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The Author’s Bookshelf: Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

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The Underground Railroad

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Sag Harbor

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The Intuitionist

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The Colossus of New York: A City in Thirteen Parts

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Zone One

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Apex Hides the Hurt

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Bitch Planet, Vol. 1 Kelly Sue Deconnick

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Bitch Planet, Vol. 1

Casanova: The Complete Edition, Vol. 1: Luxuria

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction are a crazy super-couple who are putting out some of the best comics around. Casanova is a mind-bending, dimension-trotting masterpiece and Bitch Planet is the women-in-prison epic you didn’t realize was missing from your life. View In Store

Going into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man

I’ve been reading Christgau ever since junior high and he, along with his Village Voice cronies, inspired me to write criticism back in the day. Here’s his New York. View In Store

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever

How do you fuck up a series about the music scene in 70s New York? Somehow ‘Vinyl’ did. For the real deal, check out Hermes’s book. He’s also a nice guy! View In Store

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  • Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (20th Anniversary Edition)

    By Legs McNeil

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802125361
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: August 2016
    No volume serves juicier dish on punk’s New York birth . . . Tales of sex, drugs and music that will make you wish you’d been there.”Rolling StoneRanks up there with the great rock & roll books of all time.”Time Out New YorkOnce the most reviled musical movement in history, now a global rallying cry for the young and rebellious, punk has energy and power that remain undiluted. A contemporary classic that has inspired scores of other books,Please Kill Me is the definitive oral history of the most nihilist of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, Dee Dee and Joey Ramone, Malcolm McLaren, Jim Carroll, and scores of other famous and infamous punk figures lend their voices to this decisive account of that outrageous, explosive era. From its origins in the twilight years of Andy Warhol’s New York reign to its last gasps as eighties corporate rock, the phenomenon that was known as punk is scrutinized, eulogized, and celebrated by the people who were there. In this 20th anniversary edition, Please Kill Me features several brand-new chapters, new interviews, new photos, and a new afterword by the authors.
  • Get in Trouble: Stories

    By Kelly Link

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812986495
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: February 2016
    A collection of short stories features tales of a young girl who plays caretaker to mysterious guests at the cottage behind her house and a former teen idol who becomes involved in a bizarre reality show. 40,000 first printing.
  • Agony

    By Mark Beyer

    Our Price: $8.00 - $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590179819
    • Publisher: New York Review Comics
    • Published: March 2016
    Cartoons depict the strange adventures experienced by Jordan and Amy after they lose their jobs
  • Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015

    By Kevin Young

    Our Price: $15.00 - $26.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780385351508
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: February 2016
    A rich and lively gathering of highlights from the first twenty years of an extraordinary career, interspersed with "B sides" and outtakes from this prolific and universally acclaimed poet.    Blue Laws gathers poems written over the past two decades, drawing from all nine of Kevin Young's previously published books of poetry and including a number of uncollected, often unpublished, poems. From his stunning lyric debut (Most Way Home,1995) and the amazing "double album" life of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2001, "remixed" for Knopf in 2005), through his brokenhearted Jelly Roll: A Blues and his recent forays into adult grief and the joys of birth in Dear Darkness and Book of Hours, this collection provides a grand tour of a poet whose personal poems and political poems are equally riveting. Together with wonderful outtakes and previously unseen blues, the profoundly felt poems here of family, Southern food, and loss are of a piece with the depth of personal sensibility and humanity found in his Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels or sequences such as "The Ballad of Jim Crow" and a new "Homage to Phillis Wheatley."
  • Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine

    By Kelly Sue DeConnick

    Our Price: $5.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781632153661
    • Publisher: Image Comics
    • Published: October 2015
    "... one of the most unique and subversive artifacts of pop culture in recent memory." - Salon.com "Seldom do comics burst onto the scene and shatter our worldview by being entirely poignant, raw, and captivating - but then, most comics aren't Bitch Panet." - Entertainment Weekly Eisner Award-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel) and Valentine De Landro (X-Factor) team up to bring you the premiere volume of Bitch Planet, a deliciously vicious riff on women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation. In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman's failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?
  • The Story of My Teeth

