New Books & New Paperbacks, March 2018

We’re pleased to announce the books that we’re publishing this month.

March 6, 2018
The Golden Coin
Alan Feldman

Wisconsin Poetry Series

“A poet whose emotional resources are immense. From book to book, Alan Feldman continues to widen and deepen his poetic reach until even the stars are drawn down to his writing table.”—Bill Zavatsky, author of Where X Marks the Spot

Any humanist’s hero, Alan Feldman writes poems that distill from honest observation and a generous, discerning heart. The only thing that mitigates the regret of leaving the self-deprecating confidence and expansive vision of these poems is the instructive memory of their sensibility.”—Jessica Greenbaum, author of The Two Yvonnes


March 6, 2018
The Explosive Expert’s Wife

Shara Lessley

Wisconsin Poetry Series

“Lessley guides us along the knife-edge of a country on the edge of wars. An ex-pat Penelope wondering about her own Odysseus singed in ash, she keenly and empathically witnesses not only her own vulnerability as a young American mother in Amman but also courageous women around herfrom Jordan’s all-female demining team to an accused terrorist’s wife.”
—Philip Metres

“Lessley’s poetry tunes our eyes and ears to recognize that each of us not only holds within ourselves the capacity to inflict terror upon one another, but the capability to endure it as well. This work exhorts us to become numb to neither.”—Consequence


March 6, 2018
Now in Paperback
The Black Penguin

Andrew Evans

Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies

“As travel literature, the fascination of The Black Penguin lies in the difficulties Evans has undertaken by choosing to travel only by bus all the way 12,000 miles through the Southern USA, Central America and South America.”Traveler’s Library

“Evans interweaves three urgent personal quests: his expedition, his effort to convince his family to accept his homosexuality and his struggle for the right to marry the man he loved. . . . The Black Penguin relays the ups and downs of that journey, but the terra incognita [he] claims is his own pride.”New York Times Book Review

“Combines an improbable trek to Antarctica with . . . struggles surrounding religion, family, and sexuality. . . . Excellent writing and eye for detail.”Publishers Weekly


March 13, 2018
What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth: A Memoir of Brotherhood
Rigoberto González

  • “In this compelling, eloquent recollection of his relationship with his younger sibling, Alex, González offers a sincere portrait of the joys and difficulties of brotherhood.”—Booklist
  • “Generous, and intimate, González’s memoir offers a riveting account of the bond that saved two brothers from their tortured past while offering lucid glimpses into the meaning of Latino manhood. A raw, emotionally intense memoir.”—Kirkus Reviews

“With gut-wrenching, skin-close honesty, Rigoberto González—already decorated for the stunning achievements of his two previous memoirs—offers a riveting account of the sustaining love between brothers in the midst of raw grief, trauma, and wrenching poverty. The stakes couldn’t be higher or the writing more intense. A literary victory.”—Joy Castro, author of Island of Bones


March 20, 2018
Given Up for You: A Memoir of Love, Belonging, and Belief
Erin O. White

Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies

“Reckoning with the rival claims of queer desire and Catholic faith, Erin O. White has written that rare and wonderful thing: an intimately personal page-turner that raises complex questions about the wider world and our future in it.”
—Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks

“White’s excellent, often heartbreaking memoir is about how faith and desire intersect—and when an impassible distance remains between them.”—Lit Hub

Given Up for You is a wonder—as poetic, spare, and declarative as the gospels themselves.”—Foreword Reviews


March 27, 2018
Home of the Braves: The Battle for Baseball in Milwaukee
Patrick W. Steele

“How could such a profound love affair between a city and its baseball team turn so toxic? Home of the Braves grapples with that issue, and its conclusions may surprise you. They surprised me.”—from the foreword by Bob Buege, author of The Milwaukee Braves: A Baseball Eulogy

“The truth behind one of the darkest divorces in sports history, revealing details often lost in the shadows of nostalgia. Steele’s extensive research uncovers a war of greed, jealousy, and contempt between the Braves and Milwaukee’s civic leaders.”—William Povletich, author of Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak

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