“Reading Linda’s work is like being mesmerized by a snake before it swallows you whole. The words shimmer, creating a dreamscape where the story unfolds and draws you in while strange, sometimes bizarre, encounters play out in minutely described detail. You ‘emerge’ from her stories rather than ‘finish’ them. The poems are spare, elegant and evocative, stirring deep emotions even while not ostensibly emotional. This is a beautiful book by a writer who has honed her writing skills and knows precisely how to wield them.” “
—Maureen Wheeler, Co-Founder of Lonely Planet Publications
“This novel about a live dead girl combines an international chase, the suspense of a thriller, a soupcon of sensuality, some wonderfully lyrical episodes, and a set of brand new rules for ghouls. It is as delectable and dangerous as a plate of Fugu. I read it in a single sitting. “
—Tim Cahill, Pass the Butterworms, Hold the Enlightenment, and Jaguars Ripped My Flesh
Elegantly written, Namako: Sea Cucumber captures with startling accuracy the wisdom and confusion of a young girl growing up in two vastly different cultures.
…” a joy, each word perfectly accurate, yet not at all abstract or remote, but relaxed enough to deal with a house full of rough- and-tumble children.”
— Tom Williams, ForeWord
“McFerrin is adept at describing the concerns of women of various ethnic backgrounds, from different geographic regions of America, and showing that despite race, country of origin, or physical location, some feelings and difficulties are universal. The stories, written with an either puckish charm or airy elegance, depending on the subject matter, are simply just well-told.”
— Elizabeth Millard, Foreword
“In-the-know locals offer thorough info on restaurants, lodgings, and the sights.”
– National Geographic Traveler
“Best Places Northern California is great fun to read even if you’re not going anywhere.”
– San Francisco Chronicle
Great poetry —
“the true encounter between language and vision, between wonder and exploration …”
— Ray Gonzalez, Bloomsbury Review
Hot Flashes is about “quickies”— spicy, saucy, and sensual flash fiction and poetry guaranteed to raise your temperature in a way that is positively hormonal.
From sex and fine dining to celluloid seduction, from the ache of past loves to hot new encounters, from New Orleans’ excesses to X-rated Rio, you’ll find lots to love in this collection. It’s the perfect book for anyone’s virgin excursion into the world of erotica.
Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise.
In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh and get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice.
Twelve travel writers explore France’s Canal du Midi, Ireland’s southern Coast, the Puglia region of Italy and Greece, specifically Vatika, the territory once roamed by Homer’s Odysseus. The Cyclops no longer terrifies the inhabitants of Elafonisos, an island now memorable for its beaches and fish tavernas. Monemvasia’s citadel is in ruins, but the town and surrounding vineyards thrive.
Explore aspects of life in the region from award-winning wineries to hiking trails, from household olive groves to ancient ruins and petrified trees. Join the writers as they plunge into Greek village life with abandon, experience the meltemi wind, the dread Mati or Evil Eye, learn to sing Greek folksongs and dance the kalamatiano and hassaposervikos.
A compelling collection of 20 outdoor and adventure stories written by 10 top writers.
“A revolutionary new style of travel guidebooks….”
— New York Times News Service
An epic collection of 100 traveler’s tales.
“A mad gambol over the wild world with a gang of vociferous globetrotters … this collection of travel tales doesn’t just push the envelope, it shreds it.”
— Bookings, San Francisco Examiner
This is the ninth volume in the American Fiction series, an annual anthology that searches out the best stories by emerging writers.
“To read the opening sentences of these stories is to be drawn irresistibly into their worlds.”
— Joyce Carol Oates