The Locklear Letters is a farcical look at celebrity worship in today’s society through the eyes of Sid Straw, an affable, if not boring, software salesman who tries to rekindle an acquaintanceship with his former college classmate turned Hollywood starlet Heather Locklear. His innocent letter requesting an auto?graphed picture begins a bizarre turn of events that eventually costs him his job, foils his romantic intentions toward a co-worker, drains his finances, and generally ruins his life. Sid, a Don Quixote character with large blind spots regarding the fate of his one-sided correspondence with the movie star and his own behavior, cannot escape the wrath of lawyers, public relations bulldogs, angry bosses, and ex-girlfriends that drags his life down the tubes. Until he fights back. About the author Michael Kun is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia School of Law. His first novel, A Thousand Benjamins (Atlantic Monthly Press), was published...
From the author of The Locklear Letters comes Corrections to My Memoirs, a collection of humorous stories filled with offbeat characters who are slowly learning the truth about the world: that the difference between perception and reality is often more significant than they would like to admit. About: Michael Kun is the author of You Poor Monster, My Wife and My Dead Wife, The Locklear Letters, and A Thousand Benjamins. He is a trial lawyer in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Paige.
**A Buzzfeed Must-Read Book of Fall**"A love story to best friends everywhere. Smart, charming, and delightful." — Kirkus Reviews"Readers aching for a combination of the '80s and a romance like Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park will be stoked." —BooklistIt's the summer of 1982, and for Scott and Cath, everything is about to change. Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends for most of their lives. Now they've graduated high school, and Cath is off to college while Scott stays at home trying to get his band off the ground. Neither of them realized that their first year after high school would be so hard. Fortunately, Scott and Cath still have each other, and it's through their letters that they survive heartache, annoying roommates, family dramas, and the pressure of figuring out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they...
Drawing on their unusual access to intelligence sources, law enforcement, and groundbreaking research, two of America's leading experts on violent extremism and terrorism explain the genesis, evolution, and implications of today's most barbaric jihadist army, Islamic State—and how we can fight it.Though terrorist groups are a fixture of contemporary politics and warfare, the world has never witnessed the degree of sheer brutality demonstrated by the group know as ISIS—the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Its sadistic disregard for human life, sophisticated use of social media, acquisition of territory, and ability to attract foreign fighters—many from modern Western democracies—is unprecedented. Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger analyze the tools ISIS uses both to frighten innocent citizens and lure new soldiers—including the "ghoulish pornography" of their pro-jihadi videos, the seductive appeal of "jihadic chic," and its startling...
After twenty years of marriage, Mary Jude has had enough of Benjamin. "A thousand Benjamins couldn't make me happy," she says. Lost in the monotony of daily life and the undertow of memories, Benjamin meets Kim, a woman eighteen years his junior who bears a sadness in her green eyes that is connected to a scar that runs from the base of her throat to her ribs. Slowly, Benjamin and Kim, who for entirely different reasons believe themselves beyond repair, begin to admit that this might actually be the time of their lives. Michael Kun is the author of the novels You Poor Monster, My Wife and My Dead Wife, and The Locklear Letters as well as the short story collection Corrections to My Memoirs. He is a trial lawyer in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Paige.
You are Hamilton Ashe. Everyone calls you Ham. Everyone, except for your boss, who calls you Salami. And except for your girlfriend, who can't pronounce your name. The same girlfriend who tells everyone she's your wife. Even though you never asked her to marry you. Even though you never got a marriage license. Even though you never had a wedding ceremony. The same girlfriend who has decided to become a country-western singer. The same girlfriend who writes songs about a runaway dog. A runaway dog that returns, only its ear is missing. Why does she keep singing that song? Why does she keep singing that ridiculous song? Why? WHY? Maybe today will be a little bit less of a struggle. Maybe.