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13 Almost Love Poems Cover Image
$7.00
ISBN: 9781199815002
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Published: Omar Zahzah - June 1st, 2017

Combining personal experiences and emotions with motifs and tropes gleamed from genre fiction and poetry writing, 13 Almost Love Poemsis an absurdist-gothic (and at times lightly melancholic) take on love poetry. Though some of these poems have previously found homes in horror publications, the vast majority were featured in literary journals, an apt reflection of these poems’ generic hybridity.


Jay Gatsby: A Black Man in Whiteface Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781546320890
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 10th, 2017

WHAT IF JAY GATSBY IS A BLACK MAN PASSING AS A WHITE ONE?

Jay Gatsby: A Black Man in Whiteface expounds upon the thesis that Jay Gatsby, the much beloved hero of The Great Gatsby, is a man of mixed black and white parentage who pretends and appears to be a white man. Through a close examination of the text, a review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life and letters, and a discussion of the racially charged climate of the Jazz Age, the book explains how America’s troubled conscience about race laces through the novel and how Fitzgerald relied on his conflicting racial beliefs and his insider/outsider status to craft the novel’s central theme: the doomed pursuit of the American Dream. 

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The Great Gatsby is often referred to as a novel where much is said by implication and ellipsis which must be weighed and measured to appreciate it. Fitzgerald himself said that even the most enthusiastic reviewers failed to understand what it was about. Jay Gatsby: A Black Man in Whiteface does the weighing and measuring to see what we may have missed in a direct and fun style and provides easily accessible supporting annotation and bibliography so you can follow along.

Janet Savage is an entertainment attorney. She holds degrees from Harvard Law and Stanford. She lives in California and reads a lot.


Yukon Audit: A C.E. Brody Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780997317503
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Published: Ken Baird - May 24th, 2016

WINNER - BEST THRILLER - 2016 INDIE BOOK AWARDS A reclusive Yukon bush pilot meets a beautiful and mysterious woman on the Klondike Highway, and suddenly finds he's in the cross hairs of the RCMP, the FBI, and two criminal gangs. ..".a brilliant novel..." says Readers' Favorite


Queer Qeographies (Beirut, Tijuana, Copenhagen) Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9788790690304
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Published: Museet for Samtidskunst - January 1st, 1970

Queer Geographies is a book of selected artworks, poetry, public interventions, activist’ statements, and academic investigations dealing with how space is where frontiers of class and identity struggles are in constant negotiation and flux.

Queer Geographies explores the possibilities of queer identities lived beyond heteronormativity, uncovering how gender and sexuality are shaped differently in the margins by the landscapes of cities.  Queer Geographies' also examines how identities in return can shape and form the city to new needs of its inhabitants.

Lasse Lau has organized workshops on queer geography at three very different cities- all located at the sea -- Beirut (Lebanon), Tijuana (Mexico) and Copenhagen (Denmark). Most of the contributions to the book have either been produced from these 3 workshops or from the networks established at them. The workshops captured queer identities and experiences outside the hegemonic Anglo-Saxon experience. 

The book includes texts by Jack Gieseking, Akram Zaatari, Jedidiah Anderson, Sayak Valencia Triana, Micha Cárdenas, Brad Epps, Camilla Tved, Mads Ted Drud-Jensen and Sune Pahl Knudsen. It is edited by Lasse Lau in collaboration with Mirene Arsanios, Felipe Zuñiga and Mathias Kryger. The book's designer is Omar Mismar.


Mexican Fish Tale Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780998214801
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Published: Voyageur Media LLC - January 22nd, 2017

David Jackson is living on the edge, partying way too hard and romancing a married woman. Summer has arrived in San Antonio, and now he is headed on a road trip to Mexico with two friends, a high-maintenance redneck nicknamed The Ogre, and a German-American taskmaster named Manfred.

David is hoping for a carefree 10 days taking in the sites of Mexico, but secretly harbors a vague hope of a rendez-vous with his lady friend.

The further south the boys go, the stranger things get until David begins to wonder whether they will make it back.


Girl on Point Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781940215969
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Published: Red Adept Publishing - April 19th, 2017

Alexandra Campbell's life comes to a crashing halt the night her younger sister is killed during a convenience store robbery. Shattered by guilt, Alex distances herself from her friends and family. Months later, with the police investigation stalled, she fears justice may never be served. Determined to avenge her sister's murder, Alex disguises herself and joins the gang responsible for the shooting. To identify the one who pulled the trigger, she must put her own life at risk in a world of dangerous criminals. But the longer she plays her new game, the more the lines blur between loyalty and betrayal. (Red Adept Publishing)


Camellia in Snow Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781515347149
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 3rd, 2015

Rose Bruno Bailey, born on the Winter Solstice, blossomed into a poet deeply rooted in nature and the human experience. Camellia in Snow, the first anthology of her work, contains poems that reflect her love of nature, alongside intriguing poems with suggestions of mysticism, or a longing for transcendence. Rose also displays occasional flashes of a darker side to her sunny disposition, letting us explore with her the areas that poets sometimes shun, yet which grant all of us admittance to a shared humanity - scared, regretful, emotionally fragile. Rose uses her life experience to share, as only poets can, the deeply personal in a way that makes it truly universal and accessible to us all, crafted with beautiful, emotive, accessible language, and profound, stunning realism.


Incredible Shrinking Jojo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781545061978
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 9th, 2017

When the curious child goes to visit his dear friend Jojo the Elephant at the zoo, he finds that Jojo has curiously shrunk to a tiny size! The curious child learns that, as Jojo encountered other zoo animals, he compared himself to them. Because he did not feel good about himself, Jojo shrank with every encounter. In the end, Jojo learns to celebrate being his unique self, and returns to his right size.


