David R.

David R.

Visual Merchandise Staff

"Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ he barely escaped the heat and intolerance. He enjoys the chaos and noise of NYC except when it gets in the way of reading."

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The Cave by Jose Saramago

The Cave

by Jose Saramago

"In a time of rampant homogenization and subjugation of artistic culture under the foot of commercialism “The Cave”  illuminates. Saramago is in fine form as he tells the story of a man losing his pottery business due to changing times.
In a scary possible vision of the future, 'The Center' is a place where workers work, live, and play never given a reason to leave.
An incredible ending, too!"

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Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury (I Can Read Book 2)

Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury (I Can Read Book 2)

by Arnold Lobel

"A perennial classic, Frog & Toad tell the story of friendship and the adventures that can ensue when you truly care about a friend. A great early reader to start your child on the path to becoming lifelong reader."


  • A Light In the Attic (Special Edition)

    By Shel Silverstein

    Our Price: $19.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780061905858
    • Publisher: HarperCollins
    • Published: October 2009
    A perennial children's favorite, poet Shel Silverstein's most famous collection contains hundreds of his wry, imaginative poems and drawings. This edition features twelve previously unpublished additional poems. (All Ages).
  • Abandon the Old in Tokyo

    By Yoshihiro Tatsumi

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781770460775
    • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
    • Published: April 2012
    " These stories get under your skin and invite rereading." " - BookForum """ "Abandon the Old in Tokyo "is the second in a three-volume series that collects the short stories of Japanese cartooning legend Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Designed and edited by Adrian Tomine, the first volume, "The Push Man and Other Stories," debuted to much critical acclaim and rightfully placed Tatsumi as a legendary precursor to the North American graphic-novel movement. "Abandon the Old in Tokyo "continues to delve into the urban underbelly of 1960s Tokyo, exposing not only the seedy dealings of the Japanese everyman but Tatsumi' s maturation as a story writer.
  • Catch-22 (50th Anniversary Edition)

    By Joseph Heller

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781451626650
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks
    • Published: April 2011
    A cornerstone of 20th century American literature, Catch-22 – a National Book Award for Fiction Finalist (1962) - is set in Italy during World War II. It is the story of the incomparable malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy – it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their tour of duty. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved. This 50th anniversary edition commemorates Heller’s masterpiece with a new introduction by Christopher Buckley; a wealth of critical essays and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and photos from Heller’s personal archive, and much more. 523p.
  • Poppy Fields

    By Zhang Huan

    Our Price: $30.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781935410478
    • Publisher: Pace
    • Published: 2013