• A Dead Man's Memoir (A Theatrical Novel)

    By Mikhail Bulgakov

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140455144
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: December 2007
    A semi-autobiographical story about a writer who fails to sell his novel, then fails to commit suicide. When the writer's play is taken up for production in a theatre, literary success beckons, but he is not prepared to reckon with the grotesquely inflated egos of the actors, directors, and theatre managers. 208p.
  • All Art Is Propaganda: Critical Essays

    By George Orwell

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156033077
    • Publisher: Mariner Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    • Published: October 2009
    A frequent commentator in literature, language, film, and drama throughout his career, George Orwell turned increasingly to the critical essay in the 1940s when his most important experiences were behind him and some of his most incisive writing lay head. This volume follows Orwell as he demonstrates in peice after piece how intent analysis of a work or body of work gives rise to trenchant aesthetic and philosophical commentary, With masterpieces such as 'Politics and the English Language' and 'Rudyard Kipling' and gems such as 'Good Bad Books,' here is an unrivaled education in 'how to be interesting line after line.' 374p.
  • All the Sad Young Literary Men

    By Keith Gessen

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143114772
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: March 2009
    This charming yet scathing portrait of young adulthood at the onset of the 21st century charts the lives of three friends as they overthink their college years, underthink their love lives, and struggle to find a semblance of maturity,responsibility, and even literary fame. At every turn, at each character's misstep, the novel radiates with comedic warmth and biting honesty, signalling the arrival of a brave and trenchant new voice. 242p.
  • City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis

    By Keith Gessen

    Our Price: $8.00 - $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780865478312
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: May 2015
    "A collection of essays--historical and personal--about the present and future of American cities Edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb, City by City is a collection of essays--historical, personal, and somewhere in between--about the present and future of American cities. It sweeps from Gold Rush, Alaska, to Miami, Florida, encompassing cities large and small, growing and failing. These essays look closely at the forces--gentrification, underemployment, politics, culture, and crime--that shape urban life. They also tell the stories of citizens whose fortunes have risen or fallen with those of the cities they call home. A cross between Hunter S. Thompson, Studs Terkel, and the Great Depression-era WPA guides to each state in the Union, City by Citycarries this project of American storytelling up to the days of our own Great Recession"--
  • Diary of a Very Bad Year: Confessions of an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager

    By Anonymous

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061965302
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: July 2010
    Both extraordinarily thoughtful and enormously entertaining - with memories of the fear that gripped Wall Street during the financial crisis already fading - this book on modern finance shows just what the crisis really felt like as it was happening, and serves as a healhy reminder of just how scary things got, even as it does a very good job of explaining what went wrong. More than that, though, this is a great portrait of a mind at work, producing an inside look at someone tying to think straight in the midst of chaos. Bibliography, Index. 260p.
  • Lucky Jim

    By Kingsley Amis

    Our Price: $7.50 - $7.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590175750
    • Publisher: New York Review Books
    • Published: October 2012
    Regarded by many as the finest, and funniest, comic novel of the twentieth century, Lucky Jim remains as trenchant, withering, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in 1954. This is the story of Jim Dixon, a hapless lecturer in medieval history at a provincial university who knows better than most that “there was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones.” Kingsley Amis’s scabrous debut leads the reader through a gallery of emphatically English bores, cranks, frauds, and neurotics with whom Dixon must contend in one way or another in order to hold on to his cushy academic perch and win the girl of his fancy. More than just a merciless satire of cloistered college life and stuffy postwar manners, Lucky Jim is an attack on the forces of boredom, whatever form they may take, and a work of art that at once distills and extends an entire tradition of English comic writing, from Fielding and Dickens through Wodehouse and Waugh. As Christopher Hitchens has written, “If you can picture Bertie or Jeeves being capable of actual malice, and simultaneously imagine Evelyn Waugh forgetting about original sin, you have the combination of innocence and experience that makes this short romp so imperishable.”
  • There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales

    By Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143114666
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: September 2009
    Vanishings and apparitions, nightmares and twists of fate, mysterious ailments and supernatural interventions, haunt this book of otherworldly power by Russia's preeminent contemporary fiction writer, heir to the spellbinding tradition of Gogol and Poe. Blending the miraculous with the macabre, and leavened by a mischievous gallows humor, these nineteen tales are like nothing being written in Russia - or anywhere else for that matter. 206p.
  • Voices from Chernobyl : The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

    By Svetlana Alexievich

    Our Price: $26.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781564784018
    • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
    • Published: 2005
    This is the first book to present personal accounts of what happened to the people of Belarus, and the fear, anger, and uncertainty that they still live with. In order to give voice to their experiences, Alexievich--a journalist by trade who now suffers from an immune deficiency developed while researching this book--interviewed hundreds of people affected by the meltdown: from innocent citizens, to firefights, to those called to clean up the disaster. This is a crucial document of a disaster and how the government masked its seriousness, making the event even more tragic through deception and lies. The reader will be left with the shattering pain of living through such an event and its aftermath.