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  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

    A Brief History of Seven Killings

    A Brief History of Seven Killings

    Marlon James
    Fiction
    3.89 (29,785)

    A tale inspired by the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley spans decades and continents to explore the experiences of journalists, drug dealers, killers and ghosts against a backdrop of period social and political turmoil. By the award-winning author of The Book of Night Women. 25,000 first printing.

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  • Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom!

    William Faulkner
    Fiction
    3.97 (39,997)

    “Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” —William Faulkner Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner’s epic tale of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who comes to Jefferson, Mississippi, in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, “who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him.”

    Adam Sessler

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  • The Sellout

    The Sellout

    The Sellout

    Paul Beatty
    3.75 (63,026)

    A biting American satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court

    Adam Sessler

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  • Sag Harbor

    Sag Harbor

    Sag Harbor

    Colson Whitehead
    Fiction
    3.49 (7,386)

    Benji, one of the only black kids at an elite prep school in Manhattan, tries desperately to fit in, but every summer, he and his brother, Reggie, escape to the East End of Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals has built aworld of is own.

    Adam Sessler

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  • The Unvanquished

    The Unvanquished

    The Unvanquished

    William Faulkner
    Fiction
    3.77 (5,519)

    Set in Mississippi during the Civil War and Reconstruction, THE UNVANQUISHED focuses on the Sartoris family, who, with their code of personal responsibility and courage, stand for the best of the Old South's traditions.

    Adam Sessler

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  • The White Boy Shuffle

    The White Boy Shuffle

    The White Boy Shuffle

    Paul Beatty
    Fiction
    4.11 (4,757)

    Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward black surfer bum, is moved from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles, where he begins to undergo a transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, eventually becoming the reluctant messiah of a "divided, down-trodden people." Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

    Adam Sessler

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  • The Intuitionist

    The Intuitionist

    The Intuitionist

    Colson Whitehead
    Fiction
    3.66 (10,878)

    This debut novel by the two time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read It is a time of calamity in a major metropolitan city's Department of Elevator Inspectors, and Lila Mae Watson, the first black female elevator inspector in the history of the department, is at the center of it. There are two warring factions within the department: the Empiricists, who work by the book and dutifully check for striations on the winch cable and such; and the Intuitionists, who are simply able to enter the elevator cab in question, meditate, and intuit any defects. Lila Mae is an Intuitionist and, it just so happens, has the highest accuracy rate in the entire department. But when an elevator in a new city building goes into total freefall on Lila Mae's watch, chaos ensues. It's an election year in the Elevator Guild, and the good-old-boy Empiricists would love nothing more than to assign the blame to an Intuitionist. But Lila Mae is never wrong. The sudden appearance of excerpts from the lost notebooks of Intuitionism's founder, James Fulton, has also caused quite a stir. The notebooks describe Fulton's work on the "black box," a perfect elevator that could reinvent the city as radically as the first passenger elevator did when patented by Elisha Otis in the nineteenth century. When Lila Mae goes underground to investigate the crash, she becomes involved in the search for the portions of the notebooks that are still missing and uncovers a secret that will change her life forever. Look for Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Harlem Shuffle, coming this September!

    Adam Sessler

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  • Loving Day

    Loving Day

    Loving Day

    Mat Johnson
    Fiction
    3.54 (3,613)

    "Warren Duffy has returned to America for all the worst reasons: his marriage to a beautiful Welsh woman has come apart; his comic shop in Cardiff has failed; and his Irish-American father has died, bequeathing to Warren his last possession, a roofless, half-renovated mansion in the heart of black Philadelphia. On his first night in his new home, Warren spies two figures in the grass outside; when he screws up the nerve to confront them, they disappear. The next day he encounters ghosts of a different kind: in the face of the teenage girl he meets at a comics convention he sees the mingled features of his white father and his black mother, both now dead"--Provided by publisher.

    Adam Sessler

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  • Falling Man

    Falling Man

    Falling Man

    Don DeLillo
    Fiction
    3.28 (16,881)

    Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people. There is September 11 and then there are the days after, and finally the years. Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people. First there is Keith, walking out of the rubble into a life that he’d always imagined belonged to everyone but him. Then Lianne, his estranged wife, memory-haunted, trying to reconcile two versions of the same shadowy man. And their small son Justin, standing at the window, scanning the sky for more planes. These are lives choreographed by loss, grief, and the enormous force of history. Brave and brilliant, Falling Man traces the way the events of September 11 have reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory and our perception of the world. It is cathartic, beautiful, heartbreaking.

