Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush - Geoff Dyer

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Geoff Dyer applied to be a writer in residence on board an American aircraft carrier in 2011, his carrier of destination the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush stationed off the coast of Bahrain. In two weeks on the carrier, Dyer interviews the occupants, observes daily life on board and muses on the unique qualities of the American military and indeed the American way of life, which Dyer reflects on with delight and a kind of humorous appreciation, (see: "there was something  very American about this ability to dwell constantly in the realm of the improvable superlative"). This is a witty, insightful and sometimes quite beautifully observed journey to a strange, industrial, military landscape.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780804170208
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2015

The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes - Frank Bures

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It says it right there on the cover: “penis thievery.” It might sound ridiculous, and it might sound frivolous, but no, this can be life or death. Frank Bures goes continent to continent to figure out what experiencing such a condition could mean. Its incomprehensibility thrusts him back upon himself and his own culture’s quirky handicaps, not the least of which are his own insecurities about writing. Ultimately a book whose subject tempts you to gawk is about approaching even the most anachronistic psychological beliefs with good faith, which I found a gently enlightening perspective.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781612195568
Availability: Backordered
Published: Melville House - April 18th, 2017

Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir - Jean McNeil

McNeil starts her achingly beautiful memoir of Antarctica with a glossary. But for all the definitions of frazile ice, sastrugi, and katabatic winds, the bottom of the world remains unfathomably otherworldly. By turns enchanting and terrifying, the Antarctic is “a utopia, an apocryphal vision, a conundrum. A hoax.” McNeil spent a summer there with the British Antarctic Survey, the only writer (and one of the few women) among the scientists. The closed community, extreme cold, and loss of time itself, with no sunsets to mark days from nights, pushed her to question everything she believed. It also ignited language as haunting as the aurora australis itself.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781770413184
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Published: ECW Press - March 1st, 2016

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