David's Picks

David's Picks

Store Manager ~ David struggles to find the time to read but manages to find plenty of time to accumulate more books. 

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The Ballad Of Buttery Cake Ass By Aug Stone Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9798218098865
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(This book cannot be returned)
Published: Stone Soup - February 9th, 2023

An absurd romp through a fictional band's history, pieced together by desperate fans. A witty tale of record collecting packed with wordplay and humor.


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True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America By Betsy Gaines Quammen Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781948814874
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Torrey House Press - October 24th, 2023

This is probably one of the more important books to come out recently. True West is an examination of polarity, divisiveness, and myth. It gives a way forward for our society where our differences lead to paralyzing avoidance. 


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The Memory Police: A Novel By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101911815
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - July 28th, 2020

This book reads as a dream; simultaneously relaxing, surreal, and intense. I absolutely loved it.


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Galactic Pot-Healer By Philip K. Dick Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780547572642
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Published: Mariner Books Classics - April 16th, 2013

Mind-bending, Philip K. Dick had limitless creativity and wielded it to its utmost. My brain is broken. Well worth the read!


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Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 By Michael Azerrad Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780316787536
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - July 2nd, 2002

An inspiring jaunt through the lives of select underground musicians from 1981-1991. I've read this over and over again.


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The Perfume Burned His Eyes By Michael Imperioli Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781636140698
Published: Akashic Books, Ltd. - December 6th, 2022

A brutal coming-of-age story, in the vein of Jim Carroll's Basketball Diaries. It was a quick engrossing read. 


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Forever Saul Leiter By Saul Leiter (Photographs by), Margit Erb (Text by), Michael Parillo (Text by), Akiko Otake (Text by) Cover Image
By Saul Leiter (Photographs by), Margit Erb (Text by), Michael Parillo (Text by), Akiko Otake (Text by)
$27.95
ISBN: 9780500296431
Availability: Available from our Warehouse (Not in store currently)
Published: Thames & Hudson - March 14th, 2023

One of the trailblazers of color photography! Saul Leiter had an impeccable eye for color and motion. His photography from his neighborhood in New York never ceases to amaze me.


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The Passenger (Vintage International) By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307389091
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Published: Vintage - September 26th, 2023

It’s been 16 years since McCarthy’s last book and he hasn’t lost his stride at all. This is an engrossing page turner. Enjoy!
 


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Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused By Melissa Maerz Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062908490
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks - November 16th, 2021

An oral history of the great film Dazed and Confused. Riveting!


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Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick By Shelby Van Pelt Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063204157
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

 I was intrigued by the quirky notion of a Giant Pacific Octopus basically playing the role of detective. I quickly found myself 200 pages in and loving the novel's easy delivery. This is a great summer read. 


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Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art By James Nestor Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780735213616
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 26th, 2020

We all breathe, but do we do so optimally? Do we understand the importance of proper breathing, or even what proper breathing is? 


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No. 5, Vol. 1 By Taiyo Matsumoto Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781974720767
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - July 20th, 2021

Awesome art and a unique plot with peculiar storytelling made this manga a must have for me.


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The History of Bones: A Memoir By John Lurie Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399592980
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 24th, 2023

This book was an absolute page turner. John Lurie is a composer, painter, and star of "Fishing with John" and "Painting with John." He is damn hilarious and has lived a life well worth writing about.


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Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist By Marc Ribot Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781636140674
Published: Akashic Books, Ltd. - November 1st, 2022

MArc Ribot is a phenomenal guitarist with a fascinating mind. This collection of essays ranges from his experience with his first guitar teacher to touring life. Clever and engaging throughout.


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Hidden History of Prescott By Parker Anderson Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467146807
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Published: History Press - June 21st, 2021

In Hidden History of Prescott, Parker Anderson takes us on a journey through the facts and fiction of our town. Ranging from Tunnels under Prescott to the “Horribles”, this book will keep you entertained cover to cover.


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Leonora in the Morning Light: A Novel By Michaela Carter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982120528
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2022

I loved Leonora in the Morning Light. This is historical fiction at its finest: gripping, passionate, and a masterclass in humanity. Packed with some of history's most fascinating characters in one of art's most intriguing times.


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Kangaroo Notebook: A Novel (Vintage International) By Kobo Abe Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679746638
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - April 29th, 1997

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Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic By Mike Jay Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780300257502
Availability: Backordered
Published: Yale University Press - March 23rd, 2021

Along the lines of Paper or Salt by Mark Kurlansky, Mescalineis a fascinating history of mescaline and its use, ranging from South America to the Plains of America and eventually in pop culture. It was a fascinating read.


