Books published by Counterpoint



Counterpoint LLC | August 6, 2019 | 224 pages
"These powerful, urgent essays remind us that everywhere there is resistance there is hope." --Jeff Chang, author ofWe Gon' Be Alright Across cities, towns, and campuses, Americans are grappling with overwhelming challenges and the daily fallout from the most authoritarian White House policies in... More Info

Indecent Advances

Counterpoint LLC | August 18, 2019 | 256 pages
A skillful hybrid of true crime and social history that examines the relationship between the media and popular culture in the portrayal of crimes against gay men in the decades before Stonewall. Stories of murder have never been just about killers and victims. Instead, crime stories take the shape... More Info

The Traitor's Niche

Counterpoint LLC | June 11, 2019 | 208 pages
LONG-LISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE "Kadare is inevitably linked to Orwell and Kundera, but he is a far deeper ironist than the first, and a better storyteller than the second. He is a compellingly ironic storyteller because he so brilliantly summons details that explode with... More Info

Body Full of Stars

Counterpoint LLC | April 9, 2019 | 272 pages
"In this honest memoir, May recounts how she came to feel connected with her body again. It's a moving work for new moms about a subject that is often overlooked in conversations about postpartum depression." --Real Simple What if labor does not end with pregnancy but continues into a mother's... More Info

The Gunners

Counterpoint LLC | March 12, 2019 | 272 pages
"Kauffman has done something remarkable withThe Gunners . . . There's so much generosity and spirit and humor shared by whatever characters are on the page at any given time that I was always happy to accompany them." --The New York Times Book Review Following her wonderfully received first... More Info

Romance of Elsewhere

Counterpoint LLC | February 12, 2019 | 224 pages
"A marvelous collection." --The New York Times Book Review Traversing decades and continents,The Romance of Elsewhere captures the dilemma of the expat with Lynn Freed's signature honesty and humor. She takes on subjects as disparate as Disneyland, lovers, ecotourism, shopping, serious illness, and... More Info

The Atlas of Reds and Blues

Counterpoint LLC | February 5, 2019 | 224 pages
An arresting debut novel which bears witness to American racism and abuse of power, tracing one woman's shift from acquiescence to resistance. When an unnamed narrator moves her family from the city of Atlanta to its wealthy suburbs, she discovers that neither the times nor the people have changed... More Info

The Art of Loading Brush

Counterpoint LLC | January 15, 2019 | 288 pages
"The Art of Loading Brush is singular in Berry's corpus." --The Paris Review Wendell Berry's profound critique of American culture has entered its sixth decade, and in this gathering he reaches with deep devotion toward a long view of Agrarian philosophy. Berry believes that American cultural... More Info


Counterpoint LLC | December 11, 2018 | 256 pages
Winner of the 2017 PEN Southwest Book Award for Fiction An NPR Best Book of 2017 "With the kind of grace not usually seen in accessible modern fiction, Egerton also invokes many other things with this central metaphor . . . The core of Hollow is anything but." --NPR "An incredibly imaginative... More Info

From the Monastery to the World

Counterpoint LLC | December 11, 2018 | 352 pages
This correspondence, full of warmth, candor, and humor, reflects the friendship of two men who worked to reconcile their intense spirituality with an urgent sense of social justice in a violent and troubled time. From the Monastery to the World collects the correspondence between two of the... More Info

Sex, Economy, Freedom, & Community

Counterpoint LLC | December 4, 2018 | 208 pages
"Read [him] with pencil in hand, make notes, and hope that somehow our country and the world will soon come to see the truth that is told here." --The New York Times Book Review In this collection of essays, first published in 1993, Wendell Berry continues his work as one of America's most... More Info

The Wildlands

Counterpoint LLC | August 18, 2019 | 368 pages
"Geni writes with the clear, calm confidence of a master storyteller."--Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review) for The Lightkeepers When a Category 5 tornado ravaged Mercy, Oklahoma, no family in the small town lost more than the McClouds. Their home and farm were instantly demolished, and... More Info

The Practice of the Wild

Counterpoint Press | August 18, 2019 | 205 pages
The nine captivatingly meditative essays in The Practice of the Wild display the deep understanding and wide erudition of Gary Snyder in the ways of Buddhist belief, wildness, wildlife, and the world. These essays, first published in 1990, stand as the mature centerpiece of Snyder s work and... More Info


Counterpoint Press | December 1, 2011 | 210 pages
A final work by the late author of Drinking: A Love Story considers the challenge of women to know and honor their wants in a culture that would control a woman's expression of desire, drawing on her experiences with anorexia to discuss the factors that shape a woman's relationship with food, love,... More Info

Our Bodies Are Not Broken

Counterpoint LLC | February 20, 2018 | 272 pages
A foray into female rage and the passage into motherhood from the author ofThe Map of Enough Following the birth of her daughter Eula, Molly Caro May suffers from pelvic floor dysfunction, thyroid illness, incontinence, and hormonal imbalance--which lead her to deeper questions about how the modern... More Info

Kissed by a Fox

Counterpoint Press | August 18, 2019 | 373 pages
Recounts the author's experiences in nature, exploring the relationship between man and nature and challenging readers to open themselves to a different story of nature.  More Info

Tamed by a Bear

Counterpoint LLC | July 11, 2017 | 224 pages
In an age of materialism, language of spirit or spirits seems at best suspect and at worst alien or na�ve. When Priscilla Stuckey begins hearing Bear’s voice, she is a writer and religious studies professor in her fifties. Though she enjoys communing with trees and birds and the land, she... More Info

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

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


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

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


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 | August 18, 2019 | 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


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


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 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

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


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

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