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Decade of the Brain: Poems  by Janine Joseph

01/17/2023

In the deeply personal Decade of the Brain: Poems, Janine Joseph writes of a newly-naturalized American citizen who suffers from post-concussive memory loss after a major auto accident. The collection is an odyssey of what it means to recover in the aftermath of trauma and traumatic brain injury. Through connected poems, buckling and expansive syntax, ekphrasis, and conjoined poetic forms, Decade of the Brain remembers and misremembers hospital visits, violence and bodily injury, intimate memories, immigration status, family members, and the self.


The Dream Builders  by Oindrila Mukherjee

01/10/2023

After living in the US for years, Maneka Roy returns home to India to mourn the loss of her mother and finds herself in a new world. The booming city of Hrishipur where her father now lives is nothing like the part of the country where she grew up, and the more she sees of this new, sparkling city, the more she learns that nothing—and no one—here is as it appears. Ultimately, it will take an unexpected tragic event for Maneka and those around her to finally understand just how fragile life is in this city built on aspirations.


Dreaming on the Page  by Tzivia Gover

01/03/2023

"Accessible and unfailingly encouraging, Dreaming on the Page proves that dreaming and writing are for everyone--and that when you combine the two, the result can be truly magical." --Brooke Warner, She Writes Press Packed with informative essays, writing prompts, and more, Dreaming on the Page is a guidebook for writers of all genres, from casual journal-keepers to experienced authors--and or all creative souls, whether you remember your dreams--or not.


Not the Camilla We Knew: One Woman's Path from Small-Town America to the Symbionese Liberation Army  by Rachael Hanel

12/13/2022

During this time of mounting unrest and violence, Camilla Hall’s story is of urgent interest for what it reveals about the forces of radicalization. But as Rachael Hanel ventures further into Camilla’s past, searching out the critical points where character and cause intersect, her book becomes an intriguing, disturbing, and deeply moving journey into the dark side of America’s promise.


Weather Report: A 90-day journal for reflection and well-being, with the aid of the Beaufort Wind Scale  by Margaret O'Brien

12/09/2022

This journal offers you the space and the tools to pause and take stock of how you are on a daily basis. It uniquely uses the Beaufort Wind Scale as a tool to scaffold your reflections and monitor your inner weather. You will also find here a daily invitation to notice beauty in your day and the opportunity for a guided weekly reflection.


THE GOLDEN LAND  by Elizabeth Shick

12/06/2022

A debut novel that digs deep into the complexities of family history and relationships. When Etta's grandmother dies, she is compelled to travel to Myanmar to explore complicated adolescent memories of her grandmother's family and the violence she witnessed there. Full of rich detail and complex relationships, The Golden Land explores those personal narratives that might lie beneath the surface of historical accounts.


Nature's Olympics  by Janet Ruth Heller

11/30/2022

Nature's Olympics offers concise poems about the natural world, including plants, animals, and birds. This book focuses on the flora and fauna of the Midwest. Nature's Olympics has four sections dedicated to the different seasons: summer, autumn, winter, and spring. Poetic forms include haiku, tanka, sonnets, and free verse.


A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing: A Memoir Across Three Continents  by Mary-Alice Daniel

11/29/2022

A poetic coming-of-age memoir that probes the legacies and myths of family, race, and religion—from Nigeria to England to America. Mary-Alice Daniel’s family moved from West Africa to England when she was a very young girl, leaving behind the vivid culture of her native land in the Nigerian savanna. They arrived to a blanched, cold world of prim suburbs and unfamiliar customs. So began her family’s series of travels across three continents in search of places of belonging.


Arrhythmias  by Angelina Muñiz-Huberman and D. P. Snyder

11/18/2022

A powerful collection of essays by one of the most unique voices in contemporary literature and the author of 50 books of poetry, stories, essays, and works in translation, Arrhythmias is a deep dive into the difficulty of being an artist in a world at war, memory, and the refugee experience in engaging prose and a uniquely poetic literary style. Translator D. P. Snyder is a bilingual writer and translator of hispanic literature, especially work by and about women.


