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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.


Perdita Durango (Gifford) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802134837
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Published: Grove Press - September 9th, 1996

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.


The Black Dahlia Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780446618120
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 1st, 2006

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.


Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir (Revised and Expanded Edition) (Turner Classic Movies) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780762498970
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Published: Running Press Adult - July 20th, 2021

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!


Strangers on a Train: A Novel Cover Image
By Patricia Highsmith, Paula Hawkins (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351934
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 19th, 2021

A brilliantly executed examinatoin of human nature and (mis)communication. A classic in the mystery/suspense genre.


Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe Cover Image
By Thomas Ligotti, Jeff VanderMeer (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143107767
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 6th, 2015

A collection of horror short-stories that would make Lovecraft and Stephen King blush with immutable envy.


The Development Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780547394503
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Published: Mariner Books - October 18th, 2010

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.


Third Policeman (John F. Byrne Irish Literature) Cover Image
By Flann O'Brien, Denis Donoghue (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781564782144
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - March 1st, 1999

A criminal act spirals into a surreal world of comedic terror and isolation.


The Erasers (Robbe-Grillet) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802150868
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Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

The best way to summarize this book: A mystery novel where the mystery is the novel itself.


The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Nikolai Gogol, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780375706158
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Published: Vintage - June 29th, 1999

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.


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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: First Complete Translation (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Gyurme Dorje (Translated by), Graham Coleman (Editor), Thupten Jinpa (Editor), Dalai Lama (Commentaries by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143104940
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 30th, 2007

You don't have to belong to any religion to enjoy the imagery and spiritual nature of this book. Beautiful, lyrical and poetic. 


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Four Quartets Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780156332255
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Published: Mariner Books -

Memory and time cyclically entwined with mood. It will leave the lasting impression of familiarity. 


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American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143122029
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Published: Penguin Books - September 25th, 2012

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. 


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Downwind: A People's History of the Nuclear West Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781496207661
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Published: Bison Books - October 1st, 2018

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. 


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The Autobiography of Malcolm X Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345350688
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 12th, 1987

The most unmcompromising, honest and spiritual autobiography you'll ever read. 


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Movie Night Menus: Dinner and Drink Recipes Inspired by the Films We Love (Turner Classic Movies) Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780762460939
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Published: Running Press Adult - December 27th, 2016

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!

 


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The Book of Symbols. Reflections on Archetypal Images Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9783836514484
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(This book cannot be returned)
Published: Taschen - November 10th, 2010

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. 


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Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780691165615
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 27th, 2015

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. 


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The Order of Time Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780735216105
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 8th, 2018

This deep-dive into the mechanics of time will blow your mind. 


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The Ending of Time: Where Philosophy and Physics Meet Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062360977
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Published: HarperOne - October 28th, 2014

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. 


Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity: 10th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143130147
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Published: TarcherPerigee - September 6th, 2016

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!


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Dance Dance Dance (Vintage International) Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Alfred Birnbaum (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679753797
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Published: Vintage - January 31st, 1995

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


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Into the Dark: The Hidden World of Film Noir, 1941-1950 (Turner Classic Movies) Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780762455232
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Published: Running Press Adult - May 24th, 2016

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


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By Saul Bellow, Philip Roth (Introduction by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780142437292
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2003

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


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The Occult: The Ultimate Guide for Those Who Would Walk with the Gods Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781780288468
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Published: Watkins Publishing - November 24th, 2015

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


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Nausea Cover Image
By Jean-Paul Sartre, Richard Howard (Translated by), James Wood (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811220309
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Published: New Directions - March 25th, 2013

When the things you enjoy in life start to make you sick, you are free to choose how to accept or reject everything.—Josef


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Despair (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679723431
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Published: Vintage - May 14th, 1989

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