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A SONG FLUNG UP TO HEAVEN

$23.95
The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated.

Devastated, she tries to put her life back together, working on the stage in local theaters and even conducting a door-to-door survey in Watts. Then Watts explodes in violence, a riot she describes firsthand.

Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visits black churches all over America to help support King’s Poor People’s March.

But once again tragedy strikes. King is assassinated, and this time Angelou completely withdraws from the world, unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party—where the idea for writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is born. In fact, A Song Flung Up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences of Caged Bird.
ISBN/SKU: 
0375507477

ACCIDENTAL BUDDHIST

$13.95
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0385492677

AFTER THE REVIVAL

$16.95
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Carrie Jerrell was born in Petersburg, Indiana in 1976. She received her M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in 2004 and is currently completing her Ph.D. in English as a Chancellor's Fellow at Texas Tech University. Her work has appeared in journals such as Subtropics, Image, Passages North, and Fringe, as well the anthologies Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets, Cadence of Hooves, and Best New Poets 2005. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she also serves as the poetry editor for Iron Horse Literary Review. ""Carrie Jerrell's poems are as lyrically alive, intelligent, and unforgettable as Hank Williams's best songs. A lover of paradox like John Donne, and as formally sophisticated, she moves between the divine and the profane in the blink of an eye. You can't match this book for mature feeling and its rare, hopeful, sorrowing intelligence.""--Tom Sleigh. ""Carrie Jerrell's After the Revival is a book of rich, tightly-packed poems suffused with the grit, rueful humor and pain of American country music.""--Dorianne Laux. ""'After the Revival' is a fresh and intriguing collection""-The Midwest Book Review ""Jerrell seems able to write expertly in any form she chooses."" Contemporary Poetry Review
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9781904130383

BABY TREE

$15.95
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1586540114

BAD DAUGHTER

$15.95
ISBN/SKU: 
1935536168

BAKERS BOY

$22.50
ISBN/SKU: 
0870745204

BETWEEN PANIC & DESIRE (P)

$19.95
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"Insouciant" and "irreverent" are the sort of words that come up in reviews of Dinty W. Moore's books--and, invariably, "hilarious." Between Panic and Desire, named after two towns in Pennsylvania, finds Moore at the top of his astutely funny form. A book that could be named after one of its chapters, "A Post-Nixon, Post-panic, Post-modern, Post-mortem," this collection is an unconventional memoir of one man and his culture, which also happens to be our own. Blending narrative and quizzes, memory and numerology, and imagined interviews and conversations with dead presidents on TV, the book dizzily documents the disorienting experience of growing up in a postmodern world. Here we see how the major events in the author's early life--the Kennedy assassination, Nixon's resignation, watching Father Knows Best, and dropping acid atop the World Trade Center, to name a few--shaped the way he sees events both global and personal today. More to the point, we see how these events shaped, and possibly even distorted, today's world for all of us who spent our formative years in the '50s, '60s, and '70s. A curious meditation on family and bereavement, longing and fear, self-loathing and desire, Between Panic and Desire unfolds in kaleidoscopic forms--a coroner's report, a TV movie script, a Zen koan--aptly reflecting the emergence of a fractured virtual America.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780803229822
Publication Date: 
2010-03-01
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Black and White in a Multi-Colored America

$13.95
The subject of race (particularly as relates to interracial dating and marriage) has long been considered strongly controversial. I maintain that any lack of acceptance on the part of the races (where it still exists) is largely the result of a lack of familiarity-one to another. Knowledge, insight, and the dispelling of stereotypical rumor are each important elements necessary to bridge the racial gap that yet remains. The purpose of this book is to provide the material necessary to gain a greater understanding of just how truly connected we are as a people. While we will each possess our own individual dreams, hopes, fears, and insecurities, it is hopeful that (above all) we will recognize the presence and plan of God within each of our lives. The following material has been written in such a format that one can simply begin by opening the book on any given page (even starting in the middle if so desired). In your reading, it is my hope that you will glean valuable information along the way. The composition of material is likened to that of a family scrapbook or album whose contents are assorted snippets, sentimental tokens, and snapshots of life. You might also compare it to a recipe, where a "dash of this, and a sprig of that" enter into the mix. Subjects range from healthcare to cuisine and even manage to include encapsulated brief short story. The material is intended to educate, inform, and enlighten. Moreover, may it serve as a reminder of the obligation we all bear to show respect for all races and nationalities-looking beyond title, race, or ethnicity. In essence, seeking to know the true person, the heart, the genuine soul-the individual.
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1449769950
Publication Date: 
2012-10-20

BLIND HUBER

$15.00
ISBN/SKU: 
1555973736

Bright Felon:Autobiography and Cities

$14.95
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This groundbreaking, transgenre work--part detective story, part literary memoir, part imagined past--is intensely autobiographical and confessional. Proceeding sentence by sentence, city by city, and backwards in time, poet and essayist Kazim Ali details the struggle of coming of age between cultures, overcoming personal and family strictures to talk about private affairs and secrets long held. The text is comprised of sentences that alternate in time, ranging from discursive essay to memoir to prose poetry. Art, history, politics, geography, love, sexuality, writing, and religion, and the role silence plays in each, are its interwoven themes. Bright Felon is literally "autobiography" because the text itself becomes a form of writing the life, revealing secrets, and then, amid the shards and fragments of experience, dealing with the aftermath of such revelations. Bright Felon offers a new and active form of autobiography alongside such texts as Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee, Lyn Hejinian's My Life, and Etel Adnan's In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country. A reader's companion is available at http: //brightfelonreader.site.wesleyan.edu/
ISBN/SKU: 
9780819572769
Publication Date: 
2012-08-15
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CRAFTING THE PERSONAL ESSAY

