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    Ashanti, inventory manager, Jersey City & Brooklyn

    Most recent staff pick: White Fur by Jardine Libaire 

    I always felt like PRETTY IN PINK had a much more interesting premise than it could deliver; buried under the Reaganite conservatism that made Andie think she had to end up with milquetoast Blane (with whom she has next to nothing in common), the star-crossed lover element could have made that first love story fizzy instead of flat as a day-old soda. By contrast, Jardine Libaire is popping the cork on a bottle of Dom Perignon and letting us drink straight from the bottle. WHITE FUR is a heady love story played through protagonists in the forms of housing-project raised, half Puerto-Rican Elise and Banking Heir Apparent Jamey - never was there a pair to piss the gods off more. Their gradual transformation from New Haven neighbors to SoHo domestics wandering past 80's bodegas sneaks up on you and puts you into the city. Libaire's writing is dramatic, intoxicating, galvanizing - her prose crackles with the minor details that make a life magical and that makes that first love all-consuming. 

    White Fur Cover Image
    $26.00
    ISBN: 9780451497925
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    Published: Hogarth Press - May 30th, 2017

    I always felt like PRETTY IN PINK had a much more interesting premise than it could deliver; buried under the Reaganite conservatism that made Andie think she had to end up with milquetoast Blane (with whom she has next to nothing in common), the star-crossed lover element could have made that first love story fizzy instead of flat as a day-old soda. By contrast, Jardine Libaire is popping the cork on a bottle of Dom Perignon and letting us drink straight from the bottle. WHITE FUR is a heady love story played through protagonists in the forms of housing-project raised, half Puerto-Rican Elise and Banking Heir Apparent Jamey - never was there a pair to piss the gods off more. Their gradual transformation from New Haven neighbors to SoHo domestics wandering past 80's bodegas sneaks up on you and puts you into the city. Libaire's writing is dramatic, intoxicating, galvanizing - her prose crackles with the minor details that make a life magical and that makes that first love all-consuming. 


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    $14.95
    ISBN: 9781771961394
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    Published: Biblioasis - April 11th, 2017

    Davies has a Bierce-like ability to set the shot so perfectly you don't see the the target until it's already bleeding. The redemption in question bristles with an electric irony so sly, it might be easy to miss if it weren't both shocking and satisfying. Davies throws the reader into this constructed relationship between puritan do-gooder Patience Haim and Galen Pike, gruffian awaiting the gallows, to yes, meditate on the weird relational web of humans, but also to tell a damn good story.


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    $27.00
    ISBN: 9781594205613
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    Published: Penguin Press - March 14th, 2017

    I am not the daughter of Turkish immigrants, I didn’t go to Harvard, and I was a child in 1995. And yet, I somehow feel as if, in Selin, Elif Batuman has crystallized every and any internal monologue I’ve ever had in trying to figure out how to relate to other humans -rhizomatic, mind-numbing, rubbing against each other and getting it wrong more often than not. With Batuman’s writing, I’m thrown back into all the discomforts of freshman year, but I’m never uncomfortable or embarrassed for Selin; I’m right along with her in her quiet and restrained longing for Ivan, her self-realizations and stumblings, her myriad navigations. Simply put, I want to live in this novel with Elliott Smith’s “Kiwi Maddog 20/20” on repeat in the background.


    Damn Fine Cherry Pie: And Other Recipes from TV's Twin Peaks Cover Image
    $24.99
    ISBN: 9780062495556
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    Published: Harper Design - November 15th, 2016

    This is a damn fine Twin Peaks themed book. The recipes are a deluxe version of standard Americana fare (if you like a divey-diner that still has a buttered rib-eye with vegan adaptable sides), but the set design takes the metaphorical, and literal, cake. In fact, you'll think Norma Jennings made them all.


    Big Bob, Little Bob Cover Image
    By James Howe, Laura Ellen Anderson (Illustrator)
    $15.99
    ISBN: 9780763644369
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    Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 11th, 2016

    This sweet, simple picture book illustrates a complex idea: it is okay to be sensitive, it is okay to like things, and it is okay to have friends (radical concepts, I know). Fun fact, the delightful author of Bunnicula based this book on his own childhood inclinations- making it that much more adorable.


