The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico - Miguel Leon-Portillo

Long before Howard Zinn there was The Broken Spears. Mostly the work of translation by Spanish missionaries from the original Nahuatl it tells the story of Mexico's conquest by Cortez through the eyes of the Aztec people. The stories told within are still searing and vivid today, forcing us to reckon with our past.

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ISBN: 9780807055007
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Published: Beacon Press - November 15th, 2006

The Wonder Bread Summer - Jessica Anya Blau

It's 1983 and Allie is broke, dumped, and desperate for some good luck. She's also driving around in possession of a Wonder Bread bag stuffed with cocaine. What follows is a hilarious crime-filled journey through a surreal, morally-bankrupt L.A., and may include a dalliance with a famous rock star. Blau's strength lies in writing headstrong characters who are a little too logical and thoughtful for a world gone mad. It's always an entertaining combination.

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ISBN: 9780062199553
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 28th, 2013

The Rat on Fire - George V. Higgins

If Elmore Leonard is the literary father of Quentin Tarantino, then George V. Higgins birthed Leonard and The Rat on Fire is his most indulgent masterwork. When a landlord's tenants refuse to pay rent he hires an arsonist to burn them down with astoundingly destructive results. Higgins' greatest strength was acting as Boston's Balzac and the poetry of the street. The language between these pages explodes to Tarantino-esque heights, and I don't use that term lightly.

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ISBN: 9780307947246
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - March 6th, 2012