New Hope for the Dead

New Hope for the Dead

New Hope for the Dead
Rating 3.5 / 5 based on 4 votes

New Hope for the Dead is Fiction books by Charles Willeford, publish by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 2009-08-26. You may find Charles Willeford info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the New Hope for the Dead details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3.5 (4 readers) Charles Willeford Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 0307488705 2009-08-26

Book Summary

Miami homicide detective Hoke Moseley is called to a posh Miami neighborhood to investigate a lethal overdose. There he meets the alluring stepmother of the decedant, and begins to wonder about dating a witness. Meanwile, he has been threatened with suspension by his ambitious new chief unless he leaves his beloved, if squalid, suite at the El Dorado Hotel, and moves downtown. With free housing hard to come by, Hoke is desperate to find a new place to live. His difficulties are only amplified by an assignment to re-investigate fifty unsolved murders, the unexpected arrival of his two teenage daughters, and a partner struggling with an unwanted pregnancy. With few options and even fewer dollars, he decides that the suspicious and beautiful stepmother of the dead junkie might be a compromised solution to all of his problems. Packed with atmosphere and humor, New Hope for the Dead is a classic murder mystery by one of the true masters of the genre. Now back in print, Charles Willeford’s tour de force is an irresistible invitation to become acquainted with one of the greatest detective characters of all time.

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Hebrew Union College and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Hebrew Union College and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Hebrew Union College and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Rating 4 / 5 based on 833 votes

Hebrew Union College and the Dead Sea Scrolls is Religion books by Jason Kalman, publish by ISD LLC 2012-11-01. You may find Jason Kalman info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Hebrew Union College and the Dead Sea Scrolls details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (833 readers) Jason Kalman ISD LLC 0878201203 2012-11-01

Book Summary

The bare outline of the story of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls is well known both to scholars and in the popular imagination. The precise details--the sequence and causal interplay of events, even some of the key players behind the scenes--are less well known and sometimes completely forgotten or misconstrued. The recovery of this history in all its complexity is vital for understanding how and why scholarly work on the Scrolls developed as it did over the six decades during which the texts were slowly published. Jason Kalman recovers the fascinating story of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's involvement with the Dead Sea Scrolls from their discovery in 1948 until the early 1990s when they were first made accessible to all scholars and to the public. Scholars at HUC-JIR actively participated in efforts to acquire and preserve the manuscripts and played a significant part in breaking the monopoly of scholars initially assigned to publish them. Despite these activities, a number of HUC-JIR's influential teachers took a negative view of the scrolls. As a consequence, rabbinical students either did not encounter the material or left the institution with a view of it that was far from the mainstream. This book traces the activities of HUC-JIR's administration and faculty over five decades, the contribution they made to the new academic field, and their influence on how knowledge of the Dead Sea Scrolls was shared with the community at large. Many details about security negatives stored at HUC and about the bootleg reconstruction are revealed for the first time.

On the Resurrection of the Dead

On the Resurrection of the Dead

On the Resurrection of the Dead
Rating 4 / 5 based on 976 votes

On the Resurrection of the Dead is Religion books by James T. Turner, Jr., publish by Routledge 2018-09-03. You may find James T. Turner, Jr. info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the On the Resurrection of the Dead details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (976 readers) James T. Turner, Jr. Routledge 0429788991 2018-09-03

Book Summary

Christian tradition has largely held three theological affirmations on the resurrection of the physical body. Firstly, that bodily resurrection is not a superfluous hope of afterlife. Secondly, there is immediate post-mortem existence in Paradise. Finally, there is numerical identity between pre-mortem and post-resurrection human beings. The same tradition also largely adheres to a robust doctrine of The Intermediate State, a paradisiacal disembodied state of existence following the biological death of a human being. This book argues that these positions are in fact internally inconsistent, and so a new theological model for life after death is required. The opening arguments of the book aim to show that The Intermediate State actually undermines the necessity of bodily resurrection. Additionally, substance dualism, a principle The Intermediate State requires, is shown to be equally untenable in this context. In response to this, the metaphysics of the afterlife in Christian theology is re-evaluated, and after investigating physicalist and constitutionist replacements for substance dualist metaphysics, a new theory called "Eschatological Presentism" is put forward. This model combines a broadly Thomistic hylemorphic metaphysics with a novel theory of Time. This is an innovative examination of the doctrine of life after death. It will, therefore, be of great interest to scholars of analytic theology and philosophy of religion.

Here and Now

Here and Now

Here and Now
Rating 4 / 5 based on 3 votes

Here and Now is Literary Collections books by Paul Auster,J. M. Coetzee, publish by Penguin 2013-03-07. You may find Paul Auster,J. M. Coetzee info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Here and Now details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (3 readers) Paul Auster,J. M. Coetzee Penguin 1101606274 2013-03-07

Book Summary

“[A] civilized discourse between two cultivated and sophisticated men. . . . It’s a pleasure to be in their company.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post J.M. Coetzee's latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, is now available from Viking. Late Essays: 2006-2016 will be available January 2018. After a meeting at an Australian literary festival brought them together in 2008, novelists Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee began exchanging letters on a regular basis with the hope they might “strike sparks off each other." Here and Now is the result: a three-year epistolary dialogue that touches on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, literature to film, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, death, eroticism, marriage, friendship, and love. Their high-spirited and luminous correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and reveal their pleasure in each other’s friendship on every page.

