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Fiction

Non Semper Fidelis
A Novel

Sam Foster
ISBN 978-1-56474-591-0
176 pages, paperback, $14.95


Set during the Vietnam War era, this short novel takes place at the Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. The story follows the progress of Private Jack Kendrick as he learns about the chain of military authority. He and his fellow soldiers must learn to stand at attention, before their superiors, and show respect for hierarchy. Also it shows how our hero and his companions dare to stand at attention before their superiors and respectfully protest the edicts of authority.

The chain of authority is challenged when Kendrick's black friend Corporal William Buck is on leave in Memphis, visiting his mother. Martin Luther King, Jr. is shot dead and the city erupts in a race riot. Corporal Buck chooses to remain AWOL rather than to leave his mother in the urban war zone. When he eventually returns to Quantico he is willing to face discipline, but unwilling to tolerate the hateful taunts of a racist sergeant. This is a novel charged with emotion and moral quandry. How will Jack Kendrick, who has a mind of his own, survive the authoritarian code of the military career he has chosen?

After discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps, Sam Foster returned to Los Angeles, California. Since then he has lived and raised a family in beach towns, and been a member of the Los Angeles business community. It took Foster 40 years to write Semper Fi. He says, “I knew what happened in real time. It took most of a lifetime to know what it meant.” He is the author of Alpha Male—A Tale of the Battle of Commerce

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Flashes of Lightning
52 Short, Short Stories

Neil Tarpey
ISBN 978-1-56474-590-3
84 pages, paperback, $12.95


Flashes of Lightning comprises fifty-two fiction stories (each one 101 words or less) that touch the reader's funny bone, heart, mystery-solving mind and sometimes, dark side. What drives this collection of economical stories are a medley of memorable characters and a tight combination of realistic dialog, interior monologues and irony. The cast of characters—both likeable and despicable—have motives varying from healthy to diabolical, despite the limited word counts preventing detailed back stories. The stories take place in a variety of settings, including the desert, forests, a funeral home, beaches, bayou, basements, bars, cliffs, churches, a counseling session, a wedding reception,Ireland, New York City, and Paris. Characters include scoundrels, liars, cheats, murderers, hit men, psychics, ghosts, sleepwalkers, evil faeries, cats, dogs, a horse and a skunk.
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Beneath the Third Waterfall
A Novel

Bradford Dillman
978-1-56474-581-1
176 pages, paperback, $14.95
Publication date: February 8, 2016


Secrets & Scandal in the high society of San Francisco & Santa Cruz


This house party novel takes place during one summer weekend in 1938 at Waterfalls, the beautiful Santa Cruz summer estate of San Francisco high-society millionaires Chester and Lily Moreland. The occasion is the fortieth birthday of their eldest child, Abigail. As family members and guests arrive, we learn who they are, what they want, and what secrets they carry. They party is chaotic with excessive drinking, sex in unlikely and indiscreet pairings, fighting and confusion, and the end of the party brings shame and ruin to the high and mighty.
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Belshanagles
A Novel

Susan Altstatt
978-1-56474-578-1
240 pages, paperback, $15.95
Publication date: October 12, 2015


A starstruck teenager kidnaps a rock star and holds him captive for a week. Fear and hatred turn to respect and recovery.

The day after his concert tour closes in San Francisco, Tommi Rhymer, frontman of the English band Belshangles, comes to in a wilderness cabin. He has no clue where he is, or how he got there.

In the loft above him lies fifteen-year-old Miranda "Andy" Falconer. Her perfect day at the Belshangles concert went horribly wrong when her idol passed out in the alley behind his San Francisco hotel, in a state of undress with two under-age girls. But she knows rescuing him to her parents‘ Sierra cabin was the right thing to do. What she doesn‘t know are the physical and emotional effects of cold turkey withdrawal.

Now Andy‘s on her own in the deep woods, faced with a sick, furious, potentially violent man. She‘ll need physical and spiritual resources she never knew she had to care for, outwit, and enventually outrun Tommi, before sanity and sense of humor retun, and he recognizes the chance she‘s offered him to put his life in order.

