How to Be Safe

How to Be Safe

Former Teacher Had Motive. Recently suspended for a so-called outburst, high school English teacher Anna Crawford is stewing over the injustice at home when she is shocked to see herself named on television as a suspect in a shooting at the school where she works. Though she is quickly exonerated, and the actual teenage murderer identified, her life is nevertheless held up Former Teacher Had Motive. Recently suspended for a so-called outburst, high school English teacher Anna Crawford is stew...

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Title:How to Be Safe
Author:Tom McAllister
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1631494139
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

How to Be Safe Reviews

  • Lee
    Jun 01, 2017

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

  • Michelle
    May 17, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

  • Tom
    Jun 01, 2017

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

  • Patrick Brown
    May 08, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

  • Andrienne
    Dec 17, 2017

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

  • Vicki
    Jan 27, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

    The writing is really strong and interesting in this short novel, but the mixture of tones and genres was too distracting to ignore. One scene will be serious, realistic, and poignant, and then it will be followed by a satirical scene full of fantasy and dark humor. I was never quite s...

    On the day of a mass shooting at the high school where she teaches, Anna is at home, suspended following an angry outburst in the classroom. A news channel uncovers this and suggests she might be a co-conspirator with the student shooter, and Anna is taken into police custody. Though s...

    Intense! I couldn't put it down. ...

  • Elizabeth☮
    May 13, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

    The writing is really strong and interesting in this short novel, but the mixture of tones and genres was too distracting to ignore. One scene will be serious, realistic, and poignant, and then it will be followed by a satirical scene full of fantasy and dark humor. I was never quite s...

    On the day of a mass shooting at the high school where she teaches, Anna is at home, suspended following an angry outburst in the classroom. A news channel uncovers this and suggests she might be a co-conspirator with the student shooter, and Anna is taken into police custody. Though s...

    Intense! I couldn't put it down. ...

    I won a free advance copy of How to Be Safe in exchange for an honest review. The first third of the book held my attention. We meet a disturbed, well-armed young man on the morning before he is about to break into his former school and shoot as many as he can. We then meet a young wo...

    ?Enjoy? isn?t the right word for this book, but I did get drawn in to it right away. A school shooting occurs, and a suspended teacher is the initial suspect. The author traces this teacher through the year following the shooting, with so many incredible passages of thoughts that...

    3.5 stars/5 This alternated between brilliance and WTF weirdness. Don't get me wrong, I love me some weirdness but in this case it distracted from the story and the very important messages within. I would have sworn this was written by a woman because the author absolutely nails the...

    Every once in a while, a novel comes your way that catches you by surprise. Sometimes, the story is so powerful that it leaves you breathless. At other times, the characters are so real that you forget they are fictional. And then there are novels like How to be Safe. It is not necessa...

    I picked this one up after seeing it on a list from my library. The prologue begins from a teen boy's point of view. He describes the mundane activities he performs before he walks into his school and begins shooting indiscriminately. But, this isn't his story. This is Anne's story...

  • Kara
    Mar 03, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

  • Ron Charles
    Mar 20, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

  • Heather
    May 04, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

    The writing is really strong and interesting in this short novel, but the mixture of tones and genres was too distracting to ignore. One scene will be serious, realistic, and poignant, and then it will be followed by a satirical scene full of fantasy and dark humor. I was never quite s...

  • Kevin Grauke
    May 07, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

    The writing is really strong and interesting in this short novel, but the mixture of tones and genres was too distracting to ignore. One scene will be serious, realistic, and poignant, and then it will be followed by a satirical scene full of fantasy and dark humor. I was never quite s...

    On the day of a mass shooting at the high school where she teaches, Anna is at home, suspended following an angry outburst in the classroom. A news channel uncovers this and suggests she might be a co-conspirator with the student shooter, and Anna is taken into police custody. Though s...

    Intense! I couldn't put it down. ...

    I won a free advance copy of How to Be Safe in exchange for an honest review. The first third of the book held my attention. We meet a disturbed, well-armed young man on the morning before he is about to break into his former school and shoot as many as he can. We then meet a young wo...

    ?Enjoy? isn?t the right word for this book, but I did get drawn in to it right away. A school shooting occurs, and a suspended teacher is the initial suspect. The author traces this teacher through the year following the shooting, with so many incredible passages of thoughts that...

    3.5 stars/5 This alternated between brilliance and WTF weirdness. Don't get me wrong, I love me some weirdness but in this case it distracted from the story and the very important messages within. I would have sworn this was written by a woman because the author absolutely nails the...

