New & Noteworthy Books

New Books from Independent &
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Posted on April 19, 2010


Camino del Sol coverCamino del Sol

Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing

Ed. Rigoberto Gonzalez

Univ of Arizona Press, May 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8165-2813-4

Paperback: 368pp; $24.95

From website: This volume celebrates fifteen years of books by bringing together some of the series’ best work, such as poetry from Francisco X. Alarcón, fiction from Christine Granados, and nonfiction from Luis Alberto Urrea. These voices echo the entire spectrum of Latina/o writing, from Chicana/o to Puerto Rican to Brazilian-American, and take in themes ranging from migration to gender.


The Consequences of Skating coverThe Consequence of Skating

Fiction by Steven Gillis

Black Lawrence Press, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9826228-7-2

Paperback: 330pp; $18.00

Gillis’s fourth novel centers on Mickey Greene, an actor who has fallen from grace. The novel follows Greene on his adventures as he beings restructuring his life. //


Creating a Life coverCreating a Life

The memoir of a writer and mom in the making

Nonfiction by Corbin Lewars

Catalyst Book Press, February 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0980208153

Paperback: 171pp; $16.00

From website: Creating a Life shares the bumpy road that led Corbin Lewars to motherhood and her career as a writer. Deformed sperm, a miscarriage, and quitting her job to become an editor only to have that publication become bankrupt were a few hurdles that she crossed along the way.


Diasporas in the New Media Age coverDiasporas in the New Media Age

Identity, Politics, and Community

Ed. Andoni Alonso, Pedro J. Oiazabal

Univ of Nevada Press, April 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-87417-815-9

Paperback: 368; $44.95

The explosion of digital information and communication technologies has influenced almost every aspect of contemporary life. Diasporas in the New Media Age is the first book-length examination of the social use of these technologies by emigrants and diasporas around the world.


Drake's Bay coverDrake's Bay

Fiction by T.A. Roberts

Permanent Press, April 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-57962-197-1

Hardcover: 240pp; $28.00

Academic Ethan Storey gets dragged to an open house at Willem’s Institute and ends up getting a job cataloging collections from the 15th- and 16-century. Life soon becomes complicated as murder, arson, and more begin happening around Ethan.


I Hotel coverI Hotel

Fiction by Karen Tei Yamashita

Coffee House Press, May 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-56689-239-1

Paperback: 640pp; $19.95

A look at the Civil Rights movement as it played out in San Francisco’s Chinatown, I Hotel is a cross-genre work split into ten novellas spanning ten years starting in 1968 when Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated. //


In the House coverIn the House

Fiction by Lynn K. Kilpatrick

Univ of Alabama Press, March 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-57366-154-6

Paperback: 136pp; $13.50

From website: n Lynn K. Kilpatrick’s In the House, anything can happen. A collection of shorts—lists, character sketches, directions, scripts, and instructions—In the House reveals the often conspicuous, yet frequently overlooked, dangers of relationships gone awry.


Indivisible coverIndivisible

An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry

Ed. Neelanjana Banerjee, Summi Kaipa, Pireeni Sundaralingam

Univ of Arkansas Press, May 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-55728-931-5

Paperback: 288pp; $24.95

From website: Indivisible brings together forty-nine American poets who trace their roots to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Featuring award-winning poets including Meena Alexander, Agha Shahid Ali, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, and Vijay Seshadri, here are poets who share a long history of grappling with a multiplicity of languages, cultures, and faiths. //


The Inquisition Yours coverThe Inquisition Yours

Poetry by Jen Currin

Coach House Books, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-55245-230-1

Paperback: 111pp; $14.95

From website: The Inquisition Yours speaks to the atrocities of our time – war, environmental destruction, terrorism, cancer, and the erosion of personal rights.


Man Receives a Letter coverMan Receives a Letter

Fiction by Peter Gordon

Red Hen Press, November 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1-59709-459-7

Paperback: 176pp; $18.95

From website: In Peter Gordon's debut collection Man Receives Letter and Other Stories, the fragility and mystery of human relationships are explored between husbands and wives, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and colleagues at work.


