Cynthia Barrett Know any sailors? Are you a beachcomber? Land lover? Celebrating Father's Day? Barrett's Three Sheets to the Wind: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions, the seafaring compendium will be a perfect Father's day or weekend present.

Cynthia Barrett

Barrie Jean Borich Borich is the author of Apocalypse, Darling (Ohio State University Press: Mad Creek Crooks/Machete Series in Literary Nonfiction 2018). PopMatters said "Apocalypse, Darling soars and seems to live as a new form altogether. It's poetry, a meditation on life as "the other," creative non-fiction, and abstract art." Her memoir Body Geographic (University of Nebraska Press/American Lives Series 2013) won a Lambda Literary Award in Memoir, an IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) Gold Medal in Essay/Creative Nonfiction, and a 2013 Forward INDIE Bronze Award for Essays. In a starred review Kirkus called Body Geographic "an elegant literary map that celebrates shifting topographies as well as human bodies in motion, not only across water and land, but also through life." Borich's previous book, My Lesbian Husband (Graywolf 1999, 2000), won the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award, and her first book, Restoring the Color of Roses (1993), was published by Firebrand Books, an independent feminist press.

Barrie Jean Borich
Barrie Jean Borich

Kate Bornstein Vintage published a new and improved 20th anniversary edition of Gender Outlaw. And Routledge brought out a second edition of My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity. Check out director Sam Feder's film Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger, based on A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today. Follow this link to Beacon's interview with Kate Bornstein on YouTube.

Kate Bornstein

Blanche McCrary Boyd In Boyd's Tomb of the Unknown Racist, Ellen Burns is a former activist and fugitive who must reckon with the sins of her dead brother, a talented novelist who fell under the sway of White Supremacy, when his grandchildren are abducted by an unknown force, leading her to the underworld of secret militias across the southwest, in the shadow of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Follow this link to read the Publishers Weekly review of Tomb of the Unknown Racist.

Blanch McCrary Boyd

Dan Callahan Who isn't in awe of Vanessa Redgrave? Her career on stage and screen remains vital and her extreme-left political stands are still quite controversial. In this first-ever biography of the woman many have called our greatest living actress, the formidable Vanessa Redgrave is at last revealed to us in all of her different personas. In his Biographical Dictionary of Film, David Thomson writes about Redgrave, "She has made mistakes, but there is a case for her as the best actress alive, ready for further challenge." Vanessa: The Life of Vanessa Redgrave, published in 2014 by Pegasus.

Dan Callahan

Mary Cappello Cappello's five books of literary nonfiction include a memoir, an awkward "detour," an anti-chronicle, and a psycho-biography. Called Back was honored with a ForeWord Book of the Year Award, an Independent Publisher's Prize and a Gamma Award, as well as being both a Lambda and Publishing Triangle Finalist. The New Press issued Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and The Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them. University of Chicago Press published her groundbreaking study on mood in 2016. Moody? Read all about it...poetic and literary, a lyric meditation. Life Breaks In has been featured on Large Hearted Boy, Berfrois, NPR Berlin, The American Academy in Berlin and The Millions. PopSugar calls it "one of ten books to keep you centered after the election"; Brit + Co includes it among "the three new books to set your imagination ablaze"; Kirkus Starred Review describes it as  “An illuminating celebration of enveloping moments of being.” Buffalo Trace: A Threefold Vibration with Jean Walton and James Morrison appears this September 2018. Read Cappello's How We Escape It: An Essay.

Mary Cappello

Barbara Carrellas Following the success of Urban Tantra, Hay House published Ecstasy is Necessary. Not your ordinary tips-and-techniques sex book; rather Ecstasy is Necessary is an exploratory journey of the sexual self and the infinite possibilities of ecstatic expression. Carrellas teaches readers how to discover, nurture, expand and embrace their authentic, ever-evolving, sensual, sexual self. Using stories and simple exercises, readers discover their authentic sexual selves and create the conditions that allow more and more of their experiences and relationships to be opportunities for — and invitations to — ecstasy. In 2018, expect a revised & updated 2nd edition of Urban Tantra. And follow this link to listen to an audio version of Urban Tantra.

