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Short-fiction fans have likely bumped into "The Ordinary Son" in one anthology or another. It's the unforgettably comic story of the only nongenius in a family of geniuses: "I was hanging out sitting around my bare room, reading books, the History of This, the History of That, dry stuff, waiting for my genius to kick in." At the Jim Bridger is a convention of just such fascinating, ordinary characters. --Claire Dederer
Bought it by mistake , I hurriedly thought I was getting Jim Bridger stories ..I am reading the book and glad I bought it . Short stories are entertaining .Published 4 months ago by steven souder
When I heard Ron Carlson talk about the illumination and toleration in reading and writing a few weeks ago, I thought I knew for sure that this man was a great writer, an... Read morePublished on December 9, 2010 by booksonmybed
When I read Carlson's novel Five Skies, I was enchanted by the portrait of men working to bring each other through and along, the exploration of basic human decency. Read morePublished on November 29, 2009 by Pasiphae
I loved this collection. The title story is a sad Hemingway fishing story, with cheating and fish and two naked men in a sleeping bag. Carlson weaves stories of tenderness, love.Published on April 5, 2009 by Kate Gale
I fully anticipate that you, the average book buyer, will not find this review "helpful." I will be critical of Mr. Read morePublished on July 22, 2008 by Harvey Danger
The title story alone is worth the price of this book. The eleven pieces differ in original ways and are a joy to read. Read morePublished on August 18, 2007 by Thomas J. Tucker