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              Joy: And 52 Other Very Short Stories
               

              Joy: And 52 Other Very Short Stories (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By McGraw, Erin

              • RRP: $34.99
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              • Pub Date
                1 Apr 20

              McGraw is wise and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, with a seventh sense for the perfect turn of phrase . . . This quintessential collection of stories serves as an homage to the form while showcasing McGraw's stunning talent and deep empathy for the idiosyncrasies, small joys,... and despairs of human nature. --Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review) Claire Messud described Erin McGraw's last collection of stories as at once laugh-out-loud funny and utterly serious, [exploring] life's profundity through its details. This is even more true with McGraw's new collection, Joy. In these very short stories, narrators step out of themselves to explain their lives to us, sometimes defensively, sometimes regretfully, other times deceitfully. Voices include those of the impulsive first-time murderer, the depressed pet sitter, the assistant of Patsy Cline, the anxiety-riddled new mother, the aged rock-and-roller, the girlfriend of your husband--human beings often (incredibly) unaware of the turning points staring them in the face. Crossing time, states, class, and religions, McGraw's stories are on the edge, causing you to wince even as you laugh. And McGraw will draw you to a deep need to read some sentences aloud--a sweet voice, a shrewd insight, some uneasy charm. How can stories this brief be so satisfying? . . . [McGraw] deals with the profound, the dire, the mundane, and the ridiculous, paying particular attention to relationships between parents and children, siblings, spouses, criminals, and their victims. While some stories are meant purely to amuse, many are intense and beautiful . . . Fifty-three gems that demonstrate all the things a short story can do. Wow. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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              ISBN 9781640093522
              Released NZ 1 Apr 2020
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              Imaginary Museums: Stories
               

              Imaginary Museums: Stories (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Polek, Nicolette

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              Twenty-six surreal miniatures about displacement, mystery, and transformation from an exquisite and original debut voice

              ISBN 9781593765866
              Released NZ 30 Jan 2020
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              Vera Violet: A Novel
               

              Vera Violet: A Novel (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Peterson, Melissa Anne

              • RRP: $36.50
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              Set against the backdrop of a decaying Pacific Northwest lumber town, Vera Violet is a debut that explores themes of poverty, violence, and environmental degradation as played out in the young lives of a group of close-knit friends. Melissa Anne Peterson's voice is powerful and p...oetic, her vision unflinching. Vera Violet recounts the dark story of a rough group of teenagers growing up in a twisted rural logging town. There are no jobs. There is no sense of safety. But there is a small group of loyal friends, a truck waiting with the engine running, a pair of boots covered in blood, and a hot 1911 with a pearl pistol grip. Vera Violet O'Neely's home is in the Pacific Northwest--not the glamorous scene of coffee bars and craft beers, but the hardscrabble region of busted pickups and broken dreams. Vera's mother has left, her father is unstable, and her brother is deeply troubled. Against this gritty background, Vera struggles to establish a life of her own, a life fortified by her friends and her hard-won love. But the relentless poverty coupled with the twin lures of crystal meth and easy money soon shatter fragile alliances. Her world violently torn apart, Vera is forced to leave everything behind and move to St. Louis, Missouri. She settles into a job at an inner-city school where she encounters the same disarray of community. And alone in her small apartment, Vera grieves. She thinks about her family and the love of her life, Jimmy James Blood. In this brilliant, explosive debut, Melissa Anne Peterson establishes herself as a fresh, raw voice, a writer to be reckoned with. Vera Violet is the most authentic and exciting debut I've read in a long time. At once gritty and jaw-droppingly lyrical, Peterson's voice is a clarion call for the downtrodden and disenchanted. Reading Vera Violet is nothing less than a visceral and stirring experience. --Jonathan Evison, author of Lawn Boy
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              ISBN 9781640092327
              Released NZ 20 Feb 2020
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              Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, A Journey on Foot to Rediscover the Golden State
               

              Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, A Journey on Foot to Rediscover the Golden State (Hardback)

