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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143109396
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

**Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography**

“Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard.” —Sports Illustrated


Infinite Jest Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780316066525
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 13th, 2006

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need t


The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig: Burning Secret, A Chess Story, Fear, Confusion, Journey into the Past Cover Image
By Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell (Translated by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781782271772
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Published: Pushkin Press - February 2nd, 2016

A casual introduction, a challenge to a simple game of chess, a lovers' reunion, a meaningless infidelity: from such small seeds Zweig brings forth five startlingly tense tales--meditations on the fragility of love, the limits of obsession, the combustibility of secrets and betrayal.


String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781598534801
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Published: Library of America - May 10th, 2016

An instant classic of American sportswriting—the tennis essays of David Foster Wallace, “the best mind of his generation” (A. O. Scott) and “the best tennis-writer of all time” (New York Times)
 


Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374531386
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 28th, 2008

The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, decades after its first publication, the essential portrait of America—particularly California—in the sixties.


South of the Border, West of the Sun: A Novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679767398
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 2000

South of the Border, West of the Sun is the beguiling story of a past rekindled, and one of Haruki Murakami’s most touching novels.


The Devil in the Flesh (Neversink) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612190563
Availability: Special Order
Published: Melville House - March 27th, 2012

Hailed by Jean Cocteau as a "masterpiece," and by the Guardian as "Bret Easton Ellis's Less Than Zero, avant la lettre," this taut tale written by a teenager in the form of a frank "confession" is a gem of early twentieth century romanticism. Long unavailable in the U.S., it is here presented in a sparkling new translation.


Inherent Vice: A Novel (Movie Tie-In) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143126850
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Published: Penguin Books - November 26th, 2014

Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon--Private eye Doc Sportello surfaces, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era

In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre that is at once exciting and accessible, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there.


The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061729072
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 28th, 2009

Among the most profound and influential explorations of mind-expanding psychadelic drugs ever written, here are two complete classic books—The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell—in which Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, reveals the mind's remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness.


My Life in France Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307277695
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Published: Anchor - October 9th, 2007

The bestselling story of Julia’s years in France—and the basis for Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams—in her own words.


Bonjour Tristesse: A Novel Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780061440793
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 17th, 2008

Endearing, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old Cécile is the very essence of untroubled amorality. Freed from the stifling constraints of boarding school, she joins her father—a handsome, still-young widower with a wandering eye—for a carefree, two-month summer vacation in a beautiful villa outside of Paris with his latest mistress, Elsa.


Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781620404935
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 14th, 2017

Amazon’s Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2017 List

A moving celebration of what Bill Hayes calls "the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected" of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks.


Call Me by Your Name: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312426781
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Published: Picador - January 22nd, 2008

Now a Major Motion Picture from Director Luca Guadagnino, Starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, and Written by Three-Time Oscar™ Nominee James Ivory

The Basis of the Oscar-Winning Best Adapted Screenplay

A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller


Play It As It Lays: A Novel (FSG Classics) Cover Image
By Joan Didion, David Thomson (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374529949
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 15th, 2005

A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Joan Didion's Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the reader.


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