So You Think You’re Crazy? Reassurance About Everyday Hang-Ups, by Frank Machovec, PhD
In these hectic, 21st-century times, many worry if they have stepped over the line and acquired a mental disorder. Are you really crazy, or is what troubles you simply a normal variant of universal human behavior? What behavioral traits must you learn to live with? Which can you change? What can your dreams tell you about your behavior?
In his basic, down-to-earth primer, board-certified psychologist Dr. Frank Machovec describes mental disorders according to the latest diagnostic manual, past and current therapy techniques, and simple diagnostic tests to help you explore your thoughts and feelings. Even if you believe you are not that normal, this book can suggest ways for you to feel better about yourself and guide you in your search for professional help.
Satori: poems by Jack Remick
Jack Remick is a poet, short story writer, and the author of eight novels: Blood, The Deification, Valley Boy, Book of Changes, Trio of Lost Souls, Lemon Custard, Pacific Coast Highway, and Gabriela and The Widow.
On June 1, 2013, he was the Featured Poet in the 12th Annual Ginsberg Marathon. He was a Featured Poet in Northwind magazine in 2005 and was voted Poet of the Month in the November, 2003, issue of the Black Bear Review. His poems have appeared in the Big Hammer magazine, Black Bear Review, California Crossroads, Heaven Bone Literary Magazine, Lucidity Poetry Journal, Northwind magazine, and the Portland Review.
Hush Now, Don’t Explain, by Dennis Must
Honor, an orphan, finds her way to the Victorian boarding house where she thinks her mother might have birthed her. World War II has just ended, which alerted many Americans to the world beyond, but Honor and Billy’s lives are limited to the dead-end town of DeForest Junction and its nearby notcherie, where exotic wemen sell their bodies to the rail men. Along with her mixed-race “cousin” Billy, Honor grows to womanhood, cared for by Miss Alsada and enchanted by the colorful stories of the shanty store owner, Mr. Augustus Willard, who claims to have traveled far and wide.
One day, an itinerant blues musician shows up at the boardinghouse, electrifying Billy with his skill at the upright piano. He departs just as quickly, leaving behind hints that he might be Billy’s father. Soon after Buster Stanley’s departure, men in white hoods burn a cross in the field behind the boardinghouse and torch a number of shacks occupied by black families. Honor and Billy decide to leave DeForest Junction—a feat they accomplish with the help of Mr. Willard, whose shanty store was burned. With Honor disguised as a boy for safety’s sake, the three friends ride the rails southward, their ultimate destination: New Orleans. Billy is on the trail of Buster Stanley, but Honor is on an intense quest for Honor. How will she escape that fate of those wemen, waiting for a man to fill up the void in her life?