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By John Williams, Michelle Latiolais (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171981
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 16th, 2007

Overshadowed by Stoner, perhaps, but not for lack of perfect passages. Have I read anything more gorgeous than Williams's description of open fire bullet casting? It's doubtful.

-Will


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The Sellout: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador - March 1st, 2016

Harkens back to Dave Chappelle at his most incisive and Thomas Pynchon at his most stoned.

-Will


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Hocus Pocus Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780425130216
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Published: Berkley - November 1st, 1991

For the duration of reading this book, you will be less ashamed to be human.

-Sarah McNally


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Play It As It Lays: A Novel (FSG Classics) Cover Image
By Joan Didion, David Thomson (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374529949
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 15th, 2005

Perfect for a drive from LA, to LA or through LA.

-Sandeep


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By Renata Adler, Guy Trebay (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590176139
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Published: NYRB Classics - March 19th, 2013

Perhaps the perfect New York novel.

-Sam


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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735220171
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

One of the most unique, funnest novels I read this past year. The world Marlon James builds in this book is unlike anything you've ever read before, and he populates it with the most wonderfully idiosyncratic characters in a gender-bending, myth-making, madcap adventure story set in a fantastical African kingdom of yesteryear. Funny, fascinating, sexy (yes, he writes great sex scenes!), and riveting, I guarantee you'll have a great time with this one-of-a-kind book. And best of all, it's only the first in a series, and there should be at least two more to come!

-Jacob R.


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The New Me Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143133605
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

This book spills acid on the temp-to-hire career path, the transactional way we view friendships, the fool's gold that is self-improvement. As a spoiled, directionless thirty-something weathers a brutal Chicago winter, we are given unlimited, unfiltered access into her furious, bitterly funny thoughts, her downward spiral, and her efforts to transform into her perfect self. It's been called the book for the "burnout generation." Read it and cringe; you won't be able to stop.

-Nora


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Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374538583
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Published: FSG Originals - November 19th, 2019

So good - fierce and fiery, fueled by rage, by sympathy, by sadness travelling across centuries -- it'll make you want to be turned into a tree in order to be pulped to print more copies of Wake, Siren. (Also: it's by my sister.)

-Sam


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Bad Behavior: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781439148877
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 21st, 2009

I read this book all in one day, locked inside during a blizzard. And this is the kind of book you want to be locked in with, blizzard or no. The stories in Bad Behavior are vivid and raw and engrossing. They're also filled with sex. Sex, and sadomasochism, addiction, bad relationships, bad jobs, bad New York apartments. The world of Gaitskill's stories is fraught and fumbling, emotionally complicated, often cruel. She maps a world of rupture and disconnection with breathtaking authority - her language is flawless, and her gaze is ruthless.

-Madeleine


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By Eve Babitz, Holly Brubach (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590178904
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 6th, 2015

Babitz's Los Angeles is all bouganvillea and ocean and earthquake. It's glamour and dread. Filled with stories about tattooed high school bad girls, the corner of Hollywood and Vine, hookers on the streetcorner, the best taquitos in LA and wasted rockstars at the Cheateu Marmont, this book is like being in the company of your most dramatic, clever and entertaining friend. The most fun you can have with a book without feeling dirty and corrupted by the final page.

-Madeleine


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Juliet the Maniac: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781612197593
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Published: Melville House - May 7th, 2019

One of the best, most unsentimental and clear-eyed books I've read about young women and mental illness and the sadness of Southern California, this incredible piece of autofiction should be up there with Sylvia Plath, Joan Didion, and Janet Frame in the pantheon of Portraits of Troubled Women. Juliet the Maniac affected me so much I could not, and still cannot, fully articulate how much it meant to me.

