A French photojournalist lands a coveted assignment that leads her from Paris to the jungles of Malaysia, through the neon-lit streets of Bangkok's red light district, and onto the temple-strewn... More > plains of Burma (Myanmar). In pursuit of a link between her grandfather's disappearance and that of the famous American silk baron, Jim Thompson, who vanished a quarter of a century before, she joins a tour group that includes a jewel thief, a smuggler, a Buddhist monk, an American family on holiday, a former OSS agent, and a meddlesome couple from Texas, armed with a video camera, who unwittingly film a murder.< Less
"Richard Chiem writes of all the weirdness and ooziness and tenderness of young love, with such lucid specificity. Like some beautiful film from the 70s, but also distinctly now. Because I also... More > love how in this book he documents the tremors of contemporary existence, of living and working in a city, measuring days not in coffee spoons but in cigarettes and Simpsons episodes."
- Kate Zambreno, author of Green Girl and Heroines< Less
Tragedy strikes in a Balkan mountain village when a young boy is murdered. The grieved mother flees to New York City in the hope of healing in the arms of family. Renewal looks possible until the... More > predator’s identity is discovered and the desire for revenge drives our heroine back to her homeland to even up the score. Civil war, passion, love and hate drive the characters to an unpredictable yet inevitable destiny.< Less
A collection of fables in the literary tradition of Italo Calvino (if he were a Taoist seeker), Lost Cantos of the Ouroboros Caves brings together medicine men, monks, immortals, witches, seekers,... More > souls in various stages of their cycles in and out of lived-life, and the occasional talking animal, all searching for the meaning of it all and each other.
Here, the well, the prairie, the mountains (the Ouroboros mountains, of course), the pond over which a swan swims continuously as she keeps vigil for the newly dead; each fable is a meditation on love, death, growth, pain, identity, self, spirit, and the natural world, as seen from the perspectives of the primal, the celestial, or the spiritual.
Fragile and beautifully strong, the Lost Cantos are tales and mythology for anyone seeking stories for a larger life.< Less
An epic tale chronicling the life journey of Tom Middleton from his youth as an Australian Outback schoolboy through a series of character-building experiences spanning four continents and three... More > decades.< Less
Life and death are spun to poetry in A Doctor Dies and Other Stories. A legless veteran leaves footprints in the snow. Boys carry the casket of a friend up ice-covered church steps. A son asks to... More > dress his deceased father in boots and jacket as he and his mother await the funeral director on a winter morning. A boy finds a Popsicle stick lodged in the ice on a February day. For Evelyn and Smiley, a romantic taunt on a frigid night stops time between Ted's Dairy and Vietnam. Within these 16 stories, Joseph Chamberlin, also the author of Our Father Frank: The Story of A Priest, The Woman He Loved, and The Sons They Left Behind, builds a world of ordinary heroes.< Less
Born in late 1918, Clif Bennett grew up in New York City during the turbulent era of the Great Depression and the subsequent years of World War II. Witnessing the world of his times, he identified... More > with the working people, Communists, and anarchists. Inevitably, this led to draft evasion, being hounded by the FBI, and eventually imprisonment.
Gifted with both prose and poetic literary skills, he wrote extensively in both forms, expressing the mood and temper of the times as seen through his own eyes. This collection of his writings includes the variety of life in general, including such things as politics, religion, romance, children’s stories, living in Africa, and the entire collection of his Yih Jing Sonnets.
Collected Works presents a universality of theme and passion from one man’s perspective.< Less
This book is based on the life of many poor black men and women during the period of them being set free from slavery. They chose to stay on the plantation and not to become free because it gave... More > them a place to work. They did work such as picking cotton, planting cotton, and working at the cotton gin. They lived in hut houses. There were days for town, church and also school. Shortly after the years passed by their children move away to the north, east and west. Doing good for themselves, they never forgot what their parents taught them which was to always tell their children’s children, what happened during their life time.< Less
Petrichor Machine is a literary journal for people who love words. Issue three features poetry and fiction by:
Jeffrey Alfier, Dominika Bednarska, Jackson Burgess, Jon Cone, Jacob Edwards, Peter... More > Cole Friedman, Spencer Golub, David Hancock, William Wright Harris, j/j hastain, Zeke Jarvis, Michelle Jia, Damien Knightley, Philip Kobylarz, Bruce McRae, Mark J. Mitchell, Bill Neumire, Sean Neville, Richard King Perkins II, Loni Reynolds, Cory Saul, Bethany Snyder, Adam Tavel, Charles Wilkinson, and Changming Yuan.
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With Love from Poland begins in 1920 Cracow, then a prosperous textile town brimming with life. That was the year that the beautiful, fair-haired Helena Pawlowski met the brash, young Jan Jasinski... More > quite by accident. From that moment on, their lives became intertwined. Their strong bond would later become the backbone of an underground movement to save their family and friends from capture by the Nazis in September of 1939. This was the beginning of the Second World War; it hit Poland first and it hit hard. Hitler quickly set up his own General Government in Cracow's beloved Wawel Castle. What ensues is a human drama of adventure and intrigue, peppered with humor, emotion and surprising twists of fate; all against the backdrop of the proud Polish culture and tradition.< Less
Sentries of the Past is a group of 9th grade students at Webster Schroeder High School who spent six months researching the Hero’s Journey pattern as outlined by mythologist Joseph Campbell. ... More > From there, the students explored how the pattern is part of the human condition and how it can be used as a tool to examine their own lives.
