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Editor's Picks New Book Arrivals (426)

Published March 18, 2020

Wrenched from the Land

Written by Katy Haas

Wrenched from the Land features sixteen interviews with some of the most iconic eco-warriors to put themselves on the line for their beliefs. The activists featured in this book are inspired by the late Edward Abbey, one of America’s uncompromising defenders of wilderness. The book includes interviews with Terry Tempest Williams, the late Charles Bowden, Sea Shepherd Society founder Paul Watson, Jack Loeffler, Doug Peacock, Ingrid Eisenstadter, John De Puy, Bob Lippman, Derrick Jensen, Shonto Begay, Ken Sanders, Ken Sleight, the late Katie Lee, Executive Director of the Center for Biological Diversity Kieran Suckling, Earth First! cofounder Dave Foreman, and climate activist Tim DeChristopher.

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Published March 18, 2020

One Summer on Cutthroat Lake

Written by Katy Haas

Braxton’s golden age of cattle, dude ranches, and Cutthroat Lake Lodge has ended in World War II’s aftermath. When strangers try to revitalize it, tensions escalate. Then a famous photographer shows for a magazine shoot.

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Published March 18, 2020

House of the Ancients & Other Stories

Written by Katy Haas

Nobody’s perfect, but some of us—mostly men—are blinded by our hubris and baser urges. Judgment is impeded. Mistakes are made. The stories in this collection, many of them set outside the U.S., explore some of the consequences of these common failings.

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Published March 18, 2020

Before the Fevered Snow

Written by Katy Haas

In this, her fourth collection, celebrated poet Megan Merchant plumbs the contemporary American social consciousness as she explores the ageless themes of love and loss. Using the landscape of the changing seasons as her canvas, she sketches the abstract shape of marriage, motherhood, and grief. Merchant invokes the vivid decay of autumn, drawing a fierce parallel to the slow loss of her dying mother. These sparse, powerful, and distinctly wrought poems recognize that too often the most painfully palpable moments of our lives are the ones we lack the language to illuminate.

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Published February 19, 2020

Diode Editions New Spring 2020 Titles

Written by Katy Haas

Preorder new titles from Diode Editions releasing in March. Titles include The Last Human Heart, a poetry chapbook by Allison Joseph; Good Timing & Gertrude Stein: Inside Snoopy’s snout maggots feast upon my blood, a poetry chapbook by Julia Cohen; Prismatics: Larry Levis & Contemporary American Poetry: Interviews from the Documentary Film A Late Style of Fire edited by Gregory Donovan and Michele Poulos; Wider Than the Sky, a full-length poetry collection from Nancy Chen Long; and The Minister of Disturbances, a full-length poetry collection from Zeeshan Khan Pathan.

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Published February 19, 2020

The People’s Field

Written by Katy Haas

With attention to the Japanese occupation, the Korean War and its aftermath, The People’s Field reflects on the sounds, ideas and histories of the Korean peninsula. Of her selection, contest judge Jenny Yang Cropp writes, “Kwon’s manuscript contains a paradoxical experience of both movement and stillness, history and the eternal present. These poems, short and spare, carry the intensity of distillation but resist the epigrammatic as they show us a rich and complex landscape that asks for and earns reading after reading.”

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Published February 19, 2020

River Teeth

Written by Katy Haas

River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative has published a host of new and significant voices in creative nonfiction since 1999. To celebrate twenty years of introducing talented new writers to readers and publishing great nonfiction, the founding editors, Joe Mackall and Daniel W. Lehman, have selected their all-time favorite essays published in River Teeth in this stunning collection. Contributors include Ann Hood, Lee Martin, Chris Offutt, Angela Morales, Brenda Miller, Judith Kitchen, Ted Kooser, and Andre Dubus III. This collection illuminates the importance, breadth, and reach of the journal and shows the diversity of nonfiction writing available in the twenty-first century.

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Published February 19, 2020

Prime Meridian

Written by Katy Haas

"These poems are of a seer—unwrapping time, being, the Change we are igniting. The considerations are hard-won—who we are, what is coming upon us in this age, the passage we are entering and the exit—the seer knows it. There are no exhortations, no longings or forecasts, only the seeing, and the forthcoming Being that envelopes us more and more, “until all that is left of us.” We need this wisdom book, clear elixirs from the Source. True mind-beauty, carved with Humanity—beam, everyone must touch this volume in order to traverse the present age." —Juan Herrera

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Published February 19, 2020

Shining Man

Written by Katy Haas

In Shining Man, narrator Cash, an over-educated but under-achieving fry cook, decamps from a long period of floundering in suburban Charlotte, NC, to either find his vanished father in Chicago or settle his affairs, whichever comes first. The mission ultimately throws his own life into stark relief. The book explodes themes of economic opportunity, identity and the individual's place post-Great Recession in a politically polarized, culturally isolated, and class-stratified America—all through the eyes and voice of a young Southerner whose compatriots include both left-wing demonstrators and race car crew members.

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Published February 19, 2020

A Small Thing to Want

Written by Katy Haas

A Small Thing to Want, the debut short story collection by Shuly Xóchitl Cawood, chronicles the choices people make about whom to love and whom to let go, their yearnings that either bind them or set them free, and the surprising ways love shows up, without reason or restraint. The characters in these stories long for freedom, truth, friendship, courage, and second chances, but each person will have to grapple with the consequences and costs of their desires.

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