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  • Decline of the Lawrence Welk Empireby Poe Ballantine

    Hawthorne Books 2011; US$ 15.95

    "It’s impossible not to be charmed by Edgar Donahoe (Publishers Weekly)," and he’s back for another misguided adventure. When Edgar is expelled from college for drunkenly bellowing expletives from a dorm window at 3:00 am, he hitchhikes to Colorado and trains as a cook. A postcard arrives from Edgar’s college buddy, Mountain Moses,... more...

  • 501 Minutes to Christby Poe Ballantine

    Hawthorne Books 2011; US$ 15.95

    DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 2007, POE BALLANTINE?S second collection of personal essays follows in the tradition of Things I Like About America. Stories range from "The Irving," which details Mr. Ballantine?s diabolical plan to punch John Irving in the nose after opening for him before an audience of 2,000 people that launched the literary festival, Wordstock;... more...

  • God Clobbers Us Allby Poe Ballantine

    Hawthorne Books 2011; US$ 15.95

    SET AGAINST THE DECAYING HALLS of a San Diego rest home in the 1970s, God Clobbers Us All is the shimmering, hysterical, and melancholy account of eighteen-year-old surfer-boy orderly, Edgar Donahoe, and his struggles with romance, death, friendship, and an ill-advised affair with the wife of a maladjusted war veteran. All of Edgar's problems become... more...

  • Things I Like About Americaby Poe Ballantine

    Hawthorne Books 2011; US$ 12.95

    POE BALLANTINE’S RISKY PERSONAL ESSAYS are populated with odd jobs, eccentric characters, boarding houses, buses, and beer. He takes us along on his Greyhound bus journey through small town America (including a detour to Mexico) exploring what it means to be human. Written with piercing intimacy and self-effacing humor, Ballantine’stories... more...

  • Things I like about Americaby Poe Ballantine

    Old Street Publishing 2014; US$ 7.28

    Poe Ballantine, nomad and writer, has travelled America for three decades. A man more used to dropping out than clocking in, he has cooked in eighteen restaurants, worked over seventy menial jobs and done every drug in the book, subsisting for most of his adult life on four-hundred dollars a month. In Things I Like About America, Ballantine chronicles... more...

  • Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhereby Poe Ballantine; Cheryl Strayed

    Hawthorne Books 2013; US$ 9.99

    Fans of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil will embrace Poe Ballantine's Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere. For well over twenty years, Poe Ballantine traveled America, taking odd jobs, living in small rooms, and wondering the big whys. At age 46, he finally settled with his... more...

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