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Brook Trout and the Writing Life by Craig Nova

In this memoir, Nova explores the interconnections between his work as a writer, his personal life, and his passion for fly fishing. Nova leads the reader into his courtship, marriage, the birth of his children, and his life as a father, husband, writer, friend, citizen, and angler. Just as the author observes the life of the elusive and beautiful brook trout in the tea-colored...

Four Meals by Meir Shalev

From the author of the critically acclaimed A Pigeon and a Boy, the extraordinary story of Zayde, his enigmatic mother Judith, and her three lovers When Judith arrives in a small, rural village in Palestine in the early 1930s, three men compete for her attention: Globerman, the cunning, coarse cattle-dealer who loves women, money, and flesh; Jacob, owner of hundreds of canaries and...

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut

Eliot Rosewater - drunk, volunteer fireman, and President of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation - is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature... with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout.

Grottos of Chinatown by Arthur J Burks

Dorus Noel spent years in the Far East, and had the torture scars to prove it. Now he was back in NYC, working undercover in Manhattan's Chinatown, confronting the most insidious crimes and criminals imaginable. Burks' Chinatown is a society of strange alliances, a place of dark menace and mystery, an urban nightmare of secret passageways riddling the district like rabbit warrens, a...

Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

When Landen, the love of her life, is eradicated by the corrupt multinational Goliath Corporation, Thursday must moonlight as a Prose Resource Operative of Jurisfiction - the police force inside books. She is apprenticed to the man-hating Miss Havisham from Dickens's Great Expectations, who grudgingly shows Thursday the ropes. And she gains just enough skill to get herself in a real...

Money by Martin Amis

The hilarious story of John Self, one of London's top commercial directors, who is given the opportunity to make his first feature film - alternately titled Good Money and Bad Money. He is also living money, talking money, and spending money in his relentless pursuit of pleasure and success. As he attempts to navigate his hedonistic world of drinking, sex, drugs, and excessive...

No Small Bills by Aaron Rosenberg

DuckBob Spinowitz has a problem. It isn't the fact that he has the head of a duck - the abduction was years ago and he's learned to live with it. But now those same aliens are back, and they claim they need his help! Apparently creatures from another reality are invading the universe, and only DuckBob can reset the device that maintains the barrier between dimensions. He reluctantly...

Red Undies & Dutchman's Trousers by Sacha Langton-Gilks

In this hilarious approach to the world of gardening, "whoretoculturalist" Langton-Gilks exposes the hidden meanings behind plant nomenclature, with a nod to all things naughty in the garden. Novice gardeners can discover the right conditions to attain momentous results from the often neglected Clitoria, or learn the self-seeding abilities of Sisyrinchium, also known as E. K. Balls...

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

At once a mystery, a love story, and an ambitious exploration of the zone where Maori and European New Zealand meet, this is a powerful and unsettling tale saturated with violence and Maori spirituality.

The Courts of Babylon by Peter Bodo

A true insider's book, this sly, irreverent expose of the personalities, politics, intrigue, and innuendo surrounding the greed-and-ego fueled world of pro tennis leaves no player untouched, from John McEnroe and Steffi Graf to Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, and Martina Navratilova.

The Traitor by Guy Walters

There was something powerful about it, something magnetic. He had witnessed the effect of such uniforms in the newsreels; now he was about to wear one. But this SS uniform - the uniform proudly worn by so many maniacs and murderers - bore a Union Jack... It was an insult to King and Country. In November 1943 the Nazis capture British secret agent John Lockhart while he is on a...

Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

For the first time the legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical creativity. He tells of his childhood in Ontario, where his father instilled in him a love for the written word; his first brush with mortality when he contracted polio at the age of five; struggling to pay rent during his early days with the Squires...