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Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories
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From the bestselling author of Fight Club and Diary, a collection of essays and journalistic pieces that prove that real life has imagination beaten cold in the strangeness and wonder departments

Chuck Palahniuk’s world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. The pieces that comprise Stranger Than Fiction, his first nonfiction collection, prove just how different, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling. Encounters with alternative culture heroes Marilyn Manson and Juliette Lewis; the peculiar wages of fame attendant on the big budget film production of the movie Fight Club; life as an assembly-line drive train installer by day, hospice volunteer driver by night; the really peculiar lives of submariners; the really violent world (and mangled ears) of college wrestlers; the underground world of iron-pumping anabolic steroid gobblers; the immensely upsetting circumstances of his father’s murder and the trial of his killer—each essay or vignette offers a unique facet of existence as lived in and/or observed by one of our most flagrantly daring and original literary talents.
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Unabridged
Street Date:
06/27/2006
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English
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      • content: "Step into Palahniuk's dark worldview and watch for what crawls out. These stories are true to him and no one else."
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      • content: "In Chuck Palahniuk's world, the ride is fast, often disturbing, and there is never any holding back."
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      • source: The Onion
      • content: "Eccentric, idiosyncratic, and often entertaining."
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      • source: The New York Times
      • content: "Priceless grace notes from an exceptionally droll and sharp-eyed observer."
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      • source: The Seattle Times
      • content: "Rarely does a collection of essays continually resonate with a main theme and accumulate a weight that would lead you to call it a great book. . . . This is a pretty great book."
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      • source: Black Book
      • content: "The book's lurid appeal rests largely on being let in on Palahniuk's secrets, the raw material for much of his fiction. . . . Acts that give spice to his novels are made more menacing when encountered in the real world."
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      • content: Here is realism writ large. Or small, but only because this is a book of short stories. In any case, this 4-cassette bundle of energy from the author of FIGHT CLUB is packed with fascinating, real people. Although the author is given a narration credit, and does a fine job, the real star of this book is Dennis Boutsikaris, whose abrupt, unemotional reading style serves the author well. Boutsikaris has a clear, easy voice that punctuates the text with winks and nods, and underscores Palahniuk's tone with a matter-of-fact style. He allows the stories, some of them shocking and unsettling, to take center stage while moving along at a brisk pace. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
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        This collection from shock novelist Palahniuk (Choke
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        ) is an eye-opening look at the raw material that goes into Palahniuk's fiction, as well as proof that the novelist's art is derived from keen observation and recording of details. Often these are as grotesque as a closeup in a horror film (e.g., in talking to a group of wrestlers enduring Olympic tryouts, Palahniuk focuses on their injuries, both physical and emotional). Half the essays are magazine assignments and include insightful profiles of rock star Marilyn Manson, indie-movie queen Juliette Lewis and a high schooler who wants to explore space via a homemade rocket. Others offer the author's impressions of a demolition derby, the Rock Creek Lodge Testicle Festival and life aboard the USS Louisiana
        . Palahniuk often philosophizes, dwelling on the effects his fiction has had on "reality," especially the obsession his fans have had with his novel Fight Club
        . Palahniuk is fixated on the transformation of life's raw material into fiction and the writing process itself, which he sees as having the potential for self-fulfillment. (Incidentally, Brad Pitt, who played Fight Club
        's protagonist, emerges as Palahniuk's alter ego, and a number of the essays play on this theme, creating a patchwork memoir.) Palahniuk's fans will undoubtedly revel in the secrets the author reveals. Newcomers might initially feel queasy, but they're likely to warm up to his visceral prose and come to enjoy it.

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