New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder

New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder

New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder
Rating 5 / 5 based on 1 votes

New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder is Psychology books by Boris Birmaher, M.D., publish by Harmony 2013-12-11. You may find Boris Birmaher, M.D. info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
5 (1 readers) Boris Birmaher, M.D. Harmony 0307558614 2013-12-11

Book Summary

With proper diagnosis and early intervention, there is unlimited hope for children and teens diagnosed with bipolar disorder to lead fulfilling and enjoyable lives, starting today. Inside, you’ll discover compassionate and informative methods to help manage the diagnosis and develop the natural strengths, gifts, and skills that every child has to offer. Written by a top expert in the field, this life-changing book is presented in clear, straightforward language that dispels the myths about bipolar disorder and offers real solutions. You’ll uncover keen insight and the latest options for helping your bipolar child or teen by understanding: * The causes of bipolar disorder * The path and outcome of bipolar disorder in children and teens * The latest biological treatments and psychosocial therapies, and how to use them * How to handle behavioral and academic problems, as well as assess and manage suicidal tendencies * And much more

Miami Blues

Miami Blues

Miami Blues
Rating 4 / 5 based on 8 votes

Miami Blues is Fiction books by Charles Willeford, publish by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 2009-08-19. You may find Charles Willeford info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Miami Blues details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (8 readers) Charles Willeford Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 0307488217 2009-08-19

Book Summary

After a brutal day investigating a quadruple homicide, Detective Hoke Moseley settles into his room at the un-illustrious El Dorado Hotel and nurses a glass of brandy. With his guard down, he doesn’t think twice when he hears a knock on the door. The next day, he finds himself in the hospital, badly bruised and with his jaw wired shut. He thinks back over ten years of cases wondering who would want to beat him into unconsciousness, steal his gun and badge, and most importantly, make off with his prized dentures. But the pieces never quite add up to revenge, and the few clues he has keep connecting to a dimwitted hooker, and her ex-con boyfriend and the bizarre murder of a Hare Krishna pimp. Chronically depressed, constantly strapped for money, always willing to bend the rules a bit, Hoke Moseley is hardly what you think of as the perfect cop, but he is one of the the greatest detective creations of all time.

Flawed Families of the Bible

Flawed Families of the Bible

Flawed Families of the Bible
Rating 4 / 5 based on 1 votes

Flawed Families of the Bible is Religion books by David E. Garland,Diana R. Garland, publish by Brazos Press 2007-03-01. You may find David E. Garland,Diana R. Garland info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Flawed Families of the Bible details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (1 readers) David E. Garland,Diana R. Garland Brazos Press 9781441201133 2007-03-01

Book Summary

Most Christians believe that the Bible holds the answers to their questions about daily living, and that reading the Scriptures will show them good examples to follow for their own lives. Think for a moment and try to list a few examples of healthy families in the Bible who are ideals worth emulating. Having trouble? The families of the Bible were far from perfect, and not so different in that regard from our imperfect families today. In Flawed Families of the Bible, a New Testament scholar (David) and a professor of social work (Diana) take a real and close look at the actual families of the Bible. This honest book will inspire and encourage readers with its focus on the overarching theme of hope and grace for families, showing that it is in the "imperfect places" that we can catch a glimpse of grace. Perfect for pastors, counselors, and anyone in a flawed family.

The Way We Die Now

The Way We Die Now

The Way We Die Now
Rating 4.5 / 5 based on 4 votes

The Way We Die Now is Fiction books by Charles Willeford, publish by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 2009-09-09. You may find Charles Willeford info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Way We Die Now details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4.5 (4 readers) Charles Willeford Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 0307492974 2009-09-09

Book Summary

When Miami Homicide Detective Hoke Moseley receives an unexplained order to let his beard grow, he doesn't think much about it. He has too much going on at home, especially with a man he helped convict ten years before moving in across the street. Hoke immediately assumes the worst, and considering he has his former partner, who happens to be nursing a newborn, and his two teenage daughters living with him, he doesn't like the situation on bit. It doesn't help matters when he is suddenly assigned to work undercover, miles away, outside of his jurisdiction and without his badge, his gun, or his teeth. Soon, he is impersonating a drifter and tring to infiltrate a farm operation suspected of murdering migrant workers. But when he gets there for his job interview, the last thing he is offered is work. In this final installment of the highly acclaimed Hoke Moseley novels, Charles Willeford's brilliance and expertise show on every page. Equally funny, thrilling, and disturbing, The Way We Die Now is a triumphant finish to one of the most original detective series of all time.

The American Way of Death Revisited

The American Way of Death Revisited

The American Way of Death Revisited
Rating 4.5 / 5 based on 9 votes

The American Way of Death Revisited is Social Science books by Jessica Mitford, publish by Vintage 2011-11-23. You may find Jessica Mitford info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The American Way of Death Revisited details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4.5 (9 readers) Jessica Mitford Vintage 0307809390 2011-11-23

Book Summary

Only the scathing wit and searching intelligence of Jessica Mitford could turn an exposé of the American funeral industry into a book that is at once deadly serious and side-splittingly funny. When first published in 1963, this landmark of investigative journalism became a runaway bestseller and resulted in legislation to protect grieving families from the unscrupulous sales practices of those in "the dismal trade." Just before her death in 1996, Mitford thoroughly revised and updated her classic study. The American Way of Death Revisited confronts new trends, including the success of the profession's lobbyists in Washington, inflated cremation costs, the telemarketing of pay-in-advance graves, and the effects of monopolies in a death-care industry now dominated by multinational corporations. With its hard-nosed consumer activism and a satiric vision out of Evelyn Waugh's novel The Loved One, The American Way of Death Revisited will not fail to inform, delight, and disturb. "Brilliant--hilarious. . . . A must-read for anyone planning to throw a funeral in their lifetime."--New York Post "Witty and penetrating--it speaks the truth."--The Washington Post

Death, American Style

Death, American Style

Death, American Style
Rating 4 / 5 based on 1 votes

Death, American Style is Social Science books by Lawrence R. Samuel, publish by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2013-07-05. You may find Lawrence R. Samuel info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Death, American Style details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (1 readers) Lawrence R. Samuel Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1442222247 2013-07-05

Book Summary

DEATH, AMERICAN STYLE: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF DYING IN AMERICA is the first comprehensive cultural history to explore America’s uneasy relationship with death over the past century.