    Every once in a while, a novel comes your way that catches you by surprise. Sometimes, the story is so powerful that it leaves you breathless. At other times, the characters are so real that you forget they are fictional. And then there are novels like How to be Safe. It is not necessa...

    I picked this one up after seeing it on a list from my library. The prologue begins from a teen boy's point of view. He describes the mundane activities he performs before he walks into his school and begins shooting indiscriminately. But, this isn't his story. This is Anne's story...

    My daughter won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I got to it before she did. I loved the tone of the book and all of the author?s thoughts and the ideas expressed. I found myself marking passages and ideas that were outstanding, which I rarely do while reading. It was very thoug...

    This is one hell of a book. It kicked the holy s**t out of me. The fact that it's "fiction" or a 'novel" is irrelevant. It's an unflinching meditation that strikes the American 21st century right in its heart. ...

  • FrumpBurger
    Feb 17, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

  • Ben
    Feb 26, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

  • Teresa
    Apr 08, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

    The writing is really strong and interesting in this short novel, but the mixture of tones and genres was too distracting to ignore. One scene will be serious, realistic, and poignant, and then it will be followed by a satirical scene full of fantasy and dark humor. I was never quite s...

    On the day of a mass shooting at the high school where she teaches, Anna is at home, suspended following an angry outburst in the classroom. A news channel uncovers this and suggests she might be a co-conspirator with the student shooter, and Anna is taken into police custody. Though s...

    Intense! I couldn't put it down. ...

    I won a free advance copy of How to Be Safe in exchange for an honest review. The first third of the book held my attention. We meet a disturbed, well-armed young man on the morning before he is about to break into his former school and shoot as many as he can. We then meet a young wo...

    ?Enjoy? isn?t the right word for this book, but I did get drawn in to it right away. A school shooting occurs, and a suspended teacher is the initial suspect. The author traces this teacher through the year following the shooting, with so many incredible passages of thoughts that...

    3.5 stars/5 This alternated between brilliance and WTF weirdness. Don't get me wrong, I love me some weirdness but in this case it distracted from the story and the very important messages within. I would have sworn this was written by a woman because the author absolutely nails the...

    Every once in a while, a novel comes your way that catches you by surprise. Sometimes, the story is so powerful that it leaves you breathless. At other times, the characters are so real that you forget they are fictional. And then there are novels like How to be Safe. It is not necessa...

    I picked this one up after seeing it on a list from my library. The prologue begins from a teen boy's point of view. He describes the mundane activities he performs before he walks into his school and begins shooting indiscriminately. But, this isn't his story. This is Anne's story...

    My daughter won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I got to it before she did. I loved the tone of the book and all of the author?s thoughts and the ideas expressed. I found myself marking passages and ideas that were outstanding, which I rarely do while reading. It was very thoug...

    This is one hell of a book. It kicked the holy s**t out of me. The fact that it's "fiction" or a 'novel" is irrelevant. It's an unflinching meditation that strikes the American 21st century right in its heart. ...

    ?In America we send children to school to get shot and to learn Algebra and physics and history and biology and literature. Less civilized nations don?t have such an organized system for murdering their children.? This book destroyed me. It?s so good and so true. ...

    Brutally comic story of the aftermath of a school shooting that flays the absurd present condition we tolerate. A cathartic read today, hopefully one we'll read years from now to get idea of what Americans once considered "normal." ...

    I received this in a giveaway. This book is about the aftermath of a school shooting in a small town. I just can't get into it. The protagonist is disappointly dull. ...

  • Michelle
    May 10, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

    The writing is really strong and interesting in this short novel, but the mixture of tones and genres was too distracting to ignore. One scene will be serious, realistic, and poignant, and then it will be followed by a satirical scene full of fantasy and dark humor. I was never quite s...

    On the day of a mass shooting at the high school where she teaches, Anna is at home, suspended following an angry outburst in the classroom. A news channel uncovers this and suggests she might be a co-conspirator with the student shooter, and Anna is taken into police custody. Though s...

    Intense! I couldn't put it down. ...

    I won a free advance copy of How to Be Safe in exchange for an honest review. The first third of the book held my attention. We meet a disturbed, well-armed young man on the morning before he is about to break into his former school and shoot as many as he can. We then meet a young wo...

    ?Enjoy? isn?t the right word for this book, but I did get drawn in to it right away. A school shooting occurs, and a suspended teacher is the initial suspect. The author traces this teacher through the year following the shooting, with so many incredible passages of thoughts that...

    3.5 stars/5 This alternated between brilliance and WTF weirdness. Don't get me wrong, I love me some weirdness but in this case it distracted from the story and the very important messages within. I would have sworn this was written by a woman because the author absolutely nails the...

