After creating the perfect beat, a little know avant-garde jazzman, DJ Darky goes in search of Charles Stone, to play over his sonic masterpiece. The hip break-out novel from 2016 man booker prize winning author, Paul Beatty, about a disaffected Los Angeles DJ who travels to post-Wall Berlin in search of his transatlantic doppelganger.
Slumberland: A Novel #ad - Hailed by the new york times and the los angeles Times as one of the best writers of his generation, Paul Beatty turns his creative eye to man's search for meaning and identity in an increasingly chaotic world.
Tuff: A NovelAnchor #ad - His best friend is a disabled muslim who wants to rob banks, and his wife, Yolanda, his guiding light is an ex-hippie Asian woman who worked for Malcolm X, he married from jail over the phone. He’s funny and fierce, frustrated and feared. And when tuff decides to run for City Council, this dazzling novel goes from profoundly funny to acerbically sublime.
Tuff: A Novel #ad - Populated with an incisively hilarious supporting case and filled with meaning and irreverent, Tuff is satire at its hard-edged best. From the author of the 2016 man booker Prize winner The Sellout comes a novel as fast-paced and hard-edged as the Harlem streets it portrays. Age nineteen and weighing in at 320 pounds, winston “tuffy” foshay, is an East Harlem denizen who breaks jaws and shoots dogs and dreams of millions from his idea Cap’n Crunch: The Movie, starring Danny DeVito.
The White Boy Shuffle: A NovelPicador #ad - The White Boy Shuffle: A Novel #ad - There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a "divided, downtrodden people. ". Paul beatty's hilarious and scathing debut novel is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles.
The Sellout: A NovelPicador #ad - Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident―the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins―he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court. Picador USA. Winner of the man booker prizewinner of the national book critics circle award in fictionwinner of the john dos passos prize for literaturenew york times bestsellerlos angeles times bestseller Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book ReviewNamed a Best Book of the Year by Newsweek, Kirkus Reviews, BuzzFeed, The Denver Post, and Publishers WeeklyNamed a "Must-Read" by Flavorwire and New York Magazine's "Vulture" BlogA biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.
All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral. Fueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes.
The Sellout: A Novel #ad - It challenges the sacred tenets of the united States Constitution, the civil rights movement, urban life, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black Chinese restaurant. Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of dickens―on the southern outskirts of los angeles―the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: "I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 quake.
Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies.
Joker, Joker, DeucePenguin #ad - An electrifying collection of poems from the author of the sellout, winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize Originally published in 1994, Paul Beatty’s second volume of poetry won praise for the way it “pushes the boundaries of free verse while assessing the landscapes of African American autobiography” Bomb Magazine.
Joker, Joker, Deuce #ad - In these poems, and popular culture, identity, which explore aspects of race, Beatty was honing the comic, satirical voice and vivid imagination that came to full realization in his acclaimed fiction. Joker, joker, both cool and hot, Deuce “moves to fierce urban rhythms, ” writes Jessica Hagedorn.
A rush of intense visual images and electric word music. Picador USA.
Hokum: An Anthology of African-American HumorBloomsbury USA #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Groundbreaking, fierce, with a huge range and a smart, and hilarious, this is a necessary anthology for any fan or student of American writing, political grasp of the uses of humor. Picador USA. Dubois. Selections also come from public figures and authors whose humor, is often overlooked: Malcolm X, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sojourner Truth, although incisive and profound, Zora Neale Hurston, and W.
E. B. The subtle musings of toni cade bambara, darius james, tish benson, Wanda Coleman, Steve Cannon, Henry Dumas, and Harryette Mullen are bracketed by the profane and often loud ruminations of Langston Hughes, and Hattie Gossett. Edited by the author of the sellout, hokum is a liberating, winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize, eccentric, savagely comic anthology of the funniest writing by black Americans.
Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor #ad - Some of the funniest writers don't write, so included are selections from well-known yet unpublished wits Lightnin' Hopkins, Mike Tyson, and the Reverend Al Sharpton. This book is less a comprehensive collection than it is a mix-tape narrative dubbed by a trusted friend―a sampler of underground classics, hip-hop, and timeless summer jams, political speeches, rare grooves, poetry and prose juxtaposed with the blues, and the world's funniest radio sermon.
Another Brooklyn: A NovelAmistad #ad - Like louise meriwether’s daddy was a number runner and dorothy allison’s bastard Out of Carolina, Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood—the promise and peril of growing up—and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.
Picador USA. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion. For august and her girls, talented, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.
Another Brooklyn: A Novel #ad - But beneath the hopeful veneer, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, there was another Brooklyn, where mothers disappeared. Used book in Good Condition. A finalist for the 2016 national book awardnew york times bestseller a seattletimes pick for Summer Reading Roundup 2017A Bustle Fall Roundup pick for 2017The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming delivers her first adult novel in twenty years.
Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. Amistad.
Where I Was FromVintage #ad - A native californian, didion applies her scalpel-like intelligence to the state’s ethic of ruthless self-sufficiency in order to examine that ethic’s often tenuous relationship to reality. Combining history and reportage, where i was from explores California’s romances with land and water; its unacknowledged debts to railroads, memoir and literary criticism, aerospace, and big government; the disjunction between its code of individualism and its fetish for prisons.
Picador USA. Whether she is writing about her pioneer ancestors or privileged sexual predators, robber barons or writers not excluding herself, Didion is an unparalleled observer, and her book is at once intellectually provocative and deeply personal. Amistad. Used book in Good Condition. In her moving and insightful new book, her work, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her history and ours.
Notes of a Native SonBeacon Press 30884673 #ad - He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a white audience to the injustices under their noses.
Beacon Press. The essays collected here create a cohesive sketch of black America and reveal an intimate portrait of Baldwin’s own search for identity as an artist, as a black man, and as an American. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of white progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright’s work is pointed and unabashed.
Notes of a Native Son #ad - With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many black expatriates of the time, from his home in “The Harlem Ghetto” to a sobering “Journey to Atlanta. Notes of a native son inaugurated baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the twentieth century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic.
Notes is the book that established Baldwin’s voice as a social critic, and it remains one of his most admired works. Picador USA. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for white readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise. 26 on the guardian's list of 100 best nonfiction books of all time, movies, the protest novel, James Baldwin's essays on life in Harlem, the essays explore what it means to be Black in AmericaIn an age of Black Lives Matter, and African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written.
With films like i am not your negro and the forthcoming If Beale Street Could Talk bringing renewed interest to Baldwin's life and work, Notes of a Native Son serves as a valuable introduction.
Rain GodHarper Perennial #ad - Amistad. Set in a fictional small town on the texas-mexico border, it tells the funny, sad and quietly outrageous saga of the children and grandchildren of Mama Chona the indomitable matriarch of the Angel clan who fled the bullets and blood of the 1911 revolution for a gringo land of promise. From gentle hearts plagued by violence and epic delusions to a child who con foretell the coming of rain in the sweet scent of angels, here is