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Hard Rain Falling By Don Carpenter, George Pelecanos (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Don Carpenter, George Pelecanos (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590173244
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 8th, 2009

Is it a prison novel, a crime novel or just a great novel about a down and out man who can't catch a break? It’s all of them! It’s a book that cannot be placed into one single genre because it's essentially about a life, and who can put someone's life into one genre? Hard Rain Falling is filled with poignant systemic critique and emotional nuance and written with such incredible honesty and empathy.


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How to Talk Dirty and Influence People: An Autobiography By Lenny Bruce, Lewis Black (Preface by), Howard Reich (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Lenny Bruce, Lewis Black (Preface by), Howard Reich (Foreword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780306825293
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Published: Da Capo Press - August 2nd, 2016

You may have only heard of Lenny Bruce because he was one of the famous celebrities who died on the toilet, but he was also known as one of the most outlandish comedians and social critics of his time. He was arrested multiple times on “obscenity” charges for his profane language in his routines where he challenged the sanctity of organized religion and the hypocrisy of society and the law. His autobiography is as outlandish as his acts are, but at the same time it is incredibly poignant and important. I have read this book multiple times, and with each read I find it funnier, smarter and more enjoyable than the last time.


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Lonesome Dove: A Novel By Larry McMurtry Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781439195260
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 15th, 2010

At some point in your life I’m sure you have had someone tell you to read Lonesome Dove because it is amazing and one of the best western books out there, and even though it’s long it doesn’t feel like it once you get into it. If you’ve never had someone tell you that, then I am going to right now.

Before reading Lonesome Dove I had never read a 900-page book so quickly and then been disappointed that it wasn’t longer. McMurtry’s characters are psychologically deep and incredibly charming and his depictions of the vast western frontier makes you feel like you are taking the journey across the country with the


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Bad Cree: A Novel By Jessica Johns Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780385548694
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Published: Doubleday - January 10th, 2023

This is a unique horror story that talks about personal and generational trauma and loss through mythology and metaphor. I enjoyed this book for its beautiful description of Cree culture, especially highlighting the power and importance of the female members of the family. I found it to be incredibly poetic and psychologically rich.


The Bog People: Iron Age Man Preserved By P.V. Glob, Elizabeth Wayland Barber (Introduction by), Paul Barber (Introduction by) Cover Image
By P.V. Glob, Elizabeth Wayland Barber (Introduction by), Paul Barber (Introduction by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781590170908
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 31st, 2004

Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition By John G. Neihardt, Philip J. Deloria (Introduction by), Vine Deloria, Jr. (Foreword by) Cover Image
By John G. Neihardt, Philip J. Deloria (Introduction by), Vine Deloria, Jr. (Foreword by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780803283916
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Published: Bison Books - March 1st, 2014

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us By Ed Yong Cover Image
By Ed Yong
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593133231
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Published: Random House - June 21st, 2022

Best Works of Aubrey Beardsley (Dover Fine Art) By Aubrey Beardsley Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780486262734
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Published: Dover Publications - July 1st, 1990

The Barn By Leah H. Rogers, Barry Root (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Leah H. Rogers, Barry Root (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536209068
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Published: Candlewick - November 16th, 2021

Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory By Ben Macintyre Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307453280
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Published: Crown - April 5th, 2011

Kafka By R. Crumb, David Zane Mairowitz, Richard Appignanesi (Editor) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781560978060
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Published: Fantagraphics - May 17th, 2007

This is a combination you didn’t know you needed until you saw that it existed. While reading this book, it was evident that the only person you could get to illustrate a Kafka story is someone who is equally deep, smart, strange and ironically humorous. R. Crumb uses his scratchy pen-and-ink style drawing to perfectly capture a Kafkaesque mood.


A Sick Day for Amos McGee: (Caldecott Medal Winner) By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596434028
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 25th, 2010

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In Ghostly Japan: Japanese Legends of Ghosts, Yokai, Yurei and Other Oddities By Lafcadio Hearn, Michael Dylan Foster (Foreword by) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9784805315835
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - May 4th, 2021

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Fat City By Leonard Gardner, Denis Johnson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Leonard Gardner, Denis Johnson (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590178928
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 8th, 2015

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White Noise By Don DeLillo Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780140077025
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Published: Penguin Books - January 7th, 1986