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Please Report Your Bug Here: A Novel By Josh Riedel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250813794
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - January 17th, 2023

A young dating app employee encounters a bug that briefly zaps him to another world and dives deep into the secretive San Fran tech culture to unravel the mystery in this brisk and fun debut novel. Lots of how the sausage gets made in our modern social media obsessed world, filled with hilarious and ridiculous details and twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. A Severance like send up of tech culture.


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Big Swiss: A Novel By Jen Beagin Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982153083
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Published: Scribner - February 7th, 2023

Living in an old farmhouse with a hive of bees for roommates, Greta transcribes sessions for a sex therapist. When a patients powerful & mesmerizing voice casts its spell on Greta and they accidentally meet in the real world, a wild affair begins. Love, sex, shared trauma, & foreboding doom blend together in bizarre & hilarious conundrum that attempts to bridge the chasm between what we want vs what we need. 


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The Light Pirate By Lily Brooks-Dalton Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538708279
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 6th, 2022

As hurricanes and global warming render Florida increasingly more uninhabitable, this harrowing novel follows the lifetime of one gifted woman and her family, leaping forward decade to decade, as a inevitable series of catastrophic events occur. Modern life slips away gradually, then quickly, as the mainstays and comforts of civilization disappear. A very real story of survival, both practical and emotional, that will keep you on the edge of your seat, never knowing what this possible future may hold.


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Case Study By Graeme MacRae Burnet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781771965200
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Published: Biblioasis - November 1st, 2022

Who is our authentic true self? And how many "selves" do we have tumbling around in our minds? Big questions tackled with more fun than you might think in this witty new novel, already long listed for the Booker Prize. In 1960s London, a young woman surreptitiously visits, under an assumed name and personality, the therapist who may have pushed her sister down the path to suicide. Over the course of these visits, the lines between her old and new selves begin to blur in unexpected ways. Clever, funny, and addictive, this delightful look into the many aspects of our weird brains is a fantastic trip through our fragile identities that won't release its grip on you until the very last page.


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A Ballet of Lepers: A Novel and Stories By Leonard Cohen Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802160478
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Published: Grove Press - October 11th, 2022

Everybody's favorite rainy day poet/singer/songwriter/seer Leonard Cohen's "new" book is an unreleased early novel, paired with a half dozen or so short stories. In the main novel, a young man strives to find equilibrium as his long lost, somewhat senile and violent grandfather comes to live with him in his one room apartment, things get more serious with his lover, and he develops a strange obsession with an odd new character in his life. Leonard's regular themes of sex, love, religion, and death abound. His trademark darkness and cynicism is contrasted with a light, dry wit that often had me laughing out loud. He's never received enough credit for how downright  hilarious he can be and these seemingly bleak, lonely stories are some of his funniest.


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A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings By Will Betke-Brunswick Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781953534453
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Published: Tin House Books - November 15th, 2022

Losing a parent is never easy, but in this touching and often funny graphic memoir, our experience of the loss is tempered by portraying the cast and family as penguins and other birds. While their mother slowly slips away over the course of a year, we get the small, tender moments as well as the big changes of life in transition, delivered in sweet and clever bites as they come to grips with their new reality.


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Sign Here By Claudia Lux Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593545768
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Published: Berkley - October 25th, 2022

Next stop, the 5th Floor of Hell, Deals With The Devil Department. Your representative will be Peyote Trip, who just needs one more member of the Harrison family to sign on the dotted line so he can close the deal of his (after) lifetime. From the bars of Hell that only serve Jager, to the summer lake house of the Harrison Family (who have plenty of their own closet skeletons), this genre-bending novel has it all; dark humor, mystery, family drama, cults, murder, and more. Each fast moving chapter, from alternating characters, tosses you around with cliffhanger after cliffhanger. An expert balance of light and dark, I found this book impossible to put down. If you enjoyed my earlier pick of Here Goes Nothing by Steve Toltz, you should check this out.


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Maybe We'll Make It: A Memoir (American Music Series) By Margo Price Cover Image
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 4th, 2022

The ingredients for good country music: love, loss, heartbreak, sorrow, booze, failure. Margo Price lived through it all in the pages of her engaging new memoir. The unlikely road to success is nothing but bumps along the way and Price's evocative storytelling makes you feel every one. From her childhood, busking in Nashville, sparsely attended shows around the world, raising a family, and battles with addiction and rejection. With a rich history like this, it is no wonder how her songs have touched so many. 


