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

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Dec 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

  • 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

  • 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Bob Lopez
    Nov 21, 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

    the title and the cover of this book caught my eye at the library and i'm really glad i picked this one up. it's a darkly humorous book that explores fear, and whether or not it's justified and how much is too much. it involves paranoia and people being frozen in fear because they d...

    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...

    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 ...

    How to Be Safe begins with a school shooting. At first, it seems that that is where the book will go. It will be a plot-driven look at the shooter, the victims, and the events of the shooting. But instead, we follow Anna, a teacher who was recently fired. Anna is quickly cleared...

    An engaging story, especially in light of all the school shootings. Told from the viewpoint of a suspended teacher (an odd choice, but like much of the book, it oddly works,) the book begins with the thoughts and actions of a boy on the way to commit a school shooting. It covers the ar...

    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...

    I love first-person narrators who are quirky, unreliable, and perhaps even mentally ill. Anna Crawford is just such a narrator. She?s a high school English teacher who is suspended from her job just prior to a deadly school shooting event. She is immediately identified as a suspect b...

    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 ...

    Very interesting and provoking read that I couldn't put down ...

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

    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...

    OK novel about a contemporary issue (school shootings) and it's aftermath (as experienced by one person) in a small community (viewed through her lens which is...erratic). It is a typical school-shooting scenario: disaffected youth/maybe an incel who knows, takes out his rage at random...

  • 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

    the title and the cover of this book caught my eye at the library and i'm really glad i picked this one up. it's a darkly humorous book that explores fear, and whether or not it's justified and how much is too much. it involves paranoia and people being frozen in fear because they d...

    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...

    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 ...

    How to Be Safe begins with a school shooting. At first, it seems that that is where the book will go. It will be a plot-driven look at the shooter, the victims, and the events of the shooting. But instead, we follow Anna, a teacher who was recently fired. Anna is quickly cleared...

    An engaging story, especially in light of all the school shootings. Told from the viewpoint of a suspended teacher (an odd choice, but like much of the book, it oddly works,) the book begins with the thoughts and actions of a boy on the way to commit a school shooting. It covers the ar...

    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...

    I love first-person narrators who are quirky, unreliable, and perhaps even mentally ill. Anna Crawford is just such a narrator. She?s a high school English teacher who is suspended from her job just prior to a deadly school shooting event. She is immediately identified as a suspect b...

    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 ...

    Very interesting and provoking read that I couldn't put down ...

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

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Dec 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

  • Jessica Sullivan
    Jun 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

  • 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

    the title and the cover of this book caught my eye at the library and i'm really glad i picked this one up. it's a darkly humorous book that explores fear, and whether or not it's justified and how much is too much. it involves paranoia and people being frozen in fear because they d...

    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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

    the title and the cover of this book caught my eye at the library and i'm really glad i picked this one up. it's a darkly humorous book that explores fear, and whether or not it's justified and how much is too much. it involves paranoia and people being frozen in fear because they d...

    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...

    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 ...

    How to Be Safe begins with a school shooting. At first, it seems that that is where the book will go. It will be a plot-driven look at the shooter, the victims, and the events of the shooting. But instead, we follow Anna, a teacher who was recently fired. Anna is quickly cleared...

    An engaging story, especially in light of all the school shootings. Told from the viewpoint of a suspended teacher (an odd choice, but like much of the book, it oddly works,) the book begins with the thoughts and actions of a boy on the way to commit a school shooting. It covers the ar...

    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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

    the title and the cover of this book caught my eye at the library and i'm really glad i picked this one up. it's a darkly humorous book that explores fear, and whether or not it's justified and how much is too much. it involves paranoia and people being frozen in fear because they d...

    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...

    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 ...

    How to Be Safe begins with a school shooting. At first, it seems that that is where the book will go. It will be a plot-driven look at the shooter, the victims, and the events of the shooting. But instead, we follow Anna, a teacher who was recently fired. Anna is quickly cleared...

