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Blue Label
Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles, translated by Paul Filev | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983572 | October 2018

“An interesting glimpse of Venezuelan life around 2000, Blue Label . . . capture[s] teenage self-awareness (and its limitation) well. . . . [Music] plays a prominent role in the story, background sound-color (and lyrics) giving the story a scored, cinematic feel.”—The Complete Review

My Real Name is Hanna
Tara Lynn Masih | Mandel Vilar Press | 9781942134510 | September 2018

“Masih’s telling manages to bring together a gripping, coming-of-age narrative with an impeccably researched setting. . . . Hanna’s veracity and indelible spirit honor the subject and the people exhibited by the author in this highly readable, affecting novel.”—Historical Novel Society

Permanent Exhibit
Matthew Vollmer | BOA Editions | 9781942683681 | September 2018

“Like so many of us, Vollmer is obsessed with the everyday occurrences that provide him immediate feedback, the small joys or indignities that make each day unique from the one that came before it, but it is all connected, like the smallest, most faint stars in the sky, to the enormous constellations that we can all see with the naked eye.”—Carve Magazine

The Remainder
Alia Trabucco Zerán | Coffee House Press | 9781566895507 | August 2019

“You could call The Remainder a literary kaleidoscope: look at it one way and you see how the past lays a crippling hand on the generation that follows political catastrophe; shift the focus and you’re plunged into a darkly comic road trip with a hungover trio in an empty hearse chasing a lost coffin across the Andes cordillera.”—The Spectator

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Doug Segal, author of the memoir Struck, was interviewed on the Jiggy Jaguar Show on November 1.

The Creative Nonfiction podcast interviewed Animals Strike Curious Poses author Elena Passarello on November 2.

Amy Irvine was interviewed about Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness by Adventure Journal on October 31.

The Just Bernard Show interviewed Hallie Iglehart Austen about The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Mediations of the World’s Sacred Feminine on October 23.

We Matter: Athletes and Activism author Etan Thomas was interviewed on Roland Martin Unfiltered on October 31.

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A Rebel in Gaza: Behind the Lines of the Arab Spring, One Woman’s Story
Asmaa al-Ghoul and Selim Nassib, translated by Mike Mitchell | DoppelHouse Press | 9780998777023 | November 2018

“Refreshing and eye-opening . . . . I would recommend this memoir to anyone interested in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, or to anyone who wishes to read a thrilling memoir by a strong, brave and inspiring woman living under difficult circumstances.”sister-hood

Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness
Amy Irvine | Torrey House Press | 9781937226978 | November 2018

“The slim volume is a lyrical and raw conversation between Irvine and Abbey that is part tribute, part memoir, and part polemic. It’ll get you thinking about the state of the desert, the fate of the wilderness movement and the actions we all need to take to save the places we love (including leaving them alone).”Adventure Journal

Follow the Sun
Edward J. Delaney | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983558 | June 2018

“A dramatic and action-filled climax that’s certainly worth waiting for.”—New Pages

How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs
Edited by Andrew M. Davis and Philip Clayton | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781939681881 | September 2018

“A thought-provoking collection of personal accounts of panentheism, by 11 leading spiritual writers and teachers including Deepak Chopra and Rupert Sheldrake. Entirely compatible with modern science and astrophysics, panentheism is the contemporary spiritual shift away from a God located ‘up above’ toward an immanent Divine that exists right here, all around us, within everything and ourselves and suggests an interconnected cosmos in which each of its parts exist only in relationship to the other parts. Highly recommended.”—Yoga Magazine

The Sketchbook of Loish
Lois van Baarle | 3dtotal Publishing | 9781909414549 | April 2018

“This is a beautiful and inspiring artbook. One of 2018’s best artbooks. I highly recommend it to fans of her work. You’ll appreciate her art more when you know the effort she has put in to come to where she is today.”—Parka Blogs

Post-Traumatic Hood Disorder
David Tomas Martinez | Sarabande Books | 9781946448095 | March 2018

“The wild ostentation of late 20th- and early 21st-century America becomes the prism through which readers of David Tomas Martinez’s Post Traumatic Hood Disorder. . . perceive might and right, ennui and love and solitude and the oceanic depths of history.”—America: The Jesuit Review

