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January 30, 2014

The Book Worm book reviews come to Daily News

This is the first installment of a bi-monthly book review column that will be published in the Daily News.

I prefer to read fiction, but I enjoy biographies and some non-fiction work as well, particularly anything to do with history. I will happily accept requests for book reviews. Please contact me at amanda.browning@greensburgdailynews.com for more information.

My favorite genres include historical fiction, horror, paranormal fiction and science fiction, among many others. I’ve been a lover of words all my life and look forward to sharing my opinion on a wide range of books with readers.

The first review of the Book Worm centers on Dirtyville Rhapsodies by Josh Green.

Book description: Do you really know your neighbors, America? Look again. Look closer. This darkly comic short story collection focuses on ordinary people caught in all manner of conundrums, fiascoes, and legal dilemmas, much of it their own stinking fault. Set mostly in Atlanta (capital of the “Dirty South”), Dirtyville Rhapsodies features everyday folks who overcome vice and personal tragedy, scoundrels so foul they attract news headlines, and the wayward souls who find salvation in society’s crevasses. Some of them will weave meaning from pratfalls, devastating loss, and downright stupidity. And some won’t.

This collection of short stories was written by Josh Green, a man who used to live in Greensburg and wrote for the Daily News, so my interest was piqued before I ever picked up the book. I loved the cover. Its design is bold and eye catching, the abstract feel leaving the reader wondering what they will encounter between the pages.

Green does not disappoint. I am usually not a big fan of short stories, as I prefer to delve deeper into a novel. But Green’s tales held my interest all the way through to the end. Each story in Dirtyville Rhapsodies touches on some aspect of humanity. Some are funny, some touching and some terribly sad.

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