Mysteriosos and Other Poems coverMysteriosos & Other Poems

Poetry by Michael McClure

New Directions Books, April 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8112-1842-9

Paperback: 144pp; $15.95

From website: Mysteriosos and Other Poems, Michael McClure’s newest book of poetry, explores the last seven years.


The Name of the Nearest River coverThe Name of the Nearest River

Fiction by Alex Taylor

Sarabande Books, April 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-932511-80-2

Paperback: 184pp; $15.95

From website: The stories in The Name of the Nearest River reveal the hidden dangers in the coyote-infested fields, rusty riverbeds, and abandoned logging trails of Kentucky


Not Blessed coverNot Blessed

Fiction by Harold Abramowitz

Les Figues Press, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-934254-13-4

Paperback: 86pp; $15.00

From website: In Not Blessed, a story is told not once, but twenty-eight times in twenty-eight shifting versions.




On Wonderland & Waste coverOn Wonderland & Waste

Poetry by Sandy Florian

Sidebrow Books, April 2010

ISBN-10: 0-9814975-1-9

Paperback: 104pp; $20.00

“A bellow that is not a bucket. A bucket that is not a bone. There is wisdom in slipping into oceans.” //


Requiem for the Orchard coverRequiem for the Orchard

Poetry by Oliver de la Paz

Univ of Akron Press, April 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-931968-74-4

Paperback: 88pp; $14.95

Winner of the 2009 Akron Poetry Prize chosen by Marin Espada //


Rhapsodomancy coverRhapsodomancy

Poetry by kevin mcpherson eckhoff

Coach House Books, 2010

ISBN-13: 9-781552-452318

Paperback: 87pp; $14.95

From website: Exploring two phonic alphabets as image, these poems interrogate the relationship between voice and visual poetry. Can pictures represent voice? Can unutterable writing express thought? //


The Second Trial coverThe Second Trial

Children's Fiction by Rosemarie Boll

Second Story Press, April 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-897187-72-2

Paperback: 320pp; $11.95

From website: Danny McMillan never knew that his father was abusing his mother, until a night of violence that shattered his family forever. Watching in the courtroom as his father is sentenced, Danny struggles with divided loyalties – to his mother on one side and to his father whom he wants to forgive on the other. After one trial is over, another begins for Danny. //


The Sleep Hotel coverThe Sleep Hotel

Poetry by Amy Newlove Schroeder

Oberlin College Press, April 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-932440-39-6

Paperback: 71pp; $15.95

Winner of the 2009 FIELD Poetry Prize



To Build My Shadow a Fire coverTo Build My Shadow a Fire

Poetry by David Wevill

Truman State Univ Press, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-935503-04-0

Paperback: 272pp; $24.95

From website: This collection showcases the creative range and essential writing of David Wevill, an elusive and enigmatic poetic figure. [. . .] A Canadian born in Japan, Wevill was educated in England, and lived in Burma and Spain before he moved to Austin, Texas, where he has spent more than 40 years as a writer, translator, teacher, and editor. These selections were chosen from more than one thousand pages of published work largely unknown in the U.S. //


New & Noteworthy Books

Full list of new & noteworthy books received


April 19, 2010


Camino del Sol, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Univ of Arizona Press

Telling it Real, Ed. Peter Anderson, Pilgrimage Press



Grandpa Used to Live Alone, Amy Costales, Arte Publico Press //

No Time for Monsters, Spelile Rivas, Arte Publico Press //

The Party for Papa Luis, Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Arte Publico Press //

