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This 2-for-1 bundle of Joanna Biggar's novels gives readers a chance to start from the beginning, tracking the evolution of five women friends through the tumultuous years of the 1960’s and 70’s. In these two books, Biggar intertwines cultural revolutions with personal and romantic upheavals, creating a portrait a unique time in history, and of five women prepared to take advantage of every liberty offered, every shackle removed.
Girls Like Us Girls Like Us is packed with fierce, eloquent, and deeply intelligent poetry focused on female identity and the contradictory personas women are expected to embody. The women in these poems sometimes fear and sometimes knowingly provoke the male gaze. At times, they try to reconcile themselves to the violence that such attentions may […]
The Magic Bundle combines the fantastical novels "A Secret Woman" by Rose Solari and "Billy Christmas" by Mark A. Pritchard. Together these two books represent the special spark at the heart of ASP.
Billy Christmas is a boy with a man’s problems. Since his father disappeared mysteriously last Christmas, Billy’s mom has withdrawn into her grief, neglecting him and everything else. Now, in addition to his schoolwork, Billy must also keep the household running for both of them, paying the bills from their ever-dwindling bank account...
James J. Patterson and Richard Peabody are the resident wise men of ASP. Their prose will make you laugh, cry, and most importantly, look up from the page and ponder. They will give you the hard with the soft, the sad with the ecstatic, and all the while deny the difference.
Along with their involvement in Alan Squire Publishing, longtime friends Rose Solari and Reuben Jackson also share another unique piece of history. Their first poetry collections, Difficult Weather and fingering the keys respectively, were published by the same small press, DC’s late, lamented Gut Punch, and each book was honored with the prestigious Columbia Book Award.
Rose Solari and James J. Patterson are the masterminds and master-craftspeople behind Alan Squire Publishing. Happily married intellectuals, they share a life-long love for writing and the literary arts in general. Collected in this bundle are the debut novels of both writers, Rose’s A Secret Woman and James’s Roughnecks. Though different in subject and style, both feature a central character forced to enter into an unfamiliar world, in search of re-invention and redemption. Together they present the spectrum of literary writing for which ASP is known
Our two most recent Legacy Authors, Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Grace Cavalieri, are the kind of authors that make reading an adventure. Their career spanning, multi-genre collections make a great pair
Rose Solari's three books of poetry, The Last Girl, Orpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather, are now available bundled at half price. Carolyn Forché calls Rose Solari's language "By turns raw and luminous, her perceptions uncommonly acute, and her vision at once incisive and compassionate," Jim Daniels say her poems "cast the spell of a held piano note on a dark key." This ability to walk the line between the "raw and luminous" makes Rose Solari's poetry perfect for days of difficult weather.
Girls Like Us is packed with fierce, eloquent, and deeply intelligent poetry focused on female identity and the contradictory personas women are expected to embody. The women in these poems sometimes fear and sometimes knowingly provoke the male gaze. Hazen’s insights into the conflict between desire and wholeness, between self and self-destruction, are harrowing and wise.
The latest novel from Joanna Biggar. Set in the era of Woodstock and Watergate, Melanie's Song centers on a young woman’s mysterious disappearance, and on her friend's determined search for her.
Scattered Clouds is the second poetry collection from jazz scholar, Reuben Jackson. It includes the full text of his first collection, fingering the keys, which Joseph Brodsky selected for the Columbia Award in 1991, and an entire collection of new poetry including his famous Amir poems.
Navigating the Divide is a career-spanning, multi-genre collection from the award-winning indie literature legend, Linda Watanabe McFerrin. In poetry, essays, and fiction that are often profoundly personal and astoundingly surreal, this world traveler and literary explorer busts walls, erects bridges, and ambiguates genre.
Other Voices, Other Lives: A Grace Cavalieri Collection is a selection of poems, plays, and interviews drawn from over forty years of work by one of America’s most beloved and influential women of letters. The author of 23 books of poetry and 26 produced plays, and the founder of the legendary radio interview program, The […]
Rose Solari’s second full-length collection of poems is made up of two different yet intertwining strands. In one, Solari explores a variety of myths, climbing beneath the skin of classical heroes and villains to offer contemporary perspectives on these characters and their tales. The other strand consists of poems of celebration and farewell, written for […]
A shimmering girl who disappears in daylight. A boy who goes to war and comes back forever broken. New landscapes in which old ghosts appear, telling their stories. Such are the people, places, and images that fill Rose Solari’s third collection of poetry, The Last Girl.