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    Another Brooklyn Cover Image
    $22.99
    ISBN: 9780062359988
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    Published: Amistad Press - August 9th, 2016

    Starkly poetic, dancing on lyrical, Another Brooklyn reflects on race, femininity, and the entire spectrum therein in this haunting meditation on a specific time and place: '70's Brooklyn. After the death of her father, cultural anthropologist August has a chance encounter with one of her girls, Sylvia. Along with Gigi and Angela, she is one of three whose circle August broke into as a young woman, in which she was remade, protected. Her close friendships clash with her mother's ringing advice against it—grow your nails long. But the girls become a refuge. Together they are unstoppable. Until they aren't. Evocative and beautiful, Woodson gave me the ache in August's heart, but it was all worth it. (Ashanti)


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    The Natural Way of Things Cover Image
    $17.00
    ISBN: 9781609453626
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    Published: Europa Editions - June 28th, 2016

    I thought it had to be science fiction, but what Charlotte Wood has accomplished is a violent (and stunning) exposition of inhabiting a female body. Young women, drugged, dropped in the middle of a vast Australian wasteland (not the outback, one of our protagonists thinks to herself early on, the outback has color) slowly come to, only to be shaved, dressed in roughshod calico and marched, chained together, to the electrified fence that encircles their new compound. This is only the very beginning of their trials. Their connection is their very public sexual scandals, ranging from mild to unspeakable, and for this they are taken here, how they don't know, to disappear under the "care" of two incompetent and sadistic wardens, and a nurse dangerous through her narcissistic ineptitude. Yet, when it becomes apparent that whatever authority has hired their captors will never appear, the tables quickly turn and the girls find a new strength in themselves. Beautiful and haunting, The Natural Way of Things will find itself as much a classic as A Handmaid's Tale, Lord of the Flies, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. (Ashanti)


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    Love Is Red Cover Image
    $15.99
    ISBN: 9780062346254
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    Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 10th, 2016

    A killer dubbed “the Sickle Man” has been set loose in the hot Manhattan summer, slaughtering women by carving arcane symbols into their skin. There's never a sign of a struggle. There are no ties between the victims. Katherine Emerson is living a semi-normal, if lonely life, but little does she know her destiny is entwined with this demented murderer who is collecting his victims on a synaesthetic need of the colors they produce; a shock of bubble gum envy, panic neon orange, all culminating in a red that will change the course of human events. The first (and authorly debut) in The Nightsong Trilogy, I will eagerly be awaiting the next. (Ashanti)


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    The Water Knife Cover Image
    $16.00
    ISBN: 9780804171533
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    Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2016

    Cyber-punk dystopian writer Bacigalupi has taken his home as inspiration in this political, provocative thriller: the west. In Phoenix, water is now more precious than gold and the going rate? $6.50 a liter and rising. The US is united only in name, with each state's militias keeping its citizens firmly within its borders – and any refugees out. And with cascading droughts there are more victims than there are Red Cross relief pumps. Weaving the narratives of a disaster-porn blogger, a 14 year old lone Texan, and the hired hand of Vegas' most powerful woman all collide in the seedy underbelly of the drying city. When our characters find a single piece of paper can change the rising tides of death and destruction, the water knife will cut through it all. (Ashanti)


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    Satoshi Kon's: Opus Cover Image
    $19.99
    ISBN: 9781616556068
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    Published: Dark Horse Manga - December 9th, 2014

    While Satoshi Kon is an incredible filmmaker he got his start in manga and returned to that form for OPUS. His protagonist, Chikara Nagai, is one illustration away from finishing his masterwork, when creator confronts createe and Nagai falls into the dramatic end to his own story. Meditating on artistic drive and all the tangible effects of that pursuit - health, wealth, sanity - Kon effortlessly blends realities to create his magnum opus.


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    Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond Cover Image
    $16.00
    ISBN: 9780802130624
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    Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

    It's no longer a secret that the CIA did chemical experimentation on its own operatives with Project MKULTRA, let alone the (semi-)unwitting residents of Haight-Ashbury. However, authors Lee and Shlain situate these experiments, along with their proponents and detractors, within the larger cultural phenomena of The Sixties; or The Time When Everything in America Changed. Everything might not have changed if it hadn't been for lysergide. From the oft-forgotten historical footnote of the Salem Witch Trials potentially resulting from a bad harvest to the infamous figures of Hofmann, Kesey, Leary, and Huxley, Acid Dreams is a rich exploration of why the 60s WAS the 60s.(Ashanti)

     


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    Get Up Stay Up Cover Image
    $19.95
    ISBN: 9783939566434
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    Published: Publilkat - August 15th, 2015

    This is not your ordinary how-to. Graphically indexed for quick reference, Danny Crofts breaks graffiti into its composite pieces: from home made ink to avoiding third rails in any country, from counter-surveillance to the defendants' guide to arrest to a quick note on lingo. But at the end of the day, in Crofts' words, "what keeps us going is the basis of the art form, Getting up." Beautifully designed and incredibly useful, this is an AWESOME book.


