Truth or Consequences: Improbable Adventures, a Near-Death Experience, and Unexpected Redemption in the New Mexico Desert

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High Road Books
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5.75 X 8.9 X 0.87 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author
Daniel Asa Rose won an O. Henry Prize and two PEN Fiction Awards for the stories in his first collection, Small Family with Rooster. His first novel, Flipping for It, a black comedy about divorce, was a New York Times New and Noteworthy Paperback. Daniel is also the author of Hiding Places, the story of how he took his young sons to Belgium to retrace their family's escape from the Holocaust. His most recent book, Larry's Kidney: Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant--and Save His Life, was named one of the Top Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly. Daniel lives in Connecticut.
"This is a book for those who love New Mexico, see detour or road-closed signs as an opportunity rather than a frustration, and are in the mood for the book equivalent of people-watching from a sidewalk café. No one we meet is boring."--Los Angeles Review of Books
"Daniel Asa Rose is a great writer, and Truth or Consequences is a great tale. A funny, poignant, bizarrely uplifting adventure."--A. J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
"Truth or Consequences is the rollicking tale of Daniel Asa Rose's return to the scene of a near-death experience. Forty years after he almost died in a car accident on a cross-country road trip, he returns to the small desert town where it happened and launches a madcap investigation into the wreck. Along the way, he finds much more than he bargained for: friends, enemies, maybe even himself. This is a thoroughly unique and entertaining memoir."--Justin St. Germain, author of Son of a Gun: A Memoir
"This memoir reveals that each point in one's life may invigorate a new 'coming of age' in one's ever-evolving consciousness--if indeed one possesses the self-discipline and strength of character to follow the truth no matter where it leads. Herein we find that chance is an enormous factor in determining one's destiny, that chance spices the flavor of our lives."--Jack Loeffler, author of Headed into the Wind: A Memoir
"He has the eye of a canny journalist and the soul of a frank sage. You have to read this book."--Bonnie Friedman, author of Writing Past Dark and Surrendering Oz
"A shaggy-dog story of the best sort, funny, good-hearted, finely observed, and larded with life lessons. A pleasure throughout."--Peter D. Kramer, author of Death of the Great Man and Listening to Prozac
"A haunting, surprising, smile-inducing, poignant memoir that paints an irresistible portrait of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico."--Walter Shapiro, author of Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer
"... an emotionally complex, stylishly executed and surprisingly moving memoir."--Jessie Kornbluth, author of Married Sex
"The best books are the unclassifiable ones, and Truth or Consequences wriggles out of the reader's grasp on almost every page. Are we reading a memoir, a travel narrative, a fantasy, a reckoning with time and mortality? The answer would be all of the above. What holds it together is Daniel Asa Rose's comic verve, without which he never could have produced this indelible gallery of American eccentrics."--James Marcus, former Executive Editor, Harper's Magazine, and author of Amazonia and Glad to the Brink of Fear