America Noir

America Noir

America Noir
Rating 4 / 5 based on 1 votes

America Noir is Performing Arts books by David Cochran, publish by Smithsonian Institution 2016-06-21. You may find David Cochran info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the America Noir details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (1 readers) David Cochran Smithsonian Institution 1588345505 2016-06-21

Book Summary

In America Noir David Cochran details how ten writers and filmmakers challenged the social pieties prevalent during the Cold War, such as the superiority of the American democracy, the benevolence of free enterprise, and the sanctity of the suburban family. Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone featured victims of vast, faceless, bureaucratic powers. Jim Thompson's noir thrillers, such as The Grifters, portrayed the ravages of capitalism on those at the bottom of the social ladder. Patricia Highsmith, in The Talented Mr. Ripley, placed an amoral con man in an international setting, implicitly questioning America's fitness as leader of the free world. Charles Willeford's pulp novels, such as Wild Wives and Woman Chaser, depicted the family as a hotbed of violence and chaos. These artists pioneered a detached, ironic sensibility that radically juxtaposed cultural references and blurred the distinctions between “high” and “low” art. Their refusal to surrender to the pressures for political conformity and their unflinching portrayal of the underside of American life paved the way for the emergence of a 1960s counterculture that forever changed the way America views itself.

Ann Miller

Ann Miller

Ann Miller
Rating 4 / 5 based on 470 votes

Ann Miller is Biography & Autobiography books by Peter Shelley, publish by McFarland 2020-09-24. You may find Peter Shelley info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Ann Miller details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (470 readers) Peter Shelley McFarland 1476640920 2020-09-24

Book Summary

Ann Miller (1923-2004) was an American actress, dancer, singer and author. Best known as a tap dancer, Miller practiced all forms of dance, and some of her solo routines are considered as good as any recorded in film musical history. Despite a reputation as a kook who believed she was psychic, and the potentially flat image of a "glamour girl," Miller's wit, charm and genuine ability to act gave her and her characters depth. This biography presents Ann Miller's career in the context of her fascinating life. Her career began with child acting and included three Hollywood studio contracts, two retirements for marriage, and appearances in film, stage, variety shows, sitcoms and more. She made a comeback in the stage musical Sugar Babies, earning a Best Leading Actress in a Musical Tony Award nomination. She was even appointed an international spokesperson for MGM in the ailing years of the studio.

Year's Best SF 11

Year's Best SF 11

Year's Best SF 11
Rating 4 / 5 based on 900 votes

Year's Best SF 11 is Fiction books by David G. Hartwell,Kathryn Cramer, publish by Harper Collins 2009-10-20. You may find David G. Hartwell,Kathryn Cramer info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Year's Best SF 11 details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (900 readers) David G. Hartwell,Kathryn Cramer Harper Collins 006197837X 2009-10-20

Book Summary

This is the best short form science fiction of 2005, selected by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, two of the most respected editors in the field. The short story is one of the most vibrant and exciting areas in science fiction today. It is where the hot new authors emerge and where the beloved giants of the field continue to publish. Now, building on the success of the first nine volumes, Eos will once again present a collection of the best stories of the year in mass market. Here, selected and compiled by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, two of the most respected editors in the field, are stories with visions of tomorrow and yesterday, of the strange and the familiar, of the unknown and the unknowable. With stories from an all-star team of science fiction authors, "Year's Best Sf 11" is an indispensable guide for every science fiction fan.

Llewellyn's Little Book of the Day of the Dead

Llewellyn's Little Book of the Day of the Dead

Llewellyn's Little Book of the Day of the Dead
Rating 4 / 5 based on 289 votes

Llewellyn's Little Book of the Day of the Dead is Body, Mind & Spirit books by Jaime Gironés, publish by Llewellyn Worldwide 2021-09-08. You may find Jaime Gironés info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Llewellyn's Little Book of the Day of the Dead details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (289 readers) Jaime Gironés Llewellyn Worldwide 0738762857 2021-09-08

Book Summary

Celebrate the revered Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos with this beautiful little book. Packed with activities, recipes, spells, and rituals, this pocket-sized guide is a must-have tool for honoring the sacred dead. Author Jaime Gironés shares authentic ways to respectfully enjoy this holiday, from creating an altar to baking pan de muerto (bread of the dead). Sharing his personal experiences and recommendations, Jaime guides you through the Day of the Dead's origins, history, and modern celebrations. Discover how to build an altar, set out your ancestors' favorite foods, and invite the spirits to a feast. Explore the significance of marigolds, sugar skulls, and monarch butterflies. You'll also learn how to say goodbye when celebrations are over. This book provides everything needed to honor the dead and share your love and abundance with them.

Condition Zero

Condition Zero

Condition Zero
Rating 4 / 5 based on 779 votes

Condition Zero is Fiction books by Gary S. Kadet , publish by Melange Books, LLC 2021-12-14. You may find Gary S. Kadet info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Condition Zero details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (779 readers) Gary S. Kadet Melange Books, LLC 1955784426 2021-12-14

Book Summary

They say dead survivors don’t last too long in Boston. They haven’t met Null & Boyd. Detective Lieutenant Kay Boyd, head of Boston’s Organized Crime Task Force, saw her husband and children butchered by Boston’s rising crime crew “The Family.” Gambler junkie Joseph X. Null, a former low-level bagman for “The Family,” was tortured by their chief enforcer until he lost his mind. Due to an experimental therapy to bring him back from a mutilated, catatonic state, Null recovered everything but his humanity, remaining in effect a chemically reconstructed psychopath. A one-man killing machine now, his single-minded mission is to whack out “The Family” down to its last man. A conflicted Boyd is out to stop him, even though the Boston Police Department unofficially couldn’t care less about “who takes out the trash.” Believing he’s owed a debt, and having once been her CI, Null wants to recruit Boyd to help him destroy “The Family.” When Boyd lost her family, she became a functional alcoholic, unable to deal with her guilt and grief. Like Null, she too is maimed. Null and Boyd may be different from each other, but they’re also exactly the same. "Dead survivors." And “The Family’s ace hitman Theron “Thing” LeCoeur is out to remove the “survivor” part from their mutual equation permanently.

