Mike

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Most recent staff pick: Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak

This sleek, ruthless yarn about a rich girl-poor girl friendship that turns feverishly competitive is psychologically masterful and relentlessly gripping, with an acute eye for the telling details of class and upbringing in 21st century NYC.

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Necessary People Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316451703
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 21st, 2019

This sleek, ruthless yarn about a rich girl-poor girl friendship that turns feverishly competitive is psychologically masterful and relentlessly gripping, with an acute eye for the telling details of class and upbringing in 21st century NYC.


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Muhammad: Forty Introductions Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593761479
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Published: Soft Skull Press - January 15th, 2019

Iconoclastic Muslim scholar Knight has written here a concise, erudite series of meditations on the theological and intellectual heritage of the teachings of the Prophet. A profound and accessible introduction to Islam.


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Ten Innings at Wrigley: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250182036
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 7th, 2019

The date: May 17, 1979, the place, Chicago. Before the sun set on Wrigley Field, the Phillies and Cubs would combine for 45 runs in "the wildest game ever played." Kevin Cook's book is a loving and insightful account of an unforgettable game and the colorful characters who played in it.


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The Great American Sports Page: A Century of Classic Columns from Ring Lardner  to Sally Jenkins: A Library of America Special Publication Cover Image
By John Schulian (Editor), Charles P. Pierce (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781598536126
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Published: Library of America - April 30th, 2019

American sportswriting in the first half of the 20th century had a jaunty, slangy verve to it, a quality approaching that of an authentic folk vernacular. The magicians at the LoA have brought us an outstanding anthology of the best of this distinctively American form. -- Mike L.


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Blueschild Baby: A Novel Cover Image
By George Cain, Leslie Jamison (Introduction by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062913166
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Published: Ecco - March 12th, 2019

Originally published in 1970, and long considered a lost cult classic, this searing account of life as a heroin addict on the hard streets of Harlem remains absolutely unforgettable. 


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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

This extraordinary collection of essays is a piercing examination of life with mental illness. A boundary-defying, mind-expanding book, beautiful and harrowing.


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Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781788734424
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Published: Verso - March 5th, 2019

This slim, potent manifesto is both a steely analysis of oppression and an inspired, if somewhat dry, call to arms. For some of us the contingencies of our national moment may finally have caught up with our radical possibilities.


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Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812995701
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Published: Random House - January 29th, 2019

Can't remember when to say "who," and when "whom"? Was your last experience of grammar at the hands of a ruthless termagant? The ineffable BC Dreyer is here with a style guide for our times. Essential for all writers … and readers, too.


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Who Killed the Fonz? Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501196881
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 19th, 2019

This engaging comic romp from JC resident Boice takes off from an intriguing question: what would the characters of "Happy Days" be like as adults? Out of this playful gambit Boice builds a delightful thriller-slash-comic potboiler that is tinged with an edge of sadness. Utterly unique.


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Drafts, Fragments, and Poems: The Complete Poetry (NYRB Poets) Cover Image
By Joan Murray, John Ashbery (Preface by), Farnoosh Fathi (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781681371825
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Published: NYRB Poets - February 6th, 2018

It is difficult to talk with precision about what an astonishing revelation this book is. Murray, who died in 1943 at the age of 25, is one of the great literary what-ifs of American history. Her corpus is fully contained in this slim volume, and it is dazzling: metaphysical poetry of extraordinary range and inventiveness. A major event.


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The Stories of John Cheever (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375724428
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Published: Vintage - May 16th, 2000

I choose this, the greatest of all American story collections, as a December staff pick partly because it includes "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor," which is the most sardonic, assured, and utterly magical holiday story of all time.


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Those Who Knew: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525560432
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Published: Viking - November 6th, 2018

This crafty and mesmerizing story about the secrets of a powerful but abusive man in an unnamed Latin American country has obvious #MeToo relevance but is on its own merits a slippery, on-rushing, captivating read.


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The Corrections: A Novel Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780312421274
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Published: Picador - September 2002

It's easy to forget this, but The Corrections is -- among many other things -- a Christmas story. Harrowing and deeply sardonic, it nonetheless captures, with piercing accuracy, the feeling of returning from the big city to a small hometown for the holidays.


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Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062440518
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Published: Custom House - November 13th, 2018

This fascinating history of the treacherous ways of golden-age Hollywood and its implications for the #MeToo era is a case study in intelligent popular history.


