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Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears By Michael Schulman Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062859020
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - February 20th, 2024

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Richard Stark's Parker: The Complete Collection By Richard Stark, Darwyn Cooke Cover Image
$69.99
ISBN: 9798887240534
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Published: IDW Publishing - October 17th, 2023

If you've had the immense pleasure of reading one (or many) of the Parker novels, you certainly conjured your own mental image of the protagonist described thusly, "His face was a chipped chunk of concrete, with eyes of flawed onyx." However, since finding and devouring Darwyn Cooke's collection, his pitch perfect representation of Parker and his wolrd has become my own.


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Oppenheimer: The Official Screenplay By Christopher Nolan Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780571381319
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Published: Faber & Faber - August 1st, 2023

Have you ever read the script for a three hour movie adapted from a 721 page novel that's written completely in the first person? Me neither... Until I cracked open this bad boy.


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Quantum Criminals: Ramblers, Wild Gamblers, and Other Sole Survivors from the Songs of Steely Dan (American Music Series) By Alex Pappademas, Joan LeMay Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781477324998
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Published: University of Texas Press - May 9th, 2023

An ode to Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, collectively adored as the iconic Steely Dan, who crafted a world of beautiful losers and low-lifes that rarely receive their time in the sun. Alex Pappademas tackles this rogue's gallery, alongside the snarkily realized paintings of Joan LeMay, to unpack the conjoined history and psyche of their deeply cynical Creator. Call us Deacon Blues!


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Chili Crisp: 50+ Recipes to Satisfy Your Spicy, Crunchy, Garlicky Cravings By James Park, Heami Lee (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By James Park, Heami Lee (By (photographer))
$24.95
ISBN: 9781797219769
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 29th, 2023

Chili crisp is having a capital-M Moment. The condiment packs exactly what the name suggests: A spicy, crunchy, delicious punch. James Park, a food writer/social media darling, fell for the special sauce hard and fast. As a self-appointed hype man, he’ll teach you how to make your own crisp and all the best dishes on which to liberally apply it.


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Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever By Matt Singer Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593540152
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 24th, 2023

Over a three-decade career, it’s possible nobody had a greater influence over Hollywood, moviegoing, and film culture than two local newspaper critics who argued like brothers and broadcast from a PBS studio in Chicago. How did Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert take the world by storm? How did they change TV? How did they manage to get along? Read and find out. Two thumbs up!


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Golf Architecture for Normal People: Sharpening Your Course Design Eye to Make Golf (Slightly) Less Maddening By Geoff Shackelford Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781732222755
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Published: Tatra Press - June 1st, 2023

Honestly, no normal person should read a book about golf architecture, even one specifically for normal people. This is for the golf sicko in your life. The wakes-up-at-5am-to-tee-off, lives-at-the-range, remembers-every-shot golfer. However, when they finish reading, give it a try. There are many surprises within, like the world’s most famous course closing once a week to let dogs run wild.


Stories from Palestine: Narratives of Resilience By Marda Dunsky Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780268200343
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Published: University of Notre Dame Press - July 15th, 2023

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American Tabloid: Underworld USA (1) (Underworld USA Trilogy #1) By James Ellroy Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780375727375
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Published: Vintage - April 24th, 2001

James Ellroy came here to sign some books. He entered and announced himself, "I'm James Ellroy and I'm here to sign a shit ton of books."


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Adventures in the Screen Trade By William Goldman Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780446391177
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 10th, 1989

William Goldman wrote Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Princess Bride, and All the President's Men. He also wrote Dreamcatcher, The Year of the Comet, and Memoirs of an Invisible Man. And he wrote this book, coining the time-tested Hollywood maxim, "Nobody knows anything." He was the first to admit that included him, but I'd argue he knew more than most.


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The Hot Rock By Donald E. Westlake Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780446677035
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 1st, 2001

Donald Westlake writes comic crime fiction the way Mozart composes symphonies, Tiger Woods hits a golf ball, and Meryl Streep acts on film. Here we have a heist that begets a heist that begets a heist that begets a heist, all of the same titular "Hot Rock." The growing absurdity of their situation nearly drives our intrepid crooks mad and its readers to hysterics. Long live Dortmunder.


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Maniac of New York: The Bronx Is Burning By Elliott Kalan, Mike Marts (Editor), Andrea Mutti (Artist) Cover Image
By Elliott Kalan, Mike Marts (Editor), Andrea Mutti (Artist)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781956731040
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Published: Aftershock Comics - August 23rd, 2022

America, 2023. Are we beyond satire? Don't let Maniac Harry, the immortal killing machine roaming the streets of The Big Apple, hear you say that. He's the living, machete-wielding embodiment of all the problems that politicans are too inept or worried about re-election to solve, making it the citizens' job to check the morning Maniac Report or risk getting hacked to bits. (Yes, this is Vol 2. The first is also very good and you should read it, but all you need to know to enjoy this one is there's a Maniac in New York.)


