The Hope Valley Hubcap King

A small group of protesters stood off to one side, carrying signs that said “Save the Hubcap Ranch!" and “Don't Give Up Hope Valley!" There, facing the lens while the machinery roared and the dust rose in the background, the Hubcap King ...

Author: Sean Murphy

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 9780440334880

Category: Fiction

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Time, The Universe, And America... In a country a lot like our own, in a time a little bit like now, Bibi Brown is an ordinary young man with an extraordinary destiny. Bibi, the first male in twelve generations of Browns not to have taken his own life, has a furious crush on a beautiful nine-fingered woman and an unbearable urge to understand the meaning of Time, the Universe, and America. So Bibi begins his quest--careening through a world of bizarre cults, gravity-defying crones, and lunatics of every stripe--all for a chance to meet his long-lost uncle Otto, a legendary junk-dealer who lives on the Hope Valley Hubcap Ranch. Because in a world that is spinning a little too fast, and a little too wildly, Bibi’s destiny is to find the essence of hope, the beauty of hubcaps, and the meaning of life in the Valley of the Hubcap King.... With a touch of Candide, a dash of Don Quixote, and healthy dose of Zen, Sean Murphy’s wondrous, riotous novel is the story of an ordinary man searching through a hilariously off-kilter world--for the truths that might just save us all.
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The Time of New Weather

'The Hope Valley Hubcap King." “Hope Valley Hubcap King?" Bibi didn't see how it was possible for this woman to lead a nationwide movement if she could only repeat what had been said already. "Yes," he enunciated slowly.

Author: Sean Murphy

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 9780440335115

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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THE TIME OF NEW WEATHER IS AT HAND–AND IT’S NOT A PRETTY SIGHT. In this exhilarating adventure of absurdist wit, rollicking revolution and romance, the future isn’t what it used to be and the past won’t leave us alone. Bringing to mind1984 and Brave New World–but with his own twist of gleeful humor–award-winning author Sean Murphy presents a vision of an America gone off the rails: an America where it literally rains cats and dogs, where a hubcap ranch is now a National Preservation Site, where a horde of circus folk and Elvis fans are on the rampage–and where some rather suspicious things are going on with time and gravity. Into this world is born Buddy Le Blanc, a young boy with a special gift: the ability to perform tiny miracles. Nothing big, like raising the dead or curing the sick–more like an uncanny knack for finding spare change. He longs to find a way to make a difference; but in a world where time and gravity storms can spring up at a moment’s notice (sending your belongings hurtling through the roof, or off to the Renaissance) and big business has gobbled up the U.S. government (now renamed The America Corporation), it’s hard to get your foot in the door. But when Buddy joins up with a cast of fellow seekers–renegade circus freaks, ragtag revolutionaries, a woman in search of her hat, and a particularly gorgeous journalist–in the hope of waking America up from its dream, the fate of the country may just end up in his not-so-capable hands.…
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One Bird One Stone

... with five enormous stone lintels, propped on supporting blocks, pointing out like fingers over the valley below. ... The Hope Valley Hubcap King, in which the hero finally meets the eccentric sage he's spent the whole book seeking, ...

Author: Sean Murphy

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing

ISBN: 9781571746979

Category: Religion

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"Drawn from the archives of major Zen centers in America and interviews with some of the most seminal figures of American Zen, including Philip Kapleau, Bernie Glassman, Robert Aitken, Gary Snyder, Alan Watts, and Walter Nowick, Murphy presents moments of insight and wisdom, quotable quotes, and the humor of Zen as it has flowered in America over the last hundred years"--
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What a Wonderful World

Sean Murphy , winner of the Hemingway Award for First " Novel for The Hope Valley Hubcap King What a Wonderful World offers a joyous , fresh realm of wonder while celebrating and encouraging personal awakening .

