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 On Being the Being
David Sutherland

Why do we exist, what are we and why does it matter? As creatures of logic and reason it seems unreasonable to say that every thought, desire and event in the entire universe has a direct association with the individual. This physical manifestation called you, whether fathomable in its entirety or not is who you are! A negative reaction to the statement that you have created everything in your world; body, mind, personality, dreams and shortcomings exemplifies the fact that you see your conscious mind as a sole power broker. Ironically, whether you believe you have self-created this individual called you or not, you would be right in both cases. You the conscious thinker or ego has not, but the larger ‘you’ the intuitive mind within has.

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 Bird on My Wall
Lynda Marcum

A fascinating compendium of stories, essays, thoughts and poetry from one woman's life. The daughter of a Pan Am pilot, she grew up overseas, spending time in Turkey and attending school at Châtelard in Les Avants, Switzerland, before moving on to Elmira College. Her recollections are illuminating, often poignant, and always interesting. A book the reader will come back to time and again.

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Dancing at the Gold Monkey
Allan Learst

A young naval officer crashes his fighter jet in the South China Sea, forever changing the lives of the five soldiers who find his body. They move through gritty post-Vietnam Detroit with the women they love in this linked collection of psychological drama, sexual escapades, and latent violence tinged with compassion, grief, and love, arriving finally at the death of one man’s son in Iraq.

"Time jumps in this accomplished story cycle, as does the boundary betwixt reality and dream, memory and imagination. . . . And war, as it will, soaks all. Learst writes with the special visceral authority of combat seen and visions earned. Vital, necessary reading."
—Donald Anderson, author of Fire Road

"The destruction of the human spirit at the hands of an experience that is as emotionally pyrotechnic and morally absurd as the behavior of [Learst's] characters."
—Gordon Weaver, author of Count a Lonely Cadence

Available 10/16/12
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Travels with Louis
Mick Carlon

An American Bookseller's Association
ABC Best Books for Kids

The warm-hearted story of Louis Armstrong and 12-year-old Fred, who learns about jazz—and life—from the great musician himself.

"When Louis was home in Queens, neighborhood kids would gather around as he brought them into jazz. His music still vibrantly lives around the world, and his spirit of humaneness lives in Travels with Louis by Mick Carlon, teacher of jazz to the young of all ages."
—Nat Hentoff"

Thanks to his friendship with the great Louis Armstrong, twelve-year old Fred sees his world expand from ice cream and baseball in Queens to jazz at the Village Vanguard, a civil rights sit-in in Nashville, and ecstatic concerts in London and Paris. A wonderful story, which rings true on many levels."
—Michael Cogswell, director, Louis Armstrong House Museum

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No One's Son byNo One's Son
a memoir by Tewodros Fekadu

Born in the midst of the Ethiopian–Eritrean Civil War, Tewodros "Teddy" Fekadu survives abandonment and famine as his family flings him unwanted across borders and regions, into orphanages, and finally onto the streets of Addis Ababa. Spanning five countries and three continents, the Catholic Church, and Japanese detention centers, this is a tale of defiance and triumph, and also of family love—unacknowledged by his wealthy father, abandoned by his desperately poor mother, Teddy is nurtured along the way by staunch individuals despite his ambiguous place in rigid family tradition: his father's mother, a maternal aunt, a Catholic priest, and even his father's wife.

"An affirmation of life and the indestructibility of one man's will to make the most of it."
—Ian Wynne, author of The Pawn and Shadows by My Side, former editor of Human Rights Defender, Amnesty International

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You're Married to Her? by Ira WoodYou're Married to Her?
Ira Wood

As the anti-Vietnam War movement drew to a close, a twenty-six-year-old unknown playwright began an affair with a glamorous older woman, a feminist activist and acclaimed poet/novelist at the height of her career. What she saw in a neurotic, sexually naïve, poorly educated but very sweet guy was apparent to no one, especially him. Using a wildly self-skewering narrative voice Ira Wood re-imagines his early years with Marge Piercy in a series of chronologically linked essays, never failing to raise the question that few have failed to ask: 
You're married to Her?

With the brazen candor of Toby Young's How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and the wicked lunacy of David Sedaris, Wood tells tales of his first true love, who he told his parents were dead; his disastrous affair with a promiscuous single mother, while he was involved with Piercy; his childhood dependence on speed; and running for public office on a lark—and winning—only to find himself responsible for the government of a small town. Thirty years later he's still married to Her, confident enough to share, and laugh at, what men do when their behavior slips to the level of their self-esteem.

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Riding Duke's TrainRiding on Duke's Train
Mick Carlon

2010 Leapfrog Fiction Contest winner, children's fiction

Nine-year-old Danny stows away on a Georgia train—the train of Duke Ellington. Through Danny's eyes, we meet some of America's finest musicians as he accompanies them on their 1939 European tour, when the train was briefly held in Nazi Germany. Says Nat Hentoff, "I knew Duke Ellington for 25 years. The Ellington in this book is the man I knew."

"Duke used to say that the individual sound of a musician revealed his soul. Mick Carlon is a 'soul' storyteller." —Nat Hentoff

"A ripping good yarn that plunges the reader into the world of Duke Ellington and the Europe and America of 1939."—Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz

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How to Stop Loving Someone
Stories by Joan Connor

The author's stories explore the vagaries and vicissitudes of love and lust, of loneliness and loss. Tonally they range from the dark to the darkly comic, from the optimistic to the outright silly. Geographically they wander from Greece to Maine, from Vermont to the fictional Hobson’s Choice, somewhere near Troy, NY. The title story is a mock self-help manual on how to fall out of love; “Men in Brown” is a rollicking account of a woman infatuated with her UPS man. Wherever Connor’s characters find themselves, whether lucky or unlucky in love, whether in their teens or middle age, they cling tenaciously to the belief that the quest for love is self-validating, that love is yet possible.

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