    By Valeria Luiselli

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781566894098
    • Publisher: Coffee House Press
    • Published: September 2015
    Praise for Valeria Luiselli:"Valeria Luiselli's lovely and eccentric first novel is . . . peppered with arresting imagery."The New York Times"Luiselli's extraordinary debut novel Faces in the Crowd signals the arrival of major talent." Jeremy Ellis, Brazos BookstoreWith her first novel, Luiselli has established herself as a brilliant explorer of voice, self, and art."Josh Cook, Porter Square Books"Luiselli's Faces in the Crowd is one of the most mesmerizing debut novels in recent memory." Diesel Bookstore BlogValeria Luiselli's Faces in the Crowd won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum First Fiction Award and was a National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 and Indies Next Pick.I was born in Pachuca, the Beautiful Windy City, with four premature teeth and my body completely covered in a very fine coat of fuzz. But I'm grateful for that inauspicious start because ugliness, as my other uncle, Eurípides López Sánchez, was given to saying, is character forming.Highway is a late-in-life world traveler, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer. His most precious possessions are the teeth of the "notorious infamous" like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf. Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli's own literary influences.Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. Her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including theNew York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's.
  • Everything I Never Told You

    By Celeste Ng

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143127550
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: May 2015
    “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another. 320p.
  • How to Be Drawn

    By Terrance Hayes

    Our Price: $7.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143126881
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: March 2015
    A dazzling new collection of poetry by Terrance Hayes, the National Book Awardwinning author ofLightheadIn How to Be Drawn, his daring fifth collection, Terrance Hayes explores how we see and are seen. While many of these poems bear the clearest imprint yet of Hayes’s background as a visual artist, they do not strive to describe art so much as inhabit it. Thus, one poem contemplates theprinciple of blind contour drawing while others are inspired by maps, graphs, and assorted artists. The formal and emotional versatilities that distinguish Hayes’s award-winning poetry are unified by existential focus. Simultaneously complex and transparent, urgent and composed, How to Be Drawn is a mesmerizing achievement.
  • Dept. of Speculation

    By Jenny Offill

    Our Price: $8.00 - $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345806871
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: October 2014
    In the beginning, it was easy to imagine their future. They were young and giddy, sure of themselves and of their love for each other. “Dept. of Speculation” was their code name for all the thrilling uncertainties that lay ahead. Then they got married, had a child and navigated the familiar calamities of family life—a colicky baby, a faltering relationship, stalled ambitions. When their marriage reaches a sudden breaking point, the wife tries to retrace the steps that have led them to this place, invoking everything from Kafka to the Stoics to doomed Russian cosmonauts as she analyzes what is lost and what remains. In language that shimmers with rage and longing and wit, Offill has created a brilliantly suspenseful love story—a novel to read in one sitting, even as its piercing meditations linger long after the last page.
  • Citizen: An American Lyric

    By Claudia Rankine

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781555976903
    • Publisher: Graywolf Press
    • Published: October 2014
    A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine’s long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American LyricClaudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.
  • American Sublime

    By Elizabeth Alexander

    Our Price: $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781555974329
    • Publisher: Graywolf Press
    • Published: October 2005
    A fourth collection of poems by the author recalls a century and a half of African-American traditions, knitting together a fascinating blend of history, biography, personal experience, pop culture, and dreamscape. Original.
  • The Basketball Diaries

    By Jim Carroll

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140100181
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: July 1987
  • Battleborn

    By Claire Vaye Watkins

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781594631450
    • Publisher: Riverhead Trade
    • Published: August 2013
    A debut collection of 10 short stories reimagines the mythology of the American West through the experiences of protagonists who endure hardship and violence in the face of such challenges as a foreigner's erotic changes at a prostitution ranch, a hermit's attempt to rescue an abused teen and a woman's role in a friend's degrading Vegas encounter. 25,000 first printing.
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    By Katherine Boo

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812979329
    • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
    • Published: January 2014
    A first book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother of a prospective female college student and a young scrap metal thief, in an account that illuminates how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by regional religious, caste and economic tensions. Reprint.
  • Black Boy (American Hunger) : A Record of Childhood and Youth

    By Richard Wright

    Our Price: $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061130243
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: March 2007
    The author relates his life as an African American growing up in the South during the Jim Crow years.

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