All The Wild Children: A noir memoir

All The Wild Children A noir memoir nominated for an ANTHONY AWARD From the author of the critically acclaimed Moses McGuire crime series comes a brutally honest memoir Raised in the s counter culture a teen in the s and a fathe

  • Title: All The Wild Children: A noir memoir
  • Author: Josh Stallings Tad Williams
  • ISBN: 9781482601916
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • nominated for an ANTHONY AWARD From the author of the critically acclaimed Moses McGuire crime series comes a brutally honest memoir Raised in the 60 s counter culture, a teen in the 70 s, and a father in the go go 80 s White boy in a ghetto high school Guns Drugs Sex Fatherhood Heart warming, uplifting and tough A life writ large Someday, this will read much benominated for an ANTHONY AWARD From the author of the critically acclaimed Moses McGuire crime series comes a brutally honest memoir Raised in the 60 s counter culture, a teen in the 70 s, and a father in the go go 80 s White boy in a ghetto high school Guns Drugs Sex Fatherhood Heart warming, uplifting and tough A life writ large Someday, this will read much better than it lived LARK STALLINGS 1975 Josh has done an incredible job with the hand life dealt him I admire the hell outa that All the Wild Children is simply Stunning KEN BRUEN What is most remarkable about All The Wild Children isn t the rhythmic fleetness of it s earnest prose, nor the relentless pace, nor the fantastic nature of its plot, nor, even, the fact that it is all true What is most remarkable is that Josh Stallings managed to survive malicious fate, addiction, and the belligerent idiocy of his youth, and somehow find some dregs of fortitude remaining that allowed him to put it all on the page with a rare degree of honesty willingly admitting that truth is fleeting and that this is no than his best recollection of the storms and what they left behind Laughing in the face of brutal misfortune and epic poor judgement is a tonic One that Stallings graciously invites us to imbibe with him Drink up God knows Josh did CHARLIE HUSTON

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    1. Josh Stallings took the old adage, “write what you know” to heart and penned, “Beautiful, Naked, and Dead” and “Out There Bad” two amazing crime thrillers starring ex-marine turned strip club bouncer Moses McGuire. If you think that means Stallings has some experience with crime and shady environments you’d be right, but you’re not looking at the bigger picture. The McGuire novels aren’t just about noirish intrigues. They’re about a physically and emotionally scarred man tryi [...]

    2. I don’t read many memoirs – Chaplin’s auto-biography is grand, Bukowski’s work mind-blowingly good (though blurring fact and fiction), and Tobias Wolff interesting enough. I think the reason I don’t read more of them is that they don’t really grab me, which makes them a struggle and a challenge that I’m not prepared to take on.All The Wild Children is totally different. It has a quality to it that made it compelling for me from start to finish.In it, Josh Stallings tells his life s [...]

    3. I've been putting off writing a review of this book, because I just don't think any collection of words that I can come up with will do it justice. It's good, so very good that I'd like to take it home with me at closing time. It may be a memoir, but All the Wild Children reads more like a cross-genre novel (hints of literary, suspense, coming of age, etc.) Like Stallings' other books, the writing in this book is gut-punch powerful. The bit about the boys being home alone when (can't sayspoiler! [...]

    4. Fantastic as it is bone cuttingly truthful. Lean, reaching forward from the past & back again, a new piece of shattered glass is revealed, sending us forward, again, and again. We emerge with a whole, a man, loving, a success as father, a husband, in work, in life- despite at times to all appearances he knows he is nothing, and been shattered so long there is probably no help of redemptionshstallings

    5. I am a big admirer of Stallings' fiction novels and I didn't hesitate to buy All The Wild Children, even though I very rarely read autobiographical accounts. I'm very glad I did. It's incredibly open and honest. I also liked the fact that the process of telling his life story isn't linear, we bounce back and forward between a wiser 50 year old and his younger self, sounds annoying? Far from it, in fact this adds depth to an already highly colourful account. An excellent read.

    6. may well be one of the best things ive read. i dont read nonfiction at all, but after reading Stallings novels i had to give this a try and im glad i did. Very good book. Glad he shared this with the world.