Belshangles is a bittersweet love story, a tale of imprisonment and conflict, redemption and growth.
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Urban Flight
A Novel

Jonathan Kirshner
978-1-56474-573-6
240 pages, paperback, $15.95
Publication date: September 7, 2015


A bird‘s eye view of corruption in the Big Apple.

Urban Flight takes place in New York City in the despairing days of 1975, when the Big Apple flirted with bankruptcy and its mean streets teetered on the edge of anarchy. A year after Nixon‘s resignation, Jason Sims, one-time sixties idealist and part-time musician, finds himself piloting a helicopter for a television news station‘s traffic reports. Jason agrees to do some extra flying for the station‘s mysterious owner, and during these extra-curricular flights observes activities that could be related to the urban corruption scandal and possible murder that his best friend, journalist Adam Shaker, has been investigating. As Jason becomes inadvertently enmeshed in the City‘s political crisis (and a new love interest) he confronts the demons of his past and experiences a personal re-awakening.

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Canyons
A Novel

Samuel Western
978-1-56474-574-3
176 pages, paperback, $14.95
Publication date: October 12, 2015


This story is about taking back the bullet.

This novel is about the inextricable, twisted relationship between two self-destructive men. Ward Fall is a rancher in Wyoming, a family man with a strong and supportive wife. Eric Lindsay is a studio musician and songwriter in Los Angelels. Eric and Ward were classmates and friends at U.C. Berkeley. Their friendship turned ugly in an instant when, on a hunting trip, Ward accidentally killed Eric‘s twin sister, Gwen, with his shotgun, ruining the lives of the surviving two former friends. Ward wallows in guilt, depression, and alcohol. Eric‘s chaotic life is driven by anger and self-destructive behavior. Now, 25 years later, Ward invites Eric to come to his ranch to go on an elk hunt. The two former friends set out on a tense, contentious camping trip. Ward longs to atone for his guilt. Eric wants revenge. Theyare both armed with rifles.

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Charlie's Pride
A Novel

Dee Hubbard
978-1-56474-568-2
192 pages, paperback, $15.95


The story of a modern-day "Last Mohican" and his devotion to a river.

Charlie, the proud hero of this strong and gripping story, is known to his fellow truckers, loggers, and fishermen as Hawk. His father, a full-blooded Hupok, taught him his Indian heritage; his Scots-Irish mother gave him a lifelong love of reading. He feels connected to both roots, but he is most himself when he’s by himself, out in the forest, on the banks or in the flow of his beloved Klamath River. The language in this novel is lush and romantic. Lots of thoughtful philosophy is verbalized in internal thoughts and stream of consciousness. In the mix we are treated to solid information on fly fishing, trucking, logging, the marijuana industry, and most of all the ecology of the forests and rivers of the California far north, a land that still enjoys wildness.
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Katherine Elberfeld
978-1-56474-572-9
96 pages, paperback, $12.00


What lurks beneath the surface of small-town propriety?

These stories of small-town life in the American South evoke a pleasant and polite community feeling, and some of them are blessed by strong family ties. But the stories, some comic, some dark, and some both comic and dark, all reveal secrets and resentments that fester in the past and haunt the present. In the tradition set by Southern writers Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, and Eudora Welty, Katherine Elberfeld has invented eccentric characters who range from a little bit odd to downright crazy. Her stories are about choices and changes, and her characters come to terms with what life has given them, making mistakes for the better and sometimes for the worse.
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A Thousand Stitches
A Novel

Constance O’Keefe
978-1-56474-565-1
264 pages, paperback, $16.95


Based on the true story of an American-born Kamikaze

The central story of this novel is told as a memoir written by the main character, Isamu (Sam) Imagawa, who was born in America but who served as a pilot for the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. The story recounts the time Sam spent in Japan, from 1932 to 1963, spanning his early school days, his boyhood crush and young love for Michiko Miyazawa, his military career, his unhappy marriage, and his final escape to the U.S.A. with his second wife. The secondary plot, is told from the perspective of Michiko, who recounts her life in Japan during wartime and reconstruction. The two alternating plots are held together symbolically by a senninbari, a belt with a thousand stitches, which Michiko made for Sam while Sam was a pilot for the Japanese Kamikaze Corps. A Thousand Stitches makes a strong anti-war statement, summed up by Michiko’s friend Keiko: “How stupid, stupid, stupid everything about this war is!”

