Pig Boy S Wicked Bird

Autor: Doug Crandell
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1556529880
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This gritty tragicomic memoir is set in one memorable year--1976, the Bicentennial, when Jimmy Carter ran for president and seven-year-old Doug Crandell lost two fingers in a farming accident. More than anything, Doug wants to shed his nickname, Pig Boy, and grow up to be a hog man like his father. His older brother Derrick reads pulp novels to him each night as he soaks his remaining fingers in Epsom salts. His brothers urge him to "flip the Wicked Bird" any time another child makes fun of his "lobster-red hand." Doug shares his summer of healing in Wabash, Indiana, with humans and animals who've suffered life-changing traumas: a brutal grandfather gentled by stroke, a deaf dog with a deadly taste for pig's ears, a tough-love mother coping with depression, a bevy of runt piglets saved from extermination. This is a story of love, loss, healing, and a family's relation with the land they love and know that they will lose.


Autor: Dirk Jamison
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 155652689X
File Size: 53,15 MB
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Hilarious and horrifying, this heartbreaking account tells the strange story of a family that was never homeless, never desperately poor, but lived on garbage.

The All American Industrial Motel

Autor: Doug Crandell
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 156976221X
File Size: 40,48 MB
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This volatile memoir from Doug Crandell weaves a darkly comic and thoroughly heartbreaking coming-of-age tale set in 1990 as the author is about to graduate from college. With very few job prospects and in need of tuition money, he joins his father working at a ceiling tile factory in tiny Lagro, Indiana. As his father moves headlong into a midlife crisis--complete with a bad toupee and a penchant for drinking on the job--Crandell's mother struggles with depression and talks in the third person as she manages a fast-food joint, where she compels her crew to dress in homemade costumes. As the author struggles to finish his degree, he also fights the urge to stay where he is and end up a "lifer" like his father. But before long, the monotonous work takes its toll on Crandell, making him realize just how similar he and his dad are. From their joint substance abuse to their feelings about the coworkers they watch buried from asbestosis, the Crandell men struggle to find a way to communicate. This powerful book explores themes of modern manhood, hope, and the power of labor to bring together workers, families, and even macho men.

The Flawless Skin Of Ugly People

Autor: Doug Crandell
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0753524589
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Thanks to Ugly Betty, we're finally ready to read a love story about a couple that isn't sleek, slick, tucked, pulled or plastic.

They Re Calling You Home

Autor: Doug Crandell
Publisher: Switchgrass Books
ISBN: 9780875806761
File Size: 65,61 MB
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Doug Crandell is a maestro in multiple genres: the author of critically-acclaimed true crime books, devilishly charming memoirs, and tragicomic works of fiction about small-town life that are leavened in equal measure with poignancy and humor. Enter They're Calling You Home, Crandell's latest novel. This is the story of Gabriel Burke, a writer who is alienated from everyone he loves for exposing a discomforting family secret in a bestselling memoir. Divorced from his wife, estranged from his daughter, and loathed by his alcoholic brother, Burke must confront all of them when he returns to his hometown in Smallwood, Indiana to chronicle the story of a gruesome mass murder there. Thus begins this intricately woven tale of redemption and forgiveness, of men paying the wages of masculinity, of sons coming to grips with the sins of their fathers, and of one writer grappling with the burdens of journalistic integrity. Throughout this deftly crafted work, secrets present a hall of mirrors through which Burke must constantly navigate: the secret of his father's sex crimes, the furtive steps his family takes to deny them, and the surreptitious efforts of State and local officials as they try and cover up the murder case he's investigating. Part road trip, part who-dunnit, part voyage of self discovery, Crandell's moving novel is ultimately the story of a journey in which the only possible destination is its starting point--home.

Follow Me Down

Autor: Shelby Foote
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307779289
File Size: 28,79 MB
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A mesmerizing novel of faith, passion, and murder by the author of The Civil War: A Narrative. Drawing on themes as old as the Bible, Foote's novel compels us to inhabit lives obsessed with sin and starving for redemption. A work reminiscent of both Faulkner and O'Connor, yet utterly original. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The X Mas Men

Autor: Lou Harry
ISBN: 9780871951991
File Size: 74,50 MB
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Beyond the parties and the TV specials and the shopping and the gift exchangeseven beyond the sermons and the prayersChristmas has a way of shedding a twinkling light on our lives like no other day (or time) of the year.Despite their disparate religious and familial and economic backgrounds, for seventeen authors at Indy Mens Magazine, Christmas is a day charged with laughter and beauty, hope and regret.This book is a very personal celebration, reconsideration, and, at times, an indictment of, to quote a lyric from a famous TV special, the most wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful day of the year. Inside youll find: Novelist Michael Kun on Buying a Gift for Dad; Esquire magazines Tom Chiarella on Christmas at the Poker Tables; Award-winning memoirist Doug Crandall on Homemade Holidays; Playwright Eric Pfef finger on Holidays Home from College; Best-selling author Philip Gulley on Holiday Lights and Holiday Songs; Radio host Ed Wenck on Troublemaking at the Altar; Novelist/writing teacher Dan Barden on Receiving and RejectingGifts; and Journalist/retired Navy of ficer Todd Tucker on Coming Home. Plus stories by: Tim Farrell, Eric Furman, Peter Graham, Lou Harr y, Brian D. Smith, Julia Spalding, Sam Stall, John B.Thomas, Todd Tobias . . . and Santa.