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Marathon, My Marathon
A Novel
Jon and Lois Foyt
128 pages, paperback, $9.95
ISBN 1-56474-160-5
128 pages, clothbound, $16.95
ISBN 1-56474-161-3 128 pages
"The authors have produced astrange mix of history, Greek mythology, and Western folklore with athletic competition and warnings of environmental cataclysm. Wild imaginations were at work here." —Runner's Journal
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Marching to Zaragoza
A Novel
Barding Dahl
224 pages, paperback $14.95
ISBN 1-56474-256-3
Lewis Adams survives two wars (Spain 1938, and France 1943), and in the '60s flees to a Mexican village in search of a simpler life. Instead, he must pick up the gun once more, besieged by a greedy neighbor, a confiscatory bureaucracy, and a vast army of the poor.
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Mary Lou’s War
A Novel
Lia Schallert

ISBN 1-56474-446-9
240 pages, paperback, $14.95
Mary Lou is a sheltered Catholic girl just out of high school. The setting is the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia; and the time is the early nineteen forties and World War II is raging in Europe. With no plans to attend college, she easily finds a job in an Army hospital, doing clerical work. She's also thrust into a world of needy, oversexed men. She and her friend Barbara learn to grow up quickly and fend for themselves and defend themselves. Part of Mary Lou's rapid coming of age is recovering from a rape. Nevertheless, this book is chatty and humorous, and it shows that American—even inexperienced young women—are strong and positive survivors.
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The Matzo Mitzvah
Even More Tales My Great-Great-Grandfather Might Tell About Life in a Ghetto of Russia in the Time of the Czar
Herman I. Kantor, with Eric Larson
Illustrated by Jan Golden
144 pages, illustrated, paperback, $9.95
ISBN 1-56474-178-8
144 pages, illustrated, clothbound, $18.95
ISBN 1-56474-179-6
The fourth volume of Kantor's acclaimed humorous and heartwarming stories of the shtetl includes "The Cow that Ate Meat," "Sherlock Shmul," "The Hat in the Horsetrough," and more.

"An amusing and uplifting group of talesand wise morals abound." —Publishers Weekly

"An engaging addition to the ethnography and humor of the Jews." —Leo Rosten
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The Merchant of Groski
And Other Tales
Herman I. Kantor, with Eric Larson
illustrated by Jan Golden

176 pages, illustrated, clothbound, $18.95
176 pages, illustrated paperback, $9.95
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The Miller Masks
A Novel in Stories
Neil D. Isaacs
ISBN 1-56474-308-X
208 pages, paperback, $12.95
Jesse Miller wears a lot of masks. He's a freelance writer, a bicoastal academic, a husband, an ex-husband, a father, a son, a lover, a teller of tales, a college kid, a college teacher, a tennis player, a man on the make, a man on the come, a man on the job, a man on the ropes and on the mend.

Of course, Jesse doesn't wear all those masks at once; the interconnected stories that make up The Miller Masks span five decades of his life, but the ghosts of those masks have a way of coming back to haunt him as he goes from youth to old age experiencing epiphany after epiphany.
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The Miraculous Milk Cow
More Tales
Herman I. Kantor, with Eric Larson
illustrated by Jan Golden

176 pages, illustrated, clothbound, $18.95
176 pages, illustrated, paperback, $9.95
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Miss Etta's Arkansas Spring
George Imbragulio
176 pages, paperback, $9.95
ISBN 1-56474-283-0
Most elderly people enjoy reliving the past, and will talk about it to anyone who will listen. But not Etta Armstrong, a lonely piano teacher in Montcrief, Arkansas. Miss Etta's past has a "Keep Out" sign across it.

But loneliness and bad weather haunt Miss Etta, until it seems she'll break under the weight of despair. Then a terrible night event turns her life around, showing her how much she is loved and how much her happiness depends on those who know and understand her.
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Molly May on the High Seas
ISBN 1-56474-340-3
96 pages, paperback, $9.95
"Molly May on the High Seas draws upon the author's own experiences as a small child sent alone, 'like a piece of baggage,' from an orphanage in England to live with relatives in America in the 1920s. The book's shipboard setting and time period are unusual, and plucky Molly May relates her adventures in a believable voice that should appeal to today's young readers."
—Shirley Climo, author of juvenile fiction
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Murder in Los Lobos
A Mystery on California's Central Coast
by Sue McGinty
ISBN 978-156474-477-9
ISBN 1-56474-477-7
216 pages, paperback, $14.95

Everyone loves Connie Mercado, daughter of a prominent local family. Everyone, that is, except whoever pushed her off the cliff into the Pacific Ocean, ruining a perfect June morning and bringing turmoil to this small Central Coast community. Bella Kowalski, former nun, now an obituary writer for the local paper and an activist for nature conservancy, knows Connie’s murder had something to do with plans to build a profitable but ill-advised wastewater treatment plant on environmentally sensitive land. And Connie is only the first victim in what becomes a thorny scandal, involving powerful politicos, corrupt local government, greed, family secrets, and skullduggery.
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My Father Hunts Zulus, My Mother Puts Up Pickles
Stella Zamvil
ISBN 1-56474-377-2
160 pages, paperback, $12.95
Most of these eighteen stories concern the experience of living in modern Jewish society in the United States. They illustrate the customs, superstitions and lore that make Jewish culture so rich. Some of the characters are sad people who never realize their dreams; others are characters who rise and triumph, overcoming great odds. There is real life in these stories, and real magic.
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