Claire Bateman's Coronology is a compendium of the crowns we bear, from the asbestos crown that insulates our thoughts to the zeitgeist crown, "a collective rather than an individual illumination," and provides pertinent information concerning crown birth, crown anatomy, the medical treatment of crowns, and more. The jailbreak crown, the quintet crown--you'll meet them all here, alphabetized for your convenience. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Claire Bateman's Locals is a narrative atlas of prose poems as intimate as they are unpredictable, each a keyhole glimpse into the life of a different realm where our normal logic doesn't apply. Are we beholding magic? No, but through observing these strangers, we're confronted by the extraordinary paradoxes within our own hearts.The book will be available on Amazon.com.
In P. K. Harmon's What Island, what is it like to go abroad but not for vacation? What business do we have? What right-minded, haunted search for community, for family, for social justice takes us beyond our borders, domestic rooms, and familiar walls? What responsibility is there—those of us who’ve been to the two-thirds world, met the 99%, the uninsured, the impoverished—when we arrive and hear the planet’s last message: pay attention, live on me. What W. S. Merwin has done to elevate ecology to the poetic, P. K. Harmon now takes—without bravado, without exaggeration—to the source, the sun, the tropics we’ve wanted, adorned with fantasies of leisure, then ruined. But also, despite any American devastation, what we’ve loved and longed for: “how blue / and how we turned from one / another into blue—all so blue / those old beaks cutting ahead /the flapping somehow grace too // in the flight—those two into / a deeper and deeper blue and I / drifted closer and closer // to the rough and sharp until / finally the heavy air that is / coming into a lovely silence.” What island? The ultimate answer is earth. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Mark Hillinghouse's Between Frames integrates poems previously published in many magazines with more than twenty striking black and white photographs. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Steve Kowit's Lurid Confessions, his first full-length poetry collection, had two printings with Carpenter Press in 1983 but has been out of print for years. It's been our loss not to have access to the wit and insights of so many excellent poems. Serving House Books is proud to be the publisher of a new edition. The book is available on Amazon.com.
The poems in David Memmott's poetry collection, Lost Transmissions speak to the need we have to explore the depths of our own psyches, a need so insistent that many of us would sell our souls to unearth the answers to what motivates our lives—what motivates our actions. The poems express as well the power of verse, how it can help us rise above those experiences that might otherwise be crippling—war, death, brutality, loss of love, loss of voice and creativity, the soul’s variable value, the insecure body and mind never knowing where the doors to understanding are, nor how many dimensions surround us unexplored. The book will be available on Amazon.com.
Elisabeth Murawski, in Out-patients, transforms the vulnerabilities of our bodies into poetry, her precise lines evoking hospitals and cemeteries, malignancies and bomb blasts, The birth of a child prefigures its end: “this life / slated to be brief / as a poem.” These poems confront our inevitabilities. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Lars Rasmussen's What Can Buddha Teach the Rain? offers twenty poems to Han-shan and seventy poems ascribed to him. The mythical T'ang poet Han-shan placed himself somewhere between the
camps of Daoism and Zen Buddhism, but Han-shan is a poetic invention—
and a good one, it seems, since ‘his’ poetry is being read, translated and
re-translated to this day. Once again, Han-shan comes to vivid life in this
new poetry collection by the Danish author Lars Rasmussen, whose
collection of short stories, Come Raw, was published by Serving House
Books in 2009. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Rita Signorelli-Pappas' Satyr's Wife fuses classical, aesthetic, and personal history. She summons a world in which mythic time mercurially flickers into the present, and transformations erupt and intersect with Ovidian force. As the poems move from understated to extreme psychological states, they explore the thematic terrains of love, exile, travel, art-making, and death, all conveyed through a hypnotic dark-play of images and a haunting urgency of tone. The book is available on Amazon.com.
William Zander's Gone Haywire contains a harrowing long poem of that title which weaves the turmoil of a psychotic breakdown with the cataclysm of September 11, 2001. Other poems in the collection for Zander's Old Sayings series were first published in various literary magazines, including The Chattahoochee Review Connecticut Review,Defined Providence, Light: A Quarterly of Light Verse, The Louisville Review, Naugahyde Literary Journal, New Letters, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Slant: A Journal of Poetry, and South Dakota Review. The book is available on Amazon.com.
