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The Last Animal

by Abby Geni Counterpoint (September 16, 2013)

The Last Animal by Abby Geni is that rare literary find — a remarkable series of stories unified around one theme: people who use the interface between the human and the natural world to contend with their...

A Single Eye: A Darcy Lott Mystery

by Susan Dunlap Counterpoint (September 14, 2013)

Stuntwoman Darcy Lott can stare down any risky physical feat — until a mistake during a stunt injures Darcy's protegé. Significantly shaken and facing a crisis of confidence, Darcy calls upon her Buddhist...

Any Resemblance to Actual Persons: A Novel

by Kevin Allardice Counterpoint (September 01, 2013)

In the spirit of Motherless Brooklyn or Remains of the Day, Allardice offers up a searing and memorable debut.

When Paul McWeeney’s older sister writes a book accusing their late father of committing the gruesome...

The Train in the Night

by Nick Coleman Counterpoint (September 01, 2013)

For thirty years Nick Coleman immersed himself in music, from rock’n’roll to “pro rock,” jazz to classical, until one morning as he sat up in bed, his right ear went stone deaf. His left ear—as though...

On Migration

by Ruth Padel Counterpoint (September 01, 2013)

“Life began with migration.” In a magnificent tapestry of life on the move, Ruth Padel weaves poems and prose, science and religion, wild nature and human history, to conjure a world created and sustained...

Lola Bensky

by Lily Brett Counterpoint (September 01, 2013)

Lola Bensky is a nineteen-year-old rock journalist who irons her hair straight and asks a lot of questions. A high-school dropout, she's not sure how she got the job – but she's been sent by her Australian...

The People's Advocate

by Daniel Sheehan Counterpoint (September 01, 2013)

The People’s Advocate is the autobiography of American Constitutional Trial Attorney Daniel Sheehan. Sheehan traces his personal journey from his working-class roots through Harvard Law School and his initial...

The Guy Davenport Reader

by Guy Davenport & Erik Reece Counterpoint (July 01, 2013)

“The difference between the Parthenon and the World Trade Center, between a French wine glass and a German beer mug, between Bach and John Philip Sousa, between Sophocles and Shakespeare, between a bicycle...

The End of the Straight and Narrow: Stories

by David McGlynn Counterpoint (July 01, 2013)

This debut collection received critical acclaim and is now available for the first time in trade paper. The stories in The End of the Straight and Narrow take on the inner lives of the zealous, their passions...

Search Party: Stories of Rescue

by Valerie Trueblood Counterpoint (July 01, 2013)

In the epigraph to this volume, Penelope Fitzgerald tells us: “If a story begins with finding, it must end with searching,” and so we discover each story here to follow the arc of a search, just as each also...

Cold Mountain Poems

by Gary Snyder Counterpoint (June 11, 2013)

In 1953, Gary Snyder returned to the Bay Area and, at age 23, enrolled in graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, to study Asian languages and culture. He intensified his study of Chinese...

Castaways of the Image Planet: Movies, Show Business, Public Spectacle

by Geoffrey O'Brien Counterpoint (June 01, 2013)

One of our best cultural critics here collects sixteen years' worth of essays on film and popular culture. Topics range from the invention of cinema to contemporary F-X aesthetics, from Shakespeare on film to...

The Ice Bridge: A Novel

by D.R. Macdonald Counterpoint (May 01, 2013)

Anna Starling flees a dissolving marriage in California to save herself and her artistic career, and rents a house in the isolated landscape of Cape Breton. There, her life intersects with that of her neighbor...

The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System

by Jerry Mander Counterpoint (May 01, 2013)

In the vein of his bestseller, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, nationally recognized social critic Jerry Mander researches, discusses, and exposes the momentous and unsolvable environmental...

Between My Father and the King: New and Uncollected Stories

by Janet Frame Counterpoint (May 01, 2013)

This brand new collection of 28 short stories spans the length of Frame’s career and contains some of the best she wrote. None of these stories have been published in a collection before, and more than half...

Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland

by Sarah Moss Counterpoint (May 01, 2013)

Sarah Moss had a childhood dream of moving to Iceland, sustained by a wild summer there when she was nineteen. In 2009, she saw an advertisement for a job at the University of Iceland and applied on a whim,...

The Last Pilgrimage

by Linda Daly Counterpoint (May 01, 2013)

Linda Daly had a seemingly charmed life: her mother Nancy was married to the head of Warner Bros, and her parents were one of the most influential and prominent couples in Los Angeles. Even their divorce couldn’t...

