Chuck Klosterman's Picks


  • 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: $9.00
    • 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: $7.50 - $15.25
    • 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: $7.00 - $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780452277502
    • Publisher: Berkley
    • 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
    • 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
  • 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: $7.50
    • 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: $14.95
    • 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.
  • Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream

    By H. G. Bissinger

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306809903
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • Published: 2000
    Odessa, Texas, isn’t known to be a place big on dreams, but the Permian Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this dusty town going, Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business. In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true, H. G. Bissinger chronicles a season in the life of Odessa and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires – and sometimes shatters – the teenagers who wear the Panthers’ uniforms. 371p.
  • Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds

    By Harold Bloom

    Our Price: $34.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780446691291
    • Publisher: Warner Books
    • Published: 2002
    For the eminent literary scholar Harold Bloom, genius is “the trait of standing both of and above an age,” the ancient principle that recognizes and hallows the God within us, and the gift of breathing life into what is best in every living person. In this monumental work, Bloom presents an unprecedented celebration of 100 of the most creative literary minds in history. From the Bible to Socrates, through the transcendent masterpieces of Shakespeare and Dante, down through the ages to Hemingway, Faulkner, and Ralph Ellison, Harold Bloom explores the many parallels among his chosen geniuses and the surprising ways in which they have influenced one another over the centuries. Accompanied by revealing excerpts from their works that continue to astonish, enchant, and move readers, Bloom’s insightful and spirited analyses illuminate and expand our common understanding of Western literary and spiritual culture. 814p.
  • Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings by Yoko Ono

    By Yoko Ono

    Our Price: $21.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780743201100
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: October 2000
    With a new introduction. Originally published in 1970. An eclectic mixture of poetic verse, drawings, mock questionnaires, letters, lists, and other idiosyncratic narrative forms. Illus., line drawings. 192p.