$17.99
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1582977968

Crooked Letter Crooked Letter

$14.99
ISBN/SKU: 
0060594675
Publication Date: 
2011-05-20

DEAR SOUND OF FOOTSTEP (P)

$15.95
ISBN/SKU: 
193251175X

DISAPPEARING SPOON

$14.99
ISBN/SKU: 
0316051632

DIVINE RIGHTS TRIP

$17.50
ISBN/SKU: 
0917788427

DIXIES DAUGHTERS

$24.95
Even without the right to vote, members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy proved to have enormous social and political influence throughout the South--all in the name of preserving Confederate culture. Karen L. Cox's history of the UDC, an organization founded in 1894 to vindicate the Confederate generation and honor the Lost Cause, shows why myths surrounding the Confederacy continue to endure. The Daughters, as UDC members were popularly known, were literally daughters of the Confederate generation. While southern women had long been leaders in efforts to memorialize the Confederacy, UDC members made the Lost Cause a movement about vindication as well as memorialization. They erected monuments, monitored history for truthfulness, and sought to educate coming generations of white southerners about an idyllic past and a just cause--states' rights. Soldiers' and widows' homes, perpetuation of the mythology of the antebellum South, and pro-southern textbooks in the region's white public schools were all integral to their mission of creating the New South in the image of the Old. Placing the organization's activities in the context of the postwar and Progressive-Era South, Cox describes in detail the UDC's origins and early development, its efforts to collect and preserve manuscripts and artifacts and to build monuments, and its later role in the peace movement and World War I. This remarkable history of the organizations presents a portrait of two generations of southern women whose efforts helped shape the social and political culture of the New South. It also offers a new historical perspective on the subject of Confederate memory and the role southern women played in itsdevelopment.
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0813028124

EASTER VIGIL

$10.00
Poetry. "Ann Neelon brings an unique voice to her first book. Her range of personal concerns include the tragedies of the Gulf War, a sojourn in Nicaragua, the Rwandan War, and other episodes of what are called world events, as well as her father's death, domestic love and the birth of her first child. Throughout, she successfully ignores the current obsession with the confessional. Her long lines, interspersed with very short ones, have a tone unlike anyone else's. A truly auspicious beginning" -Denise Levertov.
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0938078445

Enchanted by Starlight

$14.99
Be careful what you wish for...While they don't yet know it, Grace, Skylar and Alina are connected by destiny when an enchanted comet crosses the night sky. As their most secret ambitions ignite, their ordinary lives take a magical detour down a powerful but dangerous path. Grace, emerging from her dejected childhood, develops the power to make men fall in love with her. Skylar leaves her impoverished past behind and pursues the social status she has always longed for. Without dreams of her own, Alina covets the power to unravel other lives and seeks revenge. As they crash into and slip away from each other in a cycle of envy, deception and love lost, these three women are forced to look deeper into her own hearts for the true meaning of enchantment.
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9781470113216
Publication Date: 
2012-08-06

FIRE TO FIRE

$15.99
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0060752513

Flight: New and Selected Poems

$24.95
From this critically acclaimed and award-winning poet, a stunning volume of new and selected works that display her signature intelligence, depth, and vigorous originality.

Hailed as ?visionary? by The New Yorker and ?radiant? by The New York Times Book Review, Linda Bierds returns with a collection that gives us the best of her astonishing work, and then gives us more: the gift of fifteen new poems. As a poet, she has always shied away from the easy indulgences of confessional poetry, turning her attention instead to the things that unite us in our common humanity? art, science, music, history?and bringing alive people (some famous, some little-known) who have made contributions to these spheres. The new poems are no less vital, transporting the reader from medieval to modern-day Venice to the moon; from anatomical sketches to primitive mapping and early naturalism? returning always to the empathy that guides her work.

These tightly woven poems are linked organically through repeating imagery, reflected and refracted through the prism of Bierds?s singularly rich imagination. Her language itself communicates just as much as this visuality; as Stanley Plumly has said, ?The autobiography of her imagination would only be half as intense were the writing itself less beautiful and clear, less perfect to pitch.?

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0399155252

Foundling Wheel

$15.95
Centered on the adoption of a gay couple's first child, The Foundling Wheel employs apt imagery to create an emotional mosaic that explores the complicated bond between father and son. Beginning in a place where the desire to have a child has not yet been realized, this book is a journey, and while the poems certainly rejoice in fatherhood, they also grapple with the fears that accompany it.
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9781884800986
Publication Date: 
2012-10-09
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GROWING UP DEAD IN TEXAS

$14.95
ISBN/SKU: 
1849821542

GUTSHOT STRAIGHT: A NOVEL

$14.99
ISBN/SKU: 
0061766348