In Youth Is Pleasure: & I Left My Grandfather's House Cover Image
By Denton Welch, William Burroughs (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9781878972132
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Published: Exact Change - March 31st, 2013

Bookseller: Christina
Title: In Youth Is Pleasure

This forgotten British coming-of-age classic is well worth a read. Written in 1945, In Youth Is Pleasure follows adolescent Orville Pym on summer vacation with his family at a countryside resort. The simple story is heart wrenching and sensual, told in descriptions so delicately rendered that even the most ordinary happenstance sparkles exotically. Orville is a free-spirited child on the verge of manhood who confronts the painful truths in his life with unflagging tenderness and curiosity. It was revelatory to behold the world through his eyes. Welch brilliantly captures the stark terrain between the childlike and the adult.
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Home: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307594167
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Published: Knopf - May 8th, 2012

Bookseller: Christina
Title: Home


Home is the newest haunting and original work from the grande dame of contemporary American fiction.

The post-war prosperity of the McCarthy era had an underbelly, and that is where this story is set: a world governed by anti-communist hysteria, racism, and a savage war abroad. Home is both a reflection on history and an exploration of the world we live in today. For example, racist violence, the struggles of disenfranchised veterans, and the quest for a new masculinity are themes which remain painfully relevant. And yet, with her signature lyrical prose, Morrison handles such cumbersome topics with so much craft and ease that the reader is swept along as if having a bittersweet dream about the past.

If you've never read Toni Morrison, this is an excellent book to start with: short, taut, and absorbing. If you're familiar with her canon than you won't need my recommendation (or Obama's for that matter) to bump this book to the top of your bedside stack.

Everyone Poops Cover Image
ISBN: 9781929132140
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Published: Kane Miller - January 1st, 1993

Bookseller: Christina
Title: Everyone Poops

If you are close to a very young person, you may have experienced the
silent agony of reading the same simplistic children's book dozens,
possibly hundreds of times over. But there are great classics which
withstand this test of repetition, ripening and expanding with each
read. Everyone Poops is one such masterwork. And it's a valuable
lesson for us all: poop is a fact of life, and there's no shame in it.
Taro Gomi's illustrations are brilliant and amuse me every time.

Role Models Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374532864
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 26th, 2011

Bookseller: Christina
Title: Role Models

This book made me feel warm and fuzzy, as if I was best friends with John Waters and we were having a slumber party. I delighted in the notorious filmmaker's rare combination of bizarre quirk and sincere humility. His writing style is sharp, funny, and culturally
insightful. For these reasons, what might appear to be a bunch of
obscure name dropping reads more like a magical journey through
Baltimore back alleys and backstage drag show gambling rings. I would recommend this book even if you've never seen any of Waters' movies, as long as you can appreciate a good dose of raunch and pop culture. Waters is so charming that his memoir will inspire you to put on some outrageous outfit, watch Pink Flamingos five times, hold a séance for Divine, and hitchhike across the country - no matter how old you are, because at 66 years old, John Waters is as free a spirit as ever.