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Utopia By Heidi Sopinka Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781957363134
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Published: Scribe Us - October 4th, 2022

In the male-dominated California art scene of the 1970's, Paz, an emerging young female artist, is haunted. Haunted by her new husband's dead wife, a rising artist who died suspiciously, leaving behind both a baby and a mystery. Haunted by her own impostor syndrome, after essentially inheriting someone else's life. Haunted by the men in control and the women she doesn't feel equal to. Moody, atmospheric, tense, feminist, and moving. I loved immersing myself in this unique world and quietly powerful novel.


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The House Party: A Novel By Rita Cameron Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063218062
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Published: William Morrow - September 13th, 2022

High Schoolers on the cusp of graduation in an affluent suburb throw a raging party in a fancy new house under construction and end up destroying the place. That's the first domino to fall in a series of many in a brisk, fun, and fascinating novel that explores issues of class, privilege, expectation, community, and much more as the investigation and consequences threaten their future and the community itself. Rotten kids, rotten parents? Who's to blame? The answers are hard to come by, but make for a fascinating story that I couldn't get enough of. 


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The Red-Headed Pilgrim By Kevin Maloney Cover Image
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - January 24th, 2023

A very funny and rollicking novel about one young man's often ill-fated quest for authenticity, originality, and beauty in modern times. Part of a generation raised in relative privilege by tv and breakfast cereal, he seeks more than the cog in the machine 9-5 life expected of him in search of unique experience, be it through farming, retail, travel, sex, drugs, rock and roll, all the way to marriage and fatherhood, often falling flat on his face. I devoured this book in one evening and enjoyed his misadventures thoroughly.


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If I Survive You By Jonathan Escoffery Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374605988
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Published: MCD - September 6th, 2022

Following a Jamaican family making a fresh start in 1980s Miami, this tense and funny novel deftly explores issues of race, class, and loyalty. Alternating chapters between the distinct voices of two brothers, their father, and their cousin, battling hurricanes, poverty, and mostly each other. A events unfold from each perspective, the real story of this family evolves bit by bit, almost Pulp Fiction-style. Come for the real life struggle and stay for the hope for a better tomorrow. 


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Sugar Street By Jonathan Dee Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802160003
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Published: Grove Press - September 13th, 2022

In this quietly gripping novel, an unnamed man attempts to erase himself, his past, his entire existence and start over with a new, much smaller life in an unnamed city. Not an easy task, which naturally doesn't go as planned. Ostensibly, there's a lot of "How" and "What" to this story, but the fascinating part is the unwritten "Why?". A very small picture tale that speaks to a much broader story about guilt, complicity, white privilege, and the footprints we leave behind. Good stuff! 


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Such a Pretty Girl By T. Greenwood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781496739322
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Published: Kensington - October 25th, 2022

A young girl, growing up in the 1970's NYC art scene, starts to gain fame as a young model and actress, straining a complicated relationship with her mother and her own fragile adolescence. As we hop back and forth to the present day, the price of fame starts to add up in unexpected ways. There's a lot going on here, especially regarding the uncomfortable space between childhood and adulthood, but Greenwood seams together a very entertaining, frequently heavy, nostalgic, relevant, and surprising story.


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Now Is Not the Time to Panic: A Novel By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062913500
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Published: Ecco - November 8th, 2022

I loved this book! Two teen outcasts spend a magical 1990's summer creating a vaguely sinister piece of art that goes viral before there was such a thing, spinning their lives into chaos and their small town into a panic. But Kevin Wilson (Nothing To See Here) has crafted a story that goes far beyond that already promising premise. Come for the subversive comedy and nostalgia but stay for the unexpected depth and a deeply rewarding emotional resonance. 


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Sam: A Novel By Allegra Goodman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593447819
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Published: The Dial Press - January 3rd, 2023

Maybe your teenage years were the best of your life, but for a lot of us, it's a rough time. Allegra Goodman's "Sam" isn't having such a fun time herself. This immersive, engaging novel follows Sam as a child all the way through her twenties and perfectly captures the confusion, elation, trauma, and frustration of finding your way through adolescence. Goodman expertly nails the claustrophobic helplessness of childhood, subject to the will of adults who cannot understand and disappoint you, unable to plot your own course. Written with such overwhelming empathy for her title character, Sam will grab a hold of you and never let go.


