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A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World: A Novel

by Rachel Cantor

"Cosmic and comic, full of philosophy, mysticism and celestial whimsy. Both profoundly wild and wildly profound." 

—Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

In the not-too-distant...


Shoplifting From American Apparel

by Tao Lin

Set mostly in Manhattan—although also featuring Atlantic City, Brooklyn, GMail Chat, and Gainsville, Florida—this autobiographical novella, spanning two years in the life of a young writer with a cultish...


Thirty-Eight Witnesses: The Kitty Genovese Case

by A.M. Rosenthal, Samuel G. Freedman & Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

"[Rosenthal] told a stunning, tragic story and called each one of us to account for averting our eyes—and hearts—and voices."

—Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes

It remains one of the most notorious deaths in New...


My Autobiography

by Charlie Chaplin

“The best autobiography ever written by an actor. An astonishing work.” Chicago Tribune

Chaplin’s heartfelt and hilarious autobiography tells the story of his childhood, the challenge of identifying...


The Flight of the Intellectuals

by Paul Berman

Twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini called for the assassination of Salman Rushdie—and writers around the world instinctively rallied to Rushdie’s defense. Today, according to writer Paul Berman, “Rushdie...


Aurorarama: A Novel

The Mysteries of New Venice #1

by Jean-Christophe Valtat

A seductive and shockingly inventive literary thriller that entwines suspense, history, the supernatural, adventure, steampunk, and a wicked sense of adventure into an intoxicating new genre.

EPISODE ONE IN AN...


Debt: The First 5,000 Years

by David Graeber

Now in paperback: David Graeber’s “fresh . . . fascinating . . . thought-provoking . . . and exceedingly timely” (Financial Times) history of debt

 

Here anthropologist David Graeber presents...


Havana Real: One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth about Cuba Today

by Yoani Sanchez

She's been kidnapped and beaten, lives under surveillance, and can only get online—in disguise—at tourist hotspots. She's a blogger, she's a Cuban, and she's a worldwide sensation.

Yoani Sánchez is an unusual...


Group Portrait with Lady

by Heinrich Boll & Leila Vennewitz

Cited by the Nobel Prize committee as the “crown” of Heinrich Böll’s work, the gripping story of Group Portrait With Lady unspools like a suspenseful documentary. Via a series of tense interviews, an...


Dead Funny: Telling Jokes in Hitler's Germany

by Rudolph Herzog

In Nazi Germany, telling jokes about Hitler could get you killed

 

Hitler and Göring are standing on top of the Berlin radio tower. Hitler says he wants to do something to put a smile on the Berliners’ faces....


Is Journalism Worth Dying For?: Final Dispatches

by Anna Politkovskaya & Arch Tait

A collection of final dispatches by the famed journalist, including the first translation of the work that may have led to her murder

Anna Politkovskaya won international fame for her courageous reporting. Is...


The Lake

by Banana Yoshimoto & Michael Emmerich

A major literary sensation is back with a quietly stunning tour de force about the redemptive power of love.

While The Lake shows off many of the features that have made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a cast of vivid...


The Drinker

by Hans Fallada, Charlotte Lloyd & A.L. Lloyd

Written in an encrypted notebook while incarcerated in a Nazi insane asylum and discovered after his death, The Drinker may be Hans Fallada’s most breathtaking piece of craftsmanship. It is an intense yet...


Little Man, What Now?

by Hans Fallada & Susan Bennett

This is the book that led to Hans Fallada’s downfall with the Nazis. The story of a young couple struggling to survive the German economic collapse was a worldwide sensation and was made into an acclaimed...


Thirst: A Novel of the Iran-Iraq War

by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi & Martin E. Weir

“Dowlatabadi draws a detailed, realist picture of Iranian life . . . in language that is complex and lyrical.”The Financial Times

In the midst of the Iran–Iraq War, an Iraqi journalist is given...


Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto

by Steve Almond

“Powerful...an important read." —Publishers Weekly

New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond takes on America’s biggest sacred cow: football

In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty...


Event: A Philosophical Journey Through A Concept

by Slavoj Žižek

Probably the most famous living philosopher, Slavoj Žižek explores the meaning of events in this short and digestible book

An event can be an occurrence that shatters ordinary life, a radical political rupture,...


Oroonoko: Or, The Royal Slave, A True Story

by Aphra Behn

The bestselling story by a legendary female writer--a tale of love, slavery, and rebellion.

When Prince Oroonoko's passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast...


The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance

by H.G. Wells

ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED WORKS OF SCIENCE FICTION

H.G. Wells' classic The Invisible Man is an artful combination of a psychological thriller and science fiction novel. A young scientist who discovers the secret...


The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance

by H.G. Wells

ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED WORKS OF SCIENCE FICTION

H.G. Wells' classic The Invisible Man is an artful combination of a psychological thriller and science fiction novel. A young scientist who discovers the secret...