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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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  • Agony

    By Mark Beyer

    Our Price: $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
  • 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.
  • Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

    By Janna Levin

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780307958198
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: March 2016
    From one of our most eminent theoretical astrophysicists and an award-winning writer, a fascinating, firsthand history of the scientific pursuit to detect gravitational waves: the holy grail of modern cosmology, the soundtrack of the universe.In 1916, Einstein became the first to predict the existence of gravitational waves: sounds without a material medium generated by the unfathomably energy-producing collision of black holes. Now Janna Levin, herself an astrophysicist, recounts the story of the search over the last fifty years for these elusive waves--a quest that has culminated in the creation of the most expensive project ever funded by the National Science Foundation ($1 billion-plus). She makes clear how the waves are created in the cosmic collision of black holes, and why the waves can never be detected by telescope. And, most revealingly, she delves into the lives and fates of the four scientists currently engaged in--and obsessed with--discerning this soundtrack of the universe's history. Levin's account of the surprises, disappointments, achievements, and risks of this unfolding story provides us with a uniquely compelling and intimate portrait of the people and processes of modern science.
  • Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015

    By Kevin Young

    Our Price: $15.00
    • 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."
  • Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

    By Jeff Chang

    Our Price: $11.00 - $19.80
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312425791
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: December 2005
    The cinematic scope and the analytic force Chang brings to his subject makes it one of the most urgent and passionate histories of a popular music ever written. This maximum cultural and social history is based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, and draws unforgettable portraits of hip-hop's forebearers, founders and mavericks - including D.J. Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube. An homage to the culture of youth. Addenda. Illus. 560p.
  • Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood

    By Peter Biskind

    Our Price: $17.10
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684857084
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: April 1999
    The shock of the film Easy Rider (1969) ushered in a `Hollywood new wave' - filmmakers Scorsese, Coppola, and Spielberg, actors Nicholson, DeNiro and Pacino - traced here through the unabashed `70s celebration of sex, drugs,and rock n'roll (both onscreen and off). Based on hundreds of interviews. B&W photos. 506p. Pap.
  • Everything I Never Told You

    By Celeste Ng

    Our Price: $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.
  • 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.
  • How to Be Drawn

    By Terrance Hayes

    Our Price: $17.95
    • 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.
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Writtin by Herself

    By Harriet Jacobs

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140437959
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: July 2000
    A recounting of her life as a slave in North Carolina and of her final escape and emancipation, Harriet Jacobs's narrative, written between 1853 and 1858 and published pseudonymously in 1861, tells firsthand of the horrors inflicted on slaves. In writing this memoir, which culminates in the seven years she spent hiding in a crawl space in her grandmother's attic, Jacobs used the literary genres of her time, presenting a thoroughly feminist narrative that portrays the evils and traumas of slavery, particularly for women and children.Now with an introduction by renowned historian Nell Irvin Painter, this edition also includes "A True Tale of Slavery," the brief memoir of Harriet Jacobs's brother, John S. Jacobs, originally published in a London periodical in 1861.
  • Kindred

    By Octavia E. Butler

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780807083697
    • Publisher: Beacon Press
    • Published: February 2004
    25th Anniversary Edition. Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white sonof a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned across the years to save him. After this first summons, Dana is drawn back, again and again, to the plantation to protect Rufus and ensure that he will grow to manhood and father the daughter who will become Dana's ancestor. Yet each time Dana's sojourns become longer and and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not her life will end, long before it has even begun.
  • Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever

    By Will Hermes

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374533540
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    • Published: September 2011
    Chronicles five epochal years of music in the Big Apple against a backdrop of the period's high crime, limited government resources and low rents, tracing the formations of key sounds while evaluating the contributions of such artists as Willie Colón, Bruce Springsteen and Grandmaster Flash.
  • Native Guard

    By Natasha Trethewey

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780618872657
    • Publisher: Mariner Books / Houghton Mifflin Company
    • Published: April 2007
    Through elegaic verse that honors her mother and tells of her own fraught childhood, Natasha Trethewey confronts the racial legacy of her native Deep South - where one of the first black regiments, the Louisiana Native Guards, was called into service during the Civil War. Tretheway's resonant and beguiling collection is a haunting conversation between personal experience and national history. Her poetry has earned her such honors as a Guggenheim fellowship, the Grolier Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. W/Notes. 51p.
  • Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems

    By Yusef Komunyakaa

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780819512116
    • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
    • Published: April 1993
    A collection of poems from the author's earlier books combined with a dozen new poems interweave memory and history
  • Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination

    By Toni Morrison

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679745426
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: July 1993
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Beloved and Jazz now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race. Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the 'Africanist' presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires. Written with the artistic vision that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, critics, and scholars of American literature.

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