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Posted on March 3, 2011
The Alphabet Conspiracy
Poetry by Rita Mae Reese
Arktoi Books, February 2011
Paperback: 80pp; $17.95
Mark Doty writes, "Rita Mae's work artfully addresses itself to the way children are taught to enter--and then become trapped by--a world constructed of language."
A Balkan Passage
Nonfiction by Robert Isenberg
Autumn House Press, November 2010
Paperback: 198pp; $19.95
"Thirteen years after the cease-fire, writer Robert Isenberg explores five countries by bus, bike, and foot, to see what has become of these countries once crippled by genocidal war and largely forgotten by the American consciousness."
The Book of Freaks
Fiction by Jamie Iredell
Future Tense Books, March 2011
Paperback: 138pp; $11.00
"Both hilarious and straight-faced in equal measures, this faux encyclopedia categorizes mundanities and renders them starkly unexpected."
Click and Clone
Poetry by Elaine Equi
Coffee House Press, April 2011
Paperback: 136pp; $16.00
"Click and Clone explores the tone and timbre of American life as it has been colored by the new metaphors and images brought to us by our continuing technological revolution. Equi is interested in a new form of realism--one that acknowledges the fact that what we think of as normal and everyday is now permeated with the fantastic."
Coming from an Off-Key Time
Fiction by Bogdan Suceava
Translated from the Romanian by Alistair Ian Blyth
Northwestern Univ Press, February 2011
Paperback: 212pp; $19.95
"In the apocalyptic novel Coming from an Off-Key Time, Bogdan Suceava satirizes events in his native Romania since the fateful end of the Ceausescu regime in 1989."
Cyclops Wearing Flip-Flops
The Best of Poetry Inside Out VIII
Ed. John Oliver Simon
Univ of Washington Press, February 2011
Paperback: 218pp; $12.95
"Cyclops Wearing Flip-Flops, the eighth volume in the acclaimed Best of Poetry Inside Out anthology series, showcases poetry and translations from children freed to use the full potential of their imagination."
Damn Sure Right
Fiction by Meg Pokrass
Press 53, January 2011
Paperback: 171pp; $14.95
Kyle Minor writes, "Read Damn Sure Right, a collection of miniature tales sure to ruin your waking hours the way you'll want them ruined."
The Goodbye Town
Poetry by Timothy O'Keefe
Oberlin College Press, April 2011
Paperback: 76pp; $15.95
Winner of the 2010 Field Poetry Prize.
Le Spleen De Poughkeepsie
Poetry by Joshua Harmon
Univ of Akron Press, January 2011
Paperback: 94pp; $14.95
G.C. Waldrep writes, "[A] tender anti-epic, a grunge-tinged love song to America's benighted post-industrial heartland."
Marry or Burn
Fiction by Valerie Trueblood
Counterpoint Press, 2010
Paperback: 294pp; $15.95
"From the author of Seven Loves comes this austere, passionately shaped collection of stories that courageously explores the dynamic nature of modern marriage, the heartbreak that often accompanies its collapse, and the fickle way in which the bonds between us can be broken, erased, and newly defined."
New Stories from the Midwest
Ed. Jason Lee Brown
Ohio Univ Press / Swallow Press, May 2011
Paperback: 300pp; $16.95
"The anthology includes an introduction from Lee Martin and short fiction by emerging and established writers such as Rosellen Brown, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Christie Hodgie, Gregory Blake Smith, and Benjamin Percy."
Prayer and Parable
Fiction by Paul Maliszewski
Fence Books, May 2011
Paperback: 248pp; $15.95
"In language that is at once simple and supple, plain-spoken and arresting, these twenty-eight stories describe complete lives in unerring detail, lives we may recognize as not unlike our own."
The Requited Distance
Poetry by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Sheep Meadow Press, March 2011
Paperback: 130pp; $14.95
Eric Pankey writes, "These poems soar with stunning lyric grace and yet we feel their earthly gravity along the lengths of our bones."
Nonfiction by Danielle Cadena Deulen
Univ of Georgia Press, May 2011
Hardcover: 192pp; $24.95
Winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction
So Bravely Vegetative
Fiction by Alan Davis
Hollywood Books, January 2011
Paperback: 154pp; $16.00
Winner of Prize Americana for Fiction.