Pick-Up

Pick-Up

Pick-Up
Rating 3.5 / 5 based on 6 votes

Pick-Up is Fiction books by Charles Willeford, publish by Library of America 2017-11-07. You may find Charles Willeford info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Pick-Up details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3.5 (6 readers) Charles Willeford Library of America 1598535722 2017-11-07

Book Summary

First published as an unheralded paperback original, Pick-Up is an authentic underground classic, an explosive bulletin from the urban underbelly of mid-1950s America. It was Charles Willeford’s second novel, after a rough and wandering earlier life that had taken him from Depression-era hobo camps and soup kitchens to wartime battlefields. The unblinking story of two lost and self-destructive drifters—a failed painter working as a counterman in a cheap diner and a woman in flight from domestic violence—trying to find a place for themselves in the back streets of San Francisco, Pick-Up is hardboiled writing at its nihilistic best: Willeford’s preferred title for the book was Until I Am Dead. Its bleak vision of life beyond the edge is haunted by rape, racism, alcoholism, suicide, and inescapable poverty, yet shot through with a tenderness and compassion sustained against all odds in a society offering few breaks to its outcasts and misfits. Pick-Up’s many twists and violent turns culminate in an ending that continues to surprise, confirming it as what critic Woody Haut has called “a razor-sharp narrative that rips open the genre.”

The Penguin Modern Classics Book

The Penguin Modern Classics Book

The Penguin Modern Classics Book
Rating 3 / 5 based on 562 votes

The Penguin Modern Classics Book is Literary Criticism books by Henry Eliot, publish by Penguin UK 2021-11-18. You may find Henry Eliot info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Penguin Modern Classics Book details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (562 readers) Henry Eliot Penguin UK 0241441617 2021-11-18

Book Summary

The essential guide to twentieth-century literature around the world For six decades the Penguin Modern Classics series has been an era-defining, ever-evolving series of books, encompassing works by modernist pioneers, avant-garde iconoclasts, radical visionaries and timeless storytellers. This reader's companion showcases every title published in the series so far, with more than 1,800 books and 600 authors, from Achebe and Adonis to Zamyatin and Zweig. It is the essential guide to twentieth-century literature around the world, and the companion volume to The Penguin Classics Book. Bursting with lively descriptions, surprising reading lists, key literary movements and over two thousand cover images, The Penguin Modern Classics Book is an invitation to dive in and explore the greatest literature of the last hundred years.

Technique and Sensibility in the Fiction and Poetry of Raymond Carver

Technique and Sensibility in the Fiction and Poetry of Raymond Carver

Technique and Sensibility in the Fiction and Poetry of Raymond Carver
Rating 4 / 5 based on 480 votes

Technique and Sensibility in the Fiction and Poetry of Raymond Carver is Literary Criticism books by Arthur F. Bethea, publish by Routledge 2013-04-03. You may find Arthur F. Bethea info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Technique and Sensibility in the Fiction and Poetry of Raymond Carver details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (480 readers) Arthur F. Bethea Routledge 1136544712 2013-04-03

Book Summary

A comprehensive examination of the fiction and poetry of Raymond Carver.

The Carver Chronotope

The Carver Chronotope

The Carver Chronotope
Rating 3 / 5 based on 135 votes

The Carver Chronotope is Literary Criticism books by G.P. Lainsbury, publish by Routledge 2004-02-24. You may find G.P. Lainsbury info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Carver Chronotope details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (135 readers) G.P. Lainsbury Routledge 1135888310 2004-02-24

Book Summary

Raymond Carver's fiction is widely known for its careful documentation of lower-middle-class North America in the 1970s and 80s. Building upon the realist understanding of Carver's work, Raymond Carver's Chronotope uses a central concept of Bakhtin's novelistics to formulate a new context for understanding the celebrated author's minimalist fiction. G. P. Lainsbury describes the critical reception of Carver's work and stakes out his own intellectual and imaginative territory by arguing that Carver's fiction can be understood as diffuse, fragmentary, and randomly ordered. Offering a fresh analysis of Carver's body of work, this book offers an extensive meditation on this major figure in postmodern U.S. fiction.

Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver
Rating 4 / 5 based on 3 votes

Raymond Carver is Biography & Autobiography books by Carol Sklenicka, publish by Simon and Schuster 2009-11-24. You may find Carol Sklenicka info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Raymond Carver details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (3 readers) Carol Sklenicka Simon and Schuster 9781439160589 2009-11-24

Book Summary

The first biography of america’s best-known short story writer of the late twentieth century. The London Times called Raymond Carver "the American Chekhov." The beloved, mischievous, but more modest short-story writer and poet thought of himself as "a lucky man" whose renunciation of alcohol allowed him to live "ten years longer than I or anyone expected." In that last decade, Carver became the leading figure in a resurgence of the short story. Readers embraced his precise, sad, often funny and poignant tales of ordinary people and their troubles: poverty, drunkenness, embittered marriages, difficulties brought on by neglect rather than intent. Since Carver died in 1988 at age fifty, his legacy has been mythologized by admirers and tainted by controversy over a zealous editor’s shaping of his first two story collections. Carol Sklenicka penetrates the myths and controversies. Her decade-long search of archives across the United States and her extensive interviews with Carver’s relatives, friends, and colleagues have enabled her to write the definitive story of the iconic literary figure. Laced with the voices of people who knew Carver intimately, her biography offers a fresh appreciation of his work and an unbiased, vivid portrait of the writer.

