Fiction

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Garments the Living Wear
James Purdy
James Purdy's novel, Garments the Living Wear, is a vision of evil and dark salvation peopled with bizarre and memorable characters. Satirizing life in New York City in the 1980s, its themes include the scourge of AIDS, criminal conspiracies, the...
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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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Ghost Moth
Michele Forbes
A beauty of a novel, Irish writer Michele Forbes delves deep into consequences of unrequited love. Brought to you by the enigmatic Bellevue Literary Press, a publishing house curiously based in NYC's infamous Bellevue Hospital. One of their previous books was Paul Harding's unforgettable Tinkers. — Recommended by Stacey, City Lights Books
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Girlchild
A Novel
Tupelo Hassman
Rory Hendrix, the least likely of Girl Scouts, hasn't got a troop or a badge to call her own. But she still borrows the Handbook from the elementary school library to pore over its advice, looking for tips to get off the Calle—the Reno trailer park...
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Gods Without Men
Hari Kunzru
Jaz and Lisa Matharu are plunged into a surreal public hell after their son, Raj, vanishes during a family vacation in the California desert. However, the Mojave is a place of strange power, and before Raj reappears inexplicably unharmed...
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Going to Meet the Man
Stories
James Baldwin
Start with "This Morning, This Evening, So Soon." If the title of that story doesn't get you then you are lost anyway. —Recommended by Maia, City Lights Books "There's no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it."
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Gone to the Forest
A Novel
Katie Kitamura
From the critically acclaimed author of The Longshot comes this gripping saga about the destruction of a family, a home, and a way of life. Set on a struggling farm in a colonial country teetering on the brink of civil war, Gone to the Forest is a tale...
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The Good Lord Bird
James McBride
Quite the masterwork. A poignant delight with a sense of humor that sears to the bone. —Recommended by Scott, City Lights Books
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The Grapes of Wrath
Robert DeMott, John Steinbeck
First published in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath is a landmark of American literature, This Pultizer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads...
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Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity's Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce’s Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating...
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Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
In the mid-1960s, the publication of Pynchon's V and The Crying of Lot 49 introduced a brilliant new voice to American literature. Gravity's Rainbow, his convoluted, allusive novel about a metaphysical quest, published in 1973, further confirmed...
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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Great Glass Sea
Josh Weil
From celebrated storyteller Josh Weil comes a sui generis epic swathed in all the magic of Russian folklore and set against the dystopian backdrop of an all too real alternate present. Twins Yarik and Dima have been inseparable since childhood. Living on their uncle's farm after the death of their father, the boys once spent their days helping...
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Great House
A Novel
Nicole Krauss
"[An] elegiac novel . . . achieved through exquisitely chosen sensory details that reverberate with emotional intensity."-Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, The New York Times Book Review (front page)For twenty-five years, a reclusive American novelist has...

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