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This Is Only a Test (Break Away Book Club Edition) by [B. J. Hollars]

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Length: 180 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Grade Level: 17 and up
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Editorial Reviews


Throughout, Hollars underlines his fears for both himself and his family. His grave discussion emphasizes the helplessness we feel when faced with forces of nature beyond human control and the fear we experience when confronted with humans who cause mass destruction. The thread that binds these essays on death and mayhem is the author's love for his children and wife, which offers readers a respite from the inherent grief and devastation he poetically describes.

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In a series of short, entertaining essays, Hollars meditates on natural disaster and fatherhood. He tells of disasters he has been a party to . . . while cleverly relating them to his experience of fatherhood. The point being, it seems, that becoming a father is its own kind of natural disaster, but with more positive results. . . . A great collection to dip into or read sequentially, this book is surprisingly sunny, given its subject matter.

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While This Is Only a Test mixes memoir, storytelling and research in a way that can be labeled creative nonfiction, Hollars writes in an accessible, personable voice. A high school student could read this book, and appreciate much of it.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

B. J. Hollars is author of two award-winning nonfiction books, Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America and Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa, as well as Sightings (IUP, 2013) and Dispatches from the Drownings: Reporting the Fiction of Nonfiction. He is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • File size : 828 KB
  • Publication date : February 1, 2016
  • Print length : 180 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press; Break Away Book Club ed. edition (February 1, 2016)
  • ASIN : B019Z2TBWQ
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Language: : English
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