The Triumph of the Thriller

The Triumph of the Thriller

The Triumph of the Thriller
Rating 3 / 5 based on 2 votes

The Triumph of the Thriller is Literary Criticism books by Patrick Anderson, publish by Random House 2007-02-06. You may find Patrick Anderson info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Triumph of the Thriller details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (2 readers) Patrick Anderson Random House 1588366146 2007-02-06

Book Summary

There’s been a revolution in American popular fiction. The writers who dominated the bestseller lists a generation ago with blockbuster novels about movie stars and exotic foreign lands have been replaced by a new generation writing a new kind of bestseller, one that hooks readers with crime, suspense, and ever-increasing violence. Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post’s man on the thriller beat, calls this revolution “the triumph of the thriller,” and lists among its stars Thomas Harris, Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos, Dennis Lehane, Sue Grafton, and Elmore Leonard. In his provocative, caustic, and often hilarious survey of today’s popular fiction, Anderson shows us who the best thriller writers are–and the worst. He shows how Michael Connelly was inspired by Raymond Chandler, how George Pelecanos toiled in obscurity while he mastered his craft, how Sue Grafton created the first great woman private eye, and how Thomas Harris transformed an insane cannibal into the charming man of the world who made FBI agent Clarice Starling his lover. Anderson shows Scott Turow inventing the modern legal thriller and John Grisham translating it into a stunning series of bestsellers. He casts a cold eye on Tom Clancy’s militaristic techno-thrillers, and praises Alan Furst and Robert Littell as world-class spy novelists. He examines the pioneering role of Lawrence Sanders, the offbeat appeal of Dean Koontz, the unprecedented success of The Da Vinci Code, and the emergence of the literary thriller. Most of all, Anderson demands that the best of these novelists be given their due–not as genre writers, but as some of the most talented men and women at work in American fiction. Don’t trust the literary elites to tell you what to read, he warns–make up you own minds. The Triumph of the Thriller will convince many readers that we’ve entered an important new era in popular fiction. This book can be your guide to it.

The Dead And The Gone

The Dead And The Gone

The Dead And The Gone
Rating 4 / 5 based on 114 votes

The Dead And The Gone is Young Adult Fiction books by Susan Beth Pfeffer, publish by HarperCollins 2010-01-18. You may find Susan Beth Pfeffer info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Dead And The Gone details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (114 readers) Susan Beth Pfeffer HarperCollins 0547422261 2010-01-18

Book Summary

Best-selling author, Susan Beth Pfeffer, delivers a riveting companion to Life As We Knew It in this enthralling tale that follows seventeen-year-old Alex Morales as he fights to survive in the aftermath of apocalyptic events in New York City. Alex Morales is an average high schooler focused on his after-school job, helping his dad out with building superintendent responsibilities, and getting good grades so he can make it into an Ivy League college. But when the moon alters its gravitational pull and catastrophic events ensue, everything changes. Now, he has to care for his younger sisters, decide whether it’s ethical to rob the dead, and keep the hope alive that their lost parents will return. Bone-chilling and harrowing, Susan Beth Pfeffer investigates what it takes to survive when the odds are stacked against you in this captivating story about sacrifice and humanity.

The Closers

The Closers

The Closers
Rating 3.5 / 5 based on 45 votes

The Closers is Fiction books by Michael Connelly, publish by Little, Brown 2005-05-01. You may find Michael Connelly info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Closers details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3.5 (45 readers) Michael Connelly Little, Brown 0759513635 2005-05-01

Book Summary

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Detective Harry Bosch joins LA's elite Open/Unsolved Unit to help piece together the mysterious death of a teenage girl. He walked away from the job three years ago. But Harry Bosch cannot resist the call to join the elite Open/Unsolved Unit. His mission: solve murders whose investigations were flawed, stalled, or abandoned to L.A.'s tides of crime. With some people openly rooting for his failure, Harry catches the case of a teenager dragged off to her death on Oat Mountain, and traces the DNA on the murder weapon to a small-time criminal. But something bigger and darker beckons, and Harry must battle to fit all the pieces together. Shaking cages and rattling ghosts, he will push the rules to the limit -- and expose the kind of truth that shatters lives, ends careers, and keeps the dead whispering in the night . . .

Wild Wives

Wild Wives

Wild Wives
Rating 2.5 / 5 based on 2 votes

Wild Wives is Fiction books by Charles Willeford, publish by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 2009-09-09. You may find Charles Willeford info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Wild Wives details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
2.5 (2 readers) Charles Willeford Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 0307493229 2009-09-09

Book Summary

Jake Blake is a private detective short on cash when he meets a rich and beautiful young woman looking to escape her father’s smothering influence. Unfortunately for Jake, the smothering influence includes two thugs hired to protect her—and the woman is in fact not the daughter of the man she wants to escape, but his wife. Now Jake has two angry thugs and one jealous husband on his case. As Jake becomes more deeply involved with this glamorous and possibly crazy woman, he becomes entangled in a web of deceit, intrigue—and multiple murders. Brilliant, sardonic, and full of surprises, Wild Wives is one wild ride.

100 American Crime Writers

100 American Crime Writers

100 American Crime Writers
Rating 3 / 5 based on 275 votes

100 American Crime Writers is Literary Criticism books by S. Powell, publish by Springer 2012-08-07. You may find S. Powell info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the 100 American Crime Writers details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (275 readers) S. Powell Springer 1137031662 2012-08-07

Book Summary

100 American Crime Writers features discussion and analysis of the lives of crime writers and their key works, examining the developments in American crime writing from the Golden Age to hardboiled detective fiction. This study is essential to scholars and an ideal introduction to crime fiction for anyone who enjoys this fascinating genre.