    7. ALL THE WILD CHILDREN is a biography – a departure from Stallings’ novels but not by as much as you might think. In fact, if you came into the world of Josh Stallings blind you’d be hard-pressed to separate his novels from this incredible memoir. You see, Josh Stallings is not a writer sitting in his comfortable middle class apartment constructing a cast of drug-crazed, booze-fuelled, cut-throat characters living life on the edge of a knife, breathing in death and carnage, never knowing if [...]

    8. I just finished Josh Stallings' "All the Wild Children" published by Snubnose Press. Halfway through the book I was thinking "He couldn't have picked a better name for it." Little did I know how right I was. There were more wild children to come. He jumps around a lot in the telling, going from when he's 50, to when he's 12 in the next paragraph and then he's eight. Somehow that adds to the story and keeps me going, wanting to see just how that eight year old survives everything that happens, to [...]

    9. I was mostly being polite. No, that's too bitchy-sounding. I'm not bitchy. I was being friendly. I was being reciprocal.Polite has never paid so good.I met Josh Stallings a few weeks ago and to say that he struck me as a singularly lovely person feels like damning him with faint praise. I spoke with him for maybe fifteen minutes over the conference weekend, but he left an impression, both of his own and of kindness towards other writers. He's cool. His personality edges out past his aura, maybe [...]

    10. Raw and uninhibited. Josh Stallings, in his memoir doesn’t shy away from his demons – he confronts them head on. Like Ellroy’s MY DARK PLACES, Stallings writes a brutal truth that’s honesty is as uplifting as it is heartbreaking. Noir in life has a power not captured in fiction (though some filters through into Stallings’ books) that’s a shade darker and more complex than its fictional counterpart. ALL THE WILD CHILDREN is a perfect example of using pain and turning it in to love. I [...]

    11. This was an absolutely unique and wonderful book. The writing style is certainly different, but while the fact that it was all over the place would normally bother me, this was pulled together so brilliantly that I loved it. It's funny, blunt, entertaining, and completely enthralling. Amazing book.

    12. Damn powerful writing. A memoir that reads like a novel, in the sense that it sucks you in. Highly recommended read!

    13. This is simply put an incredible book and should be talked about by anyone who grew up in the sixties and seventies. You know from page one that the book is among the best you ever read. I have never read anything else by Josh Stallings, but I definitely Will. It is a story about growing up in the sixties on the peninsula south of San Francisco with two dysfunctional parents who were obsessed with finding themselves. Grade school was a hippy dippy free spirit world. Teenage years the kids were b [...]

    14. There is something inherently messed up about assigning a number of stars to a man's life. Please know that the minor quarrels I have with ALL THE WILD CHILDREN are with the form, rather than the content. The non-linear aphorisms are pleasant to read, unpretentious and the best substitute of a memory you can find, yet their sheer number make the back and forth sometimes difficult.I don't know if the title 'a noir memoir' is really pertinent, here. The Stallings were the first children of post-wa [...]

    15. I received this book for free from the first reads giveaways. All The Wild Children will take you for a wild ride. Author Josh Stallings narrates memories from his childhood in this memoir. It is real and raw, you can't make this kind of shit up. The flashes from present day to various moments in his childhood are wrought with sex, drugs and anger with various music scores being played in the background. Very oddly inspirational and moving.

    16. Josh Stallings lays it all bare here. This is one nakedly emotional book. It's rollicking and funny at times, but mostly you feel his ache. It's very deep.The construction is a little helter-skelter. I was reminded of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five in that Stallings' memories keep on coming "unstuck in time" -- he flashes backward and forward to various points in his memory. But it works well, and you won't forget the story he tells.

    17. wow, what a ride. I do not read a lot of non-fiction either, but a noir memoir is a great description. more happens in this book than in many books of fiction. both easy and hard to read all at the same time, if you know what I mean. wild times, good times, tragedy, but I think by the end, some hope as well. enjoy!

    18. Fantastic read, Josh can weave any storey into a tragically beautiful tapestry that the even when it takes you out of your comfort zone you can't stop reading!

    19. Beautiful, rough, full of hard and deep truths. Feel a little beat up from riding the crashing waves of his story. A deep ache from a good life that I had the pleasure to witness.

    20. Well written tale of 1970s Berkeley youth and the ravages of mental illness in families. The end is where the book should have began.

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