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World Famous Love Acts
Author: Brian Leung
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1889330167
Pages: 202
Year: 2004
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Winner of the 2002 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, selected by Chris Offutt.
A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause
Author: Shawn Wen
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 194644801X
Pages: 136
Year: 2017-07-11
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"Threading the subtle seam between what lives and what remains, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause succeeds in conjuring the poetry of Marcel Marceau's performance as both a character on stage and in history. . . . Like pulling a ghost from a dark room, this is an accomplished work of historical portraiture: precise in its objects, complex in its melancholy, and insightful in its humor." —Thalia Field Part biographic inquiry, part lyric portraiture, radio producer Shawn Wen reanimates world-renowned mime Marcel Marceau's silent art. The book opens in darkness, a single figure standing in the spotlight. It's Marceau in his signature hat, painted face, black clothes, and ballet slippers. Over time, the text accumulates objects: dolls, paintings, icons, wives, children, cities, and performances. By turns whimsical and melancholic, this spare volume takes shape through capsule histories, interview clips, vivid scenes, and archival research. Shawn Wen is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, The Seneca Review, The Iowa Review, The White Review, and the anthology City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis (Faber and Faber, 2015). Her radio work broadcasts regularly on This American Life, Freakonomics Radio, and Marketplace. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Professional Journalism Training Fellowship and the Royce Fellowship.
Fludde
Author: Peter Mishler
Publisher: Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poe
ISBN: 1946448192
Pages: 60
Year: 2018
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A 21st century homage to Blake that critiques corruptive American institutions with satire and surrealism, Fludde reads like "Songs of Innocence and Experience, written by middle management."
On Imagination
Author: Mary Ruefle
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1946448028
Pages: 32
Year: 2017-07-25
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"It is impossible for me to write about the imagination; it is like asking a fish to describe the sea," Mary Ruefle announces at the start of her essay. With wit and intellectual abandon, Ruefle draws inspiration from Wittgenstein, Shakespeare, Jesus, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Emily Dickson to explore her subject. The chapbook features original interior illustrations. Mary Ruefle is the author of numerous volumes of poetry and prose, including Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and Selected Poems, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.
In Full Velvet
Author: Jenny Johnson
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ISBN: 1941411371
Pages: 72
Year: 2017-02-14
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These sensuous poems explore love, desire, ecology, queerness in the 'natural' world, loss, and LGBTQ lineage and community.
Making the New Lamb Take
Author: Gabriel Fried
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Pages: 79
Year: 2007
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Winner of the 2006 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, judged by Michael Ryan.
Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays
Author: Fenton Johnson
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1941411444
Pages: 216
Year: 2017-04-24
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Part retrospective, part memoir, Fenton Johnson's collection Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays explores sexuality, religion, geography, the AIDS crisis, and more. Johnson's wanderings take him from the hills of Kentucky to those of San Francisco, from the streets of Paris to the sidewalks of Calcutta. Along the way, he investigates questions large and small: What's the relationship between artists and museums, illuminated in a New Guinean display of shrunken heads? What's the difference between empiricism and intuition? The collection draws together essays that originally appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, All Things Considered and elsewhere, along with new work. Johnson reports from the front lines of the AIDS epidemic, from Burning Man, from monasteries near and far. His subject matter ranges from Oscar Wilde to censorship in journalism to Kentucky basketball. Everywhere Home is the latest title in Sarabande's Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. Fenton Johnson is the author of the novels The Man Who Loved Birds, Scissors, Paper, Rock, and Crossing the River, and the nonfiction books Keeping Faith and Geography of the Heart. Johnson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He writes regularly for Harper's, and is a professor in the creative writing programs at the University of Arizona and Spalding University.
Hothouse
Author: Karyna McGlynn
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1941411460
Pages: 80
Year: 2017-05-22
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Karyna MyGlynn takes readers on tour through the half-haunted house of the contemporary American psyche with wit, whimsy, and candid confession. Disappointing lovers surface in the bedroom; in the bathroom, "the drained tub ticks with mollusks & lobsters;" revenge fantasies and death lurk in the basement where they rightly belong. With lush imagery and au courant asides, Hothouse surprises and delights. Karyna McGlynn is the author of I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl and three chapbooks. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Translation at Oberlin College.
