In this funny, touching collection of stories, the characters are regular, everyday types who love their families and lead honest lives. And it is just this ordinariness that makes them special.
In The H Street Sledding Record, a man throws horse manure on his roof every Christmas Eve to keep the myth of Santa alive. Bigfoot Stole My Wife is the claim of another man whose wife has disappeared without a trace, the only clue is that the kitchen smells funny: hairy. A third man finds that The Uses of Videotape are many: he uses a VCR to explain some mysterious goings-on in his bedroom while he and his wife are sleeping.
While these wonderful stories seem to concern the people we see on the street or in the supermarket, they are quietly proving that nothing is normal, but all is well.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Edition description:||1st ed|
|Product dimensions:||3.03(w) x 3.03(h) x 0.59(d)|
About the Author
Ron Carlson teaches creative writing at Arizona State and lives in Scottsdale. His stories, much anthologized, have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, Playboy, and other magazines.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The News of the World" - stories by Ron Carlson is a great collection. This is the first book of short stories that Ron wrote in 1987. I've recently read all of Carlson's short story collections, except for his newest one "At the Jim Bridger", which I'm eagerly waiting to crack open. Short stories seem to be either loved or hated by most readers, I happen to love them. If your looking for short stories that are oustanding and superbly written, look no further then Ron Carlson. Part I of the book, which include the first five stories in the book, had me wondering if this collection would stand up to "The Hotel Eden", which I adored Part II did not disappoint, with the first two stories being Carlson's famous - Bigfoot Stole My Wife & the follow up - My Name is Bigfoot, those aren't my personal favorites, but two other stories from this section are - The Time I Died (5 star writing, short story gold) Phenomena (5 star writing, short story gold) Part III is good, with four of the five stories really leaving an impression on me - Half Life Milk Blood Max Great collection, more affirmation for me that Ron Carlson is my favorite short story writer! Highly recommended!