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  • YEAR OF THE MONKEY
    YEAR OF THE MONKEY
    SMITH PATTI
    ISBN: 9781526614759
    Title: YEAR OF THE MONKEY
    Author: SMITH PATTI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.

    Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland, with no design yet heeding signs, including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger's words, "Anything is possible- after all, it's the year of the monkey." For Patti Smith - inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre- with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.
    Smith melds the Western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from Southern California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places - this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment. But as Patti Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader- her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope of a better world.
    Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith's signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • YOURE A BAD MAN MR GUM   #1
    YOURE A BAD MAN MR GUM #1
    STANTON ANDY
    ISBN: 9781405293693
    Title: YOURE A BAD MAN MR GUM #1
    Author: STANTON ANDY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Completely hilarious . . . kind of The League of Gentlemen for kids' Zoe Ball

    Shabba me whiskers! It's a bold new look for Mr Gum, the best-selling cult classic, ready for a new generation of nibbleheads. ‘It’s time for action,’ said Mr Gum to nobody in particular. ‘Nasty action.’ Good evening. Mr Gum is a complete horror who hates children, animals, fun and corn on the cob. This book’s all about him. And an angry fairy who lives in his bathtub. And Jake the dog, and a little girl called Polly. And there’s heroes and sweets and adventures and EVERYTHING.

    You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! is the first book in the internationally best-selling series by Andy Stanton, which has sold over 3.6 million copies in the UK, has been translated into 34 languages and won everything from the Blue Peter Book Award (twice) to the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Red House Children’s Book Award.

    Imprint: Egmont Books
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
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