-Madeleine


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$16.95
ISBN: 9781937658694
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Published: Nightboat Books - January 10th, 2017

Here is my basic pitch: MacArthur Park reads as though Ben Lerner, Wayne Koestenbaum and Chris Kraus got together to co-write an essay-novel about the weather, whilst encompassing the art-world, cults, sex, contemporary New York, and the end of the world. But I am aware that that is such a poor description of how wonderful, how important, this book feels. I started reading MacArthur Park at the the same time as two other people in this store, and we spent the next week greeting one another with the words ‘oh my God!’ accompanied by occasional hand-clapping, and jumping, and goldfish-mouthed astonishment. It is truly, truly remarkable. So I leave you with my original sentiment. Oh my God.

-Madeleine


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Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury Cover Image
By Sigrid Nunez, Peter Cameron (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781593765828
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Published: Soft Skull Press - August 6th, 2019

In the late 1930s, Virginia and Leonard Woolf owned a pet marmoset named Mitz. This novel is about that marmoset, its involvement in the lives of the Woolfs, and the endlessly fascinating ways that the human and the animal intersect and affect one another. A very deliberate homage to Flush, the novel-cum-biography Virginia Woolf wrote about Elizabeth Barrett Browning's dog in the 1930s while she owned Mitz, Sigrid Nunez has here created a delightful book, completely riveting, and wholly, unsentimentally sad.

-Madeleine


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By Evan S. Connell, James Salter (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781582435688
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 5th, 2010

Despite the fact that the publishers have given this book a terribly midleading cover designed to scream Here Is A Lady Book for Ladies, they are way off. They're off because here in Mrs Bridge you will find something like the meeting point of Jenny Offill, William Gass and Richard Yates, a nearly plotless masterpiece of the American domestic. Short vignettes detail the day-to-day of Mrs Bridge, a 1930's housewife in Kansas City, who lives a life both small and profound. It is funny, moving, and compulsively readable, despite the godawful cover.

-Madeleine


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The End of the Story: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312423711
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Published: Picador - July 1st, 2004

For anyone who has ever been in love and found it next to impossible to organize their thoughts in the aftermath, for anyone who cannot tell the story in order because it never had an order in the first place, who can’t identify the beginning or the end, or untangle what went wrong, for anybody in love who cannot calm down.

-Madeleine


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By James Alan McPherson, Edward P. Jones (Introduction by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062909732
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Published: Ecco - July 2nd, 2019

Here are ten stories about the downtrodden, those unseen who fall in-between the cracks of society, written with a tenderness and mercy that can only be given by someone who themselves has been one of those people and has known their company. McPherson's debut short story collection is filled with prose as crisp, clean, and comforting as a fresh apple, with a pathos for those who are destroyed and discriminated against by the world, not explicitly but by a thousand societal paper cuts. Classic and timeless in the best sense of both of those words.

-David


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The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

Here is a book about trees: their root systems, their destruction, and our absolute unimportance in the face of their ancientness. The Overstory - Richard Powers' magnum opus - is a tangled epic, spanning a century of poorly-lived life in America, proof that the best writing you're likely to read in this era of immanent environmental apocalypse is going to be about, say, trees. Since I finished The Overstory I have looked at the world in an entirely different way, and I can't remember the last time a book has done that to me.

-Madeleine


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What Belongs to You: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250117892
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Published: Picador - December 20th, 2016

One of the best books I’ve read about desire, and how they are shaped by our culture and comlicated pasts. Imagine a twenty-first century Giovanni’s Room, written with all the meditative, non-linear thoughtfulness of Javier Marias and W.G. Sebald.

-Madeleine


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A Sport and a Pastime: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics) Cover Image
By James Salter, Reynolds Price (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374530501
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 22nd, 2006

For luminous, masterful, unabashedly beautiful writing, behold James Salter. I read this book, and then I read it again. And again. And again. Each time it yielded something new—to quote the novel, “like memorizing the reflections of a diamond. The slightest movement and an entirely new brilliance appears.” The premise is simple: a handsome young American and his girlfriend drive around provincial France and make love. But no one writes sex like Salter—it’s primordial and transcendent and awkward and gorgeous and scary and sad. Think Hemingway with a heart.

