Gary Shteyngart's 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.
  • Americana

    By Don DeLillo

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140119480
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: July 1989
    The author's first novel, first published in 1971. At twenty-eight, David Bell is the American dream come true. He has fought his way to the top, surviving office purges and scandals to become a high-powered television executive. David's world is made up of the images that flicker across America's screens, the fantasies that entrall the country's imagination. And the the dream - and the dream-making - become a nightmare. At the height of his success, David sets out to rediscover reality. Camera in hand, he journeys across the country in a mad and moving attempt to capture a sense of his own and his country's past, present, and future. 377p.
  • An Obedient Father

    By Akhil Sharma

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156012034
    • Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
    • Published: November 2001
    Ram Karan works for the New Delhi school system but supports his widowed daughter and grandaughter by taking bribes for a small time Congress party boss, until his involvement in a political campaign could cost him his life.
  • Barney's Version

    By Mordecai Richler

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307476883
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: 2010
    Barney Panofsky - Canadian expat, wily lover of women, writer, television producer, racouteur - is finally putting pen to paper so he can rebut the charges made against him in his rival's autobiography. Whether he's ranting about his bohemian misadventures during the 1950s in Paris, his tumultuous three marriages, or his successful trashy TV company, Totally Unnecessary Productions, he quickly proves that his memory may be slipping, but his bile is in full supply. But when he's charged with the murder of his own best friend - caught in bed with the second Mrs. Panofsky - Barney's version of things might not be enough to keep him out of deep...and slippery. 432p.
  • Bloodchild and Other Stories

    By Octavia E. Butler

    Our Price: $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781583226988
    • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
    • Published: October 2005
    Named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and now supplemented with new stories, this volume is author Octavia E. Butler’s only collection of shorter work and features the Hugo and Nebula award-winning stories “Bloodchild” and “Speech Sounds.” These works of the imagination are parables of the contemporary world. Butler proves constant in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be proven wrong, and one of contemporary literature’s strongest voices. Seven stories and two essays. 214p.
  • Brightness Falls

    By Jay McInerney

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679745327
    • Publisher: Vintage
    • Published: April 1993
    As he maps the fault lines spreading through the once-impentrable marriage of Russell and Corrine Calloway and chronicles Russell's wildly ambitious scheme to seize control of the publishing house at which he works, Jac McInerney creates an elegy for New York in the 1980s. From the literary chimeras and corporate raiders to those dispossessed by the pandemonium of money and power, the novel captures a rash era at its moment of reckoning and gives reality back to a time that now seems decidedly unreal. 416p.
  • Brother, I'm Dying

    By Edwidge Danticat

    Our Price: $6.95 - $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400034307
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: September 2008
    National Book Award Finalist; National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. From the age of four, Edwidge Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph as her 'second father.' And so she is both elated and saddened when, at twelve, she joins her parents in New York City. Late in 2004, as events in Haiti once again deteriorate, eighty-one-year-old Joseph makes his way to Miami. Instead of finding refuge, he is detained by U.S. Customs, brutally imprisoned, and dead withindays. Edwidge's father soon joins him in death, but not before he holds hope in his arms: Edwidge's firstborn. 272p.
  • 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 .
  • Cloud Atlas

    By David Mitchell

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375507250
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: August 2004
    David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending philisophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Umberto Eco and Philip K. Dick. 509p.
  • Don't Cry: Stories

    By Mary Gaitskill

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307275875
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries/Vintage Books
    • Published: March 2010
    Mary Gaitskill's first collection of stories in more than ten years reveals a fierce artistry - a book of mindsearing, soul-rattling stories, each delivering the powerful, original language and the dramatic engagement that is stunninglyas emblematic as it is in evidence. In the urban fairy tale 'Mirrorball,' a young man steals a girl's soul during a one-night stand; in 'The Little Boy,' a woman haunted by the death of her former husband is finally able to grieve through a mysterious encounter with a needy child. In 'College Town 1980,' young people adrift in Ann Arbor debate the meaning of personal strength at the start of the Reagan era. Don't miss it!
  • 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.
  • Fathers and Sons

    By Ivan Turgenev

    Our Price: $11.70
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780141441337
    • Publisher: Penguin Classics
    • Published: November 2009
    Returning home after years away at university, Arkady is proud to introduce his clever friend Bazarov to his father and uncle. But their guest soon stirs up unrest on the quiet country estate - his outspoken nihilist views and his scathing criticisms of the older men expose the growing distance between Arkady and his father. And when Bazarov visits his owndoting but old-fashioned parents, his disdainful rejection of traditional Russian life causes even further distress. With a Chronology, Suggested Further Reading, Notes. 219p.
  • Half a Life

    By Darin Strauss

    Our Price: $6.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812982534
    • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
    • Published: May 2011
    National Book Critics Circle Award Winner. Acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss examines the fart-reaching consequences of the tragic moment that has shadowed his whole life. In his last month of high school, he was behind the wheel of his dad’s Oldsmobile, driving with friends, heading off to play miniature golf. Then: a classmate swerved in front of his car. The collision resulted in her death. With piercing insight and stark prose, Strauss leads readers on a deeply personal, immediate, and emotional journey – graduating high school, going away to college, starting his writing career, falling in love with his future wife, becoming a father. Along the way he gives loss an indelibly hard look, not to mention guilt, maturity and accountability. 207p.
  • Haussmann, or the Distinction: A Novel

    By Paul Lafarge

    Our Price: $6.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312420925
    • Publisher: Picador USA
    • Published: October 2002
    Baron Georges-Eugene Haussmann, who transformed Paris from a filthy and haphazard medieval city to the jewel of Europe, is rumored on his deathbed to have wished all his work undone. But why? The answer lies in the entwined stories of Madeleine, a foundling from the magical old world Haussmann destroyed of de France, a “demolition man” who sold the rubble of Paris as antiques; and of a three-sided affair that reveals the moral bankruptcy of a city, a corruption hidden by the transformative work of its brilliant architect. 380p.
  • In Persuasion Nation

    By George Saunders

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781594482427
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: March 2007
    Following up on his novella 'Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil,' the author returns to his true stock-in-trade: profoundly weird short stories set in a darkly funny dystopian world. combining the pop art sensibilities of Andy Warhol and the futuristic stylings of William Gibson, Saunders is a startling voice in contemporary fiction. The proof is in the twelve stories in this searing, outrageously prescient collection. 228p.