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In tracing the outer geographic limits of Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey, Kassabova also explores the rich metaphorical meanings of “border,” starting with her sense of the region as a place where “miracles felt as inevitable as disasters.” Watching the crises of history meet those of the present as Cold War checkpoints are reactivated to handle the flood of Middle Eastern refugees, Kassabova looks back over centuries of expulsions and repatriations, a heritage she is part of. She grew up in Bulgaria and her family emigrated to New Zealand in 1992. Returning to find her roots in this place of uprootings, she says “opened some Pandora’s box in” her psyche, and her search for something deeper than landscapes and curiosities makes her book not just fine travel writing but a compelling personal odyssey, one full of stories in addition to her own. She talked to everyone—easy, perhaps, in villages with populations of seven to thirteen. She notes the stark poverty and lack of services, as well as the thriving folk-culture. People fear the evil eye, respect cursed tombs, see a mysterious ball of fire in the hills. What Kassabova is writing is really nonfiction magic realism—an intriguing crossroads of several literary borders.
 
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ISBN: 9781555977863
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

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With the looming devastation of our national treasure, the parks system, this book offers an understanding of their importance to our history and the sanity of our collective respect for the earth. In her reflective and calming voice, Williams offers her thoughts on the parks that have meant the most to her and the great loss from which we'll all be reeling if and when they are degraded. If you find yourself walking through or camping in a national park this summer, Williams will help you see yourself as a part of that landscape. Perhaps only when we again see ourselves as part of the landscape will we see these parks as sacred land worth saving.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374280093
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - May 31st, 2016

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ISBN: 9781250132147
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Published: Picador USA - July 3rd, 2017

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Ten years after Sylvia Beach had to close her legendary Paris bookshop, another American ex-patriate, George Whitman, opened Le Librairie Mistral in a tumble-down 16th-century building on the rue de la Bûcherie. When Beach passed away in 1964, he renamed his “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore” in her honor. Now run by his daughter and celebrating its 65th anniversary, the place has hosted tens of thousands of writers and, since these literary guests—aka Tumbleweeds—were welcome to stay indefinitely if they did a few hours of work for the store, read a book a day, and left a note, has almost as many stories to tell. Shakespeare and Company, Paris (DAP, $34.95) tells these stories decade by decade in rich collages of photos, poems, letters, and more. A book made for browsing, this volume recounts the store’s own life and times as well as inaugurating its new English-language publishing venture, headed by Krista Halverson. A former managing editor of Zoetrope: All-Story, Halverson guided the magazine’s art direction and worked with guest designers, experience she’s put to excellent use as editor of this sumptuous album of pictures and spirited anthology of testimonials left by writers ranging from James Baldwin to Ray Bradbury, Allen Ginsberg to A.M. Homes.

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By Krista Halverson (Editor), Jeannette Winterson (Foreword by), Sylvia Whitman (Afterword by)
$34.95
ISBN: 9791096101009
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Published: Shakespeare and Company Paris - September 27th, 2016

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