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Feature Books in CLRI March 2014

Featured Books

Title: Many in One
Author: Saligrama K. Aithal
Publisher: AuthorHousee
ISBN: 978-1-49180-388-2
Published Year: 2013
Pages: 134
Genre: Short Story

Available at Author Press
Saligrama K. Aithal is a graduate of Mysore University, Mysore, India, and Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. He has taught English language and literature to diverse groups of students at numerous places in India and the U.S. for over half a century. He first came to the U.S. in 1968 on a Fulbright scholarship to do his doctoral degree, returned to India after graduation, and took leave from his job in India as often as he visited the United States to work and attend professional conferences. After his retirement in 1998, Aithal headed back to the U.S. for permanent residence. He lives in a suburb of Washington, D.C., and works sporadically as an adjunct professor in local colleges and universities. Aithal has edited several anthologies and textbooks and has two books ready for publication: Toni Morrison, Novelist and One in Many, a sequel to Many in One.
Title: The Prophet: A journey from Misery to Bliss
Author: Zakir Hossain
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Country: USA
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1492927792
Published year: 2013
Number of pages: 72
Genre: Poetry
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A collection of original poems on human misery, love and the search for ultimate freedom... Misery-love-freedom, that is the philosophical order of the book. The last poem ‘The Prophet’ is the target point and all else is an educational journey within this very life to reach the final destination- the prophetic wisdom, the ultimate freedom. Our struggle, frustration, confusion, fear- through all these we search for the ways to be free; we try to love, we try to be loved, conditionally and unconditionally…all these experiences slowly grow us up over a period of time; through all ups and downs, someday, some of us find the ways to the ultimate freedom, the ultimate peace, the path of a prophet. These selected original poems were written over the period 1992-2013.

Title: Something Wrong With Her
Author: Cris Mazza
Publisher: Jaded Ibis Productions
Country: USA
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1937543334
Published year: 2013
Number of pages: 388
Genre: Biography & Autobiography / Literary
Something Wrong With Her is a groundbreaking “real-time” memoir by author Cris Mazza that begins with Mazza’s anorgasmia – the inability to have an orgasm.
Research suggests that at least 75% of women cannot reach orgasms through vaginal intercourse, and upwards of 15% are completely anorgasmic. The surplus of contemporary sexual memoirs would have us believe otherwise.
But Something Wrong With Her is not a book about overcoming anorgasmia. Rather, it is a poignant memoir about a girl who didn’t feel the sexual awakenings she knew she was supposed to feel, and about the boy who loved her nonetheless. Thirty years later Cris Mazza went back to find that boy, now a man, only to discover that he’d never stopped yearning for her. Worse, in an attempt to numb his feelings for her, he’d sealed himself into an abusive marriage.
Something Wrong With Her is an astonishing real-time testimony of a couple’s reconnection while — and within — the writing of this memoir, and their candid wrestling with 30-year-old memories, questions and regrets.
Title: A Map of Everything
Author: Elizabeth Earley
Publisher: Jaded Ibis Productions
Country: USA
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1937543440
Published year: 2013
Number of pages: 288
Genre: Fiction / General

Anne’s sister, a bright and lovely teenager, sustains a traumatic brain injury after a near-fatal car accident. As a result, Anne and her siblings and parents are thrown into a decades-long struggle for belonging, deliverance and redemption — with surprising results. A Map of Everything intimately explores the fragile nature of family dynamics, revealing what is salvaged, what is lost, and what is gained after a tragedy hits home.

Title: An Honest Ghost
Author: Rick Whitaker
Publisher: Jaded Ibis Productions
Country: USA
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1937543389
Published year: 2013
Number of pages: 210
Genre: Fiction / General
Inspired by the task of unpacking his library, the narrator returns to writing an autobiographical novel about the sudden appearance his son, Joe, who at age nine shows up on the narrator’s doorstep for the first time. The narrator, unnerved by the prospect of sharing his life with his extremely precocious child, is nonetheless moved by Joe’s arrival. He has to change his own life by accepting the responsibility of fatherhood, a role he shares slightly with his young English boyfriend, David. Joe’s unpredictable mother, Eleanor Sullivan, seeks her own satisfactions. The domestic scene is affected when David introduces a new friend, Roy Hardeman, a strange gay cop who dies as mysteriously as he arrived. The heart of the novel is the ghostly, persistent, unreliable qualities of literary and personal memory, and the ways in which a narrative can hold onto, recapture, and transform memory.
Published as an interactive iBook as well as a paperback and ebook, Rick Whitaker’s semi-autobiographical novel, An Honest Ghost, consists entirely of sentences appropriated from over 500 books. Whitaker limited himself to using 300 words per book (in accordance with Fair Use); never taking two sentences together; and never making any changes, even to punctuation. In the iBook version, touching a sentence brings up its original source: a book’s title, author, and page number.  The experience of acknowledging each sentence as literary artifact, combined with the imagined accretion of books that built An Honest Ghost, deftly mirrors the burgeoning nostalgia in the narrator’s voice and, fittingly, in the careful reader’s heart.
Title: Manhattan Spleen
Author: E.M. Schorb
Publisher: Aldrich Press
Country: USA
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0615922195
Published year: 2013
Number of pages: 98
Genre: Fiction / General
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Manhattan Spleen is a rich and complex smorgasbord of 57 prose poems; sustenance for mind, body and soul.  In the title of this engrossing work, E.M. Schorb tips his hat to Charles Baudelaire (Paris Spleen), the nineteenth century French poet that we credit with giving birth to the prose poem.  Yet this is truly an American work, as American as Walt Whitman.  One might say that Whitman’s lines describe Manhattan Spleen: A vast similitude interlocks all, All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns, moons, planets   All distances of place however wide, All distances of time, all inanimate forms,   All souls, all living bodies. Each poem in Manhattan Spleen probes the depth of our understanding, explores the porous barrier between our real and imagined worlds, asks us to delve beneath the surface and question the truths that we have taken for granted.

—from Knowing, by Pat Mullan
Critic, Novelist, and Poet
Title: Go To Liberty
Author: Patricia-Hilliard
Country: USA
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1491715901
Published year: 2014
Number of pages: 282
Genre: Fiction / General
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Go To Liberty is a story about a community’s effort to preserve a public park.
EVA KAUFMAN, her mom and sister volunteer to plant flowers at Liberty Park, the park behind the Statue of Liberty. As they are planting the flowers, AMANDA WALTERS, a life-long community activist, informs them that this beautiful park is in danger.  A well-meaning foundation has made a donation of land that includes its own scheme for development.  Hotels, sports arenas and parking lots will replace trees, birds and native wildflowers.  Amanda invites Eva and her family to join the Friends of Nature to defend the park.  The battle begins and raises many issues about the environment and to whom the parks belong.

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