Along Coastal South Africa

Flight of the Diamond Smugglers: A Tale of Pigeons, Obsession, and Greed Along Coastal South Africa
by Matthew Gavin Frank

Publisher: Liveright
Genres: Nonfiction

“Unforgettable . . . An outstanding adventure in its lyrical, utterly compelling, and heartbreaking investigations of the world of diamond smuggling.” —Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Release Date:
February 23, 2021

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Cloth $24.95

Reliquary

Reliquary
by Abigail Wender

Publisher: Four Way Books
Genres: Poetry

In her debut collection, Reliquary, Abigail Wender addresses losing a brother to prison and, ultimately, opiate addiction. The text also considers womanhood, motherhood, and marriage in lyric poems.

Release Date:
February 15, 2021

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Paper $16.95

The Art of Fiction

The Art of Fiction
by Kevin Prufer

Publisher: Four Way Books
Genres: Poetry

In this his eighth collection of poetry (fifth with Four Way Books), Prufer’s career-spanning talent for estranging the familiar—and also for recording the unthinkable with eerie directness—recurs, enhanced and transformed by the collection’s meta-level attention to the role of fiction in our lives.

Release Date:
February 15, 2021

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Paper $16.95

Renditions

Renditions
by Reginald Gibbons

Publisher: Four Way Books
Genres: Poetry

In Renditions, Reginald Gibbons conducts an ensemble of poetic voices, using the works of a varied, international selection of writers as departure points for his translations and transformations.

Release Date:
February 15, 2021

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Paper $16.95

Say It Hurts

Say It Hurts
by Lisa Summe

Publisher: YesYes Books
Genres: Poetry

Say It Hurts grapples with queerness, love, grief, masculinity, coming of age, and coming out in the context of cultural violence rooted in misogyny and familial violence rooted in catholicism. In these poems joy and loss hold hands.

Release Date:
January 23, 2021

Launch Event:
January 23, 2021

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Paper $18.00

Family Weave

Family Weave
by Lee Sowder

Publisher: Torchflame Books
Genres: Poetry

Richly voiced characters tell of ordinary lives with extraordinary humor and tragedy, showing us how not only to survive, but how to celebrate life.

Release Date:
January 19, 2021

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Cloth $13.79
Paper $13.79
Electronic $6.99

More Enduring for Having Been Broken

More Enduring for Having Been Broken
by Gwendolyn Paradice

Publisher: Black Lawrence Press
Genres: Magical Realism

More Enduring for Having been Broken includes stories of children abandoned, forgotten, and ignored, their trauma and the desperate need to survive it. The boys and girls in this collection weather their aloneness in a world touched by the strange and fantastical.

Release Date:
January 15, 2021

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Paper $19.95

Enrique Alférez: Sculptor

Enrique Alférez: Sculptor
by Katie Bowler Young

Publisher: The Historic New Orleans Collection
Genres: Nonfiction

Sculptor Enrique Alférez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, in 1903. After service in the Mexican Revolution as a youth, he emigrated to Texas; studied in Chicago; and, in 1929, made his way to New Orleans, where he left a lasting imprint through his figurative sculptures, monuments, and fountains.

Release Date:
January 14, 2021

Launch Event:
May 04, 2021

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Paper $49.95

Face, A Memoir

Face, A Memoir
by Marcia Meier

Publisher: Saddle Road Press
Genres: Nonfiction/Memoir

At age five, Marcia Meier was hit by a car, losing the left side of her face and eyelid. Over the next fifteen years she underwent twenty surgeries and went on to become a successful journalist. But at midlife her controlled world began to fall apart, and she began a journey into the darkness of her past in order to heal.

Release Date:
January 12, 2021

Launch Event:
January 24, 2021 at 4 p.m. MT

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Paper $20.00

Here Lies a Father

Here Lies a Father
by Mckenzie Cassidy

Publisher: Kaylie Jones Books/Akashic Books
Genres: Fiction

Fifteen-year-old Ian Daly’s moral universe is turned upside down when, at his father’s funeral, he discovers that his father had two secret families.

