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  • Passionella: And Other Stories

    By Jules Feiffer

    Our Price: $12.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781560970972
    • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
    • Published: July 2006
    (The Collected Works, Volume IV). This volume collects Feiffer's finest extended graphic narratives of the late '50s and early '60s. Its centerpiece, 'Passionella,' a retelling of Cinderella set in modern Hollywood, concerns a chimney sweep whose fairy godmother transforms her into the 'mysterious exotic bewitching temptress' - and movie star - Passionella. B&W illustrations throughout. 180p.
  • Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book

    By Lynda Barry

    Our Price: $29.95
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781897299647
    • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
    • Published: October 2010
    A series of portraits by the creator of What It Is follows a myopic monkey through her everyday routines of preparing food, waiting for the bus, hogging the remote and associating with her imaginary friend.
  • Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today? (Toon Books)

    By Toon Books

    Our Price: $6.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781935179085
    • Publisher: Toon Books
    • Published: February 2011
    Silly Lilly tries out a new job every day of the week, from acrobat to vampire.
  • The Arrival

    By Shaun Tan

    Our Price: $19.79
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780439895293
    • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine
    • Published: 2006
    Although saddened at having to leave the family he loves, the immigrant is certain that moving to the new land is the right thing to do and so ventures off to a strange land to begin a life that will hopefully reap the rewards he seeks through his sacrifice, hard work, and determination.
  • The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics

    By Denis Kitchen

    Our Price: $27.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780810972964
    • Publisher: HARRY N. ABRAMS
    • Published: June 2009
    Harvey Kurtzman had a Midas touch for talent - discovering Robert Crumb, giving Gloria Steinem her first job in publishing - but was himself an astonishingly talented and influential artist, writer, editor, & satirist. the creator of MAD and Playboy's 'Little Annie Fanny' was called, 'One of the most important figures in post-WWII America' by the New York Times. The first and only authorized celebration of this 'Master of American Comics' is the definitive book. It includes hundreds of never-before-seen illustrations, paintings, pencil sketches, newly discovered lost E.C. Comics layouts, color compositions, vintage photos, and more! 256p.
  • The Cardboard Valise

    By Ben Katchor

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780375421143
    • Publisher: Pantheon
    • Published: March 2011
    From the author of The Jew of New York; Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer; The Beauty Supply District; and several works of musical theater in collaboration with the composer Mark Mulcahy. In this winsomely , haunting graphic novel, an overstuffed suitcase becomes a ripe, comic metaphor for modern life. Set in a world tilted about 45 degrees away from reality, Katchor's story follows a number of characters through their quirky obsessions, each of which highlights a uniquely curious take on modernity. A hunt in the 'Saccharine Mountains' turns a BLT into a tongue-in-cheek metaphor ('the lettuce symbolizes the cost of living'), while the citizens of 'Outer Canthus' each undergo a symbolic funeral at the age of 47 (the dead do not live for very long), after which they are 'allowed to shed the burden of responsibility.' In the slurry of sketchy and gray-tongued surrealism, the titular valise stands out with a certain haunting magic: a cheap and disposable thing that contains multiples. Once its contents are unleashed upon the world, - who know what could happen! Cutout valise handles make this a definite carry-with, one-of-a-kind experience. Illustrated throughout. 128p.
  • The Disappearance of Childhood

    By Neil Postman

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679751663
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: August 1994
    From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate, this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today - and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood. Neil Postman, author of Technopoly, suggests that chldhood is a relatively recent invention, which came into being as the new medium of print imposed divisions between children and adults. But now these divisions are eroding under the barrage of television, which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into popular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten-year-olds. Originally published in 1982. Notes, Bibliography, Index. 177p.
  • The Drowned and the Saved

    By Primo Levi

    Our Price: $6.95 - $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679721864
    • Publisher: Vintage
    • Published: April 1989
    By the end of his life, Primo Levi had become increasingly convinced that the lessons of the Holocaust were destined to be lost as it took a place among the routine atrocities of history. This book is a dark meditation on the meaning of the Nazi extermination after the passing of forty years. 203p.
  • The Left Bank Gang

    By Jason

    Our Price: $11.65
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781560977421
    • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHIC BOOKS
    • Published: July 2005
    An illustrated alternate-world tale in which graphic novels are a dominant form of fiction traces the careers of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce, who meet in a Parisian bar to discuss the particulars of their work, the achievements of graphic giants Dostoevsky and Faulkner, and the recommendations of such contemporaries as Gertrude Stein. Original.
  • The New York Trilogy

    By Paul Auster

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143039839
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: March 2006
    Three novels form Paul Auster's acclaimed trilogy: City of Glass - As a result of a strange phone call in the middle of the night, Quinn, a writer of detective stories, becomes enmeshed in a case more puzzling than any he might have written; Ghosts - Blue, a student of Brown, has been hired by White to spy on Black. From a window of a rented room on Orange Street, Blue stalks his subject, who is staring out of his window; The Locked Room -Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and a cache of extraordinary novels, plays, and poems. What happened? DON'T MISS IT! 308P.
  • The Wild Party: The Lost Classic by Joseph Moncure March

    By Joseph Moncure March

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375706431
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: May 1999
    Spiegelman's sinister and wild b&w drawings give charged new life to Joseph March's poem fable of dark Prohibition-era morality. A lost classic from 1928, 'It's the book that made me want to be a writer.' -- William Burroughs. 119p. Pap.
  • The Yiddish Policemen's Union

    By Michael Chabon

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780007149834
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: April 2008
    For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a 'temporary' safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaska control, and their dream iscoming to an end. Or is it? Amidst all this, homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. What? A murder right under his nose? The chess macher did it? Oy!!
  • This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen

    By Tadeusz Borowski

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140186246
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: August 1992
    Published in Poland after WWII, this collection of concentration camp stories depicts atrocious war crimes becoming an unremarkable part of a daily routine. Prisoners eat, work, sleep, and fall in love a few yards from where other prisoners are systematically slaughtered. The will to survive overrides compassion, and the line between the normal and abnormal wavers, than vanishes. Borowski, a concentration camp victim himself, understood what human being will do to endure the unendurable. 180p.
  • You Can't Win

    By Jack Black

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781902593029
    • Publisher: AK Press / Nabat
    • Published: 2000
    Jack Black’s autobiography was a bestseller and went through five printings in the late 1920’s. It has led a mostly subterranean existence since then – best known as William S. Burroughs’s favorite book. It’s an amazing journey into a hobo underworld: freight hopping around the still wide open West at the turn of the 20th century, becoming a member of the “yegg” (criminal) brotherhood and a highwayman, learning the outlaw philosophy from Foot-and-a-half George and the Sanctimonious Kid, getting hooked on opium, passing through hobo jungles, hop joints and penitentiaries. This new edition also includes an Afterword that tells some of what became of Black after he wore out the outlaw life and washed up in San Francisco, wrote this book and reinvented himself. 279p.
  • Zig and Wikki In Something Ate My Homework

    By Toon Books

    Our Price: $6.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781935179023
    • Publisher: Toon Books
    • Published: April 2010
    Cyclopean alien Zig and his best friend, the robotic encyclopedia Wikki, travel to a distant planet in search of a new lifeform to use as a pet, a distant planet called: Earth! There, Zig and Wikki find themselves suprisingly small compared to Earth creatures, and their quest to tame titanic dragonflies, toads, and raccoons is a dangerous one indeed. Full of wildlife facts! (Ages: 4-8).

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