Miranda July's Bookshelf

Miranda July's Bookshelf


  • A Time for Everything

    By Karl Ove Knausgaard

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780980033083
    • Publisher: Archipelago Books
    • Published: November 2009
    In the sixteenth century, Antinous Bellori, a boy of eleven, is lost in a dark forest and stumbles upon two glowing beings, one carrying a spear, the other a flaming torch ... This event is decisive in Bellori's life, and he thereafter devotes himself to the pursuit and study of angels, the intermediaries of the divine.Beginning in the Garden of Eden and soaring through to the present, A Time for Everything reimagines pivotal encounters between humans and angels: the glow of the cherubim watching over Eden; the profound love between Cain and Abel despite their differences; Lot's shame in Sodom; Noah's isolation before the flood; Ezekiel tied to his bed, prophesying ferociously; the death of Christ; and the emergence of sensual, mischievous cherubs in the seventeenth century. Alighting upon these dramatic scenes - from the Bible and beyond - Knausgaard's imagination takes flight: the result is a dazzling display of storytelling at its majestic, spellbinding best. Incorporating and challenging tradition, legend, and the Apocrypha, these penetrating glimpses hazard chilling questions: can the nature of the divine undergo change, and can the immortal perish?
  • Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect

    By Mel Y. Chen

    Our Price: $26.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780822352723
    • Publisher: Duke University Press
    • Published: July 2012
    In Animacies, Mel Y. Chen draws on recent debates about sexuality, race, and affect to examine how matter that is considered insensate, immobile, or deathly, animates cultural lives. Toward that end, Chen investigates the blurry division between the living and the dead, or that which is beyond the human or animal. Within the field of linguistics, animacy has been described variously as a quality of agency, awareness, mobility, sentience, or liveness. Chen turns to cognitive linguistics to stress how language habitually differentiates the animate and the inanimate. Expanding this construct, Chen argues that animacy undergirds much that is pressing and indeed volatile in contemporary culture, from animal rights debates to biosecurity concerns.Chen's book is the first to bring the concept of animacy together with queer of color scholarship, critical animal studies, and disability theory. Through analyses of dehumanizing insults, the meanings of queerness, animal protagonists in recent Asian/American art and film, the lead toy panic in 2007, and the social lives of environmental illness, Animacies illuminates a hierarchical politics infused by race, sexuality, and ability. In this groundbreaking book, Chen rethinks the criteria governing agency and receptivity, health and toxicity, productivity and stillness—and demonstrates how attention to the affective charge of matter challenges commonsense orderings of the world.
  • Building Stories

    By Chris Ware

    Our Price: $36.00 - $60.00
    • Format: Boxed Set
    • ISBN-13: 9780375424335
    • Publisher: Pantheon
    • Published: October 2012
    The award-winning creator of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth presents an intricately illustrated, sprawling tale about the residents in a three-story Chicago apartment building, including a lonely single woman, a couple who are growing to despise each other and an elderly landlady. 50,000 first printing.
  • Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel

    By Lynda Barry

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684838465
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: October 2000
    Part 'Easy Rider' and part bipolar 'Wizard of Oz,' this novel - the life of a post-acid-dropping sixteen-year-old in 1971 - includes a one-way trip across America fueled by revenge and greed and a vivid cast of characters. The author has 'an ear for the casual cruelties of teenage conversation.' Illustrations by the author. 306p. Pap.
  • Diaries, 1910-1923

    By Franz Kafka

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780805209068
    • Publisher: Schocken Books
    • Published: November 1988
    Though Franz Kafka is one of the greatest and most widely read and discussed authors of the twentieth century, and continues to be a tremendous influence on artists of our time, he remains an elusive figure, his life and work open to endless interpretation. These diaries reveal the essential Kafka behind the enigmatic artist. Covering the period from 1910 to 1923, the year before Kafka's death at the age of forty, they provide a penetrating look into Kafka's world-notes on life in Prague, accounts of his dreams, his feelings for the father he worshipped and for the woman he could not bring himself to marry, his sense of guilt and of being an outcast, and his struggles and triumphs in expressing himself as a writer. Now, for the first time in this country, the complete diaries of Franz Kafka are available in one volume. They are not only indispensable to an understanding of Kafka the man and the artist, but are a completely readable, haunting account of a life of almost unbearable intensity.
  • Do the Windows Open?

    By Julie Hecht

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140271454
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: February 1998
    A collection of stories told by a fictional photographer explores footware, nature, television, popular culture, marriage, and communication
  • Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller

    By Cookie Mueller

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9783942214209
    • Publisher: Bbooks Verlag
    • Published: September 2014
  • How to Build a Girl

    By Caitlin Moran

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780062335975
    • Publisher: Harper
    • Published: September 2014
    After she shames herself on local TV, 14-year-old Johanna Morgan reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde--a fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer--until two years later, while eviscerating bands as a music critic, she realizes she's built Dolly with a fatal flaw. By the best-selling author of How to Be a Woman. 75,000 first printing.
  • Humiliation

    By Wayne Koestenbaum

    Our Price: $18.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312429225
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: August 2011
    Part of the Big Ideas//Small Books series.
  • It's OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids

    By Heather Shumaker

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781585429363
    • Publisher: Tarcher
    • Published: August 2012
    Traces the author's discoveries while trying to raise her children to be kind and self-sufficient, challenging popular expert views and extending alternative perspectives on such topics as toys associated with violence, gender biases and coloring outside the lines. Original. 10,000 first printing.
  • King Kong Theory

    By Virginie Despentes

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781558616578
    • Publisher: The Feminist Press at the City University of New York
    • Published: April 2010
    "King Kong Theory is essential reading!"—Dorothy Allison"King Kong Theory brings to mind Solanas's SCUM Manifesto, Muscio's CUNT, and Plath's The Bell Jar—feminist eloquence without restraint. You will love it."—Susie Bright"Finally someone has done it! The feminist movement needs King Kong Theory now more than ever. A must-read for every sex worker, tranny, punk, queer, john, academic, pornographer—and for all those people who dislike them too."—Annie SprinkleWith humor, rage, and confessional detail, Virginie Despentes—in her own words, "more King Kong than Kate Moss"—delivers a highly charged account of women's lives today. She explodes common attitudes about sex and gender, and shows how modern beauty myths are ripe for rebelling against. Using her own experiences of rape, prostitution, and working in the porn industry as a jumping-off point, she creates a new space for all those who can't or won't obey the rules.Virginie Despentes is the writer and co-director of Baise-Moi, the controversial rape-revenge novel that became the basis for a film by the same name. Born in Paris, she now lives in Barcelona.
  • Leaving the Atocha Station

    By Ben Lerner

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781566892742
    • Publisher: Coffee House Press
    • Published: August 2011
    Adam Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, struggling to establish his sense of self and his relationship to art. Instead of following the dictates of his fellowship, Adam’s “research” becomes a meditation on the possibility of the genuine in the arts and beyond. Is poetry as essential art form, or merely a screen for the reader’s projections? Are his relationships with the people he meets in Spain as fraudulent as he fears his poems are? A witness to the 2004 Madrid train bombings and their aftermath, does he participate in historic events or merely watch them pass him by? A portrait of the artist as a young man in age of Google searches, pharmaceuticals, and spectacle. 181p.
  • Man V. Nature: Stories

    By Diane Cook

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780062333100
    • Publisher: Harper
    • Published: October 2014
    "A daring debut collection of short stories which illuminates with audacious wit the complexity of human behavior, as seen through the lens of the natural world"--
  • Mike Mills: Graphics Films

    By Mike Mills

    Our Price: $30.00 - $49.95
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9788862080750
    • Publisher: DAMIANI
    • Published: February 2009
    This first retrospective monograph covers fifteen years of Mills' work in the fields of graphic design, film, and art. The book includes album cover designs that have become part of our cultural landscape, such as work for The Beastie Boys, Beck, Sonic Youth, The John Spencer Blues Explosion, as well as his covers & videos for the French band Air. Also included are graphics, textiles, and t-shirts for Marc Jacobs, X-Girl, and Humans, as well as rarely seen documentation of his exhibition at the Andrea Rosen Galley, in New York, the MU Foundation in The Netherlands, the Alleged Gallery, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, and the National Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Illus. 176p.
  • Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas: Exploring a Hidden Landscape of Transformation and Resilience

    By Robin Grossinger

    Our Price: $39.95
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780520269101
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Published: March 2012
    "Welcome to the ecodetectives, the landscape archeologists, here to show us what was once in one particular valley and how places in general change and how historical maps and photographs can set your imagination on fire and tell you where you are more deeply than anything else. Every time I visit the Estuary Institute, Robin and cartographer Ruth are there presiding over tables layered thick with big reproductions of old maps and eager to show more maps on their computers: visiting them at work is time travel, cartographic chatauqua, art exhibition, and ecological epiphany, and it's wonderful all that is finally packed into a book, and a beautiful book at that."--Rebecca Solnit, author of Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas and Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics"Elk, grizzly, salmon, and Napa? Robin Grossinger and colleagues from the San Francisco Estuary Institute are the premier poet-scientists of the California landscape. Here they have created a beautiful, thoughtful, transformative look at the original ecology of the Napa Valley. If you are interested in sustainability, terroir, or the future of California, I would highly recommend this book." - Eric W. Sanderson, author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York"This wonderful atlas is like none other. It takes you on a trip back through time and space, peeling away layer after layer of Napa Valley history. It gets under the skin of this enchanting place and then under yours. Once you learn to read the signposts of the past, you'll never look at the landscape of Napa--or anyplace else--the same way again. Grossinger and Askevold elevate local geography to a new plane of scientific precision, historical reconstruction, and elegant imagery. They even sketch a set of tours for revisiting Napa country on your own and practical lessons on how this precious landscape can be better managed in the future by keeping an eye on the past." - Richard Walker, author of The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves (Completely Revised and Updated Version)

    By Boston Women's Health Book Collective

    Our Price: $28.00
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781439190661
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: October 2011
    Completely revised and updated, Our Bodies, Ourselves provides women with the information and tools needed to make key health decisions – accurate, evidence-based information, input from leading experts, and personal stories from women who share their experiences. Included in this new edition: changes in the health care system; safer sex; environmental health risks; body image, and local and global activism – as well as crucial information about gender identity, sexual orientation, birth control, abortion, pregnancy and birth, perimenopause, and sexuality and sexual health throughout the ageing process. Get your daily dose of health! Notes, Contributors’ Profiles, Index. Illus. 928p.
  • Sanja Ivekovic: Sweet Violence

    By Sanja Ivekovic

    Our Price: $30.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780870708114
    • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York
    • Published: December 2011
  • Sophie Calle: The Address Book

    By Sophie Calle

    Our Price: $29.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780979956294
    • Publisher: Siglio
    • Published: October 2012
  • 33 1/3 (83) Television's Marquee Moon

    By Bryan Waterman

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781441186058
    • Publisher: Continuum
    • Published: June 2011
    Bryan Waterman peels back the layers of Television’s (the band) origin myth and, assembling a rich historical archive, situates the band’s first album, Marquee Moon, in a broader cultural history of SoHo and the East Village. As Waterman traces the downtown scene’s influences, public image, and reputation via a range of print, film, and audio recordings readers come to recognize the real historical surprises that the documentary evidence still has to yield and come to a new appreciation of this quintessential album of the New York City night, - past, present, and future. Bibliography. 222p.
  • Tete-a-Tete: The Tumultuous Lives & Loves of Simone De Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

    By Hazel Rowley

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060520601
    • Publisher: HarperCollins
    • Published: October 2006
    The first dual biography of the passionate, freethinking existentialist philosopher-writers does not lessen the status of this legendary couple. Their committed but notoriously open dyad generated no end to controversy and emotional turmoil in their day. Hazel Rowley plumbs the life and works of these two colossal figures and their intense, often embattled relationship on both banks of the Seine in Paris. Through original interviews and access to new primary sources, she portrays the rocky twosome up close. Notes; Selected Bibliography; a Note on Sources; Index. 416p.
  • The Hour of the Star

    By Clarice Lispector

    Our Price: $11.65
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811219495
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: November 2011
    A new edition of Clarice Lispector’s final masterpiece, now with a vivid introduction by Colm Tóibín.
  • The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir

    By Sarah Manguso

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312428440
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: June 2009
    Traces the author's struggles with a mysterious illness she contracted at the age of twenty-one, a nine-year journey during which she lost weeks of her life during each recurrence and endured painful cycles of addiction, depression, and treatments. By the author of Hard to Admit.
  • Two Serious Ladies

    By Jane Bowles

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.49
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062283122
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: February 2014
    Two Serious Ladies is the only novel by avant-garde literary star and wife of legendary writer Paul Bowles—a modernist cult-classic, mysterious, profound, anarchic, and funny, that follows two upper-class women as they descend into debauchery—updated with an introduction by Claire Messud, bestselling author of The Emperor's Children and The Woman Upstairs.Two serious ladies who want to live outside of themselves, Christina Goering and Frieda Copperfield embark on separate quests of salvation. Mrs. Copperfield visits Panama with her husband, where she finds solace among the women who live and work in its brothels. Miss Goering becomes involved with various men. At the end the two women meet again, each transformed by her experience.
  • What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng

    By Dave Eggers

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307385901
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: October 2007
    National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. This testament to the triumph of hope over experience, human resilience over tragedy and disaster, is the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee from the Sudanese civil war. At the age of seven he is forced to flee his village and leave his family and joins a group of boys who walk hundreds of miles across their country, hoping to find safety. Many collapse from exhaustion, succumb to sickness, or die from starvation; others are devoured by hyenas, crocodiles, and lions. They dodge land mines and government soldiers. Get the picture?! It's fiction but it's all-too real... not to be humbled, enlightened, transformed. 576p.
  • Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do

    By Studs Terkel

    Our Price: $18.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781565843424
    • Publisher: The New Press
    • Published: February 1997
    One hundred Americans put it on the line: likes, dislikes, fears, problems, and happinesses on the job. 589p.
  • Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

    By Andrew Solomon

    Our Price: $11.00 - $19.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780743236720
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: October 2013
  • How Should a Person Be?

    By Sheila Heti

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781250032447
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: July 2013
    Facing a creative dilemma after a failed marriage, Sheila gathers inspiration from a depraved and free-spirited artist who becomes her lover, in a tale based on incidents from the author's life.