Omer Zamir was born in Israel on January 31, 1991. At age nineteen he moved in with his grandparents for a year and a half at their beach house in ... Read full author bio >
'Barring the unfortunate erotica, a sensitive portrait of internal distress.' - Kirkus Reviews
'An often powerful collection of poetry that shows promise.' - Kirkus Reviews
APOTHEOSIS OF A GENERATION
'Ambitious in scope and solid in execution.' Kirkus reviews"
Dave Gordon was born in the foothills of Mt. Laramie in Wyoming. He grew up in eastern Washington State in Yakima, graduating from Marquette Jesuit High School, located there, and ... Read full author bio >
"The book makes up for in philosophical sophistication. Gordon is clearly knowledgeable about the religious concepts that Steve encounters, and his explanations of them are clear and engaging. Though he draws heavily from Zen Buddhism, the author’s omnivorous, nondenominational take on spirituality is refreshing, and he deftly balances and integrates each of the many traditions that come into play. Particularly for readers interested in pursuing their own spiritual development, Steve’s story may serve as a useful and enjoyable model."
Omer Zamir is a young poet in awe of poetry and the mountains it can move, the hearts it can uplift, and the vibe it can create in the lives ... Read full author bio >
Debut poet Zamir ponders the writer’s role in fomenting peaceful revolution during wartime.
Zamir, a young Israeli poet, has spent significant periods of time in America. Familiarity with both the Middle East and the West leads him to comment on armed struggles of recent decades. The collection opens with “The Gulf War,” a meditation on being born into wartime. Trauma transforms a temporary necessity—a gas mask—into permanent martial readiness: “the first time my lungs got a dose of the world, / It came through the mask no one has ever quite taken off.” Zamir laments the ironic juxtaposition of faith and violence in the Holy Land: “Roots of the land of oaths / Still being watered by my brethren’s bleeding souls.” He would rather his generation continue the peaceful revolution heralded by Gandhi. In “To the Pen, Not the Knife,” he advocates releasing feelings through writing rather than violence. “Dylan Thomas, Poe and Plath” holds up literary heroes as examples of the freedom to write with no holds barred. Like these idols, Zamir vows, “I shall ever be blunt and not repress.” He delivers on that promise in “I Fake Allegiance”: “I fake allegiance, / To the lie, / Of United States of Hysteria, / And to the repugnance, / For which it stands.” Erotic verses written from different gender perspectives (“Languages” and “Yeah”) push the envelope more artfully. Rock music recurs as a source of inspiration to combat modern feelings of hopelessness, like in “Jimmy,” a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, while the frequency of the word “mirror” seems like a canny reflection on contemporary selfie culture. Internal repetition and alliteration join occasional end rhymes in creating entrancing rhythms. The use of informal language suggests spoken word or slam poetry—“Hey sugar, why ain’t no one tucking you in at night”—but Zamir also admires formal structures. For example, in further homage to Thomas, he includes five villanelles; the best, “For Wilfred Owen,” again weighs the long-term effects of war. There are some minor issues with hyphenation, but on the whole, this is a polished work. Themes of violence, peacemaking, and finding purpose in a nihilistic culture form a strong backbone for these sonically and structurally diverse poems.
Ambitious in scope and solid in execution."
Randy Thornhorn is the teller of many tender and eerie tales, including this one. Most of Mr. Thornhorn's stories occur in a displaced world, a fable-infested Southern region some ... Read full author bio >
"An unnerving literary experience. Thornhorn’s masterful use of dialect, rich description, and immersive use of atmospherics ... the author’s darkly lyrical voice comes alive on the page ... Like the lovechild of William Faulkner and H.P. Lovecraft, Thornhorn, with his unique narrative style and twisted insight into southern life, makes this novel unforgettable."
Jim Story is a novelist, short-story writer, poet, and author of the recently published and much-acclaimed novel Problems of Translation, or Charlie's Comic, Terrifying, Romantic, Loopy Round-the-World Journey in ... Read full author bio >
"High jinks ensue in this picaresque novel when an author sets out 'round the world to shepherd his short story through several translations. ...Charles Abel Baker...is a writer and former professor of Russian history. Bored and stuck in his life, Charles desperately needs a project, an adventure. ...The result is a merry, yearlong chase around the globe. ...There is more, much more, and it moves fast. [Jim] Story is impressively inventive, and ... adept at the quick surprise and the odd plot twist. Short and punchy chapters feature background rumination about the beauty of words and the mysteries of translations. A sure-handed narrative led by a hapless but resilient adventurer."
Having won Harrow School's top history prize John emigrated to Australia by boat at 18 to return to the UK two years later on a round-the-world road adventure trip ... Read full author bio >
"Mysteries, conspiracies, hidden identities, and secret codes abound in this debut thriller, which shuttles readers between the modern day and Tudor England.
As Mrs G's quest for answers takes her to England, and then to France, Germany and Hungary, she finds herself drawn to Ethan, a mysterious handsome priest. Little does she know that Ethan is more than he seems. Mrs. G proves herself an engaging heroine. Meanwhile, her story is intertwined with that of the life of Bacon as the novel alternates between past and present, spinning the tale of Bacon's conception, birth, youth, career, and death. A dense, theory-packed book that will appeal to lovers of historical conspiracies."
Born in Lucknow India 1956. Father was an Electrical Engineer . Specialized in Internal Medicine and joined Government health services. Wife a doctor too. Opted out after twenty years of nothing ... Read full author bio >
"Vast and poetic, a dreamy novel for readers who enjoy contemplation."
Robert Blumenfeld is the author of Accents: A Manual for Actors (1998; Revised and Expanded Edition, 2002); Acting with the Voice: The Art of Recording Books (2004); Tools and Techniques ... Read full author bio >
Gail is a professional coach and emerging writer. As a coach, her specialty is helping leaders be better leaders and helping people transform their lives, change direction, start over or ... Read full author bio >
"A poignant story that explores what it means to be a family and the power of forgiveness."
Linda Collison's short fiction, creative nonfiction and articles have been published by a variety of magazines and she has received awards from Honolulu Magazine, Southwest Writers Workshop, the former ... Read full author bio >
"A witty YA voyage with plenty of narrative power"
C. Scoushe Rosa is a retired New York City teacher who has always had an interest in storytelling that started from listening to her relatives' entertaining Puerto Rican folktales or ... Read full author bio >
Originally from Troy, New York, M. Thomas Apple spent part of his childhood in the hamlet of Berne, in the Helderberg escarpment, and his teenage years in the village of ... Read full author bio >
"Apple’s writing is at its best in the extended play-by-play descriptions of individual games (sportswriting, like middle relief, is an often undervalued skill), including the culminating double-header referenced in the title, in which he effectively conveys not only the mechanics of play, but also the psychology of pitching. Readers who are more casual baseball fans may prefer the often comic, sometimes-poignant off-the-field antics of Ditch and his teammates—the good-natured and naïve catcher, the Ivy Leaguer struggling to fit in, the big prospect burdened by expectations...An overall solid effort; readers will find that it’s worth sticking around for the last pitch."
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