New & Noteworthy Books

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Posted on June 17, 2010

(made) cover(made)

Poetry by Cara Benson

BookThug, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-897388-56-3

Paperback: 63pp; $17.00

From the back of the book: "These prose poems / juxtaposing the individual / intertwine / objects and occurrences repeatedly / a cosmological chronology / inhabits." //


The Best of (What's Left of) Heaven coverThe Best of (What's Left of) Heaven

Poetry by Mairead Byrne

Publishing Genius, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0982081358

Paperback: 208pp; $14.95

This 208-page collection is a book translation of Heaven, Mairead Byrne's poetry blog, begun in 2003.


Brazil coverBrazil

A Novella

Fiction by Jesse Lee Kercheval

CSU Poetry Center, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-880834-86-2

Paperback: 126pp; $9.95

Winner of the Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Contest, Selected by Josip Novakovich


Clamor coverClamor

Poetry by Elyse Fenton

CSU Poetry Center, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-880834-89-3

Paperback: 77pp; $15.95

Winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize, selected by D.A. Powell //


Clara and Merritt coverClara and Merritt

Fiction by Peter Donahue

Wordcraft of Oregon, June 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-877655-66-1

Paperback: 288pp; $15.00

Encompassing the West Coast labor movement, the rise of McCarthyism, the Northwest School of Art, and much more, this multi-layered novel explores how people reckon with the larger forces of world events in their everyday lives. //


The Dance Boots coverThe Dance Boots

Fiction by Linda Legarde Grover

Univ of Georgia Press, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8203-3580-3

Hardcover: 149pp; $24.95

Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction


Every Natural Fact coverEvery Natural Fact

Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting

Nonfiction by Amy Lou Jenkins

Holy Cow! Press, June 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9823545-1-3

Paperback: 180pp; $14.95

A July, 2010 Midwest Connections Pick from the Midwest Booksellers Association //


Forty Wolves coverForty Wolves

Fiction by Mark Jacobs

Talisman House, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-58498-074-2

Paperback: 255pp; $19.95

Riots, kidnapping, and murder link the fates of Americans and Turks in a storm of menacing religious extremism.


Gentlemen Preferred Dry Flies coverGentlemen Preferred Dry Flies

The Dry Fly and the Nymph,
Evolution and Conflict

Nonfiction by William C. Black

Univ of New Mexico Press, June 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8263-4795-4

Paperback: 302pp; $19.95

Fly-fishing history details long debate on relative merits of dry or wet flies. //


Meeks coverMeeks

Fiction by Julia Holmes

Small Beer Press, July 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-931520-65-2

Paperback: 192pp; $16.00

Meeks portrays a world at once hilarious and disquieting, in which frustrated revolutionaries and hopeful youths suffer alongside the lost and the condemned, just for a chance at the permanent bliss of marriage... //


Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush coverMr. Mendoza's Paintbrush

Graphic Novel by Luis Alberto Urrea

Cinco Puntos Press, June 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-933693-23-1

Paperback: 64pp; $17.95

Be careful growing up in the green, wet, mango-sweet Mexican village of Rosario, where dead corpses rise up out of the cathedral walls during July when it always floods; where vast silver mines beneath the town occasionally collapse causing a whole section of the village to drop out of sight; where a man with a paintbrush, to wit Mr. Mendoza, is the town’s self-appointed conscience.


Please Come Back to Me coverPlease Come Back To Me

Fiction by Jessica Treadway

Univ of Georgia Press, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8203-3584-1

Hardcover: 238pp; $24.95

Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction //


Skin, Inc. coverSkin, Inc.

Identity Repair Poems

Poetry by Thomas Sayers Ellis

Graywolf Press, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-567-8

Hardcover: 176pp; $23.00

Skin, Inc. is Thomas Sayers Ellis's big, ambitious argument in sound and image for an America whose identity is in need of repair.


The Smaller Half coverThe Smaller Half

Poetry by Marc Rahe

Rescue Press, June 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9844889-0-2

Paperback: 75pp; $14.00

This collection of poems is the debut publication of Rescue Press. //



Stranger Here Below coverStranger Here Below

Fiction by Joyce Hinnefeld

Unbridled Books, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-60953-004-4

Hardcover: 288pp; $24.95

This is a novel about three generations of women and the love that makes families where none can be expected. //


New & Noteworthy Books

Full list of new & noteworthy books received


June 17, 2010


The Loudest Voice Volume 1, Ed. Amaranth Borsuk, Bryan Hurt, Genevieve Kaplan, Figueroa Press


Children's/YA Fiction

Saltypie, Tim Tingle, Cinco Puntos Press //



Bliss Inc., Ron Burch, BlazeVOX [books] //

Brazil, Jesse Lee Kercheval, CSU Poetry Center

Clara and Merritt, Peter Donahue, Wordcraft of Oregon //

The Dance Boots, Linda Legarde Grover, Univ of Georgia Press

Forty Wolves, Mark Jacobs, Talisman House, Pub

The Gravedigger, Rob Magnuson Smith, Univ of New Orleans Press //

Meeks, Julia Holmes, Small Beer Press //

Please Come Back To Me, Jessica Treadway, Univ of Georgia Press //

Snaketown, Kathleen Wakefield, CSU Poetry Center //

Stranger Here Below, Joyce Hinnefeld, Unbridled Books //



Codex Danier, Dan Rhett


Graphic Novel

Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush, Luis Alberto Urrea, Cinco Puntos Press



Every Natural Fact, Amy Lou Jenkins, Holy Cow! Press //

Gentlemen Preferred Dry Flies, William C. Black, Univ of New Mexico Press //

Green Fields, Rob Magnuson Smith, Univ of New Orleans Press //



(made), Cara Benson, BookThug //

Bar Napkin Sonnets, Moira Egan, The Ledge //

The Best of (What's Left of) Heaven, Mairead Byrne, Publishing Genius

Clamor, Elyse Fenton, CSU Poetry Center //

Death-Defying Acts, Erin Keane, WordFarm //

The Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney, Trans. Chad Sweeney, Forklift, Ink //

Skin, Inc., Thomas Sayers Ellis, Graywolf Press

The Smaller Half, Marc Rahe, Rescue Press //

You Don't Know What You Don't Know, John Bradley, CSU Poetry Center //

Z213: EXIT, Dimitris Lyacos, Shoestring Press //

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