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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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
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- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #608,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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