Strand Curated Collections: Chuck Palahniuk's Picks


  • 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.
  • Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays

    By David Sedaris

    Our Price: $6.95
    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: $7.00 - $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.
  • Cat's Cradle

    By Kurt Vonnegut

    Our Price: $8.00 - $8.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385333481
    • Publisher: Delta 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: $9.00
    • 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: $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.
  • 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: $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: $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: $15.00
    • 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.
  • Jesus' Son

    By Denis Johnson

    Our Price: $7.00 - $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.
  • Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust

    By Nathanael West

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811218221
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: June 2009
    Miss Lonelyhearts - compared by Flannery O'Connor to Faulkner's As I Lay Dying - is about a newspaper reporter assigned to write the agony column, but, caught up in a vision of suffering, he seeks a way out (through Art, Sex, Religion), only to be rebuffed at every turn by his cynical editor Shrike. The Day of the Locust - considered by many to be the finest novel ever written about Hollywood - revolves around Tod Hackett, who hopes for a career in set design only to discover the boredom and emptiness of Hollywood's inhabitants. In the end, only blood will serve. 208p.