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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568583400
  • ASIN: B004E3XF4C
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,994,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

With help from writers such as Benjamin Franklin, Grace Paley and Wanda Coleman, novelist/poet/essayist Reed puts together a captivating, multifarious look at the American experience through its short fiction (a "cousin" to his lauded poetry anthology From Totems to Hip-Hop). From the ins and outs of a young Latino's struggle in an Anglo-dominated Catholic school (Nash Candelaria's "The Day the Cisco Kid Shot John Wayne") to Haight Street during the Summer of Love ("Wormwood" by Conyus), Reed's selections will draw readers into American cities, suburbs, prairies and mountains with vivid, precise, at times documentary description and bold, personal questions of American identity and purpose. At the same time, the overwhelming role of love, loss, and growth can render them almost allegorical; a perfect example is Wajahat Ali's "Ramadan Blues," in which a young boy is first introduced to the traditional holiday fast. The boy's fear and self-deprecation over his meager battle with hunger balance the personal detail and honesty of the autobiographical with the sweep of America's religious legacy. A "gathering of voices from the different American tribes," this highly varied collection doesn't neglect important works from the likes of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, George S. Schuyler, Gertrude Stein and Mark Twain.
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Versatile writer and literary provocateur Reed created a high-voltage poetry anthology, From Totems to Hip-Hop: Poetry across the Americas, 1900–2002 (2003), and now teams up with Blank, editor of Rediscovering America (2003), to present 63 short stories spanning two centuries and a spectrum of writers with diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and artistic styles. In a rampaging foreword, Reed indicts commercial media for its trashiness and redundancy and praises literary fiction writers for telling “the truth as they see it” about what makes American life so vital and contradictory, so cruel and so cherished. Reed and Blank have selected molten and magical tales that dramatically explore the consequences of our attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality. Authors appear alphabetically, making neighbors of Wanda Coleman and Robert Coover, Bharati Mukherjee and Alejandro Murguía, Mary TallMountain and Mark Twain. From Ntozake Shange to Paule Marshall, Jimmy Santiago Baca to E. Donald Two-Rivers, Grace Paley to Wakako Yamauchi, this is a live-wire, from-sea-to-shining-sea collection in which we hear America singing. --Donna Seaman

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lewis H. Payne on October 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am still only about 1/3 through this collection of short strories. All have value, but two have knocked my sox off. The Guinea Pig Lady catches life in a backwater trailer park in NH, shades of Carolyn Chute, terrific story and character development. The best so far is Wormwood, a well told tale that takes you along one road of story telling, and then BOOM! This anthology was recommended to me by no one, but it showed up as a new volume in my little local library in Maine, I gambled, and it is a treasure. I sense that a lot of modern writing is cranked out under the umbrella of academia, and that the author is required to "earn his stripes" withing the ivied halls. Not these stories. Give it a look.
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