Books published by Counterpoint

In Every Way

Counterpoint | February 1, 2016 | 256 pages
Chapel Hill college student Maria finds herself in a predicament--unexpectedly pregnant at nineteen. Still reeling from the fresh discovery of her mother’s diagnosis with cancer, Maria’s decision to give her daughter up for adoption is one that seems to be in everyone’s best interest,... More Info

Great Tide Rising

Counterpoint | February 1, 2016 | 272 pages
Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise - a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth’s fullness of life. Philosopher and... More Info

Discovering the Present

Counterpoint Press | October 1, 2015 | 408 pages
In the fateful month of March 2000, shortly after opening a hugely successful show in New York that unveiled the more nefarious financial connections of Presidential candidate George W. Bush, the hugely ambitious Conceptual artist Mark Lombardi was found hanged in his studio, an apparent suicide.... More Info
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Goddess of Love Incarnate

Counterpoint Press | September 1, 2015 | 400 pages
Lili St. Cyr was, in the words of legendary reporter Mike Wallace, the highest paid stripteaser in America.” Wallace was so fascinated by Lili that out of all the presidents and celebrities he interviewed over a long career, towards the end of his life, she was the one he remained fixated on. Her... More Info

Annapurna

Counterpoint | September 8, 2015 | 272 pages
In August 1978, thirteen women left San Francisco for the Nepal Himalaya to make history as the first Americans--and the first women--to scale the treacherous slopes of Annapurna I, the world’s tenth highest peak. Expedition leader Arlene Blum here tells their dramatic story: the logistical... More Info

The Oyster War

Counterpoint Press | August 11, 2015 | 256 pages
It all began simply enough. In 1976 the Point Reyes Wilderness Act was passed, with broad support, and it was to include a rare marine sanctuary, the Drakes Estuary, as potential wilderness.” Located in the estuary was a small, struggling oyster farm. In existence for more than eighty years, it... More Info

The Irish Brotherhood

Counterpoint | March 1, 2015 | 364 pages
Describes the inner circle of friends, family and supporters of John F. Kennedy during his improbable run for the presidency during the 1960 election, including Bobby Kennedy, Kenny O'Donnell, Larry O'Brien and Dave Powers.  More Info

Shadow Work

Counterpoint | May 12, 2015 | 304 pages
With the exception of sleep, humans spend more of their lifetimes on work than any other activity. It is central to our economy, society, and the family. It underpins our finances and our sense of meaning in life. Given the overriding importance of work, we need to recognize a profound... More Info
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This Present Moment

Counterpoint | April 1, 2015 | 88 pages
"This present moment That lives on To become Long ago." For his first collection of new poems since his celebrated Danger on Peaks, published in 2004, Gary Snyder finds himself ranging over the planet. Journeys to the Dolomites, to the north shore of Lake Tahoe, from Paris and Tuscany to the shrine... More Info

In Every Way

Counterpoint | February 1, 2015 | 256 pages
Spending the summer in the sleepy coastal town of Beaufort to keep close watch on the couple she chose to adopt her daughter, a 19-year-old Chapel Hill college student accepts a position as their nanny and ingratiates herself into the family with the chaotic fervor of a mother separated from her... More Info

Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley

Counterpoint | February 1, 2015 | 256 pages
In a collection of 11 novellas and short stories, characters who are connect to their land—sometimes through love, sometimes through hate—experience brokenness and loss, redemption and revelation amidst poverty, environmental breakdown and social collapse.  More Info

Alphabetical

Counterpoint | February 10, 2015 | 448 pages
"How on Earth did we fix upon our twenty-six letters, what do they really mean, and how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and... More Info

The Age of Consequences

Counterpoint | January 1, 2015 | 256 pages
A former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist explores potential, real-world responses to what he believes to be a critical environmental juncture of dangerously low energy sources, drawing on personal experience to outline specific actionable ideas.  More Info

Nathan Coulter

Counterpoint Press | November 20, 2017 | 117 pages
When Wendell Berry finished the first draft of Nathan Coulter at the end of the 1950s, he had no idea his interest in these characters would continue for more than 50 years. Yet it was only the beginning of a long celebration of the citizens of Port William, Kentucky. Focusing on young Nathan, who... More Info
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Refund

