Jay's Picks

 
 
After a high school job sweeping the streets of Tomorrowland, Jay decided to move to Southern California, only to discover that the actual future was a smog choked sprawl. He escaped to Humboldt County, figuring if it was good enough for Thomas Pynchon and Captain Beefheart, it was good enough for him.
 
 
 
The Moor's Account Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780804170628
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Published: Vintage - August 18th, 2015

Lalami's fictionalized account of Estabanico, the first black explorer in North America, is a gripping tale that gives the forgotten a vivid voice.


Nein. a Manifesto Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124371
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - September 15th, 2015

Bleak, heady and hilarious. Jarosinski reinvents the aphorism for the twitter age.

 


Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780147516213
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Published: Plume Books - July 28th, 2015

Resnick, an original writer for Late Night with David Letterman, writes misanthropic autobiographical essays that make no concession to sentimentality, and are all the more funny because of it.

 


The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594204739
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Published: Penguin Press - March 20th, 2014

The fascinating story of the group of writers that converged in San Francisco in the 1860s. The book not only tells the story of Mark Twain and Bret Harte, friends who later became rivals, but lesser known writers Charle Warren Stoddard and Ina Coolbirth. Tarnoff sets the scene and makes the era come alive.


Long, Last, Happy: New and Collected Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780802145505
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Published: Grove Press - November 8th, 2011

A posthumous overview of a great short story writer who never really got his due in his lifetime. Hannah’s stories are off-kilter, packed to the brim with incident, sometimes deranged, continually surprising, and full of piss and vinegar. Great southern storytelling that’s both down and dirty and beautifully lyrical.


I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-By Essays on American Dread, American Dreams Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780816677733
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - April 6th, 2012

Dery examines the dark corners of the American cultural unconscious, and in his work there’s an exhilarating sense of freedom in facing uncomfortable facts, as scary as some of them may be. At its best, Dery’s book approaches the wicked wit and imagination of his heroes Ballard and Mencken, and is a provocative cultural document of America in the precarious 21st century. For a diagnostician of the national nervous breakdown, he’s damn funny.

 

 


Super Sad True Love Story Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812977868
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Published: Random House Trade - May 3rd, 2011

This near-future satirical dystopia describes a world where the economy's collapsed, social media has eaten everyone's brains, and reading is obsolete. Did I say it was the future? Heartfelt and hysterical.

 


Attempting Normal Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812982787
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - April 8th, 2014

Comedian Marc Maron transforms self loathing and neurosis into hilarity.

 


Up in the Old Hotel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679746317
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Published: Vintage - June 1st, 1993

Mitchell's classic 20th century essays are a model of carefully observed description and dry understatement. A poet of the marginal and eccentric.

 


Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age Cover Image
By Bohumil Hrabal, Adam Thirlwell (Introduction by), Michael Heim (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590173770
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Published: New York Review of Books - May 3rd, 2011

Delivered in one long beer-soaked sentence, Czech novelist Hrabal creates an earthy, sensual masterpiece. Funny, vivid, and touching.

 


The Love Bunglers Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781606997291
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - May 17th, 2014

Jaime Hernandez is the most talented practitioner of comics today, and this may be his best book yet. A masterpiece.