The Adventures of Form and Content
Essays by Albert Goldbarth
January 3, 2017
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Wichita, Kansas-based poet Albert Goldbarth’s first book of essays in a decade, The Adventures of Form and Content is about the mysteries of dualities, the selves we all carry inside, the multiverses that we are.
“[Albert Goldbarth is] a dazzling virtuoso who can break your heart” -- Joyce Carol Oates)
“Goldbarth belongs by rights to the company of America’s premiere literary essayists, somewhere between Annie Dillard and David Foster Wallace.” -- Publishers Weekly
“Goldbarth is indeed addressing some of the greatest topics there are, and he handles them splendidly . . . with humor, intelligence, and grace.” -- William Ferguson, The New York Times Book Review
This collection takes its shape from the ACE Doubles format of the 1950s: turn this book one way, and read about the checkered history of those sci-fi and pulp fictions, or about the erotic poetry of Catullus and the gravelly songs of Springsteen, or about the high gods and the low-down blues, a city of the holy and of the sinful; turn this book the other way, and read about prehistoric cave artists and NASA astronauts, or about illness and health, or about the discovery of planets and the discovery of oneself inside an essay, or about soul ships and space ships, the dead and the living; or turn the book any way you want, and this book becomes an adventure of author and reader, form and content.
Goldbarth’s essays have pioneered and inspired new forms of nonfiction writing for thirty years. Robert Atwan, the series editor for The Best American Essays, praises his work by stating, “These essays are a whole new breed . . . Goldbarth has spliced strands of the old genre with a powerful new genre—and the results are miraculous.” The Adventures of Form and Content is a new, ingenious work of hilarity and humanity that reminds us of the capabilities and impossibilities of art.
Albert Goldbarth has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He is the author of five previous collections of essays, including Many Circles: New and Selected Essays. He attended the University of Iowa's Writers Workshoip and now lives in Wichita, Kansas.
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World, Chase Me Down
A Novel by Andrew Hilleman
January 24, 2017
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A rousing, suspenseful debut novel--True Grit meets Catch Me If You Can—based on the forgotten true story of a Robin Hood of the American frontier who pulls off the first successful kidnapping for ransom in U.S. history.
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“A rollicking great read that careens between funny and poignant, intimate and epic, action-packed and romantic. And like the best historical fiction, its themes are as contemporary as breaking news.” -- Michael Punke, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Revenant
“I envy you, reader, because you’re in for at least two treats. First, World, Chase Me Down is a rollicking, elegiac page-turner that depicts a time and place I’ve not seen before in fiction and that stars a one-of-a-kind antihero you’ll keep thinking about days and weeks later. Second, you get to be among the first to experience the debut of a great new talent in Andrew Hilleman. So: Buy and enjoy this novel right now.” -- Kurt Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Turn of the Century and Heyday
Resurrecting a forgotten American folk hero who captivated the nation as an outlaw for economic justice, World, Chase Me Down is a debut novel of adrenaline-fueled, page-turning suspense based on the first great crime of the last century: the revenge kidnapping by out-of-work former butcher Pat Crowe of the sixteen-year-old son of Omaha’s wealthiest meatpacking tycoon—the man who forced him out of business—for a ransom of $25,000 in gold. What follows is a manhunt that was dubbed “the thrill of the nation,” as Crowe burgles, safe-cracks, and bond-jumps his way from Omaha to Butte, Montana; Columbia, Missouri; Nogales, Arizona; New York City; London; Durban, South Africa; Philadelphia; and ultimately back to Omaha, where he turns himself in, reunites with the woman he never stopped loving, and rallies public sentiment behind him in a triumphant circus trial.
Once the most wanted man in America, Pat Crowe is beset by vices yet unyielding in his sense of right and wrong. As if channeling Mark Twain and Charles Portis, Andrew Hilleman has given us a character who is bawdy and soulful, grizzled, salty, and hard-drinking, and with a voice as unforgettable as that of Lucy Marsden in Alan Gurganus’s Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All—an anti-hero you can’t help rooting for.
Andrew Hilleman was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1982. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in English at Creighton University, in Omaha, and his M.F.A. in fiction from Northern Michigan University. He has been published by The Fiddlehead and was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award. A fiction editor at The Editorial Department, based in Tucson, Arizona, he lives in Omaha with his wife and their daughter.
Godbye to the Dead
A Mystery Novel by Brian Freeman
February 7, 2017
Detective Jonathan Stride's past and present collide in this gripping, emotional thriller that throws into question many of the stoic investigator's personal and professional decisions.
"A twist-filled psychological suspense novel exploring the nature of good, evil, duplicity, obsession, love and the power of past decisions."
"Goodbye to the Dead delivers page-turning surprises and action . . . another winner from an author who, 10 years later, just keeps getting better and just keeps mastering and perfecting the art of the psychological thriller."
"Deftly plotted seventh Jonathan Stride novel... Stride's heartfelt memories of [his deceased wife] and his reluctance to to fully commit to [his girlfriend], coupled with an in-depth look at the book's supporting characters, make this police procedural a standout."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Detective Jonathan Stride's first wife, Cindy, died of cancer eight years ago, but her ghost hangs over Stride's relationship with current lover, and fellow detective, Serena Dial. When Serena witnesses a brutal murder outside a Duluth bar, she stumbles onto a case with roots that go all the way back to the last year of Cindy Stride's life.
At the time, Cindy and Stride were on opposite sides of a domestic murder investigation. Gorgeous, brilliant Janine Snow--a surgeon transplanted to Duluth from Texas--was the prime suspect in the shooting death of her husband. Cindy believed her friend Janine was innocent, but Stride thought all the evidence pointed to the surgeon--even though the gun was never found. Despite Cindy's attempts to help Janine, the case led to a high-profile murder trial in which Janine was convicted and sent to prison.
During the current investigation, Serena finds a gun used in the murder of a woman connected to an organized crime syndicate--a gun that turns out to be the same weapon used to kill Janine Snow's husband. Two unrelated cases years apart suddenly have a mysterious connection. As Stride investigates the possibility that human traffickers are targeting women in the Duluth port, he begins to question whether he made a terrible mistake eight years ago by putting an innocent woman in prison. And whether he will ever be able to make peace with the memory of his beloved wife and give his heart to Serena
A native of Chicago and longtime resident of the Twin Cities, Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages and have appeared as Main Selections in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club. He is the author of The Cold Nowhere, and Spilled Blood--which was the recipient of the Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards presented by the International Thriller Writers organization. The Burying Place was a finalist for the same award. The Bone House was a finalist for Best Audiobook of the Year in Thriller/Suspense. Brian's debut thriller, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel. Freeman lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, Marcia.