Anti-Beach Reads


  • 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List

    By James Mustich

    Our Price: $17.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781523504459
    • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
    • Published: October 2018
    Pre-ordering does not guarantee a signed copy or grant event admission.
  • Disparities

    By Slavoj Žižek

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781350066564
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
    • Published: May 2019
  • Grant

    By Ron Chernow

    Our Price: $19.80
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143110637
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: October 2018
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (20th Anniversary Edition)

    By Jared Diamond

    Our Price: $9.50 - $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393354324
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: March 2017
  • House of Leaves

    By Mark Z. Danielewski

    Our Price: $19.80
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375703768
    • Publisher: Pantheon Books
    • Published: March 2000
    This tour de force debut novel examines the horrific absence at the heart of life - in the form of 'a story about a story about a story about a film about a house with a black hole in it.' But it's a lot more ambitious than the story it tells, and for that matter, deconstructs. It is the love of the difficult that brings such a work to light, making the easy seem finally possible. 709p.
  • Infinite Jest (20th Anniversary Edition)

    By David Foster Wallace

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316306058
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books
    • Published: February 2016
    A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction,Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.
  • Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments: A Stone Reader

    By Peter Catapano

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781631493997
    • Publisher: Liveright
    • Published: March 2018
  • The Aeneid

    By Virgil

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679729525
    • Publisher: Vintage Classics
    • Published: June 1990
    Robert Fitzgerald has managed, by a sensitive use of faintly archaic vocabulary and a keen ear for sound and rhythm, to suggest the solemnity and the movement of Virgil's poem of Aeneas' fateful journey as no previous translator has done (including John Dryden). Brief Glossary. 443p.
  • The Fountainhead (Centennial Edition)

    By Ayn Rand

    Our Price: $22.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780452286375
    • Publisher: Plume
    • Published: December 2004
    Ayn Rand's highly controversial novel tells the story of the desperate battle waged by architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite...of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately but married his worst enemy...of the fanatic denunciation unleashed by an enraged society against a great creator. Its theme is one of the most challenging ideas ever presented in a work of fiction - that a person's ego is the fountainhead of human progress. 736p.
  • The Goldfinch

    By Donna Tartt

    Our Price: $10.00 - $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316055444
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books
    • Published: April 2015
    "The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Aloneand abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art"--
  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

    By Robert A. Caro

    Our Price: $23.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780394720241
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: July 1975
    One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, this work tells the hidden story behind the shaping/misshaping of 20th-century (city and state). It reveals Robert Moses as the single most important figure in the politics and problems of NYC's physical structure and urban decline. B&W illus. 1,246p index. Pap.
  • Truman

    By David McCullough

    Our Price: $7.95 - $12.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780671869205
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks
    • Published: June 1993
    Fair and balanced biography of one of the more controversial Presidents. Though heavily criticized while in office, Truman's stature has grown with the passage of time. 1,117p. Pap.
  • Ulysses (Unabridged, Original Shakespeare and Company Edition)

    By James Joyce

    Our Price: $11.65
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780486474700
    • Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
    • Published: November 2009
    Loosely based on the Odyssey, this landmark of modern literature follows ordinary Dubliners through an entire day in 1904. Captivating experimental techniques range from interior monologues to exuberant wordplay and earthy humor.