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In the Lonely Backwater  by Valerie Nieman
When Maggie's beautiful cousin Charisse disappears on prom night and is found dead at the marina where Maggie lives, Maggie’s plans begin to unravel. A mysterious stranger begins stalking her and a local detective on the case leaves her struggling to hold on to her secrets. As the detective gets closer to the truth, and Maggie’s stalker is closing in, she is forced to comes to terms with the one person who might hold the answers—herself. “Gripping and graceful in equal measure." -- Art Taylor
Ambrotypes  by Amy Barnes
“Nothing can really prepare you for the people you'll encounter in Amy Barnes's Ambrotypes: little girls with feet made of sugar; alligator babies; wives who grow feathers; fathers made of origami. These stories are surprising, wholly original, and go down easy -- the perfect reading for our current reality.” — Amy Shearn, award-winning author of Unseen City and The Mermaid of Brooklyn
RUSE: Lying the American Dream from Hollywood to Wall Street  by Robert Kerbeck
"Robert Kerbeck has mastered the art of social engineering, or what he calls 'rusing', and taken it to a whole new level." —Frank Abagnale, author of Catch Me If You Can “Kerbeck’s juicy memoir tells riveting tales [with] the thrill of a spy novel. . . Kerbeck bares all of his wild business secrets within the world of corporate espionage” --Foreword Reviews
Television, a memoir  by Karen Brennan
Television is a hybrid collection of autobiographical pieces, tragicomic in spirit, depicting a woman’s life evolving through time and culture.
The World That the Shooter Left Us  by Cyrus Cassells
In his most fearless book to date, poet Cyrus Cassells explores the brutality, bigotry, and betrayal at the heart of current America.
Aunt Bird  by Yerra Sugarman
In Aunt Bird, Yerra Sugarman confronts the Holocaust as it was experienced by a young Jewish woman: her twenty-three-year-old aunt, Feiga Maler.
The Bringers of Fruit: An Oratorio  by Elizabeth Kate Switaj
The Bringers of Fruit: An Oratorio is a polyvocalic retelling of the Persephone myth that investigates memory, code, and relationships.
How to Date a Flying Mexican: New and Collected Stories  by Daniel A. Olivas
“Daniel Olivas loves to tell stories and his writing reflects that joy. Every story is told with a wink and a smile, encouraging you to follow along for the ride. His humor not only brings levity to matters of life, death, and human treachery, but it is also a stylistic choice that Olivas has mastered. These stories aren’t so much about the interiority of its characters, but about the mythical, magical mundanity of our lives—Olivas’s style perfectly expresses this contradiction.” —Maceo Montoya
Late Self-Portraits  by Mary Morris
Late Self-Portraits received the Wheelbarrow Book Prize. The judge, Leila Chatti writes, “These poems sizzle with energy and urgency. I could not look away.” Mary Morris is the author of three books of poetry. Her work appears in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Arts & Letters, Boulevard. She received the 2021 New Mexico Book Award.
The Family Chao  by Lan Samantha Chang
Brimming with heartbreak, comedy, and suspense, The Family Chao offers a kaleidoscopic, highly entertaining portrait of a Chinese American family grappling with the dark undercurrents of a seemingly pleasant small town. "At once a brilliant reimagining of Dostoevsky and a wholly original and gripping story about the passions, rivalries, and searing pressures that roil a singular immigrant family."--Jess Walter, author of The Cold Millions
The Damage Done  by Susana H. Case
“Susana H. Case has written a remarkable tale, poetry you can’t stop reading or listening to. You’re in the late sixties, early seventies, when the Vietnam War protests, racism, and federal corruption are rampant in the U.S. Paranoia stars in this tale—paranoia, which in that era often turned out to be true. And throughout the chaos, the poet’s voice rings clear and honest. A must read.” —Anne Harding Woodworth, author of Trouble (Turning Point) and The Last Gun (Cervena Barva Press)
Lincolnstein  by Paul Witcover
April 1865. General Lee has surrendered his army to General Grant. Yet the Civil War continues. Pockets of rebel resistance smoulder, wanting only a spark to reignite the greater conflagration. The assassination of President Lincoln threatens to supply that spark. But if Lincoln can be restored—resurrected—all may be well. Abraham Lincoln rises unchanged in outward appearance. But inside, he is a different man. One with an agenda all his own.
