New & Noteworthy Books

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Posted on February 18, 2011


Alien Autopsy coverAlien Autopsy

Fiction by Pedro Ponce

Cow Heavy Books, 2010

Paperback: 56pp; $10.00

Brian Evenson writes, "In a series of sharply subtle and stripped down meditations, Alien Autopsy explores those moments when the personal and the monstrous collide and swap places."


At the Bureau of Divine Music coverAt the Bureau of Divine Music

Poetry by Michael Heffernan

Wayne State Univ Press, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8143-3510-9

Paperback: 80pp; $15.95

A new title in Wayne State University's Made in Michigan Writers Series.


Bigger World coverBigger World

Poetry by Noelle Kocot

Wave Books, April 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-933517-52-0

Paperback: 96pp; $16.00

From the press release: "Funny, unpredictable, and deliciously dark, these poems celebrate the manifold possibilities of love and human experience."


Burning Man coverBurning Man

Fiction by Edward Falco

Southern Methodist Univ Press, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-87074-568-3

Hardcover: 232pp; $22.95

From dust jacket: "These eleven stories in Ed Falco's fourth collection contain confrontations and struggles, sex and violence, drugs and drink—and men who can't find peace, in conflict with their world and themselves."


Destroyer and Preserver coverDestroyer and Preserver

Poetry by Matthew Rohrer

Wave Books, April 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-933517-50-6

Paperback: 96pp; $16.00

From the press release: "In his latest collection, Matthew Rohrer illuminates the modern plight: how to be a thoughtful citizen, parent, and person as the landscape of terror and history worms its way into our everyday existence."


Either Way I'm Celebrating coverEither Way I'm Celebrating

Poetry by Sommer Browning

Birds, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9826177-5-5

Paperback: 96pp; $16.00

Mathias Svalina writes, "Sometimes I think Sommer Browning is a James Wright for the basic cable generation, at others the gorgeously deformed lovechild of H.D. and Groucho Marx. What I mean is I cannot categorize these poems, and that's the highest compliment I can give any poetry."


Everyone Loves the Situation coverEveryone Loves the Situation

Poetry by Michael Cirelli

Penmanship Books, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9831219-3-0

Paperback: 104pp; $15.00

From the press release: "Controversial new poetry collection explores the MTV reality sensation, Jersey Shore, with astute politics & poetic craft."


Fire Wind coverFire Wind

Poetry by Yvan Yauri

Translated from the Spanish by Nicholas Rattner, Marta del Pozo

Ugly Duckling Presse, February 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-933254-76-0

Paperback: 80pp; $14.00

The first book to appear in English by Peruvian poet Yvan Yauri, whose "poetics stem from the tradition of the Latin American avant-garde."


The Firestorm coverThe Firestorm

Poetry by Zach Savich

Cleveland State Univ Poetry Ctr, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-880834-95-4

Paperback: 84pp; $15.95

Winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Book Competition


For Sale By Owner coverFor Sale By Owner

Fiction by Kelcey Parker

Kore Press, February 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-888553-55-0

Paperback: 144pp; $60.00

"In Kelcey Parker's tales of twisted domesticity, a women gives her family up for Lent; a mother finds redemption at Chuck E. Cheese; a former best-friend-forever wreaks baby shower havoc; a bride swallows a housefly at the altar; and a suburbanite's obsession with memory books put her family in jeopardy."


Framing Innocence coverFraming Innocence

A Mother's Photographs, a Prosecutor's Zeal,
and a Small Town's Response

Nonfiction by Lynn Powell

New Press, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-59558-551-6

Hardcover: 320pp; $25.95

Nadine Strossen writes, "Indecent photos? Or an indecent prosecution? Powell animates a troubling area of the law through the disturbing case of the Stewart family and the remarkable response of their community."


The Grief Performance coverThe Grief Performance

Poetry by Emily Kendal Frey

Cleveland State Univ Poetry Ctr, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-880834-94-7

Paperback: 61pp; $15.95

Winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize, selected by Rae Armantrout.


Head of a Man coverHead of a Man

Fiction by John Gilmore

Reality Street Editions, January 2011

ISBN-13: 9781874400486

Paperback: 134pp; $14.00

A new title in Reality Street's Narrative Series, which gives an outlet to experimental, extended prose writing in the UK.


