We Love Anderson Cooper by R.L. Maizes

We Love Anderson Cooper

"Told with humor and wisdom, these charming stories burst with possibility: At any moment, a character might risk all, or the world might tilt on its axis. Here is a wildly entertaining new voice, one to revel in."—Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great BelieversIn this quirky, humorous, and deeply human short story collection, Pushcart Prize-nominated author R.L. Maizes reminds us that even in our most isolated moments, we are never truly alone.I...

Details We Love Anderson Cooper

TitleWe Love Anderson Cooper
Release DateJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherCeladon Books (Macmillan)
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews We Love Anderson Cooper

  • R.L. Maizes
    It's too strange to review your own book. So instead I'm going to quote what two authors I admire had to say about it: "Told with humor and wisdom, these charming stories burst with possibility: At any moment, a character might risk all, or the world might tilt on its axis. Here is a wildly entertaining new voice, one to revel in." —Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers"I found myself dazzled, moved, and lost in admiration for these unf...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    This short story collection was an unexpected treat! Not really a short story reader, I was taken by surprise at how engaging the stories were and how engrossed in them I became in such a short time! Book available for preorder and will be published in July.Follow Book Nation by Jen for all reviews and recommendations.Feel Like an Outsider? You Are Not Alone. R.L. Maizes’ characters try to overcome challenges in We Love Anderson Cooper.Review a...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!A collection of eleven short stories by R.L. Maizes, another new author for me.The first of these short stories is the one the title of the book is based on - “We Love Anderson Cooper.” This story begins with young Markus who is reluctantly listening to his Rabbi’s recording of Leviticus 20:13 ”If a man lies with a man…both have committed an abomination…” ”In less than a month, he was supposed to chant those wo...
  • Jill
    You just gotta love a short story collection titled We Love Anderson Cooper.Anderson Cooper is, of course the ultimate insider’s outsider – proudly gay and successful without making traditionalists the slightest bit uncomfortable. And that’s the thing about R.L. Maizes’ characters: they’re all outsiders and many are even quirky. But they are also recognizably us – even if, often, they are an exaggerated portrait of who we are.Each sho...
  • Larry H
    3.5 stars.I'm a big fan of short stories, but it doesn't seem like there have been many collections this year that have caught my eye. I'll need to remedy that, because every time I read a collection of stories I'm reminded of how much I like this format, and how incredibly writers can create compelling scenarios in just a small number of pages.I was drawn to R.L. Maizes' debut collection, We Love Anderson Cooper , because of the title, first an...
  • Lisa
    *I received this book as an ARC from the author for an honest review.*4.5 stars!Short stories and I don’t always get along. They’ve typically been a hit or miss with me in the past. I’m pleased to say these stories were a hit! Some were humorous, some sad and some I found myself cheering the protagonist on. There were some dislikable characters but they made the stories what they are. This is R.L. Maizes debut collection and I look forward ...
  • Marjorie
    A young girl’s father dies and her mother gives her a parakeet to cheer her up but that only worsens her feelings of loss. A young boy decides to use his bar mitzvah as the time to come out about being gay. A struggling artist turns to doing tattoos which are more real than usual. A Jewish man struggles with his jealousy of his cat’s affections for his Christian girlfriend and her desire to celebrate Christmas. A cat named Grievous makes a pr...
  • Laura G (lauralovestoread)
    I was pleasantly surprised by these short stories! Told with humor and in such a wonderful way. I don’t read many short story collections but I highly recommend these! *Thank you to Celadon Books for providing a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own
  • Kasa Cotugno
    What a strong, involving collection this is. And not a clinker in the bunch. Although I've checked my culture-Jewish and magic realism boxes, not all stories fall into those categories, but enough do to warrant notice. The author's ability to create characters at a crossroads and have their situation play out in ways that are truly original kept me reaching for "one more, just one more," until the book was done. I usually like to stretch collecti...
  • Amy
    Usually I’m not much for short story collections. They seem to be hit and miss. I absolutely loved this one though! I felt connected and interested in each one. Even found myself repeating the stories to my husband. :)
  • BookGypsy
    A short story collection I found to be different than most. In these stories the characters are all outsiders. Either by sexual orientation, racial, religious and even appearance. These stories are unique, heartfelt and funny. I enjoyed every of them. Cleaver and witty. A wonderful collection. I wanted to more!Thank you Celadon Books!Dawnny-BookGypsyNovels N LatteHudson Valley NY
  • Beverly
    This is why I revere short stories and have been exploring them for 50 years. I love what goes on in R.L.’s head. Brilliant and life-affirming pieces.Update: posted today on “The Millions” is a lovely interview with R.L. I look forward to “Other People’s Pets”.
  • Jessica
    WE LOVE ANDERSON COOPER is a short story collection bringing together tales about characters that have experienced being treated as outsiders for a variety of reasons, such as sexual orientation, religious identity, socioeconomic status, and their appearance. Each story focuses on a unique situation with a mixture of humor and heavy topics. Maizes debut collection drops the reader into stories that make they question what they would do in someone...
  • Anneke
    Book Review: We Love Anderson Cooper: Short StoriesAuthor: R. L. MaizesPublisher: Celadon BooksPublication Date: July 23, 2019Review Date: June 27, 2019I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. From the blurb:“In this quirky, humorous, and deeply human short story collection, Pushcart Prize-nominated author R.L. Maizes reminds us that even in our most isolated moments, we are never truly alone.In We Love Anderson Coo...
