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Sam Sam is a sucker for dense, twisty novels that wrestle with difficult questions. He is arguably the most caffeinated member of the Village Books staff.
$24.00
ISBN: 9780385348997
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - January 14th, 2014

Dark and sparse, with a wit as sharp as a knife (or maybe a box cutter), this is one of the best new novels I have read so far this year. If you like Raymond Chandler or Cormac McCarthy's The Road, you won't be disappointed by Shovel Ready.--Sam


$28.95
ISBN: 9781594204234
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Published: Penguin Press - September 17th, 2013

A hard-boiled, defiantly satirical romp through the adolescent internet, delivered by the reigning American master of postmodern absurdity. The very definition of 'Pynchonesque.'


By Carsten Jensen, Charlotte Barslund (Translator), Emma Ryder (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780547737362
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Published: Mariner Books - May 22nd, 2012

It's like 'One Hundred Years of Solitude.' Except in Denmark. And with boats. An absolute masterpiece.


$18.00
ISBN: 9780812979787
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Published: Random House Trade - July 1st, 2014

Usually, the term 'literary thriller' carries the connotation of a novel neither all that thrilling nor particularly literary. 'Night Film,' however, doesn't just live up to the hype...it far exceeds it. Is this mystery? A technotext? A work of art? It's all that, and it's brilliant. --Sam


$15.00
ISBN: 9780316925280
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 2nd, 1998

$15.00
ISBN: 9781400031511
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Published: Vintage - January 7th, 2003

Forget all this talk about dragon tattoos and playing with fire…Mankell writes the best mysteries coming out of Sweden today and maybe ever. --Sam


$17.00
ISBN: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

Required reading for everybody who eats food. --Sam


$15.95
ISBN: 9780802145314
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Published: Grove Press - May 10th, 2011

$16.00
ISBN: 9780142000700
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Published: Penguin Books - February 5th, 2002

A pickup truck, a poodle and a vast country full of ordinary and extraordinary people. --Sam


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ISBN: 9780393340679
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 6th, 2012

To call a piece of writing “visceral and yet elegant” has become something of a literary cliché, but it’s hard to talk about this memoir without invoking the description. Despite his lyrical, earthy prose, Dubus pulls no punches and dulls no edges as he describes growing up in a drug-laden and brutally violent mill town in the mid-1970s…just a few hours away from his father, a respected author and professor whose friends included Kurt Vonnegut and John Updike. --Sam


$22.00
ISBN: 9780684843322
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 3rd, 1998

$14.99
ISBN: 9780061916052
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 2010

$14.99
ISBN: 9780380727506
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 15th, 2001

$16.99
ISBN: 9780767908184
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Published: Broadway Books - September 14th, 2004

$15.00
ISBN: 9780802141675
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Published: Grove Press - March 1st, 2005

$14.95
ISBN: 9781934137123
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - January 2009

$15.00
ISBN: 9780375755217
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Published: Random House Trade - March 13th, 2007

$17.00
ISBN: 9780553378498
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Published: Dial Press - June 1st, 1996