New & Noteworthy Books

The New & Noteworthy Books section on NewPages comes out once a month (sometimes more) and features newly released and forthcoming titles primarily from independent and university publishers.

Posted on October 11, 2012

(See full list of noteworthy books by category below)

The Glimmering Room coverThe Glimmering Room

Poetry by Cynthia Cruz

Four Way Books, October 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1884800979

Paperback: 98pp; $15.95

Fierce and fearless, The Glimmering Room beckons readers down into the young speaker’s dark underworld, and because we are seduced by Cruz’s startling imagery and language rich with “Death’s outrageous music,” we follow willingly. Peopled with “ambassadors from the Netherworld”—the orphaned and abused, the lost and addicted—Cruz leads us through this “traveling minstrel show / Called girlhood” which is at once tragic and magical.

It's Animal but Merciful coverIt’s Animal but Merciful

Anthology by Ed. Jane Ormerod, Thomas Fucaloro, George Wallace

Great Weather for Media, October 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0985731700

Paperback: 162pp; $15.00

A collection of fearless poetry and prose from fifty-five writers across the United States, plus Botswana, the Philippines, Denmark, and Canada. This is world writing with a New York flair—no nonsense, no claptrap, ready to spit in your eye or call you lover in a cyberminute. There’s brutality, glamour, danger, and glitz...but an unexpected tenderness, too. Contributors include Rich Ferguson, Joan Gelfand, Janet Hamill, Aimee Herman, R. Nemo Hill, Puma Perl, Cin Salach, and Jon Steinhagen.

Keeping the Swarm coverKeeping the Swarm

New & Selected Essays

Nonfiction by George Venn

Wordcraft of Oregon, October 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-877655-76-0

Paperback: 224pp; $15.95

A collection of eleven personal essays by poet George Venn. Two unpublished essays narrate the prize-winning poet’s international sojourns in Spain and China; two others eulogize northwest people he loved. This book is a honey house chuckablock with eclectic gifts: stories, songs, adventures, meditations, eulogies, poems. There are new cells of joy, old black combs of grief, memories of love’s honey flow.

Recapture & Other Stories by Erica OlsenRecapture

& Other Stories

Fiction by Erica Olsen

Torrey House Press, October 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1937226053

Paperback: 200pp; $15.95

The stories in Recapture take us to an American West that is both strange and familiar. The Grand Canyon can only be visited in replica form. An archivist preserves a rare map of a vanished Lake Tahoe. A Utah cliff dwelling survives as an aging roadside attraction in California. By turns lyrical, deadpan, and surreal, Erica Olsen’s stories bring us the natural world and the world we make, the artifacts we keep and the memories and desires that shape our lives.

Shift coverShift

Chapbook by Alyse Bensel

Plan B Press, September 2012

Chapbook: 36pp; $9.00

NewPages reviewer Alyse Bensel’s first chapbook, Shift, depicts working class individuals—truck drivers, factory workers—living on the edge. In raw, spare language, a series of narrative yet lyric persona poems negotiate distance, return, and inevitability. Juxtaposing form and everyday language, Shift is filled with strong, resonating voices.

The Source of Life and Other Stories coverThe Source of Life and Other Stories

Fiction by Beth Bosworth

University of Pittsburgh Press, September 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0822944195

Hardcover: 218pp; $24.95

Winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize judged by Sven Birkerts. Post-divorce dating is one more cause for celebration (or a quick call in to the police) in Beth Bosworth’s revelatory new book, The Source of Life and Other Stories. Reality is just another stumbling block for Bosworth’s characters, who might help themselves but don’t always choose to. There are leaps of faith here, nonetheless, as the collection dispenses a kind of narrative psychotropic for survival and redemption, with a chaser of humor mixed in.

Spoke & Dark coverSpoke & Dark

Poetry by Carolyn Guinzio

Red Hen Press, September 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1597092296

Paperback: 96pp; $17.95

There is no word for the place between the dying hand and the living hand that holds it, but there is a space between those hands. Spoke & Dark dwells there, in the tensions that inhere between one thing & another: lost & found, future & past, life & afterlife. Using typographical symbols (#, /, and especially &) to delineate these phantom spaces, Spoke & Dark explores the wild fluctuations in the nature of the known, searching for a language for the unknowable.


