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The Collected Works Of Billy The Kid: Left Handed Poems
"Get away from me yer stupid chicken."

Oh man I love this book. There's a blurb from Larry McMurtry where he admits that it "strains one's powers of de
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Jun 03, 2009
Girl in a Band
I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot ...more
Apr 2015
Mar 03, 2015
A deeply sad book.

It begins with an enormously sympathetic portrait of Salinger during WWII. Though he was not an infantryman, he was attached to Fou
Sep 2013
Sep 18, 2013
Undermajordomo Minor
Undermajordomo Minor begins where The Sisters Brothers leaves off: with a son saying goodbye to his mother. The title is a joke in The Sisters Brother ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 10, 2015
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
Maggie O'Farrell's new novel asks the question: What do you do if the local psychiactric hospital calls to tell you you've got a great aunt you never ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 24, 2007
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
In the title story of his debut collection, "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned," Wells Tower uses contemporary American idiom to tell the story of ...more
Nov 13, 2008
Nov 04, 2008
The oldest valentine on record dates back to the early 15th century, but the practice of committing one’s amorous intentions to paper goes back at lea ...more
Jan 2012
Feb 18, 2012
Home Land
There are two kinds of readers in this country: those who know that Sam Lipsyte is the funniest writer of his generation and those who haven’t read hi ...more
Jan 2005
Jun 26, 2007
The Bathroom
Having realized that he prefers reading in the tub, the protagonist of Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s The Bathroom decides to take up residence there, beca ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 22, 2008
The Law of Dreams
Imagine that you’re a tenant farmer. You’re young, never been to school, never owned a decent pair of shoes. All your life you’ve lived on the same pi ...more
Apr 2008
Jan 10, 2008
The Return
I've never read Bolaño before. I don't know anything about him, his books, his publication history. I know that he is dead and that he wrote 2666. I a ...more
Oct 10, 2012
Jul 16, 2010
Against the Day
Against the Day is a book of terrorists.

Bomb huckers, outlaws and anarchists lurk everywhere and—surprise, surprise—nearly all of them are likable. A
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Jun 28, 2007
The Book of Drugs: A Memoir
This is a tough book to recommend. If you like stories about rock and roll debauchery, Book of Drugs won't disappoint, but Soul Coughing, by the autho ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 10, 2012
Breakfast at Midnight
I took a trip to Europe this summer. Thankfully, my vacation resembled nothing like Louis Armand’s Breakfast at Midnight published by Equus Books.

Jun 2012
Sep 07, 2012
Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury wrote an early 25,000-word draft of Fahrenheit 451 in nine days on rented typewriters in a basement at UCLA. This is the kind of thing I love
Sep 2012
Sep 12, 2012
The Cradle
The Cradle is full of surprises. On the surface, it doesn’t have a lot to recommend it. It’s a shaggy dog tale that is essentially a glorified road tr ...more
Sep 2009
Oct 15, 2009
Warlock (Legends West, #1)
I’ve wanted to read this book since I spied Thomas Pynchon’s endorsement in his introduction to Richard Farina’s Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to ...more
Feb 2009
Jan 19, 2009
All This Life: A Novel
It didn't occur to me until just now that All This Life is like a mash up of Dave Eggers and Richard Brautigan. A cast of misfits and outcasts unplug ...more
Feb 2015
Feb 14, 2015
Call Me Burroughs: A Life
Drugs, gun and cats. Yes, cats.
Jan 2014
Jan 06, 2014
Four New Messages
We send messages every day. Thoughtlessly, dutifully, compulsively. In 21st-century America, sending messages is how we communicate.

But sometimes “sen
Sep 2012
Dec 21, 2012
When I was in the seventh grade, St. James’s drama department put on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and I was cast as Alfred Temple, Tom’s competitor f ...more
Jan 2007
Jun 28, 2007
The Baseball Player and the Walrus
This is a story about a baseball player and a walrus. I love how when the baseball player hits the road there's a map of all the cities he goes to and ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 19, 2015
The Sea
Like many of Banville's books, The Sea presents itself to the reader as a fictional document penned by the narrator that alternates the present with t ...more
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Jun 28, 2007
The Butt: An Exit Strategy
WHEN WE succeed, nothing is less interesting than our intent; but the same cannot be said when we screw up. It's hard to imagine a scenario more profo ...more
Sep 12, 2008
Sep 11, 2008
Radiant Days: A Novel
I admit it: I thought I knew what the book held in store for me based on the first few pages. Boy was I wrong. Even worse, I made my assumption based ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 27, 2007
Big World
I've been a fan of Mary Miller's work since an essay I wrote appeared alongside her short story "Leak" in Oxford American. That story opens Big World ...more
Mar 25, 2009
Jun 05, 2009
Ready Player One
There's a weird disconnect with this book: it's content suggests that it's written with people like me in mind: middle aged people who played video ga ...more
May 28, 2015
May 25, 2015
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
A catalog of the hardships of travel in the 21st century typically includes jet lag, cramped seats, long layovers and overzealous TSA agents. For mode ...more
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Mar 15, 2012
It's like a story out of a Stephen King novel.

Stricken with a fatal disease, an obscure novelist races against the clock to finish his final book. Pu
Aug 14, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
My Little War

"My Little War" is a fictionalized account of the Flemish writer Louis Paul Boon's travails as a frontline soldier during World War II. B
Dec 2009
Nov 09, 2009
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