REAL LIFE

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  1. American Hipster

    American Hipster: A Life of Herbert Huncke, The Times Square Hustler Who Inspired the Beat Movement

    $17.95

    American Hipster: The Life of Herbert Huncke, The Times Square Hustler Who Inspired the Beat Movement tells the tale of a New York sex worker and heroin addict whose unrepentant deviance caught the imagination of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. Learn More
  2. American Nerd: The Story Of My People

    American Nerd: The Story Of My People

    $14.00

    Most people know a nerd when they see one but can't define just what a nerd is. Learn More
  3. An Education

    An Education

    $13.00

    When Lynn Barber was sixteen, a stranger in a maroon sports car pulled up beside her as she was on her way home from school and offered her a ride. It was the beginning of a long journey from innocence to precocious experience—an affair with an older man that would change her life. Learn More
  4. An Emergency in Slow Motion

    An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus

    $25.00

    Diane Arbus was one of the most brilliant and revered photographers in the history of American art. Her portraits, in stark black and white, seemed to reveal the psychological truths of their subjects. But after she committed suicide in 1971, at the age of forty-eight, the presumed chaos and darkness of her own inner life became, for many viewers, inextricable from her work. Learn More
  5. And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut

    And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life

    $30.00

    The first authoritative biography of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a writer who changed the conversation of American literature. Learn More
  6. Another Bullshit Night In Suck City

    Another Bullshit Night In Suck City: A Memoir

    $14.95

    Nick Flynn met his father when he was twenty-seven years old, working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. Learn More
  7. Another Great Day At Sea

    Another Great Day At Sea: Life Aboard The USS George H.W. Bush

    $24.95

    From a writer “whose genre-jumping refusal to be pinned down [makes him] an exemplar of our era” (NPR), a new book that confirms his power to astound readers. Learn More
  8. Apathy for the Devil

    Apathy for the Devil: A Seventies Memoir

    $17.95

    Chronicling Nick Kent’s up-close , personal, often harrowing adventures with the Rolling Stones, Lester Bangs, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, the Sex Pistols, and Chrissie Hynde, among scores of others, Apathy for the Devil is a picaresque memoir that bears witness to the beautiful and the damned of this turbulent decade. Learn More
  9. An Appetite For Wonder

    Appetite For Wonder: The Making Of A Scientist

    $27.99

    With the 2006 publication of The God Delusion, the name Richard Dawkins became a byword for ruthless skepticism and "brilliant, impassioned, articulate, impolite" debate (San Francisco Chronicle). His first memoir offers a more personal view. Learn More
  10. Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

    Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

    $18.00

    The first new book of essays by Christopher Hitchens since 2004, ARGUABLY offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers, widely admired for the clarity of his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking. Learn More

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