    Every once in a while, a novel comes your way that catches you by surprise. Sometimes, the story is so powerful that it leaves you breathless. At other times, the characters are so real that you forget they are fictional. And then there are novels like How to be Safe. It is not necessa...

  • Thomas Pluck
    May 19, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

    The writing is really strong and interesting in this short novel, but the mixture of tones and genres was too distracting to ignore. One scene will be serious, realistic, and poignant, and then it will be followed by a satirical scene full of fantasy and dark humor. I was never quite s...

    On the day of a mass shooting at the high school where she teaches, Anna is at home, suspended following an angry outburst in the classroom. A news channel uncovers this and suggests she might be a co-conspirator with the student shooter, and Anna is taken into police custody. Though s...

    Intense! I couldn't put it down. ...

    I won a free advance copy of How to Be Safe in exchange for an honest review. The first third of the book held my attention. We meet a disturbed, well-armed young man on the morning before he is about to break into his former school and shoot as many as he can. We then meet a young wo...

    ?Enjoy? isn?t the right word for this book, but I did get drawn in to it right away. A school shooting occurs, and a suspended teacher is the initial suspect. The author traces this teacher through the year following the shooting, with so many incredible passages of thoughts that...

    3.5 stars/5 This alternated between brilliance and WTF weirdness. Don't get me wrong, I love me some weirdness but in this case it distracted from the story and the very important messages within. I would have sworn this was written by a woman because the author absolutely nails the...

    Every once in a while, a novel comes your way that catches you by surprise. Sometimes, the story is so powerful that it leaves you breathless. At other times, the characters are so real that you forget they are fictional. And then there are novels like How to be Safe. It is not necessa...

    I picked this one up after seeing it on a list from my library. The prologue begins from a teen boy's point of view. He describes the mundane activities he performs before he walks into his school and begins shooting indiscriminately. But, this isn't his story. This is Anne's story...

    My daughter won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I got to it before she did. I loved the tone of the book and all of the author?s thoughts and the ideas expressed. I found myself marking passages and ideas that were outstanding, which I rarely do while reading. It was very thoug...

    This is one hell of a book. It kicked the holy s**t out of me. The fact that it's "fiction" or a 'novel" is irrelevant. It's an unflinching meditation that strikes the American 21st century right in its heart. ...

    ?In America we send children to school to get shot and to learn Algebra and physics and history and biology and literature. Less civilized nations don?t have such an organized system for murdering their children.? This book destroyed me. It?s so good and so true. ...

    Brutally comic story of the aftermath of a school shooting that flays the absurd present condition we tolerate. A cathartic read today, hopefully one we'll read years from now to get idea of what Americans once considered "normal." ...

  • Ami Pendley
    May 06, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

    The writing is really strong and interesting in this short novel, but the mixture of tones and genres was too distracting to ignore. One scene will be serious, realistic, and poignant, and then it will be followed by a satirical scene full of fantasy and dark humor. I was never quite s...

    On the day of a mass shooting at the high school where she teaches, Anna is at home, suspended following an angry outburst in the classroom. A news channel uncovers this and suggests she might be a co-conspirator with the student shooter, and Anna is taken into police custody. Though s...

    Intense! I couldn't put it down. ...

    I won a free advance copy of How to Be Safe in exchange for an honest review. The first third of the book held my attention. We meet a disturbed, well-armed young man on the morning before he is about to break into his former school and shoot as many as he can. We then meet a young wo...

    ?Enjoy? isn?t the right word for this book, but I did get drawn in to it right away. A school shooting occurs, and a suspended teacher is the initial suspect. The author traces this teacher through the year following the shooting, with so many incredible passages of thoughts that...

    3.5 stars/5 This alternated between brilliance and WTF weirdness. Don't get me wrong, I love me some weirdness but in this case it distracted from the story and the very important messages within. I would have sworn this was written by a woman because the author absolutely nails the...

    Every once in a while, a novel comes your way that catches you by surprise. Sometimes, the story is so powerful that it leaves you breathless. At other times, the characters are so real that you forget they are fictional. And then there are novels like How to be Safe. It is not necessa...

    I picked this one up after seeing it on a list from my library. The prologue begins from a teen boy's point of view. He describes the mundane activities he performs before he walks into his school and begins shooting indiscriminately. But, this isn't his story. This is Anne's story...

    My daughter won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I got to it before she did. I loved the tone of the book and all of the author?s thoughts and the ideas expressed. I found myself marking passages and ideas that were outstanding, which I rarely do while reading. It was very thoug...

    This is one hell of a book. It kicked the holy s**t out of me. The fact that it's "fiction" or a 'novel" is irrelevant. It's an unflinching meditation that strikes the American 21st century right in its heart. ...

