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i shimmer sometimes, too
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i shimmer sometimes, too

By Porsha Olayiwola

76 page poetry collection, marked as a review copy. Porsha Olayiwola's debut poetry collection soars with the power and presence of live performance. These poems dip their hands deep into the fabric of black womanhood, pulling out all of its threads. This book establishes Porsha Olayiwola firmly in the lineage of black queer poetics, pulling equally from Audre Lorde and Danez Smith. This is a book of gentle breaking and inventive reconstruction. This is a book of self-care, and community-care―the pursuit of building a world that will keep you alive. JC1019

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A Bouquet of Daisies
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A Bouquet of Daisies

By Megan Alice

34 page poetry collection. "A Bouquet of Daisies is a collection of poetry and prose exploring the heartbreak and healing found in relationships of all kinds. Centered around the theme of human connection, she additionally touches on the battle against mental illness, the stigma that follows the diagnosis, emotional abuse, sexual assault, and misogyny. Alice puts the spotlight on dark topics to bring forth an awareness around pain rather than shy away from it. A Bouquet of Daisies concludes with reassuring messages of plucking the dark moments out of your past to bask in your future and inner power." (jc919)

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What If?
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What If?

By Anna Russell

192 page poetry collection. "Josh Baker isn't sure why his brain tells him to do things that other people don't need to do: checking his locker again and again, counting cracks in ceilings, and always needing to finish a song, for starters. He is a talented drummer, a math genius, and he knows everything about rock and roll. Yet, he knows his problems have the power to hurt his family and make him fail at school. When Josh is diagnosed with OCD, it's a blessing and a curse. Can he overcome his thoughts, or will they break him?" (jc919)

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The DeVine DeVils
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The DeVine DeVils

By Jeremy Spillman

352 page trade paperback novel, probably an advance readers' copy, although it isn't marked in that manner. '"...a dizzying adventure. One that deals with life, death, humor, loss, prejudice, love, and of course, music. I very simply loved it." - Eric Church, country music superstar It's the 1800's, a time when the Wild West earned its name. Young brothers Audie and Shane DeVine have settled into life with their missionary father at an Apache camp when they barely escape a brutal massacre by the US Army. Swearing vengeance, they spend the next decade of their lives with the Apache, honing their skills in music and in fighting with deadly accuracy. The DeVine Devils unwittingly become the most famous band of their time, thundering out a rhythm on guitar and drums that brings them notoriety, whiskey, women, and trouble. Will the brothers abandon their promise of revenge for a life of fame and fortune? Or will they use their talents to execute savage retribution? Follow the DeVine Devils on their dangerous and dark journey filled with colorful characters and compelling music. This adventurous tale will have you hoping the words and music never stop. Available where music is streamed and sold, the Devine Devils EP features songs written and produced by author and award-winning songwriter Jeremy Spillman and performed by the DeVine Devils. Also available is the full cast audiobook as narrated by Hall of Fame songwriter Dean Dillon.' (jc919)

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Empires
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Empires

By John Balaban

54 page poetry collection. 'John Balaban's sixth collection of poetry considers America in its innate beauty and complex ugliness, in its powerfully healing landscapes and its destructive misadventures. With a compelling lyricism and cinematic imagery, Empires showcases the pervasiveness of the human spirit across a diverse cast of characters, both modern and ancient. From the rubble of the World Trade Center to Washington's troops crossing the Potomac to powerful insights into the Vietnam War, Balaban's genius is in connecting the dots of history. Despite the destruction and persecution associated with empires, Balaban illuminates the often overlooked transcendent hope available through poetry, music, and an unwavering connection to the land. Through heart warming elegies, gripping narratives and new translations from several Romanian poets, Balaban's poems shine a redemptive light amidst the darkness and chaos of changing empires. "In a way that few poets do, John Balaban truly roams the globe―and the centuries. He has his eye on empires, yes, but also on moments when different slices of history collide... His capacious poems enlarge our eyes on the world." ―Adam Hochschild "In these poems, John Balaban plumbs the recent and ancient past. His generous spirit and technical brilliance cast a very bright light. Empires is luminous work." ―Elizabeth Farnsworth' Regular price $17.00. (jc919)

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Broke Baroque
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Broke Baroque

