0802116302 ACCEPTABLE - This is a very damaged hardcover with a torn dust jacket; a READING COPY ONLY; do not purchase it if you are uncomfortable with significant tearing, scuffing, bumping, marking, taping and creasing. The flaws are significant but do not render the book unsusable. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: An anthology of short fiction explores the relationships between young men and women in a cynical era.
Review: In his smart and self-assured debut, My Life in Heavy Metal, Steve Almond breathes fresh life into the oft-explored territory of young love and longing. The 12 stories in this pulsating collection are populated with hookups, drunken kisses, failed passes, and souring relationships. And though it's an aggressively sexual affair (when it comes to getting it on in the bedroom--or on the bathroom sink, for that matter--Almond doesn't believe in fading to black), at its core it's a collection with heart. His characters stumble unrehearsed through the choreography of modern love, wearing their sloppy passions on their rumpled sleeves, aching to connect.
The memorable title story introduces David, an El Paso music critic on the "late-eighties hair bands" circuit who cheats on his longtime college girlfriend with an unassuming YMCA lifeguard. "Because we were a morning paper, I had to bang out my copy by midnight. I operated on a template involving an initial bad pun, a lengthy playlist--adjective, adjective, song title--and a description of the lead singer's hair." Almond hilariously captures the flirty, stylized banter and drinks-after-work breeziness of office life in "Geek Player, Love Slayer." He spins this bittersweet story from a female, first-person perspective as a thirtysomething reporter at an alternative weekly finds an unlikely obsession in the oddly alluring Lance, the paper's overconfident systems administrator ("How did Computer Guy become the Lifeguard of the decade?"). In another standout story, "How to Love a Republican," a doomed cross-party affair plays out against the 2000 presidential election.
Readers should take note of this solid debut and stay on the lookout for more from Almond--he's a sharp and surprisingly sensitive writer with plenty of stories to tell. --Brad Thomas Parsons
Title: My Life in Heavy Metal: Stories
Publisher: Grove Press
Book Condition: Fair
Book Description Grove Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0802116302I5N00
Book Description Grove Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Bookseller Inventory # 2801945462
Book Description Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G0802116302I3N00
Book Description Grove Press, 2002. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st ed. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP94029097
Book Description Grove Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. 0802116302 ACCEPTABLE - This is a very damaged hardcover with a torn dust jacket; a READING COPY ONLY; do not purchase it if you are uncomfortable with significant tearing, scuffing, bumping, marking, taping and creasing. The flaws are significant but do not render the book unsusable. Bookseller Inventory # Z0802116302Z4
Book Description Grove Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 0802116302 Bumped and creased book with tears to the extremities, but not affecting the text block and a remainder mark to one edge - Good. Bookseller Inventory # Z0802116302Z3
Book Description Grove Press, N . Y., 2002. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Cover Art (illustrator). X-Library - 1st. X-Library with normal flaws with mylar .Tiny remainder dot.The hard cover and the jacket has light shelf wear.Light tanning pages with stains. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Back. Bookseller Inventory # NO 41680
Book Description Grove Press, U.S.A., 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine. First Edition - First Printing. First edition, first printing with a full number line starting with a 1. A very fine and unread copy in a very fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 010815
Book Description Grove Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0802116302 Inscribed and SIGNED by the author!!! Hardcover with dust jacket. Spine is tight. Covers clean. Pages appear unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1119205
Book Description Grove Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Bookseller Inventory # S_197175392