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A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts

A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts

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Author N. M. Kelby

Minnesota Historical Society Press (September 15, 2009)

Ten sweet and slightly wicked stories by N. M. Kelby, whose work has appeared on National Public Radio's "Selected Shorts," on NPR's CD Travel Tales, and in New Stories from the South: The Year's Best.


Landlocked mermaids and a twisted Camp Fire Girl troop who will do anything to sell the most P-Nuttles in history. A beautiful mother who will not give up her coyote fur or cat's-eye sunglasses, even in the worst of times. A rock idol who had always wanted to be buried in his 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. These and many other characters grace the ten stories in this collection.

Praise for A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts

“N. M. Kelby has long been one of my favorite writers, and her new story collection, A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, is the sweet, pure, hilarious, sneakily profound essence of her. We ache and we laugh: this is the experience of reading N. M. Kelby just as it is the experience of living in the 21st century.” —Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, and the novel, Hell

“This is a collection of love stories, each and every one of them true to what goes on between us when our hearts collide. Beautiful, sweet, and a little sad: love, exactly. N. M. Kelby knows a thing or two.” —Daniel Wallace, author of four novels including Big Fish, which was also a film of the same name

“Kelby peeks into the hidden places of the heart, the sweet spot where love dwells.” —Patti Callahan Henry, author of six novels, including Between the Tides

Author information

N.M. Kelby is the author of The Constant Art of Being a Writer and several novels, including the best seller In the Company of Angels and is working on the movie Whale Season with Dwight Yoakam.

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  • 208 pages
  • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873517676

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