Blurring the boundaries between past and present, between the body and the spirit, between female and male, this page-turning mystery is a sexy romp through time and space, a profound meditation on the mother-daughter connection, and an enlightening exploration of what it means to make love, to make art, and to make a life worth living.
A tale of trial, risk, sacrifice, and self-discovery, Roughnecks takes its place in the tradition of American literary quest fiction. Is Zachary Harper an Ishmael or a Sal Paradise? A Jay Gatsby or a Huck Finn? Whoever he might be, he seeks self-knowledge, awareness, and authenticity. He will find it on an oil rig, in the Williston basin. Throwing chain.
Billy Christmas is a boy with a man’s problems. Since his father disappeared mysteriously last Christmas, Billy’s mom has withdrawn into her grief, neglecting him and everything else. Twelve days before Christmas, Billy is given a magical challenge, a series of twelve difficult and dangerous tasks. If he completes them all, his dream of being reunited with his missing dad might come true.
This new edition of the first full-length collection of poems by Rose Solari provides an important window into the origins and early influences of this now-established poet and novelist. Though most of these poems are set in Washington, DC, and its less affluent suburbs, their lyrical, often elegiac depictions of family and neighborhood life, first love and first losses, will be sure to touch anyone who, like Solari, grew up in a place “more interesting than safe.”
In clothing, Bermuda shorts are a kind of casual formal wear – and in this collection of essays, Bermuda Shorts is the perfect metaphor for James J. Patterson’s fundamentally serious but playful literary style.
The Richard Peabody Reader is a wide-ranging selection of this great writer’s poetry and prose, filling an important gap in the literary world. As a publisher, Peabody’s steadfast dedication to that which is new, challenging, innovative and dynamic has won him a wide reputation among writers whose work he has championed.
In 1962, five young women set off from California to spend their junior year abroad at the famous Sorbonne. What they get is an education of an entirely different order. Set in the months leading up to the Kennedy assassination, That Paris Year captures a particular time in history, just before the dawn of the sexual revolution, when women — and men — were re-evaluating their place in the world around them, re-examining the demands of family, society, and self.
The poems in Elizabeth Hazen’s debut collection, Chaos Theories, spring from a unique fusion of science and art in the writer’s heart and mind. In these elegant and often elegiac poems, Hazen explores how our lives, despite our best intentions, can spiral out of control, forcing us to wrest meaning from our own mistakes.
By Charlotte Gullick A unique look at the Jehovah Witnesses in the rural western United States and the logging industry in Northern California during the 1970s, By Way of Water addresses the devastating effects of poverty on rural families. Struggling to feed their children in an unforgiving California forest when there are no logging jobs to be […]
by Lisa Lenard-Cook When Anna Kramer, a Los Alamos piano teacher, inherits the journals and scores of composer Hana Weissova, she is mystified by this bequest from a woman she does not know. Hana’s music, however, soon begins to uncover forgotten emotions, while her journals, which begin in 1945 after she is released from a […]
by Stephen G Eoannou The stories in Muscle Cars explore the unique and sometimes flawed relationships between men, their families, and their friends. Featuring a diverse cast of inarticulate misfits—including a compulsive body builder obsessed by the death of his brother; a former boxer forced to sell his prized 1946 New York Yankees autographed baseball; and two boyhood […]
by Kate McCahill Spanning four seasons, ten countries, three teaching jobs, and countless buses, Patagonian Road: A Year Alone Through Latin America chronicles Kate McCahill’s solo journey from Guatemala to Argentina. In her struggles with language, romance, culture, service, and homesickness, she personifies a growing culture of women for whom travel is not a path to love but […]
by Dr. Annita Perez Sawyer What would lead a lively, high-achieving teenager to shrivel into a dark, inaudible wraith dedicated to her own destruction? How would she survive? How might healing happen? Dr. Annita Sawyer’s memoir is a harrowing, heroic, and redeeming story of her battle with mental illness, and her triumph in overcoming it. In […]