Release Date:
January 05, 2021

Launch Event:
January 05, 2021

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Paper $15.95
Electronic $9.99

Still Life with Timex

Still Life with Timex
by Elizabeth Murawski

Publisher: Texas Review Press
Genres: Poetry

In Still Life with Timex, Elisabeth Murawski never shifts the focus away from her grief, and yet she manages to incorporate so much more: Argentina, Bethesda, nurse’s aides, Mantegna’s painting, figures from the New Testament, grief counselors, and etymologies. The account of her son’s life and death is rendered in complex, humane, compassionate terms. There is not a word out of place in these twenty-four poems; they speak volumes in their concision. This is one of the most powerful collections I have read in years, and I was deeply moved by it. The title poem alone is worth the price of admission.
—John Skoyles, poetry editor of PLOUGHSHARES

Release Date:
January 1, 2021

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Paper $16.95

Digging

Digging
by Lu Anne Stewart

Publisher: Fat Dog Books
Genres: Novel

An idealistic young reporter in the post-Watergate 1970s risks her life to expose corruption in a small New England town.

Release Date:
December 15, 2020

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Paper $16.95
Electronic $4.99

New World Poems

New World Poems
by Steven Croft

Publisher: Alien Buddha Press
Genres: Poetry

“ Whether conjuring up images of Southern coastal storm-ravaged backyards or the blast of a car bomb in a war-torn country, Steven Croft's New World Poems imparts a sense of palpable earthiness. Life. Scent. taste. Rot. It is what grounds his work, and yet, allows it to rise.” — Tina Ansa

Release Date:
December 09, 2020

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Paper $10.44

Geography of Jazz

Geography of Jazz
by Lenard D. Moore

Publisher: Blair
Genres: Poetry

A poetry collection by internationally acclaimed poet Lenard D. Moore focusing on jazz music as an experience and an inspiration. In The Geography of Jazz, Moore celebrates jazz music and jazz musicians. Some of the poems address specific events. Others honor individual artists. Many do both. While the poems may not initially signal the rhythms of jazz in their presentation on the page, they convey jazz rhythms through Moore’s deft handling of the poetic line and his use of formal techniques including but not limited to assonance, onomatopoeia, and repetition. This collection also includes a new poetic form, jazzku, an innovation that recalls Japanese haiku and tanka.

Release Date:
December, 2020

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Paper $16.95

Lost in the Greenwood

Lost in the Greenwood
by Ellen Roberts Young

Publisher: Atmospphere Press
Genres: Poetry

Poems about unicorns, magic, the importance of an heir—the unicorn tapestries, the world that made them, and the attraction of an era long past.

Release Date:
December 1, 2020

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Paper $20.00

Musing the Margins: Essays on Craft

Musing the Margins: Essays on Craft
by Audrey T. Carroll

Publisher: Human/Kind Press
Genres: Fiction

Musing the Margins examines the influence of culture and identity on the craft of fiction. These essays delve into race, ethnicity, class, queerness, neurodivergence, disability, and chronic illness. The anthology challenges fiction writers to read and teach beyond familiar views, approaches, and voices.

Release Date:
November 15, 2020

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Cloth $20.00

Stick Figure with Skirt

Stick Figure with Skirt
by Cathryn Cofell

Publisher: Main Street Rag
Genres: Poetry

"This book is Dickinsonian in its way of believing in the power of the mind, the internal world, the imagination that always reaches beyond the self." —Jericho Brown

Release Date:
November 19, 2020

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Paper $14.00

My Husband Would

My Husband Would
by Benjamin S. Grossberg

Publisher: University of Tampa Press
Genres: Poetry

My Husband Would is the fourth full-length collection of poems by Benjamin S. Grossberg, winner of the 2008 Tampa Review Prize and the 2010 Lambda Literary Award.

Release Date:
November 14, 2020

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Paper $14.00
Cloth $25.00

Magnetic Woman: Toyen and the Surrealist Erotic

Magnetic Woman: Toyen and the Surrealist Erotic
by Karla Huebner

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Genres: art history, biography

Part art book and part biography, Magnetic Woman examines the life and work of the artist Toyen (Marie Čermínová, 1902–80), a founding member of the Prague surrealist group, and focuses on her construction of gender and eroticism.