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The Summer Game By Roger Angell Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780803259515
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Published: Bison Books - March 1st, 2004

"[Angell] was once described as baseball’s poet laureate, but I considered him something else. He was baseball’s living history, its institutional memory, and one of its all-time greatest ambassadors for the magic of the game." -Lindsey Adler, baseball writer


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Spike Lee: Director's Inspiration By Spike Lee (Artist), Dara Jaffe (Editor), Stacey Allan (Editor) Cover Image
By Spike Lee (Artist), Dara Jaffe (Editor), Stacey Allan (Editor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781636810133
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Published: Delmonico Books - September 13th, 2022

Spike Lee belongs in a select club that counts our greatest living filmmakers as members. He creates joints as entertaining as they are emotional as they are funny as they are socially incisive. This artbook lays out four decades of pop culture ephemera from Lee's personal collection, which provides invaluable insight into his tastes and influences. This isn't just a few bound photos for a cinephile's coffee table, it's a feast for the eyes and a portable film school.


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Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D Day By Cornelius Ryan Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780671890919
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 1st, 1994

I may be turning 31 this month, but deep down I'm an old man who loves books about battles, thus I'm pleased to recommend the preeminent WWII epic. Cornelius Ryan spent a decade after the war collecting as many first hand accounts as humanly possible to offer every possible perspective on one of the largest and most vital military operations in human history. Told in thrilling detail, Ryan synthesizes the story of thousands into a readable recounting of world-changing events. So go ahead, embrace your inner old man!


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Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love By David Talbot Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781439108246
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Published: Free Press - March 5th, 2013

A sprawling history of San Francisco that zeroes in on 1967 to 1982, but provides a comprehensive and crackling recounting of events dating back to the ‘30s. It examines why San Francisco was the only place a cultural revolution, like the Summer of Love, could occur and how it touched absolutely everything - Criminal justice, music, health care, love, industry, community outreach, art, activism, journalism, and, even, football. (Go Niners!)


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The Hunter: A Parker Novel By Richard Stark Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780226770994
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 1st, 2008

First in a long series of novels by Richard Stark, The Hunter introduced readers everywhere to one of the most proficient and prolific criminal characters in all of fiction, Parker. With its sparse prose and an ever-evolving plot, you’ll happily turn page after page as you get deeper into Parker’s mission against the man who betrayed him, mob middlemen, and any other heavies who get in his way.


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The Getaway (Mulholland Classic) By Jim Thompson, Laura Lippman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jim Thompson, Laura Lippman (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316403979
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Published: Mulholland Books - August 5th, 2014

As much a brutally honest portrayal of a relationship on the rocks as a crime novel. The ingenious conceit of a couple on the run, going to more and more extreme lengths to remain reunited and free when in reality they may just need to escape each other, showcases exactly what made Jim Thompson such a legend.


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The Friends of Eddie Coyle: A Novel By George V. Higgins, Dennis Lehane (Introduction by) Cover Image
By George V. Higgins, Dennis Lehane (Introduction by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780312429690
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Published: Picador - April 27th, 2010

A crime classic told almost entirely in long stretches of stylized dialogue, capturing each individual voice with an easy verisimilitude. In the process of facilitating a string of clever bank robberies, the titular Eddie Coyle deals with a whole mess of shady characters in the Boston criminal element, including a young guy who, whether or not either can admit it, might be headed down the exact same path as old Eddie.


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Get Shorty: A Novel By Elmore Leonard Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062120250
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Published: Mariner Books - November 29th, 2011

Drawing from some of his own real-life experiences in Hollywood, Leonard weaves together the story of a gangster entering the film industry by force with a rare kind of flare and wit. There’s a reason I had to close with this book, out of Elmore Leonard’s many beloved works. Thematically, it ties them all together: Crime meets Movies. See, if any of these options sound interesting, I’d absolutely recommend watching their big screen adaptations to compare and contrast with the original text.


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Based on a True Story: Not a Memoir By Norm Macdonald Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812983869
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Published: Random House - June 13th, 2017

Norm MacDonald dedicates this book to...
"Charles Manson (not that one)"


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It Never Ends: A Memoir with Nice Memories! By Tom Scharpling Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781419762222
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - July 26th, 2022

When I tell you this book will make you laugh until you cry or cry until you cry, you might say, "Mmhmm, mmhmm, mmhmm, that's so cool" or "Yeah, right!!!" But I assure you, Tom Scharpling, one of the funniest people working in TV writing, podcasts, or any other medium, has a story so relatable that it will hurt and heal in equal measure. Just you wait and see, which reminds me. He's actually on a see food diet... Also, let him explain why Billy Joel sucks just like Zeppo.


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The Masters of Atlantis By Charles Portis Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781585670215
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 1st, 2000

Charles Portis crafts a comedic masterpiece about the slippery rise of an upstart cult in the early 20th century. Writing from the perspective of Lamar Jimmerson (a top shelf name even by the standards of Portis who coined monikers such as Le Boeuf and Ray Midge), who talks himself and many others into following teachings that he spitballed in real time. There are a handful of moments that have never been far from my mind because of how outrageoulsy hilarious they are and how surgically they dissect a type of person who still thrives in our modern world.


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The Autobiography of Malcolm X By MALCOLM X, Alex Haley (With) Cover Image
By MALCOLM X, Alex Haley (With)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780345376718
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 15th, 1992

An introspective look at a man, who spares no one and nothing from his incendiary critical eye, including himself. A cradle to grave retelling of the loudest and sharpest voice on race in America, which serves to remind you that even icons are still people desperately trying to find their truth and capable of evolving into someone new in the face of oppression and grave danger.