"If you stick a hatpin in at Boston and drive it through the center of the earth you come out very near the Bay of Islands. The first Europeans to go south of the equator expected to find a sort of looking-glass world, backwards but recognizable .... But even today there is something about the antipodes that makes one feel estranged, as if time had stopped or begun reversing, as if under a different heavens one were breathing a different air."

So begins Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, Boston native Christina Thompson's engaging new book, a mix of geography, sociology, history, and autobiography. Skillfully blending a memoir of her marriage to a Maori man with a history of the European-Maori relationship, she reflects on how cultural differences and misunderstandings have been reflected in both.

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