New & Noteworthy Books

New Books from Independent & University Presses

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Posted on October 28, 2010


The Cloud Corporation coverThe Cloud Corporation

Poetry by Timothy Donnelly

Wave Books, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1933517476

Paperback: 176pp; $16.00

Timothy Donnelly's long-awaited second collection fully invest[s] itself in the possibilities of language and intelligence … to illuminate the ceaseless advances of personal, political and social contingency.


Faulkner's Rosary coverFaulkner's Rosary

Poetry by Sarah Vap

Saturnalia Books, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9818591-6-3

Paperback: 80pp; $14.00

“Vap celebrates the mysteries of pregnancy with wonder, fear, sorrow, and joy. Like counting the beads on a rosary, she takes us along a trail of connected couplets, building a concrete yet mythic exploration of the body as it prepares to bring another body into the world."


Fireflies in the Mist coverFireflies in the Mist

Fiction by Qurratulain Hyder

New Directions Books, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8112-1865-8

Paperback: 304pp; $15.95

Fireflies follows the creation of modern day Bangladesh — from Indian province, to Partition, to the emergence of statehood — as told through the impassioned voice of Deepali Sarkar and others around her who live through the turbulence.”


Four of a Kind coverFour of a Kind

Poetry by Mark Neely

Concrete Wolf Pub, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9797137-4-3

Chapbook: 33pp; $10.00

Winner of the 2009 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Award selected by Jeannine Hall Gailey.


In Search of Civilization coverIn Search of Civilization

Remaking a Tarnished Idea

Nonfiction by John Armstrong

Graywolf Press, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-580-7

Hardcover: 208pp; $24.00

“In this provocative cri de coeur, philosopher John Armstrong rescues the idea of civilization from irrelevance and connects it to our search for individual happiness.” //


Life coverLife

Nonfiction by Keith Richards

Little, Brown & Co, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-316-03438-8

Hardcover: 564pp; $29.99

Memoir by Rolling Stones guitarist and songwriter Keith Richards.


Lord of Misrule coverLord of Misrule

Fiction by Jaimy Gordon

McPherson & Co, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-929701-83-7

Hardcover: 296pp; $25.00

Lord of Misrule follows five characters -- scarred and lonely dreamers in the American grain -- through a year and four races at Indian Mound Downs, downriver from Wheeling, West Virginia.”


The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway coverThe Mystery of the Hidden Driveway

Poetry by Jennifer L. Knox

Bloof Books, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9826587-1-0

Paperback: 84pp; $15.00

“Burt Reynolds, the cast of Battle of the Network Stars, Mary McDonnell, Gene Kelly, babies and villains in silent movies, Big Don the security guard, Don Ho, and an alligator named Kevin – just to name a few – all take their turns on Knox’s pages.”


Nine Worthies coverNine Worthies

Poetry by Caroline Knox

Wave Books, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1933517483

Chapbook: 48pp; $20.00

Knox describes the book as follows: "Nine Worthies, a work of prose and poetry operating as a sort of historical novella, deals with the life and times of Nathaniel Smibert (1734-1756), portrait painter and son of America’s first portraitist, John Smibert.”


The Oldest Hands in the World coverThe Oldest Hands in the World

Poetry by Daniele Pantano

Black Lawrence Press, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9826364-8-0

Paperback: 88pp; $14.00

The first collection of poems by Swiss poet, translator, and critic, Daniele Pantano. Includes poems about “exile, translingualism, and writing one's way home.”


Velleity's Shade coverVelleity's Shade

Poetry by Star Black, Paintings by Bill Knott

Saturnalia Books, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9818591-7-0

Paperback: 88pp; $16.00

“Reversing the roles in 2006's Stigmata Errata Etcetera, Star Black serves as poet, and Bill Knott takes on the role of artist.”


Weekends with O'Keeffe coverWeekends with O'Keefe

Nonfiction by C.S. Merrill

Univ of New Mexico Press, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8263-4928-6

Hardcover: 246pp; $24.95

Merrill’s journals reveal details of the daily life of a genius. The author describes how O’Keeffe stretched the canvas for her twenty-six-foot cloud painting and reports on O’Keeffe’s favorite classical music and preferred performers. Merrill provided descriptions of nature when she and the artist went for walks; she read to O’Keeffe from her favorite books and helped keep her space in meticulous order. //


New & Noteworthy Books

Full list of new & noteworthy books received


October 28, 2010


When Last on the Mountain, Ed. Vicky Lettmann, Carol Roan, Holy Cow Books


Children's/YA Fiction

The Battle of the Snow Cones, Lupe Ruiz-Flores, Pinata Books

Grandma's Chocolate, Mara Price, Pinata Books

Mali Under the Night Sky, Youme Landowne, Cinco Puntos Press //

The Runaway Piggy, Laura Lacamara, Pinata Books //


Children's/YA Nonfiction

Giveaways, Linda Boyden, Univ of New Mexico Press



Codename Prague, D. Harlan Wilson, Raw Dog Screaming Press //

Coyote O'Donohughe's History of Texas, Chuch Rosenthal, What Books Press //

Fireflies in the Mist, Qurratulain Hyder, New Directions Books

Lord of Misrule, Jaimy Gordon, McPherson & Co



In Search of Civilization, John Armstrong, Graywolf Press //

Life, Keith Richards, Little, Brown & Co

Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, Geoff Dyer, Graywolf Press //

Weekends with O'Keefe, C.S. Merrill, Univ of New Mexico Press //



All Good Water, J.P. White, Holy Cow Books //

The Cloud Corporation, Timothy Donnelly, Wave Books

Faulkner's Rosary, Sarah Vap, Saturnalia Books

Four of a Kind, Mark Neely, Concrete Wolf Pub

The Lesser Fields, Rob Schlegel, Colorado State Univ Coop Extension

The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway, Jennifer L. Knox, Bloof Books

The New Tourism, Harry Mathews, Sand Paper Press //

Nine Worthies, Caroline Knox, Wave Books

The Oldest Hands in the World, Daniele Pantano, Black Lawrence Press

Sightline, Elizabeth Austen, Andrea Bates, Carol Stevens , Toadlily Press //

So Quick Bright Things, Gail Wronsky, What Books Press

These Hands, Aage Brandt, Host Publications //

Velleity's Shade, Star Black, Bill Knott, Saturnalia Books

Why We Make Gardens, Jeanne Larsen, Mayapple Press //

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