Strand Curated Collections: Chuck Palahniuk's Picks

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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.
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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.
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The Informers

By Bret Easton Ellis

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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.
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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.
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Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays

By David Sedaris

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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
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Jesus' Son: Stories

By Denis Johnson

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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Trainspotting

By Irvine Welsh

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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.
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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.
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A series of smart, funny, and moving stories takes readers through one woman's life--from childhood to marriage and beyond--memorably capturing the essence of growing up female and struggling to remain true to oneself. Reprint. 15,000 first printing
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