Barbara Carrellas

Alexandra Chasin Harry J. Anslinger was the architect of our busted War on Drugs and was arguably as perverse and dangerous as J. Edgar Hoover. Chasin's Assassin of Youth is a kaleidoscopic portrait of the fractured man who set up America for one of its biggest public policy failures of the twentieth century, and beyond.

"A swirling, energetic, decidedly offbeat history of a man and a time history has largely forgotten, and not for any lack of effort of his own." — Kirkus Reviews

Alexandra Chasin

Janyce Stefan-Cole It was during a months' long junket in the Hollywood Hills that the character of Ardennes Thrush came to Stefan-Cole—and that lead to Hollywood Boulevard, "A little bit quirky, a little bit noir ... an intriguing crime novel with a pitch-perfect narration that sucks you right into the peculiar business that makes Hollywood what it is—and the equally peculiar business of finding one's muse." — Booklist
The Detective’s Garden, about an immigrant ex-NYPD homicide detective who digs up trouble in his Brooklyn backyard, has been likened to the novels of Graham Greene. "The Detective's Garden is an engrossing journey into one man's heart." — Foreword Reviews.
"What I love about The Detective's Garden, besides the fine, suspenseful writing, is Janyce Stefan-Cole's understanding of history — that it is a hostage-taker, a predator, and only fearless storyteller will submit to the undertow of its appetite." — Bob Shacochis

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Janyce Stefan-Cole

Raymond and Lorna Coppinger Is it a graphic novel or a fishing dog guide book? Skyhorse Press reissued Fishing Dogs: A Guide to the History, Talents, and Training of the Baildale, the Flounderhounder, the Angler Dog and Sundry Other Breeds of Aquatic Dogs (Canis piscatorius). How Dogs Work and What Is a Dog published by University of Chicago Press are perfect for any dog lover's library.

"Ray and Lorna Coppinger's Dogs should forever change the way we look at humans' 'best friends.' Both dog owners and those who want to be will profit by their description of how genes and environmental signals make the dog very much not a wolf."
— Dr. James Watson, author of The Double Helix

Raymond and Lorna Coppinger
Raymond and Lorna Coppinger

Kia Corthron Windham Campbell Prize winner Kia Corthron's The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter (Seven Stories Press, 2016) was awarded the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and was listed in the New York Times Book Review Paperback Row. Set in the American South from 1941 to the 21st century as seen through the lives of four men — two white brothers from rural Alabama and two black brothers from small-town Maryland — the narrative culminates in an explosive and devastating encounter between the two families.

"There are whole chunks of writing here that are simply sublime, places in which one gets swept away by the way [Corthron] subverts the rhythm of language to illuminate the familiar and allow it to be seen fresh. ... [The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter] succeeds admirably in a novel's first and most difficult task: It makes you give a damn. It also does well by a novel's second task: It sends you away pondering what it has to say." — The New York Times Sunday Book Review (Editor's Choice)

"A stunning achievement by any measure." — Angela Y. Davis

Kia Corthron

Patty Dann Best known for Mermaids, which was made into a movie with Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci, Dann was cited by New York Magazine as one of the "Great Teachers of NYC." Dann's most recent book by Shambhala is Butterfly Hours, a collection of life prompts for writing with anecdotes and stories from the lives of her students and the people around her. Listen to the podcast of Minnie Driver reading of one of Dann's Modern Love essays.

"Patty Dann has collected 25 years of teaching experience in this generous book of advice to writers. She delivers a series of prompts that open up tiny worlds of memory and feeling. If God is in the details, God is here." — Betsy Lerner, author of The Forest for the Trees Why We Adored Patty Dann's Butterfly Hours

Publishers Weekly: Best Books for Writers

Bookworm Beat Blog: My New Favorite Book on Writing

Patty Dann

Margaret Erhart "The desert air can do funny things to a person, and soon this respectable woman falls in love with another man. It all feels like an E. M. Forster novel, but set in the scenic American West."
— Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Margaret Erhart

Marguerite Feitlowitz

"A magisterial work on a great subject. This is a book everyone should read." — Susan Sontag

A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture was re-issued by Oxford University Press in an updated edition. A 1998 New York Times Notable Book and Notable Paperback, a Finalist for the PEN-Winship Prize. Feitlowitz just finished a novel, Anna, Who Did Not Believe in the Sea. For the University of Texas Press, she is currently translating Salvador Novo's Estatua de Sal, an early 20th-century memoir followed by nineteen sonnets. Feitlowitz's work is profiled in the forthcoming Her essays, art criticism and reporting, translations, interviews and OpEds can be found at;;;;, She teaches literature and literary translation at Bennington College, in Bennington, VT.

