My mother used to say “good things come in small packages” when I was young. For a while I wore a pin that declared magnum in parvo, which translates as much in little or greatness in small things. That carries over into my love of small, independent publishers. Here’s a list of recent small press books by Midwest authors or publishers, to give or be given these holidays.
“On Immunity: An Inoculation” by Eula Biss, cultural analysis and personal history, from Graywolf Press, 216 pages, hardcover, $24.
“Once I was Cool” by Megan Stielstra, totally cool personal essays, from Curbside Splendor, 202 pages, $15.95.
“Swarm to Glory” by Garnett Kilberg Cohen, sly fiction about endings, from Wiseblood Books, 212 pages, $13.
“King Me” by Roger Reeves, poems about love and masculinity, poverty, class and race relations, from Copper Canyon Press, $15.
“Does Not Love” by James Tadd Adcox, sinister satire from Curbside Splendor, 200 pages, $14.
“The Empathy Exams” by Leslie Jamison, essays about pain and understanding, from Graywolf Press, 248 pages, $15.
“Occasional Desire” by David Lazar, witty essays about the trappings of memory, from University of Nebraska Press, 232 pages, $21.95.
“A Table That Goes On For Miles” by Stefania Heim, poems, from Switchback Books, 79 pages, $16.00
“Citizen, An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine, essay, image and poetry, from Graywolf Press, 160 pages, $20. (Toni Nealie)