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The Book
On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
Alan W. Watts
A witty attack on the illusion that the self is a separate ego that confronts a universe of alien physical...



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Laughter in the Dark
Vladimir Nabokov
"Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written that is, a ecstatically." -- John Updike Albinus, a respectable, middle-aged man and aspiring filmmaker, abandons his wife for a lover half his age: Margot, who wants to become a movie star...



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Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim...



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Book of Blues
Jack Kerouac
These eight extended poems, composed between 1954 and 1961, offer exuberant forays into language and consciousness that combine rich imagery, complex internal rhythms, and a reverent attentiveness to the moments.



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A Game of Thrones
A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
George R. R. Martin
Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin's magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing...



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Book of Dreams
Jack Kerouac
"In the Book of Dreams I just continue the same story but in the dreams I had of the real-life characters I always write about."Excerpt:WALKING THROUGH SLUM SUBURBS of Mexico City I'm stopped by smiling threesome of cats who've disengaged themselves...



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The Book of Disquiet
Fernando Pessoa
Fernando Pessoa was many writers in one. The Portuguese author attributed his work to literary alter egos that he called "heteronyms," each of which had a fully developed identity. When Pessoa died, he left behind a trunk filled with disorderly scraps...



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Blue Octavo Notebooks
Franz Kafka
From late 1917 until June 1919, Franz Kafka stopped writing entries in his diary, which he kept in quarto-sized notebooks, but continued to write in a series of smaller, octavo-sized notebooks.



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The Book of Jon
Eleni Sikelianos
With a seamless weave of letters, reminiscences, poems and journal entries, Sikelianos creates a loving portrait-and an unblinking indictment-of her father. Jon, a multitalented, eccentric visionary, emerges as a brilliant, charming, irresponsible...



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Americus, Book I
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti lights out for the territories with Book I of his own born-in-the-U.S.A. epic, Americus. Describing Americus as "part documentary, part public pillow-talk, part personal epic—a descant, a canto unsung, a banal history, a true...



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Book of Sketches
Jack Kerouac
A never-before-published book of poems by Jack Kerouac—in a deluxe package In 1952 and 1953 as he wandered around America, Jack Kerouac jotted down spontaneous prose poems, or “sketches” as he called them, on small notebooks that he...



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Book of Longing
Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen wrote the poems in Book of Longing—his first book of poetry in more than twenty years—during his five-year stay at a Zen monastery on Southern California's Mount Baldy, and in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Mumbai. This...



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The Beat Book
Writings from the Beat Generation
Anne Waldman
The Beat movement exploded into American culture in the early 1950s with the force of prophecy. Not just another literary school, it was an artistic and social revolution. William S. Burroughs proclaimed that the Beat writers were “real...



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The Pillow Book
Sei Shōnagon
Gossipy and poignant and delightful in equal measure. To be nibbled in small bites, not gulped.—Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Books



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The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice
First Journals and Poems: 1937-1952
Allen Ginsberg, Juanita Lieberman-Plimpton, Bill Morgan
Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) kept a journal his entire life, beginning at the age of eleven. In these first journals the most important and formative years of the poet’s storied life are captured, his inner thoughts detailed in what the San Francisco...