Editor's Picks New Book Arrivals (416)
Dispatches from the End of Ice is part science, part lyric essay, and part research reportage—all structured around a series of found artifacts (a map, a museum, an inventory, a book) in an attempt to understand disappearance. It is a brilliant synthesis of science, storytelling, and research in the spirit of essayists like Robert Macfarlane, John McPhee, and Joni Tevis. Peterson’s work orbits the idea of vanishing and the taxonomies of loss both in an unstable world and in our individual lives.
If sensible beings look back at how America stopped being a cohesive and functioning concept, they’ll find trump and his hard-core knockoffs largely to blame. Many American adults, more than 40%, have identified with and single-mindedly supported trump for three years or more, no matter what inane or dangerous behaviors he exhibits. Many Americans are the physical, violent, intellectual, emotional, and moral knockoffs of trump. This can't be good. This essay shows why. At Amazon Books, search Randall G. Nichols. [This is a sponsored post.]
In this debut collection by African American poet Xandria Phillips, HULL explores emotional impacts of colonialism and racism on the Black queer body and the present-day emotional impacts of enslavement in urban, rural, and international settings. HULL is lyrical, layered, history-ridden, experimental, textured, adorned, ecstatic, and emotionally investigative.
Thirty-six poets and writers spill their worst reading experiences. Featuring: Brett Axel, Mark Baechtel, Abby Bardi, Linda Blaskey, Jim Bourey, Jamie Brown, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Joan Colby, Pete Dantinne, Barbara Esstman, Abby Frucht, Meredith Davies Hadaway, Lola Haskins, Alma Katsu, Randi Gray Kristensen, Gerry LaFemina, Sara Levy, Jo McDougall, Dinty W. Moore, Miles David Moore, Meredith Pond, Charles Rammelkamp, Paisley Rekdal, Melissa Scholes Young, Amber Shockley, Rose Solari, Ed Southern, Amber Sparks, Marilyn Stablein, Sharon Suzuki-Martinez, Susan Tepper, Lee Upton, Michael Waters, Tim Wendel, Katherine E. Young, and Ed Zahniser.
The Orison Anthology is an annual collection of the finest spiritually engaged writing that appeared in periodicals in the preceding year. The anthology aims to not only fill, but expand the space left by the absence of the Best American Spiritual Writing series. In addition to reprinted material, the anthology also includes previously unpublished works of prose and poetry by the winners of The Orison Anthology Awards. This year’s contributors include Lawrence Cady, Leila Chatti, Jari Chevalier, Rodney Gómez, Leslie Harrison, Amanda Hawkins, Blair Hurley, Jessica Jacobs, Siham Karami, Rachel Mennies, A. Muia, Kim Parko, Samuel Seskin, Sean Towey, Kalil Zender, and more.
"A beautiful book about love and survival in the in the face of institutions that work to make something as genuine as desire improbable. . . . This is a gorgeous and dangerous book." –Jericho Brown
The poems in Birthright embody multiple legacies: genetic, historical, religious, and literary. Through the lens of one person’s experience of inheritance, they suggest ways in which all of us may be influenced in how we perceive and process our lives and times. Here, a poet claims what is hers as a child of her particular parents; as a grandchild of refugees from Nazi Germany; as a Jew, a woman, a Gen Xer, and a New Yorker; as a reader of the Bible, Shakespeare, Flaubert, and Lucille Clifton. This poet’s birthright is as unique as her DNA. But it resonates far beyond herself.
Set on a single day in 1927, My Red Heaven imagines a host of characters—some historic, some invented—crossing paths on the streets of Berlin. The subjects include Robert Musil, Otto Dix, Werner Heisenberg, Anita Berber, Vladimir Nabokov, Käthe Kollwitz, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Rosa Luxemburg—as well as others history has forgotten. Drawing inspiration from Otto Freundlich’s painting by the same name, My Red Heaven explores a complex moment in history: the rise of deadly populism at a time when everything seemed possible and the future unimaginable.
Daniel Tobin takes on the largest questions of the meaning and durability of language turned to art in his new book. In the aftermath of Postmodernism, is there any lasting reason to believe that the timeless might inform our art? And if so, are we able to make value judgments about what among the productions of time most deserves to endure? Tobin finds guiding lights in a wide range of thinkers and poets. Navigating deftly between relativism and authority, nihilism and positivism, Tobin strikes a wise, informed balance.
Rebecca Starks’s Time Is Always Now unfolds against a backdrop of nature, often permeated in unexpected ways with the human dynamics of family, neighborhood, and nation. Her poems convey the urgency within moments of transformation—whether seasonal, as in wilderness and garden; physical, as in the trajectory of youth, aging, and death; or political, as in the challenges of misgovernance and the environmental exigencies of our time. This finalist in the Able Muse Book Award is a finely wrought, thought-provoking collection.
In 1969, attorneys at California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) discovered California public schools were misusing English-language, culturally biased IQ tests to place Spanish-speaking students into EMR classes. Additionally, Mexican-American children were not the only minorities impacted. Written by two of the attorneys who led the charge against the denial of education to Mexican-American youth, this book recounts the history of both the CRLA and the class-action suit filed in 1970 on behalf of 13,000 Hispanic kids already placed in EMR classes and another 100,000 at risk of being relegated to a virtual purgatory.
Wife, mother, nurse—these words invoke the vision of a woman giving of herself to sustain another with love, tenderness, care. Written in the voice of a military nurse, Nursewifery, speaks from the perspective of a woman whose job and gender prime her to view acts of nurturing as the highest of callings. The poems explore the way feminine roles both fit and restrict. Like the sutures that close a wound, this collection seeks to find a new way to envision acts of care, healing, and a woman’s capacity.
In an ambitious blend of fact and fiction, novelist Sheila O’Connor tells the riveting story of V, a fifteen-year-old singer in 1930s Minneapolis. Drawing on the American practice of incarcerating adolescent girls for “immorality” in the first half of the twentieth century, O’Connor follows V from her work as a nightclub entertainer to her subsequent six-year state school sentence for an unplanned pregnancy. Inspired by O’Connor’s research on her unknown maternal grandmother and the long-term effects of intergenerational trauma, Evidence of V is a poignant excavation of familial and national history that remains disturbingly relevant—a harrowing story of exploitation and erasure, and the infinite ways in which girls are punished for crimes they didn’t commit.
Someday This Will Fit celebrates the things that matter—family and friendship, Dove Bars and thank-you notes. An original memoir-in-essays, the book muses on issues that are instantly familiar—from privacy in the digital age, to racism at the dinner table, to a friend’s suicide; from Post-Its and Kindles, to head colds and home repairs. In the age of Twitter, these bite-sized narratives evoke the richness and humor of daily life in a brief, compact form. The book’s wry midlife observations offer an insightful no-nonsense take on modern living.