Pleasure Boat Studio

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jack Estes is the publisher of this small press. It's been active since 1996, focusing mostly on poetry and fiction. In 2006, two new imprints were added: Caravel Mystery Books and Aequitas Books. Caravel is used primarily for mysteries (obviously) and Aequitas for non-fiction with a sociological or philosophical theme. That same year, a small press from Port Townsend, Washington, was resurrected and started working with Pleasure Boat Studio, as a division. This press, Empty Bowl, focuses on poetry and some prose with strong eco-consciousness. Pleasure Boat Studio is located in New York City, having moved from Bainbridge Island, Washington, in 2002.

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Must I Weep for the Dancing Bear, and Other Stories
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 53,930. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2012 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
These stories by Louis Phillips reinforce his reputation throughout his dozens of books of being imaginative, incisive, and entertaining. The voice here is that of a young man who is learning about life and about work. Phillips captures these formative years brilliantly, creating a coming-of-age collection of stories that will take you back to your own youth.
The Elderly Gentlemen's Mostly Legitimate Escort Association
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,980. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A word about the women in this story: Patient. Truth is, Robert and Jasper wouldn't have been quite so eager for Franny and Charlotte to go to work for a female escort service as the women were for Robert and Jasper to go to work for this one...
The Other Romanian
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 55,730. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2012 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
With THE OTHER ROMANIAN, Argula has again hit the mark. This strange mystery revolves around a postage stamp belonging to Hitler and a man who doesn't want to be found. Because of Quinn's accidental involvement, she is called upon to solve this case. Doing so requires her to examine her own feelings, deeply, and to solve a mystery about herself as well.
Little Known Facts About Well-Known People
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,600. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2012 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Nonfiction » General reference » Curiosities & wonders
WOODY ALLEN His first printed joke was in a gossip column. It read: Woody Allen says he ate at a restaurant that had O.P.S. Prices -- Other People's Salaries. NEIL ARMSTRONG After Neil Armstrong walked upon the moon, the Ohio Dairy Men's Association presented a sculpture of the astronaut to the Ohio State Fair. The sculpture was made out of 900 pounds of butter.
Deadly Negatives
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 43,360. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2012 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Deadly Negatives, starts innocently enough with a photographer discovering some black-and-white negatives hidden in a camera box. Wanting to find out about the photos leads him to people and places he didn't expect, not all of them friendly, and to long-unsolved crimes by prominent and and powerful people. Suddenly those negatives become extremely dangerous to possess.
Hurry Along
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 32,900. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Literature » Drama
This is a novel which is difficult to describe because of its complexity. Essentially, it tells the story of a family, but it's told with flashbacks and fragments in such a way that a reader may easily get lost. Nonetheless, it's a good sense of being lost, a sense in which one explores new territories and discovers new beauty.
Among Friends
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 42,060. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2012 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Friendship
An intelligent voice. An illuminating book. Sanelli is unsparing as she explores the subject of friendship in the lives of women. This is a book of self-discovery ... dauntless, smart, funny, beautifully written. Perfect for the book club or anyone willing to delve into the hodgepodge of emotions common to those who desire to befriend another.
North of the Border
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,420. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2012 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Chigger looked through the shrubbery into the open dance floor of Momma Bomba’s and watched Junior Ricardo on the stage doing his version of Chicano hip-hop. He was surrounded by whores, other hangers on and Chigger hated that rich bastard. He wished he could go over to Junior’s fancy sports car and take his baseball bat to it.
Goodbye, Philip Roth
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 27,220. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Goodbye, Philip Roth is a strange novella that challenges the reader and won't let up: What is going on? Who is this "Martin Smith" (a fictional character easily confused with the author) who is so obsessed with how America's great author, Philip Roth, is slowly and so very cleverly humiliating him, destroying his career? Is the narrator completely mad, or is there a basis for his paranoia?
Monique
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 21,660. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2011 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Fiction. Women's Studies. "The expert translation of this almost Gothic story lifts the veil on the place where environment meets the psyche, on women's sensuality and wit. A gift of Portuguese women writing to the English reader." -Lisa Katz