Poetry by Alison Stine
Univ of Wisconsin Press, March 2011
Paperback: 86pp; $14.95
Winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, selected by Cornelius Eady.
Welcome to Our Hillbrow
A Novel of Postapartheid South Africa
Fiction by Phaswane Mpe
Ohio Univ Press / Swallow Press, May 2011
Paperback: 150pp; $16.95
"Welcome to Our Hillbrow is an exhilarating and disturbing ride through the chaotic and hyper-real zone of Hillbrow--microcosm of all that is contradictory, alluring, and painful in the postapartheid South African psyche."
The Whalen Poem
Poetry by William Corbett
Hanging Loose Press, March 2011
Paperback: 64pp; $16.00
"William Corbett's homage to poet, zen master & beat fellow traveler Philip Whalen."
The White Museum
Poetry by George Bilgere
Autumn House Press, January 2010
Paperback: 77pp; $14.95
Billy Collins writes, "Once again, George Bilgere has shown that imaginative wonders and deep emotional truths can be achieved with plain, colloquial American speech."
Full list of new & noteworthy books received
March 3, 2011
Bad Mood on Earth Day, Harriet O. Leach, imaginaryfriendpress
Biography of the Boy Who Prays to the God of Foreheads, Glenn Sheldon, RockSaw Press
Illinois, My Apologies, Justin Hamm, RockSaw Press
Paper Guillotines, Anthony Frame, imaginaryfriendpress
Brute Neighbors, Ed. Chris Green, Liam Heneghan, DePaul Poetry Institute
Confessions: Fact or Fiction?, Ed. Herta B. Feely, Marian O'Shea Wernicke, Chrysalis Editorial
New Stories from the Midwest, Ed. Jason Lee Brown, Jay Prefontaine, Ohio Univ Press/Swallow Press
Attention Please Now, Matthew Pitt, Autumn House Press
The Book of Freaks, Jamie Iredell, Future Tense Books
Coming from an Off-Key Time, Bogdan Suceava, Northwestern Univ Press
Damn Sure Right, Meg Pokrass, Press 53
Keeping the Wolves at Bay, Ed. Sharon Dilworth, Autumn House Press
Marry or Burn, Valerie Trueblood, Counterpoint Press
Passing Time, Ron Roy, Blue Cubicle Press
Peter Never Came, Ashley Cowger, Autumn House Press
Prayer and Parable, Paul Maliszewski, Fence Books
So Bravely Vegetative, Alan Davis, Press Americana/Hollywood Books
Welcome to Our Hillbrow, Phaswane Mpe, Ohio Univ Press/Swallow Press
The Archipelago, Robert Isenberg, Autumn House Press
My Ruby Slippers, Tracy Seeley, Univ of Nebraska Press
The Riots, Danielle Cadena Deulen, Univ of Georgia Press
The Alphabet Conspiracy, Rita Mae Reese, Arktoi Books
And If You Don't Go Crazy I'll Meet You Here Tomorrow, Filip Marinovich, Ugly Duckling Presse
Applies to Oranges, Maureen Thorson, Ugly Duckling Presse
Arousing Notoriety/Your Trouble is Ballooning, A. Minette Gold/Amber Nelson, Publishing Genius
As We Are Sung, Christina Mengert, Burning Deck Press
Click and Clone, Elaine Equi, Coffee House Press
Cyclops Wearing Flip-Flops, Ed. John Oliver Simon, Univ of Washington Press
The Gift That Arrives Broken, Jacqueline Berger, Autumn House Press
The Goodbye Town, Timothy O'Keefe, Oberlin College Press
Gowanus Atropolis, Julian T. Brolaski, Ugly Duckling Presse
Le Spleen De Poughkeepsie, Joshua Harmon, Univ of Akron Press
Neruda's Memoirs, Maureen E. Doallas, T.S. Poetry Press
The Requited Distance, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Sheep Meadow Press
The Return of the Native, Kate Colby, Ugly Duckling Presse
Saint Erasure, Donna de la Perriere, Talisman House, Pub
Testify, Joseph Lease, Coffee House Press
This Is What Happens When Talk Ends, Gale Nelson, Burning Deck Press
Wait, Alison Stine, Univ of Wisconsin Press
The Whalen Poem, William Corbett, Hanging Loose Press
Where the Road Turns, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Autumn House Press
The White Museum, George Bilgere, Autumn House Press