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The Author’s Bookshelf: Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

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The Underground Railroad

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Sag Harbor

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The Intuitionist

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The Colossus of New York: A City in Thirteen Parts

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Zone One

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Apex Hides the Hurt

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Bitch Planet, Vol. 1 Kelly Sue Deconnick

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Bitch Planet, Vol. 1

Casanova: The Complete Edition, Vol. 1: Luxuria

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction are a crazy super-couple who are putting out some of the best comics around. Casanova is a mind-bending, dimension-trotting masterpiece and Bitch Planet is the women-in-prison epic you didn’t realize was missing from your life. View In Store

Going into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man

I’ve been reading Christgau ever since junior high and he, along with his Village Voice cronies, inspired me to write criticism back in the day. Here’s his New York. View In Store

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever

How do you fuck up a series about the music scene in 70s New York? Somehow ‘Vinyl’ did. For the real deal, check out Hermes’s book. He’s also a nice guy! View In Store

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  • A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

    By Lucia Berlin

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781250094735
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: August 2016
    "Stories from a lost American classic "in the same arena as Alice Munro" (Lydia Davis) "In the field of short fiction, Lucia Berlin is one of America's best kept secrets. That's it. Flat out. No mitigating conditions." --Paul Metcalf A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With her trademark blend of humor and melancholy, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday--uncovering moments of grace in the cafeterias and Laundromats of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Northern California upper classes, and from the perspective of a cleaning woman alone in a hotel dining room in Mexico City. The women of Berlin's stories are lost, but they are also strong, clever, and extraordinarily real. They are hitchhikers, hard workers, bad Christians. With the wit of Lorrie Moore and the grit of Raymond Carver, they navigate a world of jockeys, doctors, and switchboard operators. They laugh, they mourn, they drink. Berlin, a highly influential writer despite having published little in her lifetime, conjures these women from California, Mexico, and beyond. Lovers of the short story will not want to miss this remarkable collection from a master of the form"--
  • Agony

    By Mark Beyer

    Our Price: $8.00 - $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590179819
    • Publisher: New York Review Comics
    • Published: March 2016
    Cartoons depict the strange adventures experienced by Jordan and Amy after they lose their jobs
  • American Sublime

    By Elizabeth Alexander

    Our Price: $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781555974329
    • Publisher: Graywolf Press
    • Published: October 2005
    A fourth collection of poems by the author recalls a century and a half of African-American traditions, knitting together a fascinating blend of history, biography, personal experience, pop culture, and dreamscape. Original.
  • Battleborn

    By Claire Vaye Watkins

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781594631450
    • Publisher: Riverhead Trade
    • Published: August 2013
    A debut collection of 10 short stories reimagines the mythology of the American West through the experiences of protagonists who endure hardship and violence in the face of such challenges as a foreigner's erotic changes at a prostitution ranch, a hermit's attempt to rescue an abused teen and a woman's role in a friend's degrading Vegas encounter. 25,000 first printing.
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    By Katherine Boo

    Our Price: $8.00 - $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812979329
    • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
    • Published: January 2014
    A first book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother of a prospective female college student and a young scrap metal thief, in an account that illuminates how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by regional religious, caste and economic tensions. Reprint.
  • Bitch Planet, Vol. 1

    By Kelly Sue DeConnick

    Our Price: $9.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781632153661
    • Publisher: Image Comics
    • Published: October 2015
    "... one of the most unique and subversive artifacts of pop culture in recent memory." - Salon.com "Seldom do comics burst onto the scene and shatter our worldview by being entirely poignant, raw, and captivating - but then, most comics aren't Bitch Panet." - Entertainment Weekly Eisner Award-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel) and Valentine De Landro (X-Factor) team up to bring you the premiere volume of Bitch Planet, a deliciously vicious riff on women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation. In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman's failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?
  • Black Boy (American Hunger) : A Record of Childhood and Youth

    By Richard Wright

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.39
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061130243
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: March 2007
    The author relates his life as an African American growing up in the South during the Jim Crow years.
  • Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