    Adam Sessler

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  • The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    Colson Whitehead
    4.04 (347,446)

    Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in georgia. life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for cora; an outcast even among her fellow africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. when caesar, a recent arrival from virginia, tells her about the underground railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. matters do not go as planned—cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.in

    Adam Sessler

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  • Lake Success

    Lake Success

    Lake Success

    Gary Shteyngart
    Fiction
    3.61 (9,284)

    "When his dream of the perfect marriage, the perfect son, and the perfect life implodes, a Wall Street millionaire takes a cross-country bus trip in search of his college sweetheart and ideals of youth. Myopic, narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his 3 year-old-son's diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart, whom he hasn't seen or spoken to in years. Meanwhile, reeling from the fight that caused Barry's departure, his super-smart wife Seema--a driven first-generation American who craved a picture-perfect life, with all the accoutrements of a huge bank account--has her own demons to face"--

    Adam Sessler

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  • Great Jones Street

    Great Jones Street

    Great Jones Street

    Don DeLillo
    Fiction

    From the author of White Noise (winner of the National Book Award) and The Silence, a novel that "reflects our era's nighmares and hallucinations with all appropriate lurid, tawdry shades" (The Cleveland Plain Dealer) Bucky Wunderlick, rock star and budding messiah, has hit a spiritual wall. Unfulfilled by the excess of fame and fortune his revolutionary image has wrought, he bolts from his band mid-tour to hole up in a dingy East Village apartment and separate himself from the paranoid machine that propels the culture he has helped create. As faithful fans await messages, Bucky encounters every sort of roiling farce he is trying to escape. Great Jones Street is a penetrating look at rock and roll's merger of art, commerce and urban decay.

    Adam Sessler

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  • Super Sad True Love Story

    Super Sad True Love Story

    Super Sad True Love Story

    Gary Shteyngart
    Fiction
    3.45 (38,639)

    In a novel set in the near future, when a beautiful, yet cruel, woman that Lenny Abramov met in Italy says she is coming to stay with him in New York, even the tanks and soldiers stationed in the city and the ongoing war with Venezuela can't get him down.

    Adam Sessler

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  • Libra

    Libra

    Libra

    Don DeLillo
    Fiction
    4 (14,884)

    The scheme of two disgruntled CIA agents to stage an unsuccessful attempt on the life of President Kennedy and link it to Cuba backfires when the erratic Lee Harvey Oswald goes too far

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  • Bloodbrothers

    Bloodbrothers

    Bloodbrothers

    Richard Price
    Fiction
    3.77 (780)

    This brilliant early work from one of America's finest writers is a soulful and often profane story of working-class life in the Bronx, and one young man's bruising initiation into adulthood.

    Adam Sessler

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  • The Names

    The Names

    The Names

    Don DeLillo
    Fiction

    In an expatriate's world of turmoil and danger, American risk analyst James Axton learns of a ritual-murder cult in the Aegean and follows the trail to its secret meanings in the ancient city of Lahore

    Adam Sessler

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  • The Book of Night Women

    The Book of Night Women

    The Book of Night Women

    Marlon James
    Fiction
    4.38 (11,104)

    Feared from birth for her vivid green eyes, which her fellow slaves believe to be evidence of her dark powers, young slave Lilith is both revered and avoided throughout her childhood and becomes a key to the success of a long-planned slave revolt. Reprint.

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  • Snopes

    Snopes

    Snopes

    William Faulkner
    Fiction
    4.36 (751)

    Here, published in a single volume as he always hoped they would be, are the three novels that comprise William Faulkner’s famous Snopes trilogy, a saga that stands as perhaps the greatest feat of this celebrated author’s incomparable imagination. The Hamlet, the first book of the series chronicling the advent and rise of the grasping Snopes family in mythical Yoknapatawpha County, is a work that Cleanth Brooks called “one of the richest novels in the Faulkner canon.” It recounts how the wily, cunning Flem Snopes dominates the rural community of Frenchman’s Bend—and claims the voluptuous Eula Varner as his bride. The Town, the central novel, records Flem’s ruthless struggle to take over the county seat of Jefferson, Mississippi. Finally, The Mansion tells of Mink Snopes, whose archaic sense of honor brings about the downfall of his cousin Flem. “For all his concerns with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man,” noted Ralph Ellison. “Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for the greatness of our classics.”

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  • Clockers

    Clockers

    Clockers

    Richard Price
    Fiction
    4.07 (8,769)

    In the dark depths of a New Jersey city, a burnt-out, veteran homicide detective obsessed with justice chases a street-smart teenaged "clocker"--a neighborhood crack dealer--through the streets of hell. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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  • Absurdistan

    Absurdistan

    Absurdistan

    Gary Shteyngart
    Fiction
    3.31 (13,181)

    Open absurdistan and meet outsize misha vainberg, son of the 1,238th-richest man in russia, lover of large portions of food and drink, lover and inept performer of rap music, and lover of a south bronx latina whom he longs to rejoin in new york city, if only the american ins will grant him a visa. but it won't, because misha's late beloved papa whacked an oklahoma businessman of some prominence. misha is paying the price of exile from his adopted american homeland. he's stuck in russia, dreaming of his beloved

    Adam Sessler

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  • Light in August

    Light in August

    Light in August

    William Faulkner
    Fiction
    3.92 (58,772)

    “Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” —William Faulkner Light in August, a novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, features some of Faulkner’s most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.

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  • Lush Life

    Lush Life

    Lush Life

    Richard Price
    Fiction
    3.74 (14,002)

    Still living on the Lower East Side and waiting tables, thirty-five-year-old Eric Cash has every reason to be jealous of Ike Marcus, an ambitious young man on the way to the top, until he is supposedly gunned down by street thugs while walking one night with Eric.

    Adam Sessler

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