Strand Curated Collections: Chuck Palahniuk's Picks


  • The Safety of Objects

    By A.M. Homes

    Our Price: $5.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060564513
    • Publisher: Perennial
    • Published: January 2003
    A tour through the action adventure of everyday fantasies permeated by the bizarre. In each of these ten stories exploding the American dream, the unexpected emerges from the story itself. 173p. Pap.
  • The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel

    By Amy Hempel

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780743291637
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: September 2007
    PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist. This celebrated volume gathers together Hempl's complete work - four short collections of stunning stories about marriages, minor disasters, and moments of revelation. The author introduces characters who make choices that seem inevitable, and whose longings and misgivings evoke eternal human experience. This indispensable collection contains all the stories in 'Reasons to Live,' 'At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom,' 'Tumble Home,' and 'The Dog of the Marriage.' 407p.
  • The Informers

    By Bret Easton Ellis

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679743248
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: August 1995
    This seductive and chillingly nihilistic novel is set in Los Angeles circa the early 1980s. Here, Dirk sees his best friend killed in a desert car wreck, then rifles through his pockets for a last joint before the ambulance arrives. Cheryl, a wannabe newscaster, chides her future stepdaughter, 'You're tan but you don't look happy.' Jamie is a clubland carnivore with a taste for human blood. As rendered by Ellis (author of American Psycho, Less Than Zero, The Rules ofAttraction), their interactions compose a cold, intriguing, and outrageous descent into the abyss beneath the already moral badlands of Los Angeles. 226p.
  • The Contortionist's Handbook

    By Craig Clevenger

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781931561488
    • Publisher: MacAdam
    • Published: September 2003
    John Dolan Vincent, a forger who suffers from migraine headaches and mental illness, invents a new identity for himself in order to be released from a mental hospital and build a new life.
  • Girl With Curious Hair

    By David Foster Wallace

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393313963
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: February 1996
    These ten stories bear witness to David Foster Wallace's remarkable and unsettling reimaginations of reality. From the eerily 'real,' almost holographic evocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson and overtelevised game-show hosts and late-night comedians to the title story, where terminal punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism, Wallace renders the incredible comprehensible, the bizarre normal, the absurd hilarious, and the familiar strange. 373p.
  • Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays

    By David Sedaris

    Our Price: $6.95 - $7.00
    Kindle Price: $9.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316779425
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books / Little, Brown and Company
    • Published: June 1995
    A national bestseller, now in paperback! These hilarious and acerbic essays detail the cultural conspiracies, domestic delusions, and misanthropic underbelly of contemporary, modern America. This volume includes the full, unexpurgated'Santaland Diaries.' 208p. Pap. Kindle Price: $9.99
  • Jesus' Son

    By Denis Johnson

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312428747
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: February 2009
    In his first collection of stories, Denis Johnson, whose most recent novel Tree of Smoke received the National Book Award for Fiction (2007), etches a unique, hallucinatory vision of contemporary American life into readers' minds. These eleven stories are peerless in power and immediacy. In their intensity of perception, their neon-cool evocation of a strange world brought uncomfortably close to our own, they offer a disturbing yet eerily beautiful portrayal of the great American loneliness and...hope. 133p. Kindle Price: $9.99
  • Knockemstiff

    By Donald Ray Pollock

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780767928304
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: March 2009
    Spanning a period from the 1960s to the 1990s, the linked stories that compose this collection of 'fast, funny storiesabout the saddest people you'll ever meet in fiction' features a cast of characters who are woebegone and depraved - but undeniably real. An entirely fictional work about an actual town, Knockemstiff steps into the literature of place full stride ahead. 320p.
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

    By Dorothy Parker

    Our Price: $11.50 - $20.70
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143039532
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: March 2006
    Penguin Deluxe Classics Edition. A sublime collection of one of the 20th century's most quotable authors: short fiction, poems, book and theatre reviews, letters and more. A wonderful extra is the quickie biography in simple drawings decorating the front and back cover flaps. Index. 626p.
  • Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture

    By Douglas Coupland

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312054366
    • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
    • Published: 1991
    The story of three friends deals with the problems faced by the post baby boom generation and is accompanied by definitions of terms reflecting modern social trends
  • Babylon Revisited and Other Stories

    By F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684824482
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: May 1996
    Ten lyric tales written between 1920 and 1927 that bring the 'Lost Generation' to life - from Tarleton, Georgia to the glittering cosmopolitan centers of New York and Paris. 260p.
  • The Great Gatsby

    By F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780743273565
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: September 2004
    This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of a 20th-century classic, based on the Cambridge critical edition that is drawn on the manuscript and surviving proofs of the novel, along with Fitzgerald's later revisions and corrections. 216p. Pap.
  • The Fran Lebowitz Reader

    By Fran Lebowitz

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679761808
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: October 1994
    This publication brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two bestsellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, two classics in which the humorist limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life - its fads, trends, crazes,morals, and fashions - without mercy. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking and waggish, Lebowitz makes for one wickedly on-target comic sensibility. (Fran Lebowitz still lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.) 333p.
  • Trainspotting

    By Irvine Welsh

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393314809
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: 1996
    An unrelenting and strangely exhilarating group portrait of lives in Edinburgh - junkies, rude boys and nutters the likes of which you've never before encountered. The dialect and tone is pinpoint realistic.It definitely attracts the ear to the hard mix of nihilism and heartbreak swelling in these lives. Now a major motion picture from Miramax Films. 349p. Pap.
  • Story of My Life

    By Jay McInerney

    Our Price: $13.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802144584
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: April 2010
    Alison Poole is a budding actress already fatally well versed in hopping the clubs, shopping Chanel, falling in and out of lust, and abusing other people’s credit cards. As she races toward emotional breakdown, McInerney gives readers a funny yet oddly touching portrait of a postmodern Holly Golightly coming to terms with a world in which everything is permitted and nothing really matters. 202p.