Books by Jean Casella

HELL IS A VERY SMALL PLACE by Jean  Casella
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A potent cry of anguish from men and women buried way down in the hole."
The founders of a watchdog group dedicated to stopping the practice of solitary confinement gather voices from victims of this hellish punishment. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2000

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, City University's Feminist Press offers an anthology on growing up female, with pieces drawn from contemporary authors as well as the neglected masters the Press helped restore to prominence. Part One, "Family," includes such classics as an excerpt from Zora Neale Hurston's gritty, groundbreaking 1942 memoir, Dust Tracks on a Road; "Raymond's Run" (1979), by recently deceased Toni Cade Bambara, which portrays an African-American girl's love for her brother, is among the modern work here. The "Teachers and Friends" section ranges from "The Fire," Helen Rose Hull's 1917 tale of a teenager's subtly erotic relationship with her art teacher, to an excerpt from A Cross and a Star, in which Marjorie Agosín chronicles her Jewish mother's experiences growing up in a small Chilean town filled with Nazis. Part Three, "Work and the World," contains some of the publisher's most treasured rediscoveries, from Agnes Smedley (Daughters of Earth) to Kate Chopin ("Wiser Than God"). Read full book review >