Search Results: "Josh Rolnick"


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PULP AND PAPER  by Josh Rolnick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Every story is beautifully located in place and period, edging toward grace rather than postmodern irony, and peopled by characters coping with love and loss."
Eight stories comprise Rolnick's debut collection, winner of the University of Iowa Press's 2011 John Simmons Short Fiction Award. Read full book review >

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Tattle Tales by Abbe Rolnick
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 17, 2016

"Resonant reflections from a skilled literary artist."
A novelist muses on maturing, seeking, traveling, and other themes in this collection of fiction and nonfiction. Read full book review >

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THE DARK DAYS OF HAMBURGER HALPIN by Josh Berk
FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"Only a clichéd fatness explanation (overeating) and the implausibility of such highly successful lip reading distract; but the funny, clever voice and the small but spot-on thread of deaf politics make this a winner. (Fiction. 12-16)"
This witty tale of mainstreaming, misfits and murder glitters like the "Future Diamonds" that coal-mine souvenirs promise to someday become. Read full book review >

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RULES TO ROCK BY by Josh Farrar
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Still, middle-school rockers will enjoy the show. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Just as her rock band is about to make it big, Annabelle Cabrera's parents move her from Brooklyn to Providence, R.I. Finding fellow rockers is almost as hard as being away from her beloved abuela and adjusting to sixth grade in a new school, but she manages. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2005

"A portrait of a sport boasting tremendous ferocity and mayhem that may soon give NASCAR a run for the money."
A buzzing introduction to the world of professional bull riding, from New Orleans Times-Picayune sportswriter Peter. Read full book review >

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THE UNHEARD by Josh Swiller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Mediocre prose effectively blunts the powerful blows that these often shocking experiences could have delivered."
A former Peace Corps volunteer recalls his battles with deafness, bureaucracy, sex, violence and hopelessness during his mid-1990s tour in Zambia. Read full book review >

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Calling Tower by Josh Leone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2015

"A promising start to a serious-minded space-opera epic."
In a far-future empire known as the Primacy, elites and spacefaring rogues are ensnared in a conspiracy by a top-tier mystic to elevate himself to godhood. Read full book review >

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BLACK MAD WHEEL by Josh Malerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Dark, brooding, and slightly unhinged, Malerman's unusually compelling second novel is certifiably unlike any you'll read this year."
In 1957, faded Detroit rockers the Danes were hired by the U.S. government to investigate a malevolent sound emanating from Africa's Namib Desert. Having had every bone in his body shattered by the sound, or something, Danes leader Philip Tonka lies in an Iowa hospital making a rapid recovery—too rapid, thinks his devoted nurse. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2013

"A clever, affable story of one Mormon, his family, his vocation and his implacable ailment."
A jaunty memoir covering both the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the torments of Tourette's syndrome. Read full book review >

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The Hearts of Dragons by Josh VanBrakle
Released: Oct. 16, 2015

"A fantasy sequel with well-developed characters that doesn't disappoint."
In the second installment of this Japanese mythology-inspired fantasy series, Iren Saitosan, a member of a warrior race known as the Maantecs, sets out to regain his magic-using ability, uncovering many secrets about his past along the way. Read full book review >