This novel was inspired by a memoir, Shig: The True Story of an American Kamikaze, written by Shigeo Imamura, whose life closely paralleled that of the hero of A Thousand Stitches.
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Red Mansions
A Novel
by Cynthia Drew
ISBN 978-1-56474-557-6
312 pages, paperback, $15.95



Upheaval in the City—New York in the 1920s and 1930s

In her sequel to City of Slaughter, Cynthia Drew chronicles the fashion career and bizarre married life of milliner Carsie Nussbaum (nee Akselrod) in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s. After her first husband, Louis Levy, was presumed killed in World War I, Carsie, married Chat Nussbaum, a lawyer from Chicago. Now, after six year of hiding in France, Louis shows up on Carsie’s doorstep, very much alive, expecting Carsie and their two daughters to welcome him back into the family. Instead, the Nussbaums turn him away and he begins a war of nerves with them that spans twenty years, while he fails at one foolish and often illegal business venture after another. Carsie has her own share of problems—a malicious mother-in-law, two willful teenage daughters, fragile nerves, and an addiction to lithium bromide, not to mention a randy poet who takes up residence in her apartment. Carsie struggles to hold onto her family, her business in Hell’s Kitchen, her way of life, and her sanity. Set in New York during the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression, Red Mansions features a cast of celebrities, including Polly Adler, Arnold Rothstein, Millicent Hearst, Alfred Steiglitz, and Margaret Sanger.
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Through a Venetian Looking Glass
A Novel of Remembrances
by Hans Peter Braendlin
ISBN 978-1-56474-551-4
288 pages, paperback, $15.95



A ghost story, a swashbuckling romance, a trip to Venice, and a puzzle

Jean-Pierre Petitfeu and his wife, Claire, have spent five days each year in Venice, ever since they lost their ten-year-old son in a boating accident. Each year they take their walks and eat in their favorite restaurants, swept away again and again by the beauty and history of Venice. On the first day of their twelfth visit, Jean-Pierre discovers, hidden behind the cornice of a wall in their room, an old manuscript, the memoir of a man named Giovanni Pietro Pofoco, who lived in Venice at the turn of the sixteenth century. Rich with death and passion, Pofoco’s memoir reads like an adventure story full of sex and violence, with idealism at war with the corrupt establishment. Presumably Pofoco died in the early fifteen hundreds, although as we read more of this remarkable story, we may come to doubt that he died at all.

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Date Certain
A Medical Thriller
by Reuben Eisenstein M.D.
ISBN 978-1-56474-539-2
80 pages, paperback, $12.95


Set in the 1970s, Date Certain is pathologically spooky. The story’s full of gruesomely fascinating details, with misidentified body parts on display like so much inventory. At the heart is Benjamin Stone, a well-meaning physician who’s been given knowledge he doesn’t know how to deal with, from a source he doesn’t trust or understand. He finds himself in unsettling company: a know-it-all medical examiner, a bullying detective, an unidentified corpse, and a mysterious Middle-Easterner who might know what this is all about but isn’t telling. This is a tale of dreams and nightmares, a fantastic voyage inside the human body and brain, and an exploration of what we might make of the certainty of death.
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Non Fiction

Rise Up!
Life and Literacy in an Urban First Grade

by Linda Katz
ISBN 978-1-56474-592-7
160 pages, paperback, $14.95
Publication date: March 6, 2017


What do we want these children, our children, to become?


This is an account of an ethnically and racially diverse classroom of funny, endearing, and often poignant six-year-olds in a Seattle inner-city elementary school. The author, their volunteer literary coach, describes the classroom, their heroic teacher, a number of clever teaching modules, and the evolution of this school toward excellence. The children’s confidences, essays, and poetry sparkle with humor, and the unexpected viewpoints of childhood. Eight captivating students are profiled and featured for us in line drawing illustrations.