    ?In America we send children to school to get shot and to learn Algebra and physics and history and biology and literature. Less civilized nations don?t have such an organized system for murdering their children.? This book destroyed me. It?s so good and so true. ...

  • Diane S ☔
    Apr 11, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

  • Kelly
    Feb 16, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

  • Amanda Mae
    Jan 04, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

    The writing is really strong and interesting in this short novel, but the mixture of tones and genres was too distracting to ignore. One scene will be serious, realistic, and poignant, and then it will be followed by a satirical scene full of fantasy and dark humor. I was never quite s...

    On the day of a mass shooting at the high school where she teaches, Anna is at home, suspended following an angry outburst in the classroom. A news channel uncovers this and suggests she might be a co-conspirator with the student shooter, and Anna is taken into police custody. Though s...

    Intense! I couldn't put it down. ...

    I won a free advance copy of How to Be Safe in exchange for an honest review. The first third of the book held my attention. We meet a disturbed, well-armed young man on the morning before he is about to break into his former school and shoot as many as he can. We then meet a young wo...

    ?Enjoy? isn?t the right word for this book, but I did get drawn in to it right away. A school shooting occurs, and a suspended teacher is the initial suspect. The author traces this teacher through the year following the shooting, with so many incredible passages of thoughts that...

  • Laura
    Jan 28, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

  • Erin Glover
    May 18, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

  • Lisa Eckstein
    Apr 10, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

    The writing is really strong and interesting in this short novel, but the mixture of tones and genres was too distracting to ignore. One scene will be serious, realistic, and poignant, and then it will be followed by a satirical scene full of fantasy and dark humor. I was never quite s...

    On the day of a mass shooting at the high school where she teaches, Anna is at home, suspended following an angry outburst in the classroom. A news channel uncovers this and suggests she might be a co-conspirator with the student shooter, and Anna is taken into police custody. Though s...

  • Susan
    Apr 30, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

    The writing is really strong and interesting in this short novel, but the mixture of tones and genres was too distracting to ignore. One scene will be serious, realistic, and poignant, and then it will be followed by a satirical scene full of fantasy and dark humor. I was never quite s...

    On the day of a mass shooting at the high school where she teaches, Anna is at home, suspended following an angry outburst in the classroom. A news channel uncovers this and suggests she might be a co-conspirator with the student shooter, and Anna is taken into police custody. Though s...

    Intense! I couldn't put it down. ...

    I won a free advance copy of How to Be Safe in exchange for an honest review. The first third of the book held my attention. We meet a disturbed, well-armed young man on the morning before he is about to break into his former school and shoot as many as he can. We then meet a young wo...

    ?Enjoy? isn?t the right word for this book, but I did get drawn in to it right away. A school shooting occurs, and a suspended teacher is the initial suspect. The author traces this teacher through the year following the shooting, with so many incredible passages of thoughts that...

    3.5 stars/5 This alternated between brilliance and WTF weirdness. Don't get me wrong, I love me some weirdness but in this case it distracted from the story and the very important messages within. I would have sworn this was written by a woman because the author absolutely nails the...

  • Staci
    Apr 22, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

    The writing is really strong and interesting in this short novel, but the mixture of tones and genres was too distracting to ignore. One scene will be serious, realistic, and poignant, and then it will be followed by a satirical scene full of fantasy and dark humor. I was never quite s...

    On the day of a mass shooting at the high school where she teaches, Anna is at home, suspended following an angry outburst in the classroom. A news channel uncovers this and suggests she might be a co-conspirator with the student shooter, and Anna is taken into police custody. Though s...

    Intense! I couldn't put it down. ...

    I won a free advance copy of How to Be Safe in exchange for an honest review. The first third of the book held my attention. We meet a disturbed, well-armed young man on the morning before he is about to break into his former school and shoot as many as he can. We then meet a young wo...

    ?Enjoy? isn?t the right word for this book, but I did get drawn in to it right away. A school shooting occurs, and a suspended teacher is the initial suspect. The author traces this teacher through the year following the shooting, with so many incredible passages of thoughts that...

    3.5 stars/5 This alternated between brilliance and WTF weirdness. Don't get me wrong, I love me some weirdness but in this case it distracted from the story and the very important messages within. I would have sworn this was written by a woman because the author absolutely nails the...

    Every once in a while, a novel comes your way that catches you by surprise. Sometimes, the story is so powerful that it leaves you breathless. At other times, the characters are so real that you forget they are fictional. And then there are novels like How to be Safe. It is not necessa...

