Friday, September 16, 2011

Bitch’s Bedside Table

(From September B-Mail)
Our publishing intern Jyoti Roy geeks out about good publishers as much as great writing. These are her most favorite recent reads that also showcase independent/ small press publishing.
yeah. no. totally. by Lisa Wells (2011) {Perfect Day Publishing}
At first glance this title seems to be aimed solely at the short-attention span generation. This slim volume of short non-fiction pieces does offer a quick read, yet the writing is dense and poetic and packs meaning into every sentence. Born out of this generation, yeah. no. totally offers a critical lens in which to view the experiences of our times, framing it in a way that is personal yet far reaching and universal.

Little Green by Loretta Stinson (2009) {Hawthorne Books}
The backdrop to this story is 1970's Pacific Northwest drug culture. The protagonist, Janie, is a young runaway who is in a relationship with someone who is abusive and an addict. It handles dark situations with glimmers of light, strength, and hope. With an introduction by Robin Givens, a spokeswoman for the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Little Green makes no judgements, and offers us a realistic view of the complexities of love, abuse, addiction, and redemption.

Zazen by Vanessa Veselka (2011) {Red Lemonade}
Imagine the poetic parts of your life happening against the backdrop of war. Or how random explosions and global acts of self- immolation can make the mundane parts of your life become infused with meaning that is slightly out of your level of understanding. This novel is mysterious and unsettling, and eerily familiar. Veselka's dystopic first novel has gained wide recognition (read our review here) and follows one woman's search for connection in a completely disconnected society.

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