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Little labours

Author: Rivka Galchen
Publisher: London : 4th Estate, 2017. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A droll and dazzling compendium of observations, stories, lists, and brief essays about babies. 'Beguiling ... A wunderkabinett of baby-related curios ... A peculiar book, and astonishing in its effect.' Boston Globe One August day, a baby was born, or as it seemed to Rivka Galchen, a puma moved into her apartment. Her arrival felt supernatural, she seemed to come from another world. And suddenly, the world seemed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literary collections
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 9780008225186 0008225184
OCLC Number: 1000488541
Description: 130 pages ; 19 cm
Responsibility: Rivka Galchen.

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AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR A droll and dazzling compendium of observations, stories, lists, and brief essays about babies. `Beguiling ... A wunderkabinett of  Read more...

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`Little Labours triumphantly breaks the silent embargo, demonstrating how these little `bundles of joy' can transcend cloying cliche to spark fantastic flights of the imagination and critical Read more...

 
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