Don't Tell Me What to Do by Dina Del BucchiaDon't Tell Me What to Do by Dina Del Bucchia

Don't Tell Me What to Do

byDina Del Bucchia

Paperback | September 1, 2017

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An offbeat story collection about strange, imperfect people doing strange, imperfect things.

In poet Dina Del Bucchia's debut story collection, an older woman becomes obsessed with the state of her lawn, a pet architect jeopardizes her relationship with her wife over a wild bird, a cement mixer helps a woman fulfill her dreams, a former model becomes a cult leader through social media, a teenaged girl is preoccupied with making shopping-haul videos, and a young woman goes on a crime spree thanks to a basement containing $35,000 in coins.

These funny and strange stories are populated by weirdos and misfits trying out new ways of being in the world; sometimes they succeed and sometimes they fail, and sometimes they end up in a slapstick sex scene that culminates with broken furniture. Disarming and bittersweet, Don't Tell Me What to Do isn't scared to tell the truth about those of us who are emotional, who care too much about things that might seem ridiculous, and who are beautifully, perfectly flawed.

Dina Del Bucchia is the author of the story collection Don't Tell Me What to Do as well as three collections of poetry: Coping with Emotions and Otters (Talonbooks, 2013), Blind Items (Insomiac Press, 2014), and Rom Com (Talonbooks 2015), the latter written with her Can't Lit podcast co-host Daniel Zomparelli. She is an editor of Poetr...
Title:Don't Tell Me What to DoFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:278 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:September 1, 2017Publisher:Arsenal Pulp PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1551527014

ISBN - 13:9781551527017


Rated 4 out of 5 by from hilarious If you're looking for good modern short stories with unique characters then this is for you!
Date published: 2017-11-08

Editorial Reviews

Each of the fifteen stories, mostly populated by female protagonists at less-than-perfect moments in their lives, show the work of a generous writer committed to creating characters unapologetically being themselves in all their flawed, misguided glory. These are irresistible, if not exactly admirable, women: the kind you gossip about and wish you actually knew. -Room