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  • And I Don't Want to Live This Life: A Mother's Story of Her Daughter's Murder

    By Deborah Spungen

    Our Price: $17.00
    • 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
  • Consider the Oyster

    By M.F.K. Fisher

    Our Price: $12.00
    • 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.
  • 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).
  • Good Morning, Midnight

    By Jean Rhys

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393303940
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: December 1999
    Sasha Jensen has return to Paris, the city of both her happiest moments and her most desperate. A friend has rescued her from the room in London where she had been trying to think herself to death. Now her her past lies in wait for herin cafes, bars, and dress shops, coming to life again as vividly for the reader as it does for her, blurring all distinctions between nightmare and reality. However, the past is not all that looms threateningly on Sasha's horizon. 190p.
  • Jernigan

    By David Gates

    Our Price: $7.50 - $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
  • Ladder of Years

    By Anne Tyler

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780449910573
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • 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.
  • My Prizes: An Accounting

    By Thomas Bernhard

    Our Price: $11.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780307272874
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: November 2010
    A gathering of brilliant and viciously funny recollections. Written in 1980 but published here for the first time, these texts tell the story of the various farces that developed around the literary prizes Thomas Bernhard received in his lifetime. Whether it was the Bremen Prize, or the Austrian State Prize, his participation in the acceptance ceremony - always less than gracious, it must be said - resulted in scandal (only at the awarding of the prize from Austria's Federal Chamber of Commerce did Bernhard feel at home: he received that one, he said, in recognition of the great example he set for shopkeeping apprentices). And the remuneration connected with the prizes presented him with opportunities for adventure - the new-house and luxury-car variety. A revelatory work of dazzling comedy, this is the pinnacle of Bernhardian art. 130p.
  • Notes on a Life (Applause Books)

    By Eleanor Coppola

    Our Price: $18.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781423489054
    • Publisher: Applause Theatre and Cinema Books
    • Published: May 2010
    Applause BooksEleanor Coppola's first book, Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now, was hailed as "one of the most revealing of all firsthand looks at the movies" ( Los Angeles Herald Examiner ). Now the author brings the same honesty, insight, and wit to this absorbing account of the next chapters in her life. In this new work we travel back and forth with her from the swirling center of the film world to the intimate heart of her family. She offers a fascinating look at the vision that drives her husband, Francis Ford Coppola, and describes her daughter Sofia's rise to fame with the film Lost in Translation . Even as she visits faraway movie sets and attends parties, she is pulled back to pursue her own art but is always focused on keeping her family safe. The death of their son Gio in a boating accident in 1986 and her struggle to cope with her grief and anger lead to a moving exploration of her deepest feelings as a woman and as a mother. Written with a quiet strength, Eleanor Coppola's powerful portrait of the conflicting demands of family, love, and art is at once very personal and universally resonant.
  • Paris Diary and the New York Diary, 1951-1961

    By Ned Rorem

    Our Price: $18.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306808388
    • Publisher: PLENUM PUBLISHING CORPORATION
    • Published: March 1998
    Reprint of the North Point Press original of 1983 with a new introduction by Richard Howard. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
  • Platform: A Novel

    By Michel Houellebecq

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400030262
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: July 2004
    In his early forties, Michel Renault skims through his days with as little human contact as possible, but following his father's death he takes a group holiday to Thailand where he meets a travel agent - the shyly compelling Valerie - who begins to bring this half-dead man to life with sex of escalating intensity and audacity. Arcing with dreamlike swiftness from Paris to Pattaya Beach and from sex clubs to a terrorist massacre, PLATFORM is a brilliant, apocalyptic tour de fiction. 259p.
  • Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

    By Philip Short

    Our Price: $30.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780805080063
    • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
    • Published: January 2006
    Philip Short's masterly narrative reveals how Pol Pot engineered his country's desolation, fashioning the definitive portrait of the man who headed one of the most enigmatic and terrifying regimes of modern times. Short observed Pol Pot at close quarters during the one and only official visit Pol ever made abroad, to China, in 1975. He was struck by Pol Pot's charm and charisma, yet, soon after, the leader would emerge as the architect of one of the most radical and ruthless experiments in social engineering ever undertaken. More than a million Cambodians perished in the notorious 'killing fields' implemented by the Khmer Rouge of Pol Pot. Notes and Sources, Index. Illus., b&w photos. 537p.
  • So Much for That

    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.
  • Still Holding

    By Bruce Wagner

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780743243384
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: August 2004
    In the wake of a fan attack and the events of September 11, a handsome movie star and practicing Buddhist spends a year recuperating in the care of his ruthlessly opportunistic father, an endeavor that is marked by a starlet's effort to make the most of her first big break. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
  • The Assistant

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811215909
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: 2007
    Published in 1908, THE ASSISTANT won a 2007 PEN Translation Fund Award. Joseph, hired as an inventor's new assistant, arrives one rainy Monday morning at Technical Engineer Carl Tabler's splendid hilltop villa: he is at once pleased and terribly worried, a state soon followed by even stickier psychological complexities. He enjoys the company of the proud wife, Frau Tabler, and the beautiful view over Lake Zurich, and the delicious savory meals. But does he deserve any of these pleasures? As he attempts to help the Tabler household (sliding toward financial ruin), THE ASSISTANT pours fourth Joseph's inner life of cascading emotions of exuberance, of despair, of all the rapture and panic of someone 'drowning in obedience.' 301p.
  • The End of Alice

    By A. M. Homes

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684827100
    • Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction
    • Published: 2006
    The story of an imprisoned pedophile who is drawn into an erotically charged correspondence with a 19-year-old suburban co-ed. 'Unnerving, repellent, and seductive.' 270p.

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