Strand Curated Collections: Fran Lebowitz' Picks


  • 1984

    By George Orwell

    Our Price: $8.95
    • Format: Mass Market
    • ISBN-13: 9780451524935
    • Publisher: Signet Classics
    • Published: July 1950
    The year 1984 has come and gone...on. This 'chilling, absorbing, satirical, momentous, prophetic & terrifying' novel of the human political condition - a blueprint for nightmare - remains indelibly the memoryhole into which political humanity sinks, sentence by sentence. First published in 1949. With a Selected Bibliography. 226p.
  • A Hero of Our Time

    By Mikhail Lermontov

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143105633
    • Publisher: Penguin Classics
    • Published: May 2009
    Regarded as the first major Russian novel, A Hero of Our Time was both lauded and reviled upon publication. Its hero, twenty-five-year-old Pechorin, is a beautiful and magnetic but nihilistic young army officer, bored by life and indifferent to his many sexual conquests. Chronicling his unforgettable adventures in the Caucasus involving brigands, smugglers, soldiers, rivals, and lovers, this classic taleof alienation influenced, among others, Tolstoy, Dostoyevksy, and Chekhov, and holds up a mirror not only to its author's time but also to our own. With Notes. 174p.
  • A Nest of Ninnies

    By John Ashbery

    Our Price: $13.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781564785206
    • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
    • Published: December 2008
    (American Literature series). First published in 1969. This tour de force of suburban Americana is a true gem-in-the-rough, the decades-long collaborative project by two of the 20th century's most acclaimed poets. This strange and exuberant experiment by Ashbery/Schuyler commenced purely by chance, and remains to this day a strong, clever comedy of American manners. 191p.
  • A Time To Be Born

    By Dawn Powell

    Our Price: $19.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781883642419
    • Publisher: Steerforth Press
    • Published: July 1996
    Set against an atmospheric backdrop of New York City in the months just before America's entry into WWII, this novel is a scathing satire of New Yorkers stalking each other for various selfish ends, at the center of which are a wealthy, self-involved newspaper published and his scheming, novelist wife, Amanda Keeler, modeled on Clare Boothe Brokaw, the beautiful and ambitious playwright and journalist who married Henry R. Luce, cofounder of Time magazine, and later was elected to the U.S. Congress. 327p.
  • Against Nature (A Rebours)

    By Joris-Karl Huysmans

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140447637
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: 2003
    An original fin de siecle novel, Against Nature contains only one character. Des Esseintes is a decadent, ailing aristocrat who retreats to an isolated villa where he indulges his taste for luxury and excess. Veering between nervous excitability and debilitating ennui, he gluts his aesthetic appetites with classical literature and art, exotic jewels (with which he fatally encrusts the shell of his tortoise), rich perfumes and a kaleidoscope of sensual experiences.This revised edition of Robert Baldick's translation features a new introduction and a chronology, and reproduces Huysmans's original 1903 preface as well as a selection of reviews from writers including Mallarme, Zola and Wilde.
  • Angels on Toast

    By Dawn Powell

    Our Price: $6.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781883642402
    • Publisher: Steerforth Press
    • Published: June 1998
    Two dubious businessmen attempt to outwit their wives, mistresses, and hangers-on
  • Call It Sleep

    By Henry Roth

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312424121
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: July 2005
    First published in 1934. the son of immigrant Jews blessed with a profound imagination narrates life in the heart of a New York City slum. 462p .
  • Count D'Orgel's Ball

    By Raymond Radiguet

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590171387
    • Publisher: New York Review of Books
    • Published: March 2005
    Count d'Orgel is handsome, charming, and carefree, a model of cool aristocratic aplomb. His wife, the Countess, is beautiful and pure and loves her husband more than anything in the world. But from the moment the d'Orgels meet and befriend the clever young Francois de Seryeuse backstage at the circus, all three of these supremely civilized and witty people are caught up in an ever more intricate and seductive dance of deception and self-deception. At Count d'Orgel's masquerade ball, the real disguises are those of the human heart.
  • Drown

    By Junot Diaz

    Our Price: $7.50 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781573226066
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: July 1997
    Ten stories that move from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey. '...fierce, sharp-edged.' With a Glossary. 166p.
  • Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943-1954 by Jeffrey Cartwright

    By Steven Millhauser

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679766520
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: April 1996
    Dazzling portrait of the artist as a young child. A classic since its original publication in 1972. 305p. Pap.
  • Endless Love

    By Scott Spencer

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061926006
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: August 2010
    The classic novel that has been translated into over twenty languages and has sold more than two million copies worldwide One of the most celebrated novels of its time, Endless Love remains perhaps the most powerful book ever written about young love. Riveting, compulsively readable, and ferociously sexual, Endless Love tells the story of David Axelrod and his overwhelming love for Jade Butterfield. David and Jade are consumed with each other: their rapport, their desire, their sexuality, take them further than they understand. And when Jade's father banishes David from the home, he fantasizes the forgiveness his rescue of the family will bring, and he sets a "perfectly safe" fire to their house. What unfolds is a nightmare, a dark world in which David's love is a crime and a disease, a world of anonymous phone calls, crazy letters, and new fears?and the inevitable and punishing pursuit of the one thing that remains most real to him: his endless love for Jade and her family. Published in 1979 and hailed as "one of the best books of the year" by the New York Times, Endless Love is the novel that first established Scott Spencer as "the contemporary American master of the love story" (Publishers Weekly).
  • Flaubert's Parrot

    By Julian Barnes

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679731368
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: November 1990
    An exuberant metafictional inquiry into the ways in which art mirrors life and then turns around to shape it; a look at the perverse autopsies that readers perform on books and lovers perform on their beloved, and a piercing glimpse atthe nature of obsession and betrayal, both scholarly and romantic. 192p.
  • Franny and Zooey

    By J.D. Salinger

    Our Price: $7.20
    • Format: Mass Market
    • ISBN-13: 9780316769495
    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
    • Published: April 1991
    The memorable saga of the Glass family, in which author J.D. Salinger fictionally explores 'the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one's obsessions' while making - out of necessity - the critical distinction between entertainment for the masses and artists of the soul. 202p.
  • Gorilla, My Love (Vintage Contemporaries)

    By Toni Cade Bambara

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679738985
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: June 1992
    Fifteen short stories record the author's ideas about the challenge and complexity of contemporary life
  • Gulliver's Travels

    By Jonathan Swift

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143119111
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • Published: November 2010
    Shipwrecked and cast adrift, Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by little people, whose height makes their quarrels over fashion and fame seem ridiculous. His subsequent encounters – with crude giants of Brobdingnag, the philosophical Honyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos – give Gulliver new, bitter insights into human behavior. Jonathan Swift’s savage satire views humankind in a distorted hall of mirrors as a diminished, magnified, and finally bestial species, presenting readers with an uncompromising reflection of ourselves. 280p.