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"Jon lives in a strange and wonderful land called Queens. He enjoys searching though cultural scrap heaps and haunting ethnic groceries in search of the perfect snack. He likes these books. You should read them. "

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  • American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon

    By Stephen Prothero

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374529567
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: September 2004
    Traces the evolution of diverse images, interpretations, and appraisals of Jesus Christ throughout American culture, explaining how the unique mix of the secular and the sacred in contemporary America is expressed in the person of Jesus. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
  • An Underachiever's Diary: A Novel

    By Benjamin Anastas

    Our Price: $6.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385343046
    • Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
    • Published: July 2009
    Perpetually overshadowed by his perfectionist identical twin, William devoutly clings to his mediocre status, which he holds up against the entire world with well-practiced apathy. Reprint.
  • Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits

    By Jason Wilson

    Our Price: $11.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781580082884
    • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
    • Published: September 2010
    Jason Wilson explores the origins of what we drink and the often surprising reasons behind our choices in this unique blend of travelogue, spirits history, and recipe collection. Wilson champions Old World liquors with hard-to-define-flavors - a bitter and complex italian amari, or the ancient, aromatic herbs of Chartreuse, as well as distinctive New World offerings like lively Peruvian pisco. With an eye for adventure, Wislon seeks out visceral experiences at the source of production - visiting fields of spiky agave, entering the heavily and reverently-guarded Jagermeister herb room in Wolfenbuttel, and journeying to the French Alps to determine if mustachioed men in berets really handpick blossoms to make elderflowert liqueur. In addition, there are more than fifty drink recipes from three riffs on the Manhattan to cocktail-geek favorites like the Aviation and the Last Word. These recipes are presented alongside a host of opinionated essays that cherish the rare, uncover the obscure, dethrone the overrated, and unravel the mysteries of taste, trends, and terroir. Index. 232p.
  • Bruce

    By Peter Ames Carlin

    Our Price: $14.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781439191828
    • Publisher: Touchstone
    • Published: November 2012
    Featuring in-depth interviews with family, friends and close associates and offering a poignant retrospective from the Boss himself, a sweeping portrait of the 20-time Grammy Award-winning music artist encompasses the breadth of his career and offers insight into his creative process. By the author of Catch a Wave. 100,000 first printing.
  • Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

    By Steve Almond

    Our Price: $6.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156032933
    • Publisher: Harcourt
    • Published: April 2005
    Perhaps you remember the whipped splendor or the Choco-Lite, or the Caravelle bar, or maybe the Kit Kat Dark. Steve Almond certainly does. In fact, he was so obsessed by the inexplicable dissappearance of these bars that he embarked on a nationwide journey to uncover the truth about the candy business. Visiting the candy factories that produce dozens of quirky, regional candy bars, Almond finds that the world of candy is no longer asweet haven. Part candy porn, part candy polemic, part confession, 'Candyfreak' explores the role candy plays in our lives as both source of pleasure and escape from pain. He is the acclaimed author of 'My Life in Heavy Metal.'
  • Coyotes: A Journey Through the Secret World of America's Illegal Migrants

    By Ted Conover

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780394755182
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: September 1987
    Disguised as an illegal alien, the author explores the outlaw realm of illegal immigration at the Mexican-American border and describes the role of the coyotes--mercenaries who sneak Mexican laborers into America
  • Dispatches

    By Michael Herr

    Our Price: $7.50
    Kindle Price: $11.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679735250
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: August 1991
    Written on the front lines in Vietnam, Dispatches became an immediate classic of war reportage when it was published in 1977. From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Michael Herr's formidable account makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone. His unsparing retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, rendering clarity from one of the most incomprehensible and nightmarish events of our time. 280p.
  • High Fidelity

    By Nick Hornby

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781573225519
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: August 1996
    Follows the life, love affairs, and belated growth to maturity of Rob, a "Generation X" pop music fanatic and record store owner. Reprint.
  • How to Be Black

    By Baratunde Thurston

    Our Price: $13.49
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062003225
    • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
    • Published: October 2012
    An editor at "The Onion" presents a tongue-in-cheek guide to being black that pokes fun at the so-called experts, purists, and racists who think they know what black people believe, do, stand for, and like.
  • How to Tell When Youre Tired : A Brief Examination of Work

    By Reg Theriault

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393315578
    • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
    • Published: January 1997
    Offers an incisive, witty reflection on the perennial themes involving work, from the impersonal attitude of the higher-ups to the pleasure of doing a job right
  • In the Beginning... Was the Command Line

    By Neal Stephenson

    Our Price: $5.50 - $9.89
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780380815937
    • Publisher: Avon Books
    • Published: November 1999
    From the author of the New York Times bestseller Cryptonomicon. A thoughtful, irreverent, hilarious treatise on the cyber-culture past and present; on operating system tyannies and downloaded popular revolutions; on the Internet, Disney World, Big Bangs, not to mention the meaning of life itself. 151p.
  • L.A. Confidential

    By James Ellroy

    Our Price: $8.00
    Kindle Price: $8.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780446674249
    • Publisher: Warner Books
    • Published: September 1997
    Los Angeles in the 1950s: from its fabulous mansions to its sizzling nightclubs, it is a sprawling center of corruption and dangerous passions. Now a horrific murder invades the bleak cityscape. Caught in the nightmare are three cops bound by honor, sin, and blood...Ed Exley wants to eclipse his policeman father's success; Bud White watched his own mother's murder - and is now a ticking time bomb wearing a badge; Jack Vincennes shakes down movie stars for a scandal rag. Together, they spell 'cop noir brut!' 496p.
  • Ladies' Man

    By Richard Price

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312566524
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: June 2011
    From the author of Clockers and Lush Life, among others. Kenny Becker just dropped girlfriend. The reasons are a little complex. Young and newly unemployed, his main assets at the moment are six-pack abs and a healthy libido – he’s ready to get out, find a little action, and maybe find himself too. But New York is no place for the lonely, and with one meaningless sexual encounter after another, Kenny begins to wonder if the singles scene is not itself a complete con job, with his heart and his future at stake. Raunchy, funny, and surprisingly heartfelt, this 1978 clubland slice-of-life displays the author in gritty, superb form. 243p.
  • Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City

    By Robin Nagle

    Our Price: $14.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780374299293
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: March 2013
    Charting New York's 400-year struggle with trash, an anthropologist, spending 10 years with sanitation workers of all ranks, takes readers inside New York City's Department of Sanitation where she reveals what it really takes to manage Gotham's garbage. 20,000 first printing.
  • Shut Up and Give Me the Mic

    By Dee Snider

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781451637403
    • Publisher: Gallery Books
    • Published: May 2013
    An official memoir by the heavy metal icon and reality television star shares unstinting perspectives on his rise, fall, and return as the frontman for the multi-platinum selling rock band, Twisted Sister.

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