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Silent Retreats

This volume of eleven stories, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, contains “Arcola Girls,” which first appeared in the New England Review, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and also won a National Endowment for the Arts grant. It contains the story “Geneseo” which formed the foundation for Philip’s first novel (unpublished). It contains “The Valence of Common Ions,” “Wilbur Gray Falls in Love with an Idea,” “Fiona’s Rooms,” and the title story, “Silent Retreats,” all of which contain characters who converge in Philip’s newest novel, Past Tense (still looking for a home). The collection is dedicated to two of Philip’s mentors at St. Joseph’s College.Price: $12

How Men Pray

This, Philip’s first volume of poetry, published by the wondrous Anhinga Press, appeared in the winter of 2005. Two of the poems within, “The Worrier’s Guild” and “Flying,” have been read by Garrison Keillor on Writer’s Almanac. “The Worrier’s Guild,” as a result of the Keillor reading, was reprinted in the bird flu issue of the professional magazine of the Center for Disease Control, which would have made Philip’s father, an M.D., very happy.Price: $12

Scoring from Second: Writers on Baseball

In the 2004, Philip Deaver received the handoff of a project McNally had begun. It was a book of essays by writers that centered on baseball. The idea of the book was not actually “sportswriting.” It was to collect a set of essays by writers that showed how baseball had played a part in their lives. For instance, it contained a wrenching essay by writer Pete Ives about going to Yankee Stadium with his young son, who had leukemia, on the invitation of the Make A Wish Foundation. There are essays in the book by Michael Chabon, William Least Heat-Moon, Cris Mazza, Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Andre Dubus, Michael Steinberg, Ron Carlson, Floyd Skloot, Leslie Epstein, Rick Bass, buncha others. Philip’s son, Dan, was an immeasurable help in finishing this project.Price: $12