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Title: Stealing: A Novel in Dreams
Physical description: 6x9 inches; 260 pages
Description: Two Jewish brothers growing up in the 1950s Bronx navigate a toxic home environment headed by an emotionally abusive father and an unhappy mother. One brother eventually finds escape through academic achievement and a new life on the west coast, while the other brother remains entangled in the darkness of his existence, his life and mind slowly unraveling. By presenting the conscious and unconscious connections between family members, this experimental novel explores the concept of individuality, the psychological influences of family, and the very nature of reality.
On one level this novel can be read as a realistic family saga, spanning 1950s New York to 1960s San Francisco, back to 1970s New York. On another level, its experimental aspects blur the lines between dreams and reality, calling into question what "reality" truly is and how we participate in creating it.
Title: Ambusing the Void
Physical description: 5.5x8.5 inches; 150 pages
Fiction, Short stories
Description: Ambushing the Void explores the margins of 21st century America, presenting characters seeking meaning in a world overrun by surveillance technologies, environmental decay, and drug epidemics. In “Red Tide,” a sober home uses predictive analytics to quantify recovery. In “Multiverses,” ghosts haunt the living via social media. “Such Strange Suns" presents a blind girl who misconstrues Amazon Alexa for God, while “Theory of Mind” reveals the world of professional Sock Puppets writing fake product reviews. These unforgettable, insightful stories are sympathetic and idiosyncratic reflections on contemporary life—virtual, real, and imagined.
Title: Right Guy, Wrong Time
Physical description: 5.5x8.5 inches; 205 pages
Description: Edie has what seems like an almost-perfect life: awesome friends, a comfortable apartment she shares with the world’s greatest cat, and a dream job as a record label talent scout. But all is not what it seems. Conflicts are heating up in her life and at work, and things take a serious turn for the worse when she is raped while on a date. Navigating pleasure, work, friends, and her forever-changed mental state after her assault is hard enough. But when the perfect guy turns up at the worst possible time, Edie has to figure out what romance and sex mean to her in the aftermath of rape. This offbeat feminist romance moves beyond “girl meets guy,” dealing empathetically with sexual dysfunction, the ubiquity of rape culture, and what recovery can look like in the #MeToo era. Although it tackles a difficult subject, Right Guy, Wrong Time does so in a way that empowers the reader. The protagonist of this New Adult novel is a relatable character who in many ways provides a good role model for others.
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Title: Jeremiah Hacker: Journalist, Anarchist, Abolitionist
Physical description: 6X9 inches; 126 pages; 7 b&w illustrations
History, Political Science
Description: "We had much rather be all alone in the right than with the whole world in the wrong.” So wrote Jeremiah Hacker in 1862. He was the main writer and editor of The Pleasure Boat, which may have the distinction of being Portland, Maine’s most controversial newspaper. Inspired by his Quaker background, Hacker worked to end slavery, poverty, and inequality of women through his writing. He spoke out against prisons, advocating instead for reform and education. He broke with all forms of organized religion and urged people to leave their churches and find moral direction from within. He promoted no political party, believing people would be better off without government. He was in favor of land for all. The most controversial of Hacker’s radical ideas, however—and the one that lost him the most readers—was his advocacy for peace as the country headed toward Civil War.
Hacker’s life spanned the nineteenth century (1801-1895). His work was widely read and he himself was well-known in his lifetime. But both he and his ideas have largely been forgotten—until now. This book explores the life and writings of Jeremiah Hacker, returning him to his rightful place in history, and showing how his words were an important part of what helped to forge that history.
Title: A Nurse's Story: Medical Missionary in Korea and Siberia, 1915-1920
Physical description: 6X9 inches; 185 pages; 41 b&w photos
Description: Delia Battles (1888-1959) left her small town in Ohio to train as a nurse in New York City and then went on an adventure of a lifetime. She found fulfillment in her work as a medical missionary in Korea, training native nurses at the mission hospital in another small town, Haeju. Her life of service there was interrupted by WWI, when she was called to be part of a Red Cross unit on the Eastern Front. She traveled on the Trans-Siberian railroad, encountered fleeing refugees in Harbin, and then worked in a typhus hospital and helped establish a Red Cross hospital in Omsk. At the end of the war, she returned to Korea to work in a hospital in Seoul, just in time to witness the first stirrings of the Korean Independence movement.
A Nurse's Story presents the experiences of an independent woman, willing to travel abroad, serve others, and serve her country, at a time when most women were stay-at-home wives and mothers. Includes forty-one historical photographs of life in early 20th-century Korea and the Eastern Front of WWI.
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