In Duff Brenna's mesmerizing story collection Minnesota Memoirs, 17 riveting stories set in the author’s native Minnesota, these edgy tales journey from the mid-19th century to our current 21st century. While capturing the history centered in and around the cities of Medicine Lake, Golden Valley, Anoka, Minneapolis and Mankato, Minnesota Memoirs unfurl a series of unique narratives revealing a transfiguring perception of what it means to be alive in a world that never explains its quiet indifference to all things human. Called “a spectacular talent at crafting complex, believable characters” (Wall Street Journal), “a honed intelligence, unfaltering, unflinching, piercing” (New York Times) and “a master at capturing the helplessness of humans … with tough written all over them” (Los Angeles Times), Brenna’s insights into human nature show us who we are as a species and what we are capable ofour capacities for love and hate, intense desire, sanity, insanity, magnanimity, generosity of spirit and, above all, compassion. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Duff Brenna's novel, The Law of Falling Bodies, is a Nine Lives Edition, reprinted from an original publication by another press. Fifteen-year-old Virgil Foggy is trying to survive on a failing dairy farm in Minnesota. Virgil's mother is pregnant-an unwelcome addition to the family. Virgil's older brother joins the army and goes to war, but warfare is also close to home, much of it between Virgil and his stepfather. The Law of Falling Bodies is a novel about the schizophrenic, ubiquitous, and cyclical nature of all wars within and between men, women, and nations. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Duff Brenna's novel, Too Cool: Sixteen-year-old Elbert Earl Evans (known as Triple E) bursts out of Goodpasture Correctional Facility and speeds toward freedom in a stolen Oldsmobile. As he outraces the police, his car stalls in the Colorado badlands in the middle of a snowstorm and he is stranded with his girl-, Jeanne. Once he sets out on foot to find help in a landscape of bone- chilling desolation, his mind becomes a blizzard of memories and images, from the soft, sweet voice of his grandmother to his father?s cruel betrayal to the stark words of a writer named Kafka. The past becomes inseparable from the present as he fights to stay alive?and relives the twisting, tragi-comic odyssey that has brought him to this desperate point. A classic tale of disaffected youth and the yearning for redemption set against the modern American West, Too Cool takes us into the heart and mind of a young man struggling to confront the violence in his nature and find the humanity within. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Walter Cummins' collection, Local Music, offers stories of a man who can't bring himself to return to the apartment of his failing marraige, a woman spied on by a neighbor, a father terrified by the four-year-old next door, a boy living in a house haunted by his mother's madness, a mother whose children are freezing in a heatless boedroom. The characters in the stories are unsettled in their own homes, their lives dissonant and discordant.
In Barbara Froman's novel Shadows and Ghosts Ida Mae Glick, a critically acclaimed filmmaker, has lived and taught in the small town of Willow Bend, New York for five years without drawing attention to her troubled past. But when she suffers a near fatal heart attack, the result of trying to live on the same meager rations as a group of homeless people she is filming, she winds up in intensive care under the scrutiny of a neurotic psychiatrist who believes she’s unstable. To make matters worse, her mother’s ghost has appeared at her bedside with old gripes, and her angry, estranged identical twin, Lisa, is heading toward town intent on having her committed. Ida Mae is desperate to escape with her freedom intact, but knows she’ll have to get past her psychiatrist first. The only question is, can she? Shadows and Ghosts is Ida Mae’s tale of artistic passion, fierce sibling rivalry, failed love affairs, substance abuse, and the magical redemptive power of cinema. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Thomas McCarthy's The Coast of Death is a literary thriller of IRA tensions. In the edgy lull between the Good Friday Agreement and the formation of a power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly, there is frantic manoeuvring. The IRA leadership are concerned about a dissident group who oppose the GFA and seek to resume the conflict. Iggy Davin, the Army Council Chief of Staff, sends Eamon, long retired from the Council, with his wife Mary, to investigate the link between the dissidents and the drugs money suspected of funding them. During the search, they find evidence of an informer at the top of the IRA. Amidst the treachery, Eamon discovers a sinister plot to destabilise the GFA and resume the war. A deadly race develops to find the informer before he gets to them. The book is available on Amazon.com..