-Maddie


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The Seas Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793569
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Published: Tin House Books - July 16th, 2019

The Seas is about a girl who believes she's a mermaid, wo lives in a town so far north the highway only goes south. She's in love with a returned soldier who won't touch her. She's afraid she might have to kill him. A book full of oceans and baths, drinking and drowning, water in all its forms - and a love story, unabashedly - The Seas is a gorgeous fever-dream of a novel which I read straight through over one sleepless night.

-Madeleine


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The Idiot: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143111061
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Published: Penguin Books - February 13th, 2018

Don't judge The Idiot on its plot. A bookish teen starts at Harvard in 1995, develops a crush, goes to teach English abroad, and stumbles her way through introductory Russian and the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. These are ostensibly the ingredients of a lesser novel. But they are transformed by the quality of Batuman's writing: her lol-funny dialogue, her uncanny observations (a public toilet emits a "death roar," "just biting" into a croissant "made you feel cared for"), and most of all her infectious and wise affection for all her imperfect characters. The Russian whom Batuman most recalls isn't Dostoevsky (of her title) but the much funnier, wilier Babel.

-Maddie


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Passing Cover Image
By Nella Larsen, Emily Bernard (Introduction by), Thadious M. Davis (Notes by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780142437278
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 4th, 2003

Passing is the unforgettable tale of friendship and obsession between two women set in 1920s Harlem. When Irene Redfield encounters her childhood friend Clare Kendry after many years, both are passing at a whites-only restaurant. But while Irene lives comfortably with her family in a thriving black community, the performance for Clare can never end---she is married to a wealthy, racist white man who is unaware of her African American identity. In a world of fixed boundaries, Nella Larsen boldly refuses conventional narratives around race, gender, sexuality and desire in this provocative psychological thriller that has become a modern classic.

-Madelaine L.


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Another Country (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679744719
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

My favorite Baldwin and one of the only New York novels that so well captures the simultaneous muchness of The City through vibrant, compelling characters. They live uptown and downtown and in every borough. They are out late until it's early and then they are out early. They hustle and halt and fail and fuck it all. They surprise themselves and the reader, are tender, are angry, are knit together through the end and so on and on. These characters will never leave you.

-Landon


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Black Wave Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781558619395
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Published: Amethyst Editions - September 13th, 2016

It's 1999 in San Francisco and the apocalypse looms. There are roaches everywhere and it's never been so hot. Enter Michelle: punk, lesbian, writer and bookseller who is just beginning to think she has a substance abuse problem. When we meet her she's doing crack with a convict. When we leave her the world is on fire. For anyone trapped in a cycle or city who worries moving to LA would be the end of the world.

-Landon


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Chelsea Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062394668
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Published: Ecco - September 29th, 2015

If you wished Just Kids was gayer.

-Landon


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Dancer from the Dance: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060937065
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 18th, 2001


A perfect summer read. Full of lust and heat, flush with beauty and desire, Dancer From the Dance includes some of the best sentences ever written about gay nightlife, Fire Island, camp humor, and cruising. If nothing else, do it for the disco.

-Landon


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Cleanness Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374124588
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 14th, 2020

Thoughtful, sexy, trance-like, Cleanness is heart-stoppingly good. Flitting between different chapters describing the autofictional experience of a gay English teacher living in early-millenium Bulgaria. Garth Greenwell has here written some kind of masterpiece. Some of the most gorgeous writing about the far-reaches of desire and the beautiful brutality of sex are written herein. For those who long for thoughtful books about feeling, who long for a philosophy of sexual abjection, Cleanness is the heaven-sent holy book for you to hold close to your loins and heart.

-Madeleine


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So Long, See You Tomorrow (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679767206
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 1996

Adultery, murder, childhood, and regret all written so well I've begun confusing the narrator's memories for my own. A To Kill A Mockingbird for the Great Lakes region. It's that good.