    An engaging story, especially in light of all the school shootings. Told from the viewpoint of a suspended teacher (an odd choice, but like much of the book, it oddly works,) the book begins with the thoughts and actions of a boy on the way to commit a school shooting. It covers the ar...

    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...

    I love first-person narrators who are quirky, unreliable, and perhaps even mentally ill. Anna Crawford is just such a narrator. She?s a high school English teacher who is suspended from her job just prior to a deadly school shooting event. She is immediately identified as a suspect b...

    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. ...

  • Beth Dean
    Dec 31, 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

    the title and the cover of this book caught my eye at the library and i'm really glad i picked this one up. it's a darkly humorous book that explores fear, and whether or not it's justified and how much is too much. it involves paranoia and people being frozen in fear because they d...

    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...

    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 ...

    How to Be Safe begins with a school shooting. At first, it seems that that is where the book will go. It will be a plot-driven look at the shooter, the victims, and the events of the shooting. But instead, we follow Anna, a teacher who was recently fired. Anna is quickly cleared...

  • Gwendolyn
    Jul 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

    the title and the cover of this book caught my eye at the library and i'm really glad i picked this one up. it's a darkly humorous book that explores fear, and whether or not it's justified and how much is too much. it involves paranoia and people being frozen in fear because they d...

    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...

    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 ...

    How to Be Safe begins with a school shooting. At first, it seems that that is where the book will go. It will be a plot-driven look at the shooter, the victims, and the events of the shooting. But instead, we follow Anna, a teacher who was recently fired. Anna is quickly cleared...

    An engaging story, especially in light of all the school shootings. Told from the viewpoint of a suspended teacher (an odd choice, but like much of the book, it oddly works,) the book begins with the thoughts and actions of a boy on the way to commit a school shooting. It covers the ar...

    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...

    I love first-person narrators who are quirky, unreliable, and perhaps even mentally ill. Anna Crawford is just such a narrator. She?s a high school English teacher who is suspended from her job just prior to a deadly school shooting event. She is immediately identified as a suspect b...

  • Rachel
    Nov 25, 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

  • Kelli
    Aug 14, 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

  • 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...

  • Alexandra
    Jun 24, 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

    the title and the cover of this book caught my eye at the library and i'm really glad i picked this one up. it's a darkly humorous book that explores fear, and whether or not it's justified and how much is too much. it involves paranoia and people being frozen in fear because they d...

  • 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

  • Brandi D'angelo
    Apr 24, 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

    the title and the cover of this book caught my eye at the library and i'm really glad i picked this one up. it's a darkly humorous book that explores fear, and whether or not it's justified and how much is too much. it involves paranoia and people being frozen in fear because they d...

    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...

    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 ...

    How to Be Safe begins with a school shooting. At first, it seems that that is where the book will go. It will be a plot-driven look at the shooter, the victims, and the events of the shooting. But instead, we follow Anna, a teacher who was recently fired. Anna is quickly cleared...

    An engaging story, especially in light of all the school shootings. Told from the viewpoint of a suspended teacher (an odd choice, but like much of the book, it oddly works,) the book begins with the thoughts and actions of a boy on the way to commit a school shooting. It covers the ar...

  • Alison Hardtmann
    Jun 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

  • 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

    the title and the cover of this book caught my eye at the library and i'm really glad i picked this one up. it's a darkly humorous book that explores fear, and whether or not it's justified and how much is too much. it involves paranoia and people being frozen in fear because they d...

    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...

    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 ...

    How to Be Safe begins with a school shooting. At first, it seems that that is where the book will go. It will be a plot-driven look at the shooter, the victims, and the events of the shooting. But instead, we follow Anna, a teacher who was recently fired. Anna is quickly cleared...

    An engaging story, especially in light of all the school shootings. Told from the viewpoint of a suspended teacher (an odd choice, but like much of the book, it oddly works,) the book begins with the thoughts and actions of a boy on the way to commit a school shooting. It covers the ar...

    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...

