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Electric Moons: A Social History of Street Lighting in Los Angeles By India Mandelkern, Tom Bertolotti (Photographer) Cover Image
By India Mandelkern, Tom Bertolotti (Photographer)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781955125314
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Published: Hat & Beard Press - January 30th, 2024

A fascinating book about the history of lighting in Los Angeles.


$35.00
SKU: SUNDAY567X
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Olivier Schrauwen is consistently putting out some of the weirdest comics published today. This collection wraps up his sporadically published Sunday comics. You follow Thibault, Schrauwens cousin, as he procrastinates, daydreams, gets drunk, all while his friends plan a surprise party. Possibly the most mundane comic ever published? 1-4 available in the Arts Annex


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This is Not Miami By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811228053
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Published: New Directions - April 4th, 2023

This collection of essays from Fernanda Melchor has really stuck with me this year. Each essay takes place in and around Veracruz, Mexico; the characters and setting are all used in her novels. My personal favorite is “The House on El Estero,” a long essay about a haunted house and a possession.


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Blood of the Virgin (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Sammy Harkham Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593316696
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Published: Pantheon - May 2nd, 2023

Blood of the Virgin follows Seymour, a B-movie editor as he gets his big chance to make his own movie. The comic abruptly jumps to the early days of Hollywood, in one of my favorite sections, then follows the wife and her family’s story during the Holocaust. Absolutely incredible comic.


$39.50
SKU: 9788880562283N
Availability: Out of Stock

A collection of essays about rainbows and the color spectra originally accompanying The Rainbow Show exhibition held at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, first published by Shambhala in 1975. Exploring the significance of rainbows in myth, magic, and the occult.


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Monica By Daniel Clowes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781683968825
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Published: Fantagraphics - October 3rd, 2023

This gorgeous new book from Daniel Clowes follows Monica as she searches for her mother, who abandoned her as a child. Each chapter emulates a different EC comic style (war comics, strange horror, detective comics). Wild ending.


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Nejishiki (Yoshiharu Tsuge #3) By Yoshiharu Tsuge, Ryan Holmberg (Translated by), Mitsuhiro Asakawa (Series edited by) Cover Image
By Yoshiharu Tsuge, Ryan Holmberg (Translated by), Mitsuhiro Asakawa (Series edited by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781770465060
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 3rd, 2023

The third volume of Drawn & Quarterly's series of reissues of all of Yoshiharu Tsuge's comics collects his most famous and experimental comics. The influence of Shigeru Mizuki can be seen in the incredibly detailed backgrounds and cartoonish characters, making the extremely grim subject matter that much more jarring.


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Devilman: The Classic Collection Vol. 1 By Go Nagai Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781626927575
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Published: Seven Seas - May 22nd, 2018

I have been putting off reading Devilman, I am not a fan of the artwork in the newer books. The super cartoony style in the older books is really jarring with the suprisingly grim subject matter. Read the inspiration behind the Rob Zombie song!


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Moontrax By Tiger Tateishi Cover Image
$67.00
ISBN: 9784875024613
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Published: Kosakusha - November 11th, 2019

A collection of surreal comics from the great Tiger Tateishi.


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Heads Together: Weed and the Underground Press Syndicate, 1965-1973 By David Jacob Kramer (Editor), Rembert Browne (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Melania Gazzotti (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By David Jacob Kramer (Editor), Rembert Browne (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Melania Gazzotti (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$55.00
ISBN: 9783907236543
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Published: Patrick Frey Edition - April 20th, 2023

An incredible new collection of printed ephemera from the golden age of underground newspapers.


Black Phoenix Vol. 1 By Rich Tommaso Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781942801191
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Published: Floating World Comics - February 28th, 2023

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Men I Trust By Tommi Parrish Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781683966500
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Published: Fantagraphics - November 22nd, 2022

I have been following Tommi Parrish's comics since Perfect Hair, their comics always look beautiful and the stories are always slightly unnerving while nothing really happens. In this new book a Single mother, poet/performer, Eliza, and a younger fan, sex worker, Sasha, explore their relationship. The unnerving part is Andrew a TV home renovation host and obsessed client of Sasha's


$59.00
SKU: 9783000713989N
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Direct from Germany, this book has a great collection of Krautrock, Folk, Psych and Early Electronic music concert posters from 1968-1981.


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Dead of Night By Robert H. Boltz (Photographer), Diane Keaton (Editor), Nick Reid (Editor) Cover Image
By Robert H. Boltz (Photographer), Diane Keaton (Editor), Nick Reid (Editor)
$55.00
ISBN: 9781936611171
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Published: Twin Palms Publishers - October 1st, 2021

Hands down one of my favorite photography books of the year. All photographs are taken by Robert H. Boltz, a coroner in West Bend, Wisconsin. After the bodies were cleared he would photograph the crashes, which take on a surreal, menacing quality devoid of any people and illuminated only by the flash of the camera. Edited from the personal collection of Diane Keaton.