-Landon


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The Future Won't Be Long: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735222502
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Published: Penguin Books - September 4th, 2018

Chris Kraus called it "an incredibly precise and inspired evocation of a decade, 1986 to 1996" and Kobek has indeed lifted that NYC by its ankles and shook out all its best stories: the clubland murders, the life and death of David Wojnarowicz, the riot at Tompkins Square Park, Bret Easton Ellis house parties, and that mummy found in a drag queens closet. Kobek is a poet of fury and his polemics against state and corporate violence, sexism and apathy are acute and invigorating. The characters are great, too; Baby and Adeline, wherever you are I'm still rooting for you.

-Landon


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Women Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780989695015
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Published: Short Flight/Long Drive Books - October 15th, 2014

A novella about a heretofore hetero woman becoming another woman's other woman. Their affair is intense, intoxicating, and impossible. The book's heat and short segments pair well with summer subway commutes.

-Landon


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Black No More: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375753800
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Published: Modern Library - June 29th, 1999

In this book, Jim Crow/American/human society is posited as a matrix of self-seeking, for which conflict is a source of sustenance rather than a malignancy awaiting a cure. A crafty weaving of absurdified archetypes and scrupleless schemes, Schuyler’s satire bypasses any expected righteousness in favor of exuberantly-scathing romp.

-Bailey


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By Diane Williams, Ben Marcus (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781616959852
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Published: Soho Press - September 10th, 2019

Diane Williams writes stories that range anywhere from the length of a sentence to a page. In these stories you sense that she has melted down all the elements of fiction into their barest, most essential form. Like a skeleton, say, or Brutalist architecture. Her stories are sexy, and terrifying, sometimes like dreams, sometimes like holding a razorblade between your fingertips. This is literature for our age of unreason, collected at last, all together, in one entirely necessary volume.

-Madeleine


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Welcome to the Monkey House: The Special Edition: Stories Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812993608
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - April 8th, 2014

A near-perfect collection for any Vonnegut fan. Welcome to the Monkey House works as an introduction to his voice, an exhibition of his themes and concerns, and a showcase of his exacting talent. Contains Harrison Bergeron remains a perfect dystopian exercise in five pages.

-Jacob S.


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White Noise Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780140077025
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Published: Penguin Books - January 7th, 1986

A hilarious and scathing (though empathetic) report on the trappings of privilege, capitalism, suburbanism, and 20th century masculinity as they begin to circle the drain. A satiric, postmodern stew of John Cheever and Philip K Dick. An elegant meditation on the omnipresence of death and the lengths we go to to keep it at bay. DeLillo somehow wrote the ultimate post-9/11 novel in 1985.

-Jacob S.


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Oval Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593764050
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Published: Soft Skull Press - June 4th, 2019

A hilarious and scathing (though empathetic) report on the trappings of privilege, capitalism, suburbanism, and 20th century masculinity as they begin to circle the drain. A satiric, postmodern stew of John Cheever and Philip K Dick. An elegant meditation on the omnipresence of death and the lengths we go to to keep it at bay. DeLillo somehow wrote the ultimate post-9/11 novel in 1985.

-Madeleine


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The Grammarians: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374280116
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - September 3rd, 2019

Novels can be like great brick edifices with broken elevators that you trudge through, floor by floor, breathless and exasperated, determined to get to the rooftop to take in the view. Other novels are like a spring breeze that carry you away, suspending all knowledge of time and place other than the world of its creation. The Grammarians is just such a work of magic and wonder. The eponymous Grammarians are wild red-headed identical twin sisters, bound first by their invented baby language, then torn apart by their rivalrous passion regarding the nature of words, story, interpretation and grammar. This is the perfect read for both writers and readers, rich with insight, wisdom, humor and compassion. Schine continues to be one of my favorite authors and inspirations.

