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Winton’s fiction has always featured some of the sharpest nature writing around, and in this collection of autobiographical essays, he goes at it full throttle. Proud and humbled to hail  from “the world’s largest island, “ Winton celebrates Australia’s dazzling biodiversity, its often unsettling scale, and shows how these have shaped his life and work. He takes us by car, plane, and on foot through a variety of landscapes—Perth, Cape Range, Waychinicup—and shows us some of the world’s last remaining wild spots. And also, alas, many places ruined by the “colonialist mindset” of economic exploitation, which turned what Europeans perceived as “wastelands” into the real thing. For Winton, an environmental activist as well as a writer, this memoir is also a manifesto and a call to action; he honors the heroic Indigenous people who have never wavered in their dedication to the land’s intrinsic value, and he discusses the long fight to protect the Great Barrier Reef—at one point slated to become a limestone quarry—and hopes the day will come when Australia no longer has the world’s highest rate of mammal extinction.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781571311245
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 9th, 2017

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“How does one deliver an honest eulogy?” Alexie asks. And “how does one commemorate / the ordinary?” The answer is to remember, confess, pray, rant, and ask more questions. Alexie does all these and more in this powerful, poignant memoir of his mother, a woman so complex she’s “an entire tribe of contradictions.” Did she love him? Did he love her? He answers yes, but worries the questions through stories that are by turns angry, funny, and raw, and through a dazzling range of poems that include everything from ballads to rhymed couplets to a tour-de- force sequence of 52 haiku, each as perfect as the squares in the quilts his mother sewed to support the family. While his father steadily drank himself to death, Alexie’s mother was a recovering alcoholic who kept her family alive, if sometimes hungry, in an unfinished HUD house on the Spokane Indian Reservation. She was honored by her tribe for her strength and generosity, yet she was often cruel to her children. With this jarring inconsistency at the heart of his brave, compassionate book, Alexie traces a lineage of violence so powerful it causes victims to become perpetrators.
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316270755
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 13th, 2017

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Meloy has always been a tremendous storyteller, and in this fast-paced novel she uses an almost relentless plotting to dramatize complicated questions of chance, merit, and control. The story centers on three families taking a Central American cruise. In an escalating chain of events, none worrying in and of itself, six children disappear. Is it the adults’ fault, for not paying attention? Have they “failed as parents”? Following both the search and the children’s experience, Meloy shows how each decision or impulse leads to the next, all taking the children farther from rescue, though that’s not always how it seems. As the consequences of so many actions mount up, it becomes harder to judge the wisdom or foolishness of any of them. Second-guessing gets the characters nowhere, nor does blame or criticism. At the same time, this isn’t quite a random universe: if not all ends happily for every parent, the worst of the bad guys does pay with his life. But Meloy never uses her characters simply as philosophical pawns. She brings each to vivid life with just a few deft touches, and we know them intimately, voices, temperaments, and flaws. Finally, by giving us the story from the full range of its participants, Meloy shows us the privileged Californians from perspectives other than their own, and we can place instances of casual privilege—a spoiled kid disdaining a bruised banana—along the continuum that let Americans helicopter out of Vietnam, “leaving chaos behind them.”
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780735216525
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 6th, 2017

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