  • Elizabeth
    11 amazing stories about outsiders, told with compassion and great humor and the occasional bit of magical realism. Maizes is a master of openings: the first sentences of the book begin the title story with: "Marcus hadn't had sex with Gavin. Not yet." Then we watch Marcus (and ache with/for Marcus) as he comes out as gay in front of all the guests at his Bar Mitzvah. Later, we meet the tattoo artist who transforms, and maybe heals, his clients, ...
  • Susan Kaplan
    This is one of the most delightful collections of short stories I've ever read. Although Ms. Maizes has her own, distinct, voice, her dry wit, clever character development, and sometimes peculiar situations remind me a lot of Jacob M. Appel and David Sedaris (two of my all-time favorite contemporary writers). The book's title is also the title of the first story; in brief, the story of the angst of a boy preparing to "become a man" at his bar mit...
  • Crystal Zavala
    I very rarely seek out short story collections, but I will be looking forward to anything R.L. Maizes writes in the future. I really enjoyed all of these stories.We Love Anderson Cooper ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Collections ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Tattoo (Initially ⭐⭐⭐, but in the end this story stuck with me the longest and I am going to change it to ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. It was just so different from all the other stories that it caught me off guard)The Infidelit...
  • Jennifer Haupt
    I couldn't love these stories more. They are funny, touching, thoughtful, transformative... everything you want from a short story collection. My only complaint: I want MORE!! My favorite is the one about the guy who thinks his cat is cheating on him with his girlfriend -- hilarious and touching. Kudos, Ms. Maizes!!
  • Daniel Cuthbert
    I received a e-galley of this title from Netgalley and leave my honest thoughts about it below. Humor and sadness combine in this slim but enlightening collection of 11 short stories by R.L. Maizes. Besides the title story, in which a young boy growing into his sexuality finds that fame and freedom aren’t all that you need, Maizes includes stories dealing with the magical power of couches, the role of a cat within family relationships, and in b...
  • Erika Dreifus
    I'm placing this book on my "Jewish Lit" shelf although not all of the 11 stories fit that label. (This book has many strengths, and the diversity—religious and other—of its characters is one of them.) I can't claim to be completely unbiased, since the author is a friend (thus, my access to a pre-publication copy). But on its own terms, the book offers a varied set of situations and stories, all infused with lively intelligence and crafted ex...
  • Kate TerHaar
    This is a wonderful collection of stories all of which deal with overcoming challenges of one type or another. Each story different from each other yet all cohesive in the theme and all very readable and enjoyable.. Couldn't help but root the characters in each story with their quirks and Idiosyncrasies after all , all of us outsiders want to be cheered on and loved, Highly recommend.
  • Carrie Nellis Crisp
    I thourghly enjoyed reading this . Tattoo blew me away I have to admit . To those who don't have time to read this is perfect and who knows you might slow down a little because these short stories has a lot to offer
  • CuppaWords
    I remember the warm delight that spread through me the very first time I encountered Russian nesting dolls. Holding the large doll that had been handed to me, I shook it, my face scrunching up as I tried to comprehend the rattle coming from within, the subtle vibrations crawling up my arm. Twisting open each one, I’d find a little gift—another doll! Like a tiger fueled by an insatiable hunger, I voraciously worked my way through the remaining...
  • Nursebookie
    Thank you NetGalley, Publisher Celadon Books and Author R.L. Maizes for the ebook copy of an ARC of this book, We Love Anderson Cooper.I loved the short stories. I thought they were "MURAKAMIesque" as they were told in such a delightful and witty fashion. I found that through these stories, there were opportunities for deeper understanding and reflection; either to find meaning or an opportunity to relate in some way. The stories were all so diff...
  • Kate Vocke
    I was so excited to read this one in May because it was Short Story Month! I don't read a lot of short stories, so I hadn't planned it - and when this one came across my path - something about it just really intrigued me. And I am SO glad I read it!The stories are so fresh and modern, that even though some weren't necessarily something I could relate to - they felt very contemporary as far as the world today, and how it feels to be different - or...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    R.L. Maizes tells stories of discovery, haunting, and the everyday rhythms of life. Her writing is by turns eloquent, poignant, and groaningly funny. And her characters are as unique as you’ll find in contemporary short stories.Maizes’ tales feature teenagers, grown men and women, and more than a few beloved pets. Each character voice is clear as a bell, with conundrums to solve and hurdles to jump. Well, in fact, sometimes the hurdle trips t...
  • Bruce Katz
    Charming, surprising, disarming... The author has an eye for the people on the fringes of some cultural ledge: the young boy who comes out at his Bar Mitzvah (the title of the collection comes from this story, where the mom scolds her son for not telling his parents he’s gay, proving that they would have understood and been supportive because “We love Anderson Cooper”), the man who leaves a successful but pressured career to deliver pizza, ...
  • Gloria
    Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC of this book. This collection of short stories is striking in the evenness of quality combined with a wide variety of people and situations. All of the characters are quirky and weird and out of the ordinary. While I am not a huge fan of short stories because they often give you a taste but not enough to satisfy, each story in this book felt complete. My biggest problem was wanting to hurry on to ...
  • Andrea O
    This collection of short stories packs a punch of memorable characters told in dark tones that teeter on the edge of bleak. Each story includes a main character that is marginalized mostly because of religion or sexual identity and several end on an unexpected note. Dark humor, healing, and affection all play their role here. Great, strange collection.