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Thursday, May 29, 2014

scenes from the lives of my parents by Pattie McCarthy now available!




Sorry, this book is sold out. Free PDF coming soon. It is also included in full in BOUND: The First Array

scenes from the lives of my parents
Pattie McCarthy

December 2013
Limited-edition handmade chapbook
5.5 x 4.25 inches
28 pages
Full-color inkjet cover on 80lb cream stock
24lb natural white text interior 
Carmine red translucent flyleaves
Hand-sewn binding in natural twine


"when presented with the word puzzles
LO_AL & THR_ _T men were more
likely to complete the puzzles with neutral 
words like LOCAL & THROAT but women 
were more likely to choose LOYAL & THREAT. 
this breakthrough on the cryptographic 
systems was accomplished entirely through 
sweat-of-the-brow analysis without
the aid of any captured codebooks."

In twenty-one brief but concentrated pieces, scenes from the lives of my parents presents a fragmented narrative, a love story, a spy story, a compelling mystery for the codebreaking reader to crack. The cover design is a detail from the Voynich Manuscript, a “scientific or magical text in an unidentified language, in cipher,” carbon-dated to the 15th Century, with color botanical and astrological illustrations throughout.

scenes from the lives of my parents is the sixth chapbook in the 2012–2013 series from Bloof Books. Each chapbook in the series will be released in a limited edition of one hundred numbered copies, followed by a digital release. 

Pattie McCarthy’s most recent book is Marybones, published in December 2012 from Apogee Press. She is also the author of bk of (h)rs, Verso, and Table Alphabetical of Hard Words, all also from Apogee. Her chapbook L&O was published in 2011 by Little Red Leaves. Another book, Nulls, is forthcoming in 2014 from Horse Less Press. A 2011 Pew Fellow in the Arts, she teaches literature and creative writing at Temple University.

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