This is Only a Test

B.J. Hollars


This is Only a Test

This is Only a Test

  • Title: This is Only a Test
  • Author: B.J. Hollars
  • ISBN: 9780253018175
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Hardcover



n April 27, 2011, just days after learning of their pregnancy, B J Hollars, his wife, and their future son endured the onslaught of an EF 4 tornado There, while huddled in a bathtub in their Alabama home, mortality flashed before their eyes With the last of his computer battery, Hollars began recounting the experience, and would continue to do so in the following yearsn April 27, 2011, just days after learning of their pregnancy, B J Hollars, his wife, and their future son endured the onslaught of an EF 4 tornado There, while huddled in a bathtub in their Alabama home, mortality flashed before their eyes With the last of his computer battery, Hollars began recounting the experience, and would continue to do so in the following years, writing his way out of one disaster only to find himself caught up in another From tornadoes to drownings to nuclear catastrophes, he is forced to acknowledge the inexplicable, while attempting to overcome his greatest fear the impossibility of protecting his newborn son from the world s cruelties Hollars creates a constellation of grief, tapping into the rarely acknowledged intersection between fatherhood and fear, sacrifice and safety, and the humbling effect of losing control of our lives.


Recent Comments "This is Only a Test"

These essays on human fears through the eyes of the author are good and easy to relate to.

This Is Only A TestBy B.J. HollarsReviewed by Jay GilbertsonEau Claire English Professor (Garrison Keillor must love this man) B.J. Hollars has put together a collection of essays that will sizzle your brain, make you really fear those old refrigerators lurking in basements everywhere and wonder about stuff like tornadoes and nuclear bombs and ultrasounds. Yet honestly, it’s the story about Bobby Watson that has stuck with me. That I carry around in my head like a bee that won’t land, won’ [...]

The work of B.J. Hollars is new to me, and after reading this collection of essays, This is Only a Test, I wish I would have discovered his work sooner. Hollars starts off his collection with a personal narrative of surviving a F-4 tornado (along with his wife, his unborn child, and his dog). From there, he intertwines stories of disaster (drownings, nuclear meltdowns, etc) with personal stories. It's hard to capture stories of disaster without melodrama, but Hollars' work is both heartbreaking [...]

On 3/27/2011, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. B. J. Hollars, his P/G wife & the dog went through aEF-4 tornado.Their bizarre journey or I should say his takes off from there. 1 disaster after another. Bobby Watson (10) was off to summer camp. Never to go back home & return to his parents. I was born in 1950. In Mission, KS. Elementary school we had Cold War drills. In Overland Park, KS. Elementary school we had tornado drills. In Overland Park, KS. Junior High school, we would get discarded lumber [...]

Destruction, fears, death are everywhere. The author reflects on each of these through three sections while thinking about his new challenges as a father. It is a short and quick read. It is also a book that may be better taken in short bursts rather than reading in one go because the topics are emotionally draining.

3.5 starsThose are nicely written essays, with poetic touch. Author describes some of the catastrophic events he and his family or friends were part of. The essays show us human fear that we can relate to.

A full review should be posted online shortly! Condensed version: book utilizes quirky form to good function as the author meditates on ramifications of disaster. Recommended for: essay lovers and catastrophe junkies.


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