PWP Faculty Books and Publications

This is a collection of books and publications from the faculty of the professional writing department

The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves

Little A, 2017

In raw, poignant alternating first-person narratives, interspersed with e-mails, gay chat-room exchanges, and other fragments of a youth laid bare in the age of social media, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves (Little A, Dec. 2017) unravels the mystery of a life in all its glory: despair and regret, humor and wonder, courage and connection.

A heartbroken and humiliated Ricky Graves took the life of a classmate and himself. Five months later, the sleepy community is still in shock and mourning. Ricky’s sister, Alyssa, returns to confront her shattered, withdrawn mother and her guilt over the brother she left adrift. Mark McVitry, the lone survivor of the deadly outburst sparked by his own cruelty, is tormented by visions of Ricky’s vengeful spirit. Ricky’s surrogate older brother, Corky Meeks, grapples with doubts about the fragile boy he tried to protect but may have doomed instead. And Jeremy Little, who inadvertently became Ricky’s long-distance Internet crush despite never having met, seeks to atone for failing to hear his friend’s cries for help. For those closest to the tormented killer, shock and grief have given way to soul searching, as they’re forced to confront their broken dreams, buried desires, and missed opportunities. And in their shared search for meaning and redemption, Ricky’s loved ones find a common purpose: learning to trust their feelings, fighting for real intimacy in a world grown selfish and insincere, and fearlessly embracing all that matters most…before it’s gone from their lives.

Stealing Candy

(aka Stewart Lewis)
Sourcebooks Fire, 2017


Candy, a junior in boarding school, is kidnapped. The more time she spends with her mysterious and handsome captor, Levon, the more she learns the whole scheme is not just about ransom. It's about revenge. What began as a kidnapping is spiraling into a crazy road trip adventure as Candy and Levon find a lot of wrong ways to do the right thing.

"Like the best pop songs, Stewart Lewis's novel, Stealing Candy, hits all the right notes. It's funny, suspenseful, touching, sexy ... it's also a road trip, a love story, and an affecting portrait of two desperate characters. I ate it up." - Louis Bayard, New York Times Notable Author of Lucky Strikes

"Stealing Candy is that rare sort of read that keeps you not just guessing, but gasping with every turn of the page." - Kieran Scott, author of Pretty Fierce

"A page-turning, stay-up-late story. Readers are going to love Candy and her wonderful mix of resourcefulness and jaded innocence. " - Cammie McGovern, author of Say What You Will

To Kill the Other

Danuta Hinc, Author
Tate Publishing, 2011

From the publisher: 

How does a sensitive, scholarly boy from an affluent Egyptian family become a hijacker? Set in the two decades leading up to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, To Kill the Other tells the story of Taher and his spiritual transformation from an innocent young boy into a ruthless, disillusioned conformist. Exploring the circumstances and choices that shaped him, To Kill the Other builds toward an unimaginable act of mass terror in which Taher finally confronts who and what he has become.


Lucky That Way: Rediscovering My Father's World

University of Missouri , 2013

From the publisher:

Lucky That Way, a nuanced, richly engaging memoir, chronicles the joys and tribulations of a daughter who rediscovers her father as he nears the end of his life. Ernie Gerhardt, an artist and teacher, is largely estranged from his five children, but when he suffers a debilitating stroke, his daughter Pamela must fly to Las Vegas to tend to him. This is Pamela Gerhardt’s heartfelt story about a family coming to terms with their aging father’s illness and imminent death takes readers on an emotional roller coaster that highlights love, loss, humor, and sadness.


Lucky That Way won the 2014 award for the best memoir from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Quantification and the Quest for Medical Certainty

Princeton University Press, 1995

Brief description:

Here Matthews addresses the problem arising when clinicians, physiologists, and bacteriologists all share an antipathy toward the clinical trial methods of the statistician. Viewing medical judgment as a form of "tacit knowledge," they downplayed the medical statistician's attempts to make medical inference into something explicit and quantitative. However, Matthews concludes that it is only when "medical decision-making" moves from the cloistered confines of professional medical expertise into open debate that the benefits of the medical statistician (and the clinical trial) are best revealed.

Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler

Rebecca Holden, Co-editor
Aqueduct Press, 2013


Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler celebrates the work and explores the influence and legacy of the brilliant Octavia E. Butler. Author Nisi Shawl and Rebecca J. Holden have joined forces to bring together a mix of scholars and writers, each of whom values Butler's work in their own particular ways.

Legal Research and Writing for Undergraduates

, 2017


The instruction in this book has been uniquely selected to teach the type of legal writing most revered in the law, and most successful in law schools. The instruction is supported by a complementary website that includes additional articles and exercises. Thus, the instruction and exercises in this book provided a much needed preparation for law school.

A Love-Hate Guide To "Breaking Bad"

Kelly Cresap, Author
, 2017


This work allows the reader to revisit TV’s “best show ever” to see how it’s holding up.  Among the edgiest of shows ever aired, Breaking Bad now faces an insidious new archenemy: being liked to death. On the one hand, people have settled for what’s impressive about the series while missing what’s unprecedented. On the other, they’ve been so dazzled by the show’s brilliance that they miss its flaws and its undertow. A Love-Hate Guide to ‘Breaking Bad’ shines a flashlight on places even the most obsessive fans have overlooked. It crosses the spectrum from loving to hating to provoke new ways into the series.