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Sea Monkeys: A Memory Book

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Bowling lessons with a hunchback. A bizarre first-grade teacher who hallucinates in class. A tragically innocent family blind-sided by flower power, and the salvation of soul music at a radio station straight out of a Quentin Tarantino version of The Twilight Zone. These are just a few of the luminous characters and conjurings Kris Saknussemm delivers in his kaleidoscopic ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Soft Skull Press (first published November 1st 2012)
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Sam Reader
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No, I can't do it. I can't give you "the rundown". Because telling you what I liked and didn't like in such a format would be untrue to the book. It wouldn't do it justice. The only thing I can say in this little cutesy frontmatter part I usually do would be to say this: Sea Monkeysis a book that deserves your attention and your respect. I've underestimated Kris Saknussemm's ability as a writer, and this is coming from someone who absolutely loves his work. Thi
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May 28, 2013 Brent rated it it was amazing
"That's why we cling to our family legends. Because they don't tell stories. They almost tell stories." Saknussemm says and illustrates that here with glimpses into the past at major figures, and some not so major that nonetheless were of vital importance at the moment. Quoting his stepbrother, he adds, "The only stories you can really be sure are true are the one you've forgotten." and those stories are actually visible here, because the remembered stories point towards them. "Sea Monkeys" ...more
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“Before he lost his faith in the church and became a kind of crackpot psychologist, my father was quite an inspiring preacher—although he had a humorous knack of confusing words at dramatic
moments in such a way as “to bring the house down,” as my choir director mother put it. He could, for instance, raise his arms in that gentle entreating way of his and request that the congregation all stand . . . “Please rise now and turn to face the person next to you . . . and give them the Piss of K
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Kris Saknussemm is a cult genre bending novelist and multimedia artist. Born and educated in America, he has lived most of his life abroad, primarily in Australia and the Pacific Islands.

His science fiction themed novel ZANESVILLE, published by Villard Books in 2005, was hailed by critics as a revolutionary work of surreal black comedy. It has attracted the devotion of outsider artists like the Le
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