Books by Gus Gordon

THE PERFECT SEAT by Minh Lê
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 12, 2019

"There's more to storytime between a parent and child than book selection. Closeness and comfort certainly count. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Reading aloud is a wonderful shared activity for a father and child. But what or where is the best chair? Read full book review >
THE LAST PEACH by Gus Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2019

"Luscious, light, and thought-provoking: decidedly not to be missed! (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two motley insects contemplate eating the last peach of the season. Read full book review >
SOMEWHERE ELSE by Gus Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Successful overall, if not without a few puzzlements. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Don't put off until tomorrow what can be accomplished with a hot air balloon today. Read full book review >
THE CATAWAMPUS CAT by Jason Carter Eaton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2017

"A pleasing reminder that finding a new point of view can create positive change. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sideways-leaning cat strolls into town and sparks a revolution in perspective. Read full book review >
I AM COW, HEAR ME MOO! by Jill Esbaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2014

"Forget Helen Reddy. Nadine is a poster cow for self-mortification. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Esbaum presents a wobbly story about a cow of wobbly confidence (though no shortness of bluster). Read full book review >
A Warrior's Bible by Gus Gordon
NONFICTION
Released: May 7, 2014

A philosophically wide-ranging account of the warrior's ethos and an argument for its rejuvenation today.
Debut-author Gordon unpacks the central characteristics of the warrior with unusual comprehensiveness, focusing on a "developmental point of view" that surveys the history of the concept. This ambitious scope leads the analysis across a wide expanse of topics—a warrior's spirituality, the warrior figure as he appears in the athletic and military arenas, and the warrior as a servant to society. The author is careful to avoid restricting his understanding of the warrior to soldiering; he considers the warrior a broader category that encompasses an elemental human type rather than a narrow occupation. The scholarly range of the analysis is striking: the likes of Yeats, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer are deftly investigated. At one point, the Navy Seals and Rainer Maria Rilke are discussed on the same page. This makes for an impressively rich multicultural perspective that includes accounts of Eastern philosophies like Zen Buddhism and Taoism. Sometimes the arguments are needlessly confused by academic jargon: "It might be helpful to reflect on the Tao yin/yang symbol, since it is the ontological foundation of the primordial domain of the feminine/masculine dynamic." Also, it's not always clear that the work is moving toward a unified conclusion. The "ultimate goal of the warrior is service to the world" writes Gordon, but other than somewhat vague references to social justice, it's never entirely obvious what this service amounts to. Also, the author's argument that the world needs a revival of the warrior spirit wants further elaboration. Nevertheless, this is a painstakingly well-researched study filled with philosophical insight.
A rigorous analysis of the history of the warrior that transcends mere military interpretations. Read full book review >
HERMAN AND ROSIE by Gus Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Sweetly celebrates artistic bonding in the Big Apple. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In bustling New York, anthropomorphic croc Herman and Rosie (a goat?) inhabit parallel lives until they discover they're soul mates. Read full book review >