Since its original publication in Paris in 1959, Naked Lunch has become one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. Exerting its influence on the relationship of art and obscenity, it is one of the books that redefined not just literature but American culture.
Since its original publication twenty years ago Rian Malan's classic work of narrative nonfiction My Traitor's Heart has earned its author comparisons to masters of literary nonfiction like Michael Herr and Ryszard Kapuscinski. The Lion Sleeps Tonight is Malan's remarkable chronicle of South... More Info
"Sheer pleasure. . . . Wonderfully entertaining."—Chicago Sun-Times Acclaimed by Norman Mailer more than twenty years ago as "possibly the only American writer of genius," William S. Burroughs has produced a body of work unique in our time. In these scintillating essays, he writes wittily and... More Info
A mystifying climatic incongruity begins the award-winning novel Lenin's Kisses?an absurdist, tragicomic masterpiece set in modern day China. Nestled deep within the Balou mountains, spared from the government's watchful eye, the harmonious people of Liven had enough food and leisure to be fully... More Info
Dashiell Hammett was a crime writer who elevated the genre to true literature, and The Thin Man was Hammett's last--and most successful--novel. Following the enormous success of "The Thin Man" movie in 1934, Hammett was commissioned to write stories for additional films. He wrote two full-length... More Info
"Alexie once again reasserts himself as one the most compelling contemporary practitioners of the short story. In Blasphemy, the author demonstrates his talent on nearly every page. . . . Will appeal to fans of Junot Diaz, George Saunders, and readers new to Alexie will find this enriching... More Info
Soraya was just fifteen, a schoolgirl in the coastal town of Sirte, when she was given the honor of presenting a bouquet of flowers to Colonel Gaddafi, ?the Guide,” on a visit he was making to her school the following week. This one meeting?a presentation of flowers, a pat on the head from... More Info
Drawing on his background as a decorated Vietnam War veteran, the author offers insight into his war experiences, maintaining that combat troops are ill prepared for the psychological and spiritual trauma of battle.
In a story by a decorated Marine veteran who fought in the Vietnam War, Lieutenant Waino Mellas and his fellow Marines venture into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and fight their way into manhood, meeting not only external obstacles but also those between each other, including racial... More Info
A dramatic account of the hunt for and defeat of Osama bin Laden draws on unprecedented access to primary sources to trace how key decisions were made, revealing events from the perspectives of an adept President Obama and an increasingly despondent bin Laden. By the best-selling author of Black... More Info
A personal account by the late rap artist and poet best known for such iconic singles as "Home Is Where the Hatred Is" and "B Movie" traces the story of his life, career and history-making 1981 tour at the side of Stevie Wonder to raise support for the establishment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
In a small Texas town, fifteen-year-old Vernon finds himself in trouble after his best friend Jesus kills sixteen of his classmates before committing suicide, as he becomes the target of vengeful townspeople and the media.
Forced to leave college to seek employment during the time of Lyndon Johnson's presidency, Herbie Gneiss works at a military toy-producing factory until he is drafted, prompting a former co-worker who has fallen in love with Herbie's chocolate-loving mother to rob a man they believe to be a... More Info
Contending that the search for a literal Garden of Eden has not faded with progressive understandings about evolution, a survey of modern-world quests to discover Eden's location reveals how the same biblical verses have inspired efforts in numerous regions, from Florida and the North Pole to China... More Info
The trouble-free lives of the disabled residents of Liven in China are disrupted when a money-hungry county official convinces them to start a traveling freak show so that he can use the proceeds to buy the embalmed corpse of Lenin.
A collection of interviews with, lectures by and media appearance transcriptions of the legendary literary figure is compiled by his late widow and includes numerous previously unpublished entries, in a volume that offers insight into his erratic personality, the inspirations behind his famous... More Info
Approaching his thirty-fifth birthday estranged from his white Boston Brahmin wife and three children, an impoverished African-American construction worker evaluates his inner-city Boston childhood, the abuses he suffered at the hands of his parents, and the disparity between the promise of his... More Info
In 2005, celebrated novelist Francisco Goldman married a beautiful young writer named Aura Estrada in a romantic Mexican hacienda. The month before their second anniversary, during a long-awaited holiday, Aura broke her neck while body surfing. Francisco, blamed for Aura's death by her family and... More Info
From James Howard Kunstler, the best selling author of THE LONG EMERGENCY, comes a sequel to his popular 2008 novel WORLD MADE BY HAND that continues the story of Union Grove, New York, after the oil has run out and the electricity has flickered off.
More than sixty years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac sat down in New York City to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. The two authors were then at the dawn of their careers, having yet to write... More Info
Five-year-old Eva Farkas is smuggled in a flour sack across the Hungarian border to escape the Nazis. When she returns to politically charged Hungary years later, her relationship with an American teacher deepens as they rescue a child from abuse.