John Waters' Picks


  • American Pastoral

    By Philip Roth

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375701429
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: Feruary 1998
    Swede Levov grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
  • 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
  • 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: Three Rivers Press
    • Published: 2005
    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.
  • Consider the Oyster

    By M. F. K. Fisher

    Our Price: $13.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780865473355
    • Publisher: North Point Press
    • Published: September 1988
    Fisher here pays tribute to that most enigmatic of ocean creatures, the oyster. As she tells of oysters found in stews, in soups, roasted, baked, fried, prepared a la Rockefeller or au naturel – and of the pearls sometimes found therein – Fisher describes her mother’s joy at encountering oyster loaf in a girls’ dorm in the 1890s, recalls her own initiation into the “strange cold succulence” of raw oysters as a young woman in Marseille and Dijon, and explores both the bivalve’s famed aphrodisiac properties and its equally notorious gut-wrenching powers. Fisher invites readers to share in the comforts and delights that this delicate edible evokes, enchanting readers her characteristically wise and witty prose. Index of Recipes. 78p.
  • Endless Love

    By Scott Spencer

    Our Price: $7.50
    • 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).
  • Genet: A Biography

    By Edmund White

    Our Price: $11.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679754794
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: October 1994
    Traces the life of controversial French writer Jean Genet, analyzes his novels and plays, and discusses the major themes of his work. Reprint. 20,000 first printing. Tour.
  • Good Morning, Midnight

    By Jean Rhys

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393303940
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: December 1999
    Sasha Jensen has return to Paris, the city of both her happiest moments and her most desperate. A friend has rescued her from the room in London where she had been trying to think herself to death. Now her her past lies in wait for herin cafes, bars, and dress shops, coming to life again as vividly for the reader as it does for her, blurring all distinctions between nightmare and reality. However, the past is not all that looms threateningly on Sasha's horizon. 190p.
  • Inside Peyton Place: The Life of Grace Metalious

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781578062683
    • Published: April 2000
  • Jernigan

    By David Gates

    Our Price: $15.00
    • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paris Diary and the New York Diary, 1951-1961

    By Ned Rorem

    Our Price: $19.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306808388
    • Published: March 1998
    Reprint of the North Point Press original of 1983 with a new introduction by Richard Howard. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
  • Platform

    By Michel Houellebecq

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400030262
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: July 2004
    In his early forties, Michel Renault skims through his days with as little human contact as possible, but following his father's death he takes a group holiday to Thailand where he meets a travel agent - the shyly compelling Valerie - who begins to bring this half-dead man to life with sex of escalating intensity and audacity. Arcing with dreamlike swiftness from Paris to Pattaya Beach and from sex clubs to a terrorist massacre, PLATFORM is a brilliant, apocalyptic tour de fiction. 259p.
  • Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

    By Philip Short

    Our Price: $11.50
    • 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.
  • So Much for That

    By Lionel Shriver

    Our Price: $7.50
    • 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.
  • Staring At the Sun

    By Julian Barnes

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679748205
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: September 1993
    Jean Serjeant seems ordinary, but has an extraordinary disdain for wisdom. The novel follows her from her childhood in the 1920s to her flight into the sun in the year 2021. Author Julian Barnes confronts readers with the fruits of herrelentless curiosity: pilgrimages to China and the Grand Canyon; a catalog of 1940s sexual euphemisms; and a glimpse of technology in the 21st century (when The Absolute Truth can be universally accessed). 197p.
  • Still Holding

    By Bruce Wagner

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780743243384
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: August 2004
    In the wake of a fan attack and the events of September 11, a handsome movie star and practicing Buddhist spends a year recuperating in the care of his ruthlessly opportunistic father, an endeavor that is marked by a starlet's effort to make the most of her first big break. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
  • The Assistant

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $18.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811215909
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: 2007
    Published in 1908, THE ASSISTANT won a 2007 PEN Translation Fund Award. Joseph, hired as an inventor's new assistant, arrives one rainy Monday morning at Technical Engineer Carl Tabler's splendid hilltop villa: he is at once pleased and terribly worried, a state soon followed by even stickier psychological complexities. He enjoys the company of the proud wife, Frau Tabler, and the beautiful view over Lake Zurich, and the delicious savory meals. But does he deserve any of these pleasures? As he attempts to help the Tabler household (sliding toward financial ruin), THE ASSISTANT pours fourth Joseph's inner life of cascading emotions of exuberance, of despair, of all the rapture and panic of someone 'drowning in obedience.' 301p.
  • The End of Alice

    By A. M. Homes

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684827100
    • Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction
    • Published: 2006
    The story of an imprisoned pedophile who is drawn into an erotically charged correspondence with a 19-year-old suburban co-ed. 'Unnerving, repellent, and seductive.' 270p.
  • The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

    By Douglas Brinkley

    Our Price: $21.99
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Voss

    By Patrick White

    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.
  • We Disappear

    By Scott Heim

    Our Price: $8.00
    • 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.