Croation-American Josip Novakovich explores family, history, travel, and culture shock in his essay collection Shopping for a Better Country (Dzanc Books, $15.95). “. . . a keenly observed world of strangeness, melancholy, and cruelty.”--Los Angele Review of Books. Novakovich is the author of Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust;April Fool's Day; two story collections, Yolk and Salvation and Other Disasters; and a collection of narrative essays, Apricots from Chernobyl.