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The Author’s Bookshelf: Stephanie Danler

Stephanie Danler is the author of the international and New York Times bestseller, Sweetbitter, and the creator and Executive Producer of the television series based on the novel for Starz. Her work has appeared in The Sewanee Review, Vogue Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Bon Appetit, O Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, and Lit Hub. She is at work on a book of non-fiction, and is based out of Los Angeles, California.

"30 books feels generous, but it’s an impossible task. Books towards what purpose, I kept asking. For vacation and pleasure? Books that have been forgotten and deserve an audience? Books that made me a better writer and thinker? 30 poetry collections wouldn’t even be enough! I settled on a mix of all of the above, moving through my shelves with the mandate that I had to choose books that changed me and that I’ve either read more than once or given as a gift more than once. In these books there’s lots about desire. Lots about loneliness and loss. Lots about women, in various stages of transformation. As a person who has been browsing at The Strand most Wednesday mornings for the past fifteen years, I have now reached the pinnacle of my career and will gratefully retire. Happy Reading."

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Stephanie Danler’s Bookshelf:


  • Abandon Me: Memoirs

    By Melissa Febos

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781632866585
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury
    • Published: February 2018
  • Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

    By Danielle Evans

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781594485367
    • Publisher: Riverhead Trade
    • Published: September 2011
    Fearless, funny, and ultimately tender, Danielle Evans’s eight stories offer a bold new perspective on the experience of being young and African-American or mixed-race in modern-day America. They feature young women and men who find themselves straddling the divide between cultures, classes, relationships, and ideas about who they are and what they want to be. In each of these stories, Evans explores the nonwhite American experience with honesty, wisdom, and humor. They are striking in their emotional immediacy, based in a world where inequality is a reality, but where the insecurities of young adulthood and tensions within family are often the more complicating factors. 232p.
  • Bestiary

    By Donika Kelly

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781555977580
    • Publisher: Graywolf Press
    • Published: October 2016
  • Chelsea Girls

    By Eileen Myles

    Our Price: $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062394668
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: September 2015
    Available once again for a new generation of readers, the groundbreaking and candid coming-of-age novel in-real-time from one of America's most celebrated poets that is considered a cult classic.In this breathtakingly inventive autobiographical novel, Eileen Myles transforms life into a work of art. Told in her audacious voice, made vivid and immediate in her lyrical language,Chelsea Girls cobbles together memories of Myles’ 1960s Catholic upbringing with an alcoholic father, her volatile adolescence, her unabashed “lesbianity,” and her riotous pursuit of survival as a poet in 1970s New York.Suffused with alcohol, drugs, and sex; evocative in its depictions of the hardscrabble realities of a young artist’s life; and poignant with stories of love, humor, and discovery,Chelsea Girls is a funny, cool, and intimate account of a writer’s education, and a modern chronicle of how a young female writer shrugged off the chains of a rigid cultural identity meant to define her.
  • Citizen: An American Lyric

    By Claudia Rankine

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781555976903
    • Publisher: Graywolf Press
    • Published: October 2014
    A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine’s long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American LyricClaudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.
  • Crush

    By Richard Siken

    Our Price: $18.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300107890
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: April 2005
    Recipient of the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, which is America's oldest annual literary award, Richard Skien makes a powerful and impassioned debut with 'Crush.' In this provocative collection, he offers the reader poems driven by obession and brimming with violent eroticism. With recurring themes of the coming-of-age of boyhood sexuality, Siken's eloquent verse works to induce a dizzing collision of words. Introduced with a foreword by past poet laureateLouise Gluck, 'Crush' presents the promising debut of a fresh voice in poetry. Richard Siken is the recipient of a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment of Arts, and editor of the literary magazine, 'spork.'
  • Dancer from the Dance

    By Andrew Holleran

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.39
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060937065
    • Publisher: Perennial
    • Published: December 2001
    This classic coming-of-age gay novel depicts the adventures of Malone, a beautiful young man searching for love amid New York's emerging gay scene. From Manhattan's Everard Baths and after-hours discos to Fire Island's deserted parks and lavish orgies, Malone looks high and low for meaningful companionship. The person he finds is Sutherland, a campy quiintessential queen - and one of the most memorable literary creations of contemporary fiction. 250p.
  • Dear Darkness: Poems

    By Kevin Young

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307264428
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: July 2010
    A sixth compilation of poetry by the acclaimed author of Jelly Roll and For the Confederate Dead pays homage to members of his extended family, celebrates food and its meaning in life, deals with the grief over the death of his father, and counts his losses and blessings, all with a touch of the blues.
  • 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.
  • Down and Out in Paris and London

    By George Orwell

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156262248
    • Publisher: Harvest
    • Published: May 1972
    In this realistic and unsentimental description of poverty, Orwell narrates the adventures of a penniless British writer who finds himself rapidly descending into the seedy heart of two great European capitals. As a dishwasher in Paris, he describes in vivid detail the horrors of what goes on behind the scenes in the kitchens of posh French restaurants. In London, he encounters the disturbing world of street people and charitable shelters. His adventures conning landlords and negotiating with pawnshops as he searches for work, food, and lodging are told with occasional humor and a clarity that offers some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society. 214p.
  • Half-Light: Collected Poems, 1965-2016

    By Frank Bidart

    Our Price: $40.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780374125950
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: August 2017
  • Human Dark with Sugar

    By Brenda Shaughnessy

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781556592768
    • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
    • Published: April 2008
    Presents a collection of poems that focus on women's lives and loves.
  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    By James Baldwin

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307275936
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: October 2006
    In this honest and stunning novel, now a major motion picture directed by Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions–affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins

    By Scott O'Dell

    Our Price: $7.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780547328614
    • Publisher: Sandpiper
    • Published: 1988
    (50th Anniversary Edition). Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as San Nicolas Island. Blue dolphins splash in the water surrounding it, sea otters play in the kelp beds, and seabirds roost in its crags. Once, Indians also lived on the island - until one day they decided to leave and sailed to the east. A young girl was left behind. Karana is that girl. Year after year, she waits for the ship to come back. But it never does. Finally, she realizes she must make a fateful choice: follow her people on her own or remain alone on the island for the rest of her life. 144p. (Ages: 10 & up).
  • Jesus' Son: Stories

    By Denis Johnson

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312428747
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: February 2009
    In his first collection of stories, Denis Johnson, whose most recent novel Tree of Smoke received the National Book Award for Fiction (2007), etches a unique, hallucinatory vision of contemporary American life into readers' minds. These eleven stories are peerless in power and immediacy. In their intensity of perception, their neon-cool evocation of a strange world brought uncomfortably close to our own, they offer a disturbing yet eerily beautiful portrayal of the great American loneliness and...hope. 133p. Kindle Price: $9.99 In his first collection of stories, Denis Johnson, whose most recent novel Tree of Smoke received the National Book Award for Fiction (2007), etches a unique, hallucinatory vision of contemporary American life into readers' minds. These eleven stories are peerless in power and immediacy. In their intensity of perception, their neon-cool evocation of a strange world brought uncomfortably close to our own, they offer a disturbing yet eerily beautiful portrayal of the great American loneliness and...hope. 133p. Kindle Price: $9.99