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    The Prize Cover Image
    $25.00
    ISBN: 9781619025707
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    Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 15th, 2015

    Art and desire intertwine in this incisive exploration of parallel marriages and what happens when you live a life purely for love of beauty. Edward Darby is the partner of a prestigious gallery, and sees himself as an open reflection of the artists he serves. Agnes Murray is the young descendant of Irish immigrants - her work combining old masters with the recent historical horror of 9/11. Through these characters, Bialosky draws taut constant contrast between the subtly transportive nature of sublimity in art with the gross banality of every day life. (Ashanti)


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    You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine Cover Image
    $25.99
    ISBN: 9780062388674
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    Published: Harper - August 25th, 2015

    Disappearing Dad Disorder. A family across the street covers all their belongings, including table complete with hot dinner, in white sheets, load into their station wagon and drive away. Recurring cartoon commercials are the main form of sustenance for protagonist A in an unnamed American city/suburb who looks exactly like her roommate B. Or is her roommate B beginning to become her? We're used to satire constituting an exaggeration of society, but what if society has become so grandiose, so precarious, so unbelievable that the only way to satirize it is to swing back around and strip it to its base elements, examining the flesh underneath? That is exactly what Kleeman has undertaken and I am personally blown away. I haven't felt the need to track themes in a modern American novel for a while now, but Kleeman's got me with highlighters out. (Ashanti)


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    Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights Cover Image
    $28.00
    ISBN: 9780812998917
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    Published: Random House - September 8th, 2015

    Salman Rushdie's new novel spins our currently national predilection for disaster tales into something fanciful and delightful. Let's be real, this is Rushdie's prime strength, and in this book, he's flexing his magical realism muscles to the extreme. While his befuddlement with Snapchat may have been the apotheosis of his novel's development, Rushdie adeptly weaves together everything from comic books to medieval Iberian life to gardening to theories of the jinn. Hint: 2 years, 8 months, and 28 nights works out to 1,001 Nights. Anything more would be a spoiler. (Ashanti)


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    The Incarnations Cover Image
    $26.00
    ISBN: 9781501106781
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    Published: Touchstone Books - August 18th, 2015

    In 2007 Beijing, with the anticipatory glare of the Olympics hanging like smog, driver Wang Yu finds a too personal anonymous letter in his taxi claiming to have known him for lifetimes. Six, to be exact. He goes to the police, but with nothing but the letter, they laugh it off. More letters begin to appear from his biographer, chronicling each of these past lives. The resulting read is an immersive tour of Chinese history, recent and long past. Sinister, lyrical, gripping, and imaginative, The Incarnations will stick with you long after you finish. (Ashanti)


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    Playful Pigs from A to Z Cover Image
    $16.99
    ISBN: 9780553508321
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    Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 14th, 2015

    What can be better than a playful, easy-to-learn primer? An alliterative piggy alphabet primer with adorable illustrations and a hidden easter egg to figure out on each page! Waking up one morning and deciding to explore their countryside farm, 26 pigs run out of their pen to find a field of free-standing letters. Combining humor and charm, Caldecott winner Anita Lobel illustrates play in pig form. (Ashanti)


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    Among the Ten Thousand Things Cover Image
    $26.00
    ISBN: 9780812995220
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    Published: Random House - July 7th, 2015

    One of the most searingly honest writers I've read in a long time. Julia Pierpont takes the everyday, quiet dissatisfaction of goals fallen short and how easily our lives can be transported with one action. And how that one action is never simply one action. It starts with a box containing all of the documents between a famous(ly failed) artist, his too young mistress, and the daughter who finds the box that was meant for her mother. It ends with an apartment, but like life, it never really ends. This is one that stuck with me for a while -- Pierpont is one to watch out for. (Ashanti)


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    Miss Emily Cover Image
    $16.00
    ISBN: 9780143126751
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    Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 14th, 2015

    A quiet domestic turned raucous, Nuala O'Connor's re-imagining of the private life of Emily Dickinson humanizes and warms an always mystifying literary figure. Between the perspectives of Emily and her recently emigrated, Irish maid Ada, O'Connor paints a sympathetic portrait while balancing mid-19th century American class clashes. Emily's world increasingly shrinks to words, white, and shades of light, but she never loses sight of her new confidant. While Ada's world grows dangerously larger, she'll need Emily's help to survive. Full of curt, gorgeous prose and period detail, Miss Emily peers underneath the domestic to the lives it comprises. (Ashanti)


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    $26.99
    ISBN: 9781250055804
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    Published: St. Martin's Press - May 19th, 2015

