Phil's Picks

Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa

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Phil
Welcome to the bizarre world of the macabre, the world of the gothic, first created by Poe and handed down to the likes of Borges and Murakami, and now governed by the strange and beautiful fiction of Yoko Ogawa. Here, for your creepy enjoyment, are eleven twisted tales to slake your thirst for the strange.
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By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312674465
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Published: Picador - January 29th, 2013

Bullfighting: Stories by Roddy Doyle

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Phil
Doyle's ear for dialogue is without equal. If you appreciate a writer who can weave hilarity and great emotional depth of character within the same story than you might try these stories, many of which first appeared in the New Yorker, by one of the best writers working today.
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$25.95
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ISBN: 9780670022878
Published: Viking Adult - April 28th, 2011

Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie

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Phil
A brilliant first-person account (eloquently told in the third-person point of view) of how the life of one of our greatest writers became transformed into a surreal nightmare following the call for his death by the Supreme Leader of Iran, in response to Rushdie's novel, which dealt with the interesting and little-known origins of Islam. Gripping and quite terrifying.
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$30.00
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ISBN: 9780812992786
Published: Random House - September 18th, 2012

The Eternal Ones of the Dream by James Tate

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Phil
Surrealism has never been so hilarious and raw as it is in the hands of Tate. It is a brutal sense of life's vicissitudes that underlies his wicked sense of humor. If you like to be surprised, try some Tate.
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$19.99
ISBN: 9780062101860
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Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2012

Amazing Everything: The Art of Scott C. by Scott Campbell

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Phil
The funniest book I've ever seen. Beyond clever. Campbell is some kind of creative genius. Check out the world-renowned artist who has turned the art world on its head with his hilarious watercolor paintings and illustrations. A great gift for the young and old, for artists, and for anyone who likes to laugh so hard it hurts. A perfect book to pass around at parties.
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$24.99
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ISBN: 9781608870479
Published: Insight Editions - October 25th, 2011

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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Phil
Gaiman's whimsically creepy take on the modern fairy tale follows a bored girl through a magical door into an alternate reality -- a bizarre mirror to her normal, everyday life at home. Here, her "other mother" awaits her with a needle, thread ... and two black buttons for eyes. Will Coraline prevail?
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By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780380807345
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Published: HarperCollins - April 24th, 2012

Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins

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Phil

Humor and a sly sort of wisdom combine in the poems of Billy Collins to enchant even those readers who do not gravitate toward poetry. Collins grounds us in the world of everyday concerns, then effortlessly transports us to a new place, where dreams and whimsy mingle with reality.

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$17.00
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ISBN: 9780375755194
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 17th, 2002

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

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Phil
"The Pulitzer Prize winner returns with a powerful story cycle, told with his uniquely multifaceted melange of Dominican immigrant vernacular and nerdy teenage sci-fi lingo. The alluring voice of his narrator becomes the web; the narrative punch delivered by his prose becomes the spider. Watch out for the pinch at the heart of these stories." 
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ISBN: 9781594487361
Published: Riverhead Books - September 11th, 2012

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