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              Hard to Be Good: Stories

              Hard to Be Good: Stories (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Barich, Bill

              In his first collection of short fiction, Bill Barich gives us cause to celebrate a prose stylist who can gracefully cross the boundaries of genre. As stated by Anne Tyler, Hard to Be Good is so large and complete that you tend to look up at the end and find yourself surprised th...at it's still the same day. Set in the American West, as are three other of the seven stories in this book, it is about the unselfconscious struggle for wholeness in a divided family. Its adolescent protagonist moves from innocence to experience in the course of a summer vacation with his mother and her third husband, and the result is satisfying, rather than harrowing. The attempt to make signification relationships cohere, to weather the transformation of innocence, informs all the stories in this book, and in Barich's worlds the outcome is often good--knowledge does not always lead to hopelessness. Highly disparate mothers covering on a couple in Idaho Falls ( Where the Mountains Are ) have much to teach and learn, a nineteen-year-old American studying in Florence accepts the surprising human complications of an outsider's great pensione adventure ( Caravaggio ) . . . and that's just a few of Barich's brilliant stories. Hard to Be Good is a book of real feeling, breadth, and narrative movement. As Frederick Exley wrote, Barich is a splendidly gifted writer.
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              ISBN 9781634505475
              Released NZ 27 Oct 2015
              Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
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              A Fine Place to Daydream: Racehorses, Romance, and the Irish

              A Fine Place to Daydream: Racehorses, Romance, and the Irish (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Barich, Bill

              Originally published in slightly different form by Collins Willow...London, 2005 --T.p. verso.

              ISBN 9781634505499
              Released NZ 27 Oct 2015
              Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
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              Carson Valley: A Novel

              Carson Valley: A Novel (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Barich, Bill

              From one of California's most celebrated writers comes a generous and deeply absorbing novel, as filled with warmth and the hope of second chances as the land it describes. Returning from New York to the vineyards of Northern California to be with her dying mother, Anna Torelli n...ever expects that the trip will change her life. But when she meets Arthur Atwater, he father's vineyard manager--a man as emotionally bruised and as fiercely independent as she is--Anna is pulled back into the rhythms of the growing season, into the radiant landscape of her childhood, and into a love affair that rouses her as nothing has before. Carson Valley is also home to Anna's aging father, Victor, the son of Italian immigrants who first planted the vineyard in the 1890s, and his foreman, Antonio Lopez, a Mexican immigrant whose marital troubles deepen when his cousin Omar Perez crosses the border illegally to work the vineyard harvest. Carson Valley is a masterful work of social realism--as insightful about modern love as it is about rural life in the grip of change.
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              ISBN 9781634505482
              Released NZ 27 Oct 2015
              Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
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              Traveling Light: A Year of Wandering, from California to England and Tuscany and Back Again

              Traveling Light: A Year of Wandering, from California to England and Tuscany and Back Again (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Barich, Bill

              Here is a travel book with a difference: ten chronological chapters from a year of wandering, from the Pacific Northwest to Tuscany and back again to the trout-laden streams of California.

              ISBN 9781629144238
              Released NZ 17 Feb 2015
              Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
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              Crazy for Rivers: Tales of Trout Fishing

              Crazy for Rivers: Tales of Trout Fishing (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Barich, Bill

              Originally published: New York: Lyons Press, 1999.

              ISBN 9781629144221
              Released NZ 17 Feb 2015
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              Big Dreams: Into the Heart of California

              Big Dreams: Into the Heart of California (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Barich, Bill

              The land of opportunity, a golden Eden, the last frontier. What is this place that has given rise to countless metaphors but can still quicken the imagination? For Bill Barich, the question became a quest when he realized that home was no longer New York, where he had grown up, b...ut California, to which he had been lured twenty years earlier. Now, in this account of his journey through California, he captures the true nature of the state behind the stereotypes. From the fogbound fishing towns of the North to the Mexican port of entry at San Ysidro, Barich describes an amazing diversity among people who have staked a claim to California's promise. He introduces us to a Native American hairdresser and the head priest of a Sikh temple; we meet loggers, bikers, an aging lifeguard, and the prison warden whose job is to keep Charles Manson behind bars. He follows the traces of John Muir, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walt Disney, and Ronald Reagan, and weighs the impact their dreams have had on the rest of us. The result is a book that captures all the promise, heartache, grandeur, and incongruity of California and its unabashed Big Dreams.
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              ISBN 9781634505505
              Released NZ 27 Oct 2015
              Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
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              A Fine Place to Daydream: A Classic Story of the National Hunt
               