For 60 days, my 9th graders reflected and shared insights as they explored the archetypal hero within.
After completing The Sixty Day Sojourn and after reading a book of forensic anthropology, Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw, each student selected one of the four hominids studied in the work and “put flesh on the bones,” so to speak. Each story included doing research on the region where the bones were found, and making educated hypotheses regarding the ancient cultures of the people who lived in those regions.< Less
Tracing the life-long friendships of three Southern women beginning in the Depression era and continuing through the early years of the new century, Lark Eden offers a poetic exploration of the ties... More > that bind us together as tightly as family, and as surely as love. From frog catching girls with skinned knees to world wizened grandmothers, Lark Eden follows these three women through personal trials and victories no less daunting than the historical tribulations that provide the backdrop to these everyday American lives.< Less
A compilation of student works that venture into the personal, the painful, the prideful, and the fearful.
Students at Heartland Alternative School drafted poems that express their protests, address... More > injustices around each of us, highlight people who have affected them deeply, illustrate their beliefs, and depict a variety of unbridled ideas in the open forum. Moreover, they created stories where the theme was "Trapped" and students crafted flash fiction that deposits characters in moments of terror, both physically and emotionally, while also exploring the complexities of the internal self and the struggles therewith.
Creative, inspiring, and at times aggressively honest. Students rip off the veneer and show their true lives, their true opinions, and their true successes and disappointments. This collection will certainly have you asking the questions: "What will happen next? What could happen next? Do I really want to know? And, If I know too much, what will happen?"< Less
A methodical and highly successful Victorian surgeon must re-evaluate all he knows when he stumbles upon the medical marvel of the century: Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man.
In order to study the... More > creature, Dr. Frederick Treves provides Merrick with lodgings, but he quickly learns that behind the Elephant Man's monstrous exterior is an intelligent young man with a refined appreciation for beauty. And when Dr. Treves' daughter, Colette, takes a special interest in Merrick, the young pair form a bond that will last a lifetime.
Experience the memorable and touching story of Joseph Merrick like never before and join Dr. Treves and Colette as they discover that true treasure hides in the most unlikely of places.
"The mind's the standard of a man"< Less
From the moment Stanly James McMillen launched into his unpredictable career as a registered nurse, he knew it was the right thing to do. The kaleidoscope of shocking events would change his life and... More > show the strength of the remarkable human spirit in the face of terror and tragedy, because of loyality and love.< Less
"What I'm about to tell you is an extraordinary story about an ordinary woman." Thus begins the tale of Linea Janeiro, a young woman who comes to America from Brazil to escape unbearable... More > sorrow born of a terrible accident. In the United States, she lands a job with a company that sells snowglobes to tourist sites around the country.
One day, Linea gathers the vacation time she's accumulated and sets out on an eventful voyage across her new country, using snowglobes as rough guideposts. Through encounters with the people she meets, as well as with the land and with a strange boy, hers becomes an odyssey, too, of emotional discovery. In the end, she must decide whether to stay locked inside or shed her sadness and re-engage with life. Once she chooses, she finds a surprising new reason to live. It's Snowing in Las Vegas is a moving story of tragedy, redemption and a magical journey across America.< Less
This book is a collection of original works written exclusively by an exciting new author. It provides a breadth and depth of pieces, including short stories, poetry, and imaginative fiction; ones... More > that will transport you into another world of fantasy, forbidden love, and inspiration!< Less
Margo has transformed her grandparents’ bakery into a café, in a charming town on the Maine coast. While Margo is an avid cook and baker, she also possesses an insatiable curiosity... More > fueled by the antics of her eccentric neighbors. On walks with her best friend Cate, to a nearby lighthouse, they wonder what old Jonas is up to, looking out to sea with his telescope. When they stumble on a body near the lighthouse, Margo’s curiosity soars and she is soon drawn deeper into the mystery.< Less
The Marin School of the Arts Creative Writing and Visual Art students join forces to create this anthology of short stories, poems, and artwork. The material in the book, the design, the layout, and... More > the editing of the book were conceived and executed by the students from the 2012-2013 school year. This the 5th volume produced through the coordinated efforts of the writers and artists of MSA.< Less
Epoch is the literature and art magazine of the Upper School at New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math (NEST+m), a public school in the Lower East Side of New York City. Epoch's mission... More > is to capture with each issue a moment in time in the NEST+m Upper School literary and artistic community.< Less
This special annual features original fiction and poetry by Ms. Chen's sophomore English students at Rye Country Day School, an independent school in Rye, NY, just north of Manhattan. The... More > publication is priced at cost. Further description forthcoming. Enjoy the read!< Less
This publication features thesis excerpts from the 2013 graduating class of the CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program. Next Words is a transition, an exposure, a nebula, a metamorphosis. A... More > constellation of words in flux—cleaving, becoming. We exit and enter at the same time.< Less