John Darnielles Bookshelf

John Darnielles Bookshelf


  • A Small Place

    By Jamaica Kincaid

    Our Price: $14.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374527075
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: April 2000
    Jamaica Kincaid's expansive essay candidly appraises the ten-by-twelve mile island of the British West Indies where she grew up and makes palpable the impact of European colonization and tourism. The book is a missive, both urgent and poetic, to the traveler, whether American or European, who wants to escape the banality and corruption of some large place. She reminds readers that the Antiguan people, formerly British subjects, are unable to escape the same drawbacksof their own tiny realm - that behind the benevolent Caribbean scenery are human lives, always complex and often fraught with injustice.
  • Almanac of the Dead

    By Leslie Marmon Silko

    Our Price: $19.80
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140173192
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: November 1992
  • Arrow of God

    By Chinua Achebe

    Our Price: $7.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385014809
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: January 1989
    The third installment in the author's 'African trilogy,' ARROWS OF GOD takes up the ongoing struggle between continuity and change. It's a powerful drama about the downfall of a traditional leader in a society forever altered by colonialism, who refuses to be a 'white man's chief' and is thrown in jail.
  • Broken Mirror

    By Merce Rodoreda

    Our Price: $26.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803290075
    • Publisher: BISON BOOKS
    • Published: April 2006
  • Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas

    By William H. Gass

    Our Price: $13.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781564785022
    • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
    • Published: February 2009
    (American Literature series). Four interrelated novellas exexplore good and evil, action and thought, redemption and possession. Readers will encounter a traveling salesman who gets lost in the kitschy clutter of a small town in Illinois, a young woman in rural Iowa who loses touch with the outside world and turns to the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop as anchor, and the coming-of-age story of a devilish young man named Lucifer. 292p.
  • Collected Plays 1

    By Wole Soyinka

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780192811363
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: June 1973
    Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, this Nigerian poet, playwright, and novelist writes of the rich cultural traditions as well as the hopes and frustrations of black Africa. This two-volume collection of his plays includes A Dance of the Forests, The Swamp Dwellers, The Strong Breed, The Road, and The Bacchae of Euripides in the first volume, and The Lion and the Jewel, Kongi's Harvest, The Trials of Brother Jero, Jero's Metamorphosis, and Madmen and Specialists in the second volume.
  • Death Comes For The Archbishop

    By Willa Cather

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679728894
    • Publisher: Vintage Classics
    • Published: June 1990
    In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour becomes the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico, and over the next forty years he faces the lawlessness and loneliness of the frontier as he tries to spread his faith
  • Democracy

    By Joan Didion

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679754855
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: April 1995
    Inez Victor knows that the major casualty of the political life is memory. But the people around her have made careers out of losing track. Her senator husband wants to forget the failure of his last bid for the presidnecy. Her husband's handler would like the press to forget that Inez's father is a murderer. And, in 1975, the year in which of this bitterly funny novel is set, America is doing its best to lose track of its one-time client, the lethally hemorrhaging republic of South Vietnam. These personages/events constitute the terminal fallout of democracy in Joan Didion's novel; a fallout zone that suffers from the Orwellian newspeak of the political class. Witness her tour de force dissection.
  • Dhalgren

    By Samuel R. Delany

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375706684
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: May 2001
    Bellona is a city at the dead center of the United States. Something has happened there...The population has fled. Madmen and criminals wander the streets. Strange portents appear in the cloud-covered sky. Into this disaster zone comesa young man - poet, lover, and adventurer - known only as the Kid. Tackling questions of race, gender, and sexuality, Dhalgren is a literary marvel and groundbreaking work of American magical realism.
  • In Red

    By Magdalena Tulli

    Our Price: $6.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781935744085
    • Publisher: Archipelago Books
    • Published: November 2011
    "The originality of Tulli's writing is not lessened by representing a family tree that includes Michaux, Kafka, Calvino, and Saramago."?W.S. MerwinIn this inventive novel, Magdalena Tulli creates a world that is unreal, yet strangely familiar and utterly convincing. Set in a mythical fourth partition of Poland, In Red is full of haunting descriptions of the town and its inhabitants; its power lies in Tulli's evocative, almost hallucinatory use of language.Magdalena Tulli's novels include Dreams and Stones, winner of Poland's Koscielski Foundation Award; Moving Parts, nominated for the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Flaw, shortlisted for the 2007 NIKE Literary Award. Tulli is also the translator of Marcel Proust and Italo Calvino into Polish.
  • La Maison De Rendez-Vous and Djinn

    By Alain Robbe-Grillet

    Our Price: $12.15
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802130174
    • Publisher: GROVE PRESS
    • Published: September 1987
    Two works by the French novelist of the nouveau roman. 'Djinn' is the story of a young man who follows an alluring androgynous girl into a clandestine world where he isassailed by bizarre strangers, diorienting images, dislocations of time, and finally, doubts about his own identity; 'La Maison de Rendez-vous,' with Hong Kong as the setting,readers will encounter a world of crime, intrigue and passion dominated by Lady Ava's mysterious Blue Villa. Two classics of the nouveau roman! 284p. Pap.
  • Le Morte D'Arthur (Volume II)

    By Thomas Malory

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140430448
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: August 1993
    Tells the stories of King Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Queen Guenever, and Tristram and Isolde in a version based on Caxton's printed edition of 1485 with modernized spellings
  • People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo -- and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up

    By Richard Lloyd Parry

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374230593
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: May 2012
    Looks at the disappearance and murder of Lucie Blackman in Tokyo, following every step of the investigation and offering a grim portrait of her suspected killer.
  • Play It As It Lays

    By Joan Didion

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374529949
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: November 2005
    Originally published in 1970. A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, the novel captures the mood of an entire generation, the emptiness and ennui of contemporarysociety reflected in spare prose that both blisters and haunts the reader, riveting & stunning in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis. From the author of the current bestseller and National Book Award-winning 'The Year of Magical Thinking.' 240p.
  • Poemland

    By Chelsey Minnis

    Our Price: $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781933517414
    • Publisher: WAVE BOOKS
    • Published: April 2009
    A fearless and uproarious litany of contentions and revelations on poetry and the poetic mind, continuing the charge against the sacred in contemporary poetry. Poemland alternates brilliantly between the deadpan, the spectacular, and the outrageous.