Phil's Picks

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
ISBN: 9780375755194
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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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$26.95
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ISBN: 9781594487361
Published: Riverhead Books - September 11th, 2012

Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

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Phil
"While Chabon's prose can soothe or startle, rock or roll like the improvisations of a journeyman jazz musician, the stylistic heights reached in his fiction become counterbalanced by the impressive depths of his thematic delving. Mix the genre-blending coolness of Quentin Tarantino with the dazzling linguistic playfulness of Vladimir Nabokov, and you begin to appreciate the fictional delights awaiting you in Chabon's latest social novel of race, history, heritage, and nostalgia set in the contemporary borderland of diversely populated Berkley and Oakland along the historic stretch of Telegraph Avenue."
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ISBN: 9780061493348
Published: Harper - September 11th, 2012

Outside the Dog Museum by Jonathan Carroll

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Phil

Carroll is the best kept secret in what one might call modern fantasy. Full of surprising twists, his novels follow fascinating characters through exotic locations, blending this world with a world of myth and magic. Outside the Dog Museum is a great place to start in the world of Carroll.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780765311856
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Published: Orb Books - June 1st, 2005

Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

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Phil

Nabokov, a master prose stylist, lived a priveleged childhood in Russia, and a troubled adolescence across Europe as his family faced exile due to revolution and war. Originally published as short fictional pieces in The New Yorker, this memoir allows us to revel in Nabokov's unique ability to describe the scenes of his early life and characters of his family.

Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679723394
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Published: Vintage - August 28th, 1989

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

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Phil

Murakami's stories take place in a mysterious world that is oddly strange and familiar at the same time. One sees the world differently after reading his fiction. If you like this collection, try After the Quake and The Elephant Vanishes. Warning: these stories are addictive!

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781400096084
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Published: Vintage - October 9th, 2007

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