    Man, is this book gross, and that is what I love about it! The Master of Horror is back to form with the cenobites (née Pinhead to humans not in the know), Harry D'Amour, and gore galore. In fact, not only is it gross, but The Scarlet Gospels include the most engrossing depictions of evisceration I've had the pleasure of reading in years. Barker has grown as a writer, bringing the fantasy virtuosity (Abarat Series and The Thief of Always) and infusing it with the exquisite body of terror from his earlier works. The apocalypse is near, and he's happy to take us to hell. If we're lucky enough, he might deign to bring us back. (Ashanti)


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    Octopus!: The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea Cover Image
    $16.00
    ISBN: 9781617230141
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    Published: Current - November 25th, 2014

    Did you know octopodes (it is Greek, not Latin) change color with emotion and have special light-reflective cells that allow them to better camouflage underwater? Or that it's nearly impossible to track where your commercially fished calamari actually came from? Well, author Katherine Harmon Courage is here to tell you all this and more. From the cues robotics engineers are taking from our eight-legged friends to how best to baste them for a fresh salad, Courage travels across the globe to present to us all facets of this incredible creature. Perfect for armchair travelers and science buffs alike! (Ashanti)


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    Where the Bird Sings Best Cover Image
    $27.99
    ISBN: 9781632060280
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    Published: Restless Books - March 31st, 2015

    The legendary filmmaker has taken his lineage for inspiration in this twisted meditation on existentialism flavored with Jewish mysticism, incest, and some honey for good measure. This supposed biography works more as a jumping off place for a truly wild literary ride. Graphic, ambitious, magical, demented – Jodorowsky's visual virtuosity showcases a whirlwind of occultism, cultism, sex, and death across time and space. Truly striking, psychedelic, and one of the more surreal books I have read in a while. But what more could you expect from the man who adapted Frank Herbert's Dune into a 14-hour film and created his own tarot? (Ashanti)


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    Love Is Red Cover Image
    $25.99
    ISBN: 9780062346261
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    Published: Harper - May 12th, 2015

    A killer dubbed “the Sickle Man” has been set loose in the hot Manhattan summer, slaughtering women by carving arcane symbols into their skin. There is never a sign of a struggle. There are no ties between the victims. Katherine Emerson is living a semi-normal, if lonely, life but little does she know her destiny is entwined with this demented murderer who is collecting his victims on a synaesthetic need for the colors they produce; a shock of bubble gum envy, panic neon orange, all culminating in a red that will change the course of human events. The first and authorly debut in The Nightsong Trilogy; I eagerly await the next. (Ashanti)


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    Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Cover Image
    $28.00
    ISBN: 9780307408860
    Availability: Backordered
    Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 10th, 2015

    Possibly his best yet! Larsen's gripping new nonfiction chronicles the final, fatal voyage of theLusitania. Alternating accounts of the German u-boat captain who sank the ship, daily lives of passengers aboard, newly revealed British secret intelligence data, and details of President Woodrow Wilson's private life, Larsen creates a shocking narrative that reveals how Winston Churchill may have purposely let it all happen. I couldn't put it down. (Ashanti)


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    Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America Cover Image
    $28.00
    ISBN: 9780385529983
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    Published: Spiegel & Grau - January 27th, 2015

    If the media buzz hadn't already alerted you, this is an important book. I thought I'd picked up fiction, not just because I couldn't believe the premise -- that an entire population of U.S. citizens are essentially forced into a spiral of lawlessness -- but also because of how gripping and suspenseful the prose is, punctuated with awful statistic after awful statistic. Leovy set out to write a history of violence, finding that the same pattern cropped up everywhere: a minority group without a trusted legal authority will settle their own disputes, creating cycles of viciousness and disintegrating power structures. The group in particular is young black men in south L.A. The results are captivating and heartbreaking. (Ashanti)


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    Maestra Cover Image
    $27.00
    ISBN: 9780399184260
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    Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 19th, 2016

    Fifty Shades of Grey meets American Psycho with the allure of a classic Ian Fleming jaunt across Europe in this compelling novel from L.S. Hilton. Her first murder is an accident, the cover-up less so, and corporate espionage & selling forged paintings to Italian gangsters just gets easier from there for Judith—er Lauren. Come for the compelling discussion of Artemisia Gentileschi—the best of the caravaggisti—stay for the anonymous orgies. (Ashanti)


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    Albina and the Dog-Men Cover Image
    $15.99
    ISBN: 9781632060549
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    Published: Restless Books - May 10th, 2016

