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$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780061233326
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 6/2007
Sometimes when the city has got me down and I feel overwhelmed by concrete and people, I go back to this book, a beautiful meditation on Dillard's time living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dillard has an eye for the small details (I never thought a writer could make waking up covered in the bloody paw prints of her cat sound beautiful, but she does somehow. Trust me.) all while never ignoring the vast and awe inspiring aspects of the natural world. A wonderful read to take you out of your concrete doldrums.

Two Serious Ladies (Paperback)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780062283122
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Ecco Press, 2/2014
A fantastic new edition of a classic. Bowles' two serious ladies follow a twisty path of debauchery in an attempt to answer the question: what kind of life do I want to lead? A book for misfits and dreamers. Plus it was Tennessee Williams favorite book!

The Lover (Paperback)

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9780375700521
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Pantheon, 9/1998
Don’t let the thinness of this book deceive you. Duras writes with a beautiful sparseness that is unlike any other writer I have ever read. She is able to capture that fragmented feeling of memory without sacrificing the readability of the story. It is a book that still haunts me.

Creature
$16.00
Model: 9780984469383
What impresses me about Cain’s writing is her ability to say so much in such small and quiet spaces. Her stories are very short, some only two – three pages, and yet she writes in a way that feels so expansive and uncontainable. They are the type of stories that would collapse in on themselves if allowed to continue for longer, and that, I think, is what gives them so much power. In a world of endless opportunities to share our every unfiltered thought it is refreshing to see someone doing more with less. And doing it well.

$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780316085250
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Back Bay Books, 1/1999
Jo Ann Beard writes essays that will knock your socks off, essays that startled me with their depth and beauty while never whitewashing the horrors that life can throw at you. This book is a must have if only for the essay "The Fourth State of Matter." It is by no exaggeration one of the best essays of the last century. You will walk away from this book in a daze, drained, elated, knowing that you have just read something truly great.

Self-Help (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780307277299
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Vintage, 3/2007

Spectacle: Stories (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9781555976316
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Graywolf Press, 1/2013
I wish I was as good a writer as Susan Steinberg so I could fully communicate just how fantastic this collection is! Steinberg tackles everything from plane crashes to a dying father to late night parties to stolen stereos with emotional depth and stylistic genius. A collection that pushes the boundaries of what fiction can do or be. A must read!

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780316353298
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Back Bay Books, 10/1999
It seems so inadequate to call this just a travel book. Blue Highways is a meditation on loneliness, on America, on the kindness of strangers and the coldness of strangers. It's a book for the broken hearted, a siren's call to the open road and the antidote to that strange disease called restlessness. Quite simply it is beautiful and I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love it.