Recent books by Hollins authors

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Jessica Anderson M.A. ’04
Milkweed Editions, 2011
“Funny, moving, and emotionally rich, Calli is a portrait of an endearing young woman caught between adolescence and adulthood, striving to do the right thing even when all of her options seem wrong.“
—From the publisher

Six Directions

Jenn Blair M.A. ’03
Anaphora Literary Press, 2011


Tony D’Souza M.A. ’98
Mariner Books, 2011
“From an award-winning ’savvy storyteller’ comes a page-turning, zeitgeist-capturing novel of a young couple who turn to drug trafficking to make it through the recession. Absorbing and timely, Mule perfectly captures the anxieties of plunging into the criminal world and of being a young person in a moment when the American dream you never had to believe in suddenly vanishes from the menu.“
Entertainment Weekly

Beach Rental

Grace Greene ’76
Turquoise Morning Press, 2011
“Ms. Greene’s debut novel is stunning in both depth of content and characterization… This is a sweet romance, but packed with emotion. Faith plays a major role in bringing the protagonists to their own thrilling fulfillment, yet it’s done in a delightful, non-preachy way. Greene has developed multiple layers in her wonderful story: tender romance, emotion, great pacing and superb characterization. Kudos to Greene in her stunning debut. She is definitely an author to watch.”
—S. Barrett, Amazon Vine Reviewer

Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

Cathryn Hankla ’80, M.A. ’82
Michigan State University Press, 2011
“Miracle Fish is a revelation. You will recognize the characters and the stories. They are exotic only in their familiarity. It’s almost titillating to read tales so intimate, like literary eavesdropping sanctioned by the author. If reality shows contained an ounce of reality, this is what they’d look like on paper.“
—Jenny Block, Huffington Post

Sunrise on the Battery

Beth Webb Jelks Hart ’93
Thomas Nelson, 2011
Sunrise on the Battery is a beautiful story of discovery and rebirth, of changing gears in mid-stride, and trusting in God’s guidance. Hart describes in exacting detail the fine bones of her hometown, peopling it
with characters you care about and want to root for, and who you will find yourself cheering for at the startling conclusion.“
—Karen White, author of The Beach Trees

Building Stories

Isabel Hill ’73
Star Bright Books, 2011
”New York photographer Isabel Hill’s Building Stories captures fanciful details of city architecture that open kids’ eyes to the often unseen marvels of their hometown. Charming couplets make the connection between the detail and the building’s purpose crystal clear: ’Lions, monkeys and elephants, to name a few/Of the characters on these buildings of a famous zoo.’”
Time Out Kids NY

Misha, Me, and Wittgenstein

Tom Huey M.A. ’74
Xlibris, Corp., 2011

Soul Inheritance

Honey Amber Hutson ’07
Black Rose Writing, 2011

Walking Home to Rosie Lee

Alexandria LaFaye M.A. ’98
Cinco Punto Press, 2011
“Set at the end of the Civil War, this account of a freed slave boy’s search for his mother is distinguished by a vivid narrative voice and page-turning suspense.“
Publisher’s Weekly

Friends in High Places

Katie Letcher Lyle ’59
Barringer Publishing, 2011
“Lyle is the consummate guide and chronicler as she takes readers on adventures in which the dead literally come alive to inform, teach, and enlighten. Friends in High Places will change your perspective on both life and life beyond.“
—From the publisher

Grandma of the Glades

Marya Repko ’64
ECity Publishing, 2011
“This flavorful biography of Marjory Stoneman Douglas is a primer on the life, times, works and significance of a major figure in southern Florida’s modern history. Bolstered by a generous assortment of black and white photos, Grandma of the Glades is a great way to make the acquaintance of this dynamo of a woman.“
—Phil Jason, Naples Florida Weekly

Ladies and Gentlemen

Adam Ross M.A. ’92
Knopf, 2011
“The stories in this volume are old-fashioned, almost O. Henryesque tales that point up both Ross’s extraordinary gifts as a writer and the limitations of his willfully bleak view of human nature.“
The New York Times

The Diva Haunts the House

Cristina Ryplansky ’79 (as Krista Davis)
Berkley 2011
The Diva Haunts the House shines as brilliantly as cinnamon glaze on an apple spice bundt cake.“
—Diane Morasco, Blogcritics

What Focus Is

Matthew Spireng M.A. ’71
WordTech Communications, 2011
“This collection of poems continues Spireng’s making of well-crafted poems that reveal the poetry in the events of every day, those apparently ordinary moments when we do and see ourselves and the world around us with extraordinary clarity. Every page of this book contains such moments, crystalized into gems of recognition, surprise, laughter, deep feeling and true understanding, and each page compels the reader to turn to the next page eagerly to see what’s next.“
—R.H.W. Dillard

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