131 Different Things
Zachary Lipez, photos by Nick Zinner, design by Stacy Wakefield | Akashic Books | 9781617756672 | November 2018

“A spot-on take on urban life, frustration, and flawed humanity, with distinctive visuals to accompany the knowing prose.”—LitHub

Vancouver Noir
Edited by Sam Wiebe | Akashic Books | 9781617756597 | November 2018

“The beauty of the Akashic series of noir short story anthologies is that they offer local writers a chance to say ‘here’s our town.’ This crop of writers, assembled and edited by Sam Wiebe, succeeds in a gritty, moody way.”—New York Journal of Books

Death of a Rainmaker: A Dust Bowl Mystery
Laurie Loewenstein | Akashic Books | 9781617756658 | October 2018

Death of a Rainmaker is far more than a murder mystery set in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. It is a poignant recollection of the desperation of farmers whose land, livestock, and household are in foreclosure, a stunning description of a dust storm that leaves imaginary specks of dirt on the reader’s neck, a sensitive rendering of tough times and their toll on the psyche.”—Historical Novel Society

Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story
Wyomia Tyus and Elizabeth Terzakis | Akashic Books | 9781617756580 | September 2018

Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story is a book all fans of any sport, but particularly those who love track and field, will enjoy. But it also covers an equally important slice of history, both for HBCUs and women’s sports, that should never be forgotten nor undervalued.”—Tennessee Tribune

Since When
Bill Berkson | Coffee House Press | 9781566895293 | November 2018

“Berkson was the ultimate fly on the wall, and through his evocative writing the reader gets to be the same.”—Ploughshares

Jenny Boully | Coffee House Press | 9781566895101 | April 2018

“Boully’s lyric essays, which wander through disparate histories, myths, and stories, produce emotional truth in their ordering of disorder. Her essays, like lovers, follow desire in the hope that it will take them somewhere new.”—Ploughshares

The Anarchist Who Shared My Name
Pablo Martín Sánchez, translated by Jeff Diteman | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920718 | December 2018

“Martín Sánchez gives a good picture of the Spanish-émigré scene in Paris and the revolutionary ambitions—including the role of Blasco Ibáñez—as well as the anarchist scene of the early twentieth century more generally. . . . An impressive picture of the Spain (and the exiled-Spaniards) situation of those years.”—The Complete Review

All Soul Parts Returned
Bruce Beasley | BOA Editions | 9781942683452 | September 2017

“This is a major book by an astounding writer. . . . Beasley reminds us that great writing is great writing wherever you find it.”—America: The Jesuit Review

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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore was interviewed in the Metro Weekly about her book Sketchtasy on October 25.

An excerpt from Camille Acker’s Training School for Negro Girls was published in Electric Literature on October 24.

On October 24, Michelle Tea was interviewed in the Austin Chronicle for her book Against Memoir.

Elaine Katzenberger, publisher at City Lights, was highlighted on Literary Hub on October 26.

Anastasia Higginbotham was interviewed about Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness on Atlanta NPR affiliate WABE’s Closer Look with Rose Scott on October 26.

On October 27, Nicole Skibola was interviewed in Marin County Independent Journal about her book Wakeful Night.

An excerpt from A Stranger’s Pose by Emmanuel Iduma was published on the Millions on October 29.

Hallie Inglehart Austen was interviewed about her book Heart of the Goddess on The Spark with Stephanie James on October 17.

Authors Skylar Wilson and Jennifer Listug were interviewed on The Spirit Seeker BlogTalk Radio show on October 18 about Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action.

BlogTalk Radio’s La Femme de Prose interviewed Doug Segal about Struck on October 29.

An excerpt from Now You See the Sky by Catharine H. Murray was published in Inspired Parenting Magazine’s October 2018 issue.

Justine Bateman was interviewed on The Adam Carolla Show podcast on October 24 about her book Fame: The Hijacking of Reality.