              By Neely, Nick

              • RRP: $55.50
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              A definitive contribution to the literature of California, Alta California weaves nature and humanity, past and present, in surprising and serendipitous ways as author Nick Neely follows the 1769 Portol expedition 250 years later--on foot. In Alta California, Nick Neely chronicle...s his 550-mile trek on foot from San Diego to San Francisco, following the route of the first overland Spanish expedition into what was then called Alta California. Led by Gaspar de Portol in 1769, the expedition sketched a route that would become the famous El Camino Real. It laid the foundation for the Golden State we know today, a place that remains as mythical and captivating as any in the world. Neely grew up in California, but realized how little he knew about its history. So he set off to learn it bodily, with just a backpack, trekking through stretches of California both lonely and urban. For twelve weeks, following the journal of expedition missionary Father Juan Cresp , Neely kept pace with the ghost of the Portol expedition--nearly 250 years later. In a weave of natural and human history, Alta California relives his adventure, tells the story of Native cultures and the Spanish missions that soon devastated them, and explores the evolution of California and its landscape. The result is a collage of past and present, of lyricism and pedestrian serendipity, and of the biggest issues facing California today--water, agriculture, oil and gas, immigration, and development--all of it one step at a time.
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              ISBN 9781640091658
              Released NZ 21 Nov 2019
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              The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry
                

              The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry (EPUB ebook)

              By Berry, Wendell; Edited by Wirzba, Norman

              The Art of the Commonplace gathers twenty-one essays by Wendell Berry that offer an agrarian alternative to our dominant urban culture. These essays promote a clearly defined and compelling vision important to all people dissatisfied with the stress, anxiety, disease, and destruc...tiveness of contemporary American culture. Why is agriculture becoming culturally irrelevant, and at what cost? What are the forces of social disintegration and how might they be reversed? How might men and women live together in ways that benefit both? And, how does the corporate takeover of social institutions and economic practices contribute to the destruction of human and natural environments? Through his staunch support of local economies, his defense of farming communities, and his call for family integrity, Berry emerges as the champion of responsibilities and priorities that serve the health, vitality, and happiness of the whole community of creation.
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              ISBN 9781582439242
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              Released NZ 1 Jun 2018
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              What Would Bill Hicks Say?

              What Would Bill Hicks Say? (Trade Paperback / Paperback, illustrated edition)

              Edited by Mack, Ben; Pulkkinen, Kristin

              • RRP: $27.99
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              Bill Hicks spent most of his short life making audiences roar with biting social satire about everything from former president George Bush to rock stars who hawk diet Coke. In 250 words or less, and in a picture or text, writers, comedians, musicians and cartoonists answer the qu...estion: If Bill Hicks were alive today, what would Bill Hicks say?
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              ISBN 9781933368016
              Released NZ 15 Mar 2006
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              Browser's Ecstasy
               

              Browser's Ecstasy (Paperback)

              By O'Brien, Geoffrey

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              A prose poem about reading, this is a playful, epigrammatic nocturne upon the dream-state one falls into when lost in a book, and the uncanny, trance-like pleasure of making silent marks on paper utter sounds inside one's head.

              ISBN 9781582432458
              Released NZ 14 Mar 2003
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              Doublestitch
               

              Doublestitch (Hardback)

              By Gardiner, John Rolfe

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              This novel is based on a true story of orphaned identical twins. After arriving at an Orphanage in 1926, the twins plan on getting as far away as they can. The world that awaits them on their release, however, proves infinitely more complex - and dangerous - than any of their ima...ginings.
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              ISBN 9781582432311
              Released NZ 25 Sep 2003
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              The Sierra Club Guide to the Natural Areas of California

              The Sierra Club Guide to the Natural Areas of California (Trade Paperback / Paperback, illustrated edition)

              By Perry, John; Perry, Jane Greverus

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              Gives descriptions and information about wildlife, plants, and facilities for more than two hundred areas suitable for hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, skiing, and other recreational activities.

              ISBN 9780871563330
              Released NZ 1 Aug 1983
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              Far
               

              Far (Hardback, Brief ed.)

              By Lancelotta, Victoria

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              Reluctant to take on the traditional female roles of marriage and motherhood, thirtysomething Martha escapes from her Baltimore home and family to take a new job in the small-town South, only to discover that she has alienated herself from her Italian-American family and communit...y.
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              ISBN 9781582431147
              Released NZ 14 Aug 2003
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