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Stories by Jerry Miller

She Hated Adverbs

Judith Moore remembered

My long conversation with Judith Moore about writing began in 1980. We first met at a monthly campus ministry shindig for the faculty of Central Washington University, in Ellensburg, Washington. Judith was escaping the small-town ...

English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable

English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable by Lacey Baldwin Smith. Academy Chicago Publishers, 2006, 275 pages, $17.95 ABOUT THE BOOK: No people have engendered quite so much acclaim or earned so much censure as ...

The IHOP Papers

The IHOP Papers by Ali Liebegott. Carroll & Graf, 2007, 256 pages, $14.95. ABOUT THE BOOK: Francesca, a disgruntled 19-year-old lesbian, tries desperately to pull together the pieces of her scattered life. This novel opens ...

Flesh and Bone -- A Body Farm Novel

Flesh and Bone: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass. William Morrow, 2007, 368 pages, $24.95 ABOUT THE BOOK: Flesh and Bone is a roller-coaster ride into the world of forensic anthropology, its twists and ...

Lost City Radio

Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcón. Harper Collins, 2007, 272 pages, $24.95 ABOUT THE BOOK: A nameless, timeless South American country slowly emerges from a war everyone would prefer to forget. For ten years, Norma ...

Leonard Woolf: A Biography

Leonard Woolf: A Biography by Victoria Glendinning. Free Press, 2006, 512 pages, $30 WHAT THE CRITICS SAY: Publishers Weekly: Although Leonard Woolf (1880--1969) was a seminal figure in the Bloomsbury set, he is known today ...

Moon Pies and Movie Stars

WHAT THE REVIEWERS SAY: Booklist: Ruby Kincaid can't believe the way her life is going. While running her late husband's bowling alley, she is also taking care of her wayward daughter's two small children. When ...

Fleeing Fundamentalism: A Minister's Wife Examines Faith

ABOUT THE BOOK: In Fleeing Fundamentalism: A Minister's Wife Examines Faith, Cross looks back at the life that led her to marry a charismatic young man, handsome and articulate, who appeared destined for greatness as ...

Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa

Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa FROM THE DUST JACKET: Heartbreaking, poetic, and intensely personal, Butterfly Boy is a unique coming out and coming-of-age story of a first-generation Chicano who trades one life for ...

Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days

Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days FROM THE DUST JACKET: "The meal is the emblem of civilization," the Salters observe. "What would one know of life as it should be lived, or ...

American Vulgar: The Politics of Manipulation Versus the Culture of Awareness

American Vulgar: The Politics of Manipulation Versus the Culture of Awareness WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAYS: Robert Grudin is what might be called a lyrical philosopher. From Time and the Art of Living (1982) to The ...

Pride of Baghdad

Pride of Baghdad WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAYS: From one of America's most acclaimed comics writers -- a startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War inspired by true events. ...

Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood

Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood FROM THE BOOK JACKET: "My family has a grand tradition. After a woman gives birth, she goes mad. I thought that I would be the one to ...

The Best American Science Writing 2006

The Best American Science Writing 2006. Editor: Atul Gawande. Series Editor: Jesse Cohen. Harper Collins Publishers, 2006, $13.95, 384 pages. ABOUT THE BOOK: Carrying the imprimatur of bestselling author Atul Gawande, a rock-and-roll-loving surgeon and ...

Grayson

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Grayson is Lynne Cox's first book since Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer "Riveting" -- Sports Illustrated; "Pitch-perfect" -- Outside). In it she tells the story of a miraculous ocean ...

A Sudden Country: A Novel

A Sudden Country: A Novel by Karen Fisher. Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006, $13.95, 400 pages. ABOUT THE BOOK: A vivid and revelatory novel based on actual events of the 1847 Oregon migration, A Sudden ...

Little Star of Bela Lua: Stories from Brazil (P.S.)

Little Star of Bela Lua: Stories from Brazil (P.S.) by Luana Monteiro. Harper Perennial Paperback, 2006, $13.95, 256 pages. BOOK DESCRIPTION: A luminous fish appears in an impoverished village like a sign from God and ...

What It Used to Be Like: A Portrait of My Marriage to Raymond Carver

What It Used to Be Like: A Portrait of My Marriage to Raymond Carver by Maryann Burk Carver. St. Martin's Press, 2006, $25.95, 368 pages. FROM THE DUST JACKET: Maryann Burk Carver met Raymond Carver ...

The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden

The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden by William Alexander. Algonquin Books, 2006, $22.95, 288 pages. FROM ...

Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers and Bums in America

Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America by Thomas Lutz. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006, $25, 384 pages. FROM THE BOOK JACKET: Couch potatoes, goof-offs, freeloaders, good-for-nothings, loafers, and loungers: ...

Poet's Choice

Poet's Choice by Edward Hirsch. Harcourt, 2006, $25, 448 pages. FROM THE DUST JACKET: In Poet's Choice, the gifted poet and critic Edward Hirsch offers a new way to look at the world through the ...

Meander amid tooth-like boulders high atop a ridge on Daley Ranch preserve in Escondido.

A cool late afternoon or early evening in June is perfectly fine for exploring the aptly named Boulder Loop Trail in Daley Ranch -- Escondido's 3000-acre open space preserve. During the next six weeks, the ...

When a Gene Makes You Smell Like a Fish: And Other Amazing Tales about the Genes in Your Body

When a Gene Makes You Smell Like a Fish: ...and Other Amazing Tales about the Genes in Your Body by Lisa Seachrist Chiu. Oxford University Press; 2006; $27; 240 pages. FROM THE DUST JACKET: From ...

Tour Kensington, one of San Diego's most gentrified neighborhoods, on a perimeter sidewalk route.

Civilized and gracious Kensington is one of the most interesting of San Diego's distinctive neighborhoods to tour -- especially by foot, on skates, or by bike. Kensington sprawls across nearly flat terrain, so skating and ...

Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled, and More Miserable Than Ever Before

Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before by Jean M. Twenge. Free Press; April 4, 2006; $25; 304 pages. FROM THE DUST JACKET: The Associated Press ...

La Perdida

La Perdida by Jessica Abel. Pantheon, 2006; $19.95; 288 pages. FROM THE DUST JACKET: From the Harvey and Lulu award-winning creator of ArtBabe ( comes this riveting story of a young woman's misadventures in Mexico ...

The Brief History of the Dead: A Novel

The Brief History of the Dead: A Novel by Kevin Brockmeier. Pantheon, 2006; $22.95; 252 pages. FROM THE DUST JACKET: "Remember me when I'm gone" just took on a whole new meaning. The City is ...

Follow the trace of the Elsinore Fault through San Diego County's mountains and desert.

Like a subterranean knife-wound, the Elsinore Fault slices across the heart of San Diego County's backcountry, promising an earth-shaking jolt or two during the next few centuries. Sputtering movements over geologic time along its opposing ...

Hike the Laurel Canyon loop in Orange County's new Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.

Development continues in the remaining open spaces of southern Orange County -- so fast that a few years ago Orange County bumped San Diego County from its former rank as the second most populous county ...

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