David Foster Wallace's Bookshelf


  • A Clockwork Orange

    By Anthony Burgess

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393312836
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: April 1995
    A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess's nightmare fable of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character Alex, who talks in a brutual invented slang that brilliantly and chillingly renders his and his friends' social pathology. This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition and Burgess's introduction 'A Clockwork Orange Resucked.' 192p.
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

    By Dave Eggers

    Our Price: $7.50 - $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375725784
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: February 2001
    As original a memoir as exists in recent American literature - the sheer poignancy of the author's grieving for a mother and father, both succumbing to cancer within a month of each other, and his arduous compassion in assuming the care of his younger brother - the book takes on new life in its present paperback edition: a new appendix correcting and updating the original, an upside-down back cover creating a book that seems to open from either end, and three different versions, each with its own cover illustration. 485p. Pap. 'A merciless book' - David Foster Wallace.
  • Betrayed by Rita Hayworth

    By Manuel Puig

    Our Price: $13.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781564785305
    • Published: March 2009
    (Latin American Literature series). Back in print, this celebrated first novel is a startling anatomy of a small town in thrall to its own petty lusts, betrayals, scandals, thefts, and gossip - but most of all, to the movies. Centering around a boy named Toto, privy to the town's secrets and always eager to fill in the ugly or upsetting moments of his childhood with Hollywood-inspired fantasy, the novel is a symphony of disappointed, comic, bitter, and bawdy voices, all hemmed in by life's refusal to behave like the silver screen. 222p.
  • Big If

    By Mark Costello

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780393051162
    • Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
    • Published: June 2002
    Comic novel about a Presidential primary campaign in snowy New Hampshire and the security-obsessed Secret Service.
  • Blood Meridian, or The Evening Redness in the West

    By Cormac McCarthy

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679728757
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: May 1992
    From the author of 'The Border Trilogy,' an epic novel of the violence and depravation accompanying historical events that take place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s. The novel, first published in 1985, traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennessean who stumbles into a nightmare world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving. 337p.
  • Cathedral: Stories

    By Raymond Carver

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679723691
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: June 1989
    First published in 1983. The 'American Chekhov' serves up twelve stories that reflect, with uncanny accuracy, the pain, confusion and longing that both afflict and comprise our differing human conditions. 228p.
  • Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time

    By Joseph Frank

    Our Price: $32.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780691155999
    • Publisher: Princeton University Press
    • Published: August 2012
    Joseph Frank's award-winning, five-volume Dostoevsky is widely recognized as the best biography of the writer in any language--and one of the greatest literary biographies of the past half-century. Now Frank's monumental, 2500-page work has been skillfully abridged and condensed in this single, highly readable volume with a new preface by the author. Carefully preserving the original work's acclaimed narrative style and combination of biography, intellectual history, and literary criticism, Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time illuminates the writer's works--from his first novel Poor Folk to Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov--by setting them in their personal, historical, and above all ideological context. More than a biography in the usual sense, this is a cultural history of nineteenth-century Russia, providing both a rich picture of the world in which Dostoevsky lived and a major reinterpretation of his life and work.
  • End Zone

    By Don DeLillo

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140085686
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: January 1986
    Young men in pursuit of different dreams find themselves drawn together in their desire to play football at a small college in a remote part of Texas
  • Gravity's Rainbow

    By Thomas Pynchon

    Our Price: $19.80
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143039945
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: October 2006
    (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition). 'Many narrative threads make up a story that may or may not be about the secret development and deployment of a rocket by the Nazis near the end of World War II. The book's main character, Slothrop, undertakes a quest for the truth about the rockets that leads him on a nightmarish journey of either historic discovery or profound paranoia, depending on his varied interpretations and the reader's.' Organized along the lines of a Poisson's ratio (a metastructure in which a bunch of unrelated fragments come together, for a cohesive arc, then scatter as they descend), this Joycean tour de force was unanimously recommended (but unawarded) the 1974 National Book Award.
  • Hopscotch

    By Julio Cortazar

    Our Price: $9.00 - $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780394752846
    • Publisher: Pantheon Books
    • Published: February 1966
    Horacio Oliveria is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves 'the Club.' A child's death and La Maga's disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt Oliveira to return to Buenos Aires, where he works by turns as a salesman, a keeper of a circus cat which can truly count, and an attendant in an insane asylum. The novel consists of many 'books', and comes with instructions for the (suggested) order of their reading. One of the most celebrated novels of 20th-century Latin American fiction. 564p.
  • Omensetter's Luck

    By William H. Gass

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780141180106
    • Publisher: Penguin USA
    • Published: April 1997
    Greeted as a masterpiece when it was first published in 1966, Omensetter's Luck is the quirky, impressionistic, and breathtakingly original story of an ordinary community galvanized by the presence of an extraordinary man. Set in a small Ohio town in the 1890s, it chronicles - through the voices of various participants and observers - the confrontation between Brackett Omensetter, a man of preternatural goodness, and the Reverend Jethro Furber, a preacher crazed with a propensity for violent thoughts. Omensetter's Luck meticulously brings to life a specific time and place as it illuminates timeless questions about life, love, good, and evil.
  • Philosophical Investigations, Revised Fourth Edition

    By Ludwig Wittgenstein

    Our Price: $41.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781405159289
    • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
    • Published: October 2009
    Revised fourth edition by P.M.S. Hacker and Joachim Schulte.
  • Red Dragon

    By Thomas Harris

    Our Price: $8.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780425228227
    • Publisher: Berkley
    • Published: January 2009
    Will Graham's unusual, fearful ability to project himself into the minds of psychopaths puts him on the trail of Francis Dolorhyde, whose bizarre and bloody murders of two suburban families have been triggered by his viewing of a William Blake watercolor. Reprint.
  • Red Storm Rising

    By Tom Clancy

    Our Price: $9.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780425101070
    • Publisher: Berkley
    • Published: July 1997
    When Moslem fundamentalists destroy a key Soviet oil complex, the Russians initiate a plan of diplomatic trickery for their seizure of Persian Gulf oil
  • Sixty Stories

    By Donald Barthelme

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780142437391
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: October 2003
    With these audacious and murderously witty stories, Donald Barthelme threw the preoccupations of our time into the literary equivalent of a Cuisinart and served up a gorgeous salad of American culture, high and low. Here are the urban upheavals reimagined as frontier myth; travelogues through countries that might have been created by Kafka; cryptic dialogues that bore down to the bedrock of our longings, dreams, and angsts. Like all of Donald Barthelme's work, the sixty stories collected in this volume are triumphs of language and perception, at once unsettling and irresistible.