By Tony Medina

166 page poetry collection. "BROKE BAROQUE is the third in a series of Broke Books by the poet, Tony Medina. The poetry is centered on Medina's iconic "Everyman's" character "Broke," a character that bears witness to his plight of homelessness in a humorous yet profound way. The poetry is peppered with subtle images that talks about Broke's existence and life experiences on the streets of "Any City" through tall tales, anecdotes, episodes, rants and jokes that eloquently convey his marginalization in an unaccommodating society. With razor-sharp scatological whimsy, Medina's iconic ironic existential every man ― Broke ― bears witness to the plight of homelessness from his curbside porch, torching the capitalist system and its myriad societal contradictions. Using his trademark sardonic wit, Medina portrays Broke's anger, fear, humility and resolve with humor, but at the same time manages to bring moments of levity and hopefulness to Broke's plight. BROKE BAROQUE also gets people to acknowledge the growing number of homeless men, women and children that are multiplying in communities around the country and encourage action. Funny and perversely sharp, whimsical and impassioned, BROKE BAROQUE is compulsively readable and will connect with any book and poetry lover alike." JC122218-34-102

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After Houses: Poetry for the Homeless
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After Houses: Poetry for the Homeless

By Claire Millikin

144 page poetry collection. "AFTER HOUSES is an extended meditation on homelessness. In unflinching, raw poetry, poet Claire Millikin explores states of homelessness, and a longing for, even a devotion to, houses―houses as spaces where one could be safe and at ease. The poems move through an American landscape, between the South and the North, between childhood and adulthood, reaching toward a home that's never reached, but always at one's fingertips. Throughout this collection, Millikin draws from personal and family history, from classical mythology and architectural theory, to shape a poetry of empathy, in which some of the places where people get lost in America are faced and given place. AFTER HOUSES echo the voices of girls who have not quite survived, but who persist, intact in the way that Rimbaud insists on intactness, in words" (jc122218-38-101).

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A Country Without Borders: Poems and Stories of Kashmir
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A Country Without Borders: Poems and Stories of Kashmir

By Lalita Pandit Hogan

146 page poetry collection. "A COUNTRY WITHOUT BORDERS, POEMS AND STORIES OF KASHMIR is the debut collection of Lalita Pandit Hogan, an expatriate Kashmiri scholar and poet who shares with readers the loss of identity and home, culture, migration, womanhood, otherness and exile. Blooming with intense lyricism and fertile imagery, these full-blooded poems are elegant, mythic, and intricately woven, evoking a home no longer accessible. A COUNTRY WITHOUT BORDERS is an invaluable collection for all who are interested in cultural remembrance and meditations that reflect postcolonial poetry, and for students reading South Asian literature and culture." (jc122218-27-100)

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I Will Never Be Fourteen Years Old
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I Will Never Be Fourteen Years Old

By François Lecomte

162 pages, fine condition except marked as a review copy on the side page edges "History / World War II / Jewish Studies Excerpt: I have only a few hours left in the house that was mine since I was born, to fill myself with its soul and its warmth, with everything that was my universe. Suddenly I remember my birthday, July 25, less than a month away. Never in my young life have I celebrated my birthday without them him and her. I ask for and demand their promise: I ll never be fourteen years old unless you are both with me. The happy childhood of François Lecomte, born under the name Lévy, ended when persecution of French Jews brought his father to the decision to send wife and son into hiding. Staying behind brought bitter regret to his beloved father, who was arrested, and François ultimately became one of the many children hidden in the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. After the war, his mother sent him to a boarding school for three years, where he was extremely unhappy. Eventually, they learn that Jean Lévy, his father, had perished in the gas chambers of Auschwitz shortly after his arrival there. François tells his own story from babyhood through adolescence with humour and grace, and both style and content engage the reader throughout. His adolescence cut short, François slowly found the path of Remembrance that would keep his father always with him continuing in the love of the arts and music that they had shared. As an adult, he cherishes the love of his wife and grandchildren and lives with the certainty that somewhere on this earth, a new Martin Luther King will come to have a dream." (jc819)

$12.99

All That Wasted Fruit
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All That Wasted Fruit

By Arminé Iknadossian

50 page trade paperback poetry collection (jc819)

