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Big Big Wednesday, one of the best literary journals around, never disappoints. Mixing poetry, photography, fiction, paintings, nonfiction, collage and multimedia art, issue five responds to the theme "Stranger." 27 contributors, including Cynthia Cruz, Sara Sutter, Thérèse Soukar Chehade, Beth Wooten, Dara Wier, Elaine Kahn, and Hilary Plum.

124 pages, oversized trade paperback...[ continued ]

Martha Grover's observations about life on earth are one-of-a-kind. In The End of My Career, the latest memoir from the long-running Somnambulist zine author, her eye has never been more honed. It's a memoir about moving back in with her parents, finding work with a chronic illness, and living as a woman in a changing city. It will make you laugh while feeling the ever-present weight of the world...[ continued ]

From Portland writer and musician Nick Jaina, Get It While You Can is a memoir told in vignettes full of humor and soul-searching desperation. Released on the ever-awesome Perfect Day Publishing.

"When his beloved guitar is stolen, Nick Jaina finds himself untethered from the dream he’s pursued since he was sixteen. No matter how many albums he’s released or tours he’s led, he still can’t shake the feeling that he has failed at life...[ continued ]

"Rad Families: A Celebration honors the messy, the painful, the playful, the beautiful, the myriad ways we create families. This is not an anthology of experts, or how-to articles on perfect parenting; it often doesn’t even try to provide answers. Instead, the writers strive to be honest and vulnerable in sharing their stories and experiences, their failures and their regrets.

Gathering parents and writers from diverse communities, it explores the process of getting pregnant from trans birth to adoption, grapples with issues of racism and police brutality, probes raising feminists and feminist parenting...[ continued ]

Selections from the long-running zine Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric, collected into one smartly-designed paperback book.

Within: "growing up poor, queer and lonely in a conservative small town in Virginia, building and losing communities and friendships, loss, abusive relationships, survival, balloon artistry, and finding hope and love."

172 pages, tall trade paperback...[ continued ]

From Portland writer and Bitch Magazine online editor Sarah Mirk comes the best guide to relationships ever. Sex From Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules is a relationship self-help book that actually presents staying single, never getting married, breaking up, and never having kids as viable options. It's bold, open to possibilities, and an absolute joy to read.

Featuring great interviews with Betty Dodson, Wendy-O Matik, Michelle Tea, Tomas Moniz, Tracy Clark-Flory, Andi Zeisler, Stu Rasmussen, Aya de Leon, Tristan Taormino, and Erika Moen...[ continued ]