The Laughing Monsters - Denis Johnson

If Graham Greene were writing his boozy, pointed, and insect-infested thrillers in a post-9/11 world, they would be like The Laughing Monsters (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25). The novel tells the story of a veteran spy with fluid affiliations and fickle loyalties attempting to monetize instability in Central Africa. Operating in a socio-political atmosphere defined by sectarian interests and a War on Terror, Denis Johnson’s spy must navigate both this new paradigm and his feelings for his partner/target/fixer’s fiancée. As in his previous work, notably Tree of Smoke and Train Dreams, Johnson demonstrates lyricism and emotional agility, coupling his elegant prose with a plot soaked in grimy realism. The Laughing Monsters provokes as it entertains; this is a literary journey not to be missed.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780374280598
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 4th, 2014

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074911
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Published: Picador - October 13th, 2015

So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures - Maureen Corrigan

Part history, part travel narrative, part literary criticism, and part cultural analysis, Maureen Corrigan‘s lively tell-all and academically rigorous biography, So We Read On (Little, Brown, $26), reveals the rich and occasionally fraught rise of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Corrigan, NPR book critic and author of Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading, braids Fitzgerald’s inspirations and struggles into the storied print history of his novel and its continuing cultural impact. Corrigan’s wit, intelligence, and appreciation of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece make her analysis as enjoyable as it is informative.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316230070
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 9th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780316230063
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 12th, 2015

Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes - David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald, Alex Day

Crafted with passion and skill, beautiful to look at, pleasing to hold, imbuing class and poise, and quite functional, Death & Co (Ten Speed, $40) is the cocktail-book version of a perfect cocktail. Death & Co is a small cocktail bar in New York’s East Village. It’s also a giant of the classic cocktail revival and home to some of the best bartenders in the world. Owner David Kaplan and his staff have produced this book with the same rigor and attention to detail with which they make drinks. Not surprisingly, Death & Co’s ingredients—clean design and expert knowledge—are of the highest quality, but the structure of the book is also logical and useful. In a genre where books are usually either pretty and inaccessible or drab and functional, Death & Co finds a perfect balance.
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$40.00
ISBN: 9781607745259
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 7th, 2014

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