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Format: Paperback
Pages: 286
ISBN: 9781636243085
Pub Date: 15 Apr 2023
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
Rescued in the Pacific after his utility tug is sunk north of Guadalcanal, a 20-day convalescent leave in Urbana, Illinois, first throws Ensign Hal Goff into a binding relationship with Bea Colombo before the war once again sends him to serve as executive officer aboard a U.S. Navy Rescue Tug, the ATR-3X, not long after the German surrender in North Africa. Aboard the 3X, serving with four other officers, the war swiftly draws the ship into the Allied invasion of Sicily and then, with the capture of Palermo, into General Patton’s drive toward Messina, the 3X fighting off air and U-boat attacks while towing stricken ships from the invasion beaches. Within weeks of capturing Sicily, Hal and his brother officers next participate in the invasion of the Italian mainland, shepherding navy ships to and from the bitter fighting for Salerno as the Allies drive toward Naples.   With the Allied advance finally stopped cold along the German Winter Line beneath Monte Cassino, Hal and his ship become part of the grueling invasion of Anzio and the seemingly endless stalemate which takes place across Anzio’s bloody beaches. There, after months of dangerous convoy duty, escorting supply ships to and from Anzio while fighting off the continual air attacks that threaten them, a trio of Focke-Wulfs finally succeed in strafing the ship, Hal’s wounds in battle sending him back to the States for recovery and honorable discharge before he reunites with the woman whose love has kept him going. Phillip Parotti’s new novel treats his readers to gripping World War II naval action in the Mediterranean Sea.
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781636242507
Pub Date: 15 Apr 2023
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
Series: Casemate Fiction
After decades of poising on the brink, the United States and China finally go to war when China invades the island of Taiwan. Deploying their most futuristic technologies in this grand strategic competition of the 21st century, the stakes could not be higher. Not only the future of the Taiwanese people but the fate of the world lies in the balance. In an era when humans no longer just use machines, but partner with them in all aspects of military operations, this fictional account views this future war through the eyes of the American, Chinese, and Taiwanese caught up in the maelstrom, revealing the heartbreak, courage, leadership, and despair of high-tech warfare played out on land, at sea, in space, and in cyberspace. White Sun War asks readers to ponder anew an essential question for the future of security in western Pacific and the entire Indo-Pacific region: is a war for Taiwan winnable?
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 148
ISBN: 9781915023100
Pub Date: 06 Apr 2023
Imprint: EnvelopeBooks
A collection of 12 short stories, mostly focused on the distinct character of life in Lagos - the commercial capital of Nigeria. In writing this book, the author says he has tried to teleport the reader to Lagos, to experience what an average Nigerian in the south of the country does to keep his or her dreams, hopes and aspirations alive. He also shows the tensions that exist between the generations, between the sexes and between different social classes and ethnicities. The book shows why every Lagosian is expected to live by the popular local saying, "Shine Your Eyes", referring to the need to keep vigilant. Two stories are dedicated to the very different plight of people living in northern Nigeria. Northern Nigerians are mostly Hausa and Muslim; those in the south are mostly Christian and Yoruba or Igbo. Lagos is a land of opportunity and Lagosians are one of the most successful people in the world by virtue of their perseverance. As the author says (in Pidgin), “I dey live and work for Lagos and I love am - as I hope say you go see.”
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781636242446
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2023
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
Phillip Parotti’s new novel chronicles the fast-paced action of a collection of American submarine chasers as they battle to reduce the German U-Boat menace in the English Channel during the last year of World War I. Lieutenant (junior grade) Ben Snow takes a commission in the United States Naval Reserve, and whips a dissolute crew into fighting shape. They then take their little submarine chaser, SC 65X, out into the English Channel to hunt for German U-boats in the midst of the worst winter in more than fifty years. Their achievements climax with the sinking of a German submarine and taking sixteen of her crew prisoner.   When the war ends on 11 November 1918, the chaser crews expect to return home, but their exposure to danger is by no means concluded. Instead, the chasers are tasked with exploding the 70,000 dangerous mines planted in the North Sea Mine Barrage. Having survived the war, will Ben and his crew survive the peace?  
The Spy from Place Saint-Sulpice Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781636241760
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2023
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
Richard “Rick” Blayne has a mission. One of the CIA’s top expert on Cambodia, who escaped the country’s fall to the Khmer Rouge and has monitored the ensuing genocide from Thailand ever since, he has been sent to Paris to further the CIA’s plan to infiltrate the Cambodian resistance to the Hanoi-controlled puppet government in Phnom Penh.   Arriving in the middle of a Parisian summer, Rick feels out of place and uncertain if he can handle the assignment. Vying factions seek to form a guerrilla force. As he establishes contact with old Cambodian friends on both sides trying to control the resistance, he is drawn into an operation to recruit a Russian diplomat serving in Paris.   With the help of a Thai fashion designer serving as an access agent, Rick, under the guidance of Sasha – a seasoned CIA Soviet “head hunter” and deputy chief of Paris station – moves the operation forward at a time of great upheaval and change for the Soviet Union.
