Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston
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“A tale so vivid, intricate, and intimate that it puts high-def TV to shame.”—Elle


Pam Houston’s latest takes us from one breathtaking precipice to the next as we unravel the story of Pam (a character not unlike the author), a fearless traveler aiming to leave her metaphorical baggage behind as she seeks a comfort zone in the air. With the help of a loyal cast of friends, body workers, and a new partner who inspires her to appreciate home, she finally finds something like ground under her feet.
 

About Pam Houston

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Pam Houston divides her time between her ranch in Colorado and the University of California at Davis, where she is director of the Creative Writing Program. She has been a frequent contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, and her writing appears regularly in More and other publications. She in the author of the best-selling Cowboys Are My Weakness.
 
Published February 6, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 317 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Houston’s second novel (Sight Hound, 2005, etc.) combines thinly disguised travel essays with a new age romance as her heroine travels the world with one lover, then more or less settles down for another.

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Pam Houston's new novel "Contents May Have Shifted" reads like a travelogue, with its central character searching for understanding across the globe.

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New York Journal of Books

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“Like our protagonist, we hope to soar to new heights, to conquer our fears, to land where we belong. In the process, we are gifted with a good read that some might argue could be quite a few pages shorter while still telling a fine and very funny story.”

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Book Reporter

Pam is driven by some internal restlessness and ecstasy she feels when traveling, so she’s willing to brave just about anything to go somewhere new (or old), usually with someone equally willing to go if not just for the sex to keep her as “the backup plan.” Pam smokes pot with a middle-aged frie...

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Christian Science Monitor

As any reader of the stories in her early-'90s collection, "Cowboys Are My Weakness," could tell you, Pam Houston was an early master of the art of rendering fiercely independent, brilliant women in love with the wrong men.

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Oregon Live

Pam Houston's worthy new book, "Contents May Have Shifted," is all about movement.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

As any reader of the stories in her early-'90s collection, Cowboys Are My Weakness, could tell you, Pam Houston was an early master of the art of rendering fiercely independent, brilliant women in love with the wrong men.

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Deseret News

Themed on airplane travel and relationships, "Contents May Have Shifted" reflect on the wanderlust and emotional self-discovery of fictional character Pam.

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Shelf Awareness

Autumn is being initiated into her new job with a splash: she will be at the ABA's Winter Institute next week in New Orleans, where she will meet many booksellers to talk about our new custom bookstore newsletter.

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As You Like It

An unimaginably long time ago, while I was taking a writing course, a professor gave me a short story by Pam Houston, and it was an instant case of opposites attracting.

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High Country News

Pam Houston writes somewhat like a modern-day Jane Austen, although rather than merely dance at the ball, Elizabeth Bennet gets to go backpacking with Mr. Darcy in the San Juans (or perhaps take a trip to Tunisia or Bhutan).

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stlMag.com

Fundamentally affirmative, Houston’s work places us on a peak between earth and sky, showing us how normal it is to both fall in love with, and feel nervous about, the eternally shifting nature of the self, and of the world.

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