Fiction

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The Monstrous and the Marvelous
Rikki Ducornet
With the great Renaissance voyages to the New World came the popularity of Wunderkammern, or cabinets of wonders, in which newly discovered monsters and marvels could be displayed. Like such a cabinet, this collection of essays surveys the monstrous...
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Netsuke
Rikki Ducornet
Ruled by his hunger for erotic encounters, a deeply wounded psychoanalyst seduces both patients and strangers with equal heat. Driven to compartmentalize his life, the doctor attempts to order and contain his lovers as he does his collection of rare...
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Geek Love
A Novel
Katherine Dunn
For people who enjoy people who are different and strange and wonderful and writing that is too. –Recommended by Maia, City Lights Books
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A Visit from the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan
NATIONAL BESTSELLER A New York Times Book Review Best BookOne of the Best Books of the Year: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR's On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People...
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The Circle
A Novel
Dave Eggers
The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling...
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Ether
Ben Ehrenreich
An Earth-bound god whose powers are reduced to petty acts of destruction attempts to reclaim his lost seat in the heavens.
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The Celibacy Club
Janice Eidus
In "Gypsy Lore," one of 19 stories in Janice Eidus's new collection, The Celibacy Club, 15-year-old Anna asks a fortune teller about sex. "He comes in, he goes out. He comes in, he goes out. That's all," the gypsy replies. The gypsy's evident ennui...
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Urban Bliss
Janice Eidus
Babette Bliss, the decidedly modern heroine of this comical novel, suffers from an unsettling problem: ambivalence. She has taken leave from her job with an avant-garde New York theater to face her dilemmas concerning her marriage, career, and soul...
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Vito Loves Geraldine
Janice Eidus
In these eighteen stories Janice Eidus, with comic and tender irony, casts a sharp eye upon contemporary myths of romance, rebellion, and...
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Invisible Man
A Novel
Ralph Ellison
Sometimes we mean to read the great books, but we're too busy with what's new and exciting. Invisible Man will make you wonder what current novel could possibly compete for your attention. This is a beautiful, brutal, and amazingly prescient work about...
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Ask the Dust
John Fante
This book is another sterling recommendation from the Saltzman workshop. The under-appreciated Fante's second outing details the adventures of his alterego, Arturo Bandini, as the struggling young writer tackles Los Angeles in the late 1930s. And take...
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The Ass's Tale
A Novel
John Farris
Negrophobia meets Forest of a Thousand Daemons in late 50s Manhattan. -or- Pin-the-tail on The Golden Ass, a surreal journey in search of James Moody.—Recommended by Tân, City Lights Books
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Absalom, Absalom!
A Novel
William Faulkner
Like sunbathing during open-brain surgery. Faulkner touches something pre-conscious, magical, and disturbing in this challenging but transcendental epic covering over a century of American history. —Recommended by Emmitt, City Lights Books
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The Sound and the Fury
William Faulkner
First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling," the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers--the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin and the monstrous Jason.

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