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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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  • 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.'
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Same River Twice: A Memoir

    By Chris Offutt

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780743229494
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: March 2003