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Fiction

The Triangle
A Novel

by Ann L. McLaughlin
ISBN 978-1-56474-595-8
240 pages, paperback, $14.95
Publication date: March 8, 2017


A tense story featuring a threesome of strong and troubled family members during the last polio epidemic in the United Statese.


The Triangle takes place in Boston in 1955, during a major polio epidemic. It is a strong story featuring a threesome of strong and troubled characters. Each has his or her own strengths and also her or his his own weaknesses to accept or overcome, and his/her own set of goals to achieve. Molly Crowley, a young bride, loves and is loved by both of the others. She finds she must shelter her father, Jack MacAlister, and put up with his self-absorption, his political ambition, and his broken promises. Molly must also be the supportive wife who cheerfully (even if at times resentfully) cares for her husband, Dan Crowley, a graduate student whose legs have been paralyzed by polio. Meanwhile she has her own struggle with her identity as a painters.

Ann L. McLaughlin grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has published eight novels and has had fellowships at the Virginia Center, Yaddo, and The Studios of Key West. She is on the board of The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, where she has taught for many years.
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Unplugged
15th Anniversary Edition

by Paul McComas
ISBN 978-1-56474-604-7
420 pages including 60 pages of musical scores
paperback, $14.95
Publication date: October 22, 2017



“With consummate skill, Paul McComas weaves together the interior wilds of protagonist Dayna Clay with the exterior wilds of the South Dakota Badlands. The reader cheers for Dayna on her spiritual and sexual quest, eager to see what she will discover as she leaves the ups and downs of the music industry for the zigzag terrain of the Badlands and her own psyche. McComas writes of women, depression, and bisexuality as if he has ‘been there.’” —Chris Glaser, editor, Open Hands and author of Coming Out as Sacrament
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This expanded 15th-anniversary edition of the critically acclaimed novel contains sheet music for the dozen ”Dayna Clay” songs that the author composed—six of them in collaboration with creative partner Maya Kuper, who plays "Dayna" in their adapted live show “Unplugged: A Survivor's Story in Scenes & Song
s.”

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The Third Swimmer
A Novel
Rosalind Brackenbury

ISBN 978-1-56474-582-8
178 pages, paperback, $14.95

This is the story of a marriage between two Britons, Olivia and Thomas. The first part of the novel takes place in London, on the brink of war, bracing for invasion. It ends with a bomb that would have killed Olivia, had Olivia not been spending the night with her married lover, Felix. Prior to spending her final night with Felix, Olivia has accepted a proposal of marriage from Thomas, a more suitable life partner. Part Two opens in 1952, after the war, but with the effects of the war still haunting the survivors as well as the landscape. Thomas and Olivia, now married with children, have traveled to the south coast of France, to have what might be their delayed honeymoon. But their marriage has cooled down almost to the point of dying out. The central event of the novel is an attempt by Thomas to rescue a stranger seen drowning out at sea. The couple’s future will depend on the outcome of this impetuous act of bravery.
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Amy and George
A Novel
Ann L. McLaughlin
ISBN 978-1-56474-546-0
192 pages, paperback, $14.95


What must a father do to earn and keep his daughter’s love?

Set in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1937, this is a story of family relationships in trouble. Amy, who is nine, wants to be friends with George, her workaholic father. George, a new dean at Harvard, who is also involved with the New Deal, has little time for his two young daughters. Amy is miserable in her new school and tries to make friends with an unhappy man, who enters their household as a butler. His horrifying fate shocks the whole family and yet it changes the relationship between George and Amy for the better, initiating a new trust and friendship.
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Old Ladies—Stories
Nancy Huddleston Packer
ISBN 978-1-56474-527-9
176 pages, trade paperback original, $14.95

The stories in this collection center on women of a certain age. They are widows, divorcees, the happily married, an artist, a cleaning woman, a professor, the leisurely rich, and the working poor. Whatever their life condition, all the protagonists are decidedly individual. Some are feisty, some shy, some gentle, some ornery, some who know exactly who they are, and some who are seeking to find out. And almost all discover something a little unsettling that changes their sense of themselves, for better or worse.

Nancy Huddleston Packer is Professor Emeritus of English and former Director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. Her stories have been published in many literary magazines, and she is the author of four earlier collections of stories: Small Moments (1976), In My Father’s House (1988), The Women Who Walk (1989), and Jealous-Hearted Me (1997).
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A Trial in Summer
Ann L. McLaughlin
ISBN 978-1-56474-496-8
272 pages, trade paperback original, $14.95



From the glamour of Nob Hill to the danger of the docks, San Francisco in the 1930s was a world of wonders for a young woman.

Lorie Bronson, an idealistic college freshman, arrives in San Francisco in the summer of 1939 with her father, who is the judge in the deportation trial of a longshoreman and labor leader (based on Harry Bridges, an iconic labor leader). Lorie misses her mother, who died a year ago, and resents her father’s new wife, Maria. Lorie is destined for law school, but she is more passionately drawn to photography, inspired by the socially relevant photographs of Dorothea Lange. She disobeys her father by spending time down on the docks, photographing longshoreman at work—and in protests and strikes. She is befriended by Dave Rafferty, an appealing longshoreman who turns out to be a company spy, and who teaches her a cynical lesson about romantic idealism. Worse, Lorie realizes that while she was photographing the violent waterfront confrontation she may have been caught on film by a photographer from LIFE, thus endangering the trial and her father’s career. By the end of the summer, Lorie has learned a great deal about photography, social justice, men, and herself.
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Leaving Bayberry House
A Novel
by Ann L. McLaughlin

