New & Noteworthy Books

New Books from Independent &
University Presses

See full list of noteworthy books by category below

Posted on October 14, 2010


absolute bob coverabsolute bob

Poetry by Anne Portugal

Translated from the French by Jennifer Moxley

Burning Deck Press, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-936194-02-5

Paperback: 120pp; $14.00

From back cover: bob (joker, operator, bundle of energy?) is let loose in the circuits in the manner of a video game. He tests the ways a poem inhabits sense or nonsense, speeds or slows, slides into forms or undoes them. //


Answer to an InquiryAnswer to an Inquiry

Drama by Robert Walser

Translated by Paul North

Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-933254-74-6

Hardcover: 64pp; $20.00

From website: A short work written in the form of a letter. Walser assumes the voice of a great man of the theater responding to an aspiring actor's request for advice.


Bolitas de Oro coverBolitas de Oro

Poems of My Marble-Playing Days

Poetry by Nasario Garcia

Univ of New Mexico Press, July 2010

ISBN-10: 978-0-8263-4791-6

Hardcover: 126pp; $24.95

Written first in Spanish, then translated to English, these poems paint Garcia’s young life and the lives of his family members and neighbors in west central New Mexico in the mid-twentieth century. //


The Dihedrons Gazelle-Dihedrals Zoom coverThe Dihedrons Gazelle-Dihedrals Zoom

Cross-Genre Prose by Leslie Scalapino

Post-Apollo Press, August 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0942996-72-2

Paperback: 176p; p$29.00

The Dihedrons Gazelle-Dihedrals Zoom, in short chapters usually not more than a page or half page, was composed by process of alexia, word-blindness: unknown words were chosen by randomly leafing through Webster's Dictionary; these generate characters and events that cohere as a sci-fi novel in which the characters are apparently divided from their senses. //


The Divine Comedy coverThe Divine Comedy

Poetry by Dante

Translated from the Italian by Burton Raffel

Northwestern Univ Press, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8101-2672-5

Hardcover: 888pp; $35.00

In what he has deemed his final translation, Burton Raffel takes on Dante with an introduction by Paul J. Contino and notes by Henry L. Carrigan, Jr.


Missing You, Metropolis coverMissing You, Metropolis

Poetry by Gary Jackson

Graywolf Press, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-572-2

Paperback: 80pp; $15.00

Winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa


Museum of the Weird coverMuseum of the Weird

Fiction by Amelia Gray

FC2, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-57366-156-0

Paperback: 171pp; $15.50

Winner of FC2's Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize.


No Space for Further Burials coverNo Space for Further Burials

Fiction by Feryal Ali Gauhar

Akashic Books, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-936070-60-2

Paperback: 200pp; $15.95

The novel's narrator, a U.S. army medical technician in Afghanistan helping "liberate" the country from the Taliban, has been captured by rebels and thrown into an asylum. The other inmates are a besieged gathering of society's forgotten and unwanted refugees and derelicts, disabled and different, resilient and maddened, struggling to survive the lunacy raging outside the asylum compound.


Old Photographs coverOld Photographs

Children's/YA Fiction by Sherie Posesorski

Second Story Press, September,2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-897187-78-4

Paperback: 224pp; $10.95

A crime in her neighborhood turns Phoebe's summer vacation into a real-life mystery tale. //


Parable of Hide and Seek coverParable of Hide and Seek

Poetry by Chad Sweeney

Alice James Books, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-882295-82-1

Paperback: 72pp; $15.95

In this surreal expose of the human condition, Sweeney transforms intangible space into poetic playground


What I didn't See and Other Stories coverWhat I Didn't See and Other Stories

Fiction by Karen Joy Fowler

Small Beer Press, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-931520-68-3

Hardcover: 200pp; $24.00

New collection of stories from the New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club. //


New & Noteworthy Books

Full list of new & noteworthy books received


October 14, 2010

Children's/YA Fiction

Old Photographs, Sherie Posesorski, Second Story Press //

Space Between Trees, Katie Williams, Chronicle Books

The Way It Is, Donalda Reid, Second Story Press //


Children's/YA Nonfiction

Dazzling Women Designers, Jill Bryant, Second Story Press //



The Dihedrons Gazelle-Dihedrals Zoom, Leslie Scalapino, Post-Apollo Press //



Answer To an Inquiry, Robert Walser, Ugly Duckling Presse



Calendar of Regrets, Lance Olsen, FC2 //

Color Plates, Adam Golaski, Rose Metal Press

The Dead Detective, William Hefferman, Akashic Books //

Foxybaby, Elizabeth Jolley, Persea Books //

Ghosts of Chicago, John McNally, Northwestern Univ Press //

Gojira, King of the Monsters, Jim Shepard, Solid Objects //

Hassie Calhoun, Pamela Cory, Scarletta Press //

The Last Brother, Nathacha Appanah, Graywolf Press //

Museum of the Weird, Amelia Gray, FC2

No Space for Further Burials, Feryal Ali Gauhar, Akashic Books

The Sugar Mother, Elizabeth Jolley, Persea Books //

What I Didn't See and Other Stories, Karen Joy Fowler, Small Beer Press //

Who Occupies This House, Kathleen Hill, Northwestern Univ Press //

The Wind Came Running, Marianne Gage, Plain View Press //



Crafting the Personal Essay, Dinty W. Moore, Writer's Digest Books

Please Take Me Off the Guest List, Nick Zinner, Zachary Lipez, Stacy Wakefield, Akashic Books



absolute bob, Anne Portugal, Burning Deck Press //

Before I Came Home Naked, Christina Olson, Spire Press //

Bolitas de Oro, Nasario Garcia, Univ of New Mexico Press //

The Book of Frank, CA Conrad, Wave Books

Chinese Notebook, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Ugly Duckling Presse //

The Divine Comedy, Dante , Northwestern Univ Press

Love in the City of Grudges, Will Nixon, Foothills Publishing //

Missing You, Metropolis, Gary Jackson, Graywolf Press

The New Make Believe, Denise Newman, Post-Apollo Press //

The New Poetics, Mathew Timmons, Les Figues Press //

Otherwise Elsewhere, David Rivard, Graywolf Press

Parable of Hide and Seek, Chad Sweeney, Alice James Books

Reliquaries of the Lesser Saints, Amy Fleury, RopeWalk Press //

Then, We Were Still Living, Michael Klein, GenPop Books

Twenty Danses Macabre, Jay Rogoff, Spring Garden Press //

Page updated January 5, 2011