Counterpoint | January 13, 2015 | 256 pages
We think about it every day, sometimes every hour: Money. Who has it. Who doesn’t. How you get it. How you don’t. In Refund, Bender creates an award-winning collection of stories that deeply explore the ways in which money and the estimation of value affect the lives of her characters. The... More Info

If Only You People Could Follow Directions

Counterpoint | January 13, 2015 | 256 pages
If Only You People Could Follow Directions is a spellbinding debut that reimagines the memoir in Jessica Hendry Nelson’s thoroughly original voice. In these linked essays, Nelson’s fearless writing and hypnotic storytelling centers on the story of three people: Nelson’s mother susan, her... More Info

Precious Cargo

Counterpoint | June 10, 2014 | 256 pages
Precious Cargo tells the fascinating story of how western hemisphere foods conquered the globe and saved it from not only mass starvation, but culinary as well. Focusing heavily American foods—specifically the lowly crops that became commodities, plus one gobbling protein source, the... More Info

Empires of Food

Counterpoint | March 20, 2012 | 320 pages
Using the colorful diaries of a sixteenth-century merchant as a narrative guide, Empires of Food vividly chronicles the fate of people and societies for the past 12,000 years through the foods they grew, hunted, traded, and ate—and offers fascinating, and devastating, insights into what to expect... More Info

If Only You People Could Follow Directions

Counterpoint | December 31, 2013 | 256 pages
If Only You People Could Follow Directions is a spellbinding debut by Jessica Hendry Nelson. In linked autobiographical essays, Nelson has reimagined the memoir with her thoroughly original voice, fearless writing, and hypnotic storytelling. At its center, the book is the story of three people:... More Info

The Tree of Meaning

Counterpoint | July 1, 2009 | 329 pages
“Poems, where I come from,” writes Robert Bringhurst, “are spoken to be written and written to be spoken.The Tree of Meaningis a book of critical prose composed in the same way.” Together, these thirteen lectures present a superbly grounded approach to the study of language, focusing on... More Info

Compromise Cake: Lessons Learned from My Mother's Recipe Box

Counterpoint | November 12, 2013 | 160 pages
After her mother's death in 2007, Nancy Spiller discovered her mother's teaching credential buried in the midst of a recipe box. Her mother had taught for only one year before marrying and having four children. Spiller realized that she had probably been her mother's best and only student in the... More Info

New Collected Poems

Counterpoint | April 9, 2013 | 352 pages
This collection of two hundred poems from the T.S. Eliot Award-winning poet features an overview of his career, including works from Collected Poems as well as Entries, Given and Leavings.  More Info

I Told You So

Counterpoint | April 9, 2013 | 128 pages
?I exist to say, ?No, that isn't the way it is,' or ?What you believe to be true is not true for the following reasons.' I am a master of the obvious. I mean, if there's a hole in the road, I will, viciously, outrageously, say there's a hole in the road and if you don't fill it in you'll break the... More Info

The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System

Counterpoint | May 14, 2013 | 304 pages
The author of Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television discusses his assertion that capitalism is an obsolete model that causes unsolvable environmental and social problems on a planet with limited resources.  More Info

The Wrong Dog Dream

Counterpoint | April 9, 2013 | 384 pages
The author calls this ?a true romance,” saying, it's the part of her personal history she, being superstitious, was almost afraid to write. She'd grown up accustomed to bad luck, but had ? by accident or miracle ? survived her own circumstances: being orphaned, her own misspent youth, the chaos... More Info

Between My Father and the King

Counterpoint | May 14, 2013 | 256 pages
This brand new collection of 28 short stories spans the length of Frame's career and contains some of the best she wrote. None of these stories have been published in a collection before, and more than half are published for the first time in Between My Father and the King. The piece 'Gorse is Not... More Info
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Cataract

Counterpoint | December 11, 2012 | 80 pages
?Behind my right eye hangs a burlap cloth; behind my left eye there's a mirror. . . Before the burlap the visible remains indifferent; before the mirror it begins to play.” What happens when an art critic loses some of his sight to cataracts? What wonders are glimpsed once vision is restored? In... More Info

The Awful Grace of God

Counterpoint | April 10, 2012 | 439 pages
Depicts the network of violent extremists and militant racists, including Sam Bowers, J.B. Stoner and the Reverend Wesley Swift who plotted over a number of years to try and assassinate Martin Luther King, Jr.  More Info
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Ripe

