This is Only a Test

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Good Books This is Only a Test the best work n April 27, 2011, just days after learning of their pregnancy, B J Hollars, his wife, and their future son endured the onslaught of an EF 4 tornado There, while huddled in a bathtub in their Alabama home, mortality flashed before their eyes With the last of his computer battery, Hollars began recounting the experience, and would continue to do so in the following yearsn April 27, 2011, just days after learning of their pregnancy, B J Hollars, his wife, and their future son endured the onslaught of an EF 4 tornado There, while huddled in a bathtub in their Alabama home, mortality flashed before their eyes With the last of his computer battery, Hollars began recounting the experience, and would continue to do so in the following years, writing his way out of one disaster only to find himself caught up in another From tornadoes to drownings to nuclear catastrophes, he is forced to acknowledge the inexplicable, while attempting to overcome his greatest fear the impossibility of protecting his newborn son from the world s cruelties Hollars creates a constellation of grief, tapping into the rarely acknowledged intersection between fatherhood and fear, sacrifice and safety, and the humbling effect of losing control of our lives.. Popular Book This is Only a Test These essays on human fears through the eyes of the author are good and easy to relate to.
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  • B.J. Hollars Post author

    B.J Hollars is the author of two books of nonfiction, Thirteen Loops Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America the 2012 recipient of the Society of Midland Author s Award and Opening the Doors The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Tuscaloosa forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press His short story collection, Sightings, is forthcoming from Break Away Books Indiana University Press He has also served as editor for three anthologies You Must Be This Tall To Ride Contemporary Writers Take You Inside the Story, Monsters A Collection of Literary Sightings Pressgang, 2012 , and Blurring the Boundaries Explorations to the Fringes of Nonfiction.An assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, he lives a simple existence with his wife, son, dog, and their books.

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  • This Is Only A TestBy B.J HollarsReviewed by Jay GilbertsonEau Claire English Professor Garrison Keillor must love this man B.J Hollars has put together a collection of essays that will sizzle your brain, make you really fear those old refrigerators lurking in basements everywhere and wonder about stuff like tornadoes and nuclear bombs and ultrasounds Yet honestly, it s the story about Bobby Watson that has stuck with me That I carry around in my head like a bee that won t land, won t sting, jus [...]


  • The work of B.J Hollars is new to me, and after reading this collection of essays, This is Only a Test, I wish I would have discovered his work sooner Hollars starts off his collection with a personal narrative of surviving a F 4 tornado along with his wife, his unborn child, and his dog From there, he intertwines stories of disaster drownings, nuclear meltdowns, etc with personal stories It s hard to capture stories of disaster without melodrama, but Hollars work is both heartbreaking and painf [...]


  • On 3 27 2011, Tuscaloosa, Alabama B J Hollars, his P G wife the dog went through aEF 4 tornado.Their bizarre journey or I should say his takes off from there 1 disaster after another Bobby Watson 10 was off to summer camp Never to go back home return to his parents I was born in 1950 In Mission, KS Elementary school we had Cold War drills In Overland Park, KS Elementary school we had tornado drills In Overland Park, KS Junior High school, we would get discarded lumber from the housing building s [...]


  • Destruction, fears, death are everywhere The author reflects on each of these through three sections while thinking about his new challenges as a father It is a short and quick read It is also a book that may be better taken in short bursts rather than reading in one go because the topics are emotionally draining.


  • 3.5 starsThose are nicely written essays, with poetic touch Author describes some of the catastrophic events he and his family or friends were part of The essays show us human fear that we can relate to.


  • A full review should be posted online shortly Condensed version book utilizes quirky form to good function as the author meditates on ramifications of disaster Recommended for essay lovers and catastrophe junkies.


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