by Mike Newell — Poet and wildland firefighter Mike Newell in an absorbing dialogue with literary virtuoso and fellow Earth-attendant Barry Lopez. Lewis Hyde wrote, “This book shows once again why many of us think of Barry Lopez as a national treasure,” while Patrick Meanor added, “What emerges is as inevitable as a Bach fugue–sharp clarity and an elaborate mandala of insight into Lopez’s life work.” Includes a compelling interview and a Newell essay on Lopez’s short fiction.
by Patrick Meanor — An informed and hilarious look at what it means to be hung over, a wry take on film and television culture, and a smart & hopeful guide to imaginative redemption.
by Bruce Haywood — A penetrating look at the present state and future prospects of liberal arts education in America, as well as a fascinating chronicle of one man’s life in higher education.
by Peter White — The primacy of the quest for meaning, the interrelatedness of systems, and the idea that how we see determines the quality of the world are the central themes of this generous meditation. A former Chairman of U.S. Trust bank in New York, Peter White brings fresh thinking and keen sensitivity to the human condition.
by Mark Sebastian Jordan — subtitled “A Complete History of the United States, At Least As Much Of It As Can Be recalled Without Actually Looking Anything Up,” this is a comic sweep across a dazed vision of U.S. history as related by a pompous pseudo-academic given to preposterous malapropism.
by Harry Marten — A long, comfortable walk in the woods with the hounds of memory, this memoir considers life and memory not as a “summoning of the completed past to give shape to a fluid present,” but more as invention — “putting up a fiction of ‘then’ shaped by the needs of ‘now.’” Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent and The Last Days of Dogtown wrote, “I felt blessed reading But That Didn’t Happen To You — being in the presence of profound tenderness. Blessed. Wow.”
by Bruce Haywood — A charming and thoughtful gaze back across the Atlantic at a very specific place in time — Bruce Haywood’s home ground, a Yorkshire coal mining town of the 1930′s and 40′s. The peculiar human ways of that place and its people come across clearly and endearingly in this lively memoir. The process of becoming American and seeing his old home ground anew, through American eyes, is an insightful thread woven throughout. “This work is an entertaining tale of a Renaissance figure growing up to play the piano and saxophone, to marry an American woman and to father two daughters. Simply and eloquently written with touches of unexpected humor, it is a gem of a memoir.” (Amazon reviewer)
by Galbraith Crump — This beautiful and moving memoir is deceptively simple. It weaves together memories, scenes, characters in a powerful warp and weft across decades. At the center is the enchanting figure of Joan, a woman who ignites each scene just as she provided light and life for her large and far-flung family. Galbraith Crump’s meditations on Joan and their life together are vivid and particular to be sure and breathtakingly powerful but they also evoke larger considerations of meaning and mortality that will touch any reader. — David H. Lynn, Editor, The Kenyon Review
by Johnnie Wilson, Jr. as told to Susan Gluck Rothenberg — “Johnnie Wilson’s oral history, lovingly assembled by Susan Rothenberg, provides windows into large segments of American life seldom so carefully recaptured: rural black America, baseball, the waterfront and, above all, family life in the early twentieth century. Wilson was an ‘ordinary’ decent, fascinating citizen whose story I found simply extraordinary.” Fay Vincent, former commissioner, Major League Baseball