Liam Mac Sheóinín's George W. Bush Buys Coke in Mid-Eternity relocates James Joyce's Dublin to the New Jersey shore with the same spirit of inventive wordplay. Frank McCourt called an excerpt "a language mad romp with many, many laughs along the way." Margot Norris, author of The Decentered Universe of Finnegans Wake, called the parody of the Circe chapter of Ulysses "certainly a hoot!" The book is available on Amazon.com.
Susan O'Neill's Don't Mean Nothing, a powerful story collection now in a Serving House Books edition after initial publication by Ballantine Books and then the University of Massachusetts Press, is the first work of fiction by a nurse wno served in Viet Nam, revealing much about that war from a fresh and original perspective. The book is available on Amazon.com.<
Lars Rasmussen's Come Raw offers a world of strange, haunting tales, sometimes lyrical, sometimes dark as deep Danish winter night, and sometimes both, and sometimes all of these things. There is even a story here written in Latin! Although it is followed immediately by the English version. Whether brief as a flaming match or burning more slowly, like a taper in the dark, these tales have a tendency to brand themselves into the reader's mind. The book is available on Amazon.com.
In Timothy Schell's The Memoir of Jake Weedsong, Jake and Estuko Weedsong live a bucolic life on their vineyard in rural Oregon, where Jake spends his days working on a memoir, much of it comprised of his years living and teaching in Japan where he married Etsuko some twenty years earlier. As the novel opens, Jake and Etsuko have been attacked by three skinheads, who are found guilty of a hate crime. At the sentencing hearing Etsuko convinces the judge that a prison sentence will only further reduce the boys’ humanity. Instead, she would like these racist boys sentenced to a traditional Japanese dinner at her house where they will be dressed in kimonos and immersed in Japanese culture. This is the story of love and friendship and of the food that nurtures the greatest hopes and desires that hate can be overcome. The book is available on Amazon.com.
in Per Šmidl's Wagon 537 Christiania, frivolity, joy and self discovery are the things which, Les Stein, the protagonist, arrives at in his two-year sojourn in the freetown of Christiania. Fleeing from a world of angst and stress, longing for the woman who left him, and frustrated with the stale facets of modern life such as his university studies Stein develops a new understanding of love, independence and self realization.
Told in a witty, fast paced style, Smidl's novel is both provocative and celebratory. He hails the human spirit and calls on all of us to live simpler and more free whether this living occurs inside or outside of Christiania. A novel of joy and brightness that records history as it makes it.
Per Šmidl lived at the Freetown Christinia for two years. His autobiographical novel "Wagon 537 Christiania" describes the life there among people with an individual and original approach to life, curious tourists, anarchists and what ever category of people you can think of. He does so in direct terms and with a wamth that makes you feel like you are there yourself. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Donna Baier Stein's story story collection, Sympathetic People, is written with the grace and precision of a poet, but also with a cool intelligence that creates intriguing stores that engage immediately, hold throughout, and, best of all, resonate in a reader's mind long after their conclusion. The book is available on Amazon.com.
The Stories in Gladys Swan's The Eye of the Tiger: New and Selected Stories have been selected from the six previous collections of short fiction, as well as from recent work, Gladys Swan has published in that genre over the past four decades. Although she also has published novels, poetry, and essays, she finds that she cannot do without the short story-"it is such a beautiful form. I love the challenges it presents in dealing with characters and situations that light upon the cusp of the moment and which must be handled with an eye to economy and unity of effect." The book is available on Amazon.com.
