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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.
  • Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s

    By Dan Epstein

    Our Price: $18.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781250007247
    • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Griffin
    • Published: June 2012
    A pop-culture history of baseball in the 1970s cites the advent of such practices as free agency, advocated drug use and garish promotional events while describing the contributions of figures ranging from Ted Turner and Hank Aaron to Carlton Fisk and Reggie Jackson.
  • Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits

    By Jason Wilson

    Our Price: $12.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781580082884
    • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
    • Published: September 2010
    Jason Wilson explores the origins of what we drink and the often surprising reasons behind our choices in this unique blend of travelogue, spirits history, and recipe collection. Wilson champions Old World liquors with hard-to-define-flavors - a bitter and complex italian amari, or the ancient, aromatic herbs of Chartreuse, as well as distinctive New World offerings like lively Peruvian pisco. With an eye for adventure, Wislon seeks out visceral experiences at the source of production - visiting fields of spiky agave, entering the heavily and reverently-guarded Jagermeister herb room in Wolfenbuttel, and journeying to the French Alps to determine if mustachioed men in berets really handpick blossoms to make elderflowert liqueur. In addition, there are more than fifty drink recipes from three riffs on the Manhattan to cocktail-geek favorites like the Aviation and the Last Word. These recipes are presented alongside a host of opinionated essays that cherish the rare, uncover the obscure, dethrone the overrated, and unravel the mysteries of taste, trends, and terroir. Index. 232p.
  • Bruce

    By Peter Ames Carlin

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781439191828
    • Publisher: Touchstone
    • Published: October 2012
    Featuring in-depth interviews with family, friends and close associates and offering a poignant retrospective from the Boss himself, a sweeping portrait of the 20-time Grammy Award-winning music artist encompasses the breadth of his career and offers insight into his creative process. By the author of Catch a Wave. 100,000 first printing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Union Dues

    By John Sayles

    Our Price: $19.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781560257301
    • Publisher: NATION BOOKS
    • Published: January 2006
    Scrounging for day-labor jobs in order to support himself, West Virginia man Hunter McNutt encounters a multitude of diverse characters in his efforts to locate his seventeen-year-old runaway son Hobie, who has drifted into a Boston commune of young revolutionaries. Reprint.

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