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Adirondack

Probes deeply into Adirondack Mountain lives, both human and otherwise, bringing the area to vivid and colorful life.

Rain, Sky, Wind, Port

Poems on nature and the human condition.

Black Passports

A resource guide that uses African American memoir to address a variety of issues related to mentoring and curriculum development.

Casual Affairs

Follows the life and career of Sally Benson, acclaimed writer of New Yorker fiction and Hollywood screenplays.

Clear Skies, Deep Water

A memoir about loss, restoration, and finding home on a lake in western New York.

The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale

The Adirondack hamlet of Winslow Station is transformed by the unexpected return of its solitary prodigal child.

Bitter Greens

Food-based reflections on Italian food, American culture, and globalization.

No Longer and Not Yet

Stories of small-town life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

College Girl

The inspirational memoir of a woman who survived a brutal sexual assault and went on to become a university professor.

Ecology Is Permanent Economy

Explores the nonviolent philosophy and environmental activism of India’s Sunderlal Bahuguna.

Passionate Commitments

A story of two twentieth-century American women whose love for each other fueled their work to create an egalitarian world.

Envisioning Sociology

Examines the continuing relevance of early British sociologists Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and their associates.

Oreos and Dubonnet

A behind-the-scenes look at one of New York's most colorful and influential governors.

Mr. New York

The life and times of an instrumental figure in New York City’s recovery from the fiscal and social crises of the 1970s and 1980s, and in the general revitalization of the city over two generations.

Nature of the Beast

While searching for a missing pit bull, private investigator Easy Taylor explores the unsavory worlds of animal laboratory testing and dog fighting, uncovering bizarre genetic testing that alters the nature of beasts.

Lost Orchard

Edited by Jo Pitkin
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

A unique literary anthology with contributions from former members of Kirkland College, the last established women’s college in the United States.

Unruly Catholic Women Writers

A literary anthology exploring contemporary Catholic women’s experiences.

Going the Distance

His major league baseball dreams dashed, a former pitcher returns home to make a life or death family decision.

The Anarchist Bastard

A tribute to the Italian American family and its trying bonds of love.

Up on a Hill and Thereabouts

Childhood recollections of life in the Adirondack Mountains during the Great Depression.

Pardee Holler

Follows hapless private eye Easy Taylor as he investigates an eco-terrorist plot to stop development in the Catskill Mountains.

A Slant of Light

A collection of contemporary prose and poetry by women writers from New York’s Hudson Valley.

The Kingdom of the Kid

Recalls a childhood on Long Island as the counterculture sixties were sliding into the seventies and the Hamptons were still a middle-class sanctuary.

Becoming a Footnote

Humorous and witty recollections of the author's journey from insecure graduate student to noted activist/scholar.

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas

The deep-sea exploits of secretive Captain Nemo, embarking on the world's first global vendetta.

Around the World in 80 Days

Literature's classic race against the clock.

Life on a Rocky Farm

A folksy look at farm life in rugged Putnam Valley just as it was being transformed by industrialization and mechanization.

Freeze

Winner of the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for 2012.

Here, Everything Is Dreaming

Poems and stories that stream directly from dreams and shamanic adventures in the world-behind-the-world.

Selected Poems

In these idiosyncratic, subtly rhymed and occasionally violent lyrics, Frost runs her tongue along the edge of the knife dividing wit from rage.

Scout's Honor

By Charley Rosen
Foreword by Phil Jackson
Subjects: General Interest

A scout’s iconoclastic views of basketball, love, and American culture.

Fight All Day, March All Night

By Wayne Mahood
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

An inspiring narrative of a young Civil War soldier, as told though his letters from the battlefield.

The Gambler's Daughter

In exploring her father's own gambling addiction, the author uncovers a hidden history of gambling in the Jewish community.

The Middle of Everywhere

A young man’s quest to keep his hometown’s paper mill from closing turns into an odyssey across a rural upstate New York county.

Rumi's Holistic Humanism

Rumi’s universal approach to life is compellingly revealed in easy-to-read prose with excerpts from Rumi’s poetry.

Still in the Hamptons

More encounters with sometimes rich, sometimes famous, but always quirky residents of the Hamptons, by the editor and publishers of Dan's Papers.

Richard Varick: A Forgotten Founding Father

The life of a prominent Dutch-American patriot.

The Sphinx of the Ice Realm

The first complete English translation of Jules Verne's epic fantasy novel.

