Sam's Picks

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.

Shovel Ready (Hardcover)

$24.00
ISBN-13: 9780385348997
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Published: Crown, 1/2014
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

Bleeding Edge (Hardcover)

$28.95
ISBN-13: 9781594204234
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Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 9/2013
A hard-boiled, defiantly satirical romp through the adolescent internet, delivered by the reigning American master of postmodern absurdity. The very definition of 'Pynchonesque.'

We, the Drowned (Paperback)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780547737362
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Published: Mariner Books, 5/2012
It's like 'One Hundred Years of Solitude.' Except in Denmark. And with boats. An absolute masterpiece.

Night Film (Paperback)

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780812979787
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 7/2014
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-13: 9780316925280
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Published: Back Bay Books, 2/1998

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781400031511
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Published: Vintage, 1/2003
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-13: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books, 9/2007
Required reading for everybody who eats food. --Sam

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780802145314
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Published: Grove Press, 5/2011

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780142000700
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Published: Penguin Books, 2/2002
A pickup truck, a poodle and a vast country full of ordinary and extraordinary people. --Sam

Townie: A Memoir (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780393340679
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 2/2012
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-13: 9780684843322
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Published: Scribner, 8/1998

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780061916052
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Published: Harper Perennial, 9/2010

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780380727506
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 5/2001

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780767908184
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Published: Broadway Books, 9/2004

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780802141675
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Published: Grove Press, 3/2005

Tinkers (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781934137123
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press, 1/2009

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780375755217
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 4/2007

The Brothers K (Paperback)

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780553378498
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback, 6/1996