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Anne Garréta, trans. Emma Ramadan | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920091 | April 2015
Sphinx lets us glimpse a world where one may be free to not be defined by gender, or to even evade it altogether, opening up almost infinite possibilities of identification for readers.”—Ploughshares

Zion’s Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Literature
Sheldon Teitelbaum, Emanuel Lottem, editors| Mandel Vilar Press | 9781942134527 | September 2018
Zion’s Fiction leaves you wanting more. In their variety and unpredictability, its writers convey a sense of a dynamic and expanding genre.”—Mosaic Magazine

Things to Make and Break
May-Lan Tan | Coffee House Press | 9781566895279 | October 2018
Things to Make and Break is at once about everyone and no one in particular.”—Harvard Crimson

Mephisto’s Walz: Selected Short Stories
Sergio Pitol, trans. George Henson | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920831 | November 2018
“Translating the twists and turns and folds of Sergio Pitol’s sentences must have been no easy feat, which is why George Henson deserves a medal for his work here. Henson renders Pitol’s sentences in a rich mix of formality and informality—fitting for a writer who was both a lawyer and diplomat, someone so used to exacting methods of communication.”—Literal Magazine

Holy Moly Carry Me
Erika Meitner | BOA Editions | 9781942683629 | September 2018
“There are a variety of forms, too, from sonnets to free verse. Ultimately, what carries this collection home are not its formal elements, but a real, honest, scared voice pervading the work, asking questions like: How are we so vulnerable? How do we care for each other? How can we stay safe? Meitner gives voice to the fears of the moment in this portrait of a very unsettled American time.”—Jewish Book Council

Kai Carson-Wee | BOA Editions | 9781942683582 | April 2018
“Carlson-Wee serves as an able guide to ferry readers through the lives of the homeless, those who have come untethered or been cut loose and who now gather in tent cities and hobo encampments. . . . The poems crackle with energy and vision, and understated critique comprised of irony and a keen eye for the absurdity of a fractured, often disassociated form of existence. . . . With an unflinching gaze, Carlson-Wee recognizes that grappling with the American landscape means wrestling both spirit and flesh.”—Orion Magazine

A Little Drama: Playful Activities for Young Children
Lavinia Roberts | Redleaf Press | 9781605545851
“How does a teacher move from equipping a basic dramatic play center to introducing drama as a regular classroom feature? The first step might be in choosing Lavinia Roberts and her new book as a guide. . . Ever respectful of children, Roberts guides inexperienced early childhood teachers into the unfamiliar, but rewarding, territory of classroom drama, building skills across developmental domains, engendering imagination and creativity, and supporting children as they learn self-regulation, empathy, respect and collaboration in a community of young learners.”—Texas Child Care Quarterly

Death of a Rainmaker: A Dust Bowl Mystery
Laurie Loewenstein | Akashic Books | 9781617756658 | October 2018
“Loewenstein offers vivid storytelling and a fine eye for evoking small-town life in America’s heartland.”—Reading the Past
Michael DeForge | Koyama Press | 9781927668603 | September 2018
“Michael DeForge’s wonderful new graphic novel Brat mocks both celebrity culture and performances of rebellion.”—New York Journal of Books

First We Surf, Then We Eat: Recipes From a Lifetime of Surf Travel
Jim Kempton | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551338 | September 2018
“The recipes are easy to follow, distinctive and for the most part incredibly healthy. . . . The book itself is so beautifully put together, with delicious food images and iconic surf breaks featured throughout. In every chapter, you will find places worth visiting, people worth knowing and surf worth travelling. . . . Jim’s stories are personal and without even meeting him, you are convinced by the end of the book that you’ve known him your whole life.”—Stu News Laguna

Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage
Grace Schulman | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983527 | August 2018
“Schulman charts her development as a writer and editor through the seismic variations of intimacy with her spouse.” —On the Seawall

Inquiry-Based Early Learning Environments: Creating, Supporting, and Challenging
Susan Stacey | Redleaf Press | 9781605545813 | September 2018
“Examines inquiry in all its facets, including environments that support relationships, that create a culture of risk-taking in our thinking, that support teachers as well as children, that include families, that use documentation as a way of thinking about our work, and of course, the physical environment and all the objects and spaces within it . . . Impressively organized and presented.”—Midwest Book Review

Open-Ended Art for Young Children: Moving Beyond the Basics
Tracy Galuski and Mary Ellen Bardsley | Redleaf Press | 9781605545981 | October 2018
“Goes beyond the basics to highlight why the field of early childhood education advocates for open-ended art and explains how to adapt to new ways of thinking about art. . . . unreservedly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review