Faithful to the Task at Hand

The story of Lucy Diggs Slowe, a pioneering African American figure in sports and education

Dead Woman Hollow

Three generations of Northern Appalachian women confront poverty, violence, and isolation.

Midwestern Heart

Winner of the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for 2011.

Hiding Places

A daughter struggles to get her mother to talk about her Holocaust experiences, and tries to understand how those experiences have shaped her own life.

Grand Isle

A tragedy in early June sets off a cascade of deception for the summer people from Manhattan and the local teens on Grand Isle.

The Interpreter

A visionary journey into the crucible in which America was born, a tale of love and war and of a master shaman who folds time to seek the key to the survival of his people.

Mentors, Muses & Monsters

Thirty writers look back at the the people, events, and books that launched their literary lives.

Encounters with Witchcraft

A renowned authority on East Africa examines the effects of witchcraft beliefs on African culture, politics, and family life.

Reframing the Practice of Philosophy

Reflections by leading Latin American and African American philosophers on their identity within the field of philosophy.

Pacem in Terris

The banner of humankind blows over Pacem in Terris whenever it is open. The five stripes symbolize five subdivisions of the one human race; brown, black, red, white, yellow, unite at the top, each one ...

Song of Myself and Other Poems

Uses new poetic forms to explore various themes such as the nature of the self and our relations with nature.

Martin Benson Speaks

The robust memoirs of an unusual twentieth-century seeker and student of G. I. Gurdjieff.

Truant Pastures

By Harry C. Staley
Introduction by George Drew
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

Poems that ponder the conundrums of existence and religious faith in wartime.

Ordinary Jews

By Yehoshue Perle
Translated by Shirley Kumove
Introduction by Shirley Kumove
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

A new translation of a modern Yiddish masterpiece.

Dancing with the Queen, Marching with King

A lively and entertaining memoir of a life in public service to the city and state of New York.

The Sadness of Antonioni

An American adventure in the Antonioni vein—visually rich and emotionally mysterious.

Shrouds of White Earth

--Pointed, absorbing novel about an indigenous artist’s long journey of creativity and coming-of-awareness from White Earth Reservation to Paris

Keeping House

Food and its preparation play an integral role in this novel of a young Italian woman struggling to find her own identity in a family of strong personalities and colorful figures.

When Huai Flowers Bloom

Depicts the Cultural Revolution through stories in a variety of voices.

Shame the Devil

The remarkable and true story of the nineteenth-century novelist, journalist, and feminist Fanny Fern.

One Religion Too Many

Enlightening encounters with the world's religions from a Hindu perspective.

Pancake Hollow Primer

By Laurence Carr
Subjects: Literature

An insightful and often humorous tale of rural life and how an old house and its land can bring a broken person back to wellness.

Razor Wire Women

Collection of essays and art by scholars, artists and activists both in and out of prison that reveal the many dimensions of women’s incarcerated experiences.

Coach

Edited by Andrew Blauner
Preface by David Duchovny
Foreword by Bill Bradley
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

Twenty-five celebrated writers share the encouraging words and timeless wisdom of the coaches who influenced their lives.

Corbino

A biography of one of America’s neglected grand masters.

The End of the Folded Map

Winner of the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for 2010.

Sweet Solitude

New and selected poems on love, faith, and the African American experience.

Circular Migrations

Poetry that helps to explore the details of life.

Guilty

A searing personal record of spiritual and communal crisis, wherein the death of god announces the beginning of friendship.

PhanFood

A cookbook for—and by—fans of the rock band Phish.

Kiliaen van Rensselaer (1586-1643)

A biography of Kiliaen van Rensselaer, one of the founding directors of the Dutch West India Company and a leading figure in the establishment of the New Netherland colony

Wisdom Sings the World

Wisdom, this book argues, is found in the poetry of things.

Learning to be Human

Compilation of Stern’s columns from Chronogram in which he explores the intriguing concept of regional culture in its full meaning.

Crush Test

Poetry that sifts the possibilities of an American ethos and probes for a usable truth.

A Hellsmouth for Orpheus

To the poet's quest for immortal vision, A Hellsmouth for Orpheus offers the longing of human desire. Raw but discreet, deliberately sensual, evoking an elusive authority, this book-length poem turns ...

The Book of Nine Elixirs

sucked two small drops
of blood
& I suddenly saw
the lust of his attack
& felt its
most serious
misunderstanding
of my life.

Only the Sound Itself

Poetry that reminds us to think about the experiences that made us who we are.

