What Are You Afraid Of

Author: Michael Hyde
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574412019
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What Are You Afraid Of . A collection of ten stories by Michael Hyde that blend dreams and reality as the characters realize that what they pursue is often not what they need.

So To Teach

Author: Kathie-Jo Arnoff
Publisher: Kappa Delta Pi
ISBN: 9780912099460
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So To Teach. Teachers need constant fuel to help stay motivated and engaged in their teaching. With so many teachers leaving the profession within the first five yearsburned out, frustrated, and having lost their inspiration and sense of purposethis wonderful volume of personal stories gives educators courage to stay the course. Written by practicing educators, this collection of heartfelt stories can inspire and refresh, and remind teachers how they are making a difference. The stories herewritten by teachersremind us that no teacher is alone in the hard work, frustration, or joy of teaching (Nel Noddings in books Foreword).

The Expense Of A View

Author: Polly Buckingham
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574416472
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The Expense Of A View. The stories in The Expense of a View explore the psyches of characters under extreme duress. In the title story, a woman who has moved across the country in an attempt to leave her past behind dumps an empty suitcase into the Columbia River over and over again. In another story, a woman who wakes up mornings only to discover she's been shooting heroin in a night trance, meets her doppelganger on a rainy Oregon beach. Most of the characters are displaced and disturbed; they suffer from dissociative disorders, denial, and delusions. The settings—Florida, eastern Washington, Seattle, and the Oregon coast—mirror their lunacies. While refusing to look at what’s right in front of themselves might destroy them, it’s equally likely to be just what they need.


Author: Meagan Cass
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574417053
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Activamerica. Drawing from fairy tales, ghost stories, and science-fiction, the stories in ActivAmerica explore how we confront (and exert) power and re-imagine ourselves through sports and athletic activities. A group of girls starts an illicit hockey league in a conservative suburb. A recently separated woman must run a mile a day in order to maintain her new corporate health insurance. Children impacted by environmental disaster create a “mutant soccer team.” Two sisters are visited by an Olympic gymnast who demands increasingly dangerous moves from them. Sports allow the characters to form communities on soccer fields and hidden lakes, in overgrown backyards and across Ping-Pong tables. Throughout the collection, however, athletic risk also comes with unexpected, often unsettling results.

The Year Of Perfect Happiness

Author: Becky Adnot-Haynes
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574415654
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The Year Of Perfect Happiness. The sharp-witted stories in Becky Adnot-Haynes' debut collection explore the secret lives of people--how they deal with the parts of themselves that they choose not to share with their closest confidants--and with the world. A pole-vaulter practices his sport only before dawn. A recently divorced woman signs up for a hallucinogenic drug excursion in the Arizona desert. An uncertain girlfriend goes out into the world wearing a false pregnancy belly. In The Year of Perfect Happiness, the universe is recognizable but slightly askew, a world whose corners can be peeled back to reveal the strange and often comic outcomes of acting out your most self-destructive desires. "In The Year of Perfect Happiness, Becky Adnot-Haynes puts her smart and funny prose to expert use, patiently delving the radiant mysteries we keep from strangers, from ourselves, from the people we love the most: Our joys and sorrows, our hidden hurts and unforgettable mistakes and untellable secrets, secrets which Adnot-Haynes' excellent stories suggest we want only to be forced to share, craving the moment when we're at last revealed in all our imperfect but stunning humanity."--Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods and judge

Wonderful Girl

Author: Aimee LaBrie
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 157441240X
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Wonderful Girl. Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2007. This extraordinary first collection of short stories covers the landscape of dysfunctional childhood, urban angst, and human disconnection with a wit and insight that keep you riveted to the page. The characters here have rich and imaginative interior lives, but grave difficulty relating to the outside world. The beginning story, "Ducklings," introduces the over-weight and over-enthusiastic Marjorie, the last twelve-year-old you would want babysitting your toddler. In "Wanted" we meet Eleanor, a single girl living in Chicago who may or may not be dating a serial killer. "Another Cancer Story" is an unsentimental account of two sisters whose beloved mother just won't seem to die, and "The Last Dead Boyfriend" gives us a recovering addict who keeps encountering her recently deceased boyfriend, an unpleasant man she wished she'd broken up with before he died. Always funny, often dark, and wholly satisfying, these stories explore the longing for connection among characters who are frequently stricken with anxiety. Each story is rendered in a way that is surreal, vivid, and entirely convincing.