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No One Left to Come Looking for You: A Novel By Sam Lipsyte Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501146121
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 6th, 2022

If you like fun books, guess what? Sam Lipsyte (Hark) has a fun book for you! Set in the seedy early 90's NYC punk scene, our hero has a big show coming up and his drugged out singer has stolen his bass and gone missing. Full of laughs, suspense, mystery, and nostalgia for the good old bad days, this rollicking novel is just what the Turn Your Brain Off Doctor ordered!


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The Colony: Faith and Blood in a Promised Land By Sally Denton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631498077
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Published: Liveright - June 28th, 2022

In November 2019, nine women and children from a fundamentalist Mormon community were ambushed and murdered in Northern Mexico. In this fascinating investigation, Sally Denton (The Bluegrass Conspiracy) attempts to piece together what led these women there and exactly who polygamist fundamentalist Mormons are, their roots all the way back to Joseph Smith, fleeing prosecution across the US and seeking sanctuary in Mexico, through internal power struggles and murders a-plenty, and even strange connections to the NXIVM cult that they may have inspired. A dizzying and complicated tale of religion, power, conspiracy, drug cartels, and misplaced faith. Terrifying, gripping, bizarre, and shocking stuff, that seems too strange to be true, but is! 


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Stories from the Tenants Downstairs By Sidik Fofana Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982145811
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Published: Scribner - August 16th, 2022

A fascinating story of the residents of a Harlem high rise building, each chapter a different character. Gentrification looms heavy, as the tenants struggle with poverty, family, school, friends, and neighbors. Complicated lives, different voices, all trying to survive and thrive against the odds. Equal parts sadness and hope, I really enjoyed spending time with each of them. 


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Groupies: A Novel By Sarah Priscus Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063218017
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Published: William Morrow - July 12th, 2022

If you loved Daisy Jones & The 6 or Opal & Nev, Groupies is going to be your new summertime jam. Set in the not-quite heyday of the 1970s LA rock scene, this book is both a deep dive into the sordid backstage drama these young women went through, but also a poignant coming of age story as well. Come for the hot gossip, stay for the tales of female friendship and betrayal. A heck of a lot of fun! 


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Till the Wheels Fall Off By Brad Zellar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781566896399
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Published: Coffee House Press - July 12th, 2022

Life's a gas when your stepdad owns a roller rink, right? This bittersweet novel hops between our hero's small town adolescence in the 1980s and the wasteland of his late 20s at the dawn of the millennium and his return to what is left of his roots and the memories and mysteries he left behind. A touching, lonely, hazy, and wistful look at family, music, rollerskating, and what it really means to go home again.


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One's Company: A Novel By Ashley Hutson Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393866643
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 14th, 2022

Why do we waste so much time and energy on our pop culture obsessions and how far can we take them? There's a reason they call it escapism. But what if the thing you're trying to escape catches up with you? Questions faced by our misanthropic hero Bonnie as she leaves her grocery clerk life behind to spend her record setting lottery winnings on a secluded Three's Company themed compound, where she plans to never see another soul ever again. This, naturally, doesn't exactly go according to plan. Equally ridiculous fun and horribly dark, I could not put this book down. You might find some of yourself in this book and that can be a little scary.


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These Prisoning Hills By Christopher Rowe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250804488
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Published: Tordotcom - May 31st, 2022

I generally don't read Science Fiction as I don't have the patience for trilogies of 1000 pages a book, with inevitable movies to come. So, this fantastic novella was a refreshing surprise. Written by Kentucky author Christopher Rowe, this fast moving story, set in the Kentucky hills, takes place 30 years after a devastating war with biomechanical AI has left a much smaller population stuggling to survive. When the Feds reappear to investigate some strange goings-on, our heroine must come out of retirement to invetigate. Hopping from the present back to the war years ago, this smart, intimate story feels local yet a million miles away. I loved it! 


