Contents May Have Shifted


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$14.95  $13.90
W. W. Norton & Company
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5.51 X 0.76 X 8.27 inches | 0.58 pounds
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About the Author

Pam Houston, the award-winning author of such titles as Contents May Have Shifted and Cowboys Are My Weakness, is Professor of English at UC Davis. She also directs the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers and teaches at writer's conferences around the country and the world.


If [Houston's] unlucky in love, she's certainly lucky in prose. She makes everyday accidental details of nature fly vividly off the page.--Alan Cheuse
Houston is a wonderful writer, and her graceful vignettes are by turns beautiful, slyly funny and heart-stopping.--Rebecca Barry
Houston builds her story out of 132 highly crafted vignettes identified by place names--gems in a constantly changing mosaic.--Jane Ciabattari
Houston is a consummate yarn spinner--smart, funny, and elegant--and her autobiographically tinged book is full of vignette realizations, beautiful scenery, and amazing adventures by a narrator you'd kill to have as a best friend.--Courtney Ferguson
A tale so vivid, intricate, and intimate that it puts high-def TV to shame: One moment, we're straddling lava flowing from a Hawaiian volcano; the next, we're watching thousands of glowworms light up a New Zealand cave...Peppered throughout is advice to live by, stuff worth scribbling down and posting on your inspiration board for when that dark cloud rolls in.--Natasha Clark
True to its title, each snippet harbors small dips and rises that add up to cumulative wisdom by book's end, and a satisfying arc of anecdote that makes a convincing whole.--Ben Fulton
Eat, Pray, Love meets Up in the Air in this engaging novel about a woman whose craving for adventure (and jerk of a boyfriend) sends her flying.
A driving kinetic energy...keeps the reader whirling as Pam turns an observant and critical eye on herself, her relationship, and her country...Houston is as adept a writer as she is an adventurer. And it's her writing with its startling images of the natural world that set this book apart from the rest.--Erika Recordon