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My First CD: Cher's Believe photo
July 20, 2019 | My First...

My First CD: Cher's Believe

Doug Paul Case

I don’t remember when portable CD players came out, but I know the one my aunt got me for Christmas was the first to arrive... more

My First Car: '86 powder blue Hyundai named Carolyn photo
July 20, 2019 | My First...

My First Car: '86 powder blue Hyundai named Carolyn

Melissa Ragsly

That first year of having her, I would drive by myself, just to feel that relief of no anxiety. I... more

My First Car: '97 Chevrolet Blazer photo
July 13, 2019 | My First...

My First Car: '97 Chevrolet Blazer

Parker Young

The dog ran alongside me for about twenty yards, then I hit it. Or maybe it hit me. I still don’t know. I felt sick.

My First VHS: Rain Man photo
July 6, 2019 | My First...

My First VHS: Rain Man

James Tate Hill

Tom Cruise is one of life’s winners. He felt the need, the need for speed, and singlehandedly saved America from those Soviet planes, or something—honestly you never understood what was going on in the second half of Top Gun. In A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson told Tom Cruise he couldn’t handle the truth, but Jack Nicholson was quite wrong.

My First CD: This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan photo
June 29, 2019 | My First...

My First CD: This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan

Cydney Russell

I wandered around Sam Goody, more likely keeping track of my ABCs than taking inventory of the... more

My First Cell Phone: black Motorola StarTAC photo
June 22, 2019 | My First...

My First Cell Phone: black Motorola StarTAC

Jay Vera Summer

It was my senior year of high school, either late 1998 or early 1999. Everyone in my middle-class suburb used landlines. I flipped the phone open and closed, removed the battery, pulled out the antenna then pushed it back in.

My Son's First Haircut photo
June 8, 2019 | My First...

My Son's First Haircut

Austin Ross

We’ve taken our son, my wife and I, to get his first haircut. He is nearly two, and once I place him in the seat they’ve... more

My First Cassette Single: “Stay (I Missed You)” by Lisa Loeb photo
June 1, 2019 | My First...

My First Cassette Single: “Stay (I Missed You)” by Lisa Loeb

Colleen Rothman

In 1994, I subscribe to a magazine for wholesome Christian tweens, recommended by the Amy Grant fan. My mom approves; unlike the ones I sneak into our grocery cart, its cover never hints at sex.

My First CD: Now That's What I Call Music! (v.1) photo
May 25, 2019 | My First...

My First CD: Now That's What I Call Music! (v.1)

Emily Costa

I was halfway to the Drew Barrymore/Gwen Stefani hybrid image of my dreams; a few more years, I thought, and I’ll work at the Coffee Beanery at the mall.

My First Record: Foreigner 4 photo
May 18, 2019 | My First...

My First Record: Foreigner 4

Eric Braun

I was aware, somehow, that people tended to get intense feelings about the bands they loved and that music had Mystery, capital M. But my family was not intense. We were American cheese on Wonder Bread.

My First Pair of Converse photo
May 11, 2019 | My First...

My First Pair of Converse

Elena M. Aponte

I was looking forward to ruining my chances of being able to run or march anywhere. 

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Saul Stories is a linked collection that explores the relationships between a forty-year-old female artist, her teenaged daughter, and her daughter's friends. With ferocious realism, the book interrogates how children of differing classes and races are treated in the U.S., and the salacious and skeptical ways the current culture views cross-generational friendships. But most potently—in narratives taking place in Denny's and movie theatres and living rooms and cars—Saul Stories wonders what it means to be a woman and an artist and a mother, all at once.