$21.95
SKU: 9781957625003N
Availability: Out of Stock

Available for the first time in English, this beautiful children’s book from 1984 follows Torakichi , a tiger/plant. Each page has Torakichi wandering further into the land of dreams, changing into melons, getting lost in a building made of stairs, turning into a cube. This book is a great introduction to Tiger Tateishi’s beautiful artwork.


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Keeping Two By Jordan Crane Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781683965183
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Published: Fantagraphics - July 12th, 2022

Beginning with a trivial argument about chores, Keeping Two follows a couple’s innermost thoughts as they imagine a horrible car accident. Another couple that has recently experienced a miscarriage discusses a cruise, which spirals out into imagined drownings. Twenty years in the making, this is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated comics I have ever read. Stick with it to the end for a beautiful ending.


$109.00
SKU: 9781914236174
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Rough Trade Records has been quietly putting out some of my favorite zines and books of the past few years. This new limited edition box contains a loose leaf recreation of Jack’s “novel,” a room 237 keychain, a hedge maze poster/diagram, and exclusive interviews with Shelley Duvall and Dan Lloyd, all housed in an Overlook carpet-lined box.


$47.00
SKU: 9782360811861N
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Shannon Taggart: Séance By Shannon Taggart (Photographer), Dan Aykroyd (Foreword by), Andreas Fischer (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Shannon Taggart (Photographer), Dan Aykroyd (Foreword by), Andreas Fischer (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$65.00
ISBN: 9781954957015
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Published: Atelier Editions - December 20th, 2022

$23.00
SKU: 9789082988024N
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A new issue of this beautiful irregular journal from Norway about the forest, Black Metal, and the occult. The main interview discusses animism and its relation to Norwegian history and how it was coopted by Nazis and white supremicists. My favorite part is all the short interviews with Black Metal musicians about the sybolism of the forrest in metal music.


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Paradais By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811231329
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Published: New Directions - May 10th, 2022

Another horrific story from the author of Hurricane Season. One of the most brutal last 10 pages of a book I have read in a long time.


$37.00
SKU: 9784336071002N
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A career spanning heavily illustrated biography of the great designer & artist Tadanori Yokoo. Mostly known for his beautiful posters, this book contains a fantastic selection of his very surreal paintings and collages.


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Cows Are Freaky When They Look at You By David Ohle (Editor), Roger Martin (Editor), Susan Brosseau (Editor) Cover Image
By David Ohle (Editor), Roger Martin (Editor), Susan Brosseau (Editor)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780922820139
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Published: Watermark Press - April 1st, 1991

A wild oral history of the hippies in Lawrence, Kansas in the 60's. Short vignettes that veer wildly from hilarous to horrifying.


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Top Stories By Anne Turyn (Editor) Cover Image
By Anne Turyn (Editor)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781736534618
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Published: Primary Information - March 22nd, 2022

An experimental periodical edited by the photographer Anne Turyn, each issue of Top Stories featured a single authors story, poetry or artwork. The entire run is reproduced in a two volume set including works by Kathy Acker, Laurie Anderson, Constance DeJong and the incredible "How to Get Rid of Pimples" by Cookie Mueller


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The Helens of Troy, New York (New Directions Poetry Pamphlets) By Bernadette Mayer Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780811220422
Availability: Backordered
Published: New Directions - March 26th, 2013

I have been reading all the Bernadette Mayer books I have been able to find after reading The Basketball Article, sadly most of her stuff is currently out of print. I highly recommend the Bernadette Mayer Reader as well as this incredible chap book. Each page contains a photograph of a different Helen from Troy, New York, followed by a biography poem.


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Masahisa Fukase: Sasuke By Masahisa Fukase (Photographer), Tomo Kosuga (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Masahisa Fukase (Photographer), Tomo Kosuga (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$55.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9782365113106
Published: Editions Xavier Barral - September 7th, 2021

One of the creators of a new style of photography in Japan, with Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama, recently featured at a show at MoMa. Masahisa Fukase turned his lens to his new cat Sasuke, and later Momoe. Most of the photos are eye level with his cat; he said he would crawl around after her in an effort to become a cat. In some of the photographs, you can see little glimpses of him reflected in the cat’s eyes; he considers the cat photos his self-portraits. My favorites are the close-up shots of the cats yawning.


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The City of Belgium By Brecht Evens Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781770463424
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - June 1st, 2021

This sprawling story follows 3 strangers through the night as they make their way to the Disco Haram. Jona is moving to Berlin all of his friends ditch him on a night out alone he runs into a character from his past that he is trying to forget, Victoria escapes from her overbearing friends and family who are trying to comit her, Rodolphe is reconsidering his lifestyle when he gets a drink full of a potent drug poured on him. Brecht Evens beautiful artwork creates a beautiful and menacing narrative.


