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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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  • 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.
  • Junky

    By William S. Burroughs

    Our Price: $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.
  • 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.
  • Life on Mars

    By Tracy K. Smith

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales

    By Yoko Ogawa

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312674465
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: January 2013
    Offers eleven interwoven macabre short stories that take an ominous look at grotesque characters, violent emotions, and murder.
  • Ronin

    By Frank Miller

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780930289218
    • Publisher: DC Comics
    • Published: March 1995

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