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Forthcoming Books

A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape: Meditations on Ruin and Redemption

Matt Donovan (author)

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Paperback release: Apr 2016

The title cloud of Matt Donovan’s A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape refers to the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD that buried the city of Pompeii under twenty feet of ash. It’s no surprise, then, that Donovan found the site of the sacred ruins an inspiration, using their legacy to form the beginning of this extraordinary nonfiction debut. Donovan pursues the image of the cloud throughout these fourteen...

Matt Donovan’s essays are haunted, searching, lyrical, and above all dogged in their ability to conjoin personal history with public history, whether he is investigating... — David Wojahn, author of World Tree

William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked

Paul Mariani (author)

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Paperback release: May 2016

William Carlos Williams emerged alongside Pound, Eliot, Stevens, Frost, and Yeats as one of the foremost poets of the twentieth century. Paterson, Williams's epic masterpiece, raised everyday American speech to the highest levels of poetic imagination. A finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book, William Carlos Williams is a remarkable, rich blend of art and scholarship. From a small-town...

The most laudable aspect of Paul Mariani's critical biography of William Carlos Williams is that it largely succeeds in placing him, in his biographer's words, as ''the...New York Times Book Review

Dream Song: The Life of John Berryman

Paul Mariani (author)

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Paperback release: May 2016

Dream Song is the story of John Berryman, one of the most gifted poets of a generation that included Elizabeth Bishop, Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, and Dylan Thomas. Using Berryman's unpublished letters and poetry, as well as interviews with those who knew him intimately, Paul Mariani captures Berryman's genius and the tragedy that dogged him while also illuminating one of the most provocative periods in American...

The ups and downs of Berryman's fascinating, excruciating life are beautifully retold. . . . A scrupulous, sensitive biography that is full of pity and wonder, that...USA Today

José María de Jesús Carvajal: The Life and Times of a Mexican Revolutionary

Joseph E. Chance (author)

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Paperback release: Jun 2016

Both a biography of the Mexican reformer and a study of the events that shaped the Mexican-U.S. border, José María de Jesús Carvajal examines the challenges faced by Carvajal during the turbulent decades of the early to mid-nineteenth century. Carvajal, whose career stretched from the Texas Revolution to the French Intervention, played a key role in the violent struggle between the liberal and conservative political...

José María de Jesús Carvajal is a well-written and documented biography of an extraordinary man who, like many figures, remained in the shadows of... — Pacific Historical Review

Insane Devotion: On the Writing of Gerald Stern

Mihaela Moscaliuc (editor), Gerald Stern (contributor)

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Paperback release: Jun 2016

Gerald Stern has been a significant presence in the literary constellation of his generation and an impassioned and idiosyncratic voice in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American poetry. In this retrospective of Stern's career, fourteen writers, critics, and poets examine the themes, stylistic traits, and craft of a poet who has shaped and inspired American verse for generations. The essays and interviews that...

Gerald Stern is one of those writers whose style insinuates itself into your consciousness like a catchy tune, so that you find your thoughts echoing its rhythms, bopping...Philadelphia Inquirer

Hail of Fire: A Man and His Family Face Natural Disaster

Randy Fritz (author)

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Paperback release: Jun 2016

Hail of Fire: A Man and His Family Face Natural Disaster is an intimate account of the third worst wildfire in modern U.S. history, and the most destructive in the history of Texas. It is a memoir of what happened to Randy Fritz, an artist turned politician turned public policy leader, and his family during and after the Bastrop County Complex fire in 2011. Combining a searing account of the fire as it grew to...

If you've ever loved a tree—or a person—do yourself a favor: read this book, because at its core love in all its splendor and sadness is what it’s...Jan Jarboe Russell, author of The Train To Crystal City

Classic Tex-Mex Cooking

Jim Peyton (author)

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Paperback release: Aug 2016

Tex-Mex, barbecue, and chili are important aspects of a culinary culture in Texas that has developed organically over many years of trial and error by thousands of remarkable cooks on both sides of the border. Tex-Mex cuisine, a melding of regional American and interior Mexican cooking, has become enormously popular not just in the Lone Star State but nationwide and, increasingly, throughout the world. Although...

How to cook Tex-Mex right.Texas Monthly

San Antonio Uncovered: Fun Facts and Hidden Histories

Mark Louis Rybczyk (author), Robert Rivard (foreword)

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Paperback release: Aug 2016

San Antonio is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic cities in America. The Alamo City's charm, colorful surroundings, and diverse culture combine to make it one of the most interesting places in Texas and the nation. In San Antonio Uncovered, Mark Rybczyk examines some of the city's internationally known legends and lore (including ghost stories) and takes a nostalgic look at landmarks that have disappeared....

Delayed Legacy: A Son’s Search for the Story of His Father’s Death after D-Day

Conrad John Netting IV (author)

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When the infant Conrad Netting received his late father’s Air Medal in a military ceremony in February 1945, it seemed to close the book on yet another tragedy of World War II. But what appeared to be closure was only a pause. Katherine Netting became part of the silent generation, speaking little of the deep anguish left by her husband’s death when his fighter plane crashed in Normandy four days after D-Day....

Upon reading the wartime letters of Katherine and Conrad Netting, I was thunderstruck. Theirs was a story unlike anything I had ever encountered before. . . . Nettings...Andrew Carroll, editor of War Letters

Trinity University: A Tale of Three Cities

R. Douglas Brackenridge (author)

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Since its founding in 1869 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Trinity University has been engaged in realizing the dreams of its founders to become “a University of the highest order.” R. Douglas Brackenridge, professor emeritus of religion at Trinity University, brings a wealth of scholarship and knowledge to this institutional history. Brackenridge traces Trinity’s unique heritage from its founding in Tehuacana...