The Femme Fatale Hypothesis  by David R. Roth
A contemporary suburban-Gothic tale about a woman with a ferocious desire to defy death, her husband’s increasingly futile attempt to deny death, and their reluctant caretaker’s dueling crises of flagging faith and the loss of a sense of place in the world.
Drowned Town  by Jayne Moore Waldrop
In graceful prose, dotted with zingers and surprises, Jayne Moore Waldrop weaves a modern story of reconciliation and hope around this heartbreaking history. I'm impressed by her undaunted plunge into the subject and the compelling fiction she comes up with. ~Bobbie Ann Mason, author of Dear Ann
Love as of late  by Adrienne N Wartts
How do you respond if a loved one you lost touch with suddenly reappears in your life? Love...as of late is a poetic narrative about a man and woman who desired to be together despite the geographical distance between them. Years after losing contact with each other, she discovers he has passed away. As she reflects on memories of their past, grief turns to comfort when the Holy Spirit reveals he has received the gift of eternal life.
Ghosts of America  by Caroline Hagood
In GHOSTS OF AMERICA, on one unforgettable night, a sexist male novelist undergoes a peculiar transformation after being haunted by the ghosts of the women he has miswritten: Jackie Kennedy and Valerie Solanas. Mary-Louise Parker calls Hagood’s work “profoundly unique and honest…somehow executed with an astonishing lack of ego. She will break your heart with her naked sincerity; a masterful, singular writer who sheds light with every page."
Focal Point  by Jenny Qi
Winner of the 2020 Steel Toe Books Poetry Award, Focal Point is a scientist's unofficial dissertation, a daughter's faithful correspondence, and a coming-of-age story. Written while Jenny Qi was a young PhD student conducting cancer research after her beloved mother's death, the collection turns to "all the rituals of all the faiths," invoking Western and Eastern mythology and history, metaphors from cell biology, and even Jimi Hendrix.
Forces  by Lisa Stice
Inspired by great works of visual art, writing, and sculpture—as well as small moments observed alongside her home-schooled daughter and beloved dog Seamus—poet and U.S. Marine Corps spouse Lisa Stice explores the invisible forces and frictions at work in our lives.
Teaching The Way: Using the Principles of The Art of War to Teach Composition  by Steven T. Nelson
“As a teacher of composition and creative writing, I found Teaching the Way to be a revelation. Steven Nelson may cite the aphorisms of ‘The Art of War’ but his goal as a teacher is one of benevolence and motivation. This book will be a boon to all those who seek to inspire their students to use language as a means of expression and empowerment.” Steve Almond, author of This Won’t Take But a Minute, Honey and All the Secrets of the World
A Cluster of Noisy Planets  by Charles Rafferty
Charles Rafferty’s latest collection of prose poems turns philosophical. In A Cluster of Noisy Planets, Rafferty captures the rhythms and patterns of life as a lover, father, and poet, grounding them collectively in the wider perspective of a changing world, the constant turning of the stars and the changing seasons of the New England countryside.
Meaty Pleasures  by Mónica Lavín (Author), Dorothy Potter Snyder (Translator)
A collection of short fiction by award-winning contemporary Mexican writer Mónica Lavín (translated and selected by Dorothy Potter Snyder, Katakana Editores 2021), Meaty Pleasures is the first book available in English by this author. These visceral and daring tales explore the dark and light sides of desire and the fragile borders between parent and child, rich and poor, male and female.
When Your Wife Has Tommy John Surgery and other Baseball Stories  by E. Ethelbert Miller
Much-honored Washington, D.C., poet activist E. Ethelbert Miller delights and surprises us with his deft imaginings and portraits. Ethelbert’s poems play out in baseball rhythm and express the joy of living, despite the bitter challenges in today’s world. These poems define our time and allow us to see ourselves as human through the lens of baseball, family and music.
Sophia's Return: Uncovering My Mother's Past  by Sophia Kouidou-Giles
Written with illuminating insights and a mature understanding of what forced her mother’s decision to abandon their home, Sophia’s compassionate, authentic recounting of her journey will encourage those who search for the truth to persist in seeking answers to life’s unanswered questions.
Outside The Spotlights: Conversations With Unsung Creators Behind the Screens in Hollywood  by Elaine Spooner
Outside the Spotlights: Conversations With Unsung Creators Behind the Screens in Hollywood features 37 profiles of entertainment innovators. The stories are told by actors and producers, studio and game executives, website creators, distribution experts and a music manager. Each spotlights how diverse opportunities for success in entertainment play out over multi-faceted careers.