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  • Birds of America: Stories

    By Lorrie Moore

    Our Price: $8.00 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307474964
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: January 2010
    Though the characters in these twelve stories are seen in such varied setting as Iowa, Ireland, Maryland, Louisiana and Italy, they are all afflicted with ennui, angst, and aimlessness. They can’t communicate or connect; they have no inner resources; they can’t focus; they can’t feel love. Moore empowers them with wit allowing their thoughts and conversation to sparkle with wordplay, sarcastic banter and idioms used with startling originality. No matter how chaotic their lives, their minds still operate at quip speed; the emotional impact of their inner desolation is expressed in gallows humor. A New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year. 291p.
  • Brave New World

    By Aldous Huxley

    Our Price: $14.39
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060850524
    • Publisher: HarperPerennial
    • Published: 2006
    Huxley's tour de force is a darkly satiric vision of a 'utopian' future - where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant as both a warning to be heeded for the future and as thought-provoking, satisfying entertainment. 259p.
  • Candy

    By Terry Southern

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802134295
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: February 1996
    She's no Lolita, but Candy's lustful romp is hard to deny. Otherwise, the book is merely a satire of Voltaire's Candide. 224p. Pap.
  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

    By Mason Currey

    Our Price: $22.45
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780307273604
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: April 2013
    "How artists work, how they ritualize their days with the comforting (mundane) details of their lives: their daily routines, fears, dreams, naps, eating habits, and other prescribed, finely calibrated "subtle maneuvers" that help them use time, summon upwillpower, exercise self-discipline and keep themselves afloat with optimism. Artists considering how they work--in letters, diaries, interviews, beguilingly compiled and edited by Mason Currey. Portraits that inspire, amuse, and delight and that revealthe profound fusion of discipline and dissipation through which the artistic temperament is allowed to evolve, recharge, emerge. From Beethoven and Kafka to George Sand, Picasso, Woody Allen and Agatha Christie; from Leo Tolstoy and Henry James to Charles Dickens and John Updike, here are writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, philosophers, caricaturists, comedians, poets, sculptors, and scientists on how they create (and avoid creating) their creations. A Sampling of Daily RitualsCharles Dickens Dickens's eldest son recalled that, "no city clerk was ever more methodical or orderly than he; no humdrum, monotonous, conventional task could ever have been discharged with more punctuality or with more business-like regularity than he gave to the work of his imagination and fancy." Dickens rose at 7:00, had breakfast at 8:00, and was in his study by 9:00. He stayed there until 2:00, taking a brief break for lunch with his family, during which he often seemed to be in a trance, eating mechanically and barely speaking a word before hurrying back to his desk. On an ordinary day he could complete about two thousand words, but during a flight of imagination he sometimes managed twice that amount. Maya Angelou I keep a hotel room in which Ido my work--a tiny, mean room with just a bed and, sometimes, if I can find it, a face basin. I keep a dictionary, a Bible, a deck of cards, and a bottle of sherry in the room... "--
  • Dataclysm: Love, Sex, Race, and Identity--What Our Online Lives Tell Us about Our Offline Selves

    By Christian Rudder

    Our Price: $8.50 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385347396
    • Publisher: Broadway Books
    • Published: September 2015
    A New York Times BestsellerAn audacious, irreverent investigation of human behavior—and a first look at a revolution in the makingOur personal data has been used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us stuff we don’t need. InDataclysm, Christian Rudder uses it to show us who we truly are. For centuries, we’ve relied on polling or small-scale lab experiments to study human behavior. Today, a new approach is possible. As we live more of our lives online, researchers can finally observe us directly, in vast numbers, and without filters. Data scientists have become the new demographers.In this daring and original book, Rudder explains how Facebook "likes" can predict, with surprising accuracy, a person’s sexual orientation and even intelligence; how attractive women receive exponentially more interview requests; and why you must have haters to be hot. He charts the rise and fall of America’s most reviled word through Google Search and examines the new dynamics of collaborative rage on Twitter. He shows how people express themselves, both privately and publicly. What is the least Asian thing you can say? Do people bathe more in Vermont or New Jersey? What do black women think about Simon & Garfunkel? (Hint: they don’t think about Simon & Garfunkel.) Rudder also traces human migration over time, showing how groups of people move from certain small towns to the same big cities across the globe. And he grapples with the challenge of maintaining privacy in a world where these explorations are possible.Visually arresting and full of wit and insight, Dataclysm is a new way of seeing ourselves—a brilliant alchemy, in which math is made human and numbers become the narrative of our time.From the Hardcover edition.
  • Deep Thoughts

    By Jack Handey

    Our Price: $9.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780425133651
    • Publisher: BERKLEY PUBLISHING GROUP
    • Published: June 1994
  • 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.
  • Do the Movies Have a Future?

    By David Denby

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781416599487
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: October 2013
  • Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (Encyclopedia Brown: Book 1)

    By Donald J. Sobol

    Our Price: $2.50 - $4.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780142408889
    • Publisher: Puffin Books
    • Published: September 2007
    Fifth-grader "Encyclopedia" Leroy Brown solves ten mysteries and, by putting the solutions at the back of the book, challenges the reader to do the same.
  • For God, Country, and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It

    By Mark Pendergrast

    Our Price: $22.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780465029174
    • Publisher: Basic Books
    • Published: May 2013
    Traces the evolution of Coca-Cola from its quiet beginnings to the influential giant of today, and includes trivia facts, company lore, and stories of Coca-Cola's "secret formula."
  • In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences

    By Truman Capote

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679745587
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: February 1994
    From what was initially to be a magazine piece, Truman Capote produced a paradigmatic reconstruction of the November 15, 1959 murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, carving out a new genre of documentation. Capote's book unleashed a synthesis of crime reportage and serious literature. His vivid, dynamic account of the murder & investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers generates a new form of suspense and empathy that transcend the event. In yielding his altogether original exposure into the nature of American violence, Capote invented a unique literary lens forobserving the culture at large. 343p.
  • Kid Who Only Hit Homers

    By Matt Christopher

    Our Price: $6.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316139878
    • Publisher: LITTLE, BROWN & COMPANY
    • Published: March 1986
    A boy becomes a phenomenal baseball player one summer when a mysterious stranger resembling Babe Ruth befriends him
  • Mating

    By Norman Rush

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679737094
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: September 1992
    The novel's narrator is an American anthropologist at loose ends in the South African republic of Botswana. She has a noble and exacting mind, a good waist, and a busted thesis project. She also has a yen for Nelson Benoon, a charismatic intellectual who is rumored to have founded a secretive and unorthodox utopian society in a remote corner of the Kalahari - one in which he is virtually the only man. What ensues is both a quest and an exuberant comedy of manners. 480p.
  • Monster At the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover (A Little Golden Book)

    By Sesame Street

    Our Price: $4.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780307010858
    • Publisher: GOLDEN PRESS/WESTERN PUB CO
    • Published: May 2003
    Many, many adults name this book as their favorite Little Golden Book. Generations of kids have interacted with lovable, furry old Grover as he begs the reader not to turn the page . . . for a monster is at the end of the book! “Oh, I am so embarrassed,” he says on the last page, for of course the monster is Grover himself!

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