              A Fine Place to Daydream: A Classic Story of the National Hunt (Paperback, New title)

              By Barich, Bill

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              The last thing Bill Barich expected when he left California for a holiday in London was to fall in love. Experience the sheer thrill and joy of national hunt racing as an American novelist follows a group of leading horses and their Irish trainers on their pilgrimage to the Chelt...enham Festival, in this book the Irish love of horse racing.
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              ISBN 9780007191819
              Released NZ 21 Apr 2006
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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              An Angle on the World: Dispatches and Diversions from the New Yorker and Beyond

              An Angle on the World: Dispatches and Diversions from the New Yorker and Beyond (Hardback)

              By Barich, Bill

              Spanning over thirty years of writing, Dispatches and Diversions is a wonderful collection of articles that cross the globe and introduce readers to many characters, introduced as only Bill Barich can. As said by Time magazine, Barich s touch is always artful and compassionate. B...roken up into two sections, Barich shares stories of the people, from those that have shaken him to the core, to others from a much lighter place. As he notes in his introduction, I ve spent much of my writing life indulging curiosity, throwing myself into situations and subcultures to gain an education and acquire my own angle on the world. The dispatches collected here arose from that desire. From the troubles in Northern Ireland and the homeless in San Francisco to the US-Mexico borders, Barich went to the people to find the real story. These are his dispatches. They all explore stories the press had ignored or covered in a desultory way, at least in my view. While doing his research for these pieces, Barich would speak with grocers, butchers, and even barbers to get his story, knowing that they would give him the truth, as opposed to those that would try to skew reality for someone writing for a magazine. Barich also shows the other side of things, as he speaks about diversions of a lighter fare. From meetings with Jerry Garcia and trips to Barbados and Culebra, readers will enjoy the work that has kept Barich busy for so many decades, and helped him become one of the most enjoyable writers of our time. Dispatches and Diversions is a terrific compilation from a brilliant writer that offers a raw sense of reality from the people who live it. No filter, no fluff, just the truth as Barich told it. They re real and genuine stories, and shown from a caring point of view that make this collection a definite can t-miss.
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              ISBN 9781510708334
              Released NZ 15 Nov 2016
              Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
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              Laughing in the Hills: A Season at the Racetrack

              Laughing in the Hills: A Season at the Racetrack (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Barich, Bill

              Bill Barich burst onto the literary scene more than twenty-five years ago with this remarkable account of racetrack life. Holed up in a cheap motel in Albany, California, only a few miles from Golden Gate Fields, he looked to the track to help him make sense of his life during a ...dark peiod of loss and challenge. With rare sensitivity, he captured the gritty world of the backstretch, and also its poetry, as few other writers have done. Laughing in the Hills, which was first serialized in the New Yorker, has become a classic of sporting literature and a must for anyone who loves horses and the world they create. It is a lovely, valuable book, introspective without being self-servingly so, affectionate but never saccharine in its evocation of racetrack life, witty and perceptive throughout. --Jonathan Yardley, Sports Illustrated
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              ISBN 9781634505512
              Released NZ 20 Oct 2015
              Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
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              The Sporting Life: Horses, Boxers, Rivers, and a Russian Ballclub

              The Sporting Life: Horses, Boxers, Rivers, and a Russian Ballclub (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Barich, Bill

              Bill Barich s widely praised work is at its peak in these intimate glimpses into the stories behind the stories, the real people behind the public facade of the athletic realm. In this collection, Barich takes readers behind the scenes of both participatory and spectator sports, ...whose wide variety include: Three different types of horse racing: down-and-dirty bush racing in Cajun country; an elegant steeplechase at Ascot, England; and a big-time Santa Anita thoroughbred heading for the Kentucky Derby.Two boxers from radically different ends of the spectrum: Pat Lawlor struggling to make it in San Francisco, and Mike Tyson battling his emotions.Two fly-fishing adventures on legendary California rivers.And a ride with the Moscow Red Devils, the world s strangest baseball club, as they barnstorm the United States with Soviet trinkets for sale, and with technical skills equal to that of a good American high school team. Every chapter shines with Barich s distinctive voice, one that skillfully pairs both passion and intelligence with an ample dose of humor. The result is the very best kind of sports writingfrom one of the most elegant prose stylists of our time.
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              ISBN 9781510706965
              Released NZ 19 Jul 2016
              Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
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