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American River Review vol. 32
New for 2019!
The American River Review is an entirely student-produced literary journal published by annually by American River College (ARC). American River Review has expanded the scope of its coverage annually, since the debut 1984 issue. To date, American River Review has received the title of Best in the Nation in the Community College Humanities Association Literary Magazine Competition on nine separate occasions. It is currently the only literary magazine in the nation to have received this award more than twice.
Each issue is the result of an eighteen-month process where hundreds of pieces of creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry of various genres are submitted for consideration to American River Review staff. Students of American River College and participants in SummerWords: The American River College Creative Writing Colloquium are eligible to submit. Every submission is read and discussed during a class session and voted upon. A final vote decides which works will be selected, edited, and published. The staff meets with the authors of the selected pieces to discuss the work and offer feedback for the author’s consideration with the goal of helping the piece reach its highest potential.
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Lynn Carthage, paperback
American River College Faculty Author
Long ago I was a servant girl at the great manor house in the quiet English villageof Grenshire. My mistress, Madame Arnaud, proved cruel, and many died at her hands.To stop her, I tried to kill her. I failed. And I lost everything. But that was then. Now, Phoebe Irving's family has moved into the Arnaud Manor.Phoebe, her friend Miles, and I crossed paths and discovered a powerful connection.Together we might be strong enough to untangle an ancient prophecy hanging over thistroubled place where old, deep magic mingles with greed and revenge. We might save Phoebe's baby sister and other innocents. We might even save ourselves.

“Deliciously creepy, atmospheric.” —Janet Butler Taylor, author of Into the Dim

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Between Lions & Lambs
N.T. McQueen, paperback
American River College Faculty Author
Everyone has a past including Ezekiel Clemons, the world's most influential and noticeable evangelist. Despite traveling the globe preaching and speaking to hundreds of thousands of followers, this man of God is haunted. At his side is Gerald, a friend and accomplice in hiding Ezekiel's sinful secrets despite his convictions. On the day of one of their televised meetings, faces from their previous lives return and send the two on a journey into what it means to have faith and the reasons for why they believe. Told from Gerald's perspective and a series of flashbacks, the past and present collide as Ezekiel's demons he tried to run from return, forcing him - and Gerald - to acknowledge the things they fear the most. With insight and empathy, N.T. McQueen's provocative novel, Between Lions and Lambs, examines the nature of hypocrisy, the power of redemption and the faithfulness of grace u[ until its shocking conclusion.

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Burning the Little Candle
Anthony Swofford (editor), paperback
American River College Faculty Author
Fiction. Poetry. Drama. Literary Nonfiction. California Interest. Introduction by Anthony Swofford. To an outside observer, north Sacramento, California might seem an unlikely place for a creative writing mecca. The fact that American River College is a state-funded, public education community college might make it seem even more unlikely. And yet American River College has drawn some of the area's most talented creative writers to its halls and has published, for a quarter century, their work in the award-winning American River Review.

BURNING THE LITTLE CANDLE, a title borrowed from the poetry of Philip Levine, offers a selection from the work of that creative writing department's faculty and staff including new and previously published work by Lois Ann Abraham, Aaron Bradford, Christian Kiefer, Shane Lipscomb, John Bell, Traci Gourdine, Jason Sinclair Long, Harold Schneider, Michael Angelone, Michael Spurgeon, Rod Siegfried, David Merson, and Emily Hughes. As former American River College student (and Jarhead author) Anthony Swofford writes in his introduction, "go now, read these working and teaching artists. And learn."

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Campina Dorada
Cecilia Hernandez, paperback
American River College Faculty Author
Enid Beltrán is a young, clairvoyant girl, who had just had a horrible premonition: she has seen herself being attacked at the hands of a stranger, in the woods that surround her grandparents' state, Campiña Dorada. ("Golden Countryside") Now, committed to spend the next seven days in Campiña Dorada, Enid locks herself up in the mansion, determined to never go near the forest during the week. There she meets mysterious cousin Marco and she finds herself immersed in a web of family secrets and ghosts from the past, chasing the solution to a riddle left by her grandfather, that may give her explanations to her mental abilities... but also to the meaning of her terrible vision of the future. Amid unexpected adventures and new feelings, Enid ends each day grateful to be alive, but knowing it is a day less before the nightmare comes true.