The Pitcher's Kid
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 118,690. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2011 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
The Pitcher's Kid is Jack Olsen's memoir of the first 18 years of his life, years that formed his voice, his ear, and his passionate concern for the underdog. It is a story of a young boy's desperate yearning for a father during a time of extreme poverty and confusion.
The Enduring Vision of Norman Mailer
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Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 46,230. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Essay » Literature
This book is a critical study of Norman Mailer's work, starting where the author's previous book - THE STRUCTURED VISION OF NORMAN MAILER - ended. This book reveals a side of Mailer that only a friend and confidant would know, a side which Leeds has come to understand and appreciate. Leeds carefully and intelligently weaves this personal Mailer into the Mailer persona and the Mailer art.
Way Out There: Lyrical Essays
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 69,670. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
These insightful essays are gathered from Daley's years traveling, working, writing, and finding his way in America's far west and beyond. With lyric grace and disarming honesty, he captures the optimism, experimentation and self-discovery that marked the 1970s and 80s. Traversing the shifting ground between meditation and memoir, Daley offers a unique take on our time and culture
Toys from my Attic
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,280. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2011 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This collection of art, short prose, poetry, and drama is a wonderful way to see the many sides of Russell Connor. Known primarily as a painter, this work provides evidence that his talents don't stop on the canvas. One section of this book has been removed to fit the ebook requirements. Anyone caring for this missing material should email the publisher, who will send it to him or her free.
Jew's Harp
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2011 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
―Here is a ‗new‘ poet whose voice breaks through in late middle age, in poems deep with memory and wide with history and writerly skill. With as sure a hand in tragedy as in humor, Walter Hess retraces the polyglot paths of exile while examining an American present and interrogating, indeed creating, a future whose borders are elective to the open in mind and heart. - Marilyn Hacker
Music of the Spheres
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Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 44,370. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2011 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Johnny Heron is down once again, but that doesn't stop him from attacking a seemingly impossible case, not believing the rumors and not backing down from the threats. One more time, he fumbles and fights his way to the truth behind blackmail, infidelities, and murder... and a really good martini.
A Passionate Engagement: A Memoir
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 71,160. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2011 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
A Passionate Engagement is both a love story and a story of political activism. In this remarkable memoir, Ken Harvey (award-winning author of If You Were With Me Everything Would Be All Right) reveals his own experience of coming out as a gay man, of meeting and falling in love with the man who would become his husband, and of growing into a social and political activist.
The Island of Naked Women
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 86,940. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2010 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Tobias, a mystery writer, returns to the family farm to care for his father. There he is allured by his father’s young wife Sabina. Meanwhile, Hardy, the hired hand, scoffs at Tobias’ city ways, while encouraging Sabina’s mentally challenged son Adam to turn into an Elvis impersonator; and Ingelize, who runs a riding school, finds Tobias irresistible. Soon death strikes and chaos ensues.
The Lord God Bird
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 35,210. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2010 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The Lord God Bird is a startling novella filled with dark images of America in the South in 1949. Jake Hamrick, a 19-year-old who has been obsessed since childhood with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, a bird that is on the verge of extinction, leaves Illinois for Louisiana to find the creature,in this cinematic novella of obsession, passion, violence, love and loss that you won't forget.
When the Tiger Weeps
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,890. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2009 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Nonfiction » History » Asian
This book is a far-ranging journey through disparate cultures; a history beginning in the West with the American Civil War and culminating in the wisdom-sage tradition of the Far East. Along the way—in poetry, prose and translations—the work dramatizes individual and collective responses to oppression—war, tyranny and social injustice— and the triumphs and tragedies of those responses.
Listening to the Rhino: Violence and Healing in a Scientific Age
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 42,880. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2009 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Theory
