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Magic for Beginners Cover Image
By Kelly Link, Shelley Jackson (Illustrator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780156031875
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harvest Books - September 5th, 2006

         Kelly Link is like some midpoint between Alice Munro and J.K. Rowling, an imagined step-child of Kafka and Carver. Her stories are beautiful, and terrifying, and heartbreaking, and absurd. It’d be as if I’d invite you over for burgers then provide you a turtle sandwiched between two ironing boards. It may look similar, and you may even be able to digest it in a similar fashion, but it is quite unlike anything you’ve ever tasted.


City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles Cover Image
By Mike Davis, Robert Morrow (Photographer)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781844675685
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Verso - September 17th, 2006

City of Quartz is a powerful examination of the city, both bracing and beautiful, that lays bare some of L.A.’s troublesome truths. Although Los Angeles has changed considerably since the book’s publication in 1990, there’s still no better way to understand where L.A. is headed than to know where it’s been. An absolute classic.


To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781626400283
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Angel City Press - June 15th, 2015

Josh Kun’s To Live and Dine in LA is a prime example of the cross-cultural, social and political work that he so deftly produces new historic narratives. Ambitious and beautiful, eye-popping and eye-opening, TLADILA is the perfect book for anyone interested in the history and evolution of Los Angeles, and the role food played in defining a city.

 


Stray Bullets Volume 1: Innocence of Nihilism Cover Image
By David Lapham, David Lapham (Artist)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781632151131
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Image Comics - November 11th, 2014

It’s pretty difficult to put into words just how dramatically Stray Bullets affected me when I discovered it in the mid-90s. Although David Lapham recently revived the series for two brand new story arcs, what you have here is the initial story arc (Issues #1-7) that started it all. If there were a Mount Rushmore of crime comics, Stray Bullets would be on my side of the mountain.

 

 


Bruja Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781937865696
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Civil Coping Mechanisms - October 31st, 2016

Behold the dream memoir! An autobiography of the subconscious! A surrealist self-portrait! A diaphanous narrative of sex and love and magick and family! Violent and vulnerable! Beguiling and brave! As beautiful as its cover (by a different Wendy Ortiz no less!) and twice as enchanting!

 


TV (the Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781455588190
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 6th, 2016

Makes me want to watch/rewatch: The Sopranos, 30 Rock, Freaks & Geeks, The Rockford Files, Battlestar Gallactica, Hannibal, My So-Called Life, Six Feet Under, Mad Men, NYPD Blue, Terriers, Adventure Time and Kolchak: The Night Stalker. 

 

 


The Fade Out Cover Image
By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips (Artist)
$49.99
ISBN: 9781632159113
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Image Comics - October 18th, 2016

The Fade Out gets the director's-cut treatment with a deluxe edition featuring never-before-seen illustrations, making-of stories, and several different essays. That said, the star of the show is the story itself, a gripping crime noir set during the early days of the Hollywood blacklist. Gorgeous and twisted. Painstakingly researched. Arguably their most ambitious work to date.

 


The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions) Cover Image
By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143107613
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - May 26th, 2015

The stories in this collection are sexy and cruel and subversive and so completely ahead of their time (75 years!) that even today they still seem to exist on the bleeding edge of contemporary fiction. An absolutely remarkable collection.


Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

There is much to say about Mohsin Hamid’s new book—about how it deftly captures the slow devolution of a vibrant city into civil war, about how a migrant crisis, anywhere in the world, becomes a crisis for all, about how exacting Hamid captures the miracle of falling in love, about just how damn timely this book is—but I keep coming back to one thing about Exit West, and that’s how hypnotic it is, how effortlessly it absorbs you into its world. It’s astounding. It really really is.

 


Dear Cyborgs Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374537111
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fsg Originals - June 6th, 2017

A 21st-century protest novel written as a meditation on capitalism, art, history, identity, friendship and comic books. The ideas in this book are so f*ckin big, I can’t believe they’re contained in a book this f*ckin brief.