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Gargantuan creatures deserve a truly mammoth book. With amazingly huge, life-size pictures, plus 7 gigantic gatefolds, this spectacular guide will practically transport readers back to the time of the dinosaurs. It's astounding: for the first time, pictures convey the actual, awesome bulk and bigness of the large dinosaurs and present intricately detailed views of the smaller species, too. Just open up the three 8-page-long gatefolds and the four 6-page ones to see what these vanished creatures looked like close-up. Life-size illustrations virtually take you into the Tyrannosaurus Rex's drooling mouth, with its sharp teeth ready to rip up prey. Kids will love looking at the immense and thick skull of the bone-headed Pachycephalosaurus, with its bumps, ridges, and horns. The knife-like claws of the Therizinosaurus are so realistic you just might step back in fear. In addition to the breathtaking illustrations, there's plenty of fascinating background about the different dinosaur types, their shared world, their way of chatting and battling, and their fight for survival. And as an extra treat: take off the jacket, flip it over, and there's a big poster of a giant dinosaur on the reverse side.
When Morris Schutt, a prominent newspaper columnist, surveys his life over the past year, he sees disaster everywhere. His son has just been killed in Afghanistan, and his newspaper has put him on indefinite leave; his psychiatrist wife, Lucille, seems headed for the door; he is strongly attracted to Ursula, the wife of a dairy farmer from Minnesota; and his daughter appears to be having an affair with one of her professors.What is a thinking man to do but turn to Cicero and Plato and Socrates in search of the truth? Or better still, to call one of those discreet "dating services" in search of happiness? But happiness, as Morris discovers, is not that easy to find.David Bergen's most accomplished novel, The Matter with Morris is an unforgettable story with a vitality, charm, and intelligence all its own. Bergen proves once again that he is a rare and exceptional writer, dazzling us with his wit and touching us with his compassion.
This story is adapted from the 2010 Giller Prize nominated book The Matter with Morris. It originally appeared in the September 2010 edition of The Walrus magazine. "Morris Schutt, aged fifty-one, was a syndicated journalist, well liked and read by many, who wrote a weekly column in which he described the life of a fifty-one-year-old man who drove a Jaguar, was married to a psychiatrist, played pickup basketball, showed a fondness for Jewish novelists, suffered mildly from tinnitus, had sex once or twice a week depending on how much wine he and his wife drank, and who cared for his mother, a hypochondriac and a borderline narcoleptic. There was a son as well, who had just turned twenty and who coloured his mother's hair every six weeks. He was a gentle, slothful boy. He had tried university, disliked it, and dropped out. He played online poker. He smoked too much weed."
Bestselling novelist David Bergen follows his Scotiabank Giller Prize--winning The Time in Between with a haunting novel about the clash of generations -- and cultures.In 1973, outside of Kenora, Ontario, Raymond Seymour, an eighteen-year-old Ojibway boy, is taken by a local policeman to a remote island and left for dead. A year later, the Byrd family arrives in Kenora. They have come to stay at "the Retreat," a commune run by the self-styled guru Doctor Amos. The Doctor is an enigmatic man who spouts bewildering truisms, and who bathes naked every morning in the pond at the edge of the Retreat while young Everett Byrd watches from the bushes. Lizzy, the eldest of the Byrd children, cares for her younger brothers Fish and William, and longs for what she cannot find at the Retreat. When Lizzy meets Raymond, everything changes, and Lizzy comes to understand the real difference between Raymond's world and her own. A tragedy and a love story, the novel moves towards a conclusion that is both astonishing and heartbreaking.Set during the summer of the Ojibway occupation of Anicinabe Park in Kenora, The Retreat is a finely nuanced, deeply felt novel that tells the story of the complicated love between a white girl and a native boy, and of a family on the verge of splintering forever. It is also a story of the bond between two brothers who were separated in childhood, and whose lives and fates intertwine ten years later. A brilliant portrait of a time and a place, The Retreat confirms Bergen's reputation as one of the country's most gifted and compelling writers.From the Hardcover edition.
In search of love, absolution, or forgiveness, Charles Boatman leaves the Fraser Valley of British Columbia and returns mysteriously to Vietnam, the country where he fought twenty-nine years earlier as a young, reluctant soldier. But his new encounters seem irreconcilable with his memories. When he disappears, his daughter Ada, and her brother, Jon, travel to Vietnam, to the streets of Danang and beyond, to search for him. Their quest takes them into the heart of a country that is at once incomprehensible, impassive, and beautiful. Chasing her father's shadow for weeks, following slim leads, Ada feels increasingly hopeless. Yet while Jon slips into the urban nightlife to avoid what he most fears, Ada finds herself growing closer to her missing father -- and strong enough to forgive him and bear the heartbreaking truth of his long-kept secret. Bergen's marvellously drawn characters include Lieutenant Dat, the police officer who tries to seduce Ada by withholding information; the boy Yen, an orphan, who follows Ada and claims to be her guide; Jack Gouds, an American expatriate and self-styled missionary; his strong-willed and unhappy wife, Elaine, whose desperate encounters with Charles in the days before his disappearance will always haunt her; and Hoang Vu, the artist and philosopher who will teach Ada about the complexity of love and betrayal. We also come to learn about the reclusive author Dang Tho, whose famous wartime novel pulls at Charles in ways he can't explain. Moving between father and daughter, the present and the past,The Time in Betweenis a luminous, unforgettable novel about one family, two cultures, and a profound emotional journey in search of elusive answers. "Beautiful and timely...A sparse and moving meditation on the burden of war across generations. " -San Francisco Chronicle "Exquisite...With simple sentences, evocative images and subtle insights into elusive emotional states, the words don't merely tell a story; they become poetry. " -The Baltimore Sun "This is a book of searching.... Part war story...part expatriate novel, too, as ifA Farewell to ArmsandThe Sun Also Riseshad been rolled into one. " -Chicago Tribune "Brilliant...a literary triumph...As Kurt Vonnegut's memorable "Slaughterhouse-Five" did so brilliantly with the impact of World War II, Bergen's book lives and breathes the Vietnam experience. " -Deseret Morning News(Best Books of 2005) Best Books of 2005 -St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Intense...haunting...a profound meditation on human disconnection. " -Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Spellbinding. " -The Sunday Oklahoman "Bergen is a master of understatement. ...[his] elegantly crafted denouement is devastating and powerful, a testament to a writer who senses that some things-passion, violence-can be understood only by traveling outside one's comfort zone and traversing the far edges of reason. " -San Diego Union-Tribune "A beautifully composed, unflinching and harrowing story. Perhaps the best fiction yet to confront and comprehend the legacy of Vietnam. " -Kirkus Reviews(starred review) "Affecting...delicate...At the end of this lovely novel, it is Ada and her siblings who are left searching, and the reader along with them. " -The Wall Street Journal "The Vietnam War has been the inspiration for scores of novels,
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