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Invitation to a Beheading
Vladimir Nabokov
Like Kafka's The Castle, Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical turpitude." an imaginary crime that...



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Perversions of Justice
Indigenous Peoples and Anglo-american Law
Ward Churchill
The United States is readily distinguishable from other countries, Chief Justice John Marshall opined in 1803, because it is "a nation of laws, not of men." In Perversions of Justice, Ward Churchill takes Marshall at his word, exploring through a...



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Head Above Water
Stefano Bortolussi
Italian writer Cardo Maraini is a cauldron of contradictions. Plagued by guilt over the drowning of his younger brother, he is strangely terrified by life. When the Norwegian woman he loves becomes pregnant, he plunges into a comically disastrous...



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Lighthead (Poets, Penguin)
Terrance Hayes
From an award-winning poet, a new collection in which the political and the personal converge in innovative and beautiful ways In his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience. With one foot firmly grounded in the...



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Just Kids
Patti Smith
Just Kids illuminates the impressive lover of literature that Patti Smith is. Her memoir will be of particular interest to City Lights enthusiasts as she is our quintessential reader, a fan of the Surrealists...



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Just Kids
Unabridged Audiobook
Patti Smith
Patti Smith reads her award-winning memoir



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Just Around Midnight
Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination
Jack Hamilton
By the time Jimi Hendrix died in 1970, the idea of a black man playing lead guitar in a rock band seemed exotic. Yet a mere ten years earlier, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley had stood among the most influential rock and roll performers. Why did rock and roll become "white"? Just around Midnight reveals the interplay of popular music and racial...



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The Injustice Never Leaves You
Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas
Monica Munoz Martinez
A moving account of a little-known period of state-sponsored racial terror inflicted on ethnic Mexicans in the Texas-Mexico borderlands.



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Troublemaker for Justice
The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington
Jacqueline Houtman, Michael G Long, Walter Naegle
This biography of Bayard Rustin for young readers depicts his life of nonviolent activism and resistance.