A Heaven of Others coverA Heaven of Others

Fiction by Joshua Cohen

Starcherone Books, April 2011

ISBN-13: 978-09842133-8-2

Paperback: 160pp; $20.00

From the back cover: "A Heaven of Others stands at the crossroads of a conflicted city, Jerusalem, and word-play that both celebrates and dismantles tradition."


Historic Diary coverHistoric Diary

Poetry by Tony Triglio

BlazeVOX [books], 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-60964-012-5

Paperback: 115pp; $16.00

Rachel Loden writes, "Historic Diary (named after Lee Harvey Oswald's account of his time in the Soviet Union) excavates the nightmarish record of the Kennedy assassination, its auguries and aftermath, with a blue fury and an obsessive zeal that borders on the Talmudic."


In This Light coverIn This Light

New & Selected Stories

Fiction by Melanie Rae Thon

Graywolf Press, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-585-2

Paperback: 256pp; $15.00

From the back cover: "This selection of Melanie Rae Thon's stories showcases her breathtaking ability to become each one of her characters, to move into the bodies and minds of the dispossessed."


It Might Turn Out We Are Real coverIt Might Turn Out We Are Real

Poetry by Susan Scarlata

Horse Less Press, February 2011

ISBN-13: 9780982989616

Paperback: 81pp;

C.D. Wright writes, "It Might Turn Out We Are Real is a complete set of 21st century ecologues delivered to your door with brainy clarity, with vinegary humor, with ergonomic and red-behind-the-ribs feeling. A positively extraordinary collection."


Kings of the F**king Sea coverKings of the F**king Sea

Poetry by Dan Boehl

Birds, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9826177-4-8

Paperback: 101pp; $18.00

CAConrad writes, "Dan Boehl's poems are a supernatural scaffold over our neglected conscience. Everything happens, and it stings, and is beautiful when it's not awful."


Light Lifting coverLight Lifting

Fiction by Alexander MacLeod

Biblioasis, April 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-897231-94-4

Paperback: 219pp; $16.95

2010 Giller Prize Finalist, Quill & Quire Book of the Year, and Globe and Mail Book of the Year.


Lodgings coverLodgings

Selected Poems

Poetry by Andrzej Sosnowski

Translated from the Polish by Benjamin Paloff

Open Letter, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934824-32-0

Paperback: 163pp; $13.95

The first representative selection of Sosnowski's work available in English.


Lovely Asunder coverLovely Asunder

Poetry by Danielle Cadena Deulen

Univ of Arkansas Press, January 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-55728-960-5

Paperback: 90pp; $16.00

Winner of the 2011 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize.


Pretty, Rooser coverPretty, Rooster

Poetry by Clay Matthews

Cooper Dillon Books, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9841928-4-7

Paperback: 78pp; $14.00

A collection of sonnets by Clay Matthews, featuring comics from Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man) and Micah Farritor (White Picket Fences).


The Ringer coverThe Ringer

Fiction by Jenny Shank

Permanent Press, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-57962-214-5

Hardcover: 352pp; $29.00

Kent Haruf writes, "This is a story in which two families from the opposite side of town, from opposing cultures, are forced together because of violent death, and one of the things that saves them is baseball."


The Sojourn coverThe Sojourn

Fiction by Andrew Krivak

Bellevue Literary Press, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934137-34-5

Paperback: 192pp; $14.95

"Strikingly contemporary though replete with evocative historical detail, The Sojourn will join the ranks of great classic fiction of World War One."


Unable to Fully California coverUnable to Fully California

Poetry by Larry Sawyer

Otoliths, 2010

ISBN-13: 9780980765137

Paperback: 127pp;

David Shapiro writes, "It is not so much a strange poetry as the poetry of a stranger, the way Bishop was a Brazilian in Boston and a Bostonian in Brazil."


Union Down coverUnion Down

Poetry by E.R. Carlin

RockSaw Press, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-4507-4867-4

Chapbook: 25pp; $10.00

2010 Blue Skunk Poetry Series Award Winner


Us coverUs

Fiction by Michael Kimball

Tyrant Books, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-615-43046-1

Paperback: 203pp; $14.95

A new novel from the critically-acclaimed author of Dear Everybody and The Way the Family Got Away.