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Shmutz: A Novel By Felicia Berliner Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982177621
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Published: Atria Books - July 19th, 2022

You can miss a lot of what the world has to offer growing up in a strict religious community. When ultra-orthodox, 18 year old Raizl manages to get her hands on the internet, something generally forbidden in her family, everything changes. She sees things she's never imagined (specifically of an "adult" manner) and begins to question her entire way of life. A fantastic tale of growing up, growing away, and learning how to become your own person. Very specific, but also very relatable in the larger sense.


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Here Goes Nothing By Steve Toltz Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781612199719
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Published: Melville House - May 3rd, 2022

In this very dark and very funny novel, our "hero" has been murdered and shuffled off to the next plane, which is not what he or anyone would have pictured. The Afterlife stinks just as much as regular old Earth life! And if that's not enough, he's stuck helplessly watching as his murderer courts his left-behind & pregnant wife. I couldn't put this book down. Every chapter topped the last in terms of unbelievable & shocking twists. Throw in a worldwide pandemic to keep things topical, and we might have the bleakest and funniest book of the year. 


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This Time Tomorrow: A Novel By Emma Straub Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525539001
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2022

"How do I know if I'm living the right life?" A big question, explored like a time travel Choose Your Own Adventure by a woman approaching 40, grappling with her place in the world, her own happiness, and the mortality of the fragile lives of those we love. For all the heavy lifting of these weighty topics, this novel is a fast, fun, and touching blast. If reading the whole thing in one day counts as "can't put down-ness", we have a winner here! 


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Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise and Fall of SST Records By Jim Ruland Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780306925481
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Published: Hachette Books - April 12th, 2022

This fantastic book, along with the new Glenn E. Friedman "What I See" photography book, make this a wonderful time to be a fan of 1980s California punk. Veteran zine and rock journalist Jim Ruland has put together a comprehensive history of SST Records, one of the most influential indie rock labels of all time. Originally a vessel for founder Greg Ginn to release his own Black Flag records, then rapidly expanding to introduce the world to the likes of Hüsker Dü, Sonic Youth, The Minutemen, and many, many more. Of course, the success wasn't meant to be forever, and the eventual collapse due to shady contracts, countless grudges, and the ever-changing world of media is just as mind-blowing on the way down. There's so much, so many bands, so many stories both obscure and known to dig into here. Perhaps this book seems like it is just for the hardcore and indie nerds, but anyone could enjoy such an epic tale of hubris.


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Astro City Metrobook, Volume 1 By Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson (Artist), Will Blyberg (Artist) Cover Image
By Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson (Artist), Will Blyberg (Artist)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781534322042
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Published: Image Comics - April 5th, 2022

My favorite superhero series of the 1990s/2000s is back and better than ever! Kurt Busiek, the acclaimed writer of Marvels, Avengers, and Superman takes all his Golden Age and beyond ideas that Marvel & DC would never use and creates his own universe from the ground up. Thinly and not-so thinly veiled tributes and amalgams of classic heroes abound, alongside all kinds of new & wild ideas and interpretations, including some of the best Superman and Batman stories ever told that don't actually happen to star either of them. After years of many out of print graphic novels, the series is being re-released in excellent collections that collected 2-3 of the old paperbacks in one large, affordable book. This first volume has some stone cold classics within and gets my highest recommendation!


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What I See: The Black Flag Photographs of Glen E. Friedman By Glen E. Friedman, Chuck Dukowski (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Glen E. Friedman, Chuck Dukowski (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781636140360
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Published: Akashic Books - April 5th, 2022

This book is fantastic! Photographer Glen E. Friedman has focused his lens on the likes of Run DMC, Fugazi, the Beastie Boys, and the skaters of Dogtown. In this massive collection (of mostly unreleased photos) of four years of prime time Black Flag, we get them in their black and white, down and dirty, dynamic, and dangerous heyday. Dez singing! Henry Rollins first shows! With an introduction by Chuck Dukowski and a lengthy and fascinating essay by Glen himself. Essential and fun punk rock history! 


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Secret Identity: A Novel By Alex Segura Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250801746
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 15th, 2022

Has there ever been a better example of "don't judge a book by its cover" ? Indeed, wrapped in a truly hideous cover, is a pretty darn good mystery novel. Set in the bustling heart of the 1970s New York comic book industry, our heroine must contend with a colleague's murder, who was taking credit for her writing, extreme workplace sexism, and strange visitors from her past. Clever, fun, and a fascinating glimpse into how the ol' comics sausage was made. 