    I love first-person narrators who are quirky, unreliable, and perhaps even mentally ill. Anna Crawford is just such a narrator. She?s a high school English teacher who is suspended from her job just prior to a deadly school shooting event. She is immediately identified as a suspect b...

    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 ...

  • Michelle
    Dec 01, 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

  • 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

    the title and the cover of this book caught my eye at the library and i'm really glad i picked this one up. it's a darkly humorous book that explores fear, and whether or not it's justified and how much is too much. it involves paranoia and people being frozen in fear because they d...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Jennifer Tam
    Jun 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

    the title and the cover of this book caught my eye at the library and i'm really glad i picked this one up. it's a darkly humorous book that explores fear, and whether or not it's justified and how much is too much. it involves paranoia and people being frozen in fear because they d...

    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...

    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 ...

    How to Be Safe begins with a school shooting. At first, it seems that that is where the book will go. It will be a plot-driven look at the shooter, the victims, and the events of the shooting. But instead, we follow Anna, a teacher who was recently fired. Anna is quickly cleared...

    An engaging story, especially in light of all the school shootings. Told from the viewpoint of a suspended teacher (an odd choice, but like much of the book, it oddly works,) the book begins with the thoughts and actions of a boy on the way to commit a school shooting. It covers the ar...

    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...

    I love first-person narrators who are quirky, unreliable, and perhaps even mentally ill. Anna Crawford is just such a narrator. She?s a high school English teacher who is suspended from her job just prior to a deadly school shooting event. She is immediately identified as a suspect b...

    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 ...

    Very interesting and provoking read that I couldn't put down ...

  • 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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    I think this was supposed to be droll and ironic but I honestly just found it obnoxious. From the fact that every paragraph ends in some kind of pithy aphorism of the author's making, Tom McAllister clearly thinks he has something to say in this novel. Unfortunately that 'something' ra...

    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...

    I?ve been in a book slump...so much so that I read only one (stellar) book last month and decided to take a reading break. Let me just say this: I?m on vacation. This book may well be brilliant, and it is certainly timely, but I do not like satire. Ever. And definitely not while ...

    I listened to this in audio because of its inclusion on the Tournament of Books longlist. I am an avid listener of the author's podcast, Book Fight, but had not read his books. I will go back and read his previous novel now! Anna is a professor who is mistakenly accused of a mass sh...

    This was a satirical critique of the current gun and social media culture. What freedoms are we willing to give up to ensure our safety or get a popular online presence? While I thought the concept was great, I wasn?t overly impressed with the execution-this read like a long monologu...

    This sharp, dry satire about the aftermath of a school shooting says so much about contemporary America?from our disturbing gun culture to toxic masculinity to the increasing reality of never feeling safe. It?s not happy, optimistic or redemptive, but neither is our current reality...

    How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister is told from the point of view of a high school English teacher, a woman who was not at the school the day the shooting happened. With the murderer dead, there's a search for possible accomplices and Anna is briefly investigated by the FBI and hounded b...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    2.5 stars ...

    the title and the cover of this book caught my eye at the library and i'm really glad i picked this one up. it's a darkly humorous book that explores fear, and whether or not it's justified and how much is too much. it involves paranoia and people being frozen in fear because they d...

    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...

    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 ...

    How to Be Safe begins with a school shooting. At first, it seems that that is where the book will go. It will be a plot-driven look at the shooter, the victims, and the events of the shooting. But instead, we follow Anna, a teacher who was recently fired. Anna is quickly cleared...

    An engaging story, especially in light of all the school shootings. Told from the viewpoint of a suspended teacher (an odd choice, but like much of the book, it oddly works,) the book begins with the thoughts and actions of a boy on the way to commit a school shooting. It covers the ar...

    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...

    I love first-person narrators who are quirky, unreliable, and perhaps even mentally ill. Anna Crawford is just such a narrator. She?s a high school English teacher who is suspended from her job just prior to a deadly school shooting event. She is immediately identified as a suspect b...

    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 ...

    Very interesting and provoking read that I couldn't put down ...

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

    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...