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The Town and the City
Jack Kerouac
Inspired by his idol, Thomas Wolfe, Kerouac explores the emotional territory of his boyhood through the five sons and three daughters of the Martin family...



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The Back Country
Gary Snyder
The Back Country is one of Gary Snyder's most serious engagements with Eastern culture and thought. Much of the book works to achieve a perspective by means of contrast, as in "Hitch Haiku," a series of haiku (a Japanese form of imagistic, syllabic...



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Mexico City Blues
Jack Kerouac
In Mexico City Blues, Kerouac's voice is as distinctive as in his prose; it roams widely across continents and cultures in a restless search for meaning and expression...



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Left Coast City
Progressive Politics in San Francisco, 1975-1991
Richard Edward Deleon
When Art Agnos campaigned for mayor of San Francisco in 1987, he articulated and defended the "left" isms--liberalism, environmentalism, and populism. He won. Seeing Agnos as a defender of slowgrowth vs. progrowth, the city's progressives had high...



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Another Country
James Baldwin
James Baldwin's Another Country is one of the most powerful books I've ever read. As only he so beautifully and evocatively can, Baldwin places the reader in the eye of the storm of late 50s American tensions around race, gender, class, power, and freedom



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Further Tales of the City
Armistead Maupin
The calamity-prone residents of 28 Barbary Lane are at it again in this deliciously dark novel of romance and betrayal. While Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement, Michael Tolliver looks for love at the National Gay Rodeo...



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City of God
Gil Cuadros
Gil Cuadros published stories and poems in Indivisible, High Risk 2, and Blood Whispers. His work is also on the compact disc, Verdict and the Violence: Poet's Response to the LA Uprising. He was awarded the 1991 Brody Literature Fellowship, and was...



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City of Memory and Other Poems
Jose Emilio Pacheco
The leading poet of his generation, Jose Emilio Pacheco is one of Mexico's most esteemed and beloved writers. City of Memory and Other Poems presents two of his finest poetry collections, accompanied by beautifully rendered translations. The first...



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The City by the Bay
A Magical Journey Around San Francisco
Tricia Brown
The Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Union Square, Chinatown -- these are just a sampling of the San Francisco landmarks featured in this magical journey around the fabled city by the bay. Each famous location is brought vividly to life by fanciful...



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More Tales of the City
Armistead Maupin
"An extended love letter to a magical San Francisco."--New York Times Book Review The internationally beloved classic comes to life in a Showtime miniseries. Few works of fiction have blazed a trail through popular culture like Armistead Maupin's...



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Achieving Our Country
Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America
Richard Rorty
Required reading for any progressive American. Here, Rorty plots the philosophical underpinnings of American liberalism, points out its past pitfalls, and predicts the coming of the Obama movement: a wave of progressives who work together to change...



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Another City
Writing from Los Angeles
David L. Ulin
Stories, chronicles, and poems by both well-established and up-and-coming young writers about how it was to come to LA or what it was like to grow up there, about the ocean and the desert, the entertainment industry and earthquakes, riots and racism...



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In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country
Etel Adnan
A mosaic of lyrical vignettes, at once deeply personal and political, set against the turbulent backdrop of Arab/Western relations. Adnan writes, "Contrary to what is usually believed, it is not general ideas and grandiose unfolding of great events...



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No Country for Old Men
Cormac McCarthy
In his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. One day, a good old...



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R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz, & Country
R. Crumb
Anyone who knows R. Crumb's work as an illustrator knows of his passion for music. And all those who collect his work prize the Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats, and Pioneers of Country Music trading card sets he created in the early to-...