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Flavors of the Sun: The Sahadi’s Guide to Understanding, Buying, and Using Middle Eastern Ingredients By Christine Sahadi Whelan, Kristin Teig (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Christine Sahadi Whelan, Kristin Teig (By (photographer))
$35.00
ISBN: 9781452182452
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 7th, 2021

I started cooking a lot when I moved to New York as a way to save money. Whenever I needed a particular spice for a recipe, I would head to Sahadi’s on Atlantic Ave., an experience not at all dissimilar to the description in the introduction. They carry every spice imaginable and make, hands down, my favorite spicy hummus, which I miss greatly. Arranged by spice, this cookbook gives you ideas for spice blends you can make, and ways to use the spices in multiple dishes. Also included is the coveted spicy hummus recipe.


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Alberto Breccia's Dracula (The Alberto Breccia Library) By Alberto Breccia Cover Image
$19.99
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ISBN: 9781683964391
Published: Fantagraphics - August 24th, 2021

Five wordless stories of the last days of Dracula, wandering around a small nameless Argentinian town that exists under a brutal military dictator. Dracula has his fangs removed by a butcher dentist, and corrupt politicians have already drained all the life from the people living under their oppressive regime. Compared to his beautifully drawn horror and science fiction comics (Mort Cinder, The Eternaut), Breccia’s illustrations are unrecognizable; the characters are rendered in garish colors and drawn as twisted caricatures.


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Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond By Larry McMurtry Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780684870199
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 7th, 2001

Larry McMurtry uses Walter Benjamins essay Illuminations to reflect on the idea of the storyteller. When the Dairy Queens started opening up in the small isolated towns all over Texas they became the defacto town squares where all of the residents would meet to share stories and gossip. His local Dairy Queen serves as McMurtry's place to reflect on the history of his town, family, his body of work and most of all his love of reading. RIP the great Larry McMurtry


$55.00
SKU: 9782918960997N
Availability: Out of Stock

Eric Tabuchi has assembled a visual guide containing 1500 pictures accross 256 pages. From the publisher of Los Angeles Standards this book functions as a more universal style guide.


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The Cowboy's Dreams of Home: Blank Forms 7 By Lawrence Kumpf (Editor), Joe Bucciero (Editor), Anthony Elms (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Lawrence Kumpf (Editor), Joe Bucciero (Editor), Anthony Elms (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$20.00
ISBN: 9781733723596
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Published: Blank Forms Editions - September 7th, 2021

The newest Blank Forms journal highlights one of my favorite songwriters/artists, Terry Allen. In a lengthy interview Allen discusses his career and life existing on the fringes of the country music world while making art. Also featuring a beautiful reflection on the life of Milford Graves, a free jazz drummer/ healer/ inventor. Check it out and listen to Terry Allen


$20.00
SKU: 9781735075037N
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Tono Monogatari By Shigeru Mizuki, Zack Davisson (Translated by) Cover Image
By Shigeru Mizuki, Zack Davisson (Translated by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770464360
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - March 9th, 2021

A beautiful adaptation by the creator of the Yokai comics Kitaro. Tono Monogatari is a collection of folktales from the Tono region of Japan, collected 1910. Mizuki hoped to retrace the footsteps of the folklorists that collected the stories however he was too old, the work he created is his loving retelling of some of the most famous stories of the Yokai as well as his meeting between himself and Kunio Yanagita one of the original researches that collected the stories. The artwork is absolutely beautiful


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Katrina: A History, 1915-2015 By Andy Horowitz Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9780674971714
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Published: Harvard University Press - July 7th, 2020

Starting in 1915, New Orleans began expanding farther into floodplains and oil companies started digging canals that contributed to erosion of natural barriers, bringing the Gulf of Mexico farther inland, dooming the great city of New Orleans. An exhaustive history of the corruption and greed that led to the devastation of New Orleans by hurricane Katrina in 2005.


As the pandemic shut down the world, people started ordering books they had been putting off, usually longer classics. Lonesome Dove was one of these long classics, by one of my favorite authors (I highly recommend the Thalia Trilogy for more McMurtry). This collection brings together 4 important Westerns that reframed the West as needlessly violent, cruel, and lonely.


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Interior Chinatown: A Novel (National Book Award Winner) (Vintage Contemporaries) By Charles Yu Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307948472
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Published: Vintage - November 17th, 2020

Willis Wu dreams of being Kung Fu Guy, but right now he is stuck playing Generic Asian Man in various scenes on the generic cop show Black and White. Most of the book is Willis’s internal thoughts about his family, racial stereotyping, his apartment building, and how to get himself seen. Infuriating, heartbreaking and hilarious.


