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By Red Oak Writing
Nothing to Lose

Nothing to Lose

Kim Suhr

$18.95 $17.62

Drawing on the rich complexity of the American Midwest, Kim Suhr peoples her debut book of fiction with characters that we know, carved out of the Wisconsin landscape and caught between expectation and desire. An Iraq war veteran stalks the streets of Madison. Four drunk friends hunt deer outside of Antigo. A mother tries to save her son. A transplanted New Yorker plots revenge against her husband. A man sobers up and opens a paintball range for Jesus. A woman with nothing to lose waits for her first kiss. Personal and powerful, Kim Suhr's Nothing to Lose shows us a region filled with real people: less than perfect, plagued with doubts, always reaching.

Behind the Lens

Behind the Lens

Jeannée Sacken

$17.95

Eight years ago, seasoned photojournalist Annie Hawkins Green barely survived a Taliban ambush that left her military escort dead and a young Afghan girl dying in her arms. Since then, she has managed to suppress her memories of that brutal day--until she returns to Afghanistan to teach a photography workshop at the secondary school for girls run by her expat best friend Darya Faludi. As the Taliban gain prominence in the once peaceful region, Annie's nightmares from her last time in-country come roaring back with a vengeance. But are they just dreams? The unshakeable feeling of a grim, watchful presence makes Annie think otherwise. As Annie struggles with her nightmares, more trouble brews with the suspicion that Darya's teenage daughter is sneaking away at night to meet her shadowy boyfriend. Meanwhile, Annie's own daughter wages war with her father and stepmother back home, feeding Annie's all-consuming mom-guilt. Her only comfort, a poetry-writing U.S. Naval officer who saved her life all those years ago, is now at the other end of a satellite phone 7,000 miles away. How can he possibly keep her safe? How can anyone?

This is How We Leave

This is How We Leave

JoAnne Nelson

$17.98

Against a background of family runaways, award- winning memoirist Joanne Nelson explores what it takes to stay when the going begins to dazzle and the staying seems way too ordinary. With a great grandfather who disappears, a grandfather who strays, and a father who walks away, she's lived a life liable to give way at any time. In unflinching prose that is by turns intimate and humorous, she dives deep into her own role (and even culpability) in a childhood marked by disruption, emotional abuse, and parental alcoholism. Nelson's working- class roots and catholic schoolgirl upbringing, experience with all things negative, and hopeful creation of a new family life all serve a passionate story that examines the many ways we leave our communities, our families, and even ourselves. It will surprise no one that she become a psychotherapist? working with families, children, and in schools to help others on similar journey. Her innovative observations and careful attention to detail create an engaging narrative of just how quickly our pasts become the now? and just what we're going to do about it!

Bad Medicine

Bad Medicine

Pete Sheild

$16.95

Dr. Colby Phillips, a professor of anthropology and archeology, sets out with his grandson Jimmy to dig in South Dakota Indian graves, searching for the Thomas Jefferson Peace Medal, the Holy Grail of artifact collecting. They quickly learn they are in a race with bandits and bureaucrats, a river is rising, and the whole enterprise may be damned, but with new friends and a revised sense of his own strength, Dr. Phillips stands up to everything that is in his way-including his own desires.

A Fullness of Uncertain Significance: Stories of Surgery, Clarity, & Grace

A Fullness of Uncertain Significance: Stories of Surgery, Clarity, & Grace

Bruce H. Campbell

$16.99 $15.80

(Paperback) Through these sixty well-crafted, poignant, sometimes funny, and always insightful stories, Dr. Campbell shares with readers what his patients and their families shared with him over the arc of his career, beginning with his first days working as an emergency room nursing assistant to the completion of his career as a head and neck surgeon. The book will resonate with physicians and healthcare providers at all stages of their careers, as well with medical students who are trying to better understand what it might be like to be a surgeon. Non-medical readers will get a peek behind the curtain and discover that surgeons are more than what the stereotypes reveal.

A Fullness of Uncertain Significance: Stories of Surgery, Clarity, & Grace

A Fullness of Uncertain Significance: Stories of Surgery, Clarity, & Grace

Bruce H. Campbell

$29.99 $27.89

(Hardcover) Through these sixty well-crafted, poignant, sometimes funny, and always insightful stories, Dr. Campbell shares with readers what his patients and their families shared with him over the arc of his career, beginning with his first days working as an emergency room nursing assistant to the completion of his career as a head and neck surgeon. The book will resonate with physicians and healthcare providers at all stages of their careers, as well with medical students who are trying to better understand what it might be like to be a surgeon. Non-medical readers will get a peek behind the curtain and discover that surgeons are more than what the stereotypes reveal.

Little Feet Be Careful

Little Feet Be Careful

Nancy Bauer-King

$12.99

How does an eighty-year-old woman survive in a patriarchal culture with a husband who is losing his memory? As a retired clergywoman, the impetus for writing was my conflict with the preponderance of male imagery in my religious experiences, as well as the broader culture. Little Feet Be Careful consists of short reflections on topics such as religious indoctrination, political frustration, dealing with Covid-19, childhood experiences, family stories, stories of goddesses, quotes from a variety of sources, my husband's dementia and death, and oh yes . . . a few poems.