“Truly exceptional and simply stated, Ross’s Timely Discoveries is a bibliophile’s treasure that is unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended for personal reading lists, as well as community, and academic library Literary Studies collection.”
Midwest Book Review
  An East Los Angeles police officer by day and a beach cities punk rock legend by night, Salem is forced into action when his two worlds violently collide. The search for his friend’s murderer takes him on a treacherous journey through the murky waters of his hometown, forcing him to explore the dark corners of his sun-soaked world.    Without a badge to hide behind any longer, he enlists the help of his drug-addict drummer Marco to help him solve the crime. Over the course of ten days, they survive vicious beatings, car chases, love triangles, kidnapping, and betrayal on Salem’s road to self-discovery.
“Reading Michael Ross’s collection of quotes along with his comments feels like peeking into another’s diary and finding a relationship with the enclosed contents. Just as elusive time flies from us, so do we adapt to different identities at varied ages. As a consummate reader, the author, intrigued by the changing aspects of time, selects quotes from literature relating to how the present, past, and future are viewed. Take a quote from John Updike, who comments on how paradise always lies in the past or future, but not in the present. It seems the grass is always greener somewhere else. Pithy truisms related to impressions of mutable time, feelings of age, and the value of memory selected from American and British authors grace the pages with insightfully incisive editorial comments. Familiar authors such as Bernard Malamud, Garrison Keillor, Doris Lessing, Oscar Wilde, Elia Kazan, and more serve as the sources. The book’s design is unique; it resembles an old-fashioned hardback classic in pocket-book size with a valentine red binding. The script on the black and white pages is elegantly lettered, and these are interspersed with skillful illustrations of some of the included authors by Cara Lowe. An interesting collection of timely thoughts.”
— San Francisco Book Review

Ross's Thoughtful Discoveries: Quotes from Literature on Reality, Thinking, Reasoning, and Contemplation

by Michael Ross

In this elegant but pocketable edition, passionate bibliophile Michael Ross has curated 114 favorite literary quotes from the collection of over 1,500 well-read books on his shelves―but this isn't your typical rehashing of Bartlett's quotations. Michael Ross brings together the ways in which we view reality and the ways in which our own thoughts and contemplation shape that reality from such a new perspective, even the authors themselves will probably find this book useful and insightful.

Featuring quotations from John Fowles, Richard Russo, Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, Ivan Doig, Jim Harrison, Gunter Grass, Milan Kundera, Eleanor Catton, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Penn Warren, John Steinbeck, Oscar Wilde, Lorrie Moore, Walker Percy, and many, many, more.

Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book


$14.95 | Release Date January 16, 2018


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