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Like many farm children, Julene Bair left home as soon as she could, headed for what she hoped would be a more exciting life in San Francisco. The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning ($26.95) opens years later when Julene inherits part of her father’s farming empire. She knows his empire was built by plowing the prairies that enchanted her in childhood, and by mining the Ogallala aquifer, the sole source of water on the western plains. But now her family, like many other irrigators, pumps over two hundred million gallons out of the aquifer each year. Julene returns to Kansas to search for one of the few springs that still flow out of the aquifer. She happens on an even rarer find—Ward, a Kansas man who owns a ranch in the beautiful Smoky Valley. A single mother, Julene hopes that Ward will become the father her son has always wished for. Meanwhile, she struggles to reconcile her love for her family’s land with their abuse of it, and ultimately becomes a crusader for the Ogallala aquifer. Her page-turning story is a uniquely American saga of love, farm and family in our challenging times. Julene Bair is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program. Her essay collection, One Degree West, won several regional awards and was a finalist for the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. She has taught at the University of Wyoming and the University of Iowa and currently lives in Longmont, Colorado. Bair has written editorials on the Ogallala Aquifer, most notably for USA Today and the New York Times.
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I’m Your Man ($16.99) is the definitive account of Leonard Cohen, one of the most important and influential artists of our era, a man of powerful emotion and intelligence whose work has explored the definitive issues of human life. Acclaimed music journalist Sylvie Simmons crafts a portrait of Cohen as nuanced as the man himself, drawing on a wealth of research that includes Cohen’s personal archives and more than a hundred exclusive interviews with those closest to him—from his lovers, friends, monks, professors, rabbis and fellow musicians to his muses, including Rebecca De Mornay, Marianne Ihlen, Suzanne Elrod and Suzanne Verdal—and most important, with Cohen himself.From his hometown of Montreal to London and the Greek island of Hydra, New York in the sixties to his remarkable retreat to a monastary in Los Angeles in the mid-nineties, his extraordinary comback and continued relevance today, Simmons navigates Cohen’s journey and explores every complex, contradictory strand of his life and his influence. I'm Your Man is a deeply insightful portrait of both the artist and the man of extraordinary vision, spirit, depth and talent.Sylvie Simmons is an award-winning writer and one of the foremost music journalists working today. Born in London, she moved to Los Angeles in the late seventies and started writing about rock music for magazines such as Sounds, Creem, Kerrang! and Q. She is the author of acclaimed fiction and nonfiction books, including the biography Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes and the short-story collection Too Weird for Ziggy. She lives in San Francisco, California, where she writes for MOJO magazine and plays the ukulele.
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Michelina Vinter’s debut novel, Colette ($10.99), is an infectiously uplifting work, embodied by a heroine who takes no prisoners and rescues the men in her life. Filled with intrigue and torn loyalties, Vinter takes us on a whirlwind tour through the times that changed our world forever. Encountering everything from disillusioned first love, to the Gestapo, and even a kidnapping plot, Colette’s life proves to be as exciting as it is dramatic. Keeping readers guessing until the last sentence, this captivating novel uses romance, action, and intrigue to draw readers in, while exploring the constraints of life and family, and bridging the social stigma of interracial marriage during the 1940’s. Vinter honors the struggle these couples faced not only from society but also within their own families. Mirrored in her own life, Vinter is intimately wise in sharing that true love has no boundaries. Colette travels around the world and back again in defense of her family, her child, and her love. But will it be enough?Michelina Vinter is a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist. Possessing a vivid imagination since she was a child, she often was told to get to the point - which led to her career as an acupuncturist. Born in France, her family moved to the United States when she was twelve years old. With firsthand experiences in hard goodbyes and long conversations with her maternal grandmother, Vinter’s wisdom beyond her years led to a fulfilling writing career covering multiple genres.
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Marin County, California, summer, 1979. When young women start turning up dead on the mountain behind the home of Rachel and her devoted eleven-year-old sister, Patty, their father—a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful) detective—is put in charge of finding the “Sunset Strangler.” Watching her father’s life slowly unravel as months pass and more women are killed, Rachel embarks on a dangerous game to catch the killer. Her actions will destroy her father’s career and alter forever the lives of everyone she loves. Thirty years later, Rachel constructs a new strategy to smoke out the Sunset Strangler she believes is still at large and vindicate her father—a plan that unexpectedly unearths a long-buried family secret.Loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case, After Her ($14.99) is part thriller, part love story—a poignant, suspenseful, and painfully real family saga that traces a young girl’s first sexual explorations, the loss of innocence, the bond shared by sisters, and the tender but damaged relationship between a girl and her father that endures even beyond the grave. Joyce Maynard has been a reporter for the New York Times, a magazine journalist, a radio commentator, and a syndicated columnist, as well as the author of seven previous novels, including To Die For, Labor Day, and The Good Daughters, and four books of nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, has been translated into sixteen languages. Maynard’s bestselling novel Labor Day was adapted for film by Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman and stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Maynard makes her home in California.