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Paper Girls: The Complete Story By Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Artist), Matt Wilson (Artist) Cover Image
By Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Artist), Matt Wilson (Artist)
$49.99
ISBN: 9781534319998
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Published: Image Comics - November 2nd, 2021

If you want a fun, epic but stand alone graphic novel, Brian K. Vaughan, of Saga & Y The Last Man fame, will never let you down. And wouldn't all your favorite kids/teen adventure movies of the 1980's been a heck of a lot more fun if the gang were girls instead of a bunch of dumb boys? Stranger Things is the easy comparison, but blast it out with time travel, aliens, and mysteries galore and we are on a whole new level. Recommended! 


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Post Americana By Steve Skroce, Steve Skroce (Artist), Dave Stewart (Artist) Cover Image
By Steve Skroce, Steve Skroce (Artist), Dave Stewart (Artist)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534319066
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Published: Image Comics - December 28th, 2021

Just in case you didn't have enough post-apocalyptic fiction (or reality) in your life lately, here's more! But it's a good one! after a plague or wars or whatever, the world's elite retreated to their own giant underground mountain bunker while the rest of the country divided into packs, warlords, and cannibalistic cults. When they meet, naturally, it all goes bananas. But the real draw here is the artist/writer, Steve Skroce, a comics genius ala Geoff Darrow and Moebius, also known for his intricate design work on The Matrix films. So much fun, so much to look at and pour over. This End Of The World happens to be a real blast! 


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All Day Is A Long Time By David Sanchez Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780358572015
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Published: Harper - January 18th, 2022

This harrowing semi-autobiographical account of a young man addicted to crack and whatever else he can get his hands on and his possible salvation through books and higher education is riveting, funny, and sometimes gross, Sanchez delivers the goods no matter how uncomfortable or self-deprecating the details may be. Plus, bonus "Florida Man" weirdness! 


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Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres By Kelefa Sanneh Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525559597
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Published: Penguin Press - October 5th, 2021

You might think you've got a pretty good handle on music trivia, but this weighty history of the last 50 or so years of popular music has a few things left to teach you. Broken down into comprehensive chapters by genre (rock, country, hip-hop, etc.) , Sanneh maps out the good, the bad, and all the trends of the music biz in bite size bits, with a good balance of educating and entertaining. It's all in here! 


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Dante's Indiana By Randy Boyagoda Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771964272
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Published: Biblioasis - September 7th, 2021

On the verge of losing both his faith and his family, an unemployed PTSD English professor is hired by an eccentric millionaire to consult on a Dante's Inferno based theme park in deep in the heart of  Indiana and ends up embroiled in local politics, the  midwest opioid epidemic, and the fallout from the death of a black teenager at the hands of police. Equal parts funny, sad, and hopeful. A joy to follow our hero's path to possible clarity.


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Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007) By Dan Ozzi Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780358244301
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 26th, 2021

Ah, the heady days at the turn of the millenium! When punk, indie, & emo bands would regularly have wads of cash and the prospect of TRL level fame waved at them by the major record label big leagues. Great idea or terrible idea? Each chapter tells the tale for eleven different bands and how it did (or probably didn't) work out for them. Loads of entertaining dirt, straight from the artists and crooked A&R men themselves. 


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Far Sector By N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell (Illustrator) Cover Image
By N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781779512055
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Published: DC Comics - October 19th, 2021

If NK Jemisin writing Green Lantern isn't enough for you, check this out: A rookie earth born space cop is stationed on a distant city planet comprised of carnivorous plant people, bat people, and digital people who have only held peace by purging their society of emotion until their first murder in hundreds of years threatens that peace. Most good sci-fi is thinly veiled metaphor for the issues of modern times, but this one does just that, but SO WELL! A story for the conflicts of now, just with flying cars and robots and stuff! 


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Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion By Tom Beaujour, Richard Bienstock, Corey Taylor (Foreword by) Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250830074
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 15th, 2022

Everything you wanted to know (and a lot you didn't want to know) about the 80's hair metal scene but were afraid to ask. Listen, I know all these bands are legit terrible. But the stories of success, excess, and disgust in the pages provide maximum entertainment. A massive dissection with only one flaw: we need more!