Marguerite Feitlowitz

Bonnie Friedman The Etruscan Press has published Surrendering Oz, a memoir in essays that charts the emotional awakening of a bookish Bronx girl. From her early job as a proofreader at The Guinness Book of World Records, through an illicit liaison which threatens to destroy her marriage, Friedman charts a course of discovery that allows her finally to take charge of her life as a Texas professor, writer and wise student of her own soul. Surrendering Oz stands on the shoulders of Friedman's first book, Writing Past Dark. To celebrate its twentieth year in print, Harper Collins reissues an updated ebook edition with a new introduction by Friedman. It is an inspiring guide for all writers at all stages of their craft.

"Every woman who can read should read this book." — Abigail Thomas, Three Dog Night

Bonnie Friedman

William E. Glassley Living in the Greenland wilderness for weeks at a time and isolated from the noise of the modern world emerges Glassley's acccount: A Wilder Time: Notes From a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice. It lays bare how that experience evolved for him. How best to describe the mind of a scientist, the heart of a philosopher, and the soul of a poet...
"Glassley exhibits an uncanny ability to put us in the midst of Greenland's vast silence, where he takes us deep into the planet’s soul. It is an important and well-told adventure that opens us to life’s grand expanse and begs us to follow in spite of the brevity of our existence." — John Francis, author of Planetwalker and The Ragged Edge of Silence.
"Profound and moving. ... A superb tool for a better understanding of the natural world and why real science matters." — Kirkus Reviews (**** review)
"Poetic, enthusiastic. ... Combining the strengths of travel writing and lyrical memoir, Glassley translates his own 'incandescent experience of place' into a conservation message: 'We must share and celebrate the wild so that it might be saved.'" — Foreword Reviews (*** review)

Check out and NW Book Lovers. And follow this link to read an excerpt of A Wilder Time.

William Glassley

Glenn Kurtz Kurtz is the author of Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014), which was named a “Best Book of 2014” by The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and National Public Radio. On a summer vacation in August 1938, one year before the outbreak of World War II, David Kurtz, Glenn's grandfather, captured three minutes of ordinary life in a small, predominantly Jewish town in Poland on 16mm Kodachrome color film. More than seventy years later, this brief home movie would become a memorial to an entire culture annihilated in the Holocaust. Three Minutes in Poland documents Glenn's four-year search to identify the individuals in these haunting images.
"Three Minutes in Poland begins as the story of an old family film rediscovered and veers into an important tale of Polish shtetls during World War II. It is intensely moving and brilliantly researched, and it reads like a thriller." — Elie Wiesel

Kurtz's first book, Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music (Knopf, 2007), was hailed by Newsday as "the book of a lifetime." He received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2016.

Glenn Kurtz

William J. Mann Drawing on previously hidden historical documents and interviews with the long-silent "illegitimate" branch of the Roosevelts, Mann paints an elegant, meticulously researched, and groundbreaking group portrait of this legendary family. Of The Wars of the Roosevelts, Kirkus Reviews states "A compulsively readable account of the decades long rivalries, grudges, and battles between and within the Roosevelt families of Oyster Bay and Hyde Park."

Excerpted in The Daily Beast: How Teddy Roosevelt Diffused a Scandal by Destroying His Brother's Marriage

The complete manuscript of The Contender, the long awaited Marlon Brando biography is in the house...

William Mann

Joseph Markulin The name Machiavelli leaves a bad taste in your mouth — he is everybody's best bad guy, or is he? Joseph Markulin holds a PH.D. and is a defrocked professor of Italian and Comparative literature with a specialization in Medieval and Renaissance studies. He wrote in a professional capacity for over 25 years for corporations, PR agencies, law and consulting firms and the like. In addition to speech writing, annual reports and corporate histories, he has ghosted reams of articles and op-ed pieces that have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, etc. Machiavelli is published by Prometheus Books.

