Fiction

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Native Son
Richard A. Wright
Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral...
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The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath
A harrowing portrait of depression, fearlessly illustrated by one of the most talented and incredible minds in modern literature. If you have an interest in understanding mental illness and its effects on creativity, let this be your cornerstone. Utterly devastating, but in the most beautiful way possible. It's one of my all-time favorites.
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Atomik Aztex
Sesshu Foster
A fantastical gonzo Aztlán mythology, where modern Aztecs and immigrant ghosts uncover blood sacrifice in Los Angeles
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The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
and Other Stories
Carson McCullers
A classic work that has charmed generations of readers, this collection assembles Carson McCullers's best stories, including her beloved novella "The Ballad of the Sad Café." A haunting tale of a human triangle that culminates in an astonishing brawl...
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All Souls' Rising
A Novel of Haiti
Madison Smartt Bell
Madison Smartt Bell had already made a good writing career probing the dark corners and sinister sides of contemporary American culture when he busted out with All Souls' Rising, a publishing sensation in the mid-90s. This epic historical novel...
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Where I Was From
Joan Didion
In her moving and insightful new book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history and ours. A native Californian, Didion applies her scalpel-like intelligence to the state’s ethic of ruthless self-sufficiency in order to...
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Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison
The third novel from one America's most powerful writers was first published in 1977, but Song of Solomon long ago ascended to the top shelf in the ranks of great literature.
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Beloved
Toni Morrison
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is...
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The Time of Our Singing
A Novel
Richard Powers
America, in a nutshell, cracked. A broadly compassionate and historically unsparing exploration of time, history and race. —Recommended by Jake, City Lights Books
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When the Emperor Was Divine
Julie Otsuka
Julie Otsuka's commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination—both physical and emotional—of a...
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Joe's Word
An Echo Park Novel (City Lights Noir)
Elizabeth Stromme
In Echo Park, a neighborhood at the wrong end of Sunset Boulevard, Joe, a cool cynic, lives marginally. Ironically, he finds himself becoming more involved than he'd planned in the lives of his clients, linked to their dreams and to their despair...
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Signal Hill
Stories
Alan Rifkin
Five stories track boys and men as they navigate among the ghosts and mirages of greater Los Angeles. Rifkin's male protagonists are part fuck-up, part primal force, and full of longing-for fathers, for mothers, for sex, for faith, for just getting...
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Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell
Thought Police. Big Brother. Orwellian. These words have entered our vocabulary because of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel, 1984. The story of one man's nightmare odyssey as he pursues a forbidden love affair through a world ruled by warring...
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The End of Youth
Rebecca Brown
The End of Youth is a collection of 13 linked stories, essays and rants, about carrying on after youth's hope is gone. In "Afraid of the Dark," a child learns that there is good reason to be afraid. The adolescent narrator of "Description of a...

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