Me and Sal Paradise by Charles Rammelkamp

Ah, youth! Charles Rammelkamp’s ME AND SAL PARADISE is a poetic tale of the hitchhiking adventures of a young man in his early twenties. It’s the early 1970s, when Jack Kerouac’s influenced America’s youth with his romantic tales of cross-country adventures by car. One sequence of poems illuminates a 1971 hitchhiking adventure from the Midwest to Montreal and back, a pair of friends crossing Canada and New York state. Another sequence relates the solo adventures the following summer, also originating in the Midwest, of the author who this time heads to San Francisco, where his twin brother is living in the famed Haight-Asbury district. Through these journeys, we contemplate with the narrator the meanings of youth, friendship, and inevitably personal destiny.

Author: Charles Rammelkamp

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Insomniacs, We by J. Andrew Schrecker

Insomniacs compose grocery lists and manifestos, a phoenix lies charred in its own ashes, and shadows hide in corners, afraid of themselves. In this decade-spanning volume of poetry, J. Andrew Schrecker blends surrealism, observation, and personal confession to paint a portrait of heartache and longing in recession-torn America.

Author: J. Andrew Schrecker

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (The Reader’s Library Book 8) by Edgar Allan Poe

A complete collection of the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was born on January 19th in Boston, Massachusetts in 1809, and died in his adopted home of Baltimore, Maryland on October 7th, 1849, making him the first American writer in this series.The critical estimation of Poe’s work has increased dramatically over the course of my lifetime, which has been satisfying to observe, as he was for me—as I believe for so many lovers of literature—an early favorite, particularly because of his verse, which is rich with sonic texture and gothic subject matter: insanity, darkness, ghosts, death, etc. It is also quite manageable to read in its entirety at 75 poems depending on how many of those of questionable authorship or in various stages of completion one is willing to include in the official oeuvre. (In fact, it has been some time since I’ve heard the old familiar slight that his popularity in France during the 19th century was perhaps due to his writing gaining something of substance from Charles Baudelaire’s translations.) While perhaps not quite as dramatically prescient in new utterance, form or philosophical depth as Walt Whitman or Emily Dickinson, he certainly was as wise an observer of human nature, and equally brilliant at capturing the psychological nuances of passionate feeling and the frustrating process of understanding human experience. He also had an exquisite ear for language which has made his poems some of the most enjoyable to memorize and recite of all those in English-language verse: “The Raven” and “Annabelle Lee” immediately spring to mind, as does “The Bells,” once beautifully put to music by the American folk singer, Phil Ochs, to offer an example of the breadth of Poe’s influence and the joy with which generations of readers embrace his poems. And to be sure, beyond the varying critical estimation of his output, there is no questioning his popularity. How many 19th century writers get such unique accolades as the naming of a professional sport franchise’s mascot, or their very own bobble head, after all? And in that spirit I am delighted to offer these 75 selections as an official offering of his full poetic output for your personal assessment and, I am confidant, enjoyment.

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Dr. Danny Tilson Novels Box Set: Books 1-4: The Dr. Danny Tilson Series by Barbara Ebel

From USA Today Bestselling Author, Barbara Ebel!The Dr. Danny Tilson novels have been acclaimed as “engaging and exciting” (Manhattan Book Review) and as “medical mystery or thriller writing at its best” (Midwest Book Review). There’s no doubt that Dr. Danny is a gritty main character who leads a pack of diverse characters in the series, from the loveable family dog Dakota to the villainess that threatens all that Danny holds dear. Now with all four books in a convenient Box Set, “it is (now even more) refreshing to read novels by a physician who treats medical matters in the storyline with credibility” (The Louisville Medicine Magazine). Barbara Ebel is an Amazon bestselling, award-winning author whose “background in medicine clearly shines through” (Manhattan Book Review). OPERATION NEUROSURGEONA tense neurosurgery case turns into a pivotal encounter… and Dr. Danny’s life will never be the same again. Book One begins the medical and personal adventures of this esteemed Tennessee neurosurgeon. SILENT FEAR: A MEDICAL MYSTERY In this fast-paced, scary medical thriller, Danny Tilson confronts a strange meningitis which sweeps the nation at breakneck speed. COLLATERAL CIRCULATION: A Medical Mystery Why is human intelligence soaring in Dr. Danny’s neurosurgical patients? Danny searches for answers as the ramifications to humankind could be staggering!SECONDARY IMPACT When a college basketball player goes down and suffers a head injury, it becomes personal for neurosurgeon Dr. Danny Tilson. He wonders … is existing medical treatment for head injuries good enough, or will his daughter’s boyfriend never fully recover? “4 1/2 Stars out of 5 – Secondary Impact is a fantastic novel.” — San Francisco Book ReviewScroll Up and Grab Your Box Set Today!

Author: Barbara Ebel

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Bad Guys by Paul Hostovsky

Who are the bad guys, anyway? Which one is the good fight, anyway? In Paul Hostovsky’s eighth book of poetry, The Bad Guys, there are poems about suicide bombers and high school bullies, capricious exes and ecstatic bums, fastidious drug-dealers and contemplative alcoholics, evil stenches and spiritual moms; poems about the Republicans, the mega-hospitals, the brusque and bearded anesthesiologists, and the lady who gave out pencils on Halloween. Plus a host of other unlikely, often likable, always loveable, candidates. These poems are by turns funny and poignant, formal and free verse—a villanelle here, a pantoum there, and lots of loosey-goosey sonnets peppered throughout. Of Hostovsky’s poetry Thomas Lux has said: “Hostovsky’s poems strike me as kinds of non-religious prayers—of joy, of grief, of praise, of pain…but mostly prayers as a form of gratitude, a kind of thank you, thank you, Life!”

Author: Paul Hostovsky

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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