BIG NEWS Surviving Jersey has been reissued with Down & Out Books. New publisher, new cover, even one new essay. Please purchase this version in the future. NOTE: there are still copies floating out there of the version with the tiger on the cover, even though it was supposed to have been pulled from the shelves. Please don’t buy that copy. I get no proceeds. Thanks.
Surviving Jersey was selected as a Finalist for Best Book of 2017 in the Creative Nonfiction category by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Firecracker Award.
Essays in this collection have garnered various awards, including two Notables in Best American Essays (2016 & 2018) and Special Mention honors for the 2019 Pushcart Prize.
Powerful review in Boston’s premiere arts journal, Arts Fuse. Read it here.
Excellent review for Surviving Jersey posted in Sweet. Check it out here.
Great review in the Roanoke Times.
Check out the cool trailer here
Overview: This is not your average New Jersey childhood: a circus tiger attack, a schoolmate’s abduction, heartbreaking addicts, and a blind bad-ass granny. Scott Loring Sanders’ suburban adolescence overflowed with perils: bone-crushing water slides, hitchhiking serial killers, a chilling collision in a ’71 Impala. From his tough, complex father to Sanders’ own reckoning of fatherhood and alcohol, SURVIVING JERSEY is a tour-de-force exploration of the risks that shaped a generation’s youth.
Childhood is precarious, and so are families, and apparently so is the Garden State. Scott Loring Sanders’ Surviving Jersey brings all of these perilous locations vividly to life in an absorbing amalgam of ravenous tigers, crazy coincidences, memorable characters, and human folly. A good read for anyone from New Jersey, or anyone seeking a few compelling reasons to steer clear. –Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire
SURVIVING JERSEY is an amusement park of riches, and Scott Sanders is your brave, big-hearted tour guide, leading the way through a series of unforgettably madcap adventures. Exuberant, gritty, and laugh-out-loud funny, this book is one for the ages. –Matthew Vollmer, author of Gateway to Paradise
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