Women Up On Blocks
by Mary Akers
5.5 x 8.5 paperback
Jenn Rhubright’s photography is of the most artistic variety. She captures not only the spirit of her subject, but also the unique environment in which it is found. The balance and composition engraved in her works are breathtaking. With an eye toward contrast and deeply saturated color, she creates images that are at once stunning and majestic. She has found muse in many photographic subjects from nature to landscapes, but has a special reverence for the classic American automobile, a subject that she has embraced with her full creative spirit.
Mary Akers' fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in a number of national and international journals including Bellevue Literary Review, The Fiddlehead, and Primavera. She co-authored the non-fiction book Radical Gratitude and other life lessons learned in Siberia, published by Allen & Unwin (Australia) and forthcoming as The Greatest Gift from Simon & Schuster, UK. She is a graduate of The College of William and Mary and the Queens University of Charlotte MFA program. Although raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia—which she will always call home—she currently lives in western New York.
Mixologist Kate DiMaggio invented The Red Stiletto in honor of WOMEN UP ON BLOCKS. It brings a whole new meaning to Get Lit! with Press 53...
Click on the photo of Kate's Red Stiletto for her recipe.
The Red Stiletto
by Kate DiMaggio, mixologist
1.5 parts Citron vodka
1 part Red Passion Alize
.75 part Cointreau
1 part Ocean Spray 100% cranberry juice
Squeezes of both lemon and lime
Splash (or more/to taste) of club soda
Garnish with raspberry or cranberry
Shake over ice and serve in a chilled martini glass
Best when served before, during, or after reading Women Up On Blocks, by Mary Akers
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Whether it’s a young co-ed who has lived her life succumbing to passion and authority, a woman struggling with the intense demands of motherhood, or a newlywed whose new mirror-filled home proves too much for her fragile psyche, these thirteen stories—edgy and alluring—inexorably peel back the layers of the women they portray. By turns, lyrical and haunting, plainspoken and frank, award-winning writer Mary Akers’ finely crafted debut collection WOMEN UP ON BLOCKS explores the price women pay when they allow the roles of wife, mother, daughter, or lover to define them.
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