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  • The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

    By Douglas Brinkley

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061148491
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: August 2007
    In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. But it was only the first stage of a shocking triple tragedy. On the heels of one of the three strongest hurricanes ever to make landfall in the United States came the storm-surge flooding, which submerged a half-million homes—followed by the human tragedy of government mismanagement, which proved as cruel as the natural disaster itself. Photo insert. Index. 768p.
  • 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).
  • We Disappear

    By Scott Heim

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061468971
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: February 2008
    In a Kansas field, a teenage boy is found murdered, an event that sparks a dark obsession in a hard-luck woman named Donna. Recently widowed and battling cancer, she begins remembering details of a long-suppressed secret from her childhood. She persuades her son, Scott, to help her discover more about 'disappeared' people, hoping to uncover clues about her troubled past. Fighting demons of his own - including addictions to methamphetamines and sleeping pills - Scott is barely holding on, but the chance to help his mother, as desperate and disturbing as her search may be, offers a taste of salvation. 304p.
  • The Kiss: A Memoir

    By Kathryn Harrison

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780380731473
    • Publisher: Avon Books
    • Published: June 1998
    In a controversial New York Times best-seller, a novelist unabashedly recounts her furtive, incestuous relationship with her father, which began after she was reunited with him at the age of twenty. Reprint.
  • So Much for That

    By Lionel Shriver

    Our Price: $14.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061458590
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: March 2011
    After his wife is diagnosed with cancer, Shep Knacker sees his dream of retiring to a developing country slip away, along with all the money in his once-plentiful bank account, as he tries to navigate America's labyrinthine health-care system. By the best-selling author of The Post-Birthday World. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
  • Notes on a Life (Applause Books)

    By Eleanor Coppola

    Our Price: $18.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781423489054
    • Publisher: Applause Theatre and Cinema Books
    • Published: May 2010
    Applause BooksEleanor Coppola's first book, Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now, was hailed as "one of the most revealing of all firsthand looks at the movies" ( Los Angeles Herald Examiner ). Now the author brings the same honesty, insight, and wit to this absorbing account of the next chapters in her life. In this new work we travel back and forth with her from the swirling center of the film world to the intimate heart of her family. She offers a fascinating look at the vision that drives her husband, Francis Ford Coppola, and describes her daughter Sofia's rise to fame with the film Lost in Translation . Even as she visits faraway movie sets and attends parties, she is pulled back to pursue her own art but is always focused on keeping her family safe. The death of their son Gio in a boating accident in 1986 and her struggle to cope with her grief and anger lead to a moving exploration of her deepest feelings as a woman and as a mother. Written with a quiet strength, Eleanor Coppola's powerful portrait of the conflicting demands of family, love, and art is at once very personal and universally resonant.
  • Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

    Our Price: $30.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780805080063
    • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
    • Published: January 2006
    Philip Short's masterly narrative reveals how Pol Pot engineered his country's desolation, fashioning the definitive portrait of the man who headed one of the most enigmatic and terrifying regimes of modern times. Short observed Pol Pot at close quarters during the one and only official visit Pol ever made abroad, to China, in 1975. He was struck by Pol Pot's charm and charisma, yet, soon after, the leader would emerge as the architect of one of the most radical and ruthless experiments in social engineering ever undertaken. More than a million Cambodians perished in the notorious 'killing fields' implemented by the Khmer Rouge of Pol Pot. Notes and Sources, Index. Illus., b&w photos. 537p.
  • The Naked Civil Servant

    By Quentin Crisp

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780141180533
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: May 1997
    This classic autobiography is both a comic masterpiece and a unique testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Crisp not only came out as a gay man in 1931, when the slightest sign of homosexuality shocked public sensibilities, but he had so with grand and provocative flamboyance, determined to spread the message that homosexuality did not exclude him or anyone else from the human race. His hilarious descriptions of encounters with parents, friends, employers, soldiers and sailors, and the law reveal the strength and humor of an honest man, determined to face the world with the uncensored, unapologetic truth about himself. 212p.
  • Voss

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143105688
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: January 2009
    In 1973, Australian writer Patrick White was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 'for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature.' Set in 19th-century Australia, VOSS is a sweeping novel about a secret passion between the explorer Voss and the young orphan Laura. As Voss is tested by hardship, mutiny, and be trayal during his crossing of the brutal Australian desert, laura awaits his return in Sydney, where she endures their months of separation as if her life were a dream and Voss the only reality. 440.
  • The Sluts

    By Dennis Cooper

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780786716746
    • Publisher: Da Capo
    • Published: October 2005
    A tale largely told through the postings, e-mails, and board conversations on a Web site where gay male escorts are reviewed by dozens of unreliable client narrators traces the evolution of one young escort's date with a satisfied client, an evening that burgeons into a metafiction of pornography, half-truths, and myths. Reprint.
  • Jernigan

    By David Gates

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679737131
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: April 1992
    Seeking comfort in alcohol and irony from his wife's death, father's immolation, and son's adolescence, Peter Jernigan meets the mother of his son's strange girlfriend and begins a plunge into the everyday death of the spirit
  • The Ravishing of Lol Stein

    By Marguerite Duras

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780394743042
    • Publisher: Pantheon Books
    • Published: 1986
    A haunting early novel by the author of The Lover. 131p.
  • Ladder of Years

    By Anne Tyler

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780449910573
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: April 1996
    Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To her husband and three almost grown children, she has vainished without trace or reason. But for Delia, who feels like a tiny gnat buzzing around her family's edges, 'walking away from it all' is not a premeditated act but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life. 326p.
  • Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film

    By Jimmy McDonough

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307338440
    • Publisher: GOLDEN PRESS/WESTERN PUB CO
    • Published: June 2006
    A close-up portrait of filmmaking maverick Russ Meyer, the director, writer, producer, and father of the modern sexploitation film traces his life and career, documenting his volatile personal life, his battles with censorship, and his clashes with the Hollywood establishment.
  • And I Don't Want to Live This Life: A Mother's Story of Her Daughter's Murder

    By Deborah Spungen

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780449911419
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: August 1996
    The mother of Nancy Spungen, the woman who was allegedly murdered by punk rock star Sid Vicious, chronicles her family's despair and the futility of professional advice in dealing with her daughter's life-long episodes of uncontrollable rebellion

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