Young Adult

Age Level: 14 + Years

Love & Profanity


Edited by Nick Healy
“Warrior” by Trisha Speed Shaskan

© 2015 Trisha Speed Shaskan and various authors
published by Switch Press/Capstone Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-63079-012-7

Love & Profanity is a literary nonfiction collection that will appeal to a wide range of readers. These original tales about the highs and lows of friendship, family, school, and coming of age capture the heat and intensity, humor and horror of teenage life. Nearly all of the stories are new, never-before-published complete short-form memoirs. Each averages around 1,000 words in length and has been crafted to stand alone, inviting readers to easily browse and find a work that resonates with them.

Featured authors include: Trisha Speed Shaskan, Pete Hautman, Jon Scieszka, Adam Rex, Geoff Herbach, Alison McGhee, Kwame Alexander, Steve Brezenoff, Joseph Bruchac, Da Chen, Carrie Mesrobian, Heather Sellers, Kyle Minor, Will Weaver, and more.  


“Short yet powerful autobiographical stories comprise this collection of consistently excellent vivid writing…The stories are, by turns, edgy, nostalgic, poignant, sad, and humorous.”
            School Library Journal
“Hilarity, heartache, terror, regret, shame, and self-awakening can all be found in this collection of finely wrought moments in time.”
            Publishers Weekly
“The brevity of the stories, the honesty of their authors, and their tidy organization lend themselves well to browsing, increasing the likelihood that teen readers will find something they connect with.”