Propertius Press

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Provocative, engaging literature for the discerning reader who enjoys discourse. These are books you'll talk about, share, and read multiple times. Propertius prints for the ages... for the love of books.

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Until We're Fish
Pre-release—available October 6, 2020. Price: $7.99 USD. Language: English. Published by Propertius Press. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
An unforgettable coming-of-age story, Until We’re Fish blends the romance, violence, mood, and ethos of the Cuban Revolution with a young man’s hopeless and heroic first love. With the truth of experience and the lyricism of poetry, Rodríguez Drissi constructs an exquisite, gossamer tale of revolution and hearts set adrift.
Spools of Red Twine
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,210. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2020 by Propertius Press. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Narrated by a painfully frank young woman who finds herself working a soul-sucking job as a cashier at a health food store, this timely satire critiques society and the emptiness of being forced to continue on with the status quo. At times humorous, and at times frightening, this story about an individual’s rebellion against society and the harmful effects of capitalism does not disappoint.
Like Soldiers Everywhere
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,730. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2020 by Propertius Press. Categories: Fiction » Urban
Like Soldiers Everywhere is a moving love story set in modern Israel. Jenny and David, two young Americans, meet in a Jerusalem cafe, part, and are reunited, setting out to build a life together in the shadow of war, a life as fragile in its purity and innocence as perhaps the Zionist dream itself.
Something Like My Name
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 44,040. Language: American English. Published: January 20, 2020 by Propertius Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
A habitual drifter and a college basketball star tell concurrent stories of how they are lost, alternately destroyed and hopeful, as they try to figure out what to do with themselves, what's the point of it all, and what if they never figure it out? Set in northern Idaho, the title of the book is from a James Tate poem, "Manna," which describes a moment of ineffable beauty and reassurance.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,640. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2019 by Propertius Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
What would it take to make you snap? To become so consumed with bloodlust and rage that you begin thinking twisted and bizarre thoughts… doing unthinkable things. Losing yourself so completely that you no longer recognize the you that was before. Quinn Darby finds herself blind-sided with her husband's affair, and when she learns she has become the talk of the town, it's more than she can take.
The Bottoms and Hills: Virginia Tales
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 22,160. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2019 by Propertius Press. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
A collection of tales hinged upon "a way of life" in Southside Virginia, the "Old Dominion," in the authentic language as heard by the author and originally written down in the late 1950s. This treasure is re-published posthumously in cooperation with the Arthenia J. Bates Literary Foundation, in celebration of the author's 99th birthday.
Simple Gratitudes
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 69,980. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2019 by Propertius Press. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Judaism / Orthodox
With simple but clear-minded and visually rich descriptions, the author elevates normal everyday happenings to a spiritual plane that lies deep in everyone’s heart in a way that transcends religious creed, race, and time itself. No matter where you are or your pattern of belief, you will find these words resonate with gifts of a universal truth.
Eye Exams: A Book of Epigrams.
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 16,780. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018 by Propertius Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Contemporary philosophy
Epigrams can be stabs at thought, sudden insights, or summations of a life. The fact that they don’t parade in the best dress gives freedom to all types of garb; even so, occasional nakedness is exposed. Ultimately writing epigrams exposes the reader as well as the writer, and by extension all human nature -- broadening our observations of the species. The sole object is understanding.
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 74,810. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2018 by Propertius Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Coming of age
A small group of soldiers enters Vassar College, courtesy of the GI Bill, and each attempts to settle into civilian life. A clash of cultures combined with readjustment battles amid the creative intellectual world of academics during the beginnings of the McCarthy era makes for an engaging story, as these good men are forced to examine long-held beliefs of freedom, patriotism, and service.
Parade of Shades
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 95,040. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017 by Propertius Press. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman, Fiction » Coming of age
For the better part of her young life, Karen Baker reacts to people who either praise or resent her tawny complexion. When her mother abandons the family, she is left to help raise her younger siblings with a father who unfortunately is absent even when he is at home. A Big Sisters mentor briefly steps into her life, and positive change begins. However Karen quickly learns everything has a price.
Lucky Southern Women
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 121,000. Language: American English. Published: January 10, 2014 by Propertius Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
(5.00 from 1 review)
The rural landscape entwines around the lives and loves of two strong, yet troubled women, a beautiful contrast to the beliefs they absorbed as children. Only in moving beyond the past can they forge a way ahead not only for themselves, but for their loved ones. In so doing, each finds something vital that will give them the power and resilience they need to meet the greatest challenge of all.
The Blues, Mary
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 35,980. Language: British English. Published: August 5, 2012 by Propertius Press. Categories: Fiction » Urban
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
An aspiring yet disenchanted Northern Irish journalist finds himself in New York where he discovers the interdependency of creation, craft and audience. Through a reflective narrative circling his daily life, a relationship with a woman named Mary, and an assignment of interviews with a rock'n'roll band, he learns that the key to understanding himself is realising where he really wants to be.


Metamorphosis: A Collection of Stories
Price: $5.99 $4.19 USD. (30% off!) Words: 191,580. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
In this collection, 21 stories chronicle deep metamorphosis, where by a lesson, a journey, discoveries, the confluence of ideas, an accident or some other more esoteric circumstances, we become more attuned to the connections - and distances - between the inner and outer worlds than perhaps we were at the beginning. We grow wings, take flight, and start all over again.

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Archie Taylor
Latest book: A Dying Breed: Insights Into The African American Question.
Published May 5, 2015. (5.00 from 1 review)
Dakotah Henderson
Latest book: Life's Beauties.
Published April 16, 2014. (5.00 from 3 reviews)
Howard Winn
Latest book: Acropolis.
Published February 12, 2018.
Jewel Hopson
Latest book: Parade of Shades.
Published October 18, 2017.
KJ Hannah Greenberg
Latest book: Walnut Street.
Published June 14, 2019.
Matt Dean
Latest book: The Wide Night Sky.
Published May 4, 2015. (5.00 from 3 reviews)
Sarah Kay
Latest book: The Blues, Mary.
Published August 5, 2012. (4.75 from 4 reviews)