New & Noteworthy Books

New Books from Independent &
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Posted on September 2, 2010


Baby coverBaby

& other stories

Fiction by Paula Bomer

Word Riot Press, December 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9779343-7-9

Paperback: 176pp; $15.95

The short stories in Paula Bomer's debut collection are subversive portraits of the modern American family.


Birds for a Demolition coverBirds for a Demolition

Poetry by Manoel de Barros

Translated from the Portuguese by Idra Novey

Carnegie Mellon Univ Press, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-88748-523-7

Paperback: 96pp; $16.95

Birds for a Demolition [. . .] brings the vivid, surreal poetry of one of Brazil's most celebrated living poets, Manoel de Barros, into English for the first time.


The Cailiffs of Bagdhad, Georgia cvoerThe Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia

Fiction by Mary Helen Stefaniak

W.W. Norton & Co., September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-393-06310-3

Hardcover: 352pp; $24.95

Narrator Gladys Cailiff is eleven years old in 1938 when a new schoolteacher turns Threestep, Georgia, upside down. Miss Grace Spivey is a well-traveled young woman who believes in field trips, Arabian costumes, and reading aloud from her ten-volume set of One Thousand Nights and a Night. The real trouble begins when she decides to revive the annual town festival as an exotic Baghdad Bazaar. Miss Spivey and her project transform the lives of everyone around her. //


The Creative Writer's Survival Guide coverThe Creative Writer's Survival Guide

Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist

Nonfiction by John McNally

Univ of Iowa Press, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-58729-920-9

Paperback: 288pp; $19.95

McNally wrestles with writing degrees and graduate programs, the nuts and bolts of agents and query letters and critics, book signings and other ways to promote your book, alcohol and other home remedies, and jobs for writers from adjunct to tenure-track.


Death Obscura coverDeath Obscura

Poetry by Rick Bursky

Sarabande Books, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-932511-87-1

Paperback: 72pp; $14.95

A surreality that is lived in – populated by the death-obsessed, yet distracted by levity.


Reliquary Fever coverReliquary Fever

New and Selected Poems

Poetry by Beckian Fritz Goldberg

New Issues Poetry & Prose, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-930974-94-4

Paperback: 215pp; $18.00

Reliquary Fever: New and Selected Poems gathers the work of Beckian Fritz Goldberg, one of her generation’s premiere voices and its fiercest proponent of a free imagination.


Richard Yates coverRichard Yates

Fiction by Tao Lin

Melville House Pub, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-935554-15-8

Paperback: 202pp; $14.95

What constitutes illicit sex for a generation with no rules? In a startling change of direction, cult favorite Tao Lin presents a dark and brooding tale of illicit love.


New & Noteworthy Books

Full list of new & noteworthy books received


September 2, 2010


hell strung and crooked, Uphook Press //

In the Silence of this Room, Ed. Diane Smith,Grey Sparrow Press //



faster, faster, Stephanie Balzer, Cue Editions


Children's/YA Fiction

The Kid Cyclone Fights the Devil and Other Stories, Xavier Garza, Arte Publico Press



Baby, Paula Bomer, Word Riot Press

The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia, Mary Helen Stefaniak, W.W. Norton & Co //

Dogs, Abigail DeWitt, Lorimer Press //

Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women, Mary Rechner, Propeller Books //

Richard Yates, Tao Lin, Melville House Pub

Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, Alissa Nutting, Starcherone Books //



Chaucer's Canterbury Comedies: Origins and Originality, Peter G. Beidler, Coffeetown Press //

The Creative Writer's Survival Guide, John McNally, Univ of Iowa Press

Sacred Ground & Holy Water, Lyn Fuchs, Coffeetown Press //



Birds for a Demolition, Manoel de Barros, Carnegie Mellon Univ Press

Death Obscura, Rick Bursky, Sarabande Books

Grief Suite, Bobbi Lurie, CW Books //

Mosquito Operas, Philip Dacey, Rain Mountain Press //

Reliquary Fever, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, New Issues Poetry & Prose

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