The Cyclone Release  by Bruce Overby

11/15/2022

It’s the late 90s Internet boom, and Brendon Meagher has just lost his wife Sadie in a freakish car accident at the edge of Silicon Valley. The Cyclone Release follows Brendon as he emerges from tragedy and lands in a pre-IPO start-up that promises astonishing riches. Mo Gramercy, a bright and commanding colleague with her own deep secret, joins Brendon, disrupts his malaise, and takes him as her lover. They careen toward IPO millions, their secrets suddenly converging, and both are shaken without mercy from bucolic notions of work, life, and impending fortune.


Refraction  by Bruce Rettig

11/15/2022

Refraction recounts the experience of working in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, a remote Arctic outpost and home to the largest oilfield in North America. It provides an intimate insight into the power of Big Oil, dangers of an industrial environment, living with fellow laborers in an isolated work camp, and growing threats posed by climate change. Under the shadow of the cold war of the 80s, Refraction takes the reader on a four-year adventure. It is the story of one person’s journey, told in a series of reflections on a time spent living in a frozen wasteland.


Stories No One Hopes Are About Them  by A. J. Bermudez

11/14/2022

At once playfully dark and slyly hopeful, Stories No One Hopes Are about Them explores convergences of power, privilege, and place. Characters who are ni de aqui?, ni de alla?—neither from here nor there—straddle competing worlds, disrupt paradigms, and transition from objects of other people’s stories to active subjects and protagonists of their own. Narratives of humanity and environment entwine with nuanced themes of colonization, queerness, and evolution at the forefront.


Dancing with the Muse in Old Age  by Priscilla Long

11/08/2022

Uses current science to present old age as a potentially happy, creative, and productive time. Numerous models—including especially but not entirely elders in the arts—illustrate the possibilities.


We Take Our Cities with Us: A Memoir  by Sorayya Khan

11/07/2022

A Pakistani-Dutch writer’s multicultural memoir of grief and immigrant experience that illuminates the complexities of identity and inheritance in a global world.


Our Echo of Sudden Mercy  by Hari Alluri

11/02/2022

Our Echo of Sudden Mercy searches for the tenuous places where grief and joy entwine. At turns meditative, irreverent, and tender, the poems trace these threads through multiple forms of loss by encountering and moving through the everyday. Here, attentive to the ode in downbeats of lament, Alluri finds a restorative poetry: that the incantatory in the fragmented can be heard as a form of wholeness, that displacement can become a way of being in the world, one which holds and is held by listening, by care and collaboration.


WEIRD GIRLS: WRITING THE ART MONSTER  by Caroline Hagood

11/01/2022

A combination of memoir, cultural critique, and manifesto, Weird Girls traces the art monster—the writer, often coded monstrous and male, single-mindedly dedicated to the work—from ancient myth to modern literature and pop culture to ask: what happens when the art monster is a woman and/or mother? And what’s the connection between creativity and monstrosity? Told in brief, thoughtful, drolly charming chapters, Weird Girls offers a groundbreaking take on art, motherhood, and of course the art monster.


The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn  by Amber A. Logan

10/25/2022

An adult retelling of the classic children’s book The Secret Garden about an American woman who, while grieving her mother’s death, travels to Japan to photograph a dilapidated inn only to find herself mysteriously tied to the inn’s haunted past.


How to Write a Novel in 20 Pies: Sweet & Savory Secrets for Surviving the Writing Life  by Amy Wallen & Emil Wilson

10/18/2022

As a novelist, memoirist, and teacher, Amy Wallen has quite a few irreverent and informative things to say about the writing world. In How to Write a Novel in 20 Pies, she shares her secrets on how to survive the hard knocks of writing a book and trying to get published—which (spoiler alert) include many obligatory pie breaks. Combined, the stories, lessons, images, and recipes will provide encouragement and camaraderie for the writing journey, from putting pen to page, to finding an agent, to celebrating publication—all with a piece of pie.