Ship of the Dead

Ship of the Dead

Ship of the Dead
Rating 4 / 5 based on 234 votes

Ship of the Dead is Fiction books by John L. Campbell, publish by Penguin 2014-10-07. You may find John L. Campbell info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Ship of the Dead details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (234 readers) John L. Campbell Penguin 0698146344 2014-10-07

Book Summary

“Readers who enjoyed The Strain Trilogy, by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, will find plenty to satisfy them here.”—San Francisco Book Review on Omega Days In the weeks following the Omega Virus outbreak, survivors form desperate clusters, uniting to defend against hordes of the walking dead. But they can only hide for so long… Father Xavier Church never wanted to be a leader. Nonetheless, he’s grown attached to his fellow survivors, and he won’t let anyone cause them harm—though he may be the one who inadvertently leads them to destruction… Ex-con Bill Carnes may crave freedom, but he still prefers sticking with the group rather than fleeing to Mexico with his former cellmate TC. Maybe he’s changing. Or maybe the look in TC’s eyes is more dangerous than the undead… EMT Rosa Escobedo gave up on hope after she watched the man she loved rise from the dead. But when a patient seems to start getting better, she can’t help but hope for a cure, even if it means risking her life… As the numbers of the dead swell, the living are running out of safe havens—especially when the biggest threats lie within their own ranks.

The Modern Book of the Dead

The Modern Book of the Dead

The Modern Book of the Dead
Rating 5 / 5 based on 1 votes

The Modern Book of the Dead is Religion books by Ptolemy Tompkins, publish by Simon and Schuster 2012-02-14. You may find Ptolemy Tompkins info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Modern Book of the Dead details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
5 (1 readers) Ptolemy Tompkins Simon and Schuster 1451616546 2012-02-14

Book Summary

A modern exploration of what happens after death, uniting spirituality with philosophy, biology, neuroscience, and rich examples of afterlife experiences. What happens to us after we die? It remains perhaps the single most important question we can ask, one that still inspires thousands to turn to the Tibetan and Egyptian Books of the Dead for hope and comfort. But we can no longer rely solely on ancient wisdom for truly useful answers about our own mortality. We must find explanations for the afterlife in the fruits of modern experience. Critically acclaimed author Ptolemy Tompkins grew up in a family where questions about the shape and fate of the human soul were discussed on a daily basis, but it was only after his father’s passing that he began to consider death in a genuinely concrete way. In this boldly unconventional book—part memoir, part history of ideas, part road map to what might truly await us—Tompkins approaches the question of the afterlife with refreshing intimacy. Weaving together philosophy, science, stories of near-death experiences, and theology, he offers readers a new perspective on death and comes to an amazing and uplifting conclusion: that, somehow, human consciousness lives on.

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind
Rating 4.5 / 5 based on 5 votes

Gone with the Wind is Fiction books by Margaret Mitchell, publish by McClelland & Stewart 2019-11-05. You may find Margaret Mitchell info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Gone with the Wind details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4.5 (5 readers) Margaret Mitchell McClelland & Stewart 0735254168 2019-11-05

Book Summary

“My dear, I don’t give a damn.” Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell's magnificent historical epic—beloved for over eighty years—is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and a people forever changed. Above all, it is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett O'Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

The Dead Seed

The Dead Seed

The Dead Seed
Rating 3 / 5 based on 1 votes

The Dead Seed is Fiction books by William Campbell Gault, publish by Open Road Media 2012-09-18. You may find William Campbell Gault info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Dead Seed details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (1 readers) William Campbell Gault Open Road Media 1453273409 2012-09-18

Book Summary

Brock’s boyhood idol moves in next door before vanishing and leaving a body in his wake In Hollywood’s golden age, there was no finer swashbuckler than Fortney Grange. Decades after he last swung on a chandelier, Grange is nearly forgotten, his legacy surviving only in fuzzy black-and-white on the late-late movie channel. But to Brock Callahan, Grange remains a hero. When his idol shacks up with the aged widow next door, the ex-private investigator is starstruck. It takes a murder for the celluloid sheen to begin to fade. A strange pair of Arizona blackmailers takes up residence in a van outside Grange’s house. Grange and his new lady friend disappear, and a few days later, his agent is found dead. Though it breaks his heart, Callahan is forced to investigate the man who has given him so much joy. And it will take more than swordplay for this aging daredevil to escape the chair. The Dead Seed is the 11th book in the Brock Callahan Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

The New York Times Book of the Dead

The New York Times Book of the Dead

The New York Times Book of the Dead
Rating 3 / 5 based on 791 votes

The New York Times Book of the Dead is History books by William McDonald, publish by Black Dog & Leventhal 2016-10-18. You may find William McDonald info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The New York Times Book of the Dead details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (791 readers) William McDonald Black Dog & Leventhal 0316395463 2016-10-18

Book Summary

The obituary page of The New York Times is a celebration of extraordinary lives. This groundbreaking book includes 300 of the most important and fascinating obituaries the Times has ever published. The obituary page is the section many readers first turn to not only see who died, but to read some of the most inspiring, insightful, often funny, and elegantly written stories celebrating the lives of the men and women who have influenced on our world. William McDonald, The Times' obituary editor who was recently featured in the award-winning documentary Obit, selected 320 of the most important and influential obits from the newspaper's archives. In chapters like "Stage and Screen," "Titans of Business," "The Notorious," "Scientists and Healers," "Athletes," and "American Leaders," the entries include a wide variety of newsmakers from the last century and a half, including Annie Oakley, Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, Marilyn Monroe, Coco Chanel, Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson and Prince.

