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Our Best of book series

These are diverse collections of poetry and prose, encompassing fiction and non-fiction, and are available for sale by contacting us at: wnekr@litchfieldwriters.org

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Best of 2007

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 The loneliness of a windowed prison.
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 Injustice strikes long-time partners of the open road.
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 When a casualty of war is not suffered alone.
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 A robot who finds a need for freedom.
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 The joy to be found in the process of forgiveness.
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 Why you would sweat the small stuff in life.
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 Your very own priceless piece of the Titanic.
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 How truth like grains of sand can abrade away life.
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 Joe Steak, a would-be gumshoe from the golden age of Noir tough guys.
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 A mysterious skull with the potential for real magic.

Best of 2008

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 When loneliness crosses the old covered bridge.
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 Remembering the trials and tribulations of visiting the dentist as a child.
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 The painful exhilaration of attempting to keep up with a younger brother while going down a mountain trail.
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 How the stresses of life in a combat zone can arouse one man’s sense of justice.
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 The journey of life as seen through the eyes of a furry friend.
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 How a strong willed horse learned to live by one woman’s rules and how her opinion of him grew.
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 When time and steady nerves determined life and death in the Old West.
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 How remembering telephone numbers can bring back a flood of memories from days gone by.
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 The return of Joe Steak, a would-be gumshoe from the golden age of Noir tough guys.

Best of 2009

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 When “The Emperor’s New Clothes” brought new meaning to an unfairly teased girl.
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 The real-life experience of rough weather aboard a U.S.warship at sea from a young officer’s perspective.
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 The unfolding of the strange tale of Treeman and Salt.
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 The fear and panic of a mother searching for a lost child in the playground.
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 A Cinderella story that comes true for one special horse as he makes his way from slaughterhouse reject to Champion Horse of the Year.
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 A homicide detective who breaks the rules and puts his life and career in peril as he hunts a dangerous killer.
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 The return of Joe Steak, the Noir gumshoe, with his vivid imagination and tough lingo holstered and ready to solve the case.

Best of 2010

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 When cubist art inspires a poetic perspective on our own relationships to ourselves.
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 Sadness in meeting a familiar stranger on a lonely beach.
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 The adventures of a Victorian expedition to locate evidence of the Lost Legion.
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 The tale of Hugh Mungus in which immense size and simple understanding do not readily coincide.
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 When walking in Memphis on Beale Street captures the spirit of the birthplace of rock n’ roll.
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 The memories and reflections upon the most honorable life of a beloved relative.
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 A fourteen-year-old runaway determined to establish a decent life pits herself against a tough world.
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 The sacrifice a prospector makes to ensure his daughter’s future even during the hardest of times.

Best of 2011

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 When one avoids drowning but swims to infinity.
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 A mysterious business card that invites adventure.
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 The economic impact on two mythical characters.
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 The order of life in a colony of complete disorder.
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 The famed warhorse of the Marine Corps.
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 A young runaway continuing her struggle to succeed in the adult world.
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 An insider’s perspective on the Three Bears story.

Best of 2012

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 The inner feeling that one can find in the simple act of washing in a rustic metal tub.
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 A lone castaway who finds more than companionship in the presence of an accompanying whale.
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 The grandiose plans to make a sure-fire fortune in discount retail land development.
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 A dystopian take on the age-old Cinderella story.
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 A young runaway continues her quest to survive and succeed in the adult world.
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 A collection of sketchy characters and their adventures throughout a Kansas night.

Best of 2013

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 When house cleaning uncovers strong memories of love and family.
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 The mystery and beauty of close encounters with whales.
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 The dubious magic of having one’s debts removed the easy way.
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 How a neighbor’s youngster proves to be more than can be handled.
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 Personal feelings spanning the seasons and the loss of a close companion.
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 A young woman with odds stacked against her struggling to find her place in the world.
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 A family in old Connecticut, who has a Thanksgiving turkey that they won’t soon forget.

Best of 2014

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 The allure of America’s Last Frontier experienced while making the trip of a lifetime.
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 Personal memories and local wildlife as seen from a kitchen window.
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 When travel to the Red Planet is for family fun.
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 The trials and tribulations of a vampire fashion plate.
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 A woman waiting unhappily in a car and letting her mind wander.
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 A career woman finds a slice of home in the big city.
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 An old Space Marine goes to Mars’s premiere retail location to do some less-than-legitimate business.
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 An international dark comedy about errant weapons of mass destruction.

Best of 2015

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 When the musings on nature and a vintage van define a warm summer’s day in the woods.
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 An old man’s lessons of love, happiness, and hope that live on in those close to him.
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 An old Grandfather Clock embodies the spirit of a beloved relative and provides needed guidance.
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 When a time fold and a witch trial re-enactment place a young woman in real peril.
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 How games of play can reflect the games of our daily life.
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 Lonely railway tracks which for one woman may lead to more than a physical location.
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 How routine camp life in France during the Great War reveals a true hero.

Best of 2016

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 We are especially proud to note that this year’s anthology marks the occasion of our 10th book. To celebrate this tenth collection of poetry and prose, we went through a diligent selection process to bring together the very best and our most favorite works from the last nine books. As in past years, this collection reflects our diversity in personal interests and individual styles which have always been the cherished hallmark of our group.