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The Don­ner Party By Ge­orge Keith­ley Ge­orge Braziller, Inc.

“The Don­ner Party is one of the three or four finest book­length Amer­i­can po­ems ever writ­ten.”—Po­etry. “Out of the west­ern mi­gra­tion of the 1840s…Keith­ley has made a lean, taut nar­ra­tive poem that moves with the speed and terse­ness of a killer shark.”—The New York Times. “Keith­ley’s ac­count of the Don­ner tragedy is a ma­jor event in Amer­i­can let­ters.”—X.J. Kennedy.­

I Should Have Been Mu­sic By Ba­bette Becker Page Pub­lish­ing My mem­oir cov­ers four years in the 1950s I spent in four men­tal hos­pi­tals when noth­ing was known of child­hood trauma. I was passed from hospi­tal to hospi­tal car­ry­ing sev­eral se­vere di­ag­nos­tic la­bels. I in­clude notes from my hospi­tal jour­nals, po­etry, doc­tors’ re­ports. It shows the stark con­trast between what was fright­en­ing and des­per­ate to me and what the doc­tors thought.


Yar­row and Smoke By Wil­liam O’Daly Folded Word Through this love song to gray val­ley and star­less river, visit the parched land where Wil­liam O’Daly has built his life among beached cans and bot­tles, wait­ing for rain. Come. Hear “the si­lence of a sun­lit yard,” see “the pure white of ab­sence.” Sit at the edge of fire­light. Taste the night wind seeped in yar­row and smoke.


Bil­lie Girl By Vickie Weaver Leapfrog Press An aban­doned, menopausal in­fant is the cen­ter of this gen­der­bend­ing story. Bil­lie Girl’s life is di­rected by strangers strug­gling with how life glued them to­gether. The jour­ney from a baby tree nest on a Ge­or­gia farm to a bed in a nurs­ing home pulls her through am­bi­gu­i­ties of sex­u­al­ity, eu­thana­sia, and ac­cep­tance. “Hon­estly strange and strangely hon­est.”—Sena Jeter Naslund.


The Slow Art By Sierra Golden Bear Star Press These ro­bustly phys­i­cal po­ems an­chor us in an im­per­fect yet

sensual world. Salmon rang / in the sound like bells / we an­swered. What else / could we do, / the years go­ing by / while town dis­cov­ered / knick-knacks and meth? Golden brings the men and women who fish, and those who don’t, vividly to life.


To Ride the Tiger By Robert L. Parker In­fin­ity Pub­lish­ing This is the au­thor’s chill­ing au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. From the tur­bu­lent streets; from an Army Spe­cial Forces Sergeant and C.I.A.-trained in­tel­li­gence ex­pert in Vietnam; from in­vol­un­tary civil­ian psy­chi­atric ad­mis­sions; to se­cretly be­ing trained as an army An­titer­ror­ist­team mem­ber, he’ll be as­so­ci­ated with hit­men; anti-ter­ror­ist teams; mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence; a Syr­ian multi-mil­lion­aire; and an Ital­ian-Amer­i­can and Si­cil­ian mafia or­ga­ni­za­tion.


Where Lives Lead

By Gabrielle F. Cul­mer New fic­tion and ro­man­tic pro­fes­sional drama.

A newly mar­ried NY cou­ple ex­pe­ri­ences dilem­mas re­gard­ing their fu­ture. Mindy is a re­spected artist plan­ning a char­ity gala and open­ing a de­sign school in New York City, when her hus­band, Blaine, sug­gests re­lo­cat­ing for busi­ness to the west coast. Forced to choose between her pro­fes­sional ties and her mar­riage, is she open to a new way of life?


Truce: A Physi­cian Makes Peace with Chronic Pain By H. Moody, M.D.

CreateS­pace In­de­pen­dent Pub­lish­ing “A physi­cian shares his tri­als with chronic pain in this de­but med­i­cal mem­oir…A sec­tion ad­dresses al­ter­na­tive treat­ments and tem­po­rary fixes [while] sev­eral chap­ters cre­atively ex­plore the in­trigu­ing philo­soph­i­cal side of pain. [An] as­tute, can­did, and thought­ful guide…us­ing a conversational tone and keep­ing the text read­able and eas­ily di­gestible…there is noth­ing su­per­flu­ous in these pages.”—Kirkus Re­views.


The Land of Grace By Mike Bur­rell

Livingston Press, Univer­sity of West Alabama “Bur­rell’s first novel skill­fully com­bines the macabre with the clown­ish…An in­tox­i­cat­ing tale that’s si­mul­ta­ne­ously gaudy and ex­quis­ite.”—Kirkus Re­views. Elvis trib­ute artist Doyle Brisendine finds plenty to dis­may—and endanger—him­self and oth­ers when he be­comes en­tan­gled in an Alabama Elvis cult promis­ing money and fame.


Spring­house Jour­nal 5

Spring­house Jour­nal 5 is out with 20 con­tem­po­rary Cuban po­ets: Domingo Al­fonso, Rita Ramón Aroche, Cari­dad Aten­cio, Miguel Bar­net, Pierre Ber­net, Yanelys En­ci­nosa Cabr­era, Al­berto Per­aza Ce­bal­los, Maria Lil­iana Celor­rio, Felix Con­tr­eras, Ge­orgina Herrera, Karel Leyva, Roberto Man­zano, Al­berto Mar­rero, Roberta Mén­dez Martínez, Jamila Me­d­ina, Edel Mo­rales, Alex Plau­sides, Roberto Fernán­dez Re­tama, Soleida Ríos, and Mirta Yáñez. Art by Wally Gil­bert.


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