    First, do me a favor, and if you're not familiar with Alejandro Jodorowsky, YouTube a clip from The Holy Mountain to get a sense of the transformative journey you're about to undertake with Albina. It will be a strange journey, cinematic—by turns vulgar and erotic, sacred and profane—but by the time it is over, you will feel changed. Rarely do I dip into a book and feel so completely transported both in space and time. While it is an occult travel tale in which the unlikely trinity of an albino werewolf (who's mostly unaware of her affliction—or is it her companions?), a strange crablike orphan, and a compassionate but suicidal dwarf seek to procure a remedy for Albina's hirsute condition... and all the men she's transformed, it is also a poignant meditation on the composite parts of humanity and the profound effects of love therein. (Ashanti)


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    The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years Cover Image
    $29.99
    ISBN: 9781250065841
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    Published: Thomas Dunne Books - June 28th, 2016

    While it doesn't hurt to be a Star Trek fan to dive into this unauthorized oral history, it is by no means necessary. The Fifty-Year Mission: The First 25 Years is an exploration of a pop-culture phenomenon that has dramatically changed the colliding landscapes of television and culture. Gross and Altman follow the trajectory that led to Star Trek being one of the largest fanbases, nay, even paving the way for all future fanbases to proliferate and exist in the way they do today. The genius of this book lies in the editing: told in the words of the designers, writers, actors, and producers who made it happen. A book that celebrates the epic spirit of boldly going where no one has gone before. (Ashanti)


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    $16.00
    ISBN: 9780802125347
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    Published: Grove Press - July 4th, 2016

    The classic from Jacqueline Susann is as fresh in its attractive 50th-anniversary release as it was shocking in 1966. Still gripping, still gossipy, still the raw reflection on fame, super-stardom, and the salacious legacy of those that produce it. (Ashanti)


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    Smile Now, Cry Later: Guns, Gangs, and Tattoos-My Life in Black and Gray Cover Image
    $30.00
    ISBN: 9781609806941
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    Published: Seven Stories Press - August 30th, 2016

    Pioneering tattoo artists' stories are usually told through the people that wear their art, or, if they're lucky, a flipbook of flash (stylized cardboard tattoo designs) or a photographic retrospective. In truly pioneering spirit, Freddy Negrete details his entire life while showcasing his incredible work that took Chicano black-and-gray style out of the prisons and into Hollywood. Wryly humorous and no-holds-barred, this is not only a story that needs to be told for the tattooing world, but shows the power of art to fuel your fire, to survive, and to transform, reflecting his own varied roles in life: gangbanger, preacher, addiction counselor, all culminating into artist. 


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    By Alexandre Vidal Porto, Alex Ladd (Translator)
    $16.00
    ISBN: 9781609453275
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    Published: Europa Editions - May 3rd, 2016

    Honestly, I wasn't sure what to make of this novel at first, but Porto's story-telling is sensitive, caring, and unsparing, drawing me in. Renowned Sao Paulo psychologist Armando can't let one particular patient go after hearing of their untimely demise. What seemed an ordinary case of misguided youth (and turns out to be just that), haunts Armando - he never saw the diagnosis coming - but once Sergio grasps their true name, Sandra, Armando can't let go of what he missed. A beautiful meditation on the fluidities of gender, and the happiness that can come from seeming tragedy.


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    The Shooting Cover Image
    $17.00
    ISBN: 9781939419743
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    Published: Unnamed Press - September 13th, 2016

    This is one of the most important books of the year for its hyperbolic twist at America: American Culture is Gun Culture and there's no getting around it. This (only slightly exaggerated) world is what Boice's characters inhabit, their lives (like ours) kept safe only by a thin veneer of chance, oft times reduced to the moment of their tragedy. Boice's writing is strikes you like a stray bullet, and doesn't let your attention stray.


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    Nicotine Cover Image
    $26.99
    ISBN: 9780062441706
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    Published: Ecco Press - October 4th, 2016

    Death can bring family together like nothing else, and that's the underlying thread of Nell Zink's newest novel: extant and created families. Yet what ensues is by turns raucous, hilarious, occasionally sexy, occasionally nerve-wracking, and all takes place just over the Hudson: Jersey City. Penny rebelled against her Kogi mother and Abbie-Hoffman-cum-Rinpoche father by going to business school, but caring for him through his death draws her back in. Through mechanisms of inheritance, she finds herself in an anarchist squatter house called Nicotine - by rights, HER anarchist squatter house. Unlike the other houses in her new found activist collectives, the only thing that unites Nicotine is their insistence that smokers are the true second class citizens. When her varying families start to collide - that's where the fun begins. NICOTINE is a skewering, poignant, and accurate portrayal, not only of this decade, but of the weirdness of 2016.