Men I’ve Never Been (University of Wisconsin Press, Living Out Series)/May 2021) recounts Michael Sadowski’s odyssey as a boy who shuns his own identity—and, ultimately, his sexual orientation—in order to become who he thinks he’s supposed to be. Beginning with the memory of a four-year-old sitting in a dingy dive bar, sounding out newspaper headlines while his boasting father collects drinks from onlookers, each chapter highlights a different image of manhood that Sadowski saw at home, at school, or on television—from sports heroes, hunters, and game show hosts to his charismatic but hard-drinking father. As he learns not to talk, laugh, cry, or love, he retreats further behind a stoic mask of silence—outwardly well-functioning but emotionally isolated, sinking under the weight of the past.
Through wrenching tragedy and tense, life-threatening challenges, Sadowski learns to find love, purpose, and healthy self-regard. In coming to understand his identity and his place within his family, he meditates on the power of real human connection and comes to grasp the damage of his troubled upbringing and the traumas caused by toxic masculinity. By turns comic and tragic, this nuanced memoir uncovers the false selves we create to get along in the world and the price we pay to maintain them.
“A compelling and exceedingly well-written memoir that is, at times, as heart-wrenching and hilarious as any book I’ve read in a very long time. Sadowski is a craftsman; there’s so much earned empathy and experience in here that it’s hard to overstate.”—Jared Yates Sexton, author of The Man They Wanted Me to Be
About the Author
A defense attorney in Alabama—a child Holocaust survivor–comes out of retirement to defend a young Honduran man accused of murder. At once a literary crime novel and an intergenerational family drama, the novel is set in the multicultural South where the past and present collide. (Arcade CrimeWise/World Rights/Spring 2022)
Inside Jobs: Tales from a Time of Quarantine includes:
The Crimson Parrot
It’s not easy masterminding the crime of the century when your whole gang is working from home. A high-stakes tale of larceny, deception, and teleconferencing.
The Cape House
As the world shifts around them, two estranged brothers end up in their childhood home. But it’s the memories they unearth that will change them forever.
With endless time on her hands, an apartment-bound young woman gets to all the hobbies she’s neglected—martial arts, playing the sax, photography…and solving a murder?
A bestselling novelist’s real-life harrowing account of confronting coronavirus on the Diamond Princess, off the coast of Japan, the successful campaign to get Americans released and the subsequent 14 days quarantine on a military base in the US. (Post Hill Press,Fall 2020, World English language rights).
With bookstores closing temporarily all over the country, people are looking for ways to support their local indies.
Buy Books and Audiobooks from Independent Booksellers
We have built an open spreadsheet of stores that have closed to visitors, but are still processing orders through their websites and/or phone orders: . publun.ch/storesMany are delivering locally while they can and/or offering special shipping offers. (You can report information on your store through the form at http://publun.ch/storeReports.)
Below, find more resources for helping booksellers.
Bookshop.org sells a full catalog of books — fulfilled by Ingram Content Group — and at 10 percent of all sales through the site are shared among independent booksellers who use the platform. But for maximum benefit, you want to use a store’s own Bookshop “shop”, which looks like this: https://bookshop.org/shop/papercuts. In those cases, the store is currently getting 30 percent of the purchase price. Bookshop just added a store locator, so you browse all of their participants and pick a store to buy from and support! (Bookshop has waived their share temporarily, so the bookstore gets pure profit on the transaction.)
Libro.fm is a digital audiobook subscription service that provides publishers’ audio titles on the same basis (and the same prices) as Audible and others — but their independent bookseller affiliates share in the proceeds. During the current crisis, use the code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW when you enroll and you’ll get two audiobooks for the price of one ($14.99) — plus the entire payment goes to your local bookstore. Any one month gift membership also provides the full payment to the bookstore.
Note that most stores will also sell you gift cards, and many offer store subscriptions, memberships, pre-orders of forthcoming books, signed editions, and other specials that supply the store with cash flow.
Donate to Booksellers Who Have Been Laid Off, and the Nonprofit That Supports Them
Book Industry Charitable Foundation
After garnering donations of over $44,000 during one matching gift challenge, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation has secured pledges for another $41,000 in matching funds for a new round of gifts. BINC helps booksellers with medical expenses and personal household expenses during times of crisis.
Booksellers applying for COVID-19 aid can use this expedited emergency form.
McNally Jackson Bookseller Support Fund
Contribute directly to this funding pool that is shared among the almost 80 laid off employees of McNally Jackson.
Powell’s Books Union Relief Fund
After substantial layoffs at Powell’s Books, ILWU Local 5, the union representing employees of the bookstore, has launched a relief fund directly benefiting union members.
Posman Books Staff GoFundMe
Posman Books “was forced to suspend operations” and their “stores in New York City and Atlanta have closed and the entire staff has been laid off.” They have a GoFundMe page to support staff.
Society of Authors
This UK organization has received combined gifts of £235,000 for their Authors’ Contingency Fund to support authors through the crisis. They expect to make grants of “up to £2,000 and designed to meet urgent need.”