Essentially  by Richard Terrill

10/15/2022

Funny, clear-eyed, and occasionally gut-punchingly vulnerable and heartfelt, writer and jazz musician Richard Terrill casts a wide net in these essays and is certain that something in the catch will appeal to your appetites. For past work, Terrill has won the Associated Writing Programs Award for Nonfiction and the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. "This is a book I love"--Bret Lott


Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir  by Deborah A. Miranda

10/12/2022

“Bad Indians stands out as a classic quintessentially Indigenous memoir. It is a powerful text that demonstrates, through a merging of personal storytelling, history, and gathering of testimony, a meta-story of generational trauma and triumph. It is the best book of its kind and will continue to be an essential text in California, national, and world history.” Joy Harjo, 23rd United States poet laureate, author of Poet Warrior and An American Sunrise


Saturnalia  by Stephanie Feldman

10/11/2022

During a winter solstice carnival, fortune-teller and social outcast Nina discovers secret societies battling for power and becomes custodian of a horrifying secret—and the target of a mysterious hunter. As she flees through an alternate Philadelphia balanced between celebration and catastrophe, through parades, worship houses, museums, and the place she once called home, she must confront her past to take charge of her own—and perhaps everyone’s—future.


Nothing Special  by Desiree Cooper, Bec Sloane

10/10/2022

Illustrated entirely of repurposed textiles, Nothing Special celebrates the enduring connection between the generations who stayed in the South and the millions of emigrants for whom it will always be home. Between 1910 and 1970, more than six million African Americans left the Jim Crow South, but they never forgot the culture, the land, and the family they left behind. In the decades since, it has become a summer ritual for many black families to reverse the journey and return South for a visit to their homeplaces.


This Way Back  by Joanna Eleftheriou

10/01/2022

Joanna Eleftheriou’s collection This Way Back offers a series of essays that both stand alone and form a larger narrative about immigration, bicultural identity, sexual orientation, and the pull of a landscape. These lovely and moving essays are nostalgic, complex, and thoughtful, with sentences you will underline and return to and that will sear you with their beauty. --Sonya Huber


Dreams Under Glass  by Anca L. Szilágyi

09/27/2022

As the economy collapses in 2008 New York City, recent art school graduate Binnie takes a job as a paralegal to pay the bills. As her art projects languish, she obsessively imagines her daily grind expressed in unsettling and sometimes violent dioramas. Somehow, someday, she’ll find the time to construct them. In the meantime, she’ll walk this unsatisfying tightrope between financial stability and the life of a working artist. But after a shocking and surreal death occurs at the law firm, Binnie wonders if her frustration is pushing her darkest imaginings into life.


Interrogation of Morning  by Lisa C. Taylor

09/24/2022

Lisa C. Taylor's new book of poems is a stellar marriage of close observation and an energetic imagination. Exploring what she calls "Love's geometry", Taylor maps out a territory of beginnings and elegies, of questions and paradoxes. (Annie Deppe) This newest collection creates and bravely explores the boundaries between predator and prey, between warning and transformation. Taylor's poems carve images from a chaotic world. (David Morse)


So Tall It Ends in Heaven  by Jayme Ringleb

09/20/2022

With lush and deeply intimate language, Jayme Ringleb’s debut collection So Tall It Ends in Heaven explores sexuality, estrangement, and the distances we travel for love.


The Lost Women of Azalea Court  by Ellen Meeropol

09/13/2022

On a chilly November morning, eighty-eight-year-old Iris Blum goes missing from Azalea Court, a six-bungalow development on the grounds of a long-closed state mental hospital. Her husband, Asher Blum, was the last head psychiatrist at the hospital and is suspected of being involved in Iris's disappearance. When the searches and interviews come up empty, the neighbor women dig into the past. Lexi, the neighbor women, a homeless woman who befriends Iris, and Detective McPhee uncover the ghosts, secrets, and lies of the past; together, they narrate this story.


Water Signs  by Liz Kellebrew

09/13/2022

Written while riding the ferry across Puget Sound, Liz Kellebrew's poems explore the liminal places between cities and forests, animals and people, the sky and the sea. This gorgeous and impactful debut gazes unflinchingly at the twin crises of climate change and human hubris.


Little Palace  by Adam J. Gellings

09/10/2022

In his debut poetry collection Little Palace, Adam Gellings gives readers a perfect example of that often-repeated but rarely achieved instruction: “show, don’t tell.” These sophisticated poems wander through the busy streets of Paris, past quiet courtyards full of flowers, into a kitchen that smells of fresh-baked bread. This metropolitan yet nostalgic collection brings the reader into new places and experiences while reminding them of familiar truths about human connection, the fugitive feeling of travel, and the universality of art.


Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc.  by Ash Bishop

09/06/2022

When Russ Wesley finds an unusual artifact in his grandfather’s collection of rare antiquities, the last thing he expects is for it to draw the attention of a ferocious alien from a distant planet. “This book is so much fun it ought to be illegal in all known galaxies. Ash Bishop has written a wildly imagined, deeply felt, swashbuckling page turner. I loved it.” —Jesse Kellerman, New York Times bestselling author of The Burning


IF I SURVIVE YOU  by Jonathan Escoffery

09/06/2022

In the 1970s, Topper and Sanya flee to Miami as political violence consumes their native Kingston. But America is far from the promised land. Excluded from society as Black immigrants, the family pushes on through Hurricane Andrew and the 2008 recession, living in a house so cursed that the pet fish launches itself out of its own tank rather than stay. But even as things fall apart, the family remains motivated, often to its own detriment, by what their younger son, Trelawny, calls “the exquisite, racking compulsion to survive.”


If This Were Fiction: A Love Story in Essays  by Jill Christman

09/01/2022

If This Were Fiction is a love story—for Jill Christman’s long-ago fiancé, who died young in a car accident; for her children; for her husband, Mark; and ultimately, for herself. In this collection, Christman takes on the wide range of situations and landscapes she encountered on her journey from wild child through wounded teen to mother, teacher, writer, and wife. Playing like a lively mixtape in both subject and style, If This Were Fiction focuses an open-hearted, frequently funny, clear-eyed feminist lens on Christman’s first fifty years and sends out a message of love, power, and hope.


Field of Everlasting  by Kristine Rae Anderson

08/22/2022

The poems in Field of Everlasting consider what endures in one's life. What, after all, do we hold on to, and what holds on to us?


Benefit Street  by Adria Bernardi

08/16/2022

Set in an unnamed country in a troubled region evocative of southeast Europe, Benefit Street, which was awarded the 2021 FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, follows a group of women whose lives have been disrupted by intertwined events. Against the backdrop of the gentle knocking and thrumming emanating from a loom as the main character Siva’s mother weaves masterful, complex rugs, the narrative loops and weaves between scenes of the friends gathering at the café, and through the overlapping shadows of war and change, friendship and separation, loyalty and betrayal, exile and home.


tender gravity  by Marybeth Holleman

08/09/2022

tender gravity charts Holleman’s quest for relationship to the more-than-human, navigating her childhood in North Carolina to her life in Alaska. Always the focus is on what is found by attention to the world beyond her own human skin, as she negotiates loss. Inevitably, solace is found in the wild. We hear in Holleman’s immersion clear reverberations of Mary Oliver, Linda Hogan, Walt Whitman. These poems of grief and celebration pulse in and out, reaching to the familiar moon and out to orphan stars, pulling close to a small brown seabird, a tiny bog plant.


LESSONS LEARNED: A POET'S LIFE: A COLLECTION OF POETRY PROSE & WISDOM LIFE CHANGING LESSONS TO INSPIRE ENCOURAGE AND EMPOWER YOU!  by Loretta La-Rue' Duncan-Fowler

08/07/2022

Ready to be Inspired, Encouraged, and Empowered? Lessons Learned: A Poet’s Life is the book for you! New York Times and Amazon Best Selling Author Loretta (La-Rue’) Duncan-Fowler takes you on a journey into her life with Poetry, Prose, Biblical Truths, and true-life experiences that will entertain and enlighten you and leave you with nuggets of wisdom to help you while you’re on this journey called life.


Bad Mothers, Bad Daughters  by Maya Sonenberg

08/01/2022

In these dense and startling stories, Maya Sonenberg telescopes seasons, decades, and generations in candid depictions of women’s family lives.


The Puppeteer's Daughters   by Heather Newton

07/25/2022

At his 80th birthday party, renowned puppeteer Walter Gray surprises his three daughters with an announcement that there is a fourth. A torn paternity test, and a will that places a condition on each daughter’s inheritance, suggest that the missing daughter isn’t a figment of his dementia. In searching for the fourth daughter and struggling to meet the conditions of their father’s will, the sisters must confront and renegotiate their relationships with their father and each other.


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