Heavier Than Air
Author: Nona Caspers
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 1558496440
Pages: 186
Year: 2008-03-01
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Throughout this collection, which was plucked from a pile of 300 manuscripts and awarded the Grace Paley Prize in short fiction, Caspers details the many ways reality can interfere with our dreams. Not surprisingly, dissatisfaction becomes a dominant theme.... Many of Caspers's stories are set in Minnesota's cattle and dairy country, and all of them traffic in the kind of Midwestern realism that doesn't rely on pyrotechnics to generate dramatic heat. Throughout, Caspers's people -- it's difficult to consider some of them mere characters -- question the decisions they've made or the ones they refuse to make. There's nothing flashy about Caspers's prose; like the beauty of the prairie itself, its attraction lies in details seen up close.
Face of the Rising Sun
Author: William Sarabande
Publisher: Domain
ISBN: 0553560301
Pages: 486
Year: 1996
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A sweeping sage of prehistoric North America follows the quest of an Ice Age warrior who rejects his prophesied destiny as a peacemaker to seek revenge against those who killed his grandfather. Original.
The Lake on Fire
Author: Rosellen Brown
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1946448249
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Year: 2018-10-16
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The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm. Dazzled by lore of the American dream, Chaya and her strange, brilliant, young brother Asher stowaway to Chicago; what they discover there, however, is a Gilded Age as empty a façade as the beautiful Columbian Exposition luring thousands to Lake Michigan’s shore. The pair scrapes together a meager living—Chaya in a cigar factory; Asher, roaming the city and stealing books and jewelry to share with the poor, until they find different paths of escape. An examination of family, love, and revolution, this profound tale resonates eerily with today’s current events and tumultuous social landscape. The Lake on Fire is robust, gleaming, and grimy all at once, proving that celebrated author Rosellen Brown is back with a story as luminous as ever.
Kingdom of the Young
Author: Edie Meidav
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1941411428
Pages: 256
Year: 2017-04-11
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"Ambitious, original, deliciously philosophical. Kingdom of the Young invites comparison to the crônicas of Clarice Lispector and the fabulas of Italo Calvino." —Carolyn Cooke, author of Daughters of the Revolution The dynamic characters in Kingdom of the Young are searching: for adventure, work, love, absolution, better chances elsewhere. In a symphonic stream of consciousness, a fanatical child army loses faith in its commander as he ages unforgivably into his thirties. A woman possessed with wanderlust and a small inheritance seeks love among the cave-dwelling Roma in Granada. Traumatized war veterans run local rackets; smarmy bureaucrats rise through the ranks of repressive regimes; civilians attempt to escape the stranglehold of life under dictatorships. From the honeycombed caves outside the Alhambra to the streets of Havana, from hospital wards to quinceañera parties, these stories—along with the collection's illuminating nonfiction coda—testify to Meidav’s vast imaginative range. Edie Meidav is the author of three novels—The Far Field, Crawl Space, and Lola, California. Her honors include a Lannan Literary Award, the Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, the Bard Fiction Prize, a Whiting Award, and a Howard Fellowship. She teaches in the University of Massachusetts MFA program and lives in Amherst.
Syzygy, Beauty
Author: T. Fleischmann
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 193674726X
Pages: 114
Year: 2012
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A book-length lyric essay triangulating between contemporary art, the construction of a house, and the direct address of a lover.
Hustle
Author: David Martinez
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1936747863
Pages: 84
Year: 2014-04-21
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Hustle documents Latino youth in San Diego in an inferno of stolen cars, silent sex, and murdered high school valedictorians.
Post Traumatic Hood Disorder
Author: David Tomas Martinez
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1946448109
Pages: 72
Year: 2018-02-19
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A searing interrogation of identity, masculinity, and contemporary culture, Post Traumatic Hood Disorder's references range from Icarus to Sir Mix-A-Lot as the speaker assembles a bricolage self-portrait from the fractures of his past. Sliding between scholarly diction and slangy vernacular, Martinez's poems showcase a versatility of language and a wild-hearted poetic energy that is thoughtful, vulnerable, and distinctly American.