Aaron J

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Aaron is an award winning writer and poet whose work has been published in multiple anthologies and literary journals. For more information about his writing and publications please visit aaronbjackson.com.

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Aaron J's Reviews

Interpreter of Maladies

by: Jhumpa Lahiri

This Pulitzer Prize winning collection of short stories is one of the most profoundly moving books you will ever read. These stories stay with you long after you are finished reading them.

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Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

by: Alexandra Horowitz

This book is a must-own for any dog lover. No book gives more insight into the workings of the mind of a dog. Fun to read and loaded with scientific info, it gets two paws up?

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So You've Been Publicly Shamed

by: Jon Ronson

Are you ashamed at how we shame? Or are you doing some shaming yourself? Join journalist Jon Ronson as he examines our society’s need to point fingers and laugh! “They are all going to laugh at you!” - Carrie White’s Mom

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Fight Club 2

by: Chuck Palahniuk

Tyler Durden is back and he is crazier than ever! In this sequel to the the cult classic nothing is sacred as Chuck Palahniuk takes us on a wild ride to the dark side of humanity.

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Citizen: An American Lyric

by: Claudia Rankine

I'm imploring you to read Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. It is an urgent meditation on race relations in this country right now. It is a must read, haunting book that will stay with you for a long time.

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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Updated Edition

by: Anthony Bourdain

If you have never worked in the Restaurant business this book will give insight as to what goes on behind the swinging doors, and if you have worked in the restaurant business, this book is a trip down memory lane. Anthony Bourdain weaves together his tale of how he fell in love with food and what goes on in the trenches of the restaurant kitchen, while giving helpful tips on what you should never order off the menu. (For example, stay away from hollandaise sauce and discount sushi.)

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Where the Sidewalk Ends: 40th Anniversary Special Edition

by: Shel Silverstein

For poets of all ages this collection is a must read! Shel Silverstein was a master of poetic word weaving stretching the imagination of all who encounter his work. The poems and the drawings have inspired generation after generation of young poets and artists who dare to dream. If you left me alone on an island with just one book to read, this is the book I would choose.

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  • Darkness Sticks to Everything: Collected and New Poems

    By Tom Hennen

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781556594045
    • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
    • Published: January 2013
    "Tom Hennen's poetry is work of the highest order... I'm reminded again how deeply the earth inhabits us.” ?Jim Harrison
  • Howl and Other Poems (The Pocket Poets Series, Number Four)

    By Allen Ginsberg

    Our Price: $7.15
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780872860179
    • Publisher: City Lights Books
    • Published: January 2001
    (City Lights Pocket Poets series). Allen Ginsberg's poem, 'Howl,' landed on the shores of America's shipwrecked consciousness as a manifesto and testimony. The book, HOWL AND OTHER POEMS, was subsequently seized by U.S. customs and the San Francisco police. It was the subject of a long court trial at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene. Ginsberg knew what was obscene, and he wrote it down in a delirious, impassioned fit of poetic reverie. It is both THE legendary and notorious poem of 20th-century American literature. Bibliography. 60p.
  • Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

    By Ted Kerasote

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780151012701
    • Publisher: Harcourt
    • Published: July 2007
    When award-winning author Ted Kerasote found a ten-month-old pup in the Utah desert, he could not help but notice an animal who thought and survied for itself. Obviously, the pup had been through some hard time, but so had Kerasote, who was open to the idea of gaining a new best-friend. What emerged from this triumphant chance meeting was a companion unlike any other; the blonde and brilliant Merle. Through their many adventures and exploits, Kerasote began to notice that the same instinct for survival that Merle had shown in his early days was still present in his friend, and that by treating him like the independant thathe was, instead of simple pet, they both could learn a lot.
  • Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

    By Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson

    Our Price: $27.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781455501359
    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
    • Published: June 2013
    The drummer for the Grammy Award-winning group "The Roots" discusses his life as well as hip hop, music criticism, and celebrities.
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family (30th Anniversary Edition)

    By Alex Haley

    Our Price: $7.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781593154493
    • Publisher: Vanguard Press
    • Published: May 2007
    (The 30th Anniversary Edition). Still vividly remembering the stories of his grandmother about his family after he grew up, Alex Haley began to search for documentation that might authenticate the narrative. It took ten years and a half a million miles of travel across continents to find it, but finally, in an astonishing feat of genalogical detective work, Haley discovered not only the name of 'the African' - Kunta Kinte - but the precise location of Juffure, the very village in The Gambia, West Africa, from which he was abducted in 1767 at the age of sixteen and taken to Maryland and sold to a Virgina planter... Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 899p.
  • Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

    By Langston Hughes

    Our Price: $15.90
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679728184
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: September 1990
    A collection of the author's favorite poetry from published books, private publications, and unpublished manuscripts
  • Someone Else's Wedding Vows

    By Bianca Stone

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781935639749
    • Publisher: Tin House Books
    • Published: March 2014
    Someone Else’s Wedding Vows reflects on the different forms of love, which can be both tremendously joyous and devastatingly destructive. The title poem confronts the human ritual of marriage from the standpoint of a wedding photographer. Within the tedium and alienation of the ceremony, the speaker grapples with a strange human hopefulness. In this vein, Stone explores our everyday patterns and customs, and in doing so, exposes them for their complexities. Drawing on the neurological, scientific, psychological, and even supernatural, this collection confronts the difficulties of love and family. Stone rankles with a desire to understand, but the questions she asks are never answered simply. These poems stroll along the abyss, pointing towards the absurdity of our choices. They recede into the imaginative in order to understand and translate the distressing nature of reality. It is a bittersweet question this book raises: Why we are like this? There is no easy answer. So while we look down at our hands, perplexed, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows raises a glass to the future.
  • The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

    By Emily Dickinson

    Our Price: $11.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316184137
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books / Little, Brown and Company
    • Published: January 1976
    This book, a distillation of the three-volume Complete Poems compiled and published in 1955, brings together the original texts of all of her 1,775 poems. A chronological arrangement produces the effect of 'a poetic biography,'presenting the full spectrum of Dickinson's bold experiments, her tragic vision, and her intellectual and emotional explorations. Indexes. 770p.
  • The Giving Tree

    By Shel Silverstein

    Our Price: $9.00 - $17.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780060256654
    • Publisher: HarperCollins
    • Published: January 1992
    A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return, in an anniversary edition of the classic book packaged with a CD read by the late author.
  • The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition)

    By John Steinbeck

    Our Price: $10.00 - $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780142000663
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: January 2002
    First published in 1939, 'The Grapes of Wrath' quickly transmuted into a landmark of American literature, with its portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man's fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman's stoical strength. The novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice. In microcosm, it is the story of the Joads, an Oklahoma family driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of a country divided into Haves and Have-Nots, the novel evolves a drama transcendent in its grasp of human dignity. 455p.
  • What Learning Leaves: New Edition

    By Taylor Mali

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781938912269
    • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing
    • Published: 2013