In Gladys Swan's The World of Carnival, you will find the first chapters of Carnival for the Gods, and the three novels that form a sequence from her comic fantasy, first published in the Vintage Contemporaries Series. The World of Carnival, continues with its original inhabitants and their struggles against the odds: Alta and Dusty, who dream big; the midget Curran, who undertakes a journey at the behest of the acrobat Elise, whose son has gone mad (Small Wonder); the Kid, who, after a long search, sets out to find the Seventh City, picking up along the way a melancholy Jew, who grew up there (The Dreamseekers). And, finally, a return to Alta, who finds herself drawn back to the circus to follow another set of dreams (Down to Earth). The series of novels explores the relations between life and art, reality and illusion, the openness to possibility and the capacity for the renewal of energies within a culture. It is the writer's major work, and it is her dream that the sequence may one day be published. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Susan Tekulve's Savage Pilgrims includes five poems and five stories, most of which were first published in journals such as Beloit Fiction Journal, Denver Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, Emrys, Connecticut Review, and Clackamas Literary Review. These short stories and lyric interludes roam from suburban America to the trellised landscapes of Europe, exploring the revelations of love and fear in characters thrust into fierce journeys. Fired from his sales job, a middle-aged Ohio man becomes a full-time Civil War re-enactor. A faithless Peace Corps volunteer stationed in Poland leads a group of elderly Catholic women on a pilgrimage to the shrine of a Black Madonna. After learning of her husband's ocular disease, a wife takes him on an urgent quest to Scotland to see the sights she believes he will miss after he is blind. Regardless of their circumstances, these characters all wrestle with the complex disappointments and hopes that keep them searching for savage truths about themselves and others as they take off-kilter paths toward healing, love, grace and solace. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Roberta Bienvenu's It Must Give Pleasure is both a memoir and a deeply imaginative treatise on poetry, literature, art and life. And since Roberta Bienvenu's life has been rich in friendship and fortunate in mentors, we also meet men and women whose ideas and art helped define the culture of the last century. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Supriya Bhatnagar's and then there were three... is a collection of personal essays about a family rebuilding its life after early tragedy. Set in a ten-year time period of the author's life, the book begins with the death of the only man in her life, her father, when she was ten, and ends with the entry of the next man in her life, her husband. The accounts of life are both particular and universalthe joys and the sorrows of being raised in a family headed by a single mother bringing up two girls in the male-dominated 1970s India. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Angela Graziano's memoir A Vision of Neon is a story of two friends – one who survives the complex years of adolescence and one who does not – and the unconditional love and commitment between these young girls. Wild, sharp-tongued red-head Kelsey embodies the confidence that her shy and quiet best friend, the story’s narrator, only dreams of. But as time passes, Kelsey’s seeming confidence and acts of teenage rebellion become overshadowed by day-long crying spells, invented stories of fictitious friends and thin slashes of scab that mark her skin. In high school, Kelsey descends into mental illness, while the narrator attempts to maintain a normal teenage life, despite continuing efforts to support her suicidal friend. However, both girls must ultimately face one difficult fact: Kelsey’s sickness has a debilitating stranglehold on them both. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Steve Heller's What We Choose to Remember asks crucial questions about human memory. What is the relationship between memory and imagination? How unbridled is the power of story? How intimidating? The narrative essays in What We Choose to Remember tread the tenuous, shifting grounds of memory, revealing how our imperfect recollections shape not only how we live our lives, but the act of storytelling itself. The book is available on Amazon.com.
In Richard Reiss' searing memoir Desperate Love: A Father's Memoir, a father confronts the complex issues of love and hate as he struggles to deal with his emotionally troubled and often violent son. Desperate Love examines the lengths that parents go to preserve their families and rescue children from themselves. Often gritty and occasionally funny, this extraordinary memoir follows one father’s quest for love, faith, redemption and understanding in a life beleaguered with infertility, adoption and adolescent aggression. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Carole Garibaldi Rogers' Hidden Lives presents compelling true stories of three New York City immigrant families—one Jewish, one German, and one Italian—set in three tenement neighborhoods—the Lower East Side, the South Bronx, and Hell’s Kitchen—during the first decades of the twentieth century.
In each of these narratives, the central character is a woman without power and without voice. Their stories, compassionately told, bring to life statistics that record the city’s stunning population growth between 1880 and 1910. The three women are Rogers’s grandmothers, their stories kept secret for almost a century. She has chosen to break the silence that surrounded their lives and pay tribute to women too long hidden from view. Hidden Lives is also the story of her search for her families’ past. Rogers writes, “Minnie, Margaretha, and Catherine could not share recipes or handiwork or wisdom with me. I never knew them. But I have learned to love them and cherish their heritage. I am them—Jewish and Catholic, German and Italian, tougher than I thought, more fragile, too.” The book is available on Amazon.com.
