[S]tories that deftly slip into the lives of
everyday New Yorkers . . . gorgeously nuanced. . . . Moss’
ability to probe the rich, complicated depths of those the city
views as ordinary—its doormen, library workers, waitresses, and
bench-sitters—and capture the profound currents of emotion found
in the everyday animates this collection and makes it uniquely
illuminating. Definitely worth reading.
Mara's dogged curiosity and integrity
give the novel an appealing energy. She's an engaging heroine. .
. . Blauner often reaches for a quirky expression of detail that
sometimes creates a charming image . . . and sometimes verges on
silly … but when her writing is at its clearest and simplest,
Mara's wonder at her journey and the people she meets springs
off the page and welcomes the reader into her world.
“A taut, compelling portrait of a small town’s underbelly.
With sinister imagery and crisp, evocative prose, Dower
pulls back the cloak of 1950s ‘innocence’ to expose the ugly
secrets that lie in wait, teeth grown sharp in the dark.”
The Crooked Heart of Mercy
One Good Hustle
but even madder.”
“As this book shows, there are many
similarities between Christianity and Buddhism, such as the
practices of compassion, love, contemplation, and tolerance.”
—The Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
“In a world where the media relentlessly inflames fear and
hatred, here is a quiet voice espousing the triumph of love and
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
“A poignant story of colonization and assimilation,
something I know a little bit about.
“One of our most
brilliant writers tells a harsh truth about American
—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An
Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
Ligon handles this latticework with
impressive fluidity and dramatic momentum, the disparate voices
lacing the novel with the melancholy of aborted and fractured
—New York Times Book Review
“Unsettling.... Ligon’s is a convincing presentation of
human nature. Nikki laments at one point, “We’d end up
getting married … and I would shrink a little every year and
lose pieces of myself until there’d be nothing left. But
wasn’t that what happened to everyone?” Fear is what’s
driven Nikki in the past, and now her past has caught up
with her with a vengeance.”
“Smelcer’s poems are for the taking, and he doesn’t want
them back. They’re ours to keep with their satire,
outrageously dark humor, and healing doses of pain.”
—Dale E. Seeds, Midwest Book Review Bookwatch
"Carlon covers an unbelievable amount of
ground in one novel…. Part jazz panegyric, part world history
tour, altogether readable." --Kirkus
"The novel's unfiltered lens reveals war's
cost to the human psyche, the amorality of concentrated wealth,
the cancer of racial and ethnic hatred, and the nearly
unresolvable conflict between familial loyalty and moral
“Smelcer clearly knows
his way around Alaskan mountains.”
Roberts, author of
The Mountain of My Fear, etc.
“Like Hill’s superb debut,
East of Denver
(2014), this one isn’t really a crime novel, but it surely
is a damn fine, if distinctly peculiar, country noir.
"David Armstrong is a writer we've been waiting for, and
Going Anywhere is a milestone collection."
"A survival story, but one with a strong
"A thought-provoking and moving
"More psychological depth than Robinson Crusoe."—Frank McCourt
"Gems of langage in English and in
translation echoing across the globe." —Joseph Heithas, author
of Poison Sonnets
beautiful and moving story of courage and love.”
“Powerful, eloquent and fascinating, showcasing a vanishing way
of life in rich detail.” —Kirkus
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