The New Hope Times

The New Hope Times

The New Hope Times
Rating 3 / 5 based on 305 votes

The New Hope Times is Religion books by Wayne Abel, publish by Charisma Media 2013-11-15. You may find Wayne Abel info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The New Hope Times details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (305 readers) Wayne Abel Charisma Media 1621363880 2013-11-15

Book Summary

You Can Inspire Hope Every Day

The Sea of the Dead

The Sea of the Dead

The Sea of the Dead
Rating 3 / 5 based on 4 votes

The Sea of the Dead is Fiction books by Amy Kuivalainen, publish by BHC Press 2020-09-17. You may find Amy Kuivalainen info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Sea of the Dead details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (4 readers) Amy Kuivalainen BHC Press 1643971352 2020-09-17

Book Summary

The battle for Venice might be over, but the war is just beginning… Penelope’s and Alexis’s adventure continues in this exciting second installment of The Magicians of Venice series. Penelope has accepted her role as the new Archivist for the magicians, but with war brewing on the horizon and the tide of magic on the rise, she’s going to have to learn her way around this new and dangerous world if she has any hope of outsmarting their enemies. When Penelope’s friend and fellow archaeologist uncovers a scroll containing a magical secret lost in the Dead Sea for two thousand years, Penelope and Alexis must travel to Israel to find them before Abaddon and Kreios get there first. To defeat Thevetat and his followers, they’ll need to find a weapon capable of ending him for good. As her old life collides with her new, Penelope will soon discover the price of keeping the magicians’ secrets safe.

Path of the Dead

Path of the Dead

Path of the Dead
Rating 3 / 5 based on 304 votes

Path of the Dead is Fiction books by Mark Edward Langley, publish by Blackstone Publishing 2018-08-14. You may find Mark Edward Langley info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Path of the Dead details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (304 readers) Mark Edward Langley Blackstone Publishing 1538507587 2018-08-14

Book Summary

The battle is one of wits and cunning, where the strong heart will overcome his enemy. Ex-marine Arthur Nakai spent years as a member of the Shadow Wolves, an ICE tactical unit tasked by the US government to hunt human traffickers and drug smugglers on the US/Mexico border. He put that life of confronting violence in the darker contours of the desert landscape behind him and settled into a quiet existence in New Mexico with his wife, Sharon, a local TV reporter. But when Sharon goes missing after crossing paths with a serial killer who has just added to his list of young victims, Arthur's calm world is shattered. He must return to the darkness of the life he left behind in order to save what matters most to him, and the future he and his wife plan to share together. He can only hope that she is still alive, and that his skills will be enough to find her. So begins the hunt-to find a ruthless killer and save the love of his life.

The Dead and the Dark

The Dead and the Dark

The Dead and the Dark
Rating 5 / 5 based on 2 votes

The Dead and the Dark is Young Adult Fiction books by Courtney Gould, publish by Wednesday Books 2021-08-03. You may find Courtney Gould info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Dead and the Dark details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
5 (2 readers) Courtney Gould Wednesday Books 1250762022 2021-08-03

Book Summary

"Imagine Riverdale crossing streams with Stephen King's The Outsider and you'll get a sense of this gripping supernatural mystery...Gould's debut begins as a snappy paranormal yarn and unspools into a profound story about the complex interplay between grief, guilt, and identity." - Oprah Daily Courtney Gould’s thrilling YA debut The Dead and the Dark is about the things that lurk in dark corners, the parts of you that can’t remain hidden, and about finding home in places—and people—you didn’t expect. The Dark has been waiting—and it won't stay hidden any longer. Something is wrong in Snakebite, Oregon. Teenagers are disappearing, some turning up dead, the weather isn’t normal, and all fingers point to TV’s most popular ghost hunters who have just come to town. Logan Ortiz-Woodley, daughter of TV's ParaSpectors, has never been to Snakebite before. But the moment she and her dads arrive, she starts to get the feeling that there's more than ghosts plaguing this small town. Ashley Barton’s boyfriend was the first teen to go missing, and she’s felt his ghost following her ever since. Although everyone shuns the Ortiz-Woodleys, the mysterious Logan may be the only person who can help Ashley get some answers. When Ashley and Logan team up to figure out who—or what—is haunting Snakebite, their investigation reveals truths about the town, their families, and themselves that neither of them are ready for. As the danger intensifies, they realize that their growing feelings for each other could be a light in the darkness.

The Brief History of the Dead

The Brief History of the Dead

The Brief History of the Dead
Rating 3 / 5 based on 127 votes

The Brief History of the Dead is Fiction books by Kevin Brockmeier, publish by Vintage 2006-02-14. You may find Kevin Brockmeier info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Brief History of the Dead details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (127 readers) Kevin Brockmeier Vintage 0375424237 2006-02-14

Book Summary

From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation's most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between. The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. They will reside in this afterlife until they are completely forgotten. But the City is shrinking, and the residents clearing out. Some of the holdouts, like Luka Sims, who produces the City’s only newspaper, are wondering what exactly is going on. Others, like Coleman Kinzler, believe it is the beginning of the end. Meanwhile, Laura Byrd is trapped in an Antarctic research station, her supplies are running low, her radio finds only static, and the power is failing. With little choice, Laura sets out across the ice to look for help, but time is running out. Kevin Brockmeier alternates these two storylines to create a lyrical and haunting story about love, loss and the power of memory.

How Are You Doing?

How Are You Doing?

How Are You Doing?
Rating 4 / 5 based on 958 votes

How Are You Doing? is Religion books by David Paul Garty, publish by Xlibris Corporation 2021-05-05. You may find David Paul Garty info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the How Are You Doing? details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (958 readers) David Paul Garty Xlibris Corporation 1664172750 2021-05-05

Book Summary

When God asked David how he was doing, he answered but he didn't have any hope for change. A head-on collision into a Semi put David into a coma, but God gave him another chance. Walking out of the hospital a new man, he now attempts to share his life as a testimony of the power available to us through Jesus Christ.