In the final chapters some startling school district data is introduced as well as three common-sense recommendations to give all kids a fair chance in school. Having learned so much about the realities of public elementary education in her five years in the classroom, the author wanted to share the good news of what is possible with others who might otherwise view this as a grim subject.

Linda Katz enjoyed a long career in child welfare as a clinician, administrator, child advocate and lecturer. As a writer and trainer she developed innovations to make the child placement system better serve our most vulnerable children, the abused and the poor, and taught these methods nationally and internationally. She is the author of many articles in professional social service journals. After retirement she found she was missing the company of small children and was lucky enough to find a place where she could be useful at the local elementary school.
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A Song Just for Me
by Mary Kiki Wilcox
ISBN 978-1-56474-556-9
96 pages, paperback, $12.00


Melodies and memories

These stories are based on Mary Kiki Wilcox’s 12 years of volunteer work in the health center of her senior community, where she takes recorded music, on a CD player, to the residents in the Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities. They listen together, as a group, in their weekly “Mostly Music” sessions, or individually, in their rooms. She has a wide selection of music to share, ranging from classical to popular standards and show tunes. Her listeners talk—about whatever comes, whatever moves them. What Mary sees in the faces of her neighbors as they listen to the music, and what they choose to talk about, touch her deeply. These people become her friends.
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Times and Tides of Tuberculosis
Perceptions Revealed in Literature, Keats to Sontag
by Thomas Daniel, M.D.
ISBN 978-1-56474-544-6
176 pages, paperback, $16.95


What great writers said about the dread disease

This is a study of changing attitudes—of patients, the medical community, and society in general—towards tuberculosis, over the course of a century and a half. As TB became better understood scientifically, treatment of the disease changed for the better, and the attitudes became more hopeful. This book illustrates these changing attitudes with the life stories and sample works of well-known writers—novelists, essayists, and poets. Not all of these writers had TB themselves, but they all were well enough acquainted with the disease to write about it eloquently. This added dimension gives the book another identity: in addition to medical and social history, Times and Tides of Tuberculosis offers literary history and criticism.
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The Return to Judaism
Descendants from the Inquisition Discovering Their Jewish Roots
by Sandra Cumings Malamed
ISBN 978-1-56474-504-0
336 pages, cloth, $32.50


During the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal many Jews were forcibly converted to the Catholic faith. These Conversos, as they were called, were required to give up their religion, their traditions, and in some cases even their names.

During the 1990s, historian Sandra Malamed conducted a series of probing interviews with people of Spanish and Portuguese descent, who considered themselves Christians or even non-believers, but who nonetheless practiced various Jewish traditions—often without knowing where the traditions came from. When she explained to them what these customs were all about, they were fascinated to learn that Judaism might be part of their families’ history. The word spread, and before long people from all around the country and beyond began to contact Malamed.

Included: a brief history of the Inquisition, the interviews with 50+ descendants of Conversos, a survey of Sephardic Judaism worldwide today, lists of Sephardic surnames, timelines, glossary, bibliography, index. Illustrated with black and white photos throughout.
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Memoir

In Parallel Light
A Prose Collection

Jeanne Lohmann
978-1-56474-571-2
94 pages, paperback, $14.00


Capturing a life's points of change—remembered or imagined

These pieces display a remarkable collection of memories and fantasies, beautifully expressed. Poet Jeanne Lohmann uses short prose sketches to recall her girlhood, from jump rope klutz to drama queen, with nostalgia for streetcars and old movies. She shares what she learned about war from being a volunteer in post-WWII Europe. She remembers sensual experiences throughout her life from blueberry pie to encounters with men—some welcome, others intrusive. Her writing about aging, widowhood, and loss is honest and wise. She takes her reader for walks in the forest and on the beach. Many of these pieces are fantasies, dreams, magical stories—some humorous and others frightening. Some of these sketches read like mood pieces, and others like polished short stories.