Tales from the Sausage Factory

A former state legislator and a political scientist team up to show how New York's legislature was once the nation's model professional legislature, and how it might recover from its present dysfunction.

The Way I Wait for You

David McCann is the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature at Harvard University and the translator/editor of numerous volumes of Korean poetry. His own poetry has been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, ...

Diary of a Vagabond

By Song Yong
Translated by Jason Park
Introduction by Jason Park
Notes by Jason Park
Subjects: General Interest

"Song Yong's strange complex stories exhibit masterful control of language and narrative drive. They explore themes of existentialism such as existential anxiety and despair and deal with the plight of ...

The Apple in the Monkey Tree

"Mr. Murphy is a very carful craftsman in his work, a patient and testing intelligence, one of those writers who knows precisely what he wants his style to achieve. His poetry is quite but packed, carefully ...

Seeing Venice

"Venice is so much more than canals, bridges, gondolas. It is an unbroken sequence of ever-changing moods; festive; frivolous, elegiac and melancholy, forever foreign yet totally intimate. " –from Seeing ...

While I Was Dancing

This collection of poems was written between 2004 and 2009. Working with various partners Steve Clorfeine developed a form, "moving and writing," in which one person moves with eyes closed and the other ...

The Hairpin Tax

The fragmentary poems are of flight, written in the full fury of movement from a known habitat to one full of strangeness. The uncanny is their constant envoy. They enter into things at an obtuse angle ...

Rafting into the After-Life

"The 42 poems in this book were culled from a 365-poem opus titled One Year. Each poem in One Year was composed according to the following method:

I would take a day--say, January 18--and, sifting through ...

Missives

The etymology of the word "missive" according to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary comes from Middle French: lettre missive, literally translated as "a letter intended to be sent. " Missives is a book composed ...

What the Bee Knows

"The Sphinx, the Pyramids, the stone temples are, all of them, ultimately, as flimsy as London Bridge; our cities but tents set up in the cosmos. We pass. But what the bee knows, the wisdom that sustains ...

The Robe of Love

"Irresistible. A major force in the renaissance of storytelling in America. " —New York Times

"The Robe of Love takes us straight to the heart singing, glorious reminding us in story after story that ...

Charlie

Abraham Burickson's chapbook Charlie is an exploration of what it means to find oneself living without an instruction manual in a world filled with strangers. The poems follow Charlie and Sal, two very ...

Shorewards Tidewards

Full Moon Tide

I want to stop listening.

I'm tired
of making sense, of having to listen, of taking
the ocean in day after day, of holding on
to its labor; you have to let go--and it blanks out lost
to ...

Enneagrammatic Improvisations

The poems in this volume are experimental in nature. They came out of a study of the enneagram—a symbol best described in P. D. Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous. While looking for a way to experience ...

Blue Cliff Record

By David Rothenberg
Foreword by Sam Hamill
Subjects: General Interest

"Revisiting these 100 classic case studies, Rothenberg enlivens the process, and if he returns one to translations from the original, if his practice deepens another's practice, so much the better. " ...

Field Road Sky

Praise for Steve Clorfeine's work:

"I found myself carried by his words. ..often an unremarkable or extravagantly beautiful list of things and events was made brilliant by the attention paid to their existence. ...

Gas Light

"A Short Piece"

It must be that the azaleas
Bloom at dawn
And fall at dusk.

Over the low pine grove
Behind the rocks in Samchung Dong
They droop
Whenever the clouds pass.

All through April
Unnoticed by ...

Tilting Gravity

"Winner of the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for 2009," Elizabeth Rees's Tilting Gravity shimmers like moonlight on tidewater, illuminating the ebb and flow of brokenness and recovery with rippling imagination ...

Hurricane Hymn and Other Poems

Poetry cannot perform search and rescues.
Words are not water or food or shelter.
Grief cannot put a roof over storm-refugees.
Compassion's not a substitute for action.
Come in from the wind, let ...

Riverine

Edited by Laurence Carr
Subjects: General Interest

Riverine is a contemporary anthology of memoir, short fiction, and poetry by over seventy Hudson Valley writers.

The memoirs reflect Hudson Valley life along with life outside the U. S. Intriguing short ...

Feral Idylls

With each poem in this series, Bauman explores the life of an animal native to the Catskill region, delving into their secret suffering, fear, and determination. Through their daily struggles, he reveals ...

WaterWrites

This anthology of contemporary poetry and memoir celebrates the Hudson River and its environs in all of its breadth and depth. It brings together sixty Hudson Valley writers who explore what it means ...