Essentials of Chinese Humanism Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 285
ISBN: 9781626430914
Pub Date: 10 Mar 2023
Imprint: Bridge 21 Publications
Professor Xu Xiaoyue, a top-notch scholar specializing in ancient Chinese philosophies and religions, displays essential constituents of Chinese humanism before readers. According to him, key concepts such as Confucian ten virtues, Daoist Way and Buddhist metaphysical voidness play quite a significant role in shaping the Chinese humanism, which not only is historically indispensable to the creation of traditional Chinese culture but it also realistically matters to present-day China’s cultural reconstruction in the world that is being remolded by the roots.
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 412
ISBN: 9781915023094
Pub Date: 09 Mar 2023
Imprint: EnvelopeBooks
The Kassims are a traditional Indian Muslim family, living in Southern Rhodesia in the 1950s and 60s, where they enjoy a wealth of new opportunities but are held down by white racism and are torn apart by their own changing values.     Kulsum wants her daughters to have an education that will expand their horizons; Razaak fears that education will make the girls unmarriageable within the Khumbar caste. Feeling sidelined by Kulsum’s modernity and her other achievements, Razaak defers to his father and sends their daughters to a less sophisticated branch of the family over 1000 miles away in rural Uganda. How should Kulsum respond? In this affectionate picture of a little-documented African cultural milieu, first-time author Fatima Kara digs into her own memories of life as a Gujarati in Bulawayo, conjuring up the brilliant colours, mouth-watering foods and exotic plant life of a region she remains devoted to and wants us to love as she does. The Train House on Lobengula Street is Part One of an entrancing two-part story.
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Format: Hardback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780813196978
Pub Date: 07 Mar 2023
Imprint: University Press of Kentucky
Series: University Press of Kentucky New Poetry & Prose Series
"Even in death, who has ownership over Black women's bodies?"   Questions like this sit between the lines of this stunning collection of stories that engage the nuance of African women's histories. Their history is not just one thing, there is heartbreak and pain, and joy, and flying and magic, so much magic. An avenging spirit takes on the patriarchy from beyond the grave.   An immigrant woman undergoes a naturalization ceremony in an imagined American state that demands that immigrants pay a toll of the thing they love the most to be allowed to stay. A first-generation Zimbabwean-American woman haunted by generational trauma is willing to pay the ultimate price to take her pain away - giving up her memories. A neighborhood gossip wakes up to find that houses are mysteriously vanishing in the night. A shapeshifting freedom fighter leaves a legacy of resistance to her granddaughter.   In Drinking from Graveyard Wells, Yvette Lisa Ndlovu assembles a collection of poignantly reflective stories that ventilate the voices of African women charting a Black history across oceans between southern Africa and America. Ndlovu's stories play with genres ranging from softly surreal to deeply fantastical. Each narrative is wrapped in the literary eloquence and tradition of southern African mythology, in a way that transports readers into the lives of African women who have fought across time and space to be seen.   Drawing on her own experiences as a Zimbabwean whose early life was spent under the Mugabe dictatorship, Ndlovu's stories are grounded in truth and empathy. Ndlovu boldly offers up alternative interpretations of a past and a present that speculates into the everyday lives of a people disregarded. Her words explore the erasure of African women - while highlighting their beauty potential and limitless possibility. Immersed in worlds both fantastical and familiar, readers find themselves walking alongside these women, grieving their pain, and celebrating their joy, all against the textured backdrop of African histories, languages, and cultures.
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781950564323
Pub Date: 07 Mar 2023
Imprint: University Press of Kentucky
Nineteen-year-old Cowney Sequoyah yearns to escape his hometown of Cherokee, North Carolina, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. When a summer job at Asheville's luxurious Grove Park Inn and Resort brings him one step closer to escaping the hills that both cradle and suffocate him, he sees it as an opportunity. The experience introduces him to the beautiful and enigmatic Essie Stamper—a young Cherokee woman who is also working at the inn and dreaming of a better life.   With World War II raging in Europe, the resort is the temporary home of Axis diplomats and their families, who are being held as prisoners of war. A secret room becomes a place where Cowney and Essie can escape the white world of the inn and imagine their futures free of the shadows of their families' pasts. Outside of this refuge, however, racism and prejudice are never far behind, and when the daughter of one of the residents goes missing, Cowney finds himself accused of abduction and murder.   Even As We Breathe invokes the elements of bone, blood, and flesh as Cowney navigates difficult social, cultural, and ethnic divides. Betrayed by the friends he trusted, he begins to unearth deeper mysteries as he works to prove his innocence and clear his name. This richly written debut novel explores the immutable nature of the human spirit and the idea that physical existence, with all its strife and injustice, will not be humanity's lasting legacy.