Author: Ron Chapman

Publisher: PageFree Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1589612329

Category: Conduct of life

Page: 192

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What a wonderful world offers joyous, fresh realm of wonder while celebrating and encouraging personal awakening. Heartfelt stories replete with curious surprises and exciting insights await the reader, inspiring a world where a state of perpetual wonder becomes a normal way of being.
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Depression Hates a Moving Target

—Sean W. Murphy, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Creative Writing, author of Hemingway Award-winning novel The Hope Valley Hubcap King and The Time of New Weather “When we first meet her, Nita Sweeney is overweight, depressed, ...

Author: Nita Sweeney

Publisher: Mango Media Inc.

ISBN: 9781642500141

Category: Psychology

Page: 237

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#1 Best Seller in Bipolar Disorder - Run Your Way to Better Mental Health The Dog Writers Association of America awarded Nita Sweeney a Maxwell Medallion for excellence in writing about the Human/Animal Bond for her memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink. It’s never too late to chase your dreams. Before she discovered running, Nita Sweeney was 49-years-old, chronically depressed, occasionally manic, and unable to jog for more than 60 seconds at a time. Using exercise, Nita discovered an inner strength she didn’t know she possessed, and with the help of her canine companion, she found herself on the way to completing her first marathon. In her memoir, Sweeney shares how she overcame emotional and physical challenges to finish the race and come back from the brink. There’s hope and help on the track. Anyone who has struggled with depression knows the ways the mind can defeat you. However, it is possible to transform yourself with the power of running. You may learn that you can endure more than you think, and that there’s no other therapy quite like pavement beneath your feet. Depression Hates a Moving Target is a witty and poignant story of rediscovery. Whether you’re born to run or just looking for rebirth, you will: Be inspired by the powerful story of one woman—and her dog Cheer on Nita as she endures the challenges of a marathon and a mind in turmoil And discover the power of running to overcome obstacles If you loved Let Your Mind Run, you’ll love Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running With My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink.
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You Are Not Here and Other Works of Buddhist Fiction

The Hope Valley Hubcap King won the Hemingway Award for a First Novel, and was a Book Sense 76 recommended title. The Finished Man was nominated for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. His latest, The Time of New Weather, imagines what might ...

Author: Keith Kachtick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780861712915

Category: Fiction

Page: 244

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A collection of upbeat, instructive Buddhist tales by major mainstream as well as up-and-coming writers explores classic themes, from reality and illusion to meditation and action, in an anthology that includes contributions by such authors as Pico Ayer, Anne Donovan, and Mark Salzman. Original.
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Does the Writing Workshop Still Work

Luckily, several alumni received agents, publications, awards and honors, such as Sean Murphy's (1999) Naropa MFA manuscript The Hope Valley Hubcap King that won the Hemingway First Novel award. Rising quality of our prose applicants ...

Author: Dianne Donnelly

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 1847693962

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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This book explores the effectiveness of the workshop in the Creative Writing classroom, and looks beyond the question of whether or not the workshop works to address the issue of what an altered pedagogical model might look like. In visualising what else is possible in the workshop space, the sixteen chapters collected in ‘Does the Writing Workshop Still Work?’ cover a range of theoretical and pedagogical topics and explore the inner workings and conflicts of the workshop model. The needs of a growing and diverse student population are central to the chapter authors’ consideration of non-normative pedagogies. The book is a must-read for all teachers of Creative Writing, as well as for researchers in Creative Writing Studies.
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Now Write

Sean Murphy's novel The Hope Valley Hubcap King won the Hemingway Award for a First Novel and was featured on the Book Sense 76 list for 2003. He is also the author of The Finished Man, The Time of New Weather, and One Bird, One Stone.

