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The Terrible Girls

by Rebecca Brown

The girls on the prowl in The Terrible Girls are indeed terrible—relentless in love, ruthless in betrayal. These thematically linked stories depict a contemporary Gothic world in which body parts are traded...


Notes of a Dirty Old Man

by Charles Bukowski

"People come to my door—too many of them really—and knock to tell me Notes of a Dirty Old Man turns them on. A bum off the road brings in a gypsy and his wife and we talk. . . drink half the night. A long...


Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance

by Noam Chomsky

Making the Future presents more than fifty concisely argued commentaries on U.S. politics and policies, written between 2007 and 2011.


Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security

by Todd Miller

Fast-paced frontline reporting and analysis on the militaristic spread of US Border Patrol and the long-term consequences for free society.


Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid

by Joseph Nevins & Mizue Aizeki

The real story--and human price--of US/Mexico border enforcement.


Whose Song?: And Other Stories

by Thomas Glave

“Thomas Glave walks the path of such greats in American literature as Richard Wright and James Baldwin . . . he cuts to the bone of what it means to be black in America, white in America, gay in America, and...


An Army of Lovers

by David Buuck & Juliana Spahr

In the age of Occupy, An Army of Lovers reasks the question, what is the relationship between poetry and politics?


The Torturer's Wife

by Thomas Glave

Profound portraits of the traumas of war, the ravages of homophobia, and the triumph of desire.


Yokohama Threeway: And Other Small Shames

by Beth Lisick

Funny, odd, deeply personal, yet somehow universal, a collection of one woman's most humiliating moments, revealed with wit and gusto.


Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun

by Wafaa Bilal & Kari Lydersen

Award-winning Iraqi artist's life story and reflections on his highly provocative interactive art piece.


Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance

by Heidi Boghosian & Lewis Lapham

Spying on US citizens is rising as corporations make big bucks selling info about our private lives to the government.


Tales of Ordinary Madness

by Charles Bukowski

With Bukowski, the votes are still coming in. There seems to be no middle ground—people seem either to love him or hate him. Tales of his own life and doings are as wild and weird as the very stories he writes....


The Most Beautiful Woman in Town

by Charles Bukowski

These mad immortal stories, now surfaced from the literary underground, have addicted legions of American readers, even though the high literary establishment continues to ignore them. In Europe, however (particularly...


Robert Duncan in San Francisco

by Michael Rumaker

A revealing portrait of a major poet of the SF Renaissance and a gripping account of late ’50s gay life.


National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism

by Melvin A. Goodman

Former CIA analyst reveals why pumping more money into US military spending destabilizes both the economy and long-term national security


Arguing for Our Lives: A User's Guide to Constructive Dialog

by Robert Jensen

With public discourse more skewed than ever by big money's propaganda, our future hinges on our capacity for critical thinking.


The Black History of the White House

by Clarence Lusane

The untold history and politics of the White House from the perspective of African Americans.


The End of San Francisco

by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

An elegy for the dream of a radical queer community, and the mythical city that was supposed to nurture it.


Cha-Ching!

by Ali Liebegott

A tender, unforgettable story about being young and broke in America, and the conjoined hearts of love and addiction.


Winged Shoes and a Shield: Collected Stories

by Don Bajema

Vivid, unforgettable stories of a young boy's aching hopefulness, tortured disillusionment, and the confusing struggle of growing up in 1960s.