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Caravan to the North: Misael’s Long Walk
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Caravan to the North: Misael’s Long Walk

By Jorge Argueta

Advance Readers' Copy. 112 pages, regular price $16.95. "This novel in verse is a powerful first-person account of Misael Martínez, a Salvadoran boy whose family joins the caravan heading north to the United States. We learn all the different reasons why people feel the need to leave ― the hope that lies behind their decision, but also the terrible sadness of leaving home. We learn about how far and hard the trip is, but also about the kindness of those along the way. Finally, once the caravan arrives in Tijuana, Misael and those around him are relieved. They think they have arrived at the goal of the trip ― to enter the United States. But then tear gas, hateful demonstrations, force and fear descend on these vulnerable people. The border is closed. The book ends with Misael dreaming of El Salvador. This beautiful and timely story is written in simple but poetic verse by Jorge Argueta, the award-winning author of Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds. Award-winning Mexican illustrator Manuel Monroy illuminates Misael's journey. An author's note is included, along with a map showing the caravan's route." (jc81219)

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Every Present Thing a Ghost
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Every Present Thing a Ghost

By Rebecca Doverspike

36 pages plus covers poetry chapbook "SHP chapbook winner 2018" (jc619)

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The Secret of Delphi
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The Secret of Delphi

By Craig Sodaro

230 page trade paperback novel. "A deftly crafted and solidly entertaining novel...an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both school and community library historical fiction collections. – Children's Bookwatch In 468 B.C.E. in Athens, the young Sophocles entered the theater competition at the City Dionysia against the established favorite, Aeschylus. Victory in this competition was so important that even 2,500 years later we know who won and who lost. The competition was intense, and the stakes were high. The author weaves an exciting narrative about a conspiracy to ensure Aeschylus's victory by sabotaging the productions of Sophocles and the other contestant. The kidnapping of the lead actor of Sophocles's company inspires his two young daughters to defy the normal conventions that circumscribed the behavior of girls and to take a leading part in attempting to save their father and to restore fair play to the competition." (jc619)

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The Temple of Warm Harmony
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The Temple of Warm Harmony

By Frank LaRue Owen

100 pages, trade paperback. Advance Readers' Copy, trade paperback format Regular price $16.95 "The Temple of Warm Harmony is a book of poems, but it is also something of a map. Some of the poems are about the author, some are about the reader, while other poems are about the times we're all living through. A blend of mini-exorcisms, healing incantations, dreams, and invitations to numinous ways of observing and experiencing life, the book is divided into three parts: In the World of Red Dust, Heartbreak and Armoring, and Entering The Temple of Warm Harmony. On the heels of his award-winning first book of poetry, The School of Soft-Attention, poet Frank LaRue Owen invites "fellow travelers" to consider ways we can regain a sense of harmony even while navigating challenging terrain, personally and collectively." (jc5-19)

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Soft Target
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Soft Target

By Deborah Landau

72 pages, trade paperback. Marked as a review copy on the first page (half title). Regular price $16 "Starred Review in Publishers Weekly: "Through the cadence of these poems, which sometimes resemble lullabies in their dreaminess and gorgeous lyricism, Landau captures the ways humans persist, despite our collective anxiety, in our longing for 'something tender, something that might bloom.'" Deborah Landau's fourth book of poetry, Soft Targets, draws a bullseye on humanity's vulnerable flesh and corrupted world. In this ambitious lyric sequence, the speaker's fear of annihilation expands beyond the self to an imperiled planet on which all inhabitants are "soft targets." Her melancholic examinations recall life's uncanny ability to transform ordinary places―subways, cafes, street corners―into sites of intense significance that weigh heavily on the modern mind. "O you who want to slaughter us, we'll be dead soon/enough what's the rush," Landau writes, contemplating a world beset by political tumult, random violence, terror attacks, and climate change. Still there are the ordinary and abundant pleasures of day-to-day living, though the tender exchanges of friendship and love play out against a backdrop of 21st century threats with historical echoes, as neo-Nazis marching in the United States recall her grandmother's flight from Nazi Germany." (jc5-19)

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Elfquest volume 2, No. 3
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Elfquest volume 2, No. 3

By Richard Pini (editor)

Warp Graphics, 1996 black & white comic book, 64 pages plus covers. Wendy Pini, cover. Includes "Wild Hunt" by Joellyn Auklandus with art by Steve Blevins; "Fire Eye" by Barry Blair & Bern Harkins, with art by Blair & Colin Chan; "Proof Positive" by Richard Pini with art by Blair & Chan; "Rogue's Curse" by Bern Harkins & Richard Pini with art by Delfin Barral & Blair. I have more issues of Elfquest (and other small press comics) than I have time to list. Let me know what you are looking for!

