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    The book consists of rapier-like literary thrusts into the lives of General George Armstrong Custer, Thomas Andrews (the builder of the Titanic), and Edward Grey (British Foreign Secretary before World War I). However spectacular their failures, it's generally agreed that these men (or, in the case of Edward Grey, the men around them) could have avoided disaster except for arrogance - a flaw that has long characterized the imperial ambition of leaders from both countries.

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    From MAKING SCHOOLS SAFE, an independent report on the Horace Mann Sex Scandal and on Sex Abuse in Private Schools in general:

    "One headmaster [at Horace Mann High School] said there were no records of known reports [of teachers molesting students], not seeming to grasp that the lack of written reports is itself an indictment, since we know that students complained to school authorities. In other words, the administrators who should have recorded all complaints instead dismissed them. 'There are no documents that an investigation would turn up,' [we were told]. Knowledge and awareness, however, are not so easily lost, along with the obligation to act and speak out."

    Now that the scope of abuse has been revealed to include 62 victims of 22 abusers over decades, it’s beyond incredible that Horace Mann would have no record of the largest concentration of child sexual abuse ever in one school -- particularly one of the most prestigious private prep schools in America. Concerned alumni who gathered to understand what happened have learned as well of more than 25 reports of abuse the school received and buried over thirty years.

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    A dark and edgy look at lives in crisis, striving for peace of mind. Prose that attains the heights of poetry. Visit www.lisateasley.com for a complete list of reviews and critical acclaim.

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    This book bleeds the passions of youth, racked with doubt amid blazing aspirations, words thrown to the wind, women in water, grabbing him by the roots of poetry... This is an offering, a sign, brilliantly naïve yet profound.
    — Billy Hayes
    Author of Midnight Express and The Midnight Express Letters from a Turkish Prison
    A testimony to the vitality of the poetic spirit for poets of any age or Age, and a tribute to this particular poet’s intense energy and vision . . .
    — Lee Slonimsky
    Author of Wandering Electron

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    This work of narrative nonfiction traces Patience Gromes, an African-American woman whose grandfather escaped from slavery, and others of her generation in the century from the Civil War to the War on Poverty.

    After the Civil War, Patience Gromes and other striving African-Americans of her generation left the country and came to the city. They married, took jobs, purchased houses, raised families. They pursued the program of hard work and thrift that their parents and grandparents had perfected in the country after the Civil War. Patience Gromes and her peers brought the project that three generations of African-Americans had been pursuing to a triumphant conclusion in the Civil Rights Movement.

     

    Then came a complex new world that rewarded a person's ability to wheel and deal in the city world, a world that rewarded bootleggers and gamblers and those who knew how to maneuver in a realm dominated by whites. Those who merely knew how to work, save, rear their children, build churches, schools, social clubs - those who merely knew how to lead good lives found themselves cut adrift. In this new modern world, Patience Gromes could scarcely survive.

    "Without seeming to try, The World of Patience Gromes contributes as much to our understanding of the modern black inner-city a any book written in this decade."
                - The Wall Street Journal

    "Scott C. Davis is a gifted writer."
                - Horton Foote

    *** Winner of the Washington State Governor's Award.

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    Stephen Fife’s powerful lens pinpoints daily drama and delusion in our Twenty-first Century mysterium.
    —Jean-Claude van Itallie, author of America Hurrah and The Serpent

    Stephen Fife’s poems crystallize those moments when one is walking through a great city—almost always New York—taking in faces, storefronts, the great bridges and skyscrapers, and the most minute details of everyday life. There are portraits and still-lifes, glancing observations and extended meditations—a vast web of human interactions that enable us to enter this world, with pathos and understanding, as both participants and observers.
    —Nicholas Christopher

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    Inside Syria - A Physician’s Memoir is a street level view of Syria from 1965 that is far more nuanced than most reports in the US media. Tarif Bakdash, MD, was born and raised in Syria. He went to school with Bashar al-Assad, worked with Bashar’s wife Asma, butted heads with Ba’ath Party bureaucrats, lost friends to anti-Islamic purges.

    Tarif Bakdash shows us history from the inside­—in the life of a child, a student—a young man struggling to create a life for himself. And then he shows it to us again, in the eyes of a middle-aged MD who, after many years in the US, returns to the city of his birth as an impatient American intent on reforming the Syrian system from within.

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    Talented new American writers present true stories about love, work, and life. Guest essays by the late Horton Foote, Vaclav Havel, and Arun Gandhi.

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    A true backstage story! A playwright's view of the world, from the floor to the rafters. Featuring cameos by Groucho Marx, Dustin Hoffman, mom, dad, Goldie Hawn's psychic, and the Jews of Atlanta.

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    From Anne Hutchinson to Marcel Proust, from Franz Kafka to Camille Claudel, Beth Bentley's poems range the geographies of our culture.

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    Thirteen poems that "wrestle with the 'big things' . . . love, death, birth, war. Sean Bentley is the son of Nelson Bentley, the famed poet and revered teacher of poetry at the University of Washington in Seattle. The acclaimed poet, Beth Bentley (see "Little Fires" from Cune Press) is Sean's mother. Sean spent what should have been his dissolute and rebellious teenage years attending evening poetry workshops with his father. Later, in his 20s, Sean's delayed rebellious impulses emerged as he and some questionable friends started a raucous rock 'n roll band. Grace & Desolation channels the rebellion of Bentley's rock 'n roll inside the teenager's carefully honed craft. These poems were written from what was then the safe vantage point of the US as we, as a nation, slumbered in the aftermath of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the First Gulf War that followed in 1991. Most of Bentley's poems are about the quiet personal dramas of ordinary life, local visits to overgrown bunkers from WWII, traveling in Italy, remembering the holocaust. A single poem recalls the Gulf War, just a few lines. Yet they have colored my memory of Bentley's book and made me think of the way that far removed foreign events are not really foreign, and not far removed.

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    In the 1960s ago Tom Wolfe and John McPhee ushered in the era of New Journalism with reportage that had the color and drama of fiction. In Lost Arrow, a younger writer builds on their achievements and pushes the genre in a new direction. Rather than examining his subjects from the outside, Scott C. Davis reports from within - he really is a mountain climber, for example, and has worked as a carpenter for many years. Davis is engaged - a position that yields special insight and also allows him to turn the reportorial lense back on a skeptical society. Some of the stories in Lost Arrow are gripping, others are sweet. Several first appeared in the Christian Science Monitor's Home Forum - the last literary general store left from a simpler America where "reminds-me-when" stories provided insightful, sometimes withering, commentary. 

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    A friendly, helpful, and sometimes humorous conversation that demystifies Arab, Arab-American, and Muslim cultures.

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An expansive America, pushing forward the boundaries of human knowledge, facing the challenges of the future with clear-eyed realism, nurturing the skill and talent of its own people as it celebrates the contributions of world citizens, upholding the highest ideals developed in the last six millenniums of human existence . . . this is my country.

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