Posts Tagged ‘ coming-of-age ’

A Boy With No Future Becomes a Man

September 15, 2014
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A few years ago, Nathan Gauer and his mother set out on a six-week road trip just hours before his high school graduation. With nothing but open country before them, like a song, Nathan is unsure if he is running from something or toward something. After tracking down an old family friend to repay a debt his mother refers to only as “the favor,” they accept an invitation to attend a Lakota Sundance in the…

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Something Spicy to Cleanse Your Palate

June 18, 2013
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Booze, sex, and good times. What more could you ask for, from a memoir? “Letters To Young Chong” by Melanie Moore is much like the pickled ginger on a sushi plate. As a reader, sometimes you need something spicy to cleanse your palate between complex books. That is what you will find here. “Letters To Young Chong” is based on the friendship that developed between Melanie Moore .. and Melissa Moore; no relation at all.…

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Teen Buddies Face Adult Trials

February 26, 2013
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How do you mend a broken friendship? For Lance Parker and Daniel McAllister, the answer is simple – road trip. In Randy Richardson‘s coming-of-age story “Cheeseland” the shock and grief of a friend’s suicide creates a gulf between the two suburban Chicago high school seniors. A trip to Wisconsin should be just the ticket to come to terms with the trauma that has pulled them apart. The journey of recovery is filled with comical twists…

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The Open, Terrifying Road After College

August 16, 2012
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Remember life-right-after-college? That feeling of “Now what?” hanging over you? Frustrated young newspaper journalist Pete Rattigan is caught up in the uncertainty of the post-graduate “real world” when we first meet him, in the debut novel by Damon Ferrell Marbut called “Awake in the Mad World.” Then one night, one seemingly minor encounter sparks a philosophical journey which leads Pete to discover that, in the most beautiful or even cruel moments of life, the power…

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