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  • A Fan's Notes: A Fictional Memoir

    By Frederick Exley

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679720768
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: September 1988
    This is the horrible and hilarious account of a long failure, but a failure which turns into a success. With a kind of fantastic innocence, Exley manages to draw humor from his defeats and humiliations, and this in turn increases the anguish. And, all through, the embrace is illumined with grace and an almost mandarin sense of literary timing, of when to move onto the next event, the next nightmare. 385p.
  • A Scanner Darkly

    By Philip K. Dick

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400096909
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: 2006
    Cops and criminals have always been interdependent, but no novel has explored that perverse symbiosis more powerfully than 'A Canner Darkly.' Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug called Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, he has taken on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D - which Arctor takes in mammoth doses - gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct,combative entities, Fred doesn't realize that he is narcing on himself. This stellar work of fiction may just be 'the most unnverving drug novel ever written.' 277p.
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

    By David Foster Wallace

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316925280
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books
    • Published: February 1997
    One of the most gifted writers of his, or any generation, David Foster Wallace took his life in September, 2008. This volume of essays, published in 1997, collects seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner. These works demonstrate the extent to which the author brought the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility to his work in both fiction and nonfiction. 353p.
  • America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation

    By Michael MacCambridge

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375725067
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: October 2005
    The book traces pro football's grand transformation from the WWII years, when the NFL was fighting for its very existence, to the turbulent 1980s and 1990s, when labor disputes and off-field scandals shook the game to its core, and up to the sport's present preeminence. A thoroughly entertaining account of the entire universe of professional football, from locker room to boardroom, from playing field to press box. If you'rea fan, you'll love it. If you're not, you're on your way. Source Notes, Bibliographic Essay, Index. Illustrated, black and white photos. 558p.
  • American Psycho

    By Bret Easton Ellis

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679735779
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: March 1991
    Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated, intelligent. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. His nights are spent in ways we cannot begin to fathom. He is twenty-six years old and living his own surreal American Dream. 399p.
  • Animal Farm

    By George Orwell

    Our Price: $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780452277502
    • Publisher: New American Library
    • Published: June 1996
    As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, ANIMAL FARM is a parable about would-be liberators everywhere. In witnessing the rise and bloody fall of these revolutionary animals through the lens of human history, the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organizations are visible; and in the most charismatic leaders, the souls of the cruelest oppressors appear. 101p.
  • Atlas Shrugged (Centennial Edition)

    By Ayn Rand

    Our Price: $23.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780452286368
    • Publisher: Plume
    • Published: December 2004
    (Centennial Edition). Tremendous in its scope, Ayn Rand's tour de force novel, Atlas Shrugged, presents a philosophical revolution, told in the form of an action thriller of violent events, host to an irresistible suspense: Who is JohnGalt? Rand posits an astounding panorama of human life - from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy - to the great steel industrialist who does not know he's working for his own destruction - to the philosopher who becomes a pirate - to the composer who gives up his career on the night of his triump - to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad - to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels. As controversial as it is monumental. 1,168p.
  • 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.
  • Black Planet : Facing Race During an NBA Season

    By David Shields

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803293540
    • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS
    • Published: December 2006
    The National Basketball Association is a place where white fans and black players enact virtually every racial issue and tension in U.S. culture. Following the Seattle SuperSonics for an entire season, David Shields explores how, in a predominantly black sport, white fans—including especially himself—think about and talk about black heroes, black scapegoats, and black bodies. Critically acclaimed and highly controversial, Black Planet was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN USA Award, and was named one of the Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 1999 by Esquire, Newsday, Los Angeles Weekly, and Amazon.com.
  • Bright Lights, Big City

    By Jay McInerney

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780394726410
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: August 1984
    Living in Manhattan as if he owned it, a young man tries to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn with nothing but good will, controlled substances and wit sustain him in this anti-quest. He can run and he can snort! His relentless flight through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices and loft parties finally brings him to the reckoning point, where he is forced to acknowledge loss and, possibly, to rediscover his better instincts. The antic shamelessness of McInerney's novel turned everyone's head.
  • Et Tu, Babe

    By Mark Leyner

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679745068
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: September 1993
    A kinetic, humorous novel captures the follies and foibles of the 1990s
  • Fight Club

    By Chuck Palahniuk

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393327342
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: October 2005
    Every weekend, in the basements and parking lots of bars across the country, young men with white-collar jobs and failed lives take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded just as long as they have to. They then go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter, and dark, anarchic genius, and it's only the beginning of his plans for violent revenge on an empty consumer-culture world. The author's outrageous and startling debut. 224p. Pap
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

    By Edwin A. Abbott

    Our Price: $7.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780199537501
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: August 2008
    How would a creature limited to two dimensions be able to grasp the possibility of a third? Edwin A. Abbott’s droll and delightful ‘romance of many dimensions’ explores this conundrum in the experiences of his protagonist, A. Square, whose linear world is invaded by an emissary Sphere bringing the gospel of the third dimension on the eve of the new millennium. Part geometry lesson, part social satire, this classic work of science fiction succeeds in enlarging readers’ imaginations beyond the limits of our ‘respective dimensional prejudices’. Textual note, Bibliography, Chronology, Explanatory notes. 124p.
  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

    By Joseph J. Ellis

    Our Price: $7.50
    Kindle Price: $11.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375705243
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: February 2002
    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Historian Joseph Ellis's lucid, landmark work presents the illuminating andbustling stories that describe how our early republic 'looked and felt'. Segues from psychological to political, evento physical analysis reveal the driving assumptions and riveting fears that animated Americans' evolution into the practical working of a formative governmental structure. Six fascinating episodes - ranging from Hamilton and Burr's deadly duel to the Jefferson/Madison correspondence bring to light the vital issues and personalities of a remarkable period of American history. Notes, Index. 288p.
  • Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

    By Jerry Mander

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780688082741
    • Publisher: Perennial
    • Published: February 1978
    Depicts television as a technological monster, a menace to the psychology of the individual and to the environment, and an instrument of unprecedented autocratic power

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