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  • The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

    By Douglas Brinkley

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061148491
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: August 2007
    In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. But it was only the first stage of a shocking triple tragedy. On the heels of one of the three strongest hurricanes ever to make landfall in the United States came the storm-surge flooding, which submerged a half-million homes—followed by the human tragedy of government mismanagement, which proved as cruel as the natural disaster itself. Photo insert. Index. 768p.
  • Endless Love

    By Scott Spencer

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061926006
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: August 2010
    The classic novel that has been translated into over twenty languages and has sold more than two million copies worldwide One of the most celebrated novels of its time, Endless Love remains perhaps the most powerful book ever written about young love. Riveting, compulsively readable, and ferociously sexual, Endless Love tells the story of David Axelrod and his overwhelming love for Jade Butterfield. David and Jade are consumed with each other: their rapport, their desire, their sexuality, take them further than they understand. And when Jade's father banishes David from the home, he fantasizes the forgiveness his rescue of the family will bring, and he sets a "perfectly safe" fire to their house. What unfolds is a nightmare, a dark world in which David's love is a crime and a disease, a world of anonymous phone calls, crazy letters, and new fears?and the inevitable and punishing pursuit of the one thing that remains most real to him: his endless love for Jade and her family. Published in 1979 and hailed as "one of the best books of the year" by the New York Times, Endless Love is the novel that first established Scott Spencer as "the contemporary American master of the love story" (Publishers Weekly).
  • We Disappear: A Novel

    By Scott Heim

    Our Price: $14.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061468971
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: March 2008
    In a Kansas field, a teenage boy is found murdered, an event that sparks a dark obsession in a hard-luck woman named Donna. Recently widowed and battling cancer, she begins remembering details of a long-suppressed secret from her childhood. She persuades her son, Scott, to help her discover more about 'disappeared' people, hoping to uncover clues about her troubled past. Fighting demons of his own - including addictions to methamphetamines and sleeping pills - Scott is barely holding on, but the chance to help his mother, as desperate and disturbing as her search may be, offers a taste of salvation. 304p.
  • Falls: A Novel

    By Joyce Carol Oates

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061565342
    • Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS
    • Published: June 2008
    Follows the interconnected and secretive lives of parents and their children when they are challenged by circumstances outside their family, in a tale set against a backdrop of Niagara Falls in the mid-twentieth century. By the award-winning author of Blonde. Reissue. 50,000 first printing.
  • The Kiss: A Memoir

    By Kathryn Harrison

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780380731473
    • Publisher: Avon Books
    • Published: June 1998
    In a controversial New York Times best-seller, a novelist unabashedly recounts her furtive, incestuous relationship with her father, which began after she was reunited with him at the age of twenty. Reprint.
  • So Much for That: A Novel

    By Lionel Shriver

    Our Price: $14.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061458590
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: March 2011
    After his wife is diagnosed with cancer, Shep Knacker sees his dream of retiring to a developing country slip away, along with all the money in his once-plentiful bank account, as he tries to navigate America's labyrinthine health-care system. By the best-selling author of The Post-Birthday World. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
  • Consider the Oyster

    By M.F.K. Fisher

    Our Price: $5.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780865473355
    • Publisher: North Point Press
    • Published: September 1988
    Fisher here pays tribute to that most enigmatic of ocean creatures, the oyster. As she tells of oysters found in stews, in soups, roasted, baked, fried, prepared a la Rockefeller or au naturel – and of the pearls sometimes found therein – Fisher describes her mother’s joy at encountering oyster loaf in a girls’ dorm in the 1890s, recalls her own initiation into the “strange cold succulence” of raw oysters as a young woman in Marseille and Dijon, and explores both the bivalve’s famed aphrodisiac properties and its equally notorious gut-wrenching powers. Fisher invites readers to share in the comforts and delights that this delicate edible evokes, enchanting readers her characteristically wise and witty prose. Index of Recipes. 78p.
  • Middlesex

    By Jeffrey Eugenides

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312427733
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: June 2002
    The story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. 544p. Pap.
  • Inferno (A Poet's Novel)

    By Eileen Myles

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781935928034
    • Publisher: OR Books
    • Published: 2010
  • The Naked Civil Servant

    By Quentin Crisp

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780141180533
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: May 1997
    This classic autobiography is both a comic masterpiece and a unique testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Crisp not only came out as a gay man in 1931, when the slightest sign of homosexuality shocked public sensibilities, but he had so with grand and provocative flamboyance, determined to spread the message that homosexuality did not exclude him or anyone else from the human race. His hilarious descriptions of encounters with parents, friends, employers, soldiers and sailors, and the law reveal the strength and humor of an honest man, determined to face the world with the uncensored, unapologetic truth about himself. 212p.
  • The Sluts

    By Dennis Cooper

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780786716746
    • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers
    • Published: October 2005
    A tale largely told through the postings, e-mails, and board conversations on a Web site where gay male escorts are reviewed by dozens of unreliable client narrators traces the evolution of one young escort's date with a satisfied client, an evening that burgeons into a metafiction of pornography, half-truths, and myths. Reprint.
  • Jernigan: A Novel

    By David Gates

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679737131
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: March 1992
    Seeking comfort in alcohol and irony from his wife's death, father's immolation, and son's adolescence, Peter Jernigan meets the mother of his son's strange girlfriend and begins a plunge into the everyday death of the spirit
  • The Ravishing of Lol Stein

    By Marguerite Duras

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780394743042
    • Publisher: Pantheon Books
    • Published: March 1986
    A haunting early novel by the author of The Lover. 131p.
  • Ladder of Years: A Novel

    By Anne Tyler

    Our Price: $5.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780449910573
    • Publisher: Fawcett Columbine
    • Published: April 1996
    Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To her husband and three almost grown children, she has vainished without trace or reason. But for Delia, who feels like a tiny gnat buzzing around her family's edges, 'walking away from it all' is not a premeditated act but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life. 326p.
  • And I Don't Want to Live This Life

    By Deborah Spungen

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780449911419
    • Publisher: BALLANTINE BOOKS
    • Published: August 1996
    The mother of Nancy Spungen, the woman who was allegedly murdered by punk rock star Sid Vicious, chronicles her family's despair and the futility of professional advice in dealing with her daughter's life-long episodes of uncontrollable rebellion

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