Spiritual American Trash: Portraits from the Margins of Art and Faith

by Greg Bottoms Counterpoint (April 01, 2013)

In Spiritual American Trash, Greg Bottoms goes beyond the examination of eight “outsider artists” and inhabits the spirit of their work and stories in engaging vignettes. From the janitor who created a holy...


by Amy Sackville Counterpoint (April 01, 2013)

Following her wonderful debut, The Still Point, Sackville returns with a strangely beautiful short novel about love and sex and obsession. A literature professor marries his prize student, a woman forty years...

The Wrong Dog Dream: A True Romance

by Jane Vandenburgh Counterpoint (April 01, 2013)

The author calls this “a true romance,” saying, it’s the part of her personal history she, being superstitious, was almost afraid to write. She’d grown up accustomed to bad luck, but had – by accident...

I Told You So: Gore Vidal Talks Politics: Interviews with Jon Wiener

by Gore Vidal & Jon Wiener Counterpoint (April 01, 2013)

“I exist to say, ‘No, that isn’t the way it is,’ or ‘What you believe to be true is not true for the following reasons.’ I am a master of the obvious. I mean, if there’s a hole in the road, I will,...

Prisoner of Zion: Muslims, Mormons and Other Misadventures

by Scott Carrier Counterpoint (April 01, 2013)

Soon after the World Trade Center towers fell on 9/11, it became clear the United States would invade Afghanistan. Writer and “This American Life” radio producer Scott Carrier decided to go there too. He...

Innocence: A Novel

by Louis B. Jones Counterpoint (March 01, 2013)

A beautifully written book set in Marin County, Innocence is a philosophical novel that follows John Gegenuber, a former Episcopal priest who has given up his parish and vocation to become a real estate agent....

A Country of Marriage: Poems

by Wendell Berry Counterpoint (March 01, 2013)

First published in 1971, The Country of Marriage is Wendell Berry's fifth volume of poetry. What he calls "an expansive metaphor" is "a farmer's relationship to his land as the basic and central relation of...

One Hundred Philistine Foreskins: A Novel

by Tova Reich Counterpoint (March 01, 2013)

One Hundred Philistine Foreskins centers on the life of Temima Ba'alatOv, known also as Ima Temima, or Mother Temima, a charismatic woman rabbi of extraordinary spiritual power and learning, and an utterly original...

The Forest House: A Year's Journey Into the Landscape of Love, Loss, and Starting Over

by Joelle Fraser Counterpoint (March 01, 2013)

Following divorce, Fraser resolves to stay in the small mountain town where her son’s father lives, but it soon proves too claustrophobic. She finds relief a world away in a small house up a winding road tucked...

Notes from a Bottle Found on the Beach at Carmel: A Poem

by Evan S. Connell Counterpoint (February 01, 2013)

Praise for Notes from a Bottle Found on the Beach at Carmel

“A unique tour de force” —The New York Times Book Review

“One of the most remarkable books that I have read in a long time.” —Kenneth Rexroth...

My Father is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud

by Janna Malamud Smith Counterpoint (February 01, 2013)

Bernard Malamud was one of the most accomplished American novelists of the postwar years. From the Pulitzer Prize winner The Fixer as well as The Assistant, named one of the best "100 All-Time Novels" by Time...

The Grammarian: A Novel

by Annapurna Potluri Counterpoint (February 01, 2013)

In the fall of 1911, Alexandre Lautens, an ambitious French philologist, sweeps into a remote part of India to study the Telugu language. Hosted by a local wealthy landowner and his family, Lautens arrives at...

Animal, Mineral, Radical: Essays on Wildlife, Family, and Food

by BK Loren Counterpoint (February 01, 2013)

“Radical, before it meant a person who advocates strong political reform, meant getting to the root of things, the origin. It comes from the Latin radix, radicis,, meaning radish, a root vegetable.”—BK Loren...

Anti Lebanon: A Novel

by Carl Shuker Counterpoint (February 01, 2013)

It is Arab Spring and the fate of the Christians of the Middle East is uncertain. The many Christians of Lebanon are walking a knife-edge, their very survival in their ancestral refuge in doubt, as the Lebanese...

The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57

by John N. Maclean Counterpoint (February 01, 2013)

When a jury returns to a packed courtroom to announce its verdict in a capital murder case every noise, even a scraped chair or an opening door, resonates like a high-tension cable snap. Spectators stop rustling...

A Town of Empty Rooms

by Karen E. Bender Counterpoint (January 01, 2013)

Karen E. Bender burst on to the literary scene a decade ago with her luminous first novel, Like Normal People, which garnered remarkable acclaim.

A Town of Empty Rooms presents the story of Serena and Dan Shine,...

Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature

by Priscilla Stuckey Counterpoint (September 01, 2012)

“Dissatisfaction with nature flows throughout Western civilization, as deep as its blood, as abiding as its bones. Convinced to the marrow that something is deeply wrong with nature, . . . the Western world...

