Author: Laird Hunt Publication Date: September 25, 2012
As a teenage girl, Ginny marries Linus Lancaster, her mother’s second cousin, and moves to his Kentucky pig farm “ninety miles from nowhere.” In the shadows of the lush Kentucky landscape, Ginny discovers the empty promises of Linus’ “paradise”—a place where the charms of her husband fall away to reveal a troubled man and cruel slave owner. Ginny befriends the young slaves Cleome and Zinnia who work at the farm—until Linus’ attentions turn to them, and she finds herself torn between her husband and only companions. The events that follow Linus’ death change all three women for life. Haunting, chilling, and suspenseful, Kind One is a powerful tale of redemption and human endurance in antebellum America.
Called “one of the most talented young writers on the American scene today” by Paul Auster, Laird Hunt is the author of four other genre-bending novels: The Impossibly, The Exquisite, Indiana, Indiana and Ray of the Star. His books have been released or are scheduled to be released in France, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Japan, and The Impossibly is available as an audio book through Iambik Audio. His fiction, reviews, translations and interviews have appeared in Bomb, Bookforum, The Believer, Plougshares, McSweeney’s, Brick and Zoum, Zoum, as well as in several recent anthologies including Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth, about which the Village Voice says “Laird Hunt’s ‘Kissability,’ in its distillation of inchoate teenage longing, is . . . as lovely a passage as anything in pop music.”
Born in Singapore and educated at Indiana University and The Sorbonne in Paris, Hunt has also lived in Tokyo, London, The Hague, New York City, and on an Indiana farm. A former press officer at the United Nations and current faculty member at the University of Denver, where he edits The Denver Quarterly, he currently lives with his family in Boulder.
Author: Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi Publication Date: October 9, 2012
A man purchases a house, the house of Fra Keeler, moves in, and begins investigating the circumstances of the latter’s death. Yet the investigation quickly turns inward, and the reality it seeks to unravel seems only to grow more strange, as the narrator pursues not leads but lines of thought, most often to hideous conclusions.
AZAREEN VAN DER VLIET OLOOMI is an Iranian-American writer of fiction and non-fiction. She holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. She is a recent recipient of a Fulbright Grant to Catalonia and has been a writer in residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts. She currently lives in the Midwest and is an Assistant Professor of Fiction in the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame.
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Author: Gregory Harms Publication Date: July 20, 2012
When the Middle East is covered on the news or depicted in film, what is shown is a region defined almost exclusively by violence, chaos, and extremism, and a common question often arises in response: Does religion have anything to do with it? In this concise book, Gregory Harms examines a range of topics in an effort to answer the question. As the book’s title indicates, the region’s woes and instability are in fact not caused by biblical or Islamic factors. Harms reveals a list of entirely secular factors and realities as he examines how and why Americans view the Arab Middle East the way they do; the history of European and U.S. involvement in the region; the emergence of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism; and how academics and the mass media tend to discuss the region and its inhabitants. In roughly one hundred pages, the reader is shown a constellation of history and culture that will hopefully help move the conversation of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy in a more grounded and precise direction.
Gregory Harms is an independent scholar specializing in US foreign policy and the Middle East. He lectures and publishes articles on CounterPunch, Truthout, and Mondoweiss. Harms has traveled throughout Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and has been interviewed on BBC Radio and NPR. His first book, The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction, 3rd ed. (Pluto Press, 2012), was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2007). Harms’s second book, Straight Power Concepts in the Middle East: US Foreign Policy, Israel, and World History (Pluto Press, 2010) was described by author and former New York Times correspondent Stephen Kinzer as “Sharp, persuasive, and based on a clear reading of history.”
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Award-winning book exploring the hidden, hazardous world of undocumented women toiling in Florida invites serious policy discussions about immigration and social justice issues
Author and anthropologist Adriana Páramo has written an award-winning book chronicling the plight of undocumented women living in Florida who have risked everything in the hopes of creating a better life for those they love.
Páramo, a cultural anthropologist born in Colombia, embarked on a journey to track down a Mexican woman named Esperanza after reading about her in a Florida newspaper. Esperanza, Páramo learned, had crossed the border to the United States on foot with her four children in a desperate attempt to create a better life. When her young daughter died of dehydration halfway through their desert journey, Esperanza, whose name means “hope,” strapped the body of her child to her own and continued on.
Adriana Páramo was born and raised in Colombia and has studied, lived, taught, and worked in Alaska and Kuwait. Her diverse experiences as a petroleum engineer turned cultural anthropologist and teacher of humanities and anthropology as well as her advocacy work for immigrant women’s rights have inspired her nonfiction writing. In addition to Looking for Esperanza, she is the author of My Mother’s Funeral and the unpublished manuscript Desert Butterflies and the co-producer of LOL, Life Out Loud, the only reading series in Tampa Bay exclusively dedicated to nonfiction. Her nonfiction work has been published in CONSEQUENCE Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, So to Speak Journal, The Los Angeles Review, Fourteen Hills, Carolina Quarterly Review, Magnolia Journal, 580 Split, Phati’tude Literary Magazine, South Loop Review, New Plains Review, Compass Rose, and Concho River Review.
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Author: Jonterri Gadson Publication Date: September 21, 2012
Author: A.E. Watkins Publication Date: August 1, 2012
John Keats was of the belief that a “life of any worth is a continual allegory.” A.E. Watkins’ debut collection takes on the notion with a lovely seriousness. The brilliance in these poems isn’t simply in their lyric surety-a music so unfailing it turns image melodious-but in using lyric for a purpose often neglected in contemporary poetry. The poems here become a space in which the grain of the personal is held within the furrow of the allegorical, and over the course of a year, we witness the speaker’s identity suffer into symbolic sympathy. That sympathy is erotic and agricultural-that ancient twining-and allows Watkins to invoke the world of Orpheus and Eurydice into his own, all while showing his readers, as a poet must learn to do, the reciprocal consequences of having one’s own life called back into the forgotten one. Well, the forgotten world save only for poems such as these, which refuse to accept the post-modern condition as a separation from our allegorical one. These are poems of wonder and nostalgia, and a reminder that such conditions are not easy, but are instead evidence of the very wound that “wondered this world green.” -Dan Beachy-Quick
Herein, a poetry that takes its time, forgoing pyrotechnics for a low, slow burn. Other elemental activity’s here as well-the wind flogging the prairie; the mind dirtying itself; a glass of water having its way with a stick. Dear, Companion is a definitive bewilderment, a bountiful catalog of thought and observation and loss. Read it and reap. -Graham Foust
Author: Joe Wilkins Publication Date: October 9, 2012