Contents May Have Shifted

By Pam Houston
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393082654, 306pp.)

Publication Date: February 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2012 Indie Next List
“Houston's Cowboys Are My Weakness was the book that sent all of us gals out West, and kept us here. In her new novel - a thinly disguised narrative featuring a central character named Pam -- Houston showcases her wiser, more mature voice as she drops the reader into locales as far-flung as Alaska, Bhutan, Northern California, and Durango, Colorado. The prose is read-aloud gorgeous. Each mini-chapter reads almost like a Zen koan, inviting us to ponder its significance in this beautiful testament to the way good friends and the incomparable perspective of travel can help us find home and family.”
-- Libby Cowels, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO


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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. "



NPR
Monday, Feb 13, 2012

Pam Houston's new novel "Contents May Have Shifted" reads like a travelogue, with its central character searching for understanding across the globe. It's worth traveling along with according to reviewer Alan Cheuse, a writing professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. More at NPR.org

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