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Tom Bissell
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Tom Bissell (Xbox Live gamertag: T C Bissell; PlayStation Network gamertag: TCBissell) is the author of Chasing the Sea, God Lives in St. Petersburg, and The Father of All Things. A recipient of the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Bay de Noc Community College Alumnus of the Year Award, he teaches fiction writing at Portland State University and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Chasing the Sea
Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $18.00

In 1960, the Aral Sea was the size of Lake Michigan: a huge body of water in the deserts of Central Asia. By 1996, when Tom Bissell arrived in Uzbekistan as a naïve Peace Corps volunteer, disastrous Soviet irrigation policies had shrunk the sea to a third its size. Bissell lasted... Read more >
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Chasing the Sea
Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

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Extra Lives
Why Video Games Matter
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $15.95

Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of thirty-four. He is also an obsessive gamer who has spent untold hours in front of his various video game consoles, playing titles such as Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead, BioShock, and Oblivion for, literally... Read more >
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Extra Lives
Why Video Games Matter
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Father of All Things
A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2009
Price: $11.99

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The Father of All Things
A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $14.95

In April 1975, as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army, John Bissell, a former Marine officer living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, was glued to his television. Struggling to save his marriage, raise his sons, and live with his memories of the war in Vietnam, Bissell found himself racked... Read more >
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God Lives in St. Petersburg
Short Stories
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Price: $16.00

Here are six fictional stories about Americans colliding with a remote and often perilous part of the world:

Two journalists, stranded in wartime Afghanistan, are taken in by a warlord who becomes the arbiter of their fates.

A female scientist investigating the Aral Sea disaster is drawn into a trap by a former... Read more >
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God Lives in St. Petersburg
Short Stories
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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