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The Nineties: A Book By Chuck Klosterman Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735217959
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Published: Penguin Press - February 8th, 2022

For this year's annual dose of Klosterman, everybody's favorite pop culture expert weighs in on the grand, glorious, messy, & troublesome 1990s. Hitting all the beats, music, movies, celebrity, sports, big and small world events and more, this comprehensive & almost exhaustive look at the seemingly naive days before 9/11 brought us together and social media tore us apart. Lots of good stuff here on subjects you'd expect and more than a few you wouldn't.


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A Shock By Keith Ridgway Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811230858
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Published: New Directions - July 6th, 2021

Our maddening modern times, told in separate but connected chapters, each a different resident of a London neighborhood, that comes together, lightly Pulp Fiction style, by the end. Almost voyeuristic peeks into desperate, lonely, sad, and suprisingly funny characters, unaware of their connections to each other and the spaces they share. 


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Little Bird: The Fight for Elder's Hope By Darcy Van Poelgeest, Ian Bertram (Artist) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534316942
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Published: Image Comics - September 22nd, 2020

Echoes of Dune, Jodorowsky's Incal, Akira, & Princess Mononoke reverberate throughout this thrilling, Eisner Award winning graphic novel. A cult of Christian zealots has set up a New Vatican in Canada, and is violently stamping out tribes of resistance, where we meet Little Bird and her epic quest begins. Beautiful & detailed art, sweeping scope, epic & gross sci fi. I loved it! 


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Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk By Sasha LaPointe Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781640094147
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Published: Counterpoint - March 8th, 2022

What sort of sense of home and safety can you have when your land and livelihoods have been stolen from your people for centuries? A young Coast Salish Native American woman tries to find the big and the small answers as she finds her way though punk rock, trauma, relationships, and poetry. A harrowing personal and ancestral history.


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Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band By Christian Staebler, Sonia Paoloni, Thibault Balahy (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781684057146
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Published: IDW Publishing - October 27th, 2020

The graphic novel history of a hit making, all Native American rock band as they rise up the charts through the 1960's - 70's. Fantastic art, buoyed by a delightful, intentionally limited pop art color palette. Not just the history of a great band, who cast a shadow on Hendrix & the Doors, but a compelling history of the treatment of Native Americans and the American Indian Movement. Come and get your love! 


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The Album of Dr. Moreau By Daryl Gregory Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250782106
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Published: Tordotcom - May 18th, 2021

If an early 2000's boy band comprised of bizarre human/animal hybrid with pipes of gold embroiled in a Vegas locked room murder mystery doesn't grab you, that's on you. Clever, funny, fast paced, and ludicrous. I'd like to add a clever *NSYNC or Backstreet Boys quote here, if only I knew of one. Buy buy buy! 


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Go Home, Ricky!: A Novel By Gene Kwak Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781419753619
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Published: The Overlook Press - October 19th, 2021

After a match gone wrong sidelines a half white/half Native American semipro Wrestler in Omaha, Nebraska, a desperate journey to the bottom of his self identity begins. Are we the sum of our past or something more?  Funny, sad, and poignant. Sometimes when the going gets tough, the going just gets worse and worse!


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All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told By Douglas Wolk Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735222168
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Published: Penguin Press - October 12th, 2021

Is the story Marvel Comics started in the 60's the longest continuous fiction ever told by mankind? Yes, according to this entertaining, informative, and weighty guide to about half a million pages of interconnected superhero tales. Wolk read every single page and bravely attempts (and succeeds) in threading it all together for the hardcore comic guys and casual fans alike, shining a light on both obscure and popular stories, but finding the connective tissue in over sixty years of four color fun.


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And Now I Spill the Family Secrets: An Illustrated Memoir By Margaret Kimball Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063007444
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Published: HarperOne - April 20th, 2021

Behind closed doors, a normal, suburban family is slowly torn apart by unspoken-of mental illness. Comparisons to Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home" are apt, but the expert and extremely satisfying art, mostly illustrating journal entries and ephemera from Kimball's adolescence, really sets this moving graphic novel apart. Recommended! 


