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joshua mohr


AUTHOR + EDITOR

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joshua mohr


AUTHOR + EDITOR

 

about

Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir "Sirens" (2017), as well as five novels including "Damascus", which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written "Fight Song" and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as "Termite Parade," an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times.  His novel "All This Life" won the Northern California Book Award. He is the founder of Decant Editorial. 

Read an excerpt of Sirens over at BuzzFeed.

Read An Unexpected Beautiful View of Fatherhood, From the Bathroom Floor over at the Washington Post.

 
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sirens


A MEMOIR BY JOSHUA MOHR

FROM TWO DOLLAR RADIO

 

buy SIRENS

sirens


A MEMOIR BY JOSHUA MOHR

FROM TWO DOLLAR RADIO

 

buy SIRENS

PRAISE FOR SIRENS

 

"SIRENS immediately earns a place on the list of great addiction memoirs, and then it gets better."

— ELECTRIC LITERATURE


"SIRENS is a searing read, an illuminating trip (both metaphorical and literal) into its author’s mind and heart."

- Minneapolis StarTribune


"Poetic, touching, inspiring, and deeply empathic."

- The Rumpus

 

"SIRENS is one of those books you open thinking to check out a few pages, only to find yourself putting everything else on hold so you don’t have to put it down. It’s that good."

- LA Review of Books


"A HIGH-WIRE ACT THAT FEELS LIKE IT'S UNFOLDING IN REAL TIME. IT PULSES WITH PASSION."

- SAN DIEGO CITYBEAT


"SIRENS is a new kind of song that Mohr sings himself: mournful, raw and full of gratitude."

- Las vegas weekly


"RAW-EDGED AND WHIPPET-THIN... MOHR'S PROSE IS LEAN AND SCRAPPY -- A FEATHERWEIGHT BOXER THAT PACKS A PUNCH."

- LA TIMES


“By turns raw and tender, [Sirens] celebrates the power of love while offering an uncensored look at the frailties that can define people. An entirely candid, compelling memoir of addiction and the long, fraught road of recovery”

— KIRKUS REVIEWS


"What sets this book apart is Mohr's unwillingness to traffic in pat notions of redemption: he cleans up, sure. But he also takes pains to remind us that the monster is always lurking, ever-patient, waiting for the right moment to show it's face and seek release." 

- Ron Currie, Jr.

 

The book feels incredibly alive. In SIRENS, the fight is for Mohr's life, and it's real."

— san francisco chronicle


"FAST AND FASCINATING AS THE LIFE IT CHRONICLES. IT'S ALSO A BLUEPRINT FOR HOW TO REBUILD A LIFE YOU'VE BURNED DOWN. A PAEAN TO THE REDEMPTIVE POWER OF LOVE AND ART."

- JUSTIN ST. GERMAIN


“MOHR’S HONESTY IN THIS BOOK IS ASTONISHING AND NECESSARY. HIS CANDOR ABOUT HITTING BOTTOM AND RELAPSING IS DEEPLY MOVING AND IMPORTANT. IT’S A HELL OF A COMPELLING READ.” 

— CARI LUNA


"THIS IS THE KIND OF BOOK THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GRAB STRANGERS AT BUS STOPS AND SCREAM AT THEM TO READ."

- Jerry Stahl

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