Colleen C.

Colleen C.

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"Colleen is a small town Virginia transplant who surprised everyone, especially herself, by moving to New York City. After working on the art floor while interning at publishers and nonprofits and nonprofit publishers, she is now on the marketing team and spends most of her waking hours being Strand on various social media platforms. She likes literary fiction and nonfiction about cultural history and has been known to spend entire days in bed reading and watching trashy reality TV."

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Almost Famous Women By Megan Mayhew Bergman

Almost Famous Women

by Megan Mayhew Bergman

Fictional stories of actual (and actually incredible) women who never quite made it into the spotlight. Bergman is sharp, compassionate, but her portraits aren't idealized. These are the kinds of complex stories of women that are all too often missing from our historical and cultural consciousness.

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  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost

    By Rebecca Solnit

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143037248
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: June 2006
    A series of autobiographical essays draws on key moments and relationships in the author's life to explore such issues as trust, loss, and desire, in a volume that focuses on a central theme of losing oneself in the pleasures of experience. By the author of River of Shadows and Wanderlust. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
  • Binary Star

    By Sarah Gerard

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781937512255
    • Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
    • Published: January 2015
    "Sarah Gerard's star is rising."The Millions"Gerard's lyrical prose is like nothing you've ever read - and the same can be said for the arrestingBinary Star, too... it kind of blew apart my mind."Bustle"Gerard has produced a powerful, poetic, and widely relatable novel that eludes easy classification."Publishers Weekly, Starred"Gerard has an interesting fearlessness."VICE"A bold, beautiful novel about wanting to disappear and almost succeeding. Sarah Gerard writes about love and loneliness in a new and brilliantly visceral way."Jenny Offill"I felt a breathless intensity the whole time I read Sarah Gerard's brilliant Binary Star. I sped through it, dizzy,devastated, loving all of it."Kate Zambreno"Two lost souls hurtle through a long dark night where drug store fluorescents light up fashion magazine headlines and the bad flarf of the pharmacy: Hydroxycut, Seroquel, Ativan, Zantrex-3. Gerard’s young lovers rightly revolt against the insane standards of a sick society, but their pursuit of purityideological, mental, physicalcomes to constitute another kind of impossible demand, all the more dangerous for being self-imposed.Binary Star is merciless and cyclonic, a true and brutal poem of obliteration, an all-American death chant whose chorus is 'I want to look at the sky and understand.'"Justin Taylor"By now I've read Binary Star twice, and I've become so entwined with it that I'm reluctant to talk about the subject at length. Let me just say that I've never read anything like it."Harry Mathews"Allegorized by the phenomena of binary stars, Sarah Gerard's first novel confronts the symptoms of modern living with beauty and courage."Simon Van BooyThe language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an impassioned account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend. On a road trip circumnavigating the United States, they stumble into a book on veganarchism, and believe they've found a direction.Binary Star is an intense, fast-moving saga of two young lovers and the culture that keeps them sick (or at least inundated with quick-fix solutions); a society that sells diet pills, sleeping pills, magazines that profile celebrities who lose weight or too much weight or put on weight, and books that pimp diet secrets or recipes for success.Sarah Gerard's work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine's "The Cut,"Paris Review Daily, Slice Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books,Bookforum, and other journals. She is the author of the chapbook Things I Told My Mother and a graduate of The New School's MFA program for fiction.
  • Heroines

    By Kate Zambreno

    Our Price: $16.15
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781584351146
    • Publisher: Semiotext(e)
    • Published: October 2012
    I am beginning to realize that taking the self out of our essays is a form ofrepression. Taking the self out feels like obeying a gag order--pretending an objectivity wherethere is nothing objective about the experience of confronting and engaging with and swooning overliterature."--from HeroinesOn the last day of December,2009 Kate Zambreno began a blog called Frances Farmer Is My Sister, arising fromher obsession with the female modernists and her recent transplantation to Akron, Ohio, where herhusband held a university job. Widely reposted, Zambreno's blog became an outlet for her highlyinformed and passionate rants about the fates of the modernist "wives and mistresses." Inher blog entries, Zambreno reclaimed the traditionally pathologized biographies of Vivienne Eliot,Jane Bowles, Jean Rhys, and Zelda Fitzgerald: writers and artists themselves who served as malewriters' muses only to end their lives silenced, erased, and institutionalized. Over the course oftwo years, Frances Farmer Is My Sister helped create a community where today's"toxic girls" could devise a new feminist discourse, writing in the margins and developingan alternative canon.In Heroines, Zambreno extends the polemicbegun on her blog into a dazzling, original work of literary scholarship. Combing theories that havedictated what literature should be and who is allowed to write it--from T. S. Eliot's New Criticismto the writings of such mid-century intellectuals as Elizabeth Hardwick and Mary McCarthy to theoccasional "girl-on-girl crime" of the Second Wave of feminism--she traces the genesis ofa cultural template that consistently exiles female experience to the realm of the"minor," and diagnoses women for transgressing social bounds. "ANXIETY: When sheexperiences it, it's pathological," writes Zambreno. "When he does, it'sexistential." By advancing the Girl-As-Philosopher, Zambreno reinvents feminism for hergeneration while providing a model for a newly subjectivized criticism.
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

    By Andrea Wulf

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780385350662
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: September 2015
    A portrait of the lesser-known German naturalist reveals his ongoing influence on humanity's relationship with the natural world today, discussing such topics as his views on climate change, conservation and nature as a resource for all life. By the author of Founding Gardeners.
  • Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story

    By Jim Holt

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780871403599
    • Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
    • Published: April 2013
    Expands the search for the origins of the universe beyond God and the Big Bang theory, exploring more bizarre possibilities inspired by physicists, theologians, mathematicians, and even novelists.

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