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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.

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Shovel Ready Cover Image
$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


Bleeding Edge Cover Image
$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.'


We, The Drowned Cover Image
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.


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Night Film Cover Image
$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


A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316925280
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 2nd, 1998

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One Step Behind Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400031511
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - 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


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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

Required reading for everybody who eats food. --Sam


Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802145314
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Published: Grove Press - May 10th, 2011

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Travels with Charley: In Search of America Cover Image
$17.00
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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Townie: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.95
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


The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780684843322
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 3rd, 1998

The Financial Lives of the Poets Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061916052
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 2010

Notes from a Small Island Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780380727506
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 15th, 2001

A Short History of Nearly Everything Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780767908184
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Published: Broadway Books - September 14th, 2004

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802141675
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Published: Grove Press - March 1st, 2005

Tinkers Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781934137123
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - January 2009

The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375755217
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Published: Random House Trade - March 13th, 2007

The Brothers K Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553378498
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Published: Dial Press - June 1st, 1996