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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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City

    By Robin Nagle

    Our Price: $14.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780374299293
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: March 2013
    Charting New York's 400-year struggle with trash, an anthropologist, spending 10 years with sanitation workers of all ranks, takes readers inside New York City's Department of Sanitation where she reveals what it really takes to manage Gotham's garbage. 20,000 first printing.
  • 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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