Where We Thing It Should Go coverWhere We Think It Should Go

Poetry by Claire Becker

Octopus Books, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9801938-4-8

Paperback: 80pp; $12.00

Norma Cole writes, "With hyperbolic understatement, in a sinuous, harmonious manner, Claire Becker finds her purpose in clear, sometimes haunted, spaces of joy or desolation, but always in a place of desire."


New & Noteworthy Books

Full list of new & noteworthy books received


February 18, 2011


Collected Bodies, Ed. duncan b. barlow, Astrophil Press


Children's/YA Fiction

This Thing Called the Future, J.L. Powers, Cinco Puntos Press



69, 70, Natalija Grgorinic, Ognjen Raden, Brown Paper Publishing 

Alien Autopsy, Pedro Ponce, Cow Heavy Books

Burning Man, Edward Falco, Southern Methodist Univ Press 

Expiration Date, Sherril Jaffe, Permanent Press 

For Sale By Owner, Kelcey Parker, Kore Press

Head of a Man, John Gilmore, Reality Street Editions 

A Heaven of Others, Joshua Cohen, Starcherone Books 

In This Light, Melanie Rae Thon, Graywolf Press 

Light Lifting, Alexander MacLeod, Biblioasis

Master of Miniatures, Jim Shepard, Solid Objects 

The Ringer, Jenny Shank, Permanent Press

The Sleepwalker, Margarita Karapanou, Clockroot Books 

The Sojourn, Andrew Krivak, Bellevue Literary Press 

Standing at the Crossroads, Charles Davis, Permanent Press 

Us, Michael Kimball, Tyrant Books

Women and Clothes, Brigitte Kronauer, Host Publications 

The Year 3000, Paolo Mantegazza, Univ of Nebraska Press

You Can Make Him Like You, Ben Tanzer, Artistically Declined Press



Framing Innocence, Lynn Powell, New Press 



Accounted For, Jeannine Savard, Red Hen Press 

Amnesty Muse, Doren Robbins, Lost Horse Press 

Anatomy of a Shape-Shifter, Stacia M. Fleegal, Word Press 

At the Bureau of Divine Music, Michael Heffernan, Wayne State Univ Press

Bigger World, Noelle Kocot, Wave Books

Breathing in the Dark, Howard Schwartz, Mayapple Press 

Castaway, Katherine Riegel, FutureCycle Press 

Destroyer and Preserver, Matthew Rohrer, Wave Books

Either Way I'm Celebrating, Sommer Browning, Birds, LLC

Everyone Loves The Situation, Michael Cirelli, Penmanship Books 

Fabric, Richard Froude, Horse Less Press

Fire Wind, Yvan Yauri, Ugly Duckling Presse

The Firestorm, Zach Savich, Cleveland State Univ Poetry Ctr

Girl in Cap and Gown, Harriet Levin, Mammoth Books 

Green Daughters, Diana Pinckney, Lorimer Press 

The Grief Performance, Emily Kendal Frey, Cleveland State Univ Poetry Ctr

Haunts, Laura Cherry, Cooper Dillon Books 

Historic Diary, Tony Triglio, BlazeVOX [books]

I [Heart] Your Fate, Anthony McCann, Wave Books

It Might Turn Out We Are Real, Susan Scarlata, Horse Less Press 

Kings of the F**king Sea, Dan Boehl, Birds, LLC

Lake, and Other Poems of Love in a Foreign Land, Jeff Fearnside, Standing Rock Cultural Arts

The Lessons, Joanne Diaz, Silverfish Review Press 

Lodgings, Andrzej Sosnowski, Open Letter

Lovely Asunder, Danielle Cadena Deulen, Univ of Arkansas Press 

Mule, Shane McCrae, Cleveland State Univ Poetry Ctr 

Paradise, Stephen Gibson, Univ of Arkansas Press 

People Are Tiny in Paintings of China, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Octopus Books 

Pretty, Rooster, Clay Matthews, Cooper Dillon Books

Rust or Go Missing, Lily Brown, Cleveland State Univ Poetry Ctr

Say So, Dora Malech, Cleveland State Univ Poetry Ctr 

Strange Conveyances, M.V. Montgomery, Plain View Press 

The Translator's Sister, Mary Winegarden, Mayapple Press 

Unable to Fully California, Larry Sawyer, Otoliths

Union Down, E.R. Carlin, RockSaw Press 

What the Alder Told Me, Anita K. Boyle, MoonPath Press 

Where We Think It Should Go, Claire Becker, Octopus Books