""This is Between Us" is an utterly unsentimental and deeply nuanced portrait of a relationship. With great delicacy and compassion, Kevin Sampsell unflinchingly examines love from every angle– sacred and profane, transcendent and mundane. "This is Between Us" asserts that messy, terrifying, imperfect love is worth it, after all. After reading it, you'll be a believer.
–Jillian Lauren, author of NY Times bestselling memoir "Some Girls" and "Pretty"
Critical Praise for Kevin Sampsell's Memoir: "A Common Pornography"
"Sampsell shares loneliness with such intensity that his book almost defeats it–both his and yours. Five stars."
– TIME OUT NEW YORK
"Sampsell has written a memoir almost unlike any other...a fascinating read."
– TIME OUT CHICAGO
"Its droll style and its archaeological attentiveness to the debris of American life - the remote controls, video recorders, tight ends, and one-hit wonders of yesteryear - combined with Sampsell's talent for observing the ordinary, infuse the most 'common' incidents of growing up with wit and meaning."
– HARPER'S MAGAZINE
"[A] rather miraculous act of artistic self-creation...his story alone is an adequate metaphor for itself, the life it describes, and its hard-won pleasures."
"The material perfectly fits the form, shards of memory fused into a compelling concretion of moments. A worthy addition to the work of such contemporary memoirists as Nick Flynn, Augusten Burroughs, Dave Eggers, and Stephen Elliott"
"Embarrassing and honest, heartbreaking and hilarious. A Common Pornography is a great memoir from one of the Northwest's best writers."
–Willy Vlautin, author of "Northline and The Motel Life"
"Kevin Sampsell's stories are brief incantations, uppercuts to the gut, prose poems given over to the bloodiest realms of the self. It's all here: the emotional squalor, the sweet bite of loneliness. Make no mistake: Sampsel