HOT Skills: Developing Higher-Order Thinking in Young Learners 
Steffen Saifer | Redleaf Press | 9781605545561 | June 2018
“Breaks down theory into practice so classroom teachers won’t miss an opportunity to help young learners develop logical, critical, and creative thinking skills. Exceptionally organized and thoroughly user friendly in presentation.”—Midwest Book Review

STEAM Concepts for Infants and Toddlers
Nichole A. Baumgart and Linda R. Kroll | Redleaf Press | 9781605545547 | August 2018
“A platform for educators to observe and facilitate infants and toddlers’ natural curiosities around STEAM concepts. The text discusses tangible, rich STEAM learning environments for children from birth through age two and introduces where this learning can go next as children transition into the preschool years.” —Midwest Book Review

Madame Victoria
Catherine Leroux, trans. Lazer Lederhendler | Biblioasis | 9781771962070 | November 2018
“A unique and inherently fascinating approach to narrative storytelling, and ably translated into English by Lazer Lederhendler.”—Midwest Book Review

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On October 17, the Los Angeles Times reported on Chris Erskine’s appearance at the One City, One Book event, at which he read from his new book Daditude: The Joys and Absurdities of Modern Fatherhood (Prospect Park Books).

Alan Hirsch, author of Impeaching the President: Past, Present, and Future (City Lights Publishers), wrote an essay for McSweeneys on October 22.

Michael Imperioli, author of The Perfume Burned His Eyes (Akashic Books), was interviewed by San Francisco, California NPR affiliate KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny on October 17.

A profile of Ladan Osman, author of the forthcoming poetry collection Exiles of Eden (Coffee House Press), was published by the Plattsburgh, New York Press-Republican on October 18.

OZY included Verónica Gerber Bicecci’s Empty Set in its October 11 article “Tales of Loss: Six Great Mexican Reads by Women.”

Coastal Rainbow Forum interviewed T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper, authors of Changers Book Four: Forever (Akashic Books) on October 22.

Hi Mama’s The Preschool Podcast interviewed Michelle Kay Compton and Robin Chappele Thompson, authors of StoryMaking: The Maker Movement Approach to Literary for Early Learners (Redleaf Press) on October 2

Jacksonville Magazine published an article about Jim Kempton’s First We Surf, Then We Eat (Prospect Park Books) on October 19.

The Iowa City Gazette published an article on Arthur Geisert, author of Pumpkin Island (Enchanted Lion Books), on October 20.

Nicole Skibola, author of Wakeful Night: A Structured Reflection on Loss and Illumination (Dottir) was interviewed live on San Francisco, California local CBS station KPIX 5’s Morning Show on October 13.

The Comics Journal interviewed Patrick Kyle, author of Roaming Foliage (Koyama Press) on October 19.

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Roaming Foliage
Patrick Kyle | Koyama Press | 9781927668641 | October 2018
“Kyle’s visual style is as resistant to the mainstream as his publishing approach. While many artists produce anime-influenced, color-saturated worlds with stable rules and characters, Kyle pushes at the boundaries of acceptability.”—New York Journal of Books

The Whistling Factory
Jesse McManus | Uncivilized Books | 9781941250297 | September 2018
“Jesse McManus comics are like a fever dream. That is, they are at once grotesque and lucid, operating with a world that exists in the coherent (if disorienting) shadow of our own.”—Comics Journal

Fiona Smyth | Koyama Press | 9781927668542 | May 2018
Somnambulance rightfully restores Smyth’s place within the collective history of indie comics.  What is also striking how much her comics are a window into the time in which they were made, but also how they presage ideas that would take another two decades to fully take hold.”—Broken Frontier

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman
Jeffreen M. Hayes | GILES | 9781911282228 | October 2018
“A handsome catalog. . . . [with]  a useful introduction that provides historical context for Savage’s career as artist, teacher, and institution builder. . . . Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman does not disappoint.”—Florida Times-Union

After the Winter
Guadalupe Nettel | Coffee House Press | 9781566895255 | September 2018
“After the Winter asks big questions about intimacy and desire, happiness and depression, passion and numbness, and, of course, love and loss.”—Southwest Review

My First Music Book: Musical Instruments
Charlotte Ameling | Auzou | 9782733861486 | September 2018
“The bright, colorful illustrations feature animals playing the music and each spread asks the reader to find the instrument they hear as well as search for one other pictured instrument.  The music is high quality and easy on the ear. Each song perfectly captures the scene in the illustration. This is a fun introduction to music for the very young.” –Youth Services Book Review

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Hieu Minh Nguyen’s collection Not Here (Coffee House Press) was included in the poetry section of Publishers Weekly’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide on October 12.

