A woman who worries about carrying a .38 special in her purse, nearly drowns in a desert canyon, flies into the war in Bosnia, dances with the FBI, tells Geraldo he shouldn't put guests in hotel rooms with rats and spends time with murderers, has more than a few stories to tell. Gravel on the Side of the Road: True Stories From a Broad Who Has Been There is a daring and revealing adventure itself. Beloved novelist Kris Radish returns to her non-fiction beginnings with her first book of autobiographical essays.
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About the Author
Kris Radish is the author of nine novels and two works of non-fiction. A former award-winning journalist, magazine writer, and nationally syndicated columnist, Radish is also co-owner of a wine lounge, the Wine Madonna, in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida where she hosts book clubs and special literary events with groups from across the globe. She calls her genre “Broads Who Have Been There”, and it takes one to know one. Her widely popular novels include The Elegant Gathering of White Snows, Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn, Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral, The Sunday List of Dreams, and A Grand Day to Get Lost.
Date of Birth:September 18, 1953
Place of Birth:Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Education:B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1975
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Gravel on the Side of the Road based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
These stories will stay with you. Did I enjoy this book: This is a tough question for this book. I flew through the short stories in just over a day. (It would have been less than a day if I didn’t have other plans.) Did I enjoy it? No, mostly because the majority of the stories made me want to cry, scream, hide. That’s not to say there weren’t a few stories that gave me a smile, a chuckle, some hope, because there were. Did it have an impact on me? Absolutely! I still have a deep scar on my knee from almost thirty years ago when gravel was stuck in my knee. Gravel from the side of the road where I wrecked my bike. That scar will be with me forever. These stories have left a scar on my heart, a scar that will be with me forever. This book is gritty. It’s real. Ms. Radish does not hold back, not even a little bit. These stories have impacted my life. I don’t think I will ever stop thinking about them. They made me remember a few stories of my own. I know I didn’t live through anything close to what Ms. Radish has lived through. And I thank my lucky stars for that. Have I witnessed or been close to some of the situations that she shares with her readers? Yes, I have. I related to quite a few. I could never tell my stories as eloquently or as real as she has done, but I felt it. My heart is breaking. My mind is reeling. Would I recommend it: Yes, but be prepared to shed a few tears and have a scar left on your heart when you are finished. These stories will stay with you. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A non fiction collection of short stories from Kris Radish's life as a mother, journalist and adventurer. Her job as a journalist has taken her all over the place and these stories are from those travels, her childhood and her personal life. Kris Radish has an interesting life and the stories of her life were very interesting. I loved the juxtaposition of her being a mom and the personal stories to the professional ones where she is interacting with mothers who are in prison for various reasons. The content of her stories were entertaining. The lack of chronology is probably the biggest thing that made me not fall in love with this book. I didn't love that her stories jumped all over the place; I didn't see a flow or reason as to their order and I wanted to find it so bad. As a random collection of short stories, it was fine, but it wasn't completely for me.
great history about her own life