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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541332
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

A unique, often hilarious, and undoubtedly strange take on the murder mystery by 2018's Nobel Prize winner. The perfect gift for fans of Leonora Carrington, animal-loving feminists, or anyone looking for a new, absorbing thriller.


Steppenwolf: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics) Cover Image
By Hermann Hesse, Basil Creighton (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074829
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Published: Picador Modern Classics - November 3rd, 2015

Does urban existence have you overwhelmed with feelings of nihilism and isolation? Has society, solipsism, or the rational-paradigm left you feebly romanticizing your expedient end? Steppenwolf is the remedy. Harry Haller, a middle-aged, bourgeois intellectual wonders the streets of Zurich contemplating the futility of his existence, Goethe, and the razor blade that awaits him... Until Harry meets a delightful sprite, Hermine, who instructs him on the joys of being alive. This book will renew your wonder in the grand design.


Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Short Stories Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374280505
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 3rd, 2014

A collection of flash fiction spanning the full range of human experience, told in the lyric and tender voice of a tragically under-read contemporary master. Dybek’s short stories frame the grayest corners of life and imbue that quotidian tickertape with rose-gold romance.


Venus in Furs Cover Image
By Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Joachim Neugroschel (Translated by), Larry Wolff (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140447811
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Classics - June 1st, 2000

The story which inspired that one Velvet Underground song. An erudite, wildly entertaining 19th century novel that delves into the philosophy of the submissive impulse. Follow Severin as he tends his obsessive desire to be possessed, in totality, by his idol of worship: the fur-clad, red-haired goddess Wanda Von Dunajew. Perfect for those wanting to dip a toe, but who find De Sade extreme.


The Lover Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780375700521
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Published: Pantheon - September 8th, 1998

The Lover is a crystallized masterpiece accounting an affair Duras had when she was fifteen with a rich Chinese man twelve years her senior in French Indochina. Written just before Duras turned 70, it expresses the retrospective wisdom of a fifty-five year gestation in sparse and gutting prose. This narrative will inscribe its longing, despair, and tragic beauty on the very center of your being.


The Wild Palms (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679741930
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Published: Vintage - October 31st, 1995

Do not let any Faulkner preconceptions disuade you from devouring this novel. It is, essentially, a page-turning romance of the highest caliber. Charlotte and Harry meet in 1937 New Orleans and experience an affair so consuming, they sacrifice all comforts, conformity, and hopes for normalcy in pursuit of bohemian passion. Their story is woven together with a convict's redemption narrative and the juxtaposition of these parallel fictions elevates each far beyond its individual possibility. 


How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250032447
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Published: Picador - June 25th, 2013

Sheila Heti's is an entirely individual perspective, style, and sensitivity. Categorized as part of that elusive genre, autofiction, How Should a Person Be? perceives the world of modern Toronto after Heti divorces her first husband and meets painter, Margaux Williamson. Framed by the complicated, shifting dynamics of a probing female friendship, this 'novel from life' points a wayward finger toward the creation of self with humor, grace, and vulnerability.


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