Joseph Markulin

Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson Partners in Passion: A Guide to Great Sex, Emotional Intimacy and Long-term Love draws on Michaels' and Johnson's long-time experience as collaborators, partners and spouses. The book is a comprehensive guide to creating a deep and fulfilling partnership.

Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson

Benjamin Miller — Echo Point Books publishes an updated reissue of Benjamin Miller's Fat of the Land: Garbage of New York — The Last Two Hundred Years. Miller offers his unique perspective on the riveting history of waste management in New York City. The urban, social, and political history of New York, explored through the lens of the city’s trash. Miller, the former director of policy planning for the Department of Sanitation, traces nearly two centuries of fascinating intrigue related to the city’s garbage contracts and sanitation policies.

Benjamin Miller

Martin Moran Spring 2016 brought the release of new and improved The Tricky Part and the publication of Moran's second memoir, All the Rage: A Quest. Every relationship is fraught with complexity; a landscape of anger and old wounds and difficult love, Moran muses. As his inquiry unfolds, he illuminates how rage can be the other side of compassion, how trauma can lead to forgiveness, and how, ultimately, all humanity is connected.

The Advocate: The Softer Side of S&M

Martin Moran

Patti Niemi Patti Niemi's memoir Sticking It Out, in which an 18 year-old drummer heads to Juilliard and struggles with competition, rejection, and crushing performance anxiety in order to win an audition for an orchestra and play percussion for a living. April 2016. ECW Press.

Publishers Weekly review

NPR's Fresh Air: An Opera Percussionist Traces Her Path 'From Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit'

Percussionist Patti Niemi on Good Day Rochester

Goodreads Profile: Patti Niemi

Patti Niemi

Joe Okonkwo Joe Okonkwo's Jazz Moon is set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance and glittering Jazz Age Paris. The Harlem renaissance movement — the art, the music, the poetry and people fill the pages of Jazz Moon with love lust, hopes and dreams. Jazz Moon is about what what happens when you are a young artist and first come to New York City. June 2016. Kensington Books.

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Joe Okonkwo

Christopher Oldstone-Moore Christopher Oldstone-Moore's Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair is as fascinating as it is fun to read. Some think a mane is to a lion as a beard is to a man; others say a smooth face wins the palm; a history of the tug-of-war between beards and the bald face, a story full of surprises about manliness, razors, and the power of gender and beards. January 2016. The University of Chicago Press.

CBS News: The bearded men who've got social media buzzing

"It's unlikely you'll take any beard — or mustache — at face value again." — Los Angeles Times

Christopher Oldstone-Moore

Margaret A. Oppenheimer Born into grinding poverty, Eliza Jumel was raised in a brothel, indentured as a servant, and confined to a workhouse when her mother was in jail. Yet by the end of her life Madame Jumel was one of the richest women in America with servants of her own and mansions in Manhattan and Saratoga Springs. During her remarkable life, she acquired a fortune from her first husband, a French merchant, and almost lost it to her second, the notorious vice president Aaron Burr. In The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel: A Story of Marriage & Money in the Early Republic, Oppenheimer describes how after her death, while family members extolled her virtues, claimants to her estate painted a different picture: of a prostitute and the mother of George Washington's illegitimate son. Oppenheimer draws from archival documents and court filings, many untouched since the 1800s, to tell the true and full story of Eliza Jumel.
Follow this link to read stellar reviews.

Margaret A. Oppenheimer

Charles Pappas — Every time you chew a stick of Juicy Fruit, eat a hamburger, slip on a nylon, plug your phone into a wall socket, flick on a TV, withdraw money from an ATM, lick an ice-cream cone, switch on a computer, ride an escalator, play a DVR, watch a movie about dinosaurs, get fingerprinted, or pop a tranquilizer, you’re doing something that originated at a world’s fair or trade expo.

E-connections Q&A with Charles Pappas

One Giant Leap celebrates NASA's 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing. Avid collector and cultural historian Pappas shows how the very idea of space force came to be.