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stangl coverPainted Pebbles
A Hungarian Memoir

Peter Stangl
978-1-56474-567-5
224 pages, paperback, $15.95


An eye-witness
account of watershed moments in modern European history


In 1983 librarian Peter Stangl took his teenaged son and daughter to Budapest, to show them the city and the land where he had grown up. He wrote an account of that trip, which he titled “Pebbles,” because a surprise encounter with some stones his mother had painted stirred up such strong memories of his boyhood. In time, Mr. Stangl expanded his memoir into a saga of memories of world-shaking events that he had witnessed as a boy and young man in Hungary: the rise of Naziism, the violence of World War II, the subsequent Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and the Hungarian uprising in 1956. Interspersed with these accounts of history in the making, the author gives a fond anecdotal chronicle of his family. After his hair-raising escape from Hungary, Peter Stangl landed in New York, via Vienna. The story ends with his assimilation into Yale University and a reunion with family in Paris.
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Falling into Theatre…and Finding Myself
A Memoir

Robert Cohen
978-1-56474-561-3
240 pages, paperback, $15.95


How—step by step and break by lucky break—Robert Cohen became a master of theatre arts.

This engaging memoir is presented as a series of lucky breaks, or surprise turning points in the story that led to Robert Cohen's dramatic success in theatre arts. In retrospect, it would have been a great surprise had Cohen not ended up in theatre arts, given his early fascination with the stage, his chance at a young age to see original cast productions of Broadway plays, and the influence of his uncle, Marty Goldblatt, a publicist for Columbia Pictures who hobnobbed with celebrities of stage and screen. It was inevitable—Robert Cohen became a man of the theatre, not only as an actor but also as a professional playwright, translator, director, lighting designer, theatre critic and scholar, and as the builder from the ground up of the University of California at Irvine's prestigious drama department, where he continues to serve as Claire Trevor Professor of Drama. His twenty-plus books include major works on acting (Acting Power: the 21st Century Edition) and on acting careers (Acting Professionally, Working Together in Theatre) and theatre appreciation (Theatre and Theatre: Brief Edition), along with his translations of classical plays (by Molière and Machiavelli) and modern plays of his own.

Robert Cohen, founding Chair of Drama at the University of California, Irvine, is a professional stage director, playwright, producer, translator, and acting teacher. He has lectured and taught in twenty-five states and ten foreign countries, and his twenty books on theatre, including Acting Power, Acting in Shakespeare, and Acting Professionally have been published in fifty editions and translated into six languages.

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Given Time
Living Our Last Months Together
by Helen Park Bigelow
ISBN 978-1-56474-553-8
224 pages, paperback, $14.95


Relishing the last year together,
through heartbreak and chemo


This memoir is about love and death. It is a story about two strong, artistic people who have lived together and supported each other with love until the very end. The narrative begins when Helen and Ed learn that Ed’s melanoma, which has been “cured” for two years, returns with a vengeance. By the time it is diagnosed, it is entrenched in Ed’s body, and the most they can hope for from chemotherapy is to delay Ed’s death by a few months. Ed chooses to live as long as chemo will keep him alive, in order to stay with Helen. The couple have been together for thirty-five years. Interspersed with the chronicle of caregiving are happy memories of their marriage. The story ends in their home in Palo Alto, with Ed on a Hospice hospital bed, in the company of friends and family, Helen’s head resting on his chest until his breathing stops.

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France with My Father
A journey through memory, art, time, and family
by Janine S. Volkmar
ISBN 978-1-56474-550-7
176 pages, paperback, $14.95


Merci Beaucoup!

When her 86-year-old father called to invite her on a three-week trip to France, Janine was thrilled. They traveled around France, eating wonderful food and drinking good wine, visiting haunts of the painter Paul Cézanne, and researching their family history. Janine’s grandparents were born in France, and exploring their heritage united the father and daughter. Full of descriptions of French cuisine, art, the landscape, and culture, France with My Father is a loving appreciation of the often-maligned French people who were kindness personified to the white-haired father and his daughter. The two of them drove from Paris to Provence and, in spite of often getting lost, found their way to a closer relationship.
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P
oetry


Love, Solitude, and the Face of Death
Selected Poems by Edity Södergran

Translated by Stina Katchadourian
ISBN 978-1-56474-593-4
112 pages, paperback, $15.00
Publication date: March 6, 2017


A young poet receives posthumous recognition after her early death
.

