John Paul Godges is editor-in-chief of RAND Review, the flagship magazine of the RAND Corporation, one of the world’s most prestigious research institutions. In the 1990s, he was editor ... Read full author bio >
"A satisfying, well-crafted reminder of how one family’s story can encapsulate the cultural history of America as a whole."
Rick Lenz is a veteran Broadway, television and film actor who first came to national attention when he repeated his Broadway role in "Cactus Flower," in the film version—opposite ... Read full author bio >
"Lenz's mesmerizing, multifaceted debut novel is both an intriguing time-travel/past-life adventure and a subtle homage to Marilyn Monroe.'--'Kirkus Reviews' (starred review)."
Richard Sharp is a member of the "Silent Generation," the subject of his contemporary novel, "The Duke Don’t Dance". Born in the early 1940s into a farming family in ... Read full author bio >
"Sharp’s debut is a frame narrative of impressive scope and quality. Between the visitation and interment of Frank Miller, an omniscient narrator defines the role of seven individuals in Frank’s life. In 22 well-paced, retrospective chapters—beginning in 1960 and continuing at intervals to 2010—readers will come to know and relate to these characters. (The script for The Big Chill is strikingly similar, if not as thematically rich.) Stylistically, the novel unfolds by means of colorful dialogue and pungent observations typical of Henry James... Sharp’s astute commentary guides the reader through motivations not otherwise apparent. some readers may find the novel’s irreverence on par with Joseph Heller’s... A novel too good to be ignored."
Erica Ferencik is a novelist, essayist, and screenwriter with a BA in Painting and an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University.
Her novel, "Repeaters," was published to rave reviews ... Read full author bio >
"(A) petrifying tale of a chain of reincarnations that can only be broken by finding true love.
More than a battle of good and evil, (the) story is rich with layers, well-developed characters, and moments of gruesomeness and tenderness. The loveless malice contrasts sharply with characters—some Repeaters, some not—who feel love so deeply that they seem to glow from it on the page.
With prose so poetic, it’s easy to forget this is a horror story: ."
Sergio Troncoso was born in El Paso, Texas and now lives in New York City. After graduating from Harvard College, he was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and studied international ... Read full author bio >
"Troncoso is clearly adept at his craft, telling a story filled with rich language and the realities of family life....Troncoso’s novel is an engaging literary achievement. ---Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
Jeri Parker grew up scrambling along riverbanks and forest paths in Idaho. She spent summers at her grandparents' sawmill near Yellowstone National Park. If it rained, she and her cousins ... Read full author bio >
"With her rich, poetic prose that skillfully articulates nuanced emotions and thoughts, Parker does full justice to her friend's memory. Her book transcends the ubiquitous 'me' and 'I' of memoir and hovers on the brink of being a compassionate cautionary tale: love as well as you can, look beyond the surface, appreciate your gifts and others', listen and learn."
I'm a native Californian, and I live on the edge of a redwood forest with my husband and assorted cats. I'm down to one at the moment, but ... Read full author bio >
"McKenzie pens a swampy middle-grade story full of humor, hauntings, quirky characters and a mystery that continues to develop to the very end... A short, fun story that will excite both young and old imaginations."
Kirk Ward Robinson writes from experience in multiple genres. He has traveled throughout North America and Europe doing historical research, and has lived in every continental American time zone. He ... Read full author bio >
"A classic in the making, this collection of time-traveling sci-fi stories mixes gripping human narratives with provocative scientific speculation"
Maija Rhee Devine, a Korean-born writer and survivor of the Korean War, whose fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Boulevard, North American Review, and The Kenyon ... Read full author bio >
"Devine's prose richly describes everyday life in 1950s Korea, and the war effectively parallels the battle ragng in the family home . . . . It's a relistic sketch of a Korea that few Westerners have seen, . . . depicting a patriarchal society that limits women's choices, . . . Each of their stories is rich with emotion, and their problems give the novel depth and complexity. . . . achingly beautiful . . . . A complex, uniquely Korean love story that shouldn't be missed."
An award-winning author and editor, Ralph Reynolds has published fiction and
non-fiction books. He has written widely about sports, nature, economics and agriculture. His writing has appeared in periodicals ranging ... Read full author bio >
"The Old West is a mother lode of colorful nonfiction, truth often obscured by layers of myth. Reynolds taps a particularly rich vein of lore in his riveting recap of “what has become the greatest, most vexing, and persistent lost-mine tradition of North American history.” While (Reynolds) hasn’t found the mother lode from which the placer deposits came, he’s struck gold with his tale of “blood and guts, hope and hardship, dust and disappointment."
J. Matthew Nespoli is a writer living in Seal Beach with his wife and two young sons. By day, he is a Physical Therapist and runs his own practice in ... Read full author bio >
"The author’s absurdist knack for overstatement makes some of the most offensive jokes and juvenile gags forgivable and even endearing. Underneath the frivolity are a remarkable sincerity and the trustworthy, progressive voice of experience. He offers new dads legitimate tips and advice, as well as commiseration about mistakes, sacrifices and morbid thoughts... This memoir could have been the male equivalent to What to Expect When You’re Expecting."
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