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Shopping for a Better Country

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A collection of narrative essays on family, history, and travel from Croation American Josip Novakovich, a Whiting Writers' Award winner and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Having fled his homeland of Yugoslavia, leaving behind kin and community, the author here captures significant portraits of what is lost, what is remembered, and what remains. Within those moments...more
ebook, 220 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Dzanc Books
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The essays in this book are masterful in their approachability. The casual, seemingly effortless style gives the sometimes serious subjects in the book a levity that heightens their relatability to the reader: the narrator's voice is youthful and full of vitality, and this voice links the essays together even though some were written many years apart.

The essays range from discussions about dying parents and parenting children, travelogues through changing geo-political regions, and examinations...more
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Josip Novakovich (Croatian: Novaković) is a Croatian-American writer. His grandparents had immigrated from the Croatia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Cleveland, Ohio, and, after the First World War, his grandfather returned to what had become Yugoslavia. Josip Novakovich was born (in 1956) and grew up in the Central Croatian town of Daruvar, studied medicine in the northern Serbian...more
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