We Dropped A Bomb On You: The Best of Slake I-IV
edited by Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa
Cofounded by former LA Weekly editor Joe Donnelly and current Los Angeles Times Arts and Entertainment editor Laurie Ochoa, Slake is a literary journal that sets a new template for the next generation of print publications — collectible, not disposable; destined for the bedside table instead of the recycling bin. It’s a whole new way of looking at Los Angeles and the world. We Dropped a Bomb on You is a devastating compendium of essays, fiction, and photo essays from the first four issues of Slake. Featuring previously unpublished work by Aimee Bender, Mark Z. Danielewski, Dana Goodyear, Gregory Bojorquez, Jonathan Gold, Richard Lange, Iris Berry, and Jerry Stahl, this collection marks a return to storytelling with polished essay, memoir, fiction, poetry, and profile writing that is disappearing in a world of instant takes and unfiltered opinion.
A Barnacle Book, an imprint of Rare Bird Books (9780988931206; $18; 640 pages)

We Dropped A Bomb On You: The Best of Slake I-IV

edited by Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa

Cofounded by former LA Weekly editor Joe Donnelly and current Los Angeles Times Arts and Entertainment editor Laurie Ochoa, Slake is a literary journal that sets a new template for the next generation of print publications — collectible, not disposable; destined for the bedside table instead of the recycling bin. It’s a whole new way of looking at Los Angeles and the world. We Dropped a Bomb on You is a devastating compendium of essays, fiction, and photo essays from the first four issues of Slake. Featuring previously unpublished work by Aimee Bender, Mark Z. Danielewski, Dana Goodyear, Gregory Bojorquez, Jonathan Gold, Richard Lange, Iris Berry, and Jerry Stahl, this collection marks a return to storytelling with polished essay, memoir, fiction, poetry, and profile writing that is disappearing in a world of instant takes and unfiltered opinion.

A Barnacle Book, an imprint of Rare Bird Books (9780988931206; $18; 640 pages)

The Complete A**hole Dad: Random Musings of an Inappropriate Parent by Dan Indante 
Dan Indante is a bitter, vindictive attorney most famous for writing the seminal relationship bookThe Complete A**hole’s Guide To Handling Chicks, quite possibly the most offensive work in the history of American literature. Now, still lacking any sense of maturity but beholden to two kids and a wife, 40-plus-year-old, fat, balding, unrepentant Dan pretends to be a model parent during PTA meetings and Little League games while secretly writing hateful screeds (like this book) which rage against the banality of modern parenting. Dan lives and works in Beverly Hills until the creditors from his various real estate projects catch up to him.
Rare Bird Books
9781940207049, $14.95; 266pp.

The Complete A**hole Dad: Random Musings of an Inappropriate Parent by Dan Indante 

Dan Indante is a bitter, vindictive attorney most famous for writing the seminal relationship bookThe Complete A**hole’s Guide To Handling Chicks, quite possibly the most offensive work in the history of American literature. Now, still lacking any sense of maturity but beholden to two kids and a wife, 40-plus-year-old, fat, balding, unrepentant Dan pretends to be a model parent during PTA meetings and Little League games while secretly writing hateful screeds (like this book) which rage against the banality of modern parenting. Dan lives and works in Beverly Hills until the creditors from his various real estate projects catch up to him.

Rare Bird Books

9781940207049, $14.95; 266pp.

Echo of the Boom by Maxwell Neely-Cohen (Barnacle/Rare Bird; April 15, 2014). Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West.
"Striking… a coming-of-age story about finding meaning in our technologically advanced world as the end grows near… a character-driven tale of the apocalypse." —Sonya Lovy, Foreword Reviews"Chloe is a queen bee… Efram is a teenage Gatsby. Molly is a gun-toting apocalypse prepster… and where Steven goes, Death follows… These young adults are of the generation ‘born after the fall of the wall but before the fall of the towers.’ In such chaotic times, they understand full well that a trigger can’t pull itself."—Publishers Weekly"A book that’s hard to put down… The online world plays a big part here, and there are elements that will please readers of William Gibson." —Tobias Carroll, Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Echo of the Boom by Maxwell Neely-Cohen (Barnacle/Rare Bird; April 15, 2014). Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West.

"Striking… a coming-of-age story about finding meaning in our technologically advanced world as the end grows near… a character-driven tale of the apocalypse." Sonya Lovy, Foreword Reviews

"Chloe is a queen bee… Efram is a teenage Gatsby. Molly is a gun-toting apocalypse prepster… and where Steven goes, Death follows… These young adults are of the generation ‘born after the fall of the wall but before the fall of the towers.’ In such chaotic times, they understand full well that a trigger can’t pull itself."
Publishers Weekly

"A book that’s hard to put down… The online world plays a big part here, and there are elements that will please readers of William Gibson." —Tobias Carroll, Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Notes to Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn’t Share in Public is a “mortifying memoir” from bestselling author and tv/film writer Pamela Ribon. Miserably trapped in small town Texas with no invention of the internet in sight, Ribon spent countless hours of her high school years writing letters to her (often unrequited) crushes. The big question is: Why did she always keep a copy for herself? Wince along with Ribon as she tries to understand exactly how she ever thought she’d win a boy’s heart by writing him a letter that began: “Share with me your soul,” and ends with some remarkably awkward erotica. You’ll come for the incredibly bad poetry, you’ll stay for the incredibly bad poetry about racism.
(Rare Bird Books, February 11, 2014)

Notes to Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn’t Share in Public is a “mortifying memoir” from bestselling author and tv/film writer Pamela Ribon. Miserably trapped in small town Texas with no invention of the internet in sight, Ribon spent countless hours of her high school years writing letters to her (often unrequited) crushes. The big question is: Why did she always keep a copy for herself? Wince along with Ribon as she tries to understand exactly how she ever thought she’d win a boy’s heart by writing him a letter that began: “Share with me your soul,” and ends with some remarkably awkward erotica. You’ll come for the incredibly bad poetry, you’ll stay for the incredibly bad poetry about racism.