Full list of new & forthcoming books received

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Posted October 11, 2012


It’s Animal but Merciful, Ed. Jane Ormerod, Thomas Fucaloro, George Wallace, Great Weather for Media



Shift, Alyse Bensel, Plan B Press

The Year of Dead Fathers, Maureen Sherbondy, Spring Garden Press



The Tragedie of Macbeth: A Frankly Annotated First Folio Edition, Annotated by Demitra Papadinis, McFarland



An Age of Madness, David Maine, Red Hen Press

Barbed-Wire Butterflies, Jessica Kristie, Winter Goose Publishing

Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6, Susan Jackson Rodgers, Press 53

Hollywood Buckaroo, Tracy DeBrincat, Black Lawrence Press

The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson, Bryan Furuness, Black Lawrence Press

Masha’allah and Other Stories, Mariah K. Young, Heyday Books

The Memoirs of JonBenet by Kathy Acker, Michael du Plessis, Les Figues Press

Napi’s Dance, Alanda Greene, Second Story Press

Recapture & Other Stories, Erica Olsen, Torrey House Press

The Source of Life and Other Stories, Beth Bosworth, Univ of Pittsburgh Press

These Things Happen, Richard Kramer, Unbridled Books

This Close, Jessica Francis Kane, Graywolf Press

Unbuilt Projects, Paul Lisicky, Four Way Books



An Air War With Cuba: The United States Radio Campaign Against Castro, Daniel Walsh, McFarland

The American Spring: What We Talk About When We Talk About Revolution, Amelia Stein, Skyhorse Publishing

Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps, Greg Palast, Seven Stories Press

The Core of Johnny Appleseed: The Unknown Story of a Spiritual Trailblazer, Ray Silverman, Swedenborg Foundation Press / Chrysalis Books

Do You Believe in Rock and Roll?: Essays on Don McLean’s “American Pie”, Ed. Raymond I. Schuck & Ray Schuck, McFarland

Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman: Essays on Comics, Poetry and Prose, Ed. Tara Prescott & Aaron Drucker, McFarland

Hazen “Kiki” Cuyler: A Baseball Biography, Ronald T. Waldo, McFarland

The Horror Sensorium: Media and the Senses, Angela Ndalianis, McFarland

Keeping the Swarm: New & Selected Essays, George Venn, Wordcraft of Oregon

Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares: How to Avoid Unplanned and Unwanted Writing Errors, Jenny Baranick, Skyhorse Publishing

The Snark Handbook: Politics and Government Edition: Gridlock, Red Tape, and Other Insults to We the People, Lawrence Dorfman, Skyhorse Publishing

What Liberals Believe: The Best Progressive Quotes Ever, Ed. William Martin, Skyhorse Publishing

What You Should Know about Politics…But Don’t: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues that Matter, Jessamyn Conrad, Arcade Publishing

The White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Mary Frances Bowley, Moody Publishers



All Black Everything, Weston Cutter, New Michigan Press

The Answer to Each Is the Same, Pam O’Brien, Dos Madres

Counterpart, Elizabeth Robinson, Ahsahta Press

Cutting Room, Sarah Pinder, Coach House Books

Deadbeat, Jay Baron Nicorvo, Four Way Books

Dreamweed, Yvan Goll, Black Lawrence Press

Edge Effects, Jan Conn, Brick Books

The Empty Loom, Robert Gibb, Univ of Arkansas Press

Eveywhere Here and in Brookyln: A Four Quartets, Kristin Prevallet, Belladonna

Fierce This Falling, Betsy Johnson-Miller, Mayapple Press

The Foundling Wheel, Blas Falconer, Four Way Books

The Frame Called Ruin, Hadara Bar-Nadav, New Issues Poetry & Prose

The Glimmering Room, Cynthia Cruz, Four Way Books

The Gold Thread, Sarah Kennedy, Elixir Press

Gone & Gone, Rodney Wittwer, Red Hen Press

The Horses: New & Selected Poems, Richard Silberg, Red Hen Press

In Broken Latin, Annette Spaulding-Convy, Univ of Arkansas Press

Injecting Dreams into Cows, Jessy Randall, Red Hen Press

The Lease, Mathew Henderson, Coach House Books

Many Ways to Say It, Eva Saulitis, Red Hen Press

The Mining Camps of the Mouth, George Kalamaras, New Michigan Press

The Moon & Other Inventions: Poems After Joseph Cornell, Kristina Marie Darling, BlazeVOX [books]

Partially Kept, Martha Ronk, Nightboat Books

A Penance, CJ Evans, New Issues Poetry & Prose

Poems, Fancois Villon, Northwestern Univ Press

The Rapids, Susan Gillis, Brick Books

The Rich Place to Jump, Peter Covino, New Issues Poetry & Prose

The Rigid Body, Gabriel Spera, Ashland Poetry Press

Spoke & Dark, Carolyn Guinzio, Red Hen Press

Tantivy, Donald Revell, Alice James Books

Tremolo, Alice Derry, Red Hen Press

Where Good Swimmers Drown, Susan Elbe, Concrete Wolf Pub

Wolf and Pilot, Farrah Field, Four Way Books

Woman Without Umbrella, Victoria Redel, Four Way Books

Work from Memory, Dan Beachy-Quick & Matthew Goulish, Ahsahta Press


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