-Cheryl


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In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories Cover Image
By Delmore Schwartz, James Atlas (Editor), Irving Howe (Afterword by), Lou Reed (Foreword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811220033
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Published: New Directions - June 14th, 2012

Tales of second generation immigrant angst from the heart of the modernist movement. Considering he imagined them in the 30s and 40s, Schwartz's listless bohemians seem uncannily familiar today. Schwartz was Lou Reed's teacher at Syracuse, and he was the basis for Saul Bellow's novel Humboldt's Gift, but he died a pauper and an alcoholic in 1966. In the last years of his life he lived alone in the Chelsea Hotel, and when he died it took two days for his body to be identified. This book is an early work, from his glory days, when everything was ahead of him.

-Jacob S.


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Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

The apocalypse begins in 2011, but maybe we've been living through it for longer. The Shen Fever pandemic turns people into zombies doomed to repeat their daily tasks til they die = a subtle distinction from our current lives, Ling Ma argues. Severance is a eulogy (read: love letter) for half-loved lives and half-lived selves. Protagonist Candace straddles identities in an indifferent America, a Chinese family navigating the jabs of displacement, a New York that isn't so much sanitized as its hostilities are morphed, an information economy that produces fraught global connections between people who are skilled, but who among us are survive-an-apocalypse skilled? Ling Ma revives '90s global-consumerist satire and, detouring it through messy North Brooklyn parties and romance, collides it with Contagion. Grab a facemask and dive in.

-Gleb


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What I Loved: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312421199
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Published: Picador - March 1st, 2004

Doubles, hysterics, lost fathers and sons, a notorious art star who may or may not be responsible for a real murder, What I Loved is a book haunted by many ghosts. At once an epic saga of two families, this novel is also a stunning meditation on the endurance of friendship, memory and art that considers the limits of what we can ever really know about those we love. It’s also an ode to things that have been lost—including a vision of pre-911 downtown New York.

-Madelaine L.


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The Last Samurai Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811225502
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Published: New Directions - May 31st, 2016

I'm not the first bookseller here to staff pick this book, and with good reason. While this is DeWitt's first book to be published, it is the 50th manuscript she's written, and her knowledge of form shows. The Last Samurai is immediately intricate, cerebral, unapologetically encyclopedic. As it unfolds, it reveals itself to be an incredibly humanizing exploration of the limits of intelligence, and a tender, heartbreaking portrayal of the unavoidably irrational natures of love, family and desire. The super brilliant mother and son duo at its center, and the mysterious absent father in its periphery, keep the book intimately personal and universal. But the way the book unfolds and explores these relationships is what makes it so beautiful and singular. Also it has nothing to do with the Tom Cruise movie at all.

-Gleb


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Stoner Cover Image
By John Williams, John McGahern (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590171998
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 20th, 2006

Scores before me (in this very bookstore) lauded Williams' exquisite meditation on the sober, luminous banality of the arc of days. Devastatingly beautiful, lucid passages abound. When I jump a bandwagon I like a harvest bountiful. R.E.M sang: "come on aboard I promise you it won't hurt the horse. We'll treat him well and feed him well." Nourish.

-Doug


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Cane Cover Image
By Jean Toomer, George B. Hutchinson (Introduction by), Zinzi Clemmons (Foreword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143133674
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 8th, 2019

Reading Cane is like seeing a person’s whole life imprinted in an expression crossing their face as you pass them in the street. Toomer achieves this with a striking structure that employs poems, prose chapters, and song lyrics to build tales of life in the nineteen teens and early twenties, spanning from rural south up north, in overlapping vignettes which read like a lyrical anthropologist describing the neighbors with deep attention and love-care.

-Tilghman


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Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062688781
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Published: Ecco - June 18th, 2019

I started reading this collection, having never read anything by Eisenberg before, mostly to see if anything could possibly live up to such a ridiculous title. And it turns out every piece of hype was warranted. Eisenberg writes with a caustic and surprisingly brisk intensity, capturing the far too well-off in all their ludicrous and spoiled nature, though constantly poking at the humanity that lies just below the surface. Everything teeters on the absurd in these stories, but only because anything less than that wouldn't be honest.