(Rare Bird Books, February 11, 2014)

Musician, Producer, Manager, Rock Journalist, Indie Label Executive—the Southern California native Bruce Duff has seen and been a part of more rock and roll fantasies come to life than the average, everyday guy with long hair and a penchant for living the dream. From playing with the legendary GG Allin, the Angry Samoans’ Jeff Dahl, and the Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome—to running Triple XXX Records and writing for the most appropriate publications known to the genres, The Smell of Death is Duff’s remembrance of things past, his ode to the good times, and his acceptance of the bad.
(A Barnacle Book | Rare Bird Books, April 15, 2015)

Musician, Producer, Manager, Rock Journalist, Indie Label Executive—the Southern California native Bruce Duff has seen and been a part of more rock and roll fantasies come to life than the average, everyday guy with long hair and a penchant for living the dream. From playing with the legendary GG Allin, the Angry Samoans’ Jeff Dahl, and the Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome—to running Triple XXX Records and writing for the most appropriate publications known to the genres, The Smell of Death is Duff’s remembrance of things past, his ode to the good times, and his acceptance of the bad.

(A Barnacle Book | Rare Bird Books, April 15, 2015)

Mecca Pimp: A Novel of Love and Human Trafficking by Bernard Radfar (A Barnacle Book, Rare Bird Books | November 12, 2013)

Mecca Pimp: A Novel of Love and Human Trafficking by Bernard Radfar (A Barnacle Book, Rare Bird Books | November 12, 2013)

Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville
Released February 5, 2013
Set in the paradise of a South Sea island, Typee is a combination of fact and fiction. The tale is a distortion of the life of the Typees and foreshadows the metaphysical preoccupations in Melville’s later work with its depiction of the evil and mystery lurking beneath the idyllic setting.

Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville

Released February 5, 2013

Set in the paradise of a South Sea island, Typee is a combination of fact and fiction. The tale is a distortion of the life of the Typees and foreshadows the metaphysical preoccupations in Melville’s later work with its depiction of the evil and mystery lurking beneath the idyllic setting.

Sparks-Tastic: Twenty-One Nights in London with Sparks by Tosh Berman
Released May 14th, 2013
In 2008, Tosh Berman—author and publisher of TamTam Books—got on a plane with a single motive: “Sparks Spectacular.” It had been announced that the band Sparks would perform all twenty-one of their albums in a succession of twenty-one nights in London…a monumental experience for any Sparks fanatic. Part travel journal, part personal memoir, Berman takes us through the streets of London and Paris, observing both cities’ history and culture through the eye of an obsessive Sparks fan’s lens. Including album-by-album reviews of all twenty-one albums and beyond, Sparks-Tastic defines a place and time in music history that’s too defining to be ignored.

Sparks-Tastic: Twenty-One Nights in London with Sparks by Tosh Berman

Released May 14th, 2013

In 2008, Tosh Berman—author and publisher of TamTam Books—got on a plane with a single motive: “Sparks Spectacular.” It had been announced that the band Sparks would perform all twenty-one of their albums in a succession of twenty-one nights in London…a monumental experience for any Sparks fanatic. Part travel journal, part personal memoir, Berman takes us through the streets of London and Paris, observing both cities’ history and culture through the eye of an obsessive Sparks fan’s lens. Including album-by-album reviews of all twenty-one albums and beyond, Sparks-Tastic defines a place and time in music history that’s too defining to be ignored.

Inside Passage: A Corey Logan Novel by Burt Weissbourd
Released February 19, 2013
Corey Logan was set up. She knows Nick Season’s terrible secret. Coming home from prison, all Corey wants is to be with her son. To get him back, she needs to make a good impression on the psychiatrist evaluating her. But Dr. Abe Stein doesn’t believe she was framed—until his well-heeled mother falls for the charming state attorney general candidate, Nick Season.As the dogs of war are unleashed, Corey and her son run for their lives—taking her boat up the Pacific Northwest’s remote Inside Passage. Inside Passage is the first in Weissbourd’s haunting, heart-stirring Corey Logan trilogy.

Inside Passage: A Corey Logan Novel by Burt Weissbourd

Released February 19, 2013

Corey Logan was set up. She knows Nick Season’s terrible secret. Coming home from prison, all Corey wants is to be with her son. To get him back, she needs to make a good impression on the psychiatrist evaluating her. But Dr. Abe Stein doesn’t believe she was framed—until his well-heeled mother falls for the charming state attorney general candidate, Nick Season.

As the dogs of war are unleashed, Corey and her son run for their lives—taking her boat up the Pacific Northwest’s remote Inside Passage. Inside Passage is the first in Weissbourd’s haunting, heart-stirring Corey Logan trilogy.

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