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State of Mind Mapping Space Historical Space The Emergent State The Resilient State Transcending Space Towards an Ever Closer Union? Spatial Fragmentation Places in Networks Towards a New State of Mind

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Carol Shields's novels include Larry's Party (1997), winner of the 1998 Orange Prize; The Republic of Love (1992); Happenstance (1991) and Mary Swann (1990). Dressing Up for the Carnival, a bestselling collection of short stories, was published in 2000, and a previous collection, Various Miracles, was published in 1994. Born and brought up in Chicago, Carol Shields has lived in Canada since 1957. She was the Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg.


An aged woman discovers herself as she reflects upon her life, which spans much of the 20th century. (Apr.)

'Three leading Swedish social scientists - a geographer, a historian, and a political scientist - convincingly show that Europe's political-geographical organization into various territories and networks is not just incidental but absolutely vital to understanding its political-economic trajectory over the long term. Sensitive to how Europe has been studied as much as to their own reading of its geographical organization, the authors provide the single best account in English that I have seen of a Europe that is much more geographically complex than a singular focus on its division into national states often makes it seem. In providing a rich transdisciplinary perspective on Europe's complex geographical organization of state territories, city-based networks, regions, and supranational entities the authors succeed in throwing fresh light on the continent's political trajectory and suggesting the main directions it may take in this new century' - John A Agnew, University of California, Los Angeles

Behind Shields's Pulitzer Prize-winning best seller lies an unusual novel of great power. The story chronicles and celebrates the life of a fictional everywoman, Daisy Goodwill Plett, born in 1905 and living into the 1990s. Lack of chronology permits a third-person narrative to elevate incidents into historical events. For example, the fetus describes mother's world before its birth, traces father's family as he walks home, and more. We probe Daisy's psyche through her thoughts and those of elders, friends, spouses, children, and grandchildren, who leave and enter her life, which we experience from a dramatic birth to a chilling death. Alyssa Bresnahan's vibrant narration complements the author's skillful tribute to an ordinary life. This recording will enhance every collection.-James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y.

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