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Contents May Have Shifted

A Novel
Houston, Pam (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Stuck in a dead-end relationship, this fearless narrator leaves her metaphorical baggage behind and finds a comfort zone in the air, "feeling safest with one plane ticket in her hand and another in her underwear drawer." She flies around the world, finding reasons to love life in dozens of far-flung places from Alaska to Bhutan. Along the way she weathers unplanned losses of altitude, air pressure, and landing gear. With the help of a squad of loyal, funny, wise friends and massage therapists, she learns to sort truth from self-deception, self-involvement from self-possession.At last, having found a new partner "who loves Don DeLillo and the NHL" and a daughter "who needs you to teach her to dive and to laugh at herself"--not to mention two dogs and two horses--"staying home becomes more of an option. Maybe."
Authors: Houston, Pam
Title: Contents may have shifted
a novel
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 0393082652
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hou
Statement of Responsibility: Pam Houston
Subject Headings: Self-acceptance Fiction Travel Fiction Life change events Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Self-acceptance
Travel
Life change events
LCCN: 2011042403
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Feb 19, 2013
  • GooF620 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was a good book, but as others have commented it is a bit difficult to grasp. I kept waiting for the point where it all came together, but it didn't. The short stories are all interesting and entertaining, but there was not that point where it all made sense where it was leading. I finally just decided I would skip ahead to the end of the book. I knew what happened, but still didn't really care.

Dec 16, 2012
  • bonananda rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Serious contender for worst book ever written.

Sep 03, 2012
  • nchuppa rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Worst book ever!

Jun 29, 2012
  • Rowergirl25 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm having a hard time rating this book. It is amazingly beautifully written. It's lyrical. The format was a bit hard to approach and get into. It skips around in time and place and is told in very short stories/vignettes. The author, Houston, demands that the reader come to her level, which I really liked. She does not spoon feed the characters or their context in the story to you. You have to pay attention to figure out who the people are and who they are to the narrator, and it's not easy to do. It's not a book that you can casually read, you have to sit down and pay attention, the writing will make you want to.

That all being said, I got a little worn down by the narrator. I got to the point where I didn't really care what her issues were. That's the reason why I couldn't go all the way to five stars

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