Author: Sherry Ellis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101117835

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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A collection of personal writing exercises and commentary from some of today's best novelists, short story writers, and writing teachers, including Jill McCorkle, Amy Bloom, Robert Olen Butler, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Virgil Suarez, Margot Livesay, and more. What's the secret behind the successful and prolific careers of critically acclaimed novelists and short story writers Amy Bloom, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Alison Lurie, and others? Divine assistance? Otherworldly talent? An unsettlingly close relationship with the Muse? While the rest of us are staring at blank sheets of paper, struggling to come up with a first sentence, these writers are busy polishing off story after story and novel after novel. Despite producing work that may seem effortless, all of them have a simple technique for fending off writer's block: the writing exercise. In Now Write!, Sherry Ellis collects the personal writing exercises of today's best writers and lays bare the secret to their success. - In "The Photograph," Jill McCorkle divulges one of her tactics for handling material that takes plots in a million different directions; - National Book Award-nominee Amy Bloom offers "Water Buddies," an exercise for writers practicing their craft in workshops; - Steve Almond, author of My Life in Heavy Metal and Candyfreak, provides a way to avoiding purple prose in "The Five-Second Shortcut to Writing in the Lyric Register"; - and eighty-three more of the country's top writers disclose their strategies for creating memorable prose. Complemented by brief commentary from the authors themselves, the exercises in Now Write! are practical and hands-on. By encouraging writers to shamelessly steal proven techniques that have yielded books which have won National Book Awards, Pulitzers, and Guggenheim grants, Now Write! inspires the aspiring writer to write now.
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The Finished Man

Praise for Sean Murphy's TI-IE HOPE VALLEY HLIBCAP KING “It isn't often that I get that delicious tremor of ... vast, and slyly comedic novel . . . you may have regrets in your life, but reading Hubcap King will not be among them.

Author: Sean Murphy

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 9780440334873

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Following the success of his wildly popular debut novel, Sean Murphy returns with a hip, imaginative, and slyly comedic tale set amidst a West Coast world of wildfires and wannabes, hipsters and heavy smog—offering a wry, rollicking look at love, the literati, and Southern California. Frank, a penniless and hapless writer, has nothing to show for himself but an unfinished novel and an unclear future. So when he bumps into Max—an arrogant former classmate who is a terrible, but successful, author—Frank agrees to take up residence in his garage apartment. After all, a glimpse at the inner workings of Max's glittering life will provide great material for his book. Soon, Frank is swept up in a world of glossy cocktail parties, nouveau-wealth, and near-celebrity—as well as a passionate love affair with Max's beautiful wife. And although his nemesis possesses everything Frank desires, he remains secure in his sense of artistic superiority—until Max's latest work heralds him as one of the great new voices in American literature. Seething with envy, Frank sets out to uncover the true source of his newfound talent and gets a lot more than he bargained for. Told in Murphy's distinctive, tongue-in-cheek style, this is a lively and engaging book that will appeal to Murphy's established fans and win him new ones.?
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2007 Guide to Literary Agents

Peter immediately asked The Hope Valley Hubcap King whether I had any areas of expertise that might be appropriate for nonfiction books , which tend to sell more easily than fiction . Most people read at least some nonfiction in their ...

Author: Joanna Masterson

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 1582974322

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Lists addresses, telephone numbers, specialties, recent sales, commissions, terms, and submission tips for hundreds of agents located in the United States and Canada
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Tricycle

In fact , The Time of New Weather is very much a sequel co Murphy's first , award - winning novel , The Hope Valley Hubcap King . ( He has also published another , unrelated novel , and the nonfiction One Bird , One Stone : 108 American ...

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ISBN: UVA:X006197427

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2007 Writer s Market

While the Hemingway Award proved pivotal in placing Hubcap King with Bantam Dell books , I knew I'd still ... And it is largely on the strength of these two awards that The Hope Valley Hubcap King continues to sell .

Author: Robert Brewer

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 1582974276

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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A guide for the freelance writer, listing pertinent information about publications and editors
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Yoga Journal

Sean Murphy wrote One Bird, One Stone: 108 American Zen Stories (Renaissance/St. Martin's, 2002) and The Hope Valley Hubcap King (Dell, 2002), a Hemingway Award-winning novel. MIXED MEDIA philosophy until the young man takes off to.

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2004 Writer s Market Online

I had plenty of time to dream in this fashion , since my first novel , The Hope Valley Hubcap King ( Bantam / Dell , 2002 ) , took me 12 years to complete — sandwiched between making a living and going graduate school .