The Man Without Talent By YOSHIHARU TSUGE, Ryan Holmberg (Translated by) Cover Image
By YOSHIHARU TSUGE, Ryan Holmberg (Translated by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781681374437
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Published: New York Review Comics - January 28th, 2020

J+K By John Pham Cover Image
$39.99
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ISBN: 9781683962229
Published: Fantagraphics - February 4th, 2020

Parallel Lives By Olivier Schrauwen Cover Image
$24.99
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ISBN: 9781683961406
Published: Fantagraphics - December 4th, 2018

The Labyrinth By Saul Steinberg, Nicholson Baker (Introduction by), Harold Rosenberg (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Saul Steinberg, Nicholson Baker (Introduction by), Harold Rosenberg (Afterword by)
$60.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781681372433
Published: New York Review Books - November 20th, 2018

We Are All Me: TOON Level 1 By Jordan Crane Cover Image
$12.99
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ISBN: 9781943145355
Published: TOON Books - September 4th, 2018

Catastrophe: And Other Stories (Art of the Story) By Dino Buzzati Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062742735
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Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2018

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Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee (33 1/3 #128) By Rachel Lee Rubin Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781501321436
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - March 22nd, 2018

One of my favorite entries in the 33 1/3 series. Each chapter is devoted to a different misreading of Okie from Muskogee. 


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Trenton Doyle Hancock: Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass By Denise Markonish, Trenton Doyle Hancock (Contributions by), Frank Oz (Contributions by), Lauren Haynes (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Denise Markonish, Trenton Doyle Hancock (Contributions by), Frank Oz (Contributions by), Lauren Haynes (Contributions by)
$45.00
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ISBN: 9783791358215
Published: Prestel - July 12th, 2019

First comprehensive monograph of the great Houston artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. Including a primer of his Moundverse, as well as conversations between different artists. 


Anni Albers By Ann Coxon, Briony Fer, Maria Müller-Schareck, Brenda Danilowitz (Contributions by), Magdalena Droste (Contributions by), Nicholas Fox Weber (Contributions by), María Minera (Contributions by), Priyesh Mistry (Contributions by), Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye (Contributions by), T'ai Smith (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Ann Coxon, Briony Fer, Maria Müller-Schareck, Brenda Danilowitz (Contributions by), Magdalena Droste (Contributions by), Nicholas Fox Weber (Contributions by), María Minera (Contributions by), Priyesh Mistry (Contributions by), Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye (Contributions by), T'ai Smith (Contributions by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9780300237252
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Published: Yale University Press - August 7th, 2018

Confessions of a Mask By Yukio Mishima, Meredith Weatherby (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yukio Mishima, Meredith Weatherby (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811201186
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Published: New Directions -

The Penguin Book of Hell By Scott G. Bruce Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143131625
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 4th, 2018

Duchamp's Last Day (ekphrasis) By Donald Shambroom Cover Image
$15.00
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ISBN: 9781941701874
Published: David Zwirner Books - November 20th, 2018

I Refuse for the Devil to Take My Soul: Inside Cook County Jail By Lili Kobielski, Vera Institute of Justice (Introduction by) Cover Image
$40.00
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ISBN: 9781576878880
Published: powerHouse Books - December 24th, 2018

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee By Casey Cep Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781101972052
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Published: Vintage - September 29th, 2020

Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing By René Daumal, Roger Shattuck, Véra Daumal (Afterword by) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781878972439
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Published: Exact Change - September 17th, 2019

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The Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts and Foods, Planting by the Signs, Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing, Moonshining (Foxfire Series #1) By Inc. Foxfire Fund, Eliot Wigginton (Editor) Cover Image
$23.00
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ISBN: 9780385073530
Published: Anchor - February 17th, 1972

I found a bunch of the Foxfire books a few years ago in a used bookstore in Tennessee, every so often I pick one up, open to a random page and discover something fantastic. Starting in 1966 the Foxfire project was started as a way to document the Lifestyle, craft, cooking, folktales and tall tales of the people of Appalachia.  


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Arm in Arm: A Collection of Connections, Endless Tales, Reiterations, and Other Echolalia By Remy Charlip Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781681373737
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Published: NYR Children's Collection - October 8th, 2019

One of my absolute favorite children's books reprinted in a beautiful hardcover by New York Review of Books. Remy Charlip's books are always full of beautiful illustrations and absurd wordplay. 


Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World By Jacques Barsac (Editor), Sebastien Cherruet (Editor), Pernette Perriand (Editor) Cover Image
By Jacques Barsac (Editor), Sebastien Cherruet (Editor), Pernette Perriand (Editor)
$60.00
ISBN: 9782072857195
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Published: Editions Gallimard - November 25th, 2019