Speaking Volumes
12:06 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

At Work in America With Dave Newman

Dave Newman worked as a house painter, a truck driver, a bookstore manager and a college teacher before taking on his latest job as an award-winning novelist. As in his own fiction, Newman's reading interests reflect both his working-class background and an interest in life at the margins of the Rust Belt.

Pittsburgh-area novelist and poet Dave Newman
Credit Josh Raulerson/90.5 WESA

Noah Cicero, Collected Works Vol. I

The supreme introduction to the neurosis of Noah Cicero, The Collected Works of Noah Cicero Vol. I contains the early masterpieces by the greatest minimalist writer ever to hail from Youngstown, Ohio. Collecting Noah Cicero's most acclaimed and popular works, this volume includes the short novels The Human War (soon to be a major motion picture), The Doomed, The Condemned, and Burning Babies, along with rare novellas and short stories that have not been available to the public in years. 

-Lazy Fascist Press

 

Larry Fondation, Fish, Soap and Bonds

Fish, Soap and Bonds follows the movements of three homeless people on the unforgiving streets of Los Angeles. Through their eyes we experience both the depths and heights of humanity: hate and discrimination, sacrifice and redemption. This is the third in Fondation's series of "LA Stories."

- Raw Dog Screaming Press

 

John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

Unburdened by the material necessities of the more fortunate, the denizens of Cannery Row discover rewards unknown in more traditional society.

Henry the painter sorts through junk lots for pieces of wood to incorporate into the boat he is building, while the girls from Dora Flood’s bordello venture out now and then to enjoy a bit of sunshine. Lee Chong stocks his grocery with almost anything a man could want, and Doc, a young marine biologist who ministers to sick puppies and unhappy souls, unexpectedly finds true love.

Cannery Row is just a few blocks long, but the story it harbors is suffused with warmth, understanding, and a great fund of human values.

- Penguin