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Pale Fire (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679723424
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 1989

Of Mice and Men Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140177398
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1993

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By James Joyce, Terence Brown (Introduction by), Terence Brown (Notes by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780140186475
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 1st, 1993

The World Doesn't End Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780156983501
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Published: Mariner Books - March 14th, 1989

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780804170857
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Published: Knopf - March 1st, 2016

As I Lay Dying (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780679732259
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 1991

The Road (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387899
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2007

Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$19.66
ISBN: 9780307387479
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Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2009

Last Evenings on Earth Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Chris Andrews (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811216883
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 1st, 2007

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780375727481
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Published: Vintage - October 2nd, 2001

Stardust Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062564344
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Published: William Morrow - September 27th, 2016

The Word is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz

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ISBN: 9780062676788
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Published: Harper - June 5th, 2018

Diana Cowper plans her own funeral, then ends up strangled in her apartment the same afternoon. Thus begins this ingenious meta-mystery, a twisty labyrinth of whodunits that brilliantly blurs the line between fiction and reality as the author himself is drawn into the plot which he cannot control. Clever, witty, irresistible fun.


Cloudbursts, by Thomas McGuane

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780385350211
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Published: Knopf - March 6th, 2018

This collection cements McGuane's reputation as a keen writer of underexplored territories. Masculinity is much on his mind, but he’s not much for machismo. A stellar writer on the outdoors, he's equally adept at portraying the interior wildernesses of characters that fail to connect within complex webs of pathos and humor on America's outskirts.


The Crown Ain't Worth Much, by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

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ISBN: 9781943735044
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Published: Button Poetry - July 19th, 2016

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib writes elegies and blessings for reality as we live it, flawed but beautiful, pop-culture landmarks mingling with moments of otherworldy sorrow and joy. This spoken word master comes off the page as strong as he does off the stage, weaving expansive, lyrical miracles of music, image, and word. A welcome voice in poetry.


Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, by John McPhee

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ISBN: 9780374142742
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 5th, 2017

Among writers, John McPhee is in a class all his own. Lucky for aspiring writers, McPhee is teaching a masterclass in writing creative nonfiction in this collection of craft essays originally published in The New Yorker. If you want to learn from the master, read this book. (Then read all his other books.)


The Green Hand and Other Stories, by Nicole Claveloux

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By Nicole Claveloux, Donald Nicholson Smith (Translated by), Daniel Clowes (Introduction by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781681371078
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Published: New York Review Comics - November 28th, 2017

Claveloux's boldly imagined comics open up electrifying dreamworlds of unparalleled strangeness and beauty.The New York Review of Comics reissue of her stories is a hallucinatory experience, perfect for fans of David Lynch, Robert Crumb, french surrealism, acid trips, or Heavy Metal (magazine).


A Wild Swan: And Other Tales, Michael Cunningham

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By Michael Cunningham, Yuko Shimizu (Illustrator)
$23.00
ISBN: 9780374290252
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 10th, 2015

Cunningham has reimagined some classic tales, fleshing them out to provide the bits that never were told - humor and compassion which bring the tales to life like never before. Brilliantly illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. Fairy tales for our times.


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250097309
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Published: Picador - October 25th, 2016

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, by Ken Liu

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By Ken Liu
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ISBN: 9781481442541
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Published: Saga Press - March 8th, 2016

At it's most useful, science fiction and fantasy points to and expands on some new or problematic aspect of contemporary society. And few writers bring the issues and concerns of the real world into their imagined worlds as deftly as Liu, whose stories return ever again to the ideas around heritage, identity, personhood, and family. A unique talent.


How to Be Drawn, by Terrance Hayes

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780143126881
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2015

Hayes' poetic voice is a vital part of my poetry intake. Meaning-making, music-making, whatever poetry is, whatever happens to make a collection of words glimmer from the page to detonate in the mind...Hayes does this repeatedly. A new collection from Hayes is the perfect jump-start for readers who need a poetry kick.


Crow Fair: Stories, by Thomas McGuane

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ISBN: 9780385350198
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Published: Knopf - March 3rd, 2015

McGuane's stories make me think of a Cormac McCarthy tale as directed by Joel and Ethan Coen: a dark comedy of errors, told in stark prose with flawed characters doing what is all too human, if tragic and sometimes fatal. Highly recommended.


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