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"Jon lives in a strange and wonderful land called Queens. He enjoys searching though cultural scrap heaps and haunting ethnic groceries in search of the perfect snack. He likes these books. You should read them. "

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  • American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon

    By Stephen Prothero

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374529567
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: September 2004
    Traces the evolution of diverse images, interpretations, and appraisals of Jesus Christ throughout American culture, explaining how the unique mix of the secular and the sacred in contemporary America is expressed in the person of Jesus. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
  • Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

    By Steve Almond

    Our Price: $6.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156032933
    • Publisher: Harcourt
    • Published: April 2005
    Perhaps you remember the whipped splendor or the Choco-Lite, or the Caravelle bar, or maybe the Kit Kat Dark. Steve Almond certainly does. In fact, he was so obsessed by the inexplicable dissappearance of these bars that he embarked on a nationwide journey to uncover the truth about the candy business. Visiting the candy factories that produce dozens of quirky, regional candy bars, Almond finds that the world of candy is no longer asweet haven. Part candy porn, part candy polemic, part confession, 'Candyfreak' explores the role candy plays in our lives as both source of pleasure and escape from pain. He is the acclaimed author of 'My Life in Heavy Metal.'
  • Coyotes: A Journey Through the Secret World of America's Illegal Migrants

    By Ted Conover

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780394755182
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: September 1987
    Disguised as an illegal alien, the author explores the outlaw realm of illegal immigration at the Mexican-American border and describes the role of the coyotes--mercenaries who sneak Mexican laborers into America
  • Dispatches

    By Michael Herr

    Our Price: $8.00
    Kindle Price: $11.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679735250
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: August 1991
    Written on the front lines in Vietnam, Dispatches became an immediate classic of war reportage when it was published in 1977. From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Michael Herr's formidable account makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone. His unsparing retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, rendering clarity from one of the most incomprehensible and nightmarish events of our time. 280p.
  • Heart of the World (Vintage Departures)

    By Nik Cohn

    Our Price: $23.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679744375
    • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE
    • Published: March 1993
    Chronicles the author's stroll down the "Great White Way" accompanied by two eccentric guides--a postmodern punk and a cross-dressing hooker--who provide insight into the shocking and saddening population of Broadway
  • High Fidelity

    By Nick Hornby

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781573225519
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: August 1996
    Follows the life, love affairs, and belated growth to maturity of Rob, a "Generation X" pop music fanatic and record store owner. Reprint.
  • How to Be Black

    By Baratunde Thurston

    Our Price: $6.95 - $13.49
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062003225
    • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
    • Published: October 2012
    An editor at "The Onion" presents a tongue-in-cheek guide to being black that pokes fun at the so-called experts, purists, and racists who think they know what black people believe, do, stand for, and like.
  • How to Tell When Youre Tired : A Brief Examination of Work

    By Reg Theriault

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393315578
    • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
    • Published: January 1997
    Offers an incisive, witty reflection on the perennial themes involving work, from the impersonal attitude of the higher-ups to the pleasure of doing a job right
  • In the Beginning... Was the Command Line

    By Neal Stephenson

    Our Price: $11.69
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780380815937
    • Publisher: Avon Books
    • Published: November 1999
    From the author of the New York Times bestseller Cryptonomicon. A thoughtful, irreverent, hilarious treatise on the cyber-culture past and present; on operating system tyannies and downloaded popular revolutions; on the Internet, Disney World, Big Bangs, not to mention the meaning of life itself. 151p.
  • L.A. Confidential

    By James Ellroy

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780446674249
    • Publisher: Warner Books
    • Published: September 1997
    Los Angeles in the 1950s: from its fabulous mansions to its sizzling nightclubs, it is a sprawling center of corruption and dangerous passions. Now a horrific murder invades the bleak cityscape. Caught in the nightmare are three cops bound by honor, sin, and blood...Ed Exley wants to eclipse his policeman father's success; Bud White watched his own mother's murder - and is now a ticking time bomb wearing a badge; Jack Vincennes shakes down movie stars for a scandal rag. Together, they spell 'cop noir brut!' 496p.
  • Ladies' Man

    By Richard Price

    Our Price: $21.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312566524
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: June 2011
    From the author of Clockers and Lush Life, among others. Kenny Becker just dropped girlfriend. The reasons are a little complex. Young and newly unemployed, his main assets at the moment are six-pack abs and a healthy libido – he’s ready to get out, find a little action, and maybe find himself too. But New York is no place for the lonely, and with one meaningless sexual encounter after another, Kenny begins to wonder if the singles scene is not itself a complete con job, with his heart and his future at stake. Raunchy, funny, and surprisingly heartfelt, this 1978 clubland slice-of-life displays the author in gritty, superb form. 243p.
  • Narcocorrido

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060505103
    • Publisher: HarperCollins
    • Published: November 2002
    In the first full-length exploration of the contemporary and controversial Mexican corrido, award-winning author Elijah Wald blends a travel narrative with his search for the roots of this genre -- a modern outlaw music that fuses the sensibilities of medieval ballads with the edgy grit of gangsta rap.From international superstars to rural singers documenting their local current events in the regions dominated by guerilla war, Wald visited these songwriters in their homes, exploring the heartland of the Mexican drug traffic and traveling to urban centers such as Los Angeles and Mexico City. The corrido genre is famous for its hard-bitten songs of drug traffickers and gunfights, and also functions as a sort of musical newspaper, singing of government corruption, the lives of immigrants in the United States, and the battles of the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas. Though largely unknown to English speakers, corridos top the Latin charts and dominate radio playlists both in the United States and points south. Wald provides in-depth looks at the songwriters who have transformed groups like the popular Tigres del Norte into enduring superstars, as well as the younger artists who are carrying the corrido into the twenty-first century. In searching for the poetry and social protest behind the gaudy lyrics of powerful drug lords, Wald shows how popular music can remain the voice of a people, even in this modern world of globalization, electronic media, and gangsters who ship cocaine in 747s.
  • Shut Up and Give Me the Mic

    By Dee Snider

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781451637403
    • Publisher: Gallery Books
    • Published: May 2013
    An official memoir by the heavy metal icon and reality television star shares unstinting perspectives on his rise, fall, and return as the frontman for the multi-platinum selling rock band, Twisted Sister.
  • Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music

    By Irwin Chusid

    Our Price: $18.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781556523724
    • Publisher: A Cappella Books
    • Published: April 2000
    Outsider musicians can be the product of damaged DNA, alien abduction, drug fry, demonic possession, or simply sheer obliviousness. This book profiles dozens of outsider musicians, both prominent and obscure—figures such as The Shaggs, Syd Barrett, Tiny Tim, Jandek, Captain Beefheart, Daniel Johnston, Harry Partch, and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy—and presents their strange life stories along with photographs, interviews, cartoons, and discographies. About the only things these self-taught artists have in common are an utter lack of conventional tunefulness and an overabundance of earnestness and passion. But, believe it or not, they're worth listening to, often outmatching all contenders for inventiveness and originality.A CD featuring songs by artists profiled in the book is also available.
  • The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made

    By Dave Marsh

    Our Price: $28.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306809019
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • Published: May 1999
    With a new preface. The ranking will inspire any number of responses from yeah! to what? But Marsh gets in his word licks on every entry with enough conviction to make the whole project worth hanging in therewith. Unless, of course, you have real convictions. It covers a whole lot of shakin'! 717p. Pap.

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