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Gentrifier: A Memoir By Anne Elizabeth Moore Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781646220700
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Published: Catapult - October 19th, 2021

A writer, gifted a free house by an arts group, comes to grips with (or maybe doesn't!) the high cost of "free" as she becomes part of a mostly Bangladeshi Detroit neighborhood in this very funny, moving, and insightful memoir. With twists & turns both personal & political, the weight of trying to do the right thing is balanced by good old Midwestern cynicism and humor. Highly recommended! 


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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

What kind of guy creates The Best Show, the funniest, longest running comedy & music radio/internet show around for over two decades now? Find out what created Tom Scharpling in this swell, fast paced memoir! Of course, it's hilarious, but with the high Highs, you'll hit some low Lows that somehow makes the laughs even sweeter. Don't want to give too much away, but it's worth $80 alone for his ill-fated audition for the "New Monkees" alone. Recommended! 


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Jacket Weather By Mike DeCapite Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766931
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Published: Soft Skull - October 12th, 2021

It's hard to describe how good this novel made me feel. Two adults fall in love in New York City and we get to experience all of it in lyrical, poetic detail, without side-stepping the natural jealousy and anxiety that comes along with it. From street lights to very involved pasta recipes, all through slighty rusted rose-colored glasses, you get it all from the inside out.


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Pulp By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips (Artist), Jacob Phillips (Artist) Cover Image
By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips (Artist), Jacob Phillips (Artist)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534318854
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Published: Image Comics - January 26th, 2021

What's an old cowboy to do in the face of rising fascism in the late 30's? Find out in this fun and surprisingly relevant two fisted graphic novel written by Ed Brubaker, the writer that brought us the Winter Soldier and artist Sean Phillips, heir apparent in style to the great David Mazzucchelli. A one and done story, but another great addition to the growing catalog of new classics these two are churning out with astonishing regularity.


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Astrid Sees All: A Novel By Natalie Standiford Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982153663
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Published: Atria Books - February 15th, 2022

A fun and dizzying blast of 1983 New York City club life through the eyes of a young woman fresh out of a sheltered college life. Everybody's there - the club kids, the junkies, the roommates, the celebrities. How does one keep up? A really well balanced mix of "Here's what happened" and "Here's how it felt'. Recommended! 


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Hot Stew By Fiona Mozley Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643752600
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 12th, 2022

Gentrification hits London's seedy Soho neighborhood like a force of nature. In this sly novel, we see all sides of the story as we follow a diverse cast of characters. From a rollicking brothel, to the bar, a homeless community under the spell of a charismatic street preacher, to the halls and clubs of big business. I truly enjoyed spending time with these people! 


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The Fall, Volume 1 By Jared Muralt, Jared Muralt (Artist) Cover Image
By Jared Muralt, Jared Muralt (Artist)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534318380
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Published: Image Comics - March 23rd, 2021

Can't get enough pandemic action? In this wonderfully illustrated graphic novel, a family is on the run from a deadly superflu, a military lockdown, food shortages, and their fellow desperate survivors. As topical as it gets and a wild ride! 


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Grendel, Kentucky By Jeff McComsey Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781953165039
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Published: Upshot - March 23rd, 2021

Beowolf takes a trip to rural Kentucky in a fast paced 1970's drive in movie style thriller as generations of a family and an all female biker gang grapple with an unsolved murder, a deal with the devil, and lots and lots of weed. A hoot and a holler in an old Kentucky holler! 


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The Harpy By Megan Hunter Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802159137
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Published: Grove Press - November 16th, 2021

A husband cheats and agrees to let his wife hurt him three times as revenger to keep the family together. What follows is a surreal journey of suburban marital angst as the wounds change them both in unexpected ways. Domestic strife from the ground level to the otherworldly.


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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev: A Novel By Dawnie Walton Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982140175
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Published: 37 Ink - March 22nd, 2022

A young black woman finds her way in the white male art punk scene of 1970's NYC in this engaging rockumentary style novel as she explores her past while considering a comeback. If you loved Daisy Jones, this is that , with teeth! 


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Hench: A Novel By Natalie Zina Walschots Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062978585
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 9th, 2021

With the clever superhero deconstruction of Watchmen and the bright broad strokes of The Incredibles, the best comic book of the year isn't a comic at all but this fantastic novel following the ups and downs of a temp and her rise through the ranks of super villainy.