Irish Girl

Author: Tim Johnston
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 157441271X
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Irish Girl. You have to read closely so as not to miss significant clues in these tightly coiled stories by Katherine Anne Porter Prize-winner Johnston (Never So Green), who ventures deeply into the consciousness of Midwesterners to unearth old tensions and buried animosities. In Water, he balances a marvelously multilayered plot involving a widowed mother of now grown twin boys (one healthy, one not) who recognizes how her protectiveness of her sons--even if one commits a horrible crime--supersedes the ties she holds to her past. Dirt Men finds Buddy Jr., the son of a local excavating entrepreneur, returned home in disgrace from the Colorado college where he was teaching and trapped within the intersection of his past and his hubris when the dismembered body of a woman is found in an auto salvage lot. In Things Go Missing, Johnston enters the mind of a young woman burglar whose seemingly senseless thefts (such as her shrink's autographed Michael Jordan poster) allows her to connect finally with someone, despite the pain she inflicts. These beautifully rendered tales deliver an emotional wallop.

Last Known Position

Author: James Mathews
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574412523
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Last Known Position. Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2008. Most of the nine stories in Last Known Position were written upon James Mathews' return from combat deployment to the Middle East with the D.C. Air National Guard. Life under fire provided the author with both dramatic events and a heightened sense of observation, allowing him to suggest the stress of combat as the driving factor behind extreme yet believable characterization and action. Military experiences and settings cause certain human elements and truisms to emerge more profoundly and dramatically. These stories portray desperate characters driven to make desperate choices. Always on the edge of a dark and unpleasant reality, Mathews' characters survive by embracing fantasy, humor, violence, and sometimes redemption. Each story bears its own brand of hopeless quirkiness. Four teenagers on an army base steal a grenade and are stalked by a parade horse. A drifter returns home to rob the grandparents who raised him. A national guardsman faces a homicidal superior officer in Iraq on the eve of war. An elderly man worries that his wife's new house guests are unrepentant cannibals. Always tense, sometimes ridiculous, and never dull, Last Known Position brings the reader to places unknown before and unforgettable after.

A Bright Soothing Noise

Author: Peter Brown
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574412914
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A Bright Soothing Noise. Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2010. The title, A Bright Soothing Noise, refers to the sound that fire makes, promising not only warmth and light but also violence and destruction. Brown's greatest hero is Frank O'Connor, and like O'Connor's his stories uncover the final bleakness of a national life but in the same moment glow with its promise of love and life and belonging. Brown's Americans will try almost anything to connect. They tend to drink too much, to drive too fast, are a little too violent in their passions and even a little too religious. Too often they believe, they trust--and then again they don't, depending not so much on what's getting proffered as who's proffering. They are always on the verge of something better. They only want a little more, only a little too much, and while we as readers want with all our hearts for them to get it, we also fear they might. "This highly entertaining collection of stories has the scenic intensity and quality of Tennessee Williams's one-act plays. Meet a varied cast of characters in strange settings, and enjoy their provocative and witty company."--Josip Novakovich, author of April Fool's Day: A Novel and judge Number Nine: Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction

Body Language

Author: Kelly Magee
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 9781574412192
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Body Language. Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2006. Largely set in the South, the eleven stories of Body Language guide us into the hidden worlds of the culture wars. The people in these stories belong to the fringes of society, struggling for an identity and a place to belong.