    I picked this one up after seeing it on a list from my library. The prologue begins from a teen boy's point of view. He describes the mundane activities he performs before he walks into his school and begins shooting indiscriminately. But, this isn't his story. This is Anne's story...

    My daughter won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I got to it before she did. I loved the tone of the book and all of the author?s thoughts and the ideas expressed. I found myself marking passages and ideas that were outstanding, which I rarely do while reading. It was very thoug...

  • Sarah
    Dec 28, 2017

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

  • Myrna Gottlieb
    Feb 19, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...

    An entirely unexpected take on school shootings. I was going to say it's timely, but school shootings aren't really new in this country. Part parable, part comedy, part tragedy, and all great. I loved this (at times odd) little book. ...

    It was very eerie and sobering to be reading a novel about a school shooting and then to check the news and find out about another school shooting happening in real life. The book is certainly written on a timely subject, and by a skilled wordsmith. Anna Crawford is a high school teach...

    The writing is really strong and interesting in this short novel, but the mixture of tones and genres was too distracting to ignore. One scene will be serious, realistic, and poignant, and then it will be followed by a satirical scene full of fantasy and dark humor. I was never quite s...

    On the day of a mass shooting at the high school where she teaches, Anna is at home, suspended following an angry outburst in the classroom. A news channel uncovers this and suggests she might be a co-conspirator with the student shooter, and Anna is taken into police custody. Though s...

    Intense! I couldn't put it down. ...

    I won a free advance copy of How to Be Safe in exchange for an honest review. The first third of the book held my attention. We meet a disturbed, well-armed young man on the morning before he is about to break into his former school and shoot as many as he can. We then meet a young wo...

  • Mary  Allen
    Jan 22, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

  • Denver Public Library
    Apr 02, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

  • Mel
    Apr 29, 2018

    Another timely read taken right out of our news headlines, a school shooting and a teacher, Anna, who though she had nothing to do with the shooting, is said to have a motive. After that many don't care if she is guilty or not, she has been indicted by the news networks. This reads lik...

    I'm sorta biased on this one. ...

    Tom McAllister?s "How to Be Safe" is as startling as the sonic crack of a bullet. The story?s volatile tone tears through the despair of our era?s devotion to guns. In the opening pages, a young man kills 19 people and wounds 45 at a Pennsylvania high school. McAllister, the nonf...

    Some books emerge from the author's experience, some seem like they're in conversation with other books, but this one seems to have been formed by the author's experience of the internet, particularly Twitter, specifically how that fragmented social-media monster processes those wholly...

    McAllister pulls us right into his dark story as we follow a school shooter in the moments before he kills. He has time to eat pizza before it is fourth period, lunch time, at the safe high school in the former friendliest town in America. After the shooting, people will study his jour...

    Fiction is not generally known for its immediate timeliness. Novels take a while to write, so you end up with a round of novels about Vietnam in 2010, etc. But this book feels like it was written in a flash over the last few weeks. It wasn't, I'm sure, but it feels that way because its...

    Beautiful observations set against a too-typical event nowadays. Anna is a brief suspect in a school shooting and from her POV she ruminates on being safe in this day and age - she also explores her choices and relationships with well-meaning folks around her. Access to review copy...

    Got an ARC. Thanks Norton! I've read a couple of novels about school shootings so I wasn't sure I wanted another but it gave a new perspective. From a woman who was originally a suspect and suffering from depression and alcoholism. She is such a flawed protagonist but is hyper-aware...

    I had won this book thru Goodreads, I took a chance and decided to read it right away instead of adding to my list. I am happy I did, good story and well written a GOODREAD ...

    I picked up this title at a library conference after hearing the author speak, which notably was shortly after the Parkland high school shootings. This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hit close to home. A teacher is suddenly thrust into the media spotlight wh...

    This book takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting and hits so close to home. Tom has his fingers on the vein of society, maybe even deeper than that. All I know is as a woman in this culture of ours he nailed my fears, my insecurities, and some of the most terrifying interact...

    When a school shooting rocks a safe small Midwestern town, suspended high school teacher Anna Crawford is temporarily a suspect. What follows on the pages of this novel is Anna both unraveling and contemplating the concept of safety in our modern age. Unfortunately timely given the eve...

    Funny, wise, imaginative, and fierce. Anna Crawford is a character I'll remember for a long time: a worldly, bitter, savvy sense of humor floating on top of an ocean of empathy and pain and longing. ...

    Wow wow wow wow wow ...

    I really liked this... but listening to the audiobook gummed up a few details. Overall my impression is truly ?WHOA?? I was quite moved by the intensity & breadth of topics covered, starting with a mass shooting at a school seen through the eyes of Anna Crawford, a former tea...