Charles Pappas
Charles Pappas

Alison PearlmanAlison is a Los Angeles-based art historian and cultural critic who writes about food and restaurant aesthetics. What do they tell us about the social lives and desires of food producers and consumers? She is the author of Smart Casual: The Transformation of Gourmet Restaurant Style in America (University of Chicago, 2013) and May We Suggest: Restaurant Menus and the Art of Persuasion (Agate, 2018). When not writing about food and restaurants in print or on her blog, The Eye in Dining, she teaches modern and contemporary art and design history at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. More information lives at

Alison Pearlman

Russell Potter Penguin Modern Classics follows up on Canongate's splendid publication of Pyg, the faux memoir based on the true story of Toby, an exceptional pig in late 18th century England who escapes the butcher's knife due in part to the steadfast companionship of his young guardian, the other hero of this book, Samuel Nicholson. Toby packs theaters and concert halls with his ability to count, spell and read the minds of ladies "only with their permission." Toby's sensitive and wise nature and his empathy for those around him make him come across as ironically more human than some of the humans he meets. It is as if Henry Fielding had thought of writing Babe.

Russell Potter

Tom Santopietro Following up on the best selling The Sound of Music Story, Tom Santopietro's new book Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters takes a 360-degree look at the Mockingbird phenomenon both on page and screen. Here for the first time is the full behind the scenes story regarding the creation not just of the 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, but also the Academy Award winning 1962 film. Santopietro's six previous books, published with St. Martins Press and HarperCollins, include the New York Times Editor's Choice Considering Doris Day. A frequent media commentator and interviewer, he lectures on classic films and over the past thirty years has managed more than two dozen Broadway shows. Check out a video clip from The Sound of Music Story at

Tom Santopietro

David J. Skal — Longtime monster/horror aficionado turns his studied gaze to Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. Liveright/Norton publishes Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula in 2016. Skal's critically praised work includes Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen (1990), followed by The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror (1993). When the 4th World Dracula Congress meets in Dublin in October, David J. Skal is to be recognized with The Bernard Davies Award. The Award is for for his scholarship in the literary gothic genre incorporated into Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula.
Upon publication, two excerpts appeared in The Paris Review: Part One | Part Two

Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula
There is Still No Better or More Important Dracula Than the Original, Bela Lugosi

David J. Skal

Joe StrikeDid you ever wonder how Furry began? Joe Strike knows and he's here to tell the story. He has been part of the fandom since its earliest days and watched it grow from a small subculture into a worldwide phenomenon. Despite Furry’s size and success, misconceptions and a caricatured image of the fandom still linger in the public mind. Deciding that it was time to dispel myth and shed light on truth, a near-decade's worth of research, writing and searching for a publisher followed. The ultimate result is Furry Nation: The True Story of America’s Most Misunderstood Subculture, published by Cleis Press in October 2018.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart — "Higher Than the Stars" Official Video

Joe Strike

Jane Summer In November 1979, an Air New Zealand 11-hour sightseeing flight carrying 257 people took off from Auckland to view the wonders of Antarctica including Mt. Erebus. When the flight was 90 minutes late in returning, the airline realized something had gone terribly wrong. Years later, through fate or coincidence, Summer is assigned to write a travel article about that same airline. The experience jars both her dreams and memories, resulting in Sibling Rivalry Press' Erebus, a documentary-style poetic exposé on a government's drive to hide what really happened.

Two Old Bitches podcast: Jane Summer - Finding Her Story

Jane Summer

Liz Swados — Every dog walker has a dark side...for an arterrorist, a gleefully misspent radical youth landed her in a federal prison; out on parole, she struggles as a dog walker and plots to reconcile with her abandoned (now Orthodox) daughter. Outstanding playwright and iconic New Yorker, Liz Swados packs heart and soul into her first novel Walking the Dog. What happens when everything you believed in and fought for in your youth goes up in smoke? Why are poodles so smart? A blend of Orange is the New Black and Patty Hearst, Walking the Dog is a delightful lovesong to NYC. June 2016. The Feminist Press. Sadly, Swados died in 2016.

Liz Swados

Rick Whitaker — Whitaker is author of Assuming the Position: A Memoir of Hustling and The First Time I Met Frank O'Hara: Reading Gay American Writers. His articles, reviews, and essays have been published in the New York Times, the New York Observer, Salon, Washington Post, Village Voice, Ballet Review, Dance, The Quarterly and Noon. An Honest Ghost, Whitaker's first semi-autobiographical novel is a collage narrative and consists entirely of discrete sentences taken as found in other books and attributed to their source.
Elegant Fathers & Sons, an homage to David Markson published in Berfrois.

Rick Whitaker