Books published by Soft Skull Press


American Genius

Soft Skull Press | June 26, 2019 | 384 pages
A new edition of a contemporary classic, with a new introduction by Lucy Ives.  More Info

Something Bright, Then Holes

Soft Skull Press | April 20, 2018 | 80 pages
Before Maggie Nelson's name became synonymous with genre-defying, binary-slaying writing, Something Bright, Then Holes introduced readers to a singular voice in the making: exhilarating, fiercely vulnerable, intellectually curious, and one of a kind.  More Info

Why I Am a Salafi

Soft Skull Press | July 14, 2015 | 320 pages
The Salafi are a conservative Muslim sect misunderstood by most Americans, and even many Muslims. The New York Times' first reference to Salafis as a distinct group appears in 1979 after a band of armed men seized control of the Great Mosque in Mecca. After 1979, there is not another mention of... More Info

The Last Days of Video

Soft Skull Press | March 17, 2015 | 304 pages
The video stores are dying. But most of you don't care. You've got your Netflix and your Redbox and your DVR, so why deal with VHS tapes or scratched DVDs? Why deal with the grumpy guy at the worn-down independent video store? Well that grumpy guy is Waring Wax, and he's usually too drunk to worry... More Info

Box Girl

Soft Skull Press | June 26, 2019 | 256 pages
When 22-year-old Lilibet Snellings moved to Los Angeles on a whim, she unintentionally became a “slash” to keep her head above water—a writer/waitress/actress/Box Girl. One night each week, Lilibet would go to The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, don a pair of white boy shorts with a... More Info

The Salt God's Daughter

Soft Skull Press | September 10, 2013 | 352 pages
Set in Long Beach, California, beginning in the 1970s, The Salt God's Daughter follows Ruthie and her older sister Dolly as they struggle for survival in a place governed by an enchanted ocean and exotic folklore. Guided by a mother ruled by magical, elaborately-told stories of the full moons,... More Info

Girls Will be Boys Will be Girls Will Be--

Soft Skull Press | June 26, 2019 | 32 pages
Cartoons by several contributors with captions satirizing traditional gender roles for children.  More Info

The Sea Is My Brother

Soft Skull Press | March 20, 2012 | 240 pages
The long-awaited release of On the Road author Jack Kerouac's lost first novel, now published in North America for the first time  More Info

Thrifty Gardening

Soft Skull Press | March 13, 2012 | 272 pages
Bestselling author and gardening columnist Marjorie Harris offers a timely and entertaining guide for gardeners at every stage of life. Whether you're moving into your first apartment or condo, upgrading to a house, or downsizing to smaller digs, Harris shares the best tips on how to create a... More Info


Soft Skull Press | August 7, 2012 | 237 pages
Dora: A Headcase is a contemporary coming-of-age story based on Freud's famous case study?retold and revamped through Dora's point of view, with shotgun blasts of dark humor and sexual play. Ida needs a shrink . . . or so her philandering father thinks, and he sends her to a Seattle psychiatrist.... More Info

No more prisons

Soft Skull Press | September 15, 1999 | 160 pages
Winner of the 2000 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Best Book, Politics.  More Info