Two one-act plays directed by Robert Altman in Los Angeles and Off-Broadway in New York City in 1981, and later filmed by Altman for ABC Arts cable television, and now revised by the playwright for this edition. Both plays dig under the myths covering American life and give voice to the perpetrators and victims of violence. In "Precious Blood," a man and a woman, both haunted by the memories and ghosts of a middle class, mid-western family, tell their conflicting stories in entangled monologues and exhume the history of rape and murder that left them each irrevocably changed. In "Rattlesnake in a Cooler" a young doctor leaves his practice and his wife to follow his childhood dream to be a rodeo cowboy. As he tells his story, he relives ill-fated quest for adventure that brought him face to face with the desperation, darkness and death on the frayed edges of the American west. In Trade Paper and Kindle.
A powerful, unflinching and wryly funny mental health memoir that digs into the frightening importance of family and the sometimes terrifying power of love. In stories written over eight years of financial stress, two deaths, and one five thousand mile move, Frank goes toe to toe with his "mental hell tornado of overthinking, confusion, and boundless fear, and at least be of some use to my wife, my two ADHD kids or anyone I loved before everything I cared about was blown away." But that means getting out of his own head long enough to care about others and learn how to help. For an ADHD, hypomanic, alcoholic, that's a challenge. "Think about it. If every day of your life you wake up already engulfed in a roaring flood of urgent but completely confused and unrelated information hitting you non-stop, all at once, all the time, then the crushing cascade of conflicts and needs of career, creativity, parenting, loss and grief in a family crisis or any other calamity shouldn't be overwhelming, it should feel like old home week. If only."
This multi-award winning memoir by Frank South is available in Trade Paper and Kindle.
Fourteen-year-old Rafe Rabellius really gets into books. Like, literally. And sometimes he can't get out. After being dragged cross-country by his research scientists parents all his life—Greenfort High will be his seventh school when Rafe starts in the fall—there's hope. If Rafe will agree to share his new home with a so-called extended family he's never even heard of (what kind of name is Genrés anyway?), they'll stay put for four whole years. Cool, right?
Is a wooden staff shoved under your throat by a short, fully robed and hooded man with caterpillar eyebrows named Whic the Druid Warrior cool? Is it cool to find yourself suddenly in a stagecoach under attack by pseudo-Indians? What about unwittingly rescuing a robot princess from the 29th century who has auto-growing hair with LED glowing tips? Is that cool? Well, yeah. Rafe thinks that's pretty cool. But he's afraid he's not. Struggling to define himself, Rafe is drawn into an urgent battle to save his newfound home and its collection of different genre characters: fantasy, hard-boiled noir, romance, western and more. As Rafe is bounced from book to book, his attempts to help soon backfire and the conflict expands to threaten their varied story worlds as well as his own very real one. Unless Rafe can conquer his lifelong timidity and use his just-discovered abilities to find his own story, it's The End for them all.
This genre-busting, hilarious and exciting Young Adult adventure novel by Joseph Lowery. is available in paperback and Kindle.
When Eddie Akamai fails the third grade reading test, he, his little sister, and his best friend sail away to an enchanted island where all the creatures know how to read and write. But there's trouble even on an enchanted isle. Dark forces of ignorance and apathy are on the verge of overrunning Aloha Island and the magic creatures are defenseless without the help of the three visiting kids in the battle ahead. Parents can read this exciting and funny adventure chapter book aloud to introduce phonics, whole language, and a love of reading. Highly recommended for challenged readers.
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