Strand Curated Collections: Chuck Palahniuk's Picks

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  • Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays

    By David Sedaris

    Our Price: $6.95 - $7.50
    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
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories (50th Anniversary Edition)

    By Truman Capote

    Our Price: $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679745655
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: September 1993
    Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's. She told this to Truman Capote herself, with no intermediaries necessary. Capote gets her story and her poignancy, wit, and naivete continue to charm successive generations of Capote readers. Accompanying this seductive, wistful masterpiece are three of Capote's best-known stories, 'House of Flowers,' 'A Diamond Guitar,' and 'A Christmas Memory.' 178p.
  • Breaking and Entering

    By Joy Williams

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780394757735
    • Publisher: Vintage
    • Published: May 1988
    Follows drifters and housebreakers Willie and Liberty on their journey through Florida, their separation, and the growing realization that their odyssey is heading toward danger
  • Cat's Cradle

    By Kurt Vonnegut

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385333481
    • Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperbacks
    • Published: September 1998
    Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness, the book is an apocalyptic tale of Earth's ultimate fate. It features a midget as the protagonist; a complete original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision ofthe future that is at once totally fatalistic and hilariously funny. Vonnegut at his best. 287p.
  • Cathedral: Stories

    By Raymond Carver

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679723691
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: June 1989
    First published in 1983. The 'American Chekhov' serves up twelve stories that reflect, with uncanny accuracy, the pain, confusion and longing that both afflict and comprise our differing human conditions. 228p.
  • Clown Girl

    By Monica Drake

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780976631156
    • Publisher: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts
    • Published: January 2007
    Clown Girl lives in Baloneytown, a seedy neighborhood where drugs, balloon animals, and even rubber chickens contribute to the local currency. Against a backdrop of petty crime, she struggles to live her dreams, calling on cultural masters Charlie Chaplin, Kafka, and da Vinci for inspiration. In an effort to support herself and her layabout performance-artist boyfriend, Clown Girl finds herself unwittingly transformed into a 'corporate clown,' trapping herself in a cycle of meaningless, high-paid gigs that veer dangerously close to prostitution. Monica Drake has created a novel that riffs on the high comedy of early film stars — most notably Chaplin and W. C. Fields — to raise questions of class, gender, economics, and prejudice. Resisting easy classification, this debut novel blends the bizarre, the humorous, and the gritty with stunning skill. 336p.
  • Drown

    By Junot Diaz

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781573226066
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: July 1997
    Ten stories that move from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey. '...fierce, sharp-edged.' With a Glossary. 166p.
  • Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-the-Moon Marigolds: A Drama In Two Acts

    By Paul Zindel

    Our Price: $6.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060757380
    • Publisher: HARPERTROPHY
    • Published: April 2005
    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Winner of the Obie Award for Best American Play.
  • Faraway Places

    By Tom Spanbauer

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780976631187
    • Publisher: HAWTHORNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
    • Published: March 2008
    During a fateful summer, 13-year-old Jake Weber witnesses the brutal murder of a Native American woman by the town banker. Jake's parents forbid him to speak of the killing or name its perpetrator, even as the woman's African American lover stands falsely accused. The crime and what follows it forever alter Jake's view of his parents and the world around him. Faraway Places won widespread praise for its vivid narrative and incantatory style, and Spanbauer displays singular skill in inhabiting the mind of a troubled adolescent boy.
  • Geek Love

    By Katherine Dunn

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375713347
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: June 2002
    Aloysious and Lillian Binewski, proprietors of a traveling carnival, attempt to reduce overhead by breeding their own freak show, with tragic results.
  • 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: March 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
  • Girl with Curious Hair

    By David Foster Wallace

    Our Price: $8.00 - $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.
  • Heartburn

    By Nora Ephron

    Our Price: $7.00 - $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679767954
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: May 1996
    A sidesplitting novel about the breakup of a perfect marriage. Ingredients? A seven-month pregnant woman who discovers her husband is in love with another woman. Wouldn't you know it: in between trying to win him back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron's irrepressible heroine offers some of heer favorite recipes. With a perfect souffle ending! Recipe Index. 179p.
  • Honored Guest

    By Joy Williams

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400095520
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: November 2005
    With her singular brand of gorgeous dark humor, Joy Williams explores the various ways–comic, tragic, and unnerving—we seek to accommodate diminishment and loss. A masseuse breaks her rich client's wrist bone, a friend visits at the hospital long after she is welcome, and a woman surrenders her husband to a creepily adoring student. 228p.
  • In the Garden of the North American Martyrs: Stories

    By Tobias Wolff

    Our Price: $4.00
    Kindle Price: $8.89
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780880014977
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: May 2004
    In this collection of short stories are a teenage boy who tells morbid lies about his home life, a timid professor who, in the first genuine outburst of her life, pours out her opinions in spite of a protesting audience, a prudish loner who gives an obnoxious hitchhiker a ride, and an elderly couple on a golden anniversary cruise who endure the offensive conviviality of the ship's social director. Captivating, brilliant stories that change the way we hear our lives being imagined as we read them. 175p.

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