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"Akers has imparted a fearless, fully-explored series of stories about how women try to break out of their emotional prisons..." - Author Exposure

"...distinct and memorable." - Mid-American Review

"... each neat psychological portrait holds the reader powerfully." - The Short Review

"...insightful, creative images pull [at] the characters and the reader..." - Get Lit!

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"Writing (and publishing) is a process of collaboration with the reader. What I create is nothing more than words on a page. Symbols that ultimately only contain whatever meaning the reader gives to them. I can put whatever I want in there, but I can't control what the reader's mind does with what I have put there. And the other end of the writing process is where the real magic happens. When the reader takes in the symbols and creates meaning and images in his or her own mind...often taking it well beyond what I intended...well, readers are generous. They give as much to our work as we writers do. Without readers to complete what I have written, my work would never be 'finished.'" -Mary Akers

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Press 53 (January 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981628060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981628066
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,613,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Akers is an ocean advocate who wrote the short story collections BONES OF AN INLAND SEA and WOMEN UP ON BLOCKS which won the IPPY 2010 gold medal for short fiction; she also co-authored the non-fiction title ONE LIFE TO GIVE. Akers frequently writes fiction that focuses on the intersections between art and science, including such topics as diverse and timely as the environmental movement and the struggle for human and animal rights. She co-founded the Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology, a study abroad marine ecology program originally located in Roseau, Dominica. She enjoys snorkeling, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, kayaking and snowshoeing. Among other jobs, she has worked as an historical interpreter/bookbinder for Colonial Williamsburg, a production potter at Historic Jamestown Island, an art teacher in Hawaii, and a cook in a nursing home. Although raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia--which she will always call home--she currently lives in Western New York.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cat Bird on October 19, 2009
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We could all use a little work. Even the most "normal" of us could use a good dose of psycho therapeutic reflection or cognitive behavioral manipulation. Especially the moms. Whether it's the hormones or the sudden overwhelming sense of responsibility and neurosis, I know I've had more than my fair share of nervous breakdowns since I saw that first blue plus sign on a stick.

WOMEN UP ON BLOCKS The title itself conjures a powerful image. Set aside the immediate mental flash of stirrups and invasive annual examination. Look at the cover art (good shoes) because in this case you can judge a book yada yada yada. Like meandering by the tv in lingerie during playoffs, red shoes and good legs propped along a dirty bumper ought to get you noticed. Women in these stories go to extremes to get noticed, allow themselves and others to go to extremes to fix themselves, and extreme things occur to teach them a lesson. The content of the stories are as strong as the imagery. The plots are at once relatable and repellent. After I finished, I felt better about myself as a mother, wife, member of my community in general. Mary Aker's clear, honest voice carries the content. Her insightful, creative images pull the characters and the reader to the other side.

The first story, "Medusa Song," is horrifyingly honest. The story is a warning for those women who allow an emotionally absent, philandering husband and subservient, oppressive life to go too far. The protagonist is at risk to become the villain unless she takes control of her life. Her repression and complacency threaten her children in an almost too creepy Susan Smith kind of way. The conclusion is an allegorical baptism by fire. You're left wondering if you should call social services.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Nicklaus on March 22, 2009
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I sat, one particular afternoon, in the middle of downtown Phoenix, reading Women Up On Blocks. It was lunch hour, so there was plenty of pedestrian traffic, including the expected share of vehicular traffic. Yet there I sat, reading the story "No Reason Not To," all the while almost entirely oblivious to everything around me. Such was Mary Akers' ability to fully draw me into her story.

Her characters have beautiful depth, flesh, and soul. Poignancy and unfiltered honesty are concepts not merely touched upon but treated with broad, colorful strokes of her brush. There's no two-dimensionality to her stories, they all breathe life and emotion one word to the next. She'll break your heart, make you smile, and even nod knowingly. The earthiness that permeates these stories is nothing less than a sometimes poetic extrapolation of little bits of life.

If you care for a genuinely entertaining, thoroughly good read, then you'd do well to add Women Up On Blocks to your list. Wonderfully written, and worth every moment I spent reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lost In a Book on March 7, 2012
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These stories have wonderfully bold premises--a woman, having impulsively married a man she hardly knows, is left alone in a house covered with mirrors (it was formerly owned by a supermodel); a woman sits naked in a cage as a protest against the mistreatment of animals; yet another woman, dying from cancer, donates her body to be displayed ("flayed" is the more apt word) in a traveling exhibition on anatomy. Akers' tales challenge us to imagine extreme situations: what plunges people into them and how they cope once there. Her more traditional tales--most markedly "Still Life With Shoes," about four siblings coming together after the death of their n'er-do-well dad--are equally successful and surprising, and showcase Akers's humor and her ear for dialogue. Akers may be interested in unusual lives, but her subject is always the love, hurt, and need common to all of us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tania Hershman on August 5, 2009
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I never like to read a whole short story collection in one go, but in this case, during a bout of insomnia, I simply couldn't stop. Each of Mary Akers' stories has a unique voice, a different tone and style, and they are quirky and poignant, thoughtful and thought-provoking. They do not tie up neatly, they linger on long after this slim book has been put down. I don't recommend reading it straight through, only because of the sense of disappointment when you read your last story, that there is no more. Of course, short stories lend themselves most beautifully to being read again, and again, revealing new layers each time, and I am already looking forward to exploring Women Up on Blocks many more times. For a longer review, read what our reviewer on The Short Review had to say: [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy R on May 8, 2009
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The title is a grabber, the photo more so. I didn't know what to expect. You CAN judge this book by it's cover though. This book of short short stories of women and their lives captured me from the first page and I didn't put it down. I KNOW so many of these women! They are friends and familly members, acquantances and people I hear about. These stories touch me and I'm sure they will anyone who knows women and wish for more in their lives. Great writer. I will look for more of Mary Akers books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Sumner Winter on March 27, 2009
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I finished this book about a week and a half ago and have been meaning to write about it. But I've been trying to figure out exactly what it is that I wanted to say. I can't come up with any other word except "undone." I mean, I know that kind of sounds pretentious or too literary, but it really fits the way this book made me feel. It was beautifully brutal. I loved loved loved it, and highly recommend it.
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