THIS FEATURE HAS A TWO-FOLD PURPOSE: 1. TO ALLOW THOSE RECENTLY ADDED TO OUR FOLLOWER’S LIST TO LEARN ABOUT BOOKS THEY MIGHT HAVE MISSED AND 2. TO MAKE SURE PREVIOUSLY FEATURED AUTHORS AND THEIR WORK AREN’T FORGOTTEN. IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ANY ONE OF THE BOOKS REVISITED HERE, SIMPLY CLICK ON THE “AUTHOR” PAGE, THEN ON THAT AUTHOR’S NAME.
“DRUNK ON SALT,” BY JAMES NOLAN
Writes the author: This is a short book of twenty-four uncollected poems, almost all of which have been previously published in magazines and anthologies, everywhere from Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Review and the Southern Poetry Anthology to bilingual magazines edited in Barcelona and Amsterdam. Several have been translated into Spanish, and I have performed many of them at my readings in San Francisco, Barcelona, and New Orleans.
“Most of these poems are what I call ‘tribal’ or public poems, rather than personal, and several—about immigration, AIDS, inequality, terrorism, and the homeless—pack an in-your-face political punch, either incantatory or satiric. I’ve been missing the public face of poetry in contemporary American letters, a tradition that goes back to Walt Whitman, and so I chose to include poems that speak both to us and about us. When politicians and pundits lie and manipulate so routinely, who can we look to for the truth but poets?”
“ELECTRIC LOVE,” BY PHILIP PALIOS.
After years of living amidst the fog of addiction, Jordan Santarelli is cut off by his dealer and on the run over a past due debt. As he emerges into sobriety, he chooses to fight the overwhelming injustices that he had previously turned away from. Jordan believes the only way to spark action among the uninspired is to create a significant disruption. Impatient and angry, he attempts to shut down the Internet to force social change. Will he succeed?
“MOSH IT UP,” BY MINDELA RUBY.
“The story decided I would write it, not the other way around,” says Mindela. “One morning, immediately after I returned from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers summer conference, I woke up at the crack of dawn and, unpremeditated, sat and wrote the first chapter of the book even before I prepared my cherished tea and toast. I’d never written with such wild abandon before. Unfortunately, after that auspicious start, it took over ten years to finish the book, with several rewrites along the way. To research, I went to some Sex And Love Addicts Anonymous twelve step groups and listened to a lot of punk music. I also had to come to terms with my own history of addictive behavior.
“METAPHYSICAL VOYAGES,” BY JENNY HAYNES.
Metaphysical Voyages – A Selection of Stories for the Spiritually Inclined is a collection of seven stories from Jenny Haynes. Each story expresses an aspect of the author’s own spiritual journey and all express her innate good humor and spirited imagination.
f you think of this life as a waking dream, these stories prompt you to look at what needs to be released and what needs to be embraced in order to make that life the happier dream.
Every human being has a story they came here to tell. Your life is the greatest expression of your own human and spiritual potential. Your life is your story. These stories speak to that deeper truth of our spiritual natures. They speak of the power of imagination and the wonderful lives that we can create if we can just see beyond the fear and suffering that suck the joy out of our hearts.
“JUGGLING KITTENS,” BY MATT COLEMAN.
Said one reviewer: “Toss Tom Perotta, Raymond Chandler, and Hunter S. Thompson in the air, and you’ve got JUGGLING KITTENS: an electric, energized romp through the wilds of Ruddy Creek, Arkansas. When an outcast student goes missing, his doe-eyed middle school teacher takes it upon himself to find him. What ensues is a switchbacking chase from local character to back woods, churches to small town secrets. At once outlandish and heartfelt, hilarious and deeply macabre, this novel explodes with colorful, lively prose and crisp dialogue that will have you turning pages. A riveting, accomplished debut by a terrific new voice. Coleman’s substantial talent is one to watch.” — Sara Lippmann, author of Doll Palace: Stories.
“STAR CATCHING,” BY DAWN LaJEUNESSE.
A family struck by tragedy is forced to rebuild their lives around a new mold. Sarah Crawford’s family vacationed every summer with her beloved Gram and Gramps. Every day was a fun adventure, but Sarah’s favorite was their special night of star catching, with Gramps and her dad.
On the last night of vacation, Sarah overhears her grandparents saying how much they look forward to selling their house and traveling unencumbered after Gram retires.When an accident on their way to the airport kills Sarah’s parents and brother, Marian and Ed cope with grief and the unanticipated responsibility of raising Sarah. Sarah’s recovery is complicated by guilt over ruining her grandparents’ plans. She decides she must return to Washington, to the home she shared with her parents.
Precocious academically, in her immaturity she doesn’t grasp the unrealistic nature of her goal and the dangers she encounters in her attempts to achieve it.