Star Wars Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN!

Weekly drawing for $100 credit. Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

More at Powell's


Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »
  1. $18.90 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Quick

    Lauren Owen 9780812993271

spacer

This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.


Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry: Stories

Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry: Stories Cover

ISBN13: 9780380730797
ISBN10: 0380730790
All Product Details

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Elizabeth McCracken's first novel, THE GIANT'S HOUSE--a finalist for the 1996 National Book Award--was widely praised for its heart, its humor, and its poetic yet unsentimental voice. Like her extraordinary novel, McCracken's stories are a delightful blend of eccentricity and romanticism. In the title story, a young man and his wife are intrigued and amused when a peculiar unknown aunt announces a surprise visit--only the old woman can't be traced on the family tree. In "What We Know About the Lost Aztec Children," the "normal" middle-class son of a former circus performer (the Armless Woman) must suddenly confront his mother's pain. In "It's Bad Luck to Die," a young woman discovers that her husband's loving creations--he's a tattoo artist--make her feel at home in her skin for the first time. Daring, offbeat, and utterly unforgettable, Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurryis the work of a n unparalleled young storyteller who possesses a rare insight and unconventional wisdom far beyond her years. Her stories will steal your heart.Elizabeth McCrackens first novel, THE GIANTS HOUSE--a finalist for the 1996 National Book Award--was widely praised for its heart, its humor, and its poetic yet unsentimental voice. Like her extraordinary novel, McCrackens stories are a delightful blend of eccentricity and romanticism. In the title story, a young man and his wife are intrigued and amused when a peculiar unknown aunt announces a surprise visit--only the old woman cant be traced on the family tree. In What We Know About the Lost Aztec Children, the normal middle-class son of a former circus performer (the Armless Woman) must suddenly confront his mothers pain. In Its Bad Luck to Die, a young woman discovers that her husbands loving creations--hes a tattoo artist--make her feel at home in her skin for the first time. Daring, offbeat, and utterly unforgettable, Here;s Your Hat Whats Your Hurryis the work of a n unparalleled young storyteller who possesses a rare insight and unconventional wisdom far beyond her years. Her stories will steal your heart.

Synopsis:

Elizabeth McCracken's first novel, THE GIANT'S HOUSE--a finalist for the 1996 National Book Award--was widely praised for its heart, its humor, and its poetic yet unsentimental voice. Like her extraordinary novel, McCracken's stories are a delightful blend of eccentricity and romanticism. In the title story, a young man and his wife are intrigued and amused when a peculiar unknown aunt announces a surprise visit--only the old woman can't be traced on the family tree. In What We Know About the Lost Aztec Children, the normal middle-class son of a former circus performer (the Armless Woman) must suddenly confront his mother's pain. In It's Bad Luck to Die, a young woman discovers that her husband's loving creations--he's a tattoo artist--make her feel at home in her skin for the first time. Daring, offbeat, and utterly unforgettable, Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry is the work of a n unparalleled young storyteller who possesses a rare insight and unconventional wisdom far beyond her years. Her stories will steal your heart.Elizabeth McCracken s first novel, THE GIANT S HOUSE--a finalist for the 1996 National Book Award--was widely praised for its heart, its humor, and its poetic yet unsentimental voice. Like her extraordinary novel, McCracken s stories are a delightful blend of eccentricity and romanticism. In the title story, a young man and his wife are intrigued and amused when a peculiar unknown aunt announces a surprise visit--only the old woman can t be traced on the family tree. In  What We Know About the Lost Aztec Children,  the  normal middle-class son of a former circus performer (the Armless Woman) must suddenly confront hismother s pain. In  It s Bad Luck to Die,  a young woman discovers that her husband s loving creations--he s a tattoo artist--make her feel at home in her skin for the first time. Daring, offbeat, and utterly unforgettable, Here; s Your Hat What s Your Hurry is the work of a n unparalleled young storyteller who possesses a rare insight and unconventional wisdom far beyond her years. Her stories will steal your heart.