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Invitation to Meditation: How to Find Peace Wherever You Are By Howard Cohn, Jack Kornfield (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Howard Cohn, Jack Kornfield (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452144344
Availability: Available from our Warehouse (Not in store currently)
Published: Chronicle Books - March 15th, 2016

Many people find themselves needing peace of mind, but not knowing how to achieve it. This book can help, it gives instructions for meditation stripped from the esoteric baggage that turns a lot of people away. Written plainly it will make meditation achievable for anyone who follows the instructions. 

 


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Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World By Tyson Yunkaporta Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062975621
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Published: HarperOne - May 18th, 2021

I loved this book, besides being a fascinating look at the Australian Aboriginal way of life it offers a map to how you can use the same thought patterns to build a better life for our ancestors. 


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Acid for the Children: A Memoir By Flea, Patti Smith (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Flea, Patti Smith (Foreword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781455530540
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 20th, 2022

This heartfelt memoir spends less time on Sex, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll, and more time on the process of individuation. Flea reflects on his life and demonstrates the self reflection to note where he was wrong, and the courage to be better.


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Kafka on the Shore (Vintage International) By Haruki Murakami Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781400079278
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 2006

My favorite Murakami book, featuring one of my favorite characters the simple and profound “Nakata”. Beautiful and engrossing.
 


The Snow Leopard By Peter Matthiessen, Pico Iyer (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Peter Matthiessen, Pico Iyer (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143105510
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - September 30th, 2008

 

 


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The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack (10th Anniversary Edition) By Nicholas Gurewitch, Nicholas Gurewitch (Illustrator) Cover Image
$24.99
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ISBN: 9781506715889
Published: Dark Horse Books - February 11th, 2020

If you feel like the Far Side just isn't strange enough, this book is for you. These eccentric web comics compiled in book form will leave you clutching your sides with laughter. 


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Labyrinths By Jorge Luis Borges, Donald A. Yates (Editor), James E. Irby (Editor), William Gibson (Introduction by), André Maurois Cover Image
By Jorge Luis Borges, Donald A. Yates (Editor), James E. Irby (Editor), William Gibson (Introduction by), André Maurois
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811216999
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2007

Labyrinths was my introduction to the poetically masterful author Jorge Luis Borges. I feel like he packed more imaginatino per page into his stories than about any author. 


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The Sirens of Titan: A Novel By Kurt Vonnegut Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385333498
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

Kurt Vonnegut was the master of satire with heart. I think this is his finest work.


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Beast By Marian Churchland, Marian Churchland (By (artist)) Cover Image
$15.99
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ISBN: 9781607061472
Published: Image Comics - November 24th, 2009

A beautifully rendered re-imaginatinon of Beauty and the Beast. This is a dark and thoughtful look at love, and a tale as old as time. Marianne Churchland's art and writing are incredible. 


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The Wrenchies By Farel Dalrymple, Farel Dalrymple (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Farel Dalrymple, Farel Dalrymple (Illustrator)
This title is hard to find, please call the store for our current availability.
ISBN: 9781596434219
Published: First Second - July 15th, 2014

Mr. Dalrymple does it all. Penciled, inked, watercolored, written, and lettered by the man himself. It is truly awesome. —David


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Everything Under: A Novel By Daisy Johnson Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978266
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - October 23rd, 2018

Daisy Johnson is the youngest nominee to make the Man-Booker shortlist. Everything Under is her retelling of the Oedipus Myth. It is written with deep imagination, sit at the banks of her mind and read this magnificent book.


Coming Through Slaughter (Vintage International) By Michael Ondaatje Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679767855
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Published: Vintage - March 19th, 1996

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The Wind in the Willows: Illustrated Edition (Union Square Kids Illustrated Classics) By Kenneth Grahame, Robert Ingpen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kenneth Grahame, Robert Ingpen (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781402782831
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Published: Union Square Kids - March 6th, 2012

The art in this version is so great, Robert Ingpen's illustrations make the best version of this yet.


Flowers For Algernon By Daniel Keyes Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780156030304
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Published: Mariner Books Classics - May 1st, 2005

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Letters to a Young Poet: A New Translation and Commentary By Rainer Maria Rilke, Anita Barrows (Translated by), Joanna Macy (Translated by) Cover Image
By Rainer Maria Rilke, Anita Barrows (Translated by), Joanna Macy (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611806861
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Published: Shambhala - June 1st, 2021

I can't believe it took me this long to read this. This would make a great graduation gift.


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Out in L.A.: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1983 By Hamish Duncan Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781641608015
Availability: Available from our Warehouse (Not in store currently)
Published: Chicago Review Press - January 17th, 2023

A meticulously-researched dive into the first year of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A fun and interesting history.


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The Elementary Particles (Vintage International) By Michel Houellebecq Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375727016
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Published: Vintage - November 13th, 2001

Complex yet heartfelt. Incredibly well-written. While I would struggle with the behavior of the characters, I couldn't help but care for them.