-David


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The Immortalists Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735215092
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 5th, 2019

You're reading this thinking "Oh, yeah, I heard that was good" but you can't remember who recommended it. You'll be reminded of this again the summer it goes to paperback and every woman on the subway in a sundress you like is holding a copy. Whoever told you it was good, they were right.

-Cristin


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This Is Pleasure: A Story Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781524749132
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Published: Pantheon - November 5th, 2019

Mary Gaitskill has been writing about the complexities of intimacy, sex and power for more than two decades. This Is Pleasure is the story of Margot, a book editor who, a little like Gaitskill, made her career publishing "charming stories about masochistic women," and her friend Quinn, who has been accused by several women of sexual misconduct. Told from these two alternating perspectives, this propulsive narrative feels both urgent and timeless thanks to Gaitkskill's singular prose. While her ability to cut through to a character's core with such clear-eyed precision has often been described as cold, it might instead be framed as a kind generosity: a way of presenting human flaws and vulnerabilities on the page without judgement. I couldn't put it down.

-Madelaine L.


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The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385537070
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Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

Colson Whitehead makes the true horrors of racial injustice sing with vengeance. The Nickel Boys is a gripping read written by a master at the height of his powers.

-Cheryl


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Salvage the Bones: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608196265
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 24th, 2012

This epic novel keens, roars and destroys with the ferocity of the hurricane it portrays. Jesmyn Ward takes on Homer, Faulkner and Katrina and wins. Brilliant and harrowing.

-Cheryl


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The Quick and the Dead (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375727641
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Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2002

If you haven't read Joy Williams, you owe it to yourself to do so now. Her prose, though plain, is heartbreaking and luminous, her vision piercing. In The Quick & the Dead, she tells the story of three teenage girls with little in common but loss - but more than anything, as with almost all her work, the book is about the catastrophe of civilization, the rape of nature, and the grief that chokes the minds of those sensitive enough to understand what has happened, and continues to happen, to the world.

-Nick


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Impossible Views of the World Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780735221536
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Published: Penguin Press - August 1st, 2017

Maybe ignore the oddly Grand Budapest Hotel-esque cover; the best thing about this book is the rendering of the narrator who is flailing but working hard to keep it together and figure shit out - her voice is sharp, vulnerable, philosophical, hilarious.

-Bonnie


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A Different Drummer Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385413909
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Published: Anchor - May 1st, 1990

What do you do when you can’t regain what’s been lost? Can you lead a revolution without saying a word? Observe the townsfolk of Sutton as they witness and try to make sense of radical change silently sweeping over their sleepy hamlet after Tucker Caliban, 22, father and landowner, suddenly salts his field, slaughters his livestock, burns down his house, and makes an exodus with his family.

-Tilghman


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Anagrams (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307277282
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Published: Vintage - March 13th, 2007

It's actually insane how good Lorrie Moore is. Extraordinarily funny, devastatingly clever, and not the kind that's annoying - the kind that makes you think, "Wow! This funny, clever person exists in the world and if I can't hang out with her I might as well read everything she's ever written."

-Anagrams


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$13.95
ISBN: 9780811224611
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Published: New Directions - May 28th, 2015

Follow art student-turned-Hollywood set designer Tod Hackett and nervous wreck Homer Simpson (you heard me) as they vie for the affections of wannabe starlet Faye Greener in this tragicomic novella of fame-seekers, hangers-on, gawkers, washouts, and bums. Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters, all of whom become figures in Tod's apocalyptic drawing, The Burning of Los Angeles. Very possibly my favorite book of all time.

