Blood, Bone and Marrow
A Biography of Harry Crews
by Ted Geltner
Harry Crews was the son of a tenant farmer who, despite a childhood of desperate poverty and little education, developed an unbreakable desire to write that would eventually take him to unimaginable heights. He was a mule driver, a Marine, a boxer, a carnival barker and a motorcycle racer, all-the-while developing the voice and the life experience that he would eventually use to invent a new...
Last King of the Sports Page
The Life and Career of Jim Murray
by Ted Geltner
Part crusader, part comedian, Jim Murray was a once-in-a-generation literary talent who just happened to ply his trade on newsprint, right near the box scores and race results. During his lifetime, Murray rose through the ranks of journalism, from hard-bitten 1940s crime reporter, to national Hollywood correspondent, to the top sports columnist in the United States. In Last King of the Sports Page...
"Harry Crews was a uniquely gifted and haunted storyteller. Novelist, journalist, memoirist―he made each form his own in a way no one else had before or since. The pages that follow in this absorbing biography detail this and reach into the guts of the experiences that formed him and gave him a voice that was sad, brutal, and funny. Harry said that when it came to writing the truth about himself―or anything for that matter―he was not as interested in facts as he was in memory and belief.”
— From the foreword by bestselling author Michael Connelly