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How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen? Poems From Mid-Life

Winner of the 2021 Wicked Woman prize for poems that focus on a woman who somehow ''broke the mold.'' In this collection, the speaker of the poems sees herself as such a Wicked Woman in that she has defied numerous conventions, suffered, survived, and. . .is able to laugh. Readers will hope there is a bit of themselves in this tough, tender woman and poet.

 

 

"Jakiela, like such top-tier American poets as Grace Paley, Edward Field, and Billy Collins, is able to write confessional poems that are equal parts ruminative and humorous, and she does it all while sustaining a gorgeous lyricism. . . . It's impossible to say exactly what I loved about How Do You Like it Now, Gentlemen? her new, prize-winning collection of poems. She writes so beautifully about such a variety of subjects—motherhood, literature, small-towns, marriage, Walt Whitman, fathers, hometowns, middle-age, Hemingway, difficult jobs – that all I know with any certainty is that this is as warm-hearted a book as I've ever read." -- Kareem Tayyar, author of ORANGE COUNTY and more. 

Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker

""Lori Jakiela’s Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker is a hilarious, working-class hero of an essay collection. It’s full of mall employees, flight attendants, working mothers, struggling writers, loving daughters, and adopted children, who all end up being one person named Lori Jakiela. A book of many masks, it proves the saying: there is no such thing as an ordinary life." -- Scott McClanahan, author of The Sarah Book, Crapalachia and more

Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe (Winner of the Saroyan Prize from Stanford University)

"Jakiela is a master at weaving past and present together; at creating a seamless picture between who she was, who she has become, and who she does not remember--the self that she cannot grasp. Her memoir is like a recipe: "a proof of an exchange, a transaction between generations" Imbued with raw feelings of love and doubt, Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe is an unforgettable story from the first page to the last." -- JMWW

The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious -- Bronze Medal, Independent Publishers Awards

"Lori Jakiela is the queen of the wise one-liner. Fiercely sad and heartbreakingly funny, The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious is about the mystery of the people closest to us-how they drive us crazy and why we need them so much."

--Stewart O'Nan, author of The Odds

 

Miss New York Has Everything

"Don't let the smiling stewardess on the cover fool you: Jakiela's memoir has more in common with Chuck Klosterman than Coffee, Tea or Me?"
--Publishers Weekly

Spot the Terrorist!

"Terrific poems by a true airline survivor. Full of humor and heart." -- Stephen Slater, legendary flight attendant