Release Date:
November 8, 2020

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Cloth $100.00

The Marksman

The Marksman
by Jeff Friedman

Publisher: Carnegie Mellon University Press
Genres: Poems

Jeff Friedman's eighth collection of poetry, The Marksman, blends surrealism, dark comedy, fable, hyperbole, history, and reinvented myth to explore the question of what it means to survive and live in our troubled times. This is a book of migrations and transformations, of wrenching displacement and redemption. Through its imaginative reach, wild humor, and dazzling clarity of language, The Marksman centers its aim on the broken dreams of our lives, and the tough love that will redeem us

Release Date:
November 7, 2020

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Paper $15.95

Longshot Island: Past Futures, No. 10

Longshot Island: Past Futures, No. 10
by John Crowley, Claire Martin, Elizabeth Klein, Joe Taylor, Arthur Davis, & Sarah Milne Das.

Editor: Daniel Scott White
Publisher: Longshot Press
Genres: Horror, Religion

“She asked God to help her make career choices that would lead to work in theater or TV.” — John Crowley

Release Date:
November 1, 2020

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Paper $6.75

Theorem

Theorem
by Elizabeth Bradfield & Antonia Contro

Publisher: Aubade Publishing
Genres: Poetry Northwest Editions

When the body meets geometry meets the world’s edges, what uncertainties emerge? Theorem is question and answer, proposition and proof. Luminescent images complicate and dissect the speaker’s voice. This collaboration is a glorious meditation on what it means to hold secrets across time and space.

Release Date:
November 1, 2020

Launch Event:
December 15, 2020

Purchase:
Paper $31.95

Wesley Yorstead Goes Outside

Wesley Yorstead Goes Outside
by Stephanie Harper

Publisher: Propertius Press
Genres: Fiction

An agoraphobic man’s sheltered life is tested when he meets a cheerful young woman who delivers his groceries. Startled by her ability to infiltrate the solitary space he has so carefully crafted for himself, Wesley is forced to question his choices and confront the fears that have kept him inside.

Release Date:
October 26, 2020

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Paper $17.99
Electronic $4.99

Colleen's Count

Colleen's Count
by Rick Henry

Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Genres: Fiction

Colleen O’Shea, asked to count the vehicles driving through a rural town in 1933, is interrupted by friends, secrets, and an unplanned pregnancy.

Release Date:
October 16, 2020

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Paper $19.99

Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style

Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style
by Kurt Vonnegut and Suzanne McConnell

Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Genres: Nonfiction

“A rich, generous book about writing, reading, and Kurt Vonnegut as writer, teacher, and friend.”-Gail Godwin. The paperback offers “Practices,” Vonnegut-esque writing prompts.

Release Date:
October 13, 2020

Launch Event:
October 27, 2020

Purchase:
Cloth $32.95
Paper $19.95
Electronic $5.00

After Elias

After Elias
by Eddy Boudel Tan

Publisher: Dundurn
Genres: Contemporary Fiction

The story of a pilot's last words before he flies an airplane into the sea one week before his wedding day.
“ A truly rare and wonderful book.” — Timothy Taylor, author of The Rule of Stephens “Immersive and unpredictable.” — Patrick Nathan, author of Some Hell

Release Date:
October 6, 2020

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Paper $17.99
Electronic $9.49

The Wrong Kind of Woman

The Wrong Kind of Woman
by Sarah McCraw Crow

Publisher: Mira/HarperCollins
Genres: Fiction

“McCraw Crow deftly navigates the campus and national politics of the ’70s in a way that remains timely and pressing today. A powerful, thought-provoking debut.” —Amy Meyerson, Nationally bestselling author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays

Release Date:
October 6, 2020

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Paper $27.99

Listen

Listen
by Steven Cramer

Publisher: MadHat Press
Genres: Poetry

Listen shines light on the sympathies and sadnesses of illness and the riches of a life deeply attuned to the fragile self and the world the self passes through. This is a marvelous book by a poet in top form.” —Kevin Prufer

Release Date:
October 01, 2020

Launch Event:
November 05, 2020

Purchase:
Paper $19.95

By Broad Potomac's Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation's Capital

By Broad Potomac's Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation's Capital
by Kim Roberts

Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Genres: Poetry

A comprehensive anthology of 132 poets, well-known and overlooked, who lived in Washington, DC from the city’s founding in 1800 to 1930. The book celebrates women poets, working class poets, and poets of color, including a significant number of poets born enslaved. "Impeccable research."

Release Date:
October 1, 2020

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Paper $27.95
Electronic $27.95

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