Synopsis:

McCracken's characters are quirky outsiders, and her off-beat vision is completely unique, such as in the story of a young woman who discovers that her husband's loving creations (he's a tattoo artist). Her rare insight and unconventional wisdom herald a magical new voice in the world of short fiction. Her stories will steal your heart.

About the Author

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of the ALA Notable story collection Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry. She has received grants from the Michener Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and, in 1996, was named one of the 20 Best Young American Novelists by Granta magazine. The Giant's House was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. She lives in Massachusetts, where, until recently, she was a full-time librarian. She is now at work on her second novel.

Table of Contents

It's bad luck to die — Some have entertained angels, unaware — Here's your hat what's your hurry — The bar of our recent unhappiness — Mercedes Kane — What we know about the lost aztec children — June — Secretary of State — The goings-on of the world.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 2 comments:

Prentise Wylie, January 29, 2013 (view all comments by Prentise Wylie)
I thought this was a novel when I started reading it, and was disappointed when the first story did not develop into a novel... and the second one, and the third... in other words, most of the stories felt too short, too unresolved, too much like chapters from a novel. Only the last one, "The Goings-On of the World," was long enough to feel complete.

I loved the story about a woman who marries a tattoo artist and gets herself covered in tattoos by him; it has mind-joggling images and metaphors about the meaning of tattoos in life, and I really wanted it to continue and develop, but it just... stopped.

Then there was an interesting one about an old woman who travels around getting free temporary housing by pretending she is a distant relative, until her story is blown and she has to move on; it too, just... stopped.

Ms. Mccracken is a good writer; the lack is in the form, not in the writing.



Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Abby, December 20, 2007 (view all comments by Abby)
a few of these stories I really liked but some of them I could not get into and gave up trying to after a few pages. which is fine, just explaining the three stars I gave it ...
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(10 of 14 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 2 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780380730797
Author:
McCracken, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Series Volume:
1873
Publication Date:
October 1997
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.02x5.41x.58 in. .46 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry: Stories
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 224 pages Perennial - English 9780380730797 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Elizabeth McCracken's first novel, THE GIANT'S HOUSE--a finalist for the 1996 National Book Award--was widely praised for its heart, its humor, and its poetic yet unsentimental voice. Like her extraordinary novel, McCracken's stories are a delightful blend of eccentricity and romanticism. In the title story, a young man and his wife are intrigued and amused when a peculiar unknown aunt announces a surprise visit--only the old woman can't be traced on the family tree. In What We Know About the Lost Aztec Children, the normal middle-class son of a former circus performer (the Armless Woman) must suddenly confront his mother's pain. In It's Bad Luck to Die, a young woman discovers that her husband's loving creations--he's a tattoo artist--make her feel at home in her skin for the first time. Daring, offbeat, and utterly unforgettable, Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry is the work of a n unparalleled young storyteller who possesses a rare insight and unconventional wisdom far beyond her years. Her stories will steal your heart.Elizabeth McCracken s first novel, THE GIANT S HOUSE--a finalist for the 1996 National Book Award--was widely praised for its heart, its humor, and its poetic yet unsentimental voice. Like her extraordinary novel, McCracken s stories are a delightful blend of eccentricity and romanticism. In the title story, a young man and his wife are intrigued and amused when a peculiar unknown aunt announces a surprise visit--only the old woman can t be traced on the family tree. In  What We Know About the Lost Aztec Children,  the  normal middle-class son of a former circus performer (the Armless Woman) must suddenly confront hismother s pain. In  It s Bad Luck to Die,  a young woman discovers that her husband s loving creations--he s a tattoo artist--make her feel at home in her skin for the first time. Daring, offbeat, and utterly unforgettable, Here; s Your Hat What s Your Hurry is the work of a n unparalleled young storyteller who possesses a rare insight and unconventional wisdom far beyond her years. Her stories will steal your heart.
"Synopsis" by , McCracken's characters are quirky outsiders, and her off-beat vision is completely unique, such as in the story of a young woman who discovers that her husband's loving creations (he's a tattoo artist). Her rare insight and unconventional wisdom herald a magical new voice in the world of short fiction. Her stories will steal your heart.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.