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ticket stubs & liner notes
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ticket stubs & liner notes

By Tim Hunt

80 page paperback poetry collection (jc32419)

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Theo-Paxstone and the Dragon of Adyron
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Theo-Paxstone and the Dragon of Adyron

By James Turner

360 pages. "Young Theo Paxstone aspires to a better life. A mechanic at a steam mech repair shop, he slaves away under the sharp eye of the ruthless Master Grimes, along with dozens of other orphan boys. The biggest and meanest of them, Grant, has in it for Theo and his best friend, Ollie, the shop's parts-spotter cockatoo. The chatty bird helps keep Theo going, as every day is a struggle for survival. When the largest dragon ever seen descends out of the night sky and sets the royal tournament aflame, Theo escapes to help. He saves a crippled steam knight, Sir Bentham, from the blaze, assisted by Bentham's pugnacious squire, Riley. Together, they decide to hunt the monstrous dragon down — before it can kill again. But nothing is as it seems, and Theo soon finds himself caught up in an adventure that will turn his entire world upside down... THEO PAXSTONE AND THE DRAGON OF ADYRON is a fast-paced fantasy adventure that brings together steampunk and medieval myths, pitting noble knights in steam powered battle machines against dragons. Yet the feudal Kingdom of Adyron is mired in injustice, and even the heroes have something to hide. "Like some sort of steampunk Robotech without the convoluted timeline, the first adventure of Theo Paxstone features an appealing cast of central characters and an intriguing plot that zips along at a delightful pace. The adventure is serious, but Turner lobs some light touches and natural humour into the fray. The book is such an adept balancing act, your "sauce-box" will drop open when you learn it's his first book for younger readers." Evan Munday, author of the Silver Birch-shortlisted 'The Dead Kid Detective Agency' 'This is a charming futurist fantasy that will appeal to young steampunk fans. In a world of ravaged by global conflagration, humankind has reverted to a feudal society powered by steam. An orphan named Theo uses his mechanical genius to find a ticket out of a crowded sweatshop, offering his services to an old knight with a heart of gold. Yes, there is a quest, but no, it doesn't turn out the way you'd expect. It's a fun read enhanced by the author's quirky illustrations.' Sheree-Lee Olson, author of 'Sailor Girl'." James Turner is the creator of the comic book series 'Rex Libris.' (jc1218)

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Fruit of the Earth
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Fruit of the Earth

By Jamie Wendt

92 pages paperback poetry collection."In this powerful and exquisite collection of poems, Jamie Wendt, a graduate of the University of Nebraska MFA program whose poetry has been published in various literary journals including Lilith, Raleigh Review and Minerva Rising, locates the interplay between the material and spiritual inheritance of land and people through themes of place, and displacement. . ." (jc1118)

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Zara\'s Dead
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Zara's Dead

By Sharon Butala

310 pages. "Fiona Lychenko, now a woman in her late sixties, has spent years researching the death of her high school classmate Zara Stanley, who was brutally murdered at the age of twenty. Determined to solve the crime, something the police weren't able to do, Fiona interviewed everyone she could in her hometown of Ripley, but every trail led to the same dead end. She even published her findings in a book, hoping it would lead to anonymous clues from readers and outliers, and still, nothing. Now, a decade later, Fiona has finally given up hope that the killer would ever be caught. That is until a brown manila envelope turns up under her door and Fiona once again finds herself embroiled in the midst of a controversy so intricate and tangled that one wrong move could be her undoing. Inspired by the unsolved murder of a young girl in 1962 in Saskatoon, Zara's Dead is the fictional retelling of a very real story, one that has captivated the public and eluded answers for decades." (jc1118)

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