This is a great gift to give to someone who is in love with words. It's also great to give to a person that you love!*
*but also silently cringe at because they're notorious for pronouncing a certain word wrong, and you don't have the heart to tell them.
WARNING: This is an extremely vulgar and violent story, but there's a beauty to it that I've never read in any other book. Perharps it's because Gifford writes about the kind of people most don't want to know about. Things go from dreamy to nightmarish in a snap. Try to imagine William Burroughs and Cormac McCarthy writing a hilariously demented and mystically vulgar Hispanic Bonnie & Clyde story. Add some kidnapping & Santeria and you got yourself a story.
This isn't exactly just the story of the Black Dahlia. It's more about the detective investigating the murder and the relationship between his partner and his partner's wife, but it's such a page turner! I've never seen the motion picture, but Ellroy's afterword is a heart-breaking true confession on why the story of Elizabeth Short was so important to him.
My previous favorite book in the store has been trumped by this newly revised edition of a classic. This is probably the best book on film noir you will ever read. Written by the Great Eddie Muller himself!
A brilliantly executed examinatoin of human nature and (mis)communication. A classic in the mystery/suspense genre.
A collection of horror short-stories that would make Lovecraft and Stephen King blush with immutable envy.
The absurd and near-juvenile exploits of a senior licing in a gated community. Humorous, slightly bizarre and coping with the inevitable, Barth's often overlooked novel is a world that exists with or without your permission.
A criminal act spirals into a surreal world of comedic terror and isolation.
The best way to summarize this book: A mystery novel where the mystery is the novel itself.
From magical folktales to the strangest stories ever written; it's hard to believe these pages came into being in the 19th century. Gogol was the seed in which the fruits of modernity were born.
You don't have to belong to any religion to enjoy the imagery and spiritual nature of this book. Beautiful, lyrical and poetic.
Memory and time cyclically entwined with mood. It will leave the lasting impression of familiarity.
Most of us have some sort of a grasp on the excitement and horrific history of the early America's during the European Conquest. Woodward looks at these events from the past and shows why areas in the America's have specific attitudes and outlooks that have carried over into modern times.
This book will leave you questioning everything the government has told you about the lasting effects of nuclear testing during the Cold War on the people and the environment.
The most unmcompromising, honest and spiritual autobiography you'll ever read.
I am a sucker for any books published by TCM. This one is their classic dinner and a movie book. Pick one of your favorite classic Hollywood films and see what drinks/entrees pair well with them. Perfect for a romantic night in with a loved one!
(This book cannot be returned)
This is the best encyclopedia of symbols and the meaning(s) behind them that you will ever find. This thing is phenomenal for inspiration of all sorts! I highly recommend this.
This is a beautiful look into the life of Nikola Tesla and his inventions. Carlson maps everything out in an intelligent and easily digestible manner.
This deep-dive into the mechanics of time will blow your mind.
When an American physicist has a discussion with an Indian philosopher, it's a guarantee that the conversation will be nothing short of thought-provoking. I urge you to read this, if only to get a different perspective on the world.
Yes, it's a book by the film director David Lynch. Sparse & minimal, Lynch explores the creative process by honing in on the idea of sparking the fire from within. Surrealism & Transcendental Meditation collide!
A mystery wrapped in an enigma, smothered in serendipitous secret sauce... Dreams & nightmares dance with reality in this strange and suspenseful tale. A Sheep-Man on a non-existing floor in a eerie hotel. A young girl with psychic capabilities and a love for the Talking Heads (among other musical groups) tries to help the unnamed narrator find his lost love.—Josef
Simply put: This book is packed with absolutely gorgeous black & white stills from the Noir-era of crime films in the 40's/50's. My favorite book in the store. —Josef
Reflections on past mistakes with friends, enemies, family and lovers through anecdotes and unsent letters, Moses Herzog sifts through the highs and lows of his life in order to understand what has brought him to his current state. Semi-autobiographical, humorous and painful, Bellow writes directly from the heart with bare honesty and emotion. —Josef
Wilson was an adamant believer in science. In an attempt to take a non-biased look at several historical accounts of occult related incidents, Wilson seems to turn a new leaf in his stance. (Non-Fiction book).—Josef
When the things you enjoy in life start to make you sick, you are free to choose how to accept or reject everything.—Josef
A story of doubles & doppelgangers. Pay very close attention to each paragraph, sentence and word with this story because as soon as you think you've figured everything out, Nabokov turns everything upside down. The key is to look beneath the surface. A perfect example of the secrets within the wordplay is held within the title itself.—Josef