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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (May 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425713815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425713812
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,932,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Larry Nocella writes what he calls "high-impact fiction for a cinema-based generation." He also occasionally blogs about current events. Visit www.LarryNocella.com to learn more. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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It took me only 2 days to read this book!
J. Finch
It is a real page turner, and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.
frank s
This book shines a light on man's greed and the destruction of lives this greed causes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Written by Larry Nocella, the former editor-publisher of the award-winning magazine "Question Everything Challenge Everything", Where Did This Come From? is a novel embodying today's modern consumer dilemmas. Set in the fictional South American nation of Palagua, Where Did This Come From? features the struggle for survival among members of the Huapi tribe. When a major American manufacturer discovers a rare and beautiful crystal on the Huapi's sacred land, mining operations commence; as the popularity of so-called "Crystal Clay" increases, the Huapi and the jungle that supports them teeter on the brink of annihilation, all due to the insatiable demands of legions of buyers who never thought to ask "Where did this product come from?" Though the precise events in Where Did This Come From? are fictional, its overall message is all too real and directly relevant in today's market flooded with goods made by child labor, produced with ecologically destructive practices, or even used to directly finance murder and terror (such as "blood diamonds"). Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Finch on September 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mr. Nocella wrote with such description and passion, it was like I was there! It took me only 2 days to read this book! I recommend this book HIGHLY and I'm looking forward to reading future books from this outstanding author!! I have to say that although this book is a work fiction, it has a lot of non-fiction attributes. The Huapi villagers and their pride at keeping their culture and land alive from the US and their greedy, grubby hands, spoke in truth about a lot of what other cultures think of us today. I found this book to be thought provoking and wondered where things come from and what we had to do to get it. What little villages or people have "we" hurt or destroyed to get the blood money that lines "our" pockets? Again, this is an excellent book that I recommend highly. Whatever your reading genre is, you will surely enjoy this!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathie Jamison Cote on April 22, 2007
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Larry Nocella has really touched upon a most viable topic. "Where did this Come From?" We should question everything in our lives with this pertinent query from our foods to the products we purchase. "What kind of an effect is my purchase having on other people, or the creatures we share this planet with?" Larry's book takes the reader on a journey where innocent indigeneous people live in a small South American country and shows us the devastating realty of what greed creates. The story encompasses political unrest, the value of friendship, the struggle of loyalty, the consequence of acting irresponsibly and a beautiful love offered by a very special child. It's a fabulous book with a question we should all be asking ourselves. It's a great read.......Once I started, I couldn't put it down until I finished it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Guadagno on June 21, 2007
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WHERE DID THIS COME FROM? is an engrossing, well-written, fast-paced tale that interweaves several interesting storylines into one compelling tale of greed, wealth, poverty, child labor, the clash of different cultures and the bottom feeders of Corporate America. Brilliant! I will recommend it to everyone! KUDOS to Larry Nocella! Looking forward to his next masterpiece!
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Very compelling reading, and a story that needs to be told. I would call it just barely fiction because it's such a likely scenario, and certainly elements of this story are happening every day, right now. The main characters are well-developed, and the story keeps moving. As someone else mentioned, it would make a great movie: Nocella has a great sense for dialogue and action. Looking forward to more from this writer--he clearly has strong opinions as well as good narrative instincts!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By frank s on January 7, 2009
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I Highly recommend this book. It is a riveting story about the pitfalls of consumerism. It points out that what we buy and do impacts the world in ways we often can not imagine. It is a real page turner, and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. While it is fiction, it points out a lot of sad truths about our society, but remains entertaining throughout.
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Format: Kindle Edition
1) Full disclosure, I received a this novel, from the author, as a free audio book
2) This was the first time I've listened to an audio book
3) Some time elapsed between finishing the book and writing this review
With that out of the way...
If this book is any indication, which I suspect it is, then Larry Nocella is a very smart man. The way this novel captured human behavior on both a micro and macro scale is spot on. Perhaps even smarter than this, is the ongoing parallel between the cancer that consumes the character Billy, and the cancer of capitalism that consumes the society. Not necessarily that it's socialist, but the novel cleverly points out the dangers of a materialistic consumer society.

The only reason the book does not get five stars from me is that it was too predictable in terms of plot. You've probably read a story about how "white men" (whether that be European colonizers, or American imperialists) go into a foreign land and exploit the land and its people. That part of the story is somewhat trite, but although it cost it a star in my reckoning, it won't really affect your enjoyment of the story. Despite essentially knowing the overall path of the story, you'll enjoy both how well it is written in terms of style and in terms of intelligence, and you'll enjoy the journey itself. Some of the characters are relatively flat and static, but that's to be expected in an allegory such as this. What you'll want to read it for is the dynamic characters and the ever evolving, smoothly flowing, story line.

The book's strengths far outweigh it's weaknesses, and even if you don't find the novel "earth-shattering" or "ground breaking," I can guarantee that you will not regret reading this. A much needed novel in today's corporate controlled world.
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More About the Author

Larry Nocella statement:

I've always thought of myself as a frustrated movie director who found his success in writing. I enjoy films but found the process too slow and the medium a bit limiting. I've always believed a word is worth a thousand pictures. Say "parent" to people and inside their heads there will be as many images as there are people. Plus, writing is so much easier. If I want a fleet of ships in the sky, a few sentences and there they are. Each medium has its benefits and drawbacks, and I enjoy them all, but as far as what I want to do as an artist, prose is my home.

Biography:

The first article Larry Nocella sold was the first one he submitted. He was fourteen years old and had written a program for his Atari 800 computer to help him with high school Spanish. The now defunct magazine A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing printed the article and he's been writing ever since.

For six years he was the writer-editor-publisher of the creative writing magazine, Q.E.C.E. (Question Everything Challenge Everything.) Accepting submissions from writers and artists around the world, the magazine grew to be a respected member of the thriving zine community. Q.E.C.E. was awarded an honorable mention from the Writer's Digest Zine Publishing Awards.

Larry began branching into fiction by way of another zine, the unclassifiable quirky underground fiction-comic eXtreme Conformity. Each installment of this 4 x 11 inches bright yellow publication was written as a script for a half-hour comedy show, but laid out to read like a comic book. The stories were a blasphemous collision of South Park, The Simpsons, and everyday philosophy, following the adventures of aliens intent on taking over Earth, convinced the television was the ruler of the planet.

Continuing his push for a larger audience, Larry Nocella self-published his novella Where Did This Come From? now available on Amazon.com in paperback and eBook for the Amazon Kindle and other eBook readers. Where Did This Come From? fictionalizes the fact that those in the industrialized world have no idea where their possessions come from, and sometimes a seemingly innocent object can have a story of horror and death behind it, caused either by inhumane working conditions or damage to the Earth, or both.

In keeping with the environmental theme, Larry donates a portion of profits from the novel sufficient to offset the carbon released from its publishing process. Where Did This Come From? is the world's first CarbonFree(R) novel according to CarbonFund.org.

He also took a detour into blogging, writing ROFL: Random Outbursts From Lar! at www.LarryNocella.com.

His latest novel, Loser's Memorial, is ready for prime-time. Combining diverse influences such as the scrappy youthful protagonist of Russell Banks' Rule of the Bone with the anti-war message of Johnny Got His Gun, and mixing in the rebel souls of Clockwork Orange and Fight Club, the novel is his greatest writing achievement yet, following the stories of two young men, one from the USA and one from Morocco, caught in the profiteering from the war on terror.

He lives in the USA with his wife and assorted four-legged friends. You can read more of his writing at http://www.LarryNocella.com/.