Sideswipe

Sideswipe

Sideswipe
Rating 4.5 / 5 based on 5 votes

Sideswipe is Fiction books by Charles Willeford, publish by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 2009-09-09. You may find Charles Willeford info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Sideswipe details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4.5 (5 readers) Charles Willeford Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 0307490947 2009-09-09

Book Summary

Hoke Moseley has had enough. Tired of struggling against alimony payments, two teenage daughters, a very pregnant, very single partner, and a low paying job as a Miami homicide detective, Hoke moves to Singer Island and vows never step foot on the mainland again. But on the street, career criminal Troy Louden is hatching plans of his own with a gang including a disfigured hooker, a talentless artist, and a clueless retiree. But when his simple robbery results in ruthless and indiscriminate bloodshed, Hoke quickly remembers why he is a cop and hurls himself back into the world he meant to leave behind forever. A masterly tale of both mid-life crisis and murder, Sideswipe is a page-turning thriller packed with laughs, loaded with suspense, and featuring one of the truly original detectives of all time.

The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology

The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology

The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology
Rating 3 / 5 based on 416 votes

The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology is Religion books by Jerry L. Walls, publish by Oxford University Press 2010-04-16. You may find Jerry L. Walls info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (416 readers) Jerry L. Walls Oxford University Press 9780199742486 2010-04-16

Book Summary

Eschatology is the study of the last things: death, judgment, the afterlife, and the end of the world. Through centuries of Christian thoughtfrom the early Church fathers through the Middle Ages and the Reformationthese issues were of the utmost importance. In other religions, too, eschatological concerns were central. After the Enlightenment, though, many religious thinkers began to downplay the importance of eschatology which, in light of rationalism, came to be seen as something of an embarrassment. The twentieth century, however, saw the rise of phenomena that placed eschatology back at the forefront of religious thought. From the rapid expansion of fundamentalist forms of Christianity, with their focus on the end times; to the proliferation of apocalyptic new religious movements; to the recent (and very public) debates about suicide, martyrdom, and paradise in Islam, interest in eschatology is once again on the rise. In addition to its popular resurgence, in recent years some of the worlds most important theologians have returned eschatology to its former position of prominence. The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology will provide an important critical survey of this diverse body of thought and practice from a variety of perspectives: biblical, historical, theological, philosophical, and cultural. This volume will be the primary resource for students, scholars, and others interested in questions of our ultimate existence.

Chasing the Dead

Chasing the Dead

Chasing the Dead
Rating 3.5 / 5 based on 11 votes

Chasing the Dead is Fiction books by Joe Schreiber, publish by Ballantine Books 2006-09-26. You may find Joe Schreiber info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Chasing the Dead details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3.5 (11 readers) Joe Schreiber Ballantine Books 0345495608 2006-09-26

Book Summary

“You have a very lovely little girl,” breathed the voice on the phone. And just like that, Susan Young is drawn into a living nightmare. A stranger has kidnapped Sue’s daughter, Veda. But he doesn’t want her money, only her suffering–and he will kill Veda if Sue doesn’t follow his every command. With detailed instructions, the faceless abductor leads Sue into a blinding snowstorm on the longest night of the year, to a place she has not traveled to since childhood. The voice on the other end of the line somehow knows Sue’s deepest, most chilling secret–an ominous incident from her past, buried long ago... Across the loneliest back roads of Massachusetts, in the black expanse of a New England winter, Sue is forced to confront her most awful fears as she is met at each step by ever increasing horrors created by a monster who is surely something less than human. In the hope of saving her daughter from a kidnapper whose origin seems darker than anything she could ever have imagined, Sue will discover just how much trauma and fright the human body is capable of absorbing. Set over the course of a single night, Chasing the Dead is a fast-paced, ferociously tense supernatural thriller. With the skill of masters like Dean Koontz and David Morrell, Joe Schreiber has created a tableau of shock and horror, death and destruction, that will draw you in and never let you go.

Beginner's Guide to a Head-On Collision

Beginner's Guide to a Head-On Collision

Beginner's Guide to a Head-On Collision
Rating 3 / 5 based on 847 votes

Beginner's Guide to a Head-On Collision is Biography & Autobiography books by Sebastian Matthews, publish by Red Hen Press 2017-09-19. You may find Sebastian Matthews info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Beginner's Guide to a Head-On Collision details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (847 readers) Sebastian Matthews Red Hen Press 1597095699 2017-09-19

Book Summary

The award-winning author of In My Father’s Footsteps combines prose and poetry in a poignant memoir that captures the aftershocks of a tragic car accident. “Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision offers the deeply moving poetic memoir of Sebastian Matthews’s life in the years after the car accident that devastated him and his wife and son. The poems, which often read like electric improvised prayer-songs, intimately evoke the terrors and wonders of catastrophic physical injury and of ‘life re-booted.’ They are disturbing, eerie poems that embody the paradoxes of being The Dead Man at the crossing. They are amazingly honest in their hopeful, mystical sense of fate. In this unforgettable book, the reader is present at the scene of the accident where the hovering spirit that has departed the body addresses the living person re-entering his brokenness and answering for his transcendent awareness.” —Kevin McIlvoy, author of Hyssop “These poems detail both physical and spiritual misery, and though suffering can turn us into many things, Matthews—our banged-up storyteller, singer, docent—strives to deliver himself back to a body of affection, intimacy, and kindness. Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision is a remarkable record of that difficult journey.” —Patrick Rosal, author of Brooklyn Antediluvian “By reading Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision we learn how to go in and out of the body as necessary and, in order to take in the possibility of a larger life, how to wrest from breakage release from our thin views of who we are.” —Vievee Francis, author of Forest Primeval


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