Virgie Tovar, author of You Have the Right to Remain Fat (The Feminist Press at CUNY), wrote an essay for on October 1. Bustle published a profile of Tovar on October 9.

Minneapolis, Minnesota NPR affiliate Minnesota Public Radio’s The Thread interviewed local bookseller Daley Farr on October 12, who recommended Daisy Hildyard’s The Second Body (Fitzcarraldo Editions).

Michelle Bailat-Jones, author of Unfurled (Ig Publishing), wrote an original essay for Literary Hub on October 15.

Ivelisse Rodriguez, author of Love War Stories (The Feminist Press at CUNY), was interviewed on Houston, Texas radio station KPFT 90.1’s News Talk on October 2 and by Electric Literature on October

Doug Segal, author of Struck: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph (Prospect Park Books), was interviewed by Native Society on October 16 and by Little Known Facts podcast on October 15.

Matthew Fox, author of Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action (Monkfish Book Publishing), was interviewed on Episode 682 of Greg Voisen’s podcast Inside Personal Growth.

Camille Acker’s Training School for Negro Girls (The Feminist Press at CUNY) was included in Colorlines’s October 3 article “The Race-Focused Books We’re Reading This Fall.” Acker complied a reading list for Electric Literature on October 8.

The Spoon published a feature on Chloe Rutzervald, author of Food Futures: How Design and Technology can Shape our Food System (BIS Publishers), on October 14.

Curiously Conscious recommended Johan Idema’s  How to be a Better Tourist: Tips for a Truly Rewarding Vacation (BIS Publishers) in a September 21 article on ethical traveling.

425 Business included Elisa Birnbaum’s In the Business of Change: How Social Entrepreneurs are Disrupting Business as Usual (New Society Publishers) on its fall reading list.

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom website interviewed Rivers Solomon, author of An Unkindness of Ghosts (Akashic Books) on October 10.

Rachel Zinman, author of Yoga for Diabetes: How to Manage your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda (Monkfish Book Publishing), wrote an article for Chronic Love Club on October 4.

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Salt Lake City, Utah NPR affiliate KUER’s RadioWest aired a program about Ellen Meloy on October 3. Meloy’s essays will be published in April 2019 by Torrey House Press as Seasons: Desert Sketches by Ellen Meloy.

Last week North Dakota NPR affiliate Prairie Public Radio interviewed Anastasia Higginbotham, author of Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Dottir Press).

NPR affiliate Virginia Public Radio interviewed Matthew Volmer, author of Permanent Exhibit (BOA Editions) on October 3.

Literary Hub published an excerpt from Martin Riker’s Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return (Coffee House Press) on October 5.

Longreads published an excerpt from Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love by Anna Moschovakis (Coffee House Press) on October 5, and NYLON editor Kristin Iverson recommended the book on BookMarks on October 3.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of Sketchtasy (Arsenal Pulp Press) recommended Myriam Gurba’s Mean (Coffee House Press) on an October 4 reading list for Literary Hub that was picked up by Bookforum.

Literary Hub published an excerpt from Amy Irvine’s Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness on October 10.

Latino Book Review interviewed Sandra Cisneros, author of Puro Amor (Sarabande Books), on October 1.

Publishers Weekly interviewed Hernán Diaz, author of In the Distance (Coffee House Press) on October 5.

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop recommended Letters to Memory by Karen Tei Yamashita (Coffee House Press) and Though I Get Home by YZ Chin (The Feminist Press at CUNY) on October 3.

Outside included Jonathan Thompson’s River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Spill in its October 2 list of “5 Books to Motivate You to Protect America’s Rivers.”