Edith Irene Södergran, one of the first modernist poets within Swedish-language literature, was born in St. Petersburg in 1892 and died in Raivola, a Finnish town near the Russian border, in 1923. Her first published poems were not well received by the conservative critics because of their free-verse style. At her death from tuberculosis, which she contracted as a teenager, she was thirty-one years old and known only within the narrow confines of the Swedish-speaking literary world; but after her death she became recognized and appreciated, and she is now considered one of the greatest poets in Swedish literature. Her poetry has been translated into some thirty languages and her passionate lyric voice continues to win new readers all over the world.

Stina Katchadourian grew up in Finland and moved to the United States in 1966. She has published book-length translations of poetry by Märta Tikkanen, Tua Forsström and Edith Södergran; a play, The Raspberry Patch; as well as three nonfiction books.
She works as a journalist for Scandinavian media and has made numerous programs for Finnish radio and TV. She has won several prizes from the Finland-Swedish Literature Society and is an honorary member of the Society.

She lives in Stanford, CA with her husband, Herant Katchadourian, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry.

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Rise Up!
Discoveries in an Urban First Grade

by Linda Katz
ISBN 978-1-56474-592-7
160 pages, paperback, $14.95
Publication date: March 6, 2017


What do we want these children, our children, to become?


This is an account of an ethnically and racially diverse classroom of funny, endearing, and often poignant six-year-olds in a Seattle inner-city elementary school. The author, their volunteer literary coach, describes the classroom, their heroic teacher, a number of clever teaching modules, and the evolution of this school toward excellence. The children’s confidences, essays, and poetry sparkle with humor, and the unexpected viewpoints of childhood. Eight captivating students are profiled and featured for us in line drawing illustrations.

In the final chapters some startling school district data is introduced as well as three common-sense recommendations to give all kids a fair chance in school. Having learned so much about the realities of public elementary education in her five years in the classroom, the author wanted to share the good news of what is possible with others who might otherwise view this as a grim subject.

Linda Katz enjoyed a long career in child welfare as a clinician, administrator, child advocate and lecturer. As a writer and trainer she developed innovations to make the child placement system better serve our most vulnerable children, the abused and the poor, and taught these methods nationally and internationally. She is the author of many articles in professional social service journals. After retirement she found she was missing the company of small children and was lucky enough to find a place where she could be useful at the local elementary school.

 

Añoranza
Poems

Paula Amen Judah
978-1-56474-589-0
80 pages, paperback, $14.00
Publication date: October 7, 2016

These poems are like short stories packed with emotion, plot, character, and consequence. They evoke small-town, mid-century life with intimate detail, both physical and emotional, capturing moments of girlhood that linger and haunt the memory in later life. Añoranza (spanish for yearning or longing) traces the impressions of a small-town girl whose family is dominated by a father‘s harsh rule over the household. His spare-the-rod-spoil-the-child philosophy and “cop” mentality are buffered by the presence of her mother and grandmother—their songs, their strengths, their lessons. Añoranza contains a constellation of themes—faith, death, power, and conflict, which culminate in the author‘s discovering a new geography of acceptance and redemption.

Paula Amen Judah was born in Nebraska and grew up in Napa, once a little-known small town north of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she married, had two children, taught in the county jail, and performed in bands at night. On a solo “reason-to-live odyssey” to the Siskiyou Mountains, she fell in love with the Castle Crags, met her second husband, and moved to the northstate. There, she became a high school counselor, taught Spanish, directed plays, and founded The Very Cool Poetry Project, a performing group of high school students. She lives in a cabin with her husband on six acres where she writes, counsels, and tends enormous vegetable and flower gardens.
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The West Coast of Heaven
Poems

Jack Moser
978-1-56474-588-0
108 pages, paperback, $14.00
Publication date: October 7, 2016


West Coast of Heaven is a brave book, perhaps the bravest of Jack Moser’s poetry collections, of which this is the seventh published by Fithian Press. Toward the end of this book he announces without embarrassment that he is bipolar. This will not surprise readers familiar with Jack’s work, with its open and honest passion that can be pegged as alternately manic or depressive, revealing the poet to be alternately gloriously happy with the world, with God, and with humankind and also angry and discouraged with the same. Jack Moser is a man and a poet who loves Ireland, his family, his patients, and all the rest of life, especially Shekhinah, the female aspect of God’s Holy Spirit. But this same man and this same poet has fierce, angry feelings about the brutality of war, the economics of greed, and humanity’s historical and persistent cruelty.

