Lalami's fictionalized account of Estabanico, the first black explorer in North America, is a gripping tale that gives the forgotten a vivid voice.
Bleak, heady and hilarious. Jarosinski reinvents the aphorism for the twitter age.
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 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.
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.
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.
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dystopia describes a world where the economy's collapsed, social media has eaten everyone's brains, and reading is obsolete.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.
Comedian Marc Maron transforms self loathing and neurosis into hilarity.
Mitchell's classic 20th century essays are a model of carefully observed description and dry understatement. A poet of the marginal and eccentric.
Delivered in one long beer-soaked sentence, Czech novelist Hrabal creates an earthy, sensual masterpiece. Funny, vivid, and touching.
Jaime Hernandez is the most talented practitioner of comics today, and this may be his best book yet. A masterpiece.