ISBN 978-1-56474-495-1
224 pages, paperback, $14.95

The novel takes place during one week in August 1973, when the sisters are middle-aged, but each chapter ends in a flashback to the years of World War II, when they were adolescents and the family was in turmoil, the father wrestling with his conscience over his pacifism and an affair with a Polish refugee, a son killed in the war, and one daughter sinking into bipolar disorder.
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Wolf Tones—A Novel
Irving Weinman
ISBN 978-1-56474-480-7, 1-56474-480-9
400 pages, Trade Paperback Original, $16.95

Ethan Baum leaves his broken marriage, his failed romance, and his overbearing father, a famous philosopher, back East and heads out to New Mexico, where he hopes to make a fresh start and end the writer’s block that has halted his once promising career as a novelist. Once in Albuquerque, he loses his job, finds himself with an older woman and her anorexic daughter, and becomes involved with suspicious grandees, cynical environmentalists, ruthless mining interests, a possible war criminal, and an unlikely Ivy League Navaho. As their stories crisscross his own, Ethan’s suppressed memories surface and he has to question his understanding of himself and his real relations with others. In all this Ethan’s sense of living through literature and language becomes more problematic: the more hopeless things become, the funnier they seem, until he isn’t sure he can survive his new self-knowledge.
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Windstorm and Flood
A Novel
Rosalind Brackenbury

ISBN 978-1-880284-93-3
240 pages, paperback, $15.95
Jim Russo is a minister of a small church in Key West. As Hurricane Georges approaches, his wife Susan leaves for safer ground, and he stays on. The hurricane is vicious, and the Key is a disaster zone for days during and afterwards. In the rubble that remains, a homeless woman named Pearl parks herself and her belongings on Jim’s front porch, embarrassing him in front of his congregation. Meanwhile Sarah, an old lover from decades past, comes to Key West to take possession of a house she has been given. That house is next to a young couple, named Tom and Martha, who have almost no money, a baby in diapers, and another on the way. Jim and Sarah reunite, but Sarah doesn’t take it as seriously as Jim does. Susan phones and tells Jim she has left for good. Pearl accidentally burns Jim’s house down. Jim leaves the church, his life a wreck, and joins a crew on a boat sailing for Honduras to take supplies to the victims of Hurricane Mitch. Sarah gives her house to Tom and Martha, who need it more than she does. Jim returns, stronger but still in love with Sarah, who is now ready to give a permanent relationship more serious consideration.
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Curiouser and Curiouser
An Anthology of Very Short Stories, Essays, and Poems
Inspired by the Alice Books of Lewis Carroll
Edited by John M. Daniel
56 pages, paperback, $8.00

An anthology of writing inspired by the Alice Books of Lewis Carroll. Each story, essay, or poem is no more than 99 words.
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Non Fiction

Mino
A Young Scientist‘s Lifelong Journey
Through Outer and Inner Space

by Hisako Matsubara
ISBN 978-1-56474-614-6
364 pages, hardcover, $24.95
Publication date: June 15, 2019


This extraordinary autobiography is unlike any other life story you’ll ever read. It tells the life of the first-person narrator, US-born physicist and NASA scientist Minoru Freund, known to his family, friends, colleagues, and readers of this book simply as Mino.

This is the true story of Mino’s life.

The story flows in chronological order with some strands and highlights receding and recurring like a welcome refrain. In a pitch-perfect voice, Mino shares his thoughts and dreams, as he grows from a precocious toddler to an acclaimed scientist. He takes us from his early years in Europe and Japan through grade school, high school, university, to the start of a stellar career at NASA, where he has free rein to indulge his passion for cosmology and nanotechnology. Along the way deep questions arise: how religion and science compete and how they support each other… how ingrained is racial prejudice in human nature.

Tragically, this brilliant life ends too early, when a malicious tumor the size of a lemon takes space in his brain. Mino fights for his life, unwilling to leave before learning all there is to learn about the universe. He’s not done exploring.

Hisako Matsubara is an acclaimed author with more than twenty books written in German and Japanese—novels and historical reflections on the clash of cultures—Far East and West.  Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, in a family that traces its roots back to the twelfth century, she studied in Tokyo, came to the USA to complete her Master’s Degree in Theater Arts, and then moved to Germany, where she earned her PhD in Comparative History. She soon established herself as a new voice on the literary scene. Now she lives with her husband in California. This is her first book written in English.
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Memoir

My Dear People
The World War I Letters of Private Ned Crawford

Ned Crawford; edited with commentary by Constance Crawford;
including A Short History of Ned Crawford’s Amy
by Christopher McManus
ISBN 978-1-56474-594-1
240 pages, paperback, $16.95


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


My Dear People is made up of three different alternating ingredients, each by a different author: a historical account of surrounding military events by Christopher McManus, Constance Crawford’s commentary on her father’s life and writing, and the letters themselves by Ned Crawford. These writings are interwoven chronologically here to make Private Ned Crawford’s story comprehensible, entertaining, and moving. The letters Ned wrote to his best friend while serving as a soldier in World War I offer an intimate, quirky, and intelligent account of what it was like for a thirty-one-year-old man who abhorred war and any official interference with individual freedom to submit to a wartime draft and to perform his part in the enormous human drama that was the American Expeditionary Forces.

A self-educated man, limited in formal schooling to the sixth grade in a small-town Ohio public school, Ned Crawford managed to develop a terse, graceful, and humorous writing style. All his life he wrote letters. “Getting my letters written” was always on his mind, and, in many ways, doing so could be considered his central life work. During the last year of World War I, Pfc. Crawford served as a communications engineer in the American Expeditionary Force in Belgium and France.

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