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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.
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ISBN-13: 9780889843783
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Published: Porcupine's Quill, 12/2014
Heet has a promiscous mind that respects no boundaries.

Gods Without Men (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780307946973
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Published: Vintage, 1/2013

Lisa and Jaz Marathu are devastated when their young autistic son Raj goes missing in the Mojave Desert. Their quest to find what happened to him is the central thread of the book, but the novel intersperses their story with characters ranging from a Franciscan priest in the 18th century to the story of a ‘50s UFO cult. Kunzru gives his visionary novel the shock of the new, but it’s still deeply rooted in place.

 


The Mad and the Bad (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781590177204
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Published: NYRB Classics, 6/2014
This hard edged French thriller is not for the weak hearted. Manchette wields his pen like a switchblade.

 


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ISBN-13: 9781594204739
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Published: Penguin Press, 3/2014
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.

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ISBN-13: 9780802145505
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Published: Grove Press, 11/2011

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.


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ISBN-13: 9780816677733
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press, 4/2012
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.

 

 


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ISBN-13: 9780812977868
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 5/2011

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 (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780812982787
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Published: Spiegel & Grau, 4/2014

Comedian Marc Maron transforms self loathing and neurosis into hilarity.

 


Up in the Old Hotel (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780679746317
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Published: Vintage, 6/1993

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

 


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ISBN-13: 9781590173770
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Published: NYRB Classics, 4/2011

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

 


The Love Bunglers (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781606997291
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Published: Fantagraphics Books, 5/2014
Jaime Hernandez is the most talented practitioner of comics today, and this may be his best book yet. A masterpiece.

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