Jack Moser grew up in Brooklyn, and then entered the Navy in 1958. He experienced war in Vietnam, and served as a Naval Intelligence officer. In the 1970s he switched careers. After receiving his doctorate in psychology from Florida State University, he became a counselor and psychotherapist. He is the author of  The Male Journey, We Have Forgotten How to Make Fire, Men in Therapy, and six previous Fithian Press poetry collections. He lives in Pensacola, Florida.
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Autumn in the Fields of Language
Poems

Jeanne Lohmann
978-1-56474-585-9
96 pages, paperback, $14.00


Jeanne Lohmann's new poetry collection celebrates the season of harvest, and the approach of year's end; but the poems are also about the literal harvest of a poet who has garnered respect and admiration for her remarkable use of words. These poems are wise and reflective, and many of the them are narrative and storylike, entertaining, full of sharp, clear memories of people, places, and important moments of joy from a rich, long life. Several of these poems say goodbye to some of life's pleasures and skills, and to some fading memories, but there's a sense of letting go with grace and gratitude, and of treasuring what remains. Here's an appreciation of calm, stillness, silence, emptiness. And in the end the harvest of autumn returns over and over to the life-long love of words. Words have given Jeanne Lohmann much to work with, and she has made the most of them.

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Eviction
and other poems

Estelle Gershgoren Novak
978-1-56474-584-2
84 pages, paperback, $14.00
Publication date: January 11, 2016


Strong, honest hard-hitting poems dare to face the dark


Novak writes with strong passion about the persecution of the Jews. Part I of her new collection of poems is about war, persecution, cruelty of humankind, and the cruelty of history. Part II returns again and again to the themes of cold and dark, winter and nighttime, life ending in death. Some of these poems promise renewal in spring, but remind us that even as spring returns death will remain as part of the human condition. Part III reminds us that birth is painful, and being born is painful, and life itself can bring loss in an unkind world. However, in thispaert Novak introduces the concept of comfort found in memories. Part IV gives us hope and encourages us to embrace life and celebrate beauty and the return of light.
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Learning from Old Masters
poems
Jane Elkington Wohl
978-1-56474-583-5
84 pages, paperback, $14.00
Publication date: January 11, 2016


Strong Beautifully crafted poems on subjects dark and glorious


The old masters who have inspired this poet date back as far as the cave paintings of early humankind. Also included are notable graphic artists, from Leonardo da Vinci to Albrecht to Durer to Andy Warhol. In the arts of sculpture, music, literature, she honors Bernini, Mozart and Faulkner. Wohl describes landscapes in all seasons, in all kinds of weather, from all over—Wyoming, Uganda, Cape Cod, Afghanistan, Vermont, and elsewhere. Her poems contain reverance and awe bordering on mysticism. She decries the shame of war, especially in the Middle East, with compassion for the victims of collateral damage.
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When I Reach You
Poems

Dean Olson
978-1-56474-580-4
84 pages, paperback, $14.00
Publication date: November 9, 2015


Love is the fifth dimension, that which alters and enriches time.


What sets Dean Olson‘s new book of poems, When I Reach You, apart from Olson‘s earlier books is the predominate focus on love as a measure of life‘s vitality and as an agent of life’s changes. We find here a few nostalgic expressions of love for parents and friends, and fond memories of his rural youth; but the poet returns again and again in this book to the theme of love in relationship, in being coupled in life‘s great adventure of change. ”Time is enslaved as lovers lie in the warmth of teir private sun.“
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Who Cares? I Do.
Poems

