Swamplandia! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307276681
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Published: Vintage Books - July 26th, 2011

Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! exists somewhere between a forgotten episode of The Twilight Zone and a gator-wrestler’s Alice in Wonderland. The story of a family of faux-Native Americans who operate a roadside attraction, the novel begins (not a spoiler!) with the passing of the family’s matriarch—the centerpiece of their high-diving act—and the arrival of a competing theme park modeled after man’s descent into hell. Replete with death-defying acts of bravery, heartache, lover boy ghosts, countless gators named Seth, and the echoing ramifications of life after the death, Swamplandia! is an absolute carnival of a book.

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Middle Men Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451649314
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 19th, 2013

Jim Gavin’s Middle Men is replete with comic highs and heart-breaking lows. The stories, five and a two-part novella, are rendered with an acuity for men who want more than they are capable of attaining, leaving them stranded in a perpetual “middle” between ambition and accomplishment. These are not great men, but they are haunted by the desire for greatness. They can struggle for it, they can resent their own desires for it, or they can accept the fact that even the greatest of men are often left to fade on the walls of a high school gym.

The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel Cover Image
By John D. MacDonald, Lee Child (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780812983920
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Published: Random House Trade - January 8th, 2013

Take everything you love about Chandler—the razor-sharp sentences, the thick-fog cool of the characters, the adoration of setting—and set it sail for South Florida in the 1960’s. Instead of back alley noir, think black tops and bathing suits, quaaludes and margaritas. Throw in a serial predator, some missing gemstones, and a sunburnt Sherlock Holmes (I’m mixing my metaphors here, I know) who, in lieu of his Baker Street, makes his home on a houseboat, and you’ve got yourself the beginnings of The Deep Blue Good-By. 

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

         She’s the middle ground between Alice Munro and J.K. Rowling, the 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)
ISBN: 9781844675685
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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.

The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597804677
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Published: Night Shade Books - September 3rd, 2013

There is a cosmic kind of horror employed in Laird Barron's The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. The pages are dense with deep woods and haunted lakes and ghosts and demons and monsters of yore. The writing is inspired and scintillating and grotesque deeds are cast in new astonishing ways. A literary comparison would be Richard Matheson, a cinematic analog would be Guillermo Del Toro, but through and through, these tales of monsters that haunt are uniquely and exquisitely Laird Barron, a new and exciting talent in horror literature.

To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626400283
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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)
ISBN: 9781632151131
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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.



How to Watch a Movie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101910849
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Published: Vintage - January 24th, 2017

“The intrinsic deal in the movies was to say, Look, for a very modest sum—a nickel, say—we’ll give you an opportunity to see not just the wonders of the world, not just people who are beautiful beyond your dreams, but a set of conditions to which we know you aspire: sexual splendor, thrilling violence, clothes, décor, space, timing and ultimate happiness; in short, the chance to bathe in the light.”--from How to Watch a Movie


Bruja Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937865696
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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
ISBN: 9781455588190
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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)
ISBN: 9781632159113
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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) Cover Image
By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143107613
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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
ISBN: 9780735212176
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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.


The Drop Edge of Yonder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937512613
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - March 28th, 2017

A psychedelic anti-western by the screenwriter of Two Lane Blacktop. Yes, really.

Dear Cyborgs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374537111
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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.

Arbitrary Stupid Goal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374105860
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Published: MCD - July 18th, 2017

A warm and engaging gimlet-eyed memoir about a family, a restaurant, a city, and a way of life, and about how nothing gold can stay.

Exquisite Mayhem: The Spectacular and Erotic World of Wrestling Cover Image
By Theo Ehret (Photographer), Mike Kelley (Editor), Cameron Jamie (Editor)
ISBN: 9783836558280
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Published: Taschen - December 31st, 2015

Theo Ehret was the unofficial official photographer for the halcyon days of wrestling at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. He also shot for Detective and True Crime and a number of pro-wrestling magazines which also published 'foxy boxing' and soft-core apartment wrestling erotica. Presented side-by-side, and without comment, the result is one weird and wonderful trip.