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Of Mice and Minestrone

(2020)
Hap and Leonard: The Early Years
(A book in the Hap and Leonard Collections series)
A collection of stories by

 
 
A brand-new Hap and Leonard series collection chock full of Joe R. Lansdale’s inimitable blend of humor, mayhem, and insight, Of Mice and Minestrone delivers never-before-seen stories, a selection of the boys’ favorite recipes, by Kasey Lansdale, and an introduction from New York Times bestselling crime author Kathleen Kent.

“An absolute treasure trove.”—Ace Atkins, author of The Shameless

Of Mice and Minestrone is classic Lansdale at his legendary best.... Compelling. Hilarious. Poignant"—NY Journal of Books


Today’s Special: Justice, East Texan-Style

Hap Collins looks like a good ol’ boy. But even in his misspent youth, his best pal is Leonard Pine, who is black, gay, and the ultimate outsider. Inseparable friends, Hap and Leonard climb into the boxing ring, visit their families, get in bar fights, and just go fishing—all the while confronting racists, righting wrongs, and eating a whole lot of delicious food.

So pull up a seat and sit a spell. Master storyteller Joe R. Lansdale—along with Kasey Lansdale’s down-home recipes and Kathleen Kent’s introduction—has cooked up a new passel of tales for you about the unlikeliest duo East Texas has to offer, created by his own self.

About the Hap and Leonard short story series
Hap and Leonard
Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade
The Big Book of Hap and Leonard
(digital only)

Lansdale’s duo made their screen debuts in the three season Hap and Leonard television series, starring Michael K. Williams (The Wire), James Purefoy (The Following), and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men).

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"An absolute treasure trove for Hap and Leonard fans. Going back to the beginning only deepens our love and appreciation for these guys. This collection proves once again why Joe Lansdale is one of our very best." - Ace Atkins

"In these character studies of his two most charismatic protagonists, Joe Lansdale takes us to the dark side of Mayberry - authentic tales of small town life in the heart of the twentieth century that also provide an unflinching look at the violence that charged the last gasps of Jim Crow, with all the force of the Sabine River at flood stage." - Christopher Brown

"Of Mice and Minestrone is the last bit of connective tissue missing from the Hap and Leonard Mythos, which is one of the most entertaining series in modern literature. This book, which deals with abuse, friendship, violence, growing up, race, food, and justice, is full of the wit that's made Lansdale a star." - Gabino Iglesias

"There’s a place in East Texas where story shades into memory, where violence and tenderness are just part of the wonder of living, and that’s precisely where Joe Lansdale lives, and writes from, and we’re all the better for it. The eating’s pretty good there, too, as Hap’s recipes more than attest. You leave this book hungry, both for food and to start the whole series all over again, live through it one more time, maybe just live there a while." - Stephen Graham Jones


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Paperback Editions

May 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Of Mice and Minestrone: Hap and Leonard: The Early Years
Author(s): Joe R Lansdale
ISBN: 1-61696-323-9 / 978-1-61696-323-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Of Mice and Minestrone: Hap and Leonard: The Early Years
Author(s): Joe R Lansdale
ISBN: 1-71352-691-3 / 978-1-71352-691-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Of Mice and Minestrone: Hap and Leonard: The Early Years
Author(s): Joe R Lansdale
ISBN: 1-71352-692-1 / 978-1-71352-692-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Of Mice and Minestrone: Hap and Leonard: The Early Years (Hap and Leonard)
Author(s): Joe R Lansdale, Kathleen Kent - introduction, Kasey Lansdale - contributor
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   


September 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Of Mice and Minestrone: Hap and Leonard: The Early Years (Hap and Leonard)
Author(s): Joe R Lansdale, Kathleen Kent - introduction, Kasey Lansdale - contributor
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


September 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Of Mice and Minestrone: Hap and Leonard: The Early Years (Hap and Leonard)
Author(s): Joe R Lansdale, Kathleen Kent - introduction, Kasey Lansdale - contributor
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Of Mice and Minestrone: Hap and Leonard: The Early Years (Hap and Leonard)
Author(s): Joe R Lansdale, Kathleen Kent - introduction, Kasey Lansdale - contributor
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Of Mice and Minestrone: Hap and Leonard: The Early Years
Author(s): Joe R Lansdale
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA