Patti Smiths Bookshelf

Patti Smiths Bookshelf


  • A Happy Death

    By Albert Camus

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679764007
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: August 1995
    The French author reveals his feelings of alienation in this novel about a young man's search for the key to facing death without fear
  • A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

    By Janna Levin

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400032402
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: September 2007
    In a saga of genius, madness, and scientific accomplishment, a physicist obsessed with logician Kurt Gèodel and mathematician Alan Turing chronicles the lives of both men in parallel narratives that reveal each man's great achievements and sorry death.
  • A Night of Serious Drinking

    By Rene Daumal

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781585673995
    • Publisher: The Overlook Press
    • Published: April 2003
    In a work that presents the teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky in the form of symbolic fiction, the narrator, intoxicated after an evening of revels with friends, is taken on a journey that ranges from sublime paradises to the depths of human hells. Reprint.
  • A Season in Hell & The Drunken Boat (Bilingual Edition)

    By Arthur Rimbaud

    Our Price: $12.55
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811219488
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: September 2011
    Poet Arthur Rimbaud originally distributed A Season In Hell – a personal poem of damnation as well as a plea to be released from “the examination of his own depths” – as a self-published booklet and soon afterword, at the age of nineteen, quit poetry altogether. Allen Ginsberg proclaimed Rimbaud “the first punk” – a visionary mentor to the Beats for both his recklessness and his fiery poetry. This new edition dons the original cover by Alvin Lustig and present the original French and the classic Louise Varese translation of both A Season In Hell & The Drunken Boat. Patti Smith offers her reverie of praise, “Think of me he cries – and we must – immersing ourselves…in an infinite affair.” After all, Hamlet would read Rimbaud. Includes a Rimbaud Chronology. 103p.
  • After Nature

    By W. G. Sebald

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375756580
    • Publisher: Modern Library
    • Published: July 2003
    The author's first literary work is a beautiful and comically unsettling prose-poem meditation on the ceaseless cycles of destruction and rebirth, natural and man-made. Rendered in a flawlessly clear translation. 128p. Pap.
  • Agua Viva

    By Clarice Lispector

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811219907
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: 2012
    A meditation on the nature of life and time, Água Viva (1973) shows Lispector discovering a new means of writing about herself, more deeply transforming her individual experience into a universal poetry. In a body of work as emotionally powerful, formally innovative, and philosophically profound as Clarice Lispector’s, Água Viva stands out as a particular triumph.
  • An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter

    By Cesar Aira

    Our Price: $11.65
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811216302
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: May 2006
    Cesar Aira. The story of a moment in the life of the German artist Johann Moritz Rugendas (1802-1858). Generally admired as a master landscape painter, he was advised by Alexander von Humboldt to record the spectacular landscapes of Chile, Argentina, and Mexico. This work of fiction weaves an almost surreal history around Rugendas' trips to Argentina where he strived to achieve in art the 'physiognomic totality' of Humboldt's scientific vision of the whole. A brief and dramatic visit to the pampas gives him the chance to fulfill his ambition but a strange episode interrupts the trip and irreversibly marks him for life. 87p.
  • Ariel: The Restored Edition

    By Sylvia Plath

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060732608
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: November 2005
    This facsimile edition restores, for the first time, poet Sylvia Plath's original manuscript - including handwritten notes - and her own selection and arrangement of poems. This edition also includes in facsimile the complete working drafts of her poem 'Ariel.' Illus., 85 facsimile pages. 256p.
  • Astragal

    By Albertine Sarrazin

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811220736
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: April 2013
    After Julien, a small-time criminal, rescues Anne when she escapes her prison cell, he keeps her hidden while they fall in love and fear capture.
  • At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror

    By H. P. Lovecraft

    Our Price: $7.19
    • Format: Mass Market
    • ISBN-13: 9780345329455
    • Publisher: Del Rey
    • Published: January 1990
    A quartet of horror masterpieces from the legendary master of the macabre includes the critically acclaimed title novella, as well as "The Shunned House," "The Dreams in the Witch-House," and "The Statement of Randolph Carter." Reissue.
  • Brighton Rock

    By Graham Greene

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780142437971
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: September 2004
    Graham Greene's chilling exposé of violence and gang warfare in the pre-war underworld is a classic of its kind. Pinkie, the teenage gangster, is devoid of compassion or human feeling, despising weakness of the spirit or of the flesh. Responsible for the razor slashes that killed Kite and also for the death of Hale, he is the embodiment of calculated evil. As a Catholic, however, he is convinced that his retribution does not lie in human hands. He is therefore not prepared for Ida Arnold, Hale's avenging angel. Ida, whose allegiance is with life, the here and now, has her own ideas about the circumstances surrounding Hale's death. For the sheer joy of it she takes up the challenge of bringing the infernal Pinkie to an earthly kind of justice.
  • Day out of Days: Stories

    By Sam Shepard

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307277824
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: February 2011
    A collection of 133 tales set mainly in the American West. Written with terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and wry humor, these pieces drill down through the strata of history and the everyday, into the very bedrock of American mythos. A man traveling down Highway 90 West gets trapped alone overnight inside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, where he is tormented by an endless loop of Shania Twain songs. A wandering actor returns to his hometown and runs into an old friend, who recounts their teenage days of stealing cars, buying Benzedrine, and sleeping with whores in Tijuana. A Minnesota couple and their children, traveling south for vacation, are so caught up in the ordinary drama of family life that they remain oblivious to the beauty of the Yucatan peninusla. 282p.
  • Happy Prince and Other Stories

    By Oscar Wilde

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780679444732
    • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE
    • Published: October 1995
    A beautiful, golden, jewel-studded statue and a little swallow give all they have to help the poor.
  • Heart of Darkness and The Congo Diary

    By Joseph Conrad

    Our Price: $5.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780141441672
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: September 2007
    A group of white men journeys up the Congo River to invade the jungles of the Belgian Congo, in an effort to rob the natives of their ivory.
  • Howl and Other Poems (The Pocket Poets Series, Number Four)

    By Allen Ginsberg

    Our Price: $7.15
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780872860179
    • Publisher: City Lights Books
    • Published: January 2001
    (City Lights Pocket Poets series). Allen Ginsberg's poem, 'Howl,' landed on the shores of America's shipwrecked consciousness as a manifesto and testimony. The book, HOWL AND OTHER POEMS, was subsequently seized by U.S. customs and the San Francisco police. It was the subject of a long court trial at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene. Ginsberg knew what was obscene, and he wrote it down in a delirious, impassioned fit of poetic reverie. It is both THE legendary and notorious poem of 20th-century American literature. Bibliography. 60p.