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The Heirs

Fran Hawthorne

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After breaking her hip in a serious accident, Eleanor Ritter's mother, Rose, a Holocaust survivor now living in New Jersey, suddenly starts talking about her harrowing childhood in Poland and the taboo subjects she has refused to discuss for half a century -- even speaking in long-forgotten Polish. Around the same time, Eleanor learns that the parents of her nine-year-old son's soccer teammate, Tadek, are Catholics from Poland.As Eleanor becomes fixated with digging into the histories of both her mother and Tadek's family, her obsession strains her already difficult relationship with Rose, as well as her marriage to Nick, an IT technician who is himself caught up in preparing for the feared Y2K turn of the millennium. Eleanor starts flirting heavily with the soccer coach, ignoring her twelve-year-old daughter's growing rebellion and her son's misery when he becomes the team pariah for badly messing up several games. Meanwhile, the "sure-fire" tech stock that Eleanor bought behind Nick's back is losing money. Even as her quest nourishes an odd friendship with Tadek's mother, it forces Eleanor to face the unavoidable questions:

How many generations does guilt carry on? What did your grandparents do to my grandparents?

FRAN HAWTHORNE has spent more than three decades writing award-winning nonfiction, including eight books, mainly about consumer activism and business social responsibility. Her book Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love (Beacon Press) was named one of the best books of 2012 by Library Journal. In addition, she's been an editor and writer (staff and freelance) at BusinessWeek, Fortune, The New York Times, Newsday, and other newspapers and magazines. Fran reviews fiction for The New York Journal of Books. The Heirs is her debut novel.

Hillary, Made Up

Marianne Kunkel

Hillary, Made Up provides an insightful view from the perspective of beauty products in an ode to Hillary Clinton. The beauty rituals that half of Americans take part in has never seen much poetry, but Marianne Kunkel delves into just that. Hillary, Made Up brings to light the unfair standards to which Americans hold successful women, and shows Hillary Clinton's political career from its beginning in the 1970s to her run in the presidential campaign. The collection tells this story through the lens of sexism, allowing readers to see the role that gender discrimination played in Hillary Clinton's ultimate loss to President Trump. Hillary Made Up book trailer

MARIANNE KUNKEL is the author of The Laughing Game (Finishing Line Press) and holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Florida and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an assistant professor of Creative Writing and Publishing at Missouri Western State University and the editor-in-chief of The Mochila Review.

North of the Platte, South of the Niobrara: A little Further in to the Nebraska Sand Hills

Bryan L. Jones

Filled with adventurous writing, sharp scrutiny, meticulous and audacious use of language, North of the Platte, South of the Niobrara: A Little Further into the Nebraska Sand Hills winds around its subjects the way the rivers and creeks of the Great Plains twist around humps of prairie grass, ranches and rock outcroppings. The ambitious goal of author Bryan Jones was to create a fresh understanding of the Nebraska Sand Hills from the inside. Surely he has done that, and more. He reflects with almost unbearable poignancy on war and its consequences, and with fierce advocacy on two beloved Nebraska poets. He brings humor and occasional cynicism to reflections about "the metaphysical and metaphorical aspects" of the Sand Hills, Ted Turner and other newcomers, the Sandoz family and other old-timers and a considerable chunk of Western history.

BRYAN JONES received his BA from Roosevelt University in Chicago and attended graduate school at the University of New Orleans, University of Nebraska at Kearney and Middlebury Breadloaf School of English. He previously published The Farming Game, Mark Twain Made Me Do It & Other Plains Adventures. He lives somewhere in the American West with his wife Kathy.

Marvelous Light

Claude Wilkinson

Similar to Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, poems that compose the sections of Claude Wilkinson's Marvelous Light explore nature's cycles with respect to their parallels of, and import to, our human lives. Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione, or The Contest between Harmony and Invention, a title under which Vivaldi's work was first published, suggests part of an overarching theme that is implicit within Wilkinson's collection-that is to say, his poems strive for a balance of euphony and the revelation of artistic rigor. Epigraphs from 1 Peter 2:9 and Henry James's "The Middle Years" serve to enlighten readers as they read the poems that also image divinity's role in the creative process.

CLAUDE WILKINSON is a graduate of the universities of Mississippi and Memphis respectively. Over the years his poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Atlanta Review, The Oxford American, and The Southern Review. His collection, Reading the Earth, won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. He has been selected for inclusion in Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. In addition to private collections, his work is also in the permanent collections of Cottonlandia Museum.

ReWriting the Body

Wyatt Townley

The body is a poem we are writing with every breath, says Townley, who in her dual life has taught yoga for decades. Albert Goldbarth calls Rewriting the Body "affectingly emotional even as it's formally risky in a very smart way." Helen Houghton of the Academy says, "I don't know of anything else like this-a profound meditation, exhilarating to read, extraordinarily beautiful." H. L. Hix says, "Her poems don't feel written on the reader's body, they feel written within it."

WYATT TOWNLEY is Poet Laureate of Kansas Emeritus. Her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR, featured in US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry," and published in journals including The Paris Review, North American Review, and The Yale Review. Other books of poems include Perfectly Normal, and The Afterlives of Trees, a Kansas Notable Book and winner of the Nelson Award.

Seek After: On Seven Modern Lyric Poets

by David Baker

The poems of John Keats, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Gwendolyn Brooks, and W.S. Merwin are carefully studied and cleverly defined in Seek After: On Sever Modern Lyric Poets. David Baker meticulously curated twenty-three essays that explore the verses of these poets and the influence that they had on contemporary poetry. The essays themselves are written by David Baker, Linda Gregerson, Meghan O'Rourke, Carl Phillips, Stanley Plumly, Ann Townsend, and Rosanna Warren.

Dead Stick

by Steve DeWolf

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Ryan Conley is a marine second lieutenant stationed in Abu Al Khasib, Iraq. Just as he is about to rotate out of the war zone, Ryan is severely wounded and granted a medical discharge, so he can return home to the family ranch in Sweetwater, Texas, to focus his energy on recovery. But life never goes as planned for the young marine, and he is unexpectedly found dead.

Jake Conley is Ryan's brother and a Texas civil trial lawyer who never backs down from a fight. He has no intention of letting his brother's death go unanswered and travels half-way around the world to Baghdad looking for answers. It is in this burning, war-scraped land, Jake discovers that swords cut both ways.

From Mexico City to Dallas and points in between, the gritty, street-wise attorney dodges one attempt after another on his life while trying to unravel his brother's mysterious death. Against long odds and overwhelming legal adversaries, Conley battles to the end.

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

by Barbara S. Stump


Over 200 color photographs


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

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.

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.

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