I recently received a copy of The Novelty Essays by Adam Matcho and have enjoyed the author’s humorous essays about working in a novelty store. Anyone who’s ever suffered and struggled while working a “maintenance” job will find something to smile about in this debut collection.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: The Novelty Essays by Adam Matcho is a memoir-in-essays about the author’s working life. Twice flunked out of college, Matcho — newly married and a new father — finds himself in school again, rushing to classes between shifts at the mall, where he works in a novelty store that sells lava lamps, pot-leaf necklaces, along with some x-rated items. In there, the weird have turned capitalist. Customers need goods. Adam needs work. He needs a degree to get a job where he’s not piercing noses and selling “pornaments.” The hours are endless, the pay not enough. The bills are due. The car is broken. In these true stories, Matcho’s dreams of becoming a writer mix with the reality of paying the rent. (For more information, contact

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Adam Matcho is the author of the chapbook Six Bucks an Hour: Confessions of a Gemini Writer, winner of the Nerve Cowboy chapbook prize, and The Novelty Essays (WPA Press, 2-13). His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publication and his nonfiction regularly appears in The New Yinzer. He works as an obituary writer and lives outside of Pittsburgh withis wife and two children.

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