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Playful, absurdist, and description obsessed, The Frustratingly Insufficient Gatsby is a wild and bizarre ride through the mind of story-game writer Jackson Tegu. It's weird fun for fans of Italo Calvino, Gertrude Stein, and Alejandro Zambra.

"It was a thin package; a letter. The letter was from a publishing house which I'd never heard of, regretting to inform me that they wouldn't be able to publish the manuscript I hadn't sent them...[ 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 ]

Ghost Pine: All Stories True​ compiles thirteen years of stories from Nova Scotia-based writer Jeff Miller. Collected from his long-running and glorious Ghost Pine zine, the book travels across Canada and the U.S., taking us on adventures, introducing us to a multitude of curious characters. Through it all, it's Miller's voice that stands out most—an open-hearted tour guide that you'd follow anywhere...[ continued ]

Michael Heald's strong voice and humor shine through in everything he writes. Eleven playful essays about insecurities, relationships, and obsessions.

"After a decade of failed relationships, estranged siblings, and abandoned hopes, he may or may not have learned his lesson. Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension is not nearly as depressing as any of this sounds."

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Last copy! "The Happiest Choice is a comprehensive and straight-to-the-point overview of traditional and alternative techniques for coping with forms of mental suffering such as anxiety, stress, sadness, and depression. Originally written to support marginalized groups and activist communities, the book is backed by scientific research and the author's personal experiences as an inclusive guide with information pertinent to understanding the challenges that everyone eventually faces in life...[ continued ]

The first book from long-running zinester Taryn Hipp (Sub Rosa, Lady Teeth). A well-written rollercoaster with the best author photo in the world.

"This is a memoir novella about a woman with an addiction, a mental illness & a feminist identity. This is the story of one woman's journey from anxiety-ridden child to delinquent teenager to divorced alcoholic & how she turned all those years of experience into a beautiful existence...[ continued ]

The Honorable Obscurity Handbook: Solidarity + Sound Advice For Writers and Artists is a playful book of great depth. The book version of a mixtape. "Part consoling sourcebook, part cultural commentary, part wry self-help manual, and part inspirational anthology, this slim volume is a celebration of the creative spirit, packed with insights relevant to any creative worker, whatever their field...[ continued ]

From the author of On Subbing and About My Disappearance comes a book about traveling to Australia and Southeast Asia, getting bit by a penguin, potentially catching the bird flu, doing zine readings, going to punk shows, and feeling old all the while.

96 pages, small trade paperback.

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Nothing is as inspirational as Ilse Content. Even when it doesn’t try to be, by its very nature it gives hope and power where there seems to be none. Never ceasing to be interesting and surprising, the first eight years of Ilse Content are collected here for the first time.

Bringing back to life many long out-of-print issues, the first ten volumes are anthologized in this clean and artistically beautiful book from Mend My Dress Press...[ continued ]

One of the best zines ever, collected for the first time. Volume One puts together some long out of print issues, which is definite cause for celebration.

"From scooping chicken salads to selling clothes to shelving books to teacher training, Truckface details years of embarrassment and missteps. This volume contains stories of rowdy backyard brawls, awful customer service, awkward social interactions, underpants dance parties, staying angry and learning how to try...[ continued ]