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Hothouse Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941411452
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Published: Sarabande Books - June 13th, 2017

This phenomenally sharp and witty collection of lyrics is the best collection I have read in years. McGlynn has a musician's ear for the language and a knack for knotty epistemological formulations. A gem.


What If This Were Enough?: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385542883
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Published: Doubleday - October 2nd, 2018

Havrilesky is one of our keenest cultural critics, a quick, perceptive intellect with a sardonic eye and a hidden soft spot. These essays are a bracing corrective of and guiding light for our fractured, frazzled times.


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Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation, and Transformation Cover Image
By Jessica Hoffmann (Editor), Daria Yudacufski (Editor), Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Contribution by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781849353342
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Published: AK Press - October 16th, 2018

This collection of radical feminist essays and poems from the foundational West Coast collective make/shift is intersectional in the authentic sense of the word -- sharp, inclusive, and questioning.


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Interior States: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525562702
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Published: Anchor - October 9th, 2018

A brilliant and perceptive collection of essays from a rising young intellectual and lapsed Christian on identity, belief, and life in the oft-maligned flyover states. Very contemporary and very smart.


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Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781555978167
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 4th, 2018

Is there anything Kevin Young can't do? In addition to being a fine poet and critic, he now shows himself to be a first-rate cultural historian. This dense and erudite history of frauds, scams, hustles, and hype provides a fascinating history of an essential facet of American consciousness.


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The Milk Bowl of Feathers: Essential Surrealist Writings Cover Image
By Mary Ann Caws (Editor)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811227070
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 25th, 2018

When we think of surrealism, we tend to think of paintings -- but the movement was just as much a literary revolution as it was a visual one. This top-notch anthology from New Directions, who published many of the original surrealist writers, is an excellent survey of the mind-bending and the experimental.


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Ohio Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501174476
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 21st, 2018

This novel broke me in half. A dazzling portrayal of heartland American in all its yearning, squalor, destruction, and beauty, "Ohio" is like a photo of a long-lost hometown girlfriend, piercing in its evocative power, crushing in its sadness.


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Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music: Sixth Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142181584
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Published: Plume - April 28th, 2015

I first read Greil Marcus's book -- often referred to as "the greatest book ever written about rock'n'roll" -- when I was sixteen, and it can be fairly said that, for better or worse, it changed my life. It sparked in me an understanding that the true mysteries of music and of life can be deepened and understood, somehow, by thinking and writing about them.


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The Third Hotel: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374168353
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 7th, 2018

This astonishing novel about a woman whose dead husband (ghost? hallucination?) surfaces while she is travelling in Havana has an oneiric force and oblique logic all its own. One of the best novels of 2018; truly haunting.


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A Terrible Country: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735221314
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Published: Viking - July 10th, 2018

This novel about a feckless American making his way in the surreal concrete boomtown of Putin's Moscow has brains and heart, as well as a sharp left turn of a twist at the end. Essential reading for our times.


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The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250125149
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Published: Metropolitan Books - July 10th, 2018

Tough, smart reporting from a fearless young journalist on the ongoing civic disaster that is Flint, Michigan, which has been without clean drinking water for almost four years now; a vital and disturbingly relevant book.


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The Wasp Factory Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780684853154
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 10th, 1998

The most terrifying book I have ever read; utterly chilling. Banks's cunning thriller about a psycopathic teen growing up in the wastelands of rural Scotland is ruthless, hypnotic, and meant to take your sleep.


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New Selected Poems Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374251338
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 28th, 2017

This intelligently executed distillation of the monumental Collected, from 2001, comprises a marvelous survey of an essential American voice. Sometimes dismissed as a "confessional poet," Lowell's verse ranged from dense high modernism to lyrics of great concision and beauty; often brilliant, and never boring.


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Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393325669
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 17th, 2004

Fairchild is the kind of poet who feels vaguely unfashionable in 2018, but nonetheless there is a kind of rough beauty to this stellar 2004 offering. Mixing an elegiac melancholy with a species of hardscrabble swagger, these are poems from the dusty lost highways of American memory.


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Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781627793063
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 5th, 2018

Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, was the apotheosis of the hard-bitten city newspaper photographer; beginning in 1936 he made his name with a series of unforgettable photos of murders, fires, and accidents. Bonabos, a staff editor at New York Magazine, has written a lively and thoughtful biography that is also a portrait of a harder, grittier city gone by.