Theft: A Novel

by BK Loren Counterpoint (June 01, 2012)

Willa Robbins is a master tracker working to reintroduce the Mexican wolf, North America’s most endangered mammal, to the American Southwest. But when Colorado police recruit her to find her own brother, Zeb,...

Salt to Summit: A Vagabond Journey from Death Valley to Mount Whitney

by Daniel Arnold Counterpoint (June 01, 2012)

From the depths of Death Valley, Daniel Arnold set out to reach Mount Whitney in a way no road or trail could take him. Anything manmade or designed to make travel easy was out. With a backpack full of empty...

Elsewhere, California: A Novel

by Dana Johnson Counterpoint (June 01, 2012)

We first met Avery in two of the stories featured in Dana Johnson’s award–winning collection Break Any Woman Down. As a young girl, she and her family escape the violent streets of Los Angeles to a more gentrified...

Tracking Bodhidharma: A Journey to the Heart of Chinese Culture

by Andy Ferguson Counterpoint (April 12, 2012)

The life of Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism, has, with the passing of time, been magnified to the scale of myth, turning history into the stuff of legend. Known as the First Patriarch, Bodhidharma brought...

A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural

by Wendell Berry Counterpoint (April 12, 2012)

The title of this book is taken from an account by Thomas F. Hornbein on his travels in the Himalayas. “It seemed to me,” Horenbein wrote, “that here man lived in continuous harmony with the land, as much...

The Long-Legged House

by Wendell Berry Counterpoint (April 12, 2012)

First published in 1969 and out of print for more than twenty-five years, The Long-Legged House was Wendell Berry's first collection of essays, the inaugural work introducing many of the central issues that...

Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire

by Eric Berkowitz Counterpoint (April 12, 2012)

The “raging frenzy” of the sex drive, to use Plato’s phrase, has always defied control. However, that’s not to say that the Sumerians, Victorians, and every civilization in between and beyond have not...

The Messenger: A Novel

by Yannick Haenel & Ian Monk Counterpoint (April 01, 2012)

Jan Karski, a young Polish diplomat turned cavalry officer, joined the Polish underground movement after escaping from a Soviet detention camp in 1939. He served as a courier for the underground, ferrying messages...

A Complicated Marriage: My Life with Clement Greenberg

by Janice Van Horne Counterpoint (April 01, 2012)

In 1955, Jenny Van Horne was a 21-year-old, naïve Bennington College graduate on her own for the first time in New York City when she met 46-year-old Clement Greenberg who, she is told, is “the most famous,...

New Collected Poems

by Wendell Berry Counterpoint (April 01, 2012)

In Wendell Berry’s upcoming The New Collected Poems, the poet revisits for the first time his immensely popular Collected Poems, which The New York Times Book Review described as “a straight-forward search...

Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan

by William Hjortsberg Counterpoint (April 01, 2012)

Confident and robust, Jubilee Hitchhiker is an comprehensive biography of late novelist and poet Richard Brautigan, author of Troutfishing in America and A Confederate General from Big Sur, among many others....

The Awful Grace of God: Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy, and the Unsolved Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Stuart Wexler & Larry Hancock Counterpoint (March 20, 2012)

The Awful Grace of God chronicles a multi-year effort to kill Martin Luther King Jr. by a group of the nation’s most violent right-wing extremists. Impeccably researched and thoroughly documented, this examines...

Careless Rambles by John Clare: A Selection of His Poems Chosen and Illustrated by Tom Pohrt

by Tom Pohrt & Robert Hass Counterpoint (March 10, 2012)

Born in 1793, John Clare lived and worked during the Golden Age of British poetry, the time of Shelley, Byron, Keats, and Coleridge. In the grand tradition of English nature writing, he stands alongside Wordsworth...

1616: The World in Motion

by Thomas Christensen Counterpoint (March 01, 2012)

The world of 1616 was a world of motion. Enormous galleons carrying silk and silver across the Pacific created the first true global economy, and the first international megacorporations were emerging as economic...

The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on The Big Dry

by Joe Wilkins Counterpoint (March 01, 2012)

The Mountain and The Fathers explores the life of boys and men in the unforgiving, harsh world north of the Bull Mountains of eastern Montana in a drought afflicted area called the Big Dry, a land that chews...

Every Night's a Saturday Night: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys

by Bobby Keys & Bill Ditenhafer Counterpoint (March 01, 2012)

Born in Slaton, Texas, Bobby Keys has lived the kind of life that qualifies as a rock 'n' roll folktale. In his early teens, Keys bribed his way into Buddy Holly’s garage band rehearsals. He took up the saxophone...