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The Stranger
Albert Camus
Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.



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Married to a Stranger
Nahid Rachlin
When Minou Hakini marries a man of her own choosing-an intellectual and a radical-and moves to Abadan, a thriving oil town near the Iraqi border, she imagines her life will be adventurous and liberating. Before long, however, she becomes aware of her...



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Black Music
LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)
"Jones has learned—and this has been very rare in jazz criticism—to write about music as an artist."—Nat Hentoff Black Music is a book about the brilliant young jazz musicians of the early 1960s: John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Ornette...



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Stranger in Town
City Lights Spotlight No. 4
Cedar Sigo
Redolent of Wieners, Whalen, and Lamantia, Stranger in Town is the second coming of the SF Renaissance.



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To Be at Music
Essays & Talks
Norma Cole
Spotlighting 21 works of prose from an esteemed poet, translator, and visual artist, this innovative collection reflects an ability to make the critical essay an art form that engages both the sensual and the cerebral, as well as the aural and the...



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Kiss Me, Stranger
An Illustrated Novel
Ron Tanner
Set in an unnamed country built on landfill -- situated sometime in the past, present, or future -- Kiss Me, Stranger is the story of one woman's attempts to keep her family together while a civil war rages around her. Featuring illustrations by the...



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Music for Mussolini
Nick Johnson
Excellent debut from San Francisco-via-Baltimore poet Nick Johnson, which is stuctured in musical movements in order to deconstruct and reconstruct his world—both fictional and real, political and apolitical. Like getting to know someone. —Recommended by Chris, City Lights Publishers



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Music in the Air
The Selected Writings of Ralph J. Gleason
Ralph J. Gleason, Toby Gleason
The co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine, Ralph J. Gleason was among the most respected journalists, interviewers, and critics writing about popular music in the latter half of the twentieth century. As a longtime contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Down Beat, and Ramparts, his expertise and insights about music, musicians...



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Absolutely on Music
Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
Haruki Murakami



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Guidebook to Relative Strangers
Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History
Camille T. Dungy
As a working mother whose livelihood as a poet-lecturer depended on travel, Camille Dungy crisscrossed America with her infant, then toddler, intensely aware of how they are seen, not just as mother and child, but as black women. With a poet's eye, she celebrates her daughter’s acquisition of language and discoveries of the natural and human...