Joe Cottonwood

Biography

Joe Cottonwood was born in 1947, bent his first nail in 1952, and wrote his first story in 1956. He's been a writer and a carpenter ever since.

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Books

99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat, and Houses
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,790. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
(5.00)
A carpenter can fix the house. But how do you fix a broken home? In this award-winning memoir, Joe Cottonwood recalls a lifetime making repairs. Everybody needs a little help, a little warmth: the blonde in the hot tub—the dying billionaire—the wounded war vet—the rebel teen— the lonely French teacher—and the author himself. "Expertly crafted!"—Kirkus. "Gritty and entertaining."—Publishers Weekly.
Quake!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,560. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
When the deadly Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 hits, fourteen-year-old Franny witnesses the devastation of her community and is called upon to save the lives of her family and her best friend. "Cottonwood spins his tale with great immediacy and power. Characters are multidimensional and convincing. Readers will find this one inspiring and thought-provoking."—School Library Journal
Danny Ain't
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Series: San Puerco Trilogy. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,560. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Danny is a boy living alone in a trailer with no money and little food. Then the coyotes come to visit. Coyotes are tricksters. Coyotes are clever survivors. So is Danny as he learns what kind of human being he truly is — and what kind he ain't. "A finely crafted story. The characters are enormously appealing." — School Library Journal
Four Dog Riot
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,630. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
(5.00)
It’s not about dogs. Or riots. It's about stealing waterfalls and holding them for ransom. It’s about using a guitar as an assault weapon. And living in a secret bedroom at a shopping mall. And having neighbors who are starting a software company in a garage. It’s another year of school in Menlo Park, California in the year 1998.
Famous Potatoes
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,300. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00)
A classic road novel from the 1970s, now an ebook. Willy, a nice boy from the suburbs, is framed for murder and goes on the lam. With hopeful heart and broken balls he joins the people of humble cafes and dusty bars, underground, where life is basic. “An engaging, warm, well-told story of a likable character with a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”—Publisher’s Weekly
Babcock
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Series: San Puerco Trilogy. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,770. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2009. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(5.00)
The award-winning novel about a boy and a girl, one white and one black, and the boy's con-man uncle starting a new life in a small town. “Full of humor, hope, and bravery. Richly drawn, fast paced, enticing, and downright witty. . . Sure to be a hit."—School Library Journal. "You will laugh out loud."—Pick of the List
Clear Heart
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 117,570. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2009. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.75)
When carpenters work for bigshots - and fall for beautiful women - who gets nailed? "It's funny, very tender, and enormously, tremendously human. In fact, Clear Heart just might be one of the most human books I've read in a long time." —Colleen Mondor, Bookslut
Boone Barnaby
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Series: San Puerco Trilogy. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,260. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2009. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(5.00)
An award-winning novel about the adventures of three boys (and a flaky dog) chasing an arsonist while testing the limits of life, soccer, and garbage in their scrappy little town among the redwood trees of California. “This warmly engaging story is resplendent with humor, irony, thoughtful introspection, and well-paced plotting." —School Library Journal.

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