Author: Kathryn Struckel Brogan

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1582971900

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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A guide for the freelance writer, listing pertinent information about publications and editors
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The Writer s Market

I had plenty of time to dream in this fashion , since my first novel , The Hope Valley Hubcap King ( Bantam / Dell , 2002 ) , took me 12 years to complete — sandwiched between making a living and going to graduate school .

Author: Kirsten Campbell Holm

Publisher:

ISBN: 00842729

Category: Authorship

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Here you will find thousands of completely updated listings (plus 1,100+ brand new publishing opportunities) for book publishers, consumer magazines, script buyers, trade & professional journals, plus more than 300 agents! No other reference provides such complete AND current information.
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Review of Contemporary Fiction

( F ) The Hope Valley Hubcap King . Delta , 2004. Paper : $ 13.00 . ( F ) Myers , Doris T. Bareface : A Guide to C. S. Lewis's Last Novel . Univ . of Missouri Press , 2004. $ 33.95 . ( NF ) Nabokov , Vladimir . Pnin . Intro .

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ISBN: UCSC:32106018158565

Category: American fiction

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Jeff Herman s Guide to Book Publishers Editors Literary Agents

... The Body Clock Advantage by Matthew Edlund , M.D. ( Avons ) ; An Askew View : The Films of Kevin Smith by John Muir ( Applause ) ; No One Left Behind byAmy Yarsinske ( Dutton ) ; The Hope Valley Hubcap King by Sean Murphy ( Dell ) .

Author: Jeff Herman

Publisher: Writer

ISBN: 0871162016

Category: Authors and publishers

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A guide to the names and specialities of American and Canadian publishers, editors, and literary agents includes information on the acquisition process and on choosing literary agents.
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ISBN: UOM:39015058001036

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Thirteen Moons

-SEAN MURPHY , 1999 Hemingway Award - winning author of The Hope Valley Hubcap King “ When phrases such as vertical integration , virtual reality ' and ' real time ' start making sense to the average person , it is time for the average ...

Author: Robert Paul Johnson

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ISBN: UOM:39015050509010

Category: Literary Collections

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Robert Johnson's Thirteen Moons is an engaging and humorous chronicle of a year the author spent living in a tipi in the rugged wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California from May 1984 through May 1985. Styled chronologically like a journal, his narrative account, spiced with levity and an easy-going, self-deprecating manner, is filled with high adventure, philosophical musing, encounters with eccentric goldminers, marijuana growers, a dog named Bob, obsessed fishermen, an FBI hippie, and an extremely large rattlesnake, as well as vivid descriptions of the natural history of the region.Like Kerouac's Dharma Bums, Abbey's Desert Solitaire, and Thoreau's Walden, Johnson's odyssey combines a love for nature and solitude with a commitment to understanding his place in the world: I removed the last of my possessions -- my snowshoes, mask, and snorkel, my pancake griddle and vegetable seeds, my gold pan and bow saw and books on Zen and Plato, my manual typewriter and fishing pole...and stuffed them into my bulging backpack...Not only would it be my first attempt at dragging my tipi poles down the three miles of arduous, switch-backing trail, but it would be my official move-in date -- Day One of my proposed year in the wilderness.A poignant and spiritual quest by a young man testing himself in the wilderness, putting his faith in providence, and managing the revelations of self-knowledge and survival with down-to-earth pluck and skill.
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Guide to Book Publishers Editors and Literary Agents 2006

... Dr. Jacob Azerrad ( McGraw - Hill ) ; Jaco by Bill Milkowski ( Backbeat ) ; The Hope Valley Hubcap King by Sean Murphy ( Dell ) ; Shockwave by James Born ( Putnam ) ; Finishing Business by Harlan Ullman ( Naval Institute Press ) .

Author: Jeff Herman

Publisher: Writer

ISBN: 0977268209

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Now updated for 2008, this annual edition of the classic bestselling directory provides everything working writers need to find the most receptive publishers, editors, and agents for their work.
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