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Who Made the West:

A Ranking of the 30 Most Influential Figures in Western History

by Ian Alan Cheney

Nobody can explain history the way a high school history teacher explains it. Ian Alan Cheney's Who Made the West is a classic example of history made interesting. By analyzing the life and work of Western history's most  influential individuals, he effectively portrays the staggering progress and retrogression of civilization. Some of his choices and rankings are surprising but always well justified. This is a history for readers who want to better understand how the current state of civilization came to be but are reluctant to dive into a subject that is too often dull. Cheney makes history interesting and often humorous. This book is a trip every reader will enjoy.

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The Art of Yujuan Patnode


A collection of exquisite oil paintings on silk, rice paper, and watercolor paper by Chinese-American artist Yujuan "Juner" Patnode. Her work marries the aesthetics of Eastern and Western cultures.

Patnode specializes in traditional Chinese watercolor painting as well as being adept in modern formats and calligraphy. With Chinese watercolor, there are not only two different techniques (Xieyi - which is freehand done quickly and Gongbi - which is meticulous traditional realism) yet each is done with a different kind of rice paper. In each technique there are three styles: Flower and Animal / Landscape / Portrait.

As part of Chinese culture, Juner specializes in the Flower and Animal style yet is also well-versed with Landscape. Juner has been influenced by traditional Chinese Culture and Artists and has also been influenced by exposure to Eastern Culture and Artists.

Notions from a Time of Peril

Glenn Alan Cheney

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A collection of brief essays from Glenn Alan Cheney's newspaper columns. Topics relate to the environment, the Covid pandemic, the human condition, remarkable individuals, pawnshops, submarines, penmanship, alarm clocks, terrorism, couches, statues, golf, mascots, art, lawns, incompetence, skunks, and a lot more.


The reading is easy, sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing, sometimes insightful, always interesting.

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The Clash of the Races

Monteiro Lobato

Monteiro Lobato was one of Brazil's most imaginative writers. He is best known for his children's books about the bizarre adventures of a plucky little girl and her irreverent rag doll. But The Clash of the Races—the only novel he wrote for adult readers—takes an even wilder ride through Lobato's strange, intriguing perspective on humanity.

The story is set in Brazil, where a young man and woman use high-tech equipment to see into the future. They follow events in the United States in the year 2228 as Black and white voters vie to elect a president of their respective ethnicity. The run-up to the elections is close until a feminist candidate pits women against men regardless of race.

The story inevitably reflects some of the racism that was accepted as normal in the 1920s, when the book was written. At the same time, it opens racism to everyone's view as the fictional characters grapple with it.

And suddenly, a Black man becomes President of the United States. Hard to believe? Not almost a hundred years after the book was written. But three centuries later, from when Lobato tells the story, a Black president is simply not acceptable to whites.

And then things get ugly…

Ana Lessa-Schmidt's insightful and nuanced English translation of this Brazilian classic is being published for the first time. This novel shocked its readers in 1926, and it's even more shocking today. Depending on how one reads it, it is shocking because of the precision in predicting the future, it is shocking because of the warning it contains, it is shocking for so many more reasons… Whatever the case, the reader will not go through this work unscathed.

All Poetry

Paulo Leminski


Paulo Leminski's poetry promotes—with intelligence and sensitivity—an encounter between opposites: rigor and emotion, erudition and lightness, avant-garde and pop. It is not by chance that he, having flourished in the 1970s-80s, continues to influence Brazilian poets and lyricists of the new generations.

This edition brings together for the first time all the poetry published by the author from Curitiba, a cunning master of lapidary verse. Books that are now classics in Brazil such as Caprices & Re-laxities, Distracted We Shall Overcome, and La Vie en Close, in addition to rare titles such as Forty Clicks in Curitiba, are now made available, with unprecedented editorial care, to English-language readers.

This ingenious translation accomplishes the seemingly impossible, rendering Leminski's wordplay in Portuguese into similar wordplay in English.

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A Cheney Sampler: Excerpts from Works by Glenn Alan Cheney

by Glenn Alan Cheney        Paperback: $15


Glenn Alan Cheney is the author of more than 40 books and the translator of another dozen. His hundreds of articles, essays, op-ed pieces, and stories have appeared in innumerable newspapers and magazines.

This 600-page collection include excerpts from books on Brazil's Estrada Real and Quilombo dos Palmares, cats, bees, Mohandas Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, the Pilgrims, Chernobyl, nuns, atrocities in Amazonia,  incarceration, death and burial, the ends of the world.

The book includes essays that look into hiccups, couches, Covid, elections, wealth, statues, nuclear power, being buried alive, pawnshops, corruption, materialism, lawns, alarm clocks, lies, dogs,  chocolate, a hermitic pacifist, an old man and his Model T.

Chapters from Cheney's novels mix humor into dark themes—a lonely teenager, life in a town of crazy people, a family in trouble in Amazonia, a drifter bereft of love.  His poems punch with terseness and tangible details. The book also includes whole short stories imagine a frog farm, the midlife crisis of a Dodge, a baby named Moses, a barber who couldn't cut hair, a young writer grappling with a world of signs and symbols.

In A Cheney Sampler, the reader can dip into a trove of Cheney's work. It includes excerpted chapters, brief essays, a few stories, a smattering of poems, and a taste of translations.

Cheney's world is quite unlike yours or any other. It's worth a look.