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: 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.
  • Blood Meridian, or The Evening Redness in the West

    By Cormac McCarthy

    Our Price: $14.35
    • 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: $14.40
    • 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.
  • Child of God

    By Cormac McCarthy

    Our Price: $7.95
    Kindle Price: $9.15
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781447212478
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: 2011
    Lester is a violent, solitary, and introverted young backwoodsman dispossesed on his ancestral land. He's been released from jail and allowed to haunt the hill country of East Tennessee. A chilling novel the plumbs the depths of human degradation. Kindle Price: $11.99 Lester is a violent, solitary, and introverted young backwoodsman dispossesed on his ancestral land. He's been released from jail and allowed to haunt the hill country of East Tennessee. A chilling novel the plumbs the depths of human degradation. Kindle Price: $11.99
  • 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: $13.50
    • 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: $15.30
    • 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: $15.30
    • 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.
  • Poems, 1962-2012

    By Louise Gluck

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780374126087
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: September 2012
    It is the astonishment of Louise Glück’s poetry that it resists collection. With each successive book her drive to leave behind what came before has grown more fierce, the force of her gaze fixed on what has yet to be imagined. She invented a form to accommodate this need, the book-length sequence of poems, like a landscape seen from above, a novel with lacunae opening onto the unspeakable. The reiterated yet endlessly transfigured elements in this landscape—Persephone, a copper beech, a mother and father and sister, a garden, a husband and son, a horse, a dog, a field on fire, a mountain—persistently emerge and reappear with the dark energy of the inevitable, shot through with the bright aspect of things new-made. From the outset (“Come here / Come here, little one”), Gluck’s voice has addressed us with deceptive simplicity, the poems in lines so clear we “do not see the intervening fathoms.” From within the earth’sbitter disgrace, coldness and barrennessmy friend the moon rises: she is beautiful tonight, but when is she not beautiful?To read these books together is to understand the governing paradox of a life lived in the body and of the work wrested from it, the one fated to die and the other to endure.
  • 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: Mass Market Paperbound
    • 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: $18.00
    • 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.
  • The Corrections

    By Jonathan Franzen

    Our Price: $6.95 - $8.50
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312421274
    • Publisher: Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: 2002
    After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain of an affair with a married man-or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.