June Bug Versus Hurricane: Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780692874332
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Published: Rabbit House Press - June 20th, 2017

"Through the growing and nurturing years there is no influence as important as the coaching a youngster receives. Those he selects as his heroes mold his character and create the fiber of the individual." So preached Dan Chandler the son of Happy Chandler, beloved two-time Kentucky governor and baseball commissioner, and the wildly eccentric father of Erin and Chan. Dan uprooted his kids from their southern aristocratic roots and the political world of the Governors mansion and deposited them into the gaudy yet glamorous life of 1970's Las Vegas, where debauchery and brutishness was respected and everyone practiced the Golden Rule.... "The guy with the gold makes the rule." After years of living a roller coaster life on his coattails, becoming adults proved to be their biggest challenge. Chan took the cowboy approach to life, on the road from one end of the country to the other, packing guns, breaking hearts and staying one step ahead of the law... usually. Erin followed the Vegas showgirls of her youth and found Hollywood. The brother and sister struggle to create balance. Author and playwright, Erin Chandler is candid in the telling of her life long difficulties with her loving, although overwhelming, alcoholic father, her heartbreaking challenges with her charming but dangerously self destructive brother, and her own relentless demons. Dark yet uplifting, filled with humor and insight, June Bug Versus Hurricane will leave audiences as haunted as its characters.


The Wisdom of Stones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780998146713
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Published: Golden Rule Omnimedia - May 17th, 2017

Ben, a college senior, promised God and his men maw that he'd be a Southern Baptist preacher, but he can't pray away the gay. Until stories, which he learns from his Grandpa Charlie about an interracial relationship Charlie had in the 1930s, teach Ben he has to live life by his own rules.

The Wisdom of Stones is about living your truth and not allowing another person to rule you.

Set in Upstate South Carolina in the early 1990s, The Wisdom of Stones intertwines the stories of Ben Stark and his grandfather, Charlie Phelps. Ben's father deserted him and his mother died right before Ben's 7th birthday, so Ben was raised by his Grandpa and Mee Maw.

The story opens with the funeral of Ben's mother. At the cemetery, on a cold January day, Ben finds an arrowhead in the upturned dirt beside her gravesite. He gives it to Grandpa who tells him a funny story about a baseball play.


Isabel and Siofra: The Heist of 2098 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780999032404
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Published: Galactic Bookforge - July 4th, 2017

A time-traveling, science-fiction adventure filled with mystery, danger, and an abundance of sarcasm, Isabel and Siofra: The Heist of 2098 is the first journey in an epic series. Join Isabel and Siofra, two best friends, as they accidentally fling themselves backwards in time and try desperately to get home at any cost.


7,300 Days Cover Image
By Isabella Mente, Chase Wolcott (Illustrator), Sarah Hesky (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781537112701
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 29th, 2016

"The pages of this book hold my thoughts. they hold my pain. my tears. my joy. these pages hold me. i hope you find yourself in here. and you are inspired to write your story, too. i wrote this book for the love of creation. i wrote this book to connect with you."--Author's website.


Loves Me Not, Loves Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781546997559
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - July 11th, 2017

Loves Me Not, Loves Me is split in half between the realities of heartbreak and falling in love with someone who reciprocates each desire of your heart and turns it into a garden of roses. This collection reveals the interdependence of love and loss. Love is the mother of all things. She is the hand that lifts you up from the immense sorrow exposed by heartaches arrival. This pain enables you to grow as your escape mechanisms have already left you empty handed. It is pain that brings the truth of the feeling, the reality that we are human beings who are destined to face the honesty of loss and the chaos of love. Both are unconfined in their power, yet we must decide when our sacrifice has run dry, in order to return to a love that will give us an eternal bloom. 'loves me not, loves me' is insight for the immensely consuming coexistence of pain and pleasure, reminding us of this blessing in disguise, the ability to embrace our emotions and live authentically.


My Baby Brother Comes Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631774096
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Published: Mascot Books - September 5th, 2017

It's a BIG day in Thomas' life. His mom and his new baby brother come home from the hospital today. Thomas can't wait to meet Theo and see Ella.


Surfing with Snakes & Dragons, and Other Tales of Suburbia Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780998321219
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Published: Soul Arch Press LLC - August 1st, 2017

Surfing with Snakes & Dragons, a literary novel that captures the essence of the life in sunny southern California - from the 'burbs, to the sea, to the Central Valley, to the flat, High Desert on a moonless eve under a billion stars...that’s California: a land of contrasts.


Coney Island Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781364099619
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Published: Amy Lyne - August 1st, 2017

Grand Central Escalator Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781364099558
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Published: Amy Lyne - August 1st, 2017

The Last Audition (A Memoir) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781945756139
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Published: Jonathan Donahue - August 1st, 2017

A middle-aged psychotherapist scraps his dreary life and heads to Hollywood. Choosing the road less traveled makes all the difference in fucking up his life, forcing him to sort out his priorities again. Despite celebrity sightings, this is no Hollywood tell-all, but a sincere attempt at that most romantic of all existences: the artist’s life!


Jeanie the Three-Legged Dog: I Don't Need Four Feet! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780996631600
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Published: Jeanie 3 Legs, LLC - August 1st, 2017

Whether she's playing in the park, riding in her stroller or being nice to cats, Jeanie can do most things like dogs with four legs. Enjoy the colorful photos of this courageous little dog and her powerful message of acceptance. Who needs four feet when you've got a big heart?