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Paper Trails: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence, and Forbidden Desires, a Surprising Number of Which Are Not about Marriage

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In the 1970s and 1980s, before he earned national acclaim for his award-winning novels, Pete Dexter was a newspaper columnist. Every week, in a few hundred words, Dexter cut directly to the heart of the American character at a time of national turmoil and crucial change. With haunting urgency, his columns laid bare the violence, hypocrisy, and desperation he saw on the streets of Philadelphia and in the places he visited across the country. But he reveled, too, in the lighter side of his own life, sharing scenes with the indefatigable Mrs. Dexter, their young daughter, and a series of unforgettable creatures who strayed into their lives. No matter what caught Dexter's eye, it was illuminated by his dark, brilliant humor.

Collected here for the first time are eighty-two of the best of those spellbinding, finely wrought pieces—with a new introduction by the author—assembled by Rob Fleder, editor of the bestselling Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Book. Paper Trails is searing, heart-breaking, and irresistibly funny, sometimes all at once. As Pete Hamill says in his foreword, these essays "are as good as it ever gets."

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"In this sprawling collection of finely etched prose, noted novelist Dexter (Paris Trout) lays bare the darker workings of the human experience. Assembled mostly from his newspaper columns for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Sacramento Bee, these short pieces chronicle the often violent, sometimes tender foibles of the denizens of America's lower socioeconomic strata. Senseless crimes are committed, alcohol flows like water and lives are damaged beyond repair. In clipped, world-weary prose, Dexter writes of Joline, a prostitute working the streets of West Sacramento — 'The rent is $95 a week, and she still owes the manager fifty. She says that is two dates, maybe three. Joline is twenty-three years old. She says she'll have it in two hours.' The stories are imbued with the spirit of the ink-stained old school journalist. While not all the tales are of degradation and mishap — Dexter writes tenderly of his wife and child — the self-inflicted woes of the less fortunate stay with you. 'Mummers Day on Two Street: The body is laid out on the corner. The pink dress is pulled up around the neck, which is painted green. The eyes are partly open; but when you look into them all you see is white.' With authority and a strange grace, Dexter has crafted a powerful portrait of the underbelly of the American Dream." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"If you love the kind of writing that transports you to places you never would imagine visiting, and coming across characters you never would expect to meet, then there are more than 80 reasons to get a copy of Pete Dexter's 'Paper Trails.' Well, the number, to be exact, is 82.

Each is a journalistic gem within 'Paper Trails,' a collection of columns and magazine articles written by Dexter... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Several of Dexter's columns pack a wallop, sometimes from the bizarre and violence-laden circumstances that they report, other times from Dexter's poignant or stark observations or his humor, which is sizable." Los Angeles Times

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"This collection is ideal for journalism students, writers, and any book lover who appreciates a good story." Library Journal

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"[Dextrer's] is a voice meant for the empty spaces of American life, the way Richard Ford was meant for New Jersey. It's best to read a few columns at a sitting, savoring each as its own self-sustaining organism." New York Times

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"Pete Dexter makes it known with Paper Trails that he was born with talent, a master storyteller able to entertain and inform without resorting to sensationalism or affected emotion." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Dexter's writing is compact, illuminating, sometimes hanging on a single word, sometimes thrilling with the unstated." Oregonian

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"[A] winning book — the sort you keep around because it's good company and delivers the news in short powerful bursts....Paper Trails proves Dexter's best work on deadline deserves a longer life." Seattle Times

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"Dexter's collection is a reminder of what the best city columnists do: Hit the pavement with sharp eyes, keen ears and a razor wit, then come back and reshape that world on the page. From craft, art. And something resembling truth, or what we can know of it." Denver Post

Synopsis:

Filled with humor and wisdom, the brilliant first collection of Dexter's finest nonfiction chronicles his life and times.

About the Author

Pete Dexter is the author of the National Book Award-winning novel Paris Trout and five other novels: God's Pocket, Deadwood, Brotherly Love, The Paperboy, and Train. Dexter was born in Michigan and raised in Georgia, Illinois, and eastern South Dakota. He lives on an island off the coast of Washington.

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nicjas, July 30, 2007 (view all comments by nicjas)
I wasn't sure what I was going to find when I picked up this book, but was soon drawn into these stories of not only people that are part of the violent aspect to our country, but to the people whose lives are all affected by them.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061189357
Author:
Dexter, Pete
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Editor:
Fleder, Rob
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.05 in 17.84 oz

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Product details 320 pages Ecco - English 9780061189357 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this sprawling collection of finely etched prose, noted novelist Dexter (Paris Trout) lays bare the darker workings of the human experience. Assembled mostly from his newspaper columns for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Sacramento Bee, these short pieces chronicle the often violent, sometimes tender foibles of the denizens of America's lower socioeconomic strata. Senseless crimes are committed, alcohol flows like water and lives are damaged beyond repair. In clipped, world-weary prose, Dexter writes of Joline, a prostitute working the streets of West Sacramento — 'The rent is $95 a week, and she still owes the manager fifty. She says that is two dates, maybe three. Joline is twenty-three years old. She says she'll have it in two hours.' The stories are imbued with the spirit of the ink-stained old school journalist. While not all the tales are of degradation and mishap — Dexter writes tenderly of his wife and child — the self-inflicted woes of the less fortunate stay with you. 'Mummers Day on Two Street: The body is laid out on the corner. The pink dress is pulled up around the neck, which is painted green. The eyes are partly open; but when you look into them all you see is white.' With authority and a strange grace, Dexter has crafted a powerful portrait of the underbelly of the American Dream." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Several of Dexter's columns pack a wallop, sometimes from the bizarre and violence-laden circumstances that they report, other times from Dexter's poignant or stark observations or his humor, which is sizable."
"Review" by , "This collection is ideal for journalism students, writers, and any book lover who appreciates a good story."
"Review" by , "[Dextrer's] is a voice meant for the empty spaces of American life, the way Richard Ford was meant for New Jersey. It's best to read a few columns at a sitting, savoring each as its own self-sustaining organism."
"Review" by , "Pete Dexter makes it known with Paper Trails that he was born with talent, a master storyteller able to entertain and inform without resorting to sensationalism or affected emotion."
"Review" by , "Dexter's writing is compact, illuminating, sometimes hanging on a single word, sometimes thrilling with the unstated."
"Review" by , "[A] winning book — the sort you keep around because it's good company and delivers the news in short powerful bursts....Paper Trails proves Dexter's best work on deadline deserves a longer life."
"Review" by , "Dexter's collection is a reminder of what the best city columnists do: Hit the pavement with sharp eyes, keen ears and a razor wit, then come back and reshape that world on the page. From craft, art. And something resembling truth, or what we can know of it."
"Synopsis" by , Filled with humor and wisdom, the brilliant first collection of Dexter's finest nonfiction chronicles his life and times.
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