Patrick's Wish, Karen Mitchell and Rebecca Upjohn, Second Story Press //

The Second Trial, Rosemarie Boll, Second Story Press //



Antwerp, Roberto Bolano, New Directions Book

The Ballad of Two Tom Mores, Corey Mesler, Bronx River Press //

The Consequence of Skating, Steven Gillis, Black Lawrence Press //

Drake's Bay, T.A. Roberts, Permanent Pres

Drowning Tucson, Aaron Michael Morris, Coffee House Press //

Elysiana, Chris Knopf, Permanent Press

Fall Asleep Forgetting, Georgeann Packard, Permanent Press //

I Hotel, Karen Tei Yamashita, Coffee House Press //

In the House, Lynn K. Kilpatrick, Univ of Alabama Press

The Last River Child, Lori Ann Bloomfield, Second Story Press //

Man Receives a Letter, Peter Gordon, Red Hen Press

The Name of the Nearest River, Alex Taylor, Sarabande Books

Not Blessed, Harold Abramowitz, Les Figues Press

Now Playing, Shellie Zacharia, Keyhole Press //

Pretend All Your Life, Joseph Mackin, Permanent Press //

The Report, Jessica Francis Kane, Graywolf Press

A Santo in the Image of Cristobal Garcia, Rick Collignon, Unbridled Books

Shabbytown, Michael Hemmingson, Black Mask Books //

Thirty Miles to Rosebud, Barbara Henning, BlazeVOX [books] //

Time Among the Dead, Thomas Rayfiel, Permanent Press //



The Art of Description, Mark Doty, Graywolf Press

The Art of Recklessness, Dean Young, Graywolf Press

Creating a Life, Corbin Lewars, Catalyst Book Press

Diasporas in the New Media Age, Ed. Andoni Alonso, Pedro J. Oiazabal, Univ of Nevada Press

Knocked Up, Knocked Down, Monica Murphy Lemoine, Catalyst Book Press //



2X2, Martine Bellen, BlazeVOX [books]

The Angel Voices, William Heyen, Mayapple Press //

Appetite for the Divine, Christine Gelineau, Ashland Poetry Press //

The Available World, Ander Monson, Sarabande Books //

Bartab: An After Hours Ballad, Cesca Janece Waterfield, Two-Handed Engine Press //

A Book of Unknowing, John High, Talisman House, Pub

The Casanova Chronicles, Myrna Stone, Etruscan Press //

Chora, Sandra Doller, Ahsahta Press //

Cities and Memory, Barbara Henning, Chax Press //

Collected Poems, Gustaf Sobin, Talisman House, Pub //

The Contortions, Nicole Mauro, Dusie //

Dream Detective, David Mills, Straw Gate Books //

Gallowglass, Susan Tichy, Ahsahta Press

The Gate of Horn, L.S. Asekoffrthwestern Univ Press //

Girl on a Bridge, Suzanne Frischkorn, Main Street Rag Pub Co

Giving Way, Shawn Fawson, Bitter Oleander Press //

House Envy of All the World, Simone White, Heretical Texts/Factory //

houses are fields, Taije Silverman, Louisiana State Univ Press //

I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl, Karyna McGlynn, Sarabande Books

Indivisible, Ed. Neelanjana Banerjee, Summi Kaipa, Pireeni , Univ of Arkansas Press //

Inheritance, Margaret Kaufman, Sixteen Rivers Press //

The Inquisition Yours, Jen Currin, Coach House Books

The Last Estate, Conor Bowman, Permanent Press //

Love Over 60, Robin Chapman and Jeri McCormick, Mayapple Press //

Museum of False Starts, Chip Livingston, Gival Press

Mysteriosos & Other Poems, Michael McClure, New Directions Books

On Wonderland & Waste, Sandy Florian, Sidebrow Books //

Orange Crush, Simone Muench, Sarabande Books

Phantom Noise, Brian Turner, Alice James Books

The Place That Inhabits Us, Sixteen Rivers Press //

Requiem for the Orchard, Oliver de la Paz, Univ of Akron Press //

Rhapsodomancy, kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Coach House Books //

Saints & Cannibals, Christine Hume, Plain View Press

The Salt Ecstasies, James L. White, Graywolf Press //

Selenography, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Sidebrow Books

The Sleep Hotel, Amy Newlove Schroeder, Oberlin College Press

To Build My Shadow a Fire, David Wevill, Truman State Univ Press //

Voices from the Bitter Core, Ursula Krechel, Host Publications //

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