Yes! Magazine published an excerpt from Bruce Levine’s Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian—Strategies, Tools, and Models (AK Press) on October 2.

Colorlines included Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation, and Transformation (AK Press) on its October 3 list of “Race-Focused Books We’re Reading This Fall.”

Charles Demers, author of Property Values (Arsenal Pulp Press) appeared on Marc Maron podcast WTF on October 8.

Permaculture Podcast interviewed L. Hunter Lovins, co-author of A Finer Future is Possible: Creating an Economy in Service to Life (New Society Publishers), on September 30.

An original essay by Nicole Skibola and an excerpt from her book Wakeful Night: A Structured Reflection On Loss and Illumination (Dottir Press) appeared on A Woman’s Thing on October 8.

Paris recommended Brad Phillips’s Essays and Fictions (Tyrant Books) on September 14.

Miss Nina’s Weekly Video Show featured Cynthia Weill’s Colores De La Vida: Mexican Folk Art Colors in English and Spanish (Cinco Puntos Press) on October 8.

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Witch Wife
Kiki Petrosino | Sarabande Books | 9781946448033 | December 2017
“There is no moment of Witch Wife that slacks— Petrosino revels in the crafting of sculptural cats-cradle like poems: strange and beautiful, morbid and musical, Witch Wife confirms Petrosino as both magician and master, and certainly one of America’s most fascinating contemporary poets.”—Five Points

Justin Phillip Reed | Coffee House Press | 9781566895149 | May 2018
“Reed’s wit and formal experimentation, quicksilver and luminous, shows the world as it is, while detailing how the very people that society most devalues, demeans, and seeks to destroy are its true visionaries.”—Adroit Journal

Good Stock Strange Blood
Dawn Lundy Martin | Coffee House Press | 9781566894715 | August 2017
“Martin charts new possibilities for subverting those (white) structures of domination and control that would reduce black subjectivity to a mute and endless re-inscription of its traumatized collective past.”—Poetry Northwest

Puro Amor
Sandra Cisneros | Sarabande Books | 9781946448217 | October 2018
Puro Amor explores perspective dually, giving readers both an intimate view of the protagonist’s daily life and the perspective of the townspeople looking in. . . . a juxtaposition that gives room for Cisneros to be both silly and reverent in her exploration of the inherent arduousness of partnership, and ultimately to show that animals do give the purest love.”—Arkansas International

The Lake on Fire
Rosellen Brown | Sarabande Books | 9781946448231 | October 2018
“A stunning work of historical fiction, filled with the sights and sounds of the Gilded Age in Chicago.”—Arkansas International

Permanent Exhibit
Matthew Volmer | BOA Editions | 9781942683681 | September 2018
“Several of the essays involve Vollmer riding his bike down a steep hill; we fear, along with him, a catastrophe, a collision. But the collision with which Permanent Exhibit is primarily concerned—that between the private archive of the mind and the public archive of the internet—has already occurred. And rather than catastrophic, this melding of mind and machine can be, as Vollmer says below, ‘magical.’”—Brooklyn Rail

So Many Islands: Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian, and Pacific Oceans
edited by Nicholas Laughlin with Nailah Folami Imoji, introduction by Marlon James | Akashic Books | 9781617756702 | July 2018
“As an anthology, this collection of work is amazingly well-rounded . . . This collection is a unique and worthy addition to any library . . . These writers offer a window into genuine, unglazed local life in far-flung, ill-understood parts of the world. It’s a gift beyond price.”—Sinkhole Magazine

We Are The Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered
Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki | Akashic Books | 9781617752933 | July 2018
We Are The Clash celebrates the struggle for humanity, both in a band and in the wider world community. Traveling the journey of The Clash’s final years is no train in vain. The benefits of understanding history allow readers to see that the future is unwritten, as long as mistakes from the past are not dutifully repeated, but learned from. . . . Now it’s up to you to get this book and enable your future.”—Slug Magazine

Liza Jane & the Dragon
Laura Lippman, illus. Kate Samworth | Akashic Books | 9781617756610 | October 2018
“Silly, funny and a joy to read. The illustrations are great, too. Get a copy for your little one, they’ll read it more than once!”—Journey of a Bookseller

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