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This book uses stories, myths and case studies to show something deep in the psyche that resembles a large, primordial animal, whose support of human agendas is not entirely reliable. This irrational part of ourselves finds expression in a multitude of contradictory ways. It is responsible for the miraculous healing of body and soul as well as perpetuating horrifying forms of violence.
When History Enters the House: Essays from Central Europe, 1992-1996
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 57,840. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2009 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Nonfiction » History » European
“Blumenthal uses his exceptional powers of observation to look at Central Europe from an America an perspective, and re-view America from a Hungarian vantage point. (He) has a poet's eye for the telling detail, an expatriate's appreciation for cultural paradox, and the passion to see beyond both, to the salient heart of human and political dilemmas. This is a wise, witty book…” Eva Hoffman
Homicide My Own
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 51,340. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2009 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Homicide My Own resides in that strange and fascinating land between mystery fiction and detective fiction, adjoined with the mystique of philosophy and Native American customs. Pick this book up at your own risk. You may find yourself having lost not only the next few hours but also your sense of confidence in, as one might say, "the world as you know it.
The Woman Who Wrote King Lear and other stories
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 62,580. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2009 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In his 3rd collection of short fiction, Louis Phillips, a widely read author of fiction, poetry, drama, and children s stories, takes us into numerous strange worlds. From the opening story, Errata, which lists dozens of strange mistakes with a previously published story, to the final piece, Lee Harvey Oswald s Can Opener, a reader soon discovers oneself visiting an unpredictable consciousness.
Dream of the Dragon Pool -- A Daoist Quest
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 94,650. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2009 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Dream of the Dragon Pool – A Daoist Quest is a multifaceted novel woven around the historical fact of the death-sentence exile of China’s best-loved poet-adventurer, Li Bo (also known as Li Bai, 701-762 A.D.). This is an adventure story of magic and myth that involves the occult powers of an ancient Chinese shape-shifting vampire written in traditional Chinese-style wuxia (heroic) novel form.
The War Journal of Lila Smith
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 85,530. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2009 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This book is based on a true story of the invasion and subsequent occupation of the Island of Attu by the Japanese during WW2. This action was followed by the removal of the occupants of Attu to another island near Japan.
If You Were With Me Everything Would Be All Right and other stories
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 59,610. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2009 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
These are stories which deal with the lives of gay men. However, their spark comes from the mixing of gay and straight worlds. Harvey's compassionate eye is clearly at work as he examines the pains and joys, the tensions and laughter encountered by human beings every day of their lives. This collection won the Violet Quill Award for Best New Gay Fiction of the Year.
Home & Away: The Old Town Poems
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 12,770. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2009 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
In these poems, Miller drafts people, characters, images and events out of their familiar locations and contexts and weaves them into new situations, creating unexpected connections, original experiences. This new town is the locale of Miller's vital imagination.
Rumours: The Memoir of a POW in WWII
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 72,870. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2009 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Nonfiction » History » Military
Chas tells of the treatments of prisoners by Germans vs. Italians, of tensions among prisoners, of the kind of work the men did and the kind of food they ate. Some of the stories are humorous, filled with the small joys. Others are tense and frightening: getting into a fist fight with a guard, being discovered in an escape attempt, standing before a firing squad.
Crossing the Water: The Alaska-Hawaii Trilogies
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 43,130. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2009 by Pleasure Boat Studio. Category: Fiction » Literature » Drama
These are not “touristy” stories. They are deep and hard, a reflection of the regions in which they’re set. In the Alaska segment, Warner focuses on the passions that isolation and weather can bring out in human beings. In his “Hawaiian Island Trilogy,” he looks at a different kind of mythos – the often ethereal dimension of time.

Books

A Diary for 1849
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 30,630. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » American
Elihu Beard's Diary of 1849 represents a very personal view of America during its greatest period of transition and conflict. This remarkable young student of a Quaker family shares his thoughtful views on issues of his day, many of which still have pertinence today.

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