Necessary Noise

Necessary Noise

Stories About Our Families as They Really Are

Book - 2003 | 1st ed.
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Once upon a time that was not so very long ago, a family was described as a man, a woman, and their offspring. That was what families were. These ten stories talk about families the way they really are. Siblings coping with their younger brother's overdose. A girl terrified of her older sister's dual personality. A boy trying to adjust to his life with two mothers. A father visiting his son on death row. These are stories of today's families -- fractured, blended, at risk, non-traditional, and some that are even still nuclear. Noted anthologist Michael Cart asked celebrated young adult authors the question "What does 'family' mean today?" The ten stories in this anthology provide some illuminating -- and sometimes surprising -- answers. Here family is defined by the connections between all kinds of people -- and the necessary noise they make.
Publisher: New York, NY : Joanna Cotler Books, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060275006
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: xiii, 239 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cart, Michael
Noruzi, Charlotte,


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Necessary Noise is a compilation of stories about families, but not just the average type of families. The "average" nuclear family of a husband, wife, and two kids has become a rare sight these days. The meaning of family has definitely been altered over the years due to high divorce rates and possible remarriage or other life-altering circumstances. These are the types of families that all … (more)

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Oct 12, 2014

Necessary Noise edited by Michael Cart
Necessary Noise is a book that deals with the modern diversion from the nuclear family. It follows the stories of ten different families. Each story is told by a different author. This offers a refreshing change and gives the reader a chance to start over with each story. To begin we meet a young girl trying to save her family's struggling business. Then over to the age old debate of religion verses atheism. Then we find two brilliantly re-imagined Bible stories. This is followed by the heart-wrenching dialogue between a father and his son, who is on death row. The book takes a slightly darker turn as we are confronted by stories of addiction, death and mental illness. Amidst all of this we see a boy raised by two mothers looking for an older male influence. Finally the book ends with a hilarious tale of a young girl who brings her boyfriend home for the first time. Each story is written in a different style giving a creative advantage over many other books of its kind. Such authors as Lois Lowry, Emma Donoghue, and Michael Cart have contributed to this beautiful, exciting book. I was looking for a book of short stories to help pass the time but found something more. This novel is wonderful in that it has something for everyone. Conservative or Liberal, religious or non-religious, leader or follower, this book has a moment everyone can relate to. It offers every type of story, so that you can find the one that speaks to you. Highly recommend it.


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