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Circus Girl & Other Stories
Lois Ann Abraham, paperback
American River College Faculty Author
A little girl discovers the power of the creative impulse. A woman remembers her first confusing sexual encounter. An aging flower child travels to Mexico to save her daughter. A baby is born with blue feet. A man ponders his ex-wife's last word. Those who live in the pages of CIRCUS GIRL & OTHER STORIES are seeking—wisely or foolishly, successfully or vainly—to make sense of their lives and to become more completely themselves. For some, the self-examined life leads deeper into darkness; others find the crack in their universe that lets the light in.

Lois Ann Abraham is a professor of English at American River College and a prize-winning fiction writer. Her pieces have appeared in Sojourner, Chico News & Review, Writing on the Edge, inside english, Burning the Little Candle, and Convergences. Shespent her formative years in Texas, the Panhandle of Oklahoma, and New Mexico, where she still has strong roots. She presently lives in a Sacramento house with no ninety-degree angles, along with her husband and her calico cat, Ella Fitzgerald.

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Eros Zero
Daniel Rounds, paperback
American River College Faculty Author
Poetry. Art. Poems by Daniel Rounds with photographs by Jesse Vasquez. Daniel Rounds' second volume of poetry is a rumination of what it is be a self and a body and the simultaneity of desire. Accompanied by full-color plates by photographer Jesse Vasquez, Rounds work continues to ruminate on language as inscription and definition but also as sound. Here Rounds tilts toward the physical, the coupling of one body with another, the fact of physicality as self-definition.
Jesse Vasquez is a photographer, artist and curator from Sacramento. His work is largely focused on the phenomenon of having a human body and its connection to human consciousness.

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Mark Zupan & Tim Swanson, paperback
American River College Faculty Author
College soccer star Mark Zupan had been out drinking one night and had passed out in the back of his best friend's pickup truck when his friend got in the driver's seat, decided to take the truck for a spin, and accidentally crashed it. Thrown into a canal and stuck in frigid water for fourteen hours, Mark was finally rescued and learned soon after that he'd broken his neck. He'd most likely be a quadriplegic and spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, doctors told him. At first Mark's only goal was to walk again. When that proved impossible, he fell into the depths of anger and despair, retreating from the world and the people closest to him. But love, friendship, and a new sport, quad rugby (a.k.a. "murderball"), helped Mark create a new existence that's truly exceptional. Gimp, the no-holds-barred memoir of a Paralympic athlete and the star of the Academy Award–nominated documentary Murderball, is an inspiring, defiant, and revealing celebration of spirit and will that confounds readers' prejudices by offering proof that a guy in a chair can still do amazing things: have sex with his girlfriend, party with his friends . . . even crowd-surf at Pearl Jam shows.

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Grandma's Tiny House
JaNay Brown-Wood, hardcover, paperback
American River College Faculty Author
This sweet, rhyming counting book introduces young readers to numbers one through fifteen as Grandma’s family and friends fill her tiny house on Brown Street. Neighbors, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and grandkids crowd into the house and pile it high with treats for a family feast. But when the walls begin to bulge and no-body has space enough to eat, one clever grandchild knows exactly what to do. Where there’s a will there’s a way when families grow and come together.

"A warmhearted tribute to the messy joys of a big, impromptu gathering" — Publisher's Weekly STARRED review

"A fine addition to book collections about families, food, counting, and joyous gatherings" — The Horn Book

"This counting story will have repeated readings during the holidays and all year round" — School Library Journal

"Grandma's lucky to have all these family members, and young readers are even luckier to be invited to this wonderful family gathering." — Kirkus Reviews

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Lynn Carthage, paperback
American River College Faculty Author
Moving to my stepfather's English country mansion sounded so promising. But the Arnaud Manor is neglected and unwelcoming, and I get the feeling it isn't exactly uninhabited. Something wants to hurt us—especially my little sister, Tabby. Okay, so I might be a little sensitive lately. My parents act oblivious to me, my old life is far away in San Francisco, and the gorgeous guy I just met tells me terrible stories about the infamous Madame Arnaud who lived here long ago, and about missing children and vengeful spirits. The kind of stories that are impossible to believe—until you're living in one of them, fighting to protect everyone you love...

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