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Little Boy
A Novel
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
From the famed publisher and poet, author of the million-copy-selling collection A Coney Island of the Mind, his literary last will and testament -- part autobiography, part summing up, part Beat-inflected torrent of language and feeling, and all magical.
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In the Dream House
A Memoir
Carmen Maria Machado
In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. ––Recommended by Stacey
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Year of the Monkey
Patti Smith
"Whether induced by dreams or reality, Patti Smith's keen observations—gleaned from her year's-long travelogue—applies a soothing balm on the chaos of our crazed political moment. In addition, her coffee habit also reassures me that I am not alone."––Recommended by Stacey
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Little Boy
A Novel
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti offers the ultimate parting gift to us, the legions of readers who love him. His tale is bittersweet, melancholy, romantic, existential, inquisitive, nostalgic, and funny, and unsparing in his expression of hope for a better world. -- Recommended by Stacey and Paul
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The Summer of Dead Birds
Ali Liebegott
A deeply considered, sometimes irreverent meditation on the end of life, as well as the attempts to survive some of the little deaths we endure along the way. — Recommended by Stacey
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Difficult Women
Stories
Roxane Gay
"Roxane Gay does not mince words or shy away from investigating the power dynamics of sex. An outstanding collection of stories including 'The Sacrifice of Darkness,' the perfect companion to Ray Bradbury's classic 'All Summer in a Day.'" —Recommended by Stacey
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My Favorite Thing is Monsters
A young girl befriends monsters, real and imagined, in this unhinged and singular coming-of-age story. —Recommended by Stacey
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M Train
Patti Smith
Reading this book provided a meditative type of joy, and also reassured me that there is nothing wrong with my coffee habit. —Recommended by Stacey, City Lights Publishers
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Bad Feminist
Essays
Roxane Gay
I compulsively read Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist whenever I could get a spare moment. My commute (my life!) was vastly improved as it felt like my coolest, smartest, pop-culture literate, and humane friend was sharing the ride, offering the low down on--and a considered critique of--the too numerous troublesome aspects of American life and culture.
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Super Sad True Love Story
A Novel
Gary Shteyngart
Did the opposable thumb evolve to text? Happy to find that I'm not the only one contemplating such serious matters. Shteyngart's new novel is sad, but also very heartwarming to those of us skeptical of, and concerned about, the role that electronic...
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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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Bicycle Diaries
David Byrne
David Byrne's travel diaries illuminate the amazing power that dislocating oneself from their homebase has on the senses. His work sends him to cities in the US and around the world, and the visits are anything but passive.
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The Beats
A Graphic History
Paul Buhle, Harvey Pekar
I've read a lot of Beat books in my time here at City Lights, but none are quite as fun as this graphic history. The perfect collection for those who think they've heard all the stories about Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg, et al. The Beats also provides...
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The Keep
Jennifer Egan
Prior to devouring every page of Jennifer Egan’s The Keep, I made the surreptitious decision to read, for the first time, Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Besides similar gothic settings, the books focus on the primal need to better understand...

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