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Posted on October 6, 2011


Drunken Angel coverDrunken Angel

Nonfiction by Alan Kaufman

Viva Editions, November 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-935740-02-4

Hardcover: 463pp; $25.00

Memoir of a writer and editor who rose from alcoholism. Alan Kaufman is the editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and The Outlaw Bible of American Literature.


Good Offices coverGood Offices

Fiction by Evelio Rosero

Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean, Anna Milsom

New Directions Books, October 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8112-1930-3

Paperback: 132pp; $13.95

The second novel by Columbian author Evelio Rosero to be translated into English. Hunchback Tancredo works with the church to help the poor. When a new father arrives to preside over Mass, he is treated to a feast by Tancredo and the Lilias, a group of resident widows. Under the influence of wine and food, they lose their inhibitions and confess their sins and stories, revealing lives crippled by the Church.


Morning Star coverMorning Star

Children’s/YA Fiction by Judith Plaxton

Second Story Press, September 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1897187975

Paperback: 180pp; $10.95

The Underground Railroad links two girls living more than a century apart. Interwoven with the tale of Flower and her family's harrowing escape from slavery is the tale of Felicia, a modern girl researching her ancestry for a class project.


To Hope and Back coverTo Hope and Back

The Journey of the St. Louis

Children’s/YA Nonfiction by Kathy Kacer

Second Story Press, September 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-897187-96-8

Paperback: 200pp; $14.95

Carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees fleeing Europe at the beginning of WWII, the St. Louis was turned away at port after port around the world. Geared to ages 9-13; part of the Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers.


to refrain from embracing coverto refrain from embracing

Poetry by Monika Rinck

Translated from the German by Nicholas Grindell

Burning Deck Books, November 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1936194070

Paperback: 80pp; $14.00

Rinck sets in tension the most disparate ideas "along with their margins." Her tonal register shifts from harsh to vulnerable, from formal to casual and playful, from mockery to dreaminess. Her subject matter combines reflection on language and philosophy with everyday problems, animals, pop culture.


New & Noteworthy Books
Full list of new & noteworthy books received

October 6, 2011

Children's/YA Fiction

The Blood Lie, Shirley Reza Vernick, Cinco Puntos Press

Morning Star, Judith Plaxton, Second Story Press


Children's/YA Nonfiction

To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis, Kathy Kacer, Second Story Press



The Last of the Egyptians, Gerard Mace, Burning Deck Books



Animal Sanctuary, Sarah Falkner, Starcherone Books

Good Offices, Evelio Rosero, New Directions Books

Lightning Rods, Helen DeWitt, New Directions Books

A Queen's Journey: An unfinished novel about Hawaii's last monarch, James D. Houston, Heyday Books

Graphic Novel

Habibi, Craig Thompson, Pantheon Books



A Cluttered Life: Searching for God, Serenity, and My Missing Keys, Pesi Dinnerstein, Seal Press

Drunken Angel, Alan Kaufman, Viva Editions

Lucky Bruce, A Literary Memoir, Bruce Jay Friedman, Biblioasis



After the Firestorm, Susan Kolodny, Mayapple Press

Georg Trakl: Poems, Georg Trakl, Oberlin College Press

to refrain from embracing, Monika Rinck, Burning Deck Books

The World Falls Away, Wanda Coleman, Univ of Pittsburgh Press