AND THESE ARE THE GOOD TIMES: A Chicago gal riffs on death, sex, life, dancing, writing, wonder, loneliness, place, family, faith, coffee, and the FBI (among other things) First Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0998803906
ISBN-10: 0998803901
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Editorial Reviews


The essays in And These Are the Good Times are so arrestingly good that I had to stop several times to marvel at how keen, generous, and compassionate Patricia McNair's writing is. She's put her arms around the world and embraced so many of its complexities with the great heart and wondering eye of a poet. --Christine Sneed, author of Little Known Facts and The Virginity of Famous Men

Patricia Ann McNair adds her remarkable voice to an impressive list of Chicago nonfiction writers who have soared to national attention. Her style leaps from the page: unselfconsciously sexy, laced with the big questions, sporting a gritty wisdom. These essays are smart, sophisticated, writerly, and simultaneously intimate and familial. Add to this her range of literary interests and the breadth of her subject matter--dancing to jukeboxes, reading her father's FBI files, running gas stations, working the Chicago Mercantile Exchange--and you have a collection that will absorb, delight, and keep you turning the pages. --Anne-Marie Oomen, author, Love, Sex and 4-H, 2016 Next Generation Indie award for Memoir

Good, in the dexterous eyes and mind of Patty Ann McNair, lodges itself in the details. A safety-pinned button on the cuff of a Cuban valet's fresh uniform; the cool relief of Thin Mints after the flu; Christmas interpreted by a 400-pound cab driver. These essays travel widely through time and geography, and all are places and moments you'll count yourself lucky to have ventured with a wry, smart yet tender-hearted guide. McNair searches for home, and finds homes instead. --Mardi Jo Link, author of Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm

About the Author

Patricia Ann McNair has lived 90 percent of her life in the Chicagoland area. In fact, she now lives (with her husband, the visual artist Philip Hartigan, and Pablo, their skinny old cat) just two miles from the site of the hospital where she was born. She's managed a gas station, tended bar and breaded mushrooms, taught aerobics, and worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Today she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. McNair's short story collection, The Temple of Air, was awarded Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association, Southern Illinois University's Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, and named a finalist by the Society of Midland Authors. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have been published widely and received a number of honors including several Illinois Arts Council Awards, and the Solstice Short Story Award.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0998803906
  • Paperback : 186 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0998803901
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Side Street Press; First Edition (September 20, 2017)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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