The Girl with Red Hair is a collection inspired by centuries of red hair lore, but especially the languorous photo on the front cover. Nineteen authors created
stories, poems, and an essay to reveal the
special powers of the world’s redheads,
the forces of their hold over the other
98 percent of humanity. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Runnin' Around: The Serving House Book of Infidelity: Infidelity anyone? Vicariously enjoy the unfaithfulness of twenty-four writers in this anthology, Runnin’ Around, subtitled The Serving House Book of Infidelity. The cover is a black- and-white Mark Hillringhouse photograph of an appropriately seedy motel advertising day-rates. However, the content is not seedy at all, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn, who leads off with a poem that originally appeared in the New Yorker, inspiring editors Kennedy and Cummins to solicit eleven poets, two essayists, and eleven fiction writers to take a turn at telling a tale of infidelity, be it carnal or spiritual or somewhere in between. Included is the work of poets Dunn, Jack Ridl, H. L. Hix, Laura McCullough, Rick Mulkey, Steve Davenport, Renée Ashley, Dan Turèll, Elisabeth Murawski, Flower Conroy, and Mark Hillringhouse, essays by Rebecca Chace and Minna Proctor, and short stories by Timmy Waldron, Per Smidl, Duff Brenna, Roisin McLean, Victor Rangel-Ribeiro, Greg Herriges, Susan Tekulve, Dennis F. Bormann and Kennedy and Cummins as well. Read it and lust!The book is available on Amazon.com.
Winter Tales: Men Write About Aging, edited by Duff Brenna and Thomas E. Kennedy, s a miscellaneous collection of poems, essays and illustrations from professional writers and artists expressing their thoughts on the subject of aging. Their views are filled with insight, wisdom and humor, riveting accounts that may make you sad, or make you happy, perhaps even giddy, perhaps wiser, and
certainly contemplative. You may see yourself and others you know who are in the same predicament. You might find yourself smiling wryly and even laughing at times. This is a bright book of life, not death, which these wonderful (at times brilliant) artists have created. Winter Tales is a timely book, given our country’s aging population of boomers who will take comfort in knowing they are not alone when it comes to dealing with what aging is doing to their minds and bodies. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Winter Tales II: Women on the Art of Aging, edited by R. A. Rycraft and Leslie What, contains poems, essays, and cartoons by many writers, including Ursula Le Guin, Dorianne Laux, Kelly Cherry, Valerie Miner, Jan Eliot, Elisabeth Murawski, and Alicia Ostriker. The book is available on Amazon.com.
The Book of Worst Meals contains essays by 25 writers on their worst culinary experiencestales of wretched dining in Paris, Edinburgh, Porto, Philadelphia, and throughout the UK, as well as disastrous holiday meals and the food of failed relationships. The book is available at Amazon.com.
H. L. Hix's Made Priceless: Some Things Money Can't Buy presents snapshots of objects that their holders treasure: a 1950s swivel rocker, a fortune-cookie fortune that reads “The rubber bands are heading in the right direction,” a marble with a world map painted on it, a bread-baking pan, a
bar of soap, crocheted doilies, a masonry trowel… Each object has its own story, each its own meaning. The book’s contributors include artists, a banker, a retired career military officer, secretaries, a pilot, stay-at-home mothers, students, professors,
and others, each with a testament in praise of something priceless. The result is a remarkable collection that honors what money can’t buy, and celebrates the extraordinary significance in an ordinary things. The book is available on Amazon.com.
The Meeting with Evil: Inge Genefke's Fight Against Torture contains three chapters from a book about Dr. Genefke's work to rehabitate torture victims from throughout the world (translated by Thomas E. Kennedy and first published in New Letters) and Kennedy's interview with Dr. Genefke and her husband Bent Sørensen, her partner in the Anti-Torture Support Foundation. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Craft of Fiction
Writing successful fiction is a balance between trusting one’s own instincts and making the right conscious choices. In By Cunning & Craft, award-winning novelist and short-story writer Peter Selgin shows you how to combine the instinctive process of creation with sound technical ingenuity. With precise instruction and examples from classic and best-selling works, this authoritative guide helps you master all the essential fiction-wiring elements. Whether you’re facing the blank pages of a first draft or trying to revise a completed manuscript, By Cunning & Craft provides you with the guidance you need to outfox common writing pitfalls and make sure your work isn’t wanting in wit—or perfection.