Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War - Karl Marlantes

One of the great stories from the world of publishing last year was that of an unappreciated manuscript that won a contest and was then taken under the wing of a nurturing publisher. Thus Matterhorn (Grove, $15.95) burst upon the scene as one of the great war novels of this or any generation.  Karl Marlantes, a highly decorated Vietnam-era Marine, shows readers the futility of conquering ground only to give it back the next day, details the fear and courage experienced by regular soldiers on the ground, and captures war’s sights, sounds, and smells. This novel vividly evokes both the heights of adrenaline and the tedium of waiting for action.

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$19.00
ISBN: 9780802145314
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Published: Grove Press - May 10th, 2011

Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews, 1989-2010 - Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer’s writing can be acerbic, intellectual, critical, irreverent, hilarious, or any combination of these. All his essays, though, display his keen intelligence and insatiable curiosity.  In the introduction to OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE HUMAN CONDITION (Graywolf, $18), Dyer describes why he chose his particular literary path.  “What,” he asks, “could be nicer than one day to be writing a review of a novel or exhibition and the next to be going off to Moscow to write about flying a MiG-29?”  He divides the book into sections he calls Visuals, Verbals, Musicals, Variables, and Personals, an arrangement that showcases the versatility of his critical eye. 

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781555975791
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 29th, 2011

Ten Thousand Saints - Eleanor Henderson

Straight edge, the youth-oriented subculture characterized by hardcore punk rock music, vegetarianism, celibacy, and Hare Krishna in the mid to late 1980’s, forms the backdrop of Ten Thousand Saints. After his best friend Teddy dies from a tragic drug overdose, teenaged Jude leaves his working class Vermont neighborhood to live with his father in New York City’s East Village. There he meets up with Teddy’s older brother and is caught up in the “straight edge” scene. Author Eleanor Henderson’s portrayal of this way of life captures the earnestness, creativity, and oftentimes naivety of the young people caught up in it. At its core, it’s a gripping story about alienation, identity, and self discovery.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062021021
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Published: Ecco - June 7th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780062021212
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Published: Ecco - September 12th, 2017

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