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The Invention of Sound By Chuck Palahniuk Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538717981
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 7th, 2021

How do they record the blood curdling screams for Hollywood movies? They might be more real than you think! Fight Club-like levels of cartoonish violence that also serves up lessons in grief, guilt, legacy, love, and loss in this fast and fun Pulp Fictionesqe thriller.


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Endland By Tim Etchells, Jarvis Cocker (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Tim Etchells, Jarvis Cocker (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781911508700
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Published: And Other Stories - May 12th, 2020

Thatcher's England of the 1980's, the dystopian wastelands of the future, or maybe just right now. Hard to say when and where it transpires, but this bottomless pit of despair is endlessly entertaining and full of bleak, bizarre, and hilarious stories and characters. Their misery is our hilarity!


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Black Card: A Novel By Chris L. Terry Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646220199
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Published: Catapult - August 11th, 2020

What's it like growing up black in the predominatly white punk scene of the capitol of the confederacy? Spoiler alert: not easy! Don't let the rascist cops scare you away from this fun and relevant coming of age tale.


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New Bad News By Ryan Ridge Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781946448569
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Published: Sarabande Books - May 19th, 2020

Former Kentuckian Ryan Ridge brings us his first collection of very short (mostly one page) sharp and funny short stories. Like William S. Burroughs narrating a Far Side cartoon, just the thing for our distracted, news ruined minds!


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Mutations: The Many Strange Faces of Hardcore Punk By Sam McPheeters, Tobi Vail (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Sam McPheeters, Tobi Vail (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781947856981
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Barnacle Book - February 11th, 2020

A very specific book for a very specific fan of a very specific era of a very specific type of underground music. Have I scared you away yet? Well don't be afraid! Although tailor made for a guy like me, this book is great for anyone interested in punk/hardcore/underground music and subculture from the 1980s-1990's. Sam McPheeters, of Born Against fame, has spent his post rock years becoming a pretty sharp writer and has a unique point of view and sense of humor that gives us quite an insight to the motivations and stories behind the biggest and best songs and bands most folks were never lucky enough to witness. (Fun Fact! My first visit to Louisville was for a punk show!)


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The Dishwasher (Biblioasis International Translation) By Stéphane Larue, Pablo Strauss (Translator) Cover Image
By Stéphane Larue, Pablo Strauss (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771962698
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Published: Biblioasis - August 20th, 2019

Lost in the wilderness of his twenties and burdened with a crippling gambling addiction and debt, The Dishwasher finds himself a new family amongst the colorful and equally addicted kitchen staff in this award winning and moving story. 


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Vernon Subutex 1: A Novel By Virginie Despentes, Frank Wynne (Translated by) Cover Image
By Virginie Despentes, Frank Wynne (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374283247
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Published: FSG Originals - November 5th, 2019

Part One of a French trilogy. A riotous adventure through the streets and couches of Paris as a down on his luck ex-record shop owner tries to avoid homelessness, losing his few remaining pals, and cashing in on the legacy of his dead rock star pal. The English version of Part Two comes out in July and I cannot wait!


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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel By Taffy Brodesser-Akner Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525510895
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 7th, 2020

I can't quite put my finger on why, but I found this story of the disolution of the marriage of a NYC doctor and his successful agent wife totally fascinating.  Maybe it's the missing spouse, maybe the shifting perspectives, maybe (probably) the gender politics, or maybe the peek into lives I don't relate to.  I read it all in one fantastic vacation day!


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FKA USA: A Novel By Reed King Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250108913
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 25th, 2020

A post (or maybe pre) apocalyptic road trip that mixes The Stand with Idiocracy by way of Terry Gilliam.  Our loveable loser of a hero has to transport a talking goat across the chaotic territories Formerly Known As the United States, now a series of corporate nation states or lawless tribal wastelands, in order to prevent a possibly second end of the world. A little gross, a lot crass, very funny, but terrifyingly too close to now than it might seem.


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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel By Taffy Brodesser-Akner Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525510895
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 7th, 2020

I can't quite put my finger on why, but I found this story of the disolution of the marriage of a NYC doctor and his successful agent wife totally fascinating.  Maybe it's the missing spouse, maybe the shifting perspectives, maybe (probably) the gender politics, or maybe the peek into lives I don't relate to.  I read it all in one fantastic vacation day!


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