Jack Moser
978-1-56474-570-5
128 pages, paperback, $14.00


Compassion Is His Job

Dr. Jack Moser is a counselor. He has learned that to give help a counselor must practice the art of listening. So he listens, and he feels the sorrow of his clients, and the fear and anger and doubt. Jack feels he must give these hurting people hope. He wants to assure them they can trust in God. But that’s not so easy for him when he considers the mess the world is in. Is God being negligent? Many of Jack’s poems challenge God to put an end to the atrocities of war and social injustice. He acknowledges that human beings are at fault, but couldn’t God keep better control? Does God even exist? This book of poems, for all of its questioning and concern, may sound despairing, but the book also has its lighter moments, full of humor and fantasy. The household cats face off against the squirrels on the lawn. Bryan choosing his father’s new car and naming it “The Iron Pig.” Jack Moser’s sentimental celebration of his beloved, magical Ireland and her people, animals, and fairies.
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Believing in Today
Poems
by Frank L. Meyskens, Jr.
ISBN 978-1-56474-558-3
80 pages, paperback, $14.00


Reflections of an Aging Scholar

Most of the poems in Frank Meyskens’s new collection are recent writings, which he calls “reflections of an aging scholar.” However, some of these poems date back to Dr. Meyskens’s early medical career; they were discovered and “rescued” from old papers he kept from the time of his medical oncology fellowship. He was surprised to find that many of the issues he was struggling with back then were still concerns of his more recent poems. All of Meysken's poems are the work of a sensitive and compassionate pen as they deal with such human matters as love, relationship (both joyful and sorrowful), nobility of spirit, aging, medicine, and mortality.
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Off the Clock
Poems
Dean Olson
978-1-56474-559-0
80 pages, paperback, $14.00


Awakening each morning filled with new songs to sing…

These poems deal with familiar themes for fans of Olson’s work: boating and the sea, weather and the seasons, aging and mortality, love and gratitude, love and loss, and family. The poet makes us aware of the process of change, as autumn dies into winter and spring brings rebirth. Hope is the essence of nature. Hope and change also define relationships—with a brother, with a lover, with a grandson, with a remembered father, and even with a spider. Olson’s keen eye for detail and his acute ear for language make his observations surprising, and surprisingly on the mark.

Dean Olson has published nine poetry collections. He taught at universities in Hong Kong, Alaska, and Canada, and is emeritus faculty of The Evergreen State College, where he led seminars in economics, cultural studies, and maritime history. He has sailed the Galapagos Islands, the Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Alaska, and spent months with students on the Salish Sea. He lives in Olympia. Washington. His poems can be found in Prairie Schooner, Minotaur, Rattle, Atlanta Review, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, vox poetica, and elsewhere.
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Home Ground
Poems
by Jeanne Lohmann
ISBN 978-1-56474-552-1
104 pages, paperback, $14.00


Lohmann celebrates her life with gratitude, zest, and a wry sense of humor

In Home Ground Jeanne Lohmann celebrates her life with gratitude and zest, a wry sense of humor. The poems speak of the vagaries and wisdom of aging, the complex beauty of nature, memories of parents, friends and growing up. Through love and loss and change the work of these generous poems is an adventurous search for “home ground.”
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Useful Feeling
Poems
by Dean Olson
ISBN 978-1-56474-548-4
88 pages, paperback, $14.00

This book offers the perceptions and feelings of a poet who’s seventy-four years old, an age he calls “the dark side of seventy, on the slope side to nothing.” It is “a realm of shifting tenses,” made rich by a lifetime of memories, especially memories hard work and romance; a present to endure and enjoy, thanks to a girlfriend, walks by the harbor, writing poetry, and red wine; and the future to accept. The “useful feeling” is a recurring theme in all the tenses. “I’ve sought the useful feeling all my life,” he tells us, and now writing is how he fulfills his duty. In Useful Feeling, Dean Olson tells us a lot about nature, especially birds and the sea. He tells us about courtship and relationship. He tells us about living and about dying.

Dean Olson
is a retired professor of economics, cultural studies, and maritime history. He taught at universities in Hong Kong, Alaska, and Canada, and is emeritus faculty of The Evergreen State College. He has sailed the Galapagos Islands, the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Alaska, and spent months with students on the Salish Sea. His poems have been published in numerous journals, including Cascade #2, Prairie Schooner, Minotaur, Rattle, Atlanta Review, and The Innisfree Poetry Journal; and he is the author of eight published poetry collections.
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