The Loft Bookshelf - Books by Visiting Authors
Bigger Than Life
A Murder, a Memoir
Hardcover ISBN: 0803229763
Nelson Gross led an outsized life—one in which he played many roles: father, brother, husband, politician, entrepreneur. When he was killed by a couple of teenagers in a botched abduction and robbery, the murder shook his family in predictable and terrible ways. For his daughter, Dinah Lenney, the parent of her own young children, the loss sparked a self-reckoning that led to this book, which is both a meditation on grief and a coming of age story. By turns funny and sad, frustrating and fulfilling, her candid memoir conducts readers through marriage and divorce, blended and broken families—and, finally, the kinds of conflict that infect the best of us under the best of circumstances. In the end, Lenney leaves us with the sense that in spite of extraordinary events—as with most families—it is mutual forgiveness and love that lead us to empathy, acceptance, and the will to carry on.
What Narcissism Means to Me
Paperback ISBN: 1555973868
An eagerly awaited new collection of poems by contemporary favorite Tony Hoagland, author of Donkey Gospel How did I come to believe in a government called Tony Hoagland? With an economy based on flattery and self-protection? and a sewage system of selective forgetting? and an extensive history of broken promises? --from "Argentina" In What Narcissism Means to Me, award-winning poet Tony Hoagland levels his particular brand of acute irony not only on the personal life, but also on some provinces of American culture. In playful narratives, lyrical outbursts, and overheard conversations, Hoagland cruises the milieu, exploring the spiritual vacancies of American satisfaction. With humor, rich tonal complexity, and aggressive moral intelligence, these poems bring pity to our folly and celebrate our resilience.
Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty
Paperback ISBN: 1555975496
The new poetry collection by Tony Hoagland, the award-winning author of What Narcissim Means To Me and Donkey Gospel In Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty, Tony Hoagland is deep inside a republic that no longer offers reliable signage, in which comfort and suffering are intimately entwined, and whose citizens gasp for oxygen without knowing why. With Hoagland’s trademark humor and social commentary, these poems are exhilarating for their fierce moral curiosity, their desire to name the truth, and their celebration of the resilience of human nature.
Come in from the Cold
Paperback ISBN: 0547014392
In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War, Jeff and Maud build a relationship as they cope with the loss of loved ones--Maud's radical sister has disappeared "underground," while Jeff's brother has been called to duty in Southeast Asia. Reprint.
Paperback ISBN: 0312377614
Abandoned to foster care after his seemingly normal parents are imprisoned, young homosexual Brendan sequesters himself within a small Minneapolis apartment surrounded by his beloved books, until a reunion with his petty-thief brother draws him into a dangerous robbery scheme. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
Paperback ISBN: 0312384602
When Emmy discovers that she and her formerly loving parents are being drugged by their evil nanny with rodent potions that can change people in frightening ways, she and some new friends must try everything possible to return things to normal. Reprint.