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  • Robert Scheer | They Know Everything about You

    They Know Everything About You is a groundbreaking exposé of how government agencies and tech corporations monitor virtually every aspect of our lives, and a fierce defense of privacy and democracy. Robert Scheer argues that the information revolution, while a source of public enlightenment, contains…

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  • Amber Tamblyn | Dark Sparkler

    The lives of more than twenty-five actresses lost before their time—from Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy—explored in a haunting, provocative new work by an acclaimed poet and actress. Amber Tamblyn is both an award-winning film and television actress and an acclaimed poet. As such she is deeply…

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  • Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz | The New World

    An innovative story of love, decapitation, cryogenics, and memory by two of our most creative literary minds. Jorie has just received some terrible news. A phone full of missed calls and sympathetic text messages seem to indicate that her husband, Jim, a chaplain at the hospital where she works as…

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  • Ryan Gattis | All Involved

    A propulsive and ambitious novel as electrifying as The Wire, from a writer hailed as the West Coast's Richard Price—a brutal and mesmerizing epic of crime and opportunity, race, revenge, and loyalty, set in the chaotic streets of South Central L.A. in the wake of one of the most notorious, …

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  • David Meltzer | Two Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook

    Two-Way Mirror is a classic book of poetics by Beat Generation poet David Meltzer. Written in short remarks, autobiographical anecdotes, and inspirational quotations drawn from philosophical, ethnographic, and literary sources, Two-Way Mirror is both a nondidactic guide to the art Meltzer has devoted…

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  • Marc Olmstead on Allen Ginsberg

    Celebrating the release of Don't Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg 1972-1997 - Letters and Recollections. Marc Olmsted, a young poet, wrote to Allen Ginsberg in 1972 and was surprised to receive a reply from one of America's most important poets. This letter began a friendship that lasted for decades,…

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  • Caryl Phillips: The Lost Child

    Caryl Phillips's The Lost Child is a sweeping story of orphans and outcasts, haunted by the past and fighting to liberate themselves from it. At its center is Monica Johnson—cut off from her parents after falling in love with a foreigner—and her bitter struggle to raise her sons in the shadow of…

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  • Breathturn Into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan

    Paul Celan, one of the greatest German-language poets of the twentieth century, created an oeuvre that stands as testimony to the horrors of his times and as an attempt to chart a topography for a new, uncontaminated language and world. Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry gathers …

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