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Format: 
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780819500250
Pub Date: 07 Mar 2023
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780819500304
Pub Date: 07 Mar 2023
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Lost in the woods with a horse, a mouse, and the ghost of a dead bird, you will discover if you're meant to live.   In Sarah Blake's epic poem of survival, we follow a nameless main character lost in the woods. There, they discover the world anew, negotiating their place among the trees and the rain and the animals. Something brought them to the woods that nearly killed them, and they're not sure they want to live through this experience either. But the world surprises them again and again with beauty and intrigue. They come to meet a pregnant horse, a curious mouse, and a dead bird, who is set on haunting them all. Blake examines what makes us human when removed from the human world, what identity means where it is a useless thing, and how loss shapes us. In a stunning setting and with ominous dreams, In Springtime will take you into a magical world without using any magic at all—just the strangeness of the woods.   7.   If only the night held one dream instead of many.   In the next dream you dig up the bird.   In the next dream you dig in the same place and find a gun. You've shot someone. You weren't supposed to return to this place where you hid the gun.   You're an idiot in your dream.   In the next dream the horse returns. The horse startles you awake. But you are still asleep. Dreams are some wicked things.   In the next dream you are in a desert. That's different.   You forget what grass is. What it smells like. What the shadows of trees look like across your legs.   You laugh your head off at the sight of a cactus.   In the next dream you can see the spirit of the bird that will haunt you for weeks. Her tongue makes you think all of her words will come out garbled.   Then you remember all she does is sing.
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Format: 
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9780819500236
Pub Date: 07 Mar 2023
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9780819500458
Pub Date: 07 Mar 2023
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Evie Shockley's new poems invite us to dream - and work - toward a more capacious "we"   In her new poetry collection, Evie Shockley mobilizes visual art, sound, and multilayered language to chart routes towards openings for the collective dreaming of a more capacious "we." How do we navigate between the urgency of our own becoming and the imperative insight that whoever we are, we are in relation to each other? Beginning with the visionary art of Black women like Alison Saar and Alma Thomas, Shockley's poems draw and forge a widening constellation of connections that help make visible the interdependence of everyone and everything on Earth.   perched   i am black, comely, a girl on the cusp of desire. my dangling toes take the rest the rest of my body refuses. spine upright, my pose proposes anticipation. i poise in copper-colored tension, intent on manifesting my soul in the discouraging world.   under the rough eyes of others, i stiffen.   if i must be hard, it will be as a tree, alive with change. inside me, a love of beauty rises like sap, sprouts from my scalp and stretches forth. i send out my song, an aria blue and feathered, and grow toward it, choirs bare, but soon to bud. i am black and becoming.   - after Alison Saar's Blue Bird
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Format: 
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780819500380
Pub Date: 07 Mar 2023
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780819500397
Pub Date: 07 Mar 2023
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Shakespeare's 154 sonnets anagrammed into wildly new poems about queer desire and kink.   The Wild Hunt Divinations: A Grimoire is a stunning second collection from National Poetry Series winner, Trevor Ketner. Comprised of 154 sonnets, each anagrammed line-by-line from Shakespeare's sonnets, the book refracts these lines through the thematic lens of transness, queer desire, kink, and British paganism. The sonnets come together to form a grimoire that casts a trancelike and intense spell on the reader. Centered on love and desire in the English canon, this collection speaks to the ever-emerging and beautiful manifestations of queer love and desire. Relentless, excessive, wild, and tender, The Wild Hunt Divinations: A Grimoire sets itself to chanting from beginning to end.   When forty winters shall beseige thy brow, gowns web (herb hysteria)—let's thin flowery then—gaudy bicep—insistent herd—leaf dyed to holy doorway—hunt syrups—doze—given that i swallow debt, let me whorl—feed lard / ale / ill breath—they get eye winks—husband, of thudhurt, eyeray, saltwar—sheets yell, tan—nude hyphen—i knot woe; sinewy, it sees fingernails (limp waters, a hand sea), leather sets, meshes—hewed out virus—debauchery: try a mop or a match—i hot—i lucid—i wonderflush—stiffens: exoskeleton / cum—cuddly human mass—la, sings a boyish brute in his coven—cut—yep, hood him—we want a wren duet / to be shelter, a trans thud, sob, melt—oh, welt / honeyed wife.
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780819500434
Pub Date: 07 Mar 2023
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Native puppeteers from the White Earth Reservation travel to the 1962 World's Fair.   In the summer of 1962, a group of young Native American puppeteers travel in a converted school bus from the White Earth Reservation to the Century 21 Exposition, World's Fair in Seattle, Washington. The five Natives, three young men and two young women, have endured abandonment, abuse, poverty, and find solace, humor, and courage with a mute puppeteer—a Native woman in her seventies who writes original dream songs, and creates hand puppets and ironic parleys that mock the ghosts of authority. Dummy Trout, the mute puppeteer, also figured in Native Tributes and Satie on the Seine. The troupe attends a performance of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and they create a puppet parley for Wovoka, the inspiration of the Native American Ghost Dance Religion.