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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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  • A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

    By Lucia Berlin

    Our Price: $8.50 - $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781250094735
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: August 2016
    "Stories from a lost American classic "in the same arena as Alice Munro" (Lydia Davis) "In the field of short fiction, Lucia Berlin is one of America's best kept secrets. That's it. Flat out. No mitigating conditions." --Paul Metcalf A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With her trademark blend of humor and melancholy, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday--uncovering moments of grace in the cafeterias and Laundromats of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Northern California upper classes, and from the perspective of a cleaning woman alone in a hotel dining room in Mexico City. The women of Berlin's stories are lost, but they are also strong, clever, and extraordinarily real. They are hitchhikers, hard workers, bad Christians. With the wit of Lorrie Moore and the grit of Raymond Carver, they navigate a world of jockeys, doctors, and switchboard operators. They laugh, they mourn, they drink. Berlin, a highly influential writer despite having published little in her lifetime, conjures these women from California, Mexico, and beyond. Lovers of the short story will not want to miss this remarkable collection from a master of the form"--
  • American Sublime

    By Elizabeth Alexander

    Our Price: $7.00
    • 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.
  • 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: $8.00 - $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.
  • Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement

    By Fergus M. Bordewich

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060524319
    • Publisher: Amistad
    • Published: 2006
    A grand epic of American history - focusing on the sixty years leading up to the Civil War, which brought to a climax the country's bitter division. But its beginnings can be traced to a clandestine alliance of both black and white abolitionists and slaves, who joined forces to lead tens of thousands of enslaved Americans to freedom in a movement that occupies a legendary place in the nation's imagination,but about which little has been known until now. Notes, Selected Bibliography, Index. B&W illus. 540p.
  • Citizen: An American Lyric

    By Claudia Rankine

    Our Price: $10.00 - $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.
  • Dept. of Speculation

    By Jenny Offill

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.35
    • 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.
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

    By ZZ Packer

    Our Price: $8.00 - $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781573223782
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: February 2004
    In this debut collection of stories, the central characters are African-Americans, mostly young black women, who talk about their unease in a white-dominated world in biting, bitter, and occasionally hilarious voices. 265p. Pap.
  • Junky

    By William S. Burroughs

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802120427
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: October 2012
    Junk is not, like alcohol or a weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life.In his debut novel, Junky, Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of post-war America. The Burroughs-like protagonist of the novel, Bill Lee, see-saws between periods of addiction and rehab, using a panoply of substances including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, paregoric (a weak tincture of opium) and goof balls (barbiturate), amongst others. As he navigates the crime-ridden streets of New York, trying to convince doctors to give him a prescription for opiates and doing his best to avoid the police’s ?pigeons” who are given a steady supply of heroin to inform on drug dealers, the narrator describes the physical experience of getting high, and the visceral need for another hit that haunts him every day. From the tenements of New York to the queer bars of New Orleans, Junky takes the reader into a world at once long-forgotten and still with us today. Burroughs’s first novel is a cult classic and a critical part of his oeuvre.
  • Life on Mars

    By Tracy K. Smith

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781555975845
    • Publisher: Graywolf Press
    • Published: May 2011
    Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize New poetry by the award-winning poet Tracy K. Smith, whose “lyric brilliance and political impulses never falter” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)You lie there kicking like a baby, waiting for God himself To lift you past the rungs of your crib. What Would your life say if it could talk?                                                            —from “No Fly Zone”With allusions to David Bowie and interplanetary travel, Life on Mars imagines a soundtrack for the universe to accompany the discoveries, failures, and oddities of human existence. In these brilliant new poems, Tracy K. Smith envisions a sci-fi future sucked clean of any real dangers, contemplates the dark matter that keeps people both close and distant, and revisits the kitschy concepts like “love” and “illness” now relegated to the Museum of Obsolescence. These poems reveal the realities of life lived here, on the ground, where a daughter is imprisoned in the basement by her own father, where celebrities and pop stars walk among us, and where the poet herself loses her father, one of the engineers who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. With this remarkable third collection, Smith establishes herself among the best poets of her generation.
  • Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York

    By Luc Sante

    Our Price: $9.00 - $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374528997
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: November 2003
    A portrait of Gotham as the 'riotous and anarchic breeding ground of modernity.' It explores the city from four different directions: the actual topography of the city from 1840 to 1919; the era's opportunities for vice and entertainment - theatres & saloons, opium & cocaine dens, gambling & prostitution; the forces of law & order, which did & didn't work to contain the illegalities; a counterposing of the city's tides of revolt and idealism against the city as it actually was. Black-and-white illustrations & photographs. 416p.
  • Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

    By Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780743254434
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: February 2004
    With detail-driven Force, 'Random Family' tells the American outlaw saga lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. With an immediacy made possible only after ten years of hard reporting, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses readers in the mind-boggling intricacies of the little-known ghetto world. She charts the tumultuous cycle of the generations, as girls become mothers,mothers become grandmothers, boys become criminals, and hope struggles against deprivation. 409p. Pap.
  • The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets

    By David Lehman

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385495332
    • Publisher: Anchor
    • Published: November 1999
    The editor of the Best American Poetry series follows the emergence of four poets--John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler, and Frank O'Hara--who recrafted American poetry and helped make New York the global center of the arts. Reprint.
  • They Live (Deep Focus)

    By Jonathan Lethem

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781593762780
    • Publisher: Soft Skull Press
    • Published: November 2010
    Jonathan Lethem takes a close look at John Carpenter's 1988 classic amalgam of deliberate B-movie, sci-fi, horror, anti-Yuppie agitprop. He exfoliates Carpenter's paranoid satire in a series of penetrating, free-associational forays into the contexct of a story that peels the human masks off the ghoulish overlods of capitalism. His field of reference spans classic Hollywood cinema and science fiction, as well as popular music and contemporary art and theory. No tes. B&W illus. 163p.
  • When the Emperor Was Divine

    By Julie Otsuka

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385721813
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: October 2003
    This evocative debut novel portrays the experience of Japanese-American internment during WWII and its enduring repercussions in the life of one family. 160p. Pap.

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