Stephen F. Austin State University

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Well Done: SFA 90+ Years and Cooking

Hardcover Over 200 color photographs and recipes $25.00

To order a copy of Well Done SFA 90+ Years and Cooking, please send $30.00 plus 5.00 shipping and handling to: SFA PRESS, C/O College of Liberal and Applied Arts, Attention: Dixie Groll, P.O. Box 13033 SFA STATION Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

The Azaleas of Nacogdoches

Hardcover Over 200 color photographs $25.00

To order a copy of The Azaleas of Nacogdoches, please send $30.00 plus 5.00 shipping and handling to: SFA PRESS C/O College of Liberal and Applied Arts Attention: Dixie Groll P.O. Box 13033 SFA STATION Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

The Azaleas of Nacogdoches is a photographic tour of some of the finest azalea gardens in East Texas, not to mention the United States. Follow Barbara Stump on her annual tour of these magnificent plants, culminating in the Ruby M. Mize Azaelea Garden where more than one hundred feet of purple spider azaleas are planted alongside University Road and frame one side of the garden. Composed of a broad variety of plant specimens, including Japanese maples, hydrangeas, camellias, and more than 6,500 azaleas, the Ruby M. Mize Garden is Texas's largest azalea garden and attracts thousands of tourists annually. Here, however, the focus is azaleas, and page after page is a delight in color and composition. The azaleas of Nacogdoches are special, breathtaking, unsurpassed. No wonder Nacogdoches was recently named as the Garden Capital of Texas.

by Barbara S. Stump

Let the River Run Wild: Saving the Neches

by Francis Edward Abernethy

With over one hundred photographs and maps, Let the River Run Wild! transports readers along the wooded banks of the Neches in a photographic journey that highlights the flora and fauna inhabiting the woods along this coursing river from its narrow upper reaches that run from Lake Palestine dam to its mouth on Sabine Lake. Learn about the highly controversial fight to save the the upper Neches led by the Texas Conservation Alliance and why the Neches River is listed as number six on the most endangered rivers list, complied by the American Rivers organization.

Just Between Us

by Dan K. Utley & Milton S. Jordan

East Texas is a distinct cultural and geographical region roughly the size of the state of Indiana. It is bounded on the east by the Sabine River and the state line, on the north by the Red River, and on the south by the Gulf of Mexico. The remaining boundary line is open to conjecture but is generally considered to represent the dispersed western limits of the Southern Pine Belt. Those who have lived and worked in East Texas share a common sense of place that has provided some of the state's more colorful characters and most enduring landmarks, as well as a richly-layered cultural history. The region has also produced a large number of historians and storytellers who have successfully drawn upon their diverse and unique heritage to chronicle the past. Just Between Us will be at one level the inside story of a large community, where all residents comfortably share somewhat familiar stories about home. It is also, however, a regional record for others to enjoy, analyze, and celebrate. The stories are firsthand accounts by those who know the region best, and they serve as glimpses onto life in the Pine Belt that to this point have not been recorded or widely shared. They are, for the most part, small stories that might not be found in general histories but that nevertheless collectively make a profound statement about the unique character of an important region.

Little Heretic

by Gerry LaFemina

Little Heretic presents one person's pilgrimage back to the New York of his youth, where the City is seen not for the ghosts of junkies, musicians and ex-lovers that haunt it, but for the spiritual and creative possibility lurking in alleys and parks, and celebrated by street corner buskers and subway graffiti. A twenty-first century poet in New York, this book looks at how in the right light of a Manhattan morning, a pigeon flying across First Avenue just might be one of Rilke's angels.

The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat

by Stephen Massimilla

In Stephen Massimilla's latest book, The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat, self-recognition is found in the loss, beauty, and suffering that define our common humanity. This collection of poems maps overseas and underworld routes by which personal exploration opens onto universal territory. From Capri to Venice, from New England to the tropics, from Ithaca to the prismatic sea, the poems enact a struggle to salvage psychological, social, cultural and ecological landscapes.

2:12 a.m.

by Kat Meads

2:12 a.m. is an insomniac's tour of counterproductive bedtime stories, Vegas weddings, Southern funerals, Nevada's nuclear testing grounds, Patty Hearst, Marina Oswald, sleepwalking murderers, Louise Bourgeois's Insomnia Drawings and more, revealing what wakeful nights conjure for a North Carolinian turned Californian, a farm child turned suburbanite, a 1960s romantic turned fatalist and a once-but-no-longer "gifted" sleeper. The collection, comprised of Best American Essays notables, Pushcart Prize nominees and the winner of Drunken Boat's Editors' Choice nonfiction award, mixes the strictly autobiographical with voice-driven reportage and includes essays that are factual, meditative, investigatory and lyrical to take full advantage of the versatility of the form. 2:12 a.m. is a book for all who revisit the past and brood on the future-a book about the dislocations of contemporary life, the hauntings of memory, and the perennial search, late night or otherwise, for meaning in existence.

Jimmy & Rita

by Kim Addonizio

"One of the wonderful things about Jimmy & Rita is that Kim Addonizio never imposes herself in any way, so the poems sing themselves into us. We experience the victories and defeats of Jimmy and Rita as they struggle through the boundless claustrophobia of their world. I think of them and there is a sense of sadness within me. Yet I think of what Addonizio has accomplished and I feel joy."

-Hubert Selby, Jr

" Kim Addonizio's work is distinguished by two of the rarest qualities in American poetry: a sense of dramatic life on the page and a sense of class consciousness. Both are evident in Jimmy & Rita, a book that streams with the fragmented unity, pace and visceral immediacy of a film:"

-Stuart Dybeck

Varieties of Religious Experience

by Christopher Buckley