    By Janna Levin

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780307958198
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: March 2016
    From one of our most eminent theoretical astrophysicists and an award-winning writer, a fascinating, firsthand history of the scientific pursuit to detect gravitational waves: the holy grail of modern cosmology, the soundtrack of the universe.In 1916, Einstein became the first to predict the existence of gravitational waves: sounds without a material medium generated by the unfathomably energy-producing collision of black holes. Now Janna Levin, herself an astrophysicist, recounts the story of the search over the last fifty years for these elusive waves--a quest that has culminated in the creation of the most expensive project ever funded by the National Science Foundation ($1 billion-plus). She makes clear how the waves are created in the cosmic collision of black holes, and why the waves can never be detected by telescope. And, most revealingly, she delves into the lives and fates of the four scientists currently engaged in--and obsessed with--discerning this soundtrack of the universe's history. Levin's account of the surprises, disappointments, achievements, and risks of this unfolding story provides us with a uniquely compelling and intimate portrait of the people and processes of modern science.
  • Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015

    By Kevin Young

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780385351508
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: February 2016
    A rich and lively gathering of highlights from the first twenty years of an extraordinary career, interspersed with "B sides" and outtakes from this prolific and universally acclaimed poet.    Blue Laws gathers poems written over the past two decades, drawing from all nine of Kevin Young's previously published books of poetry and including a number of uncollected, often unpublished, poems. From his stunning lyric debut (Most Way Home,1995) and the amazing "double album" life of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2001, "remixed" for Knopf in 2005), through his brokenhearted Jelly Roll: A Blues and his recent forays into adult grief and the joys of birth in Dear Darkness and Book of Hours, this collection provides a grand tour of a poet whose personal poems and political poems are equally riveting. Together with wonderful outtakes and previously unseen blues, the profoundly felt poems here of family, Southern food, and loss are of a piece with the depth of personal sensibility and humanity found in his Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels or sequences such as "The Ballad of Jim Crow" and a new "Homage to Phillis Wheatley."
  • Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement

    By Fergus M. Bordewich

    Our Price: $13.49
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060524319
    • Publisher: Amistad
    • Published: 2006
    A grand epic of American history - focusing on the sixty years leading up to the Civil War, which brought to a climax the country's bitter division. But its beginnings can be traced to a clandestine alliance of both black and white abolitionists and slaves, who joined forces to lead tens of thousands of enslaved Americans to freedom in a movement that occupies a legendary place in the nation's imagination,but about which little has been known until now. Notes, Selected Bibliography, Index. B&W illus. 540p.
  • Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

    By Jeff Chang

    Our Price: $10.00 - $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312425791
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: December 2005
    The cinematic scope and the analytic force Chang brings to his subject makes it one of the most urgent and passionate histories of a popular music ever written. This maximum cultural and social history is based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, and draws unforgettable portraits of hip-hop's forebearers, founders and mavericks - including D.J. Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube. An homage to the culture of youth. Addenda. Illus. 560p.
  • Citizen: An American Lyric

    By Claudia Rankine

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781555976903
    • Publisher: Graywolf Press
    • Published: October 2014
    A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine’s long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American LyricClaudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.
  • Dept. of Speculation

    By Jenny Offill

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345806871
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: October 2014
    In the beginning, it was easy to imagine their future. They were young and giddy, sure of themselves and of their love for each other. “Dept. of Speculation” was their code name for all the thrilling uncertainties that lay ahead. Then they got married, had a child and navigated the familiar calamities of family life—a colicky baby, a faltering relationship, stalled ambitions. When their marriage reaches a sudden breaking point, the wife tries to retrace the steps that have led them to this place, invoking everything from Kafka to the Stoics to doomed Russian cosmonauts as she analyzes what is lost and what remains. In language that shimmers with rage and longing and wit, Offill has created a brilliantly suspenseful love story—a novel to read in one sitting, even as its piercing meditations linger long after the last page.
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

    By ZZ Packer

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781573223782
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: February 2004
    In this debut collection of stories, the central characters are African-Americans, mostly young black women, who talk about their unease in a white-dominated world in biting, bitter, and occasionally hilarious voices. 265p. Pap.
  • Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood

    By Peter Biskind

    Our Price: $9.00 - $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684857084
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: April 1999
    The shock of the film Easy Rider (1969) ushered in a `Hollywood new wave' - filmmakers Scorsese, Coppola, and Spielberg, actors Nicholson, DeNiro and Pacino - traced here through the unabashed `70s celebration of sex, drugs,and rock n'roll (both onscreen and off). Based on hundreds of interviews. B&W photos. 506p. Pap.

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