April 1, 2014
If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?
Kurt Vonnegut was among the few grandmasters of twentieth-century American letters, one without whom the very term American literature would not mean what it does today. After the publication of his novel Slaughterhouse-Five brought him worldwide acclaim in 1969, Kurt Vonnegut became one of America’s most popular graduation speakers.
If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? is a selection of Kurt Vonnegut’s best graduation speeches, edited and introduced by Dan Wakefield. Amid the sarcasm and wit that are typical of his writing, Vonnegut also conveys in these speeches something of the seriousness and the momentousness of life too. He tells stories and jokes, invokes the figures who inspire him the most–Jesus, Eugene Debs, Bertrand Russell, Jazz historian Albert Murray, and Vonnegut’s friend Joseph Heller among many others.
The Third Chimpanzee for Young People
Jared Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.
With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit. Triangle Square’s The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is for them and the future they’ll help build.
A poignant look at one woman’s fight for herself, told in expressively scrawled drawings and commentary. In My Depression author Elizabeth Swados takes us on an intimate journey through her long-time struggle with depression that is by turns tender, funny, and uplifting, and will resonate with everyone affected by depression and those who love them. Through the author’s charming and frenzied drawings, readers get a unique look into the experience of severe depression, from the black cloud forming in the horizon, to the strained relationships, the side effects of anti-depressants, and the difficulty getting out of bed and functioning. For the many people who suffer from depression, this is a reminder that they are not alone and that their experiences are legitimate and deserve to be part of mainstream awareness. This is an engaging and uplifting story of an illness that has been stigmatized for too long.
Relatively Indolent but Relentless
Tender, tough, funny, and unbearably beautiful: 35 hand-drawn days in the life of not just any cancer victim–Matt Freedman, artist, dog lover, husband, American hero.
Shadow of Arms
International superstar and beloved house author Hwang Sok-Yong returns to the Seven Stories’ spring list with themes that pierce our shared US-Korean history. A novel based on the author’s experience in Korea’s military corps fighting America’s war in Vietnam, Shadow of Arms reveals the regional economic motivations for the conflict within the larger Cold War.
In Lizzie! Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin brings a disabled heroine to life in this exciting adventure of black markets, screeching monkeys, Florida in the summertime, and the bonds of true friendship.
America, meet Lizzie Peterlinz, age 11. Paralyzed below the waist after slipping off a diving board two years ago, Lizzie does not let her wheelchair get in the way of her curiosity. She and her single mother are starting life over in a small town in Florida, where Lizzie’s hunger for knowledge and adventure lead her to some unlikely friends.
Joyous Childbirth Changes the World
The story of how a Japanese obstetrician fell in love with natural childbirth, abandoned his forceps, and developed a clinic now known for achieving some of the best birth outcomes in the world.
“No matter how science has progressed, childbirth, in essence, has remained unchanged from ancient times…[it] is the last natural process left to us,” writes internationally lauded obstetrician Dr. Tadashi Yoshimura, “The fact that it has remained unchanged means that there is truth in it.” The truth and power of birth is the subject of Joyous Childbirth Changes the World, Dr. Yoshimura’s first book published in the United States.