Counterpoint | March 1, 2011 | 291 pages
Describes the history of tomatoes, their importance to cultures around the world, the plight of migrant laborers, and the journey of a typical tomato from field to table.  More Info

The Adjustment

Counterpoint | May 22, 2012 | 224 pages
Returning vet Wayne Ogden has trouble adjusting to civilian life back in Wichita, Kansas and begins receiving poison pen letters hinting at his secret wartime past in this novel from the author of New York Times Notable Book The Ice Harvest.  More Info

The Doper Next Door

Counterpoint | June 12, 2012 | 320 pages
What happens to a regular guy who dopes? Surprised to learn that pro athletes aren't the only ones taking performance-enhancing substances, journalist Andrew Tilin goes in search of the average juicing Joe, hoping to find a few things out: Why would normal people take these substances? Where do... More Info

How the World Works

Counterpoint Press | September 20, 2011 | 336 pages
According to The New York Times, Noam Chomsky is ?arguably the most important intellectual alive.” But he isn't easy to read . . . or at least he wasn't until these books came along. Made up of intensively edited speeches and interviews, they offer something not found anywhere else: pure Chomsky,... More Info

Jesus Land

Counterpoint Press | October 30, 2012 | 384 pages
Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen-years-old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all-encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother?more involved with her... More Info

Handmaking America

Counterpoint Press | August 28, 2012 | 192 pages
Identifies progressives as the group that holds the key to improving Americans' quality of life in the wake of recent economic disasters, suggesting strategies for countering both right-wing ideology and post-industrial capitalism.  More Info

Anarchy!

Counterpoint Press | October 30, 2012 | 464 pages
In Anarchy! An Anthology of Emma Goldman's Mother Earth, Peter Glassgold brings to the page political activist and anarchist Emma Goldman's most radical contribution, Mother Earth, a monthly journal about social science and literature. Glassgold has compiled Mother Earth's most provocative... More Info

Two-Part Inventions

Counterpoint Press | November 6, 2012 | 288 pages
When his concert pianist wife dies suddenly, producer Philip fears the discovery of their fraudulent music recordings and descends into a psychological maelstrom of paranoia while reflecting on their lives together, his wife's remarkable career and his views about truth, marriage and perfection.  More Info

The Crises of Capitalism

Counterpoint Press | August 28, 2012 | 368 pages
Discusses whether or not capitalism continues to function as a viable economic system.  More Info

Bomb the Suburbs

Counterpoint Press | April 1, 2008 | 176 pages
A seminal evaluation of the world of hip-hop, rap, and street art also features an analysis of the culture and politics surrounding it, in an anniversary edition of an underground classic that addresses a broad range of topics including suburban sprawl, racial identity, and youth activism.... More Info

Apricot Jam

Counterpoint | August 21, 2012 | 352 pages
After years of living in exile, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia in 1994 and published a series of eight powerfully paired stories. These groundbreaking works?interconnected and juxtaposed using an experimental method Solzhenitsyn referred to as ?binary”?join Solzhenitsyn's already... More Info

Jubilee Hitchhiker

Counterpoint LLC | January 10, 2012 | 896 pages
This comprehensive biography of the author of Trout Fishing in America and A Confederate General from Big Sur portrays his career among the Beats in 1950s San Francisco to the Hippies in the 1960s to his abrubt suicide in 1984.  More Info

New Collected Poems

Counterpoint | April 10, 2012 | 391 pages
This collection of two hundred poems from the T.S. Eliot Award-winning poet features an overview of his career, including works from Collected Poems as well as Entries, Given and Leavings.  More Info

The Still Point

Counterpoint LLC | January 10, 2012 | 320 pages
At the turn of the twentieth century, Arctic explorer Edward Mackley sets out to reach the North Pole and vanishes into the icy landscape without a trace. He leaves behind a young wife, Emily, who awaits his return for decades, her dreams and devotion gradually freezing into rigid widowhood.  More Info

Half in Love

Counterpoint LLC | January 10, 2012 | 336 pages
After the agony of witnessing her mother's multiple?and ultimately successful?suicide attempts, Linda Gray Sexton, daughter of the acclaimed poet Anne Sexton, struggles with an engulfing undertow of depression. Here, with powerful, unsparing prose, Sexton conveys her urgent need to escape the... More Info

Bringing It to the Table

Counterpoint Press | August 18, 2009 | 234 pages
Introduction by Michael Pollan  More Info