Fiction

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Cities of the Plain
Cormac McCarthy
In this magnificent novel, the National Book Award-winning author of "All the Pretty Horses" fashions a darkly beautiful elegy for the American frontier. The setting is New Mexico in 1952, where ranch hands John Grady Cole and Billy Parham become...
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Mother Night
A Novel
Kurt Vonnegut
Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor...
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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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Player Piano
Kurt Vonnegut
Vonnegut's first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a super computer and run completely by machines. His rebellion is a wildly funny, darkly satirical look at modern...
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Bluebeard
A Novel
Kurt Vonnegut
An old man recounts his past to a voluptuous widow, revealing man's compulsion to create and destroy what he loves.
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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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The Dogs
A Modern Bestiary
Rebecca Brown
The nameless narrator of The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary lives in her studio apartment with a pack of Doberman pinchers. The dogs, led by the cruel, charismatic bitch named Miss Dog, alternate between being brutal attack animals and loyal companions...
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Already Dead
A California Gothic
Denis Johnson
A modern Northern California noir classic, as dark and unfathomable as the Lost Coast. —Recommended by Layla, City Lights Books
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More Tales of the City
Armistead Maupin
"An extended love letter to a magical San Francisco."--New York Times Book Review The internationally beloved classic comes to life in a Showtime miniseries. Few works of fiction have blazed a trail through popular culture like Armistead Maupin's...
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Hunter S. Thompson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture...
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The Captain Is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken over the Ship
Charles Bukowski, R. Crumb
A collection of outrageous journal entries from the '90s. Illustrated by Robert Crumb.
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American Pastoral
Philip Roth
Philip Roth's 22nd book takes a life-long view of the American experience in this thoughtful investigation of the century's most divisive and explosive of decades, the '60s. Returning again to the voice of his literary alter ego Nathan Zuckerman, Roth...
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Below the Line
Sara Chin
Whether it's an immigrant woman who loves to watch American action movies or a young American-born woman who joins a film crew in China, these stories are about Chinese Americans trying to make sense of their divided history and culture. As both the...
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Vineland
Thomas Pynchon

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