-Nick


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Riddley Walker, Expanded Edition Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780253212344
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Published: Indiana University Press - September 22nd, 1998

One of the most strikingly original books I've ever read, told by one of the most memorable narrators you're likely to find anywhere in literature, Riddley Walker is set in an England which, many years after a devastating nuclear cataclysm, has devolved into a loose collection of clans, whose members are raised on folktales about times back way back, before Bad Time. When his father is crushed to death while excavating a piece of antique machinery, young Riddley inherits the role of storyteller and soon sets out across the blackened isle to discover for himself what caused the Bad Time and what the leaders of this ruined state are doing in attempt to restore the mythic technology of old. Don't be thrown off by the pidgin language - you'll pick it up quickly, and I actually came to love Riddley's storytelling, which improves as the book goes on.

-Nick


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Erasure: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555975999
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 25th, 2011

When Dave Chappelle quit/ended his eponymous program back in 2006, he said he did so because he noticed certain people laughing at the sketches in a manner unsettling—taking the surface caricature as the end of the analysis. In Erasure we follow the whole process of frustrated novelist Thelonius “Monk” Ellison crafting a satire that no one understands, yet everyone laughs.

-Tilgham


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The Friend: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735219458
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

This wonderful, wistful, intelligent novel recounts what happens to an accomplished New York writer of a certain age whose mentor/lover commits suicide, bequeathing his Harlequin Great Dane to her care when she lives in a tiny Chelsea Apartment and does not want to lose either her friend or her apartment. Oh, and it just happened to be the deserving recipient of the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction.

-Cheryl


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The White Boy Shuffle: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312280192
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Published: Picador - May 4th, 2001

How does one overcome a disappointing seven generation legacy of all-too-American insipid, brown-nosing Tommery? How does one refute the sins of the father, grandfather, great-uncles, great-grandfathers? Beatty’s debut novel is a bildungsroman concerning a modern messiah born in the purported political corrections of late-20th century America — the early history of Gunnar Kaufman as he leaves the lazy life of Santa Monica surfing for the pressed-crease unknown of Hillside, CA.

-Tilgham


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Mumbo Jumbo Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780684824772
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Published: Scribner - June 11th, 1996

Capital-a Absurd story about an epidemic called “Jes Grew” — an anti plague that enlivens the host with an uncontrollable joy, and thus threatens the West, ie, means the End of Civilization As-We-Know-It. Attempts are made to combat this Creeping Thing with modern medicine, hoodoo, an Android saboteur, and an ancient secret fraternity committed to the occident. A formally exciting novel coming from a singular voice in American letters.

-Tilgham


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Confessions of the Fox: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399592287
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Published: One World - March 5th, 2019

Confessions of the Fox recounts the life of Jack Sheppard, a folk hero of eighteenth-century England and the basis for the character Macheath in Brecht's Threepenny Opera. Rosenberg's Sheppard, however, is a transgender man, and this brazenly revisionist history doubles as a political survival manual for the present day. Footnotes relate a contemporary subplot, following the romantic exploits and intellectual curiosities of an erstwhile Marxist academic, until these stories suddenly converge in an insurrectionary denouement. An exhilarating moment of contemporary agitprop.

-Cam


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Sketchtasy Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781551527291
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 16th, 2018

A class-savvy novel of queer party scenes, of complicated friendship, of fraught sexual freedom and the ambient threat of AIDS, of all the things one does to live, even destructively, delivered in breathless, agitational prose. The final pages of this book are an incredible, crashing crescendo, refusing any easy resolution. To read this book will be to recommend it.

-Cam


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Invisible: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312429829
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Published: Picador - June 22nd, 2010

​​A really good book you should read if you're into New York, French people, sleeping with your sister, and/or murder.

-Bonnie


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Oreo Cover Image
By Fran Ross, Danzy Senna (Introduction by), Harryette Mullen (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811223225
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Published: New Directions - July 7th, 2015

Like watching a J train showtime(!) with your Jewish grandparents...on psychedelics.

-Bekah