The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America by Julian Montague

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At last, a comprehensive taxonomy of our ubiquitous yet overlooked urban companion: the stray shopping cart. Amateur spotters will find a helpful primer to the various categories and types, from Bus Stop Discards to Transient Imposters. Seasoned parking lot habitués will appreciate the poignancy of the gathered photos and Montague's reflections on our changing urban environment. This offbeat cultural study is perfect for those who have everything—including boundless curiosity.


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ISBN: 9780226829104
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 30th, 2023

Desert Oracle by Ken Layne

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From Amboy to Zyzzyx, Layne beckons us to the strange wilderness of Joshua Tree and its environs—and warns us of the fate that can befall unprepared pilgrims to his harsh desert home. Within this volume you'll find glimpses of the paranormal, descriptions of vast natural beauty, and tales of the eclectic denizens of the Mojave over the centuries. Part field guide, part lure, Desert Oracle is like stepping out of the beating sun into the cool of a roadside bar where you might meet a stranger--and they might have a story to tell you.

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ISBN: 9781250800350
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Published: Picador - December 7th, 2021

Uranians by Theodore McCombs

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Each story in McCombs's debut collection brings a clever and unique perspective to queer and trans futurity, allowing us to imagine the ways that technology and the expansion of frontiers both literal and figurative might ease or complicate queer existence. The eponymous novella in particular—named after the Victorian idea of an intermediate sex between male and female—showcases the author's gorgeous prose and command of interweaving narratives.

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ISBN: 9781662601941
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Published: Astra House - May 30th, 2023