June 20, 2014
Every Seven Stories book is unique, like a snowflake. That might sound escapist, given the swelter that’s settled over New York City this week, but it’s true. Here are a few exciting recent titles you can hole up with in your igloo:
Elizabeth Swados‘s My Depression: A Picture Book
I’m a pariah in my own mind. Something slimy and scaly feels like it’s growing inside me. I’m a grade B 1950s horror movie!
Poet, writer, and doyenne of New York’s avant-garde theater world, Elizabeth Swados takes us on a soul-searching tour of emotional turmoil through a series of drawings and captions. Whip-smart, candid, and gloriously warped, My Depression is a uniquely deep exploration of a disorder that afflicts more than 300 million people worldwide.
Don’t miss the HBO Films animated feature My Depression, starring Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen!
Luis J. Rodriguez’s Hearts and Hands
Horses are being whispered to while our children are being shouted down. Is there another way? Not numbness. Not no. And not letting go. But an affirmation: Show me the way, give me the tools, help me with the signs and images, stand by my existence with all its pains and glories so that I can know what it is to be truly alive, to have clarity and purpose, and to thoroughly and genuinely belong.
Organizer, poet, memoirist, former Justice Party candidate for Vice President, and current Green Party candidate for Governor of California Luis J. Rodriguez weaves stories of his own troubled youth together with social insight, verse, and field reportage from today’s urban anti-violence movement into what Entertainment Weekly has called a “beautifully written and politically astute account” of our youth under fire. Now in an expanded second edition, Hearts & Hands is crucial reading for anyone seeking to understand the tension between violence and community that pulls at our cities.
And Californians, don’t forget to vote Green this November!
Sometimes I still cry in secret, and a lot of it is about how good my mom was to me. How the accident was my own fault for being in such a hurry to show off and now I would have to pay for it the rest of my life. And even though I say I don’t care about not having a father, I sometimes cry about that too.
One of the last books to be written by Pulizter Prize-winning former Poet Laureate Maxine Kumin, Lizzie! is a book that many of us have been waiting for — a soaring adventure whose unforgettable hero — the smart, plucky, wheelchair-bound, and etymology-obsessed title character — is defined not by what she lacks but by the extraordinary qualities she possesses. A book that, as Julia Alvarez has written, “overturns all our expectations about disability, gender, who gets to solve the mysteries and experience the adventures,” Lizzie! is an instant classic for all kids — including the ones that live on in us through adulthood.
And keep your eyes peeled for our reprints of the children’s books on which Maxine collaborated with her close friend Anne Sexton — reprints forthcoming from Seven Stories!