In 2008, Nathan Deuel, a former editor at Rolling Stone and The Village Voice, and his wife, a National Public Radio foreign correspondent, moved to the deeply Islamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to see for themselves what was happening in the Middle East. There they had a daughter, and later, while his wife filed reports from Baghdad and Syria, car bombs erupted and one night a firefight raged outside the family's apartment in Beirut. Their marriage strained, and they struggled with the decision to stay or go home.
At once a meditation on fatherhood, an unusual memoir of a war correspondent's spouse, and a first-hand account from the front lines of the most historic events of recent days--the Arab Spring, the end of the Iraq war, and the unrest in Syria--Friday Was The Bomb is a searing collection of timely and absorbing essays. (Dzanc Books)
A witty and sophisticated examination of nontraditional storytelling in contemporary art and literature, "The Sea-God's Herb" contains reviews and essays on some of the most interesting authors and artists of the last forty years. From William Gass and Thomas Pynchon to Brian Evenson and Steve Erickson, John Domini takes readers beyond that which is "impossible" to explain.
John Domini, noted poet, essayist, and author, has had his work appear in the "New York Times," "GQ," "Paris Review," and "Ploughshares." A former National Endowment for the Arts and Ingram-Merrill Foundation fellow, he teaches at Iowa State University and lives in Des Moines, Iowa. (Dzanc Books)