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October Sale : Near and Far

Looking for a great book to take along on your next adventure?  These six titles, all on sale during the month of October, are guaranteed to be top-notch road buddies. Alternatively, are you hoping to spend your free time this harvest season in the coziest corner of your couch? (That’s kind of our plan, too!) These books will do the adventuring for you.

All six titles are $2 off this month. BONUS: Buy one sale book and get a free 6-month subscription to Sapling. Buy 2 or more sale books and get Sapling for a year.


“Welcome to elsewhere, a long poem whose mascot insists on the political relevance of rain puddles: ‘Where a lone sheepdog in a raincoat orange as prisonbreak drags his leash thru / puddles / rainbowed iridescent by the remains / of extinct reptiles.’ In dizzyingly musical lines, Scott Alexander Jones documents both ‘our blue proximity to morning’ and ‘that Listerine™ blueness,’ blurs the line between long-hidden ‘lipstick graffiti’ and ‘the severed rings of a sycamore,’ and insists that ‘there isn’t a word’ for the images he conjures to cloud, confuse, and capture a buried narrative of loss. elsewhere pulses with emotion, sadness, and beauty linked by observations and objects: ‘How one day there will be nothing to show that we were ever / here / but stardust. / Yet it’s not for us / sea waves, rain, shuddering leaves and TV snow / all sound like applause.'”
—Carol Guess

Far From Sudden

At only 37, Brent Goodman nearly died in the midst of April NaPoWriMo 2009. Spanning three decades, every poem in Far From Sudden radiates out from this bewildering experience, casting a luminous vantage across the poet’s past, present, and beyond.

Four Cities

“Hala Alyan’s Four Cities is a powerful reflection of a perception only seen from foreign skies. It somehow interweaves punk rock romanticism with a soft touch of bluegrass sensibilities (think Patti Smith with a touch of Old Crow Medicine Show). Her firecracker point of view radiates like Fourth of July on LSD. There is a lyrical sentimentality that shines sunlight over shadows. There is also tenderness in some passages where apathy would normally preside. Her poetical politics are worth every poignant line. ‘Sestina for December’ reads like Parker prose but shines like a youthful Etal Adnan.” — from Heath Bowen’s review in NewPages

Neither Here Nor There

A book as beautiful and infused with longing as the landscape it depicts. Marcel Jolley is a master of desire, and his protagonists, caught between lives they can hardly tolerate and futures they can hardly envision, are as real and complicated as the people we know.

Tips for Domestic Travel

Saunier takes us home where we use a bandsaw to do battle with a Smithfield ham, prepare for a road trip to an unknown sea town where a dearly beloved will nurse a tumor, and where death patiently reads The New York Times. Tips for Domestic Travel is an elegy, but it’s also a guide for navigating the domestic lands of the childhood home, the body, and the objects that remain.

Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone

“You should be here; he’s simply magnificent.” These are the final words a biologist hears before his Margaret Mead-like wife dies at the hands of Godzilla. The words haunt him as he studies the Kaiju (Japan’s giant monsters) on an island reserve, attempting to understand the beauty his wife saw.“The Return to Monsterland” opens Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone, a collection of twelve fabulist and genre-bending stories inspired by Japanese folklore, historical events, and pop culture. In “Rokurokubi”, a man who has the demonic ability to stretch his neck to incredible lengths tries to save a marriage built on secrets. The recently dead find their footing in “The Inn of the Dead’s Orientation for Being a Japanese Ghost”. In “Girl Zero”, a couple navigates the complexities of reviving their deceased daughter via the help of a shapeshifter. And, in the title story, a woman instigates a months-long dancing frenzy in a Tokyo where people don’t die but are simply reborn without their memories.

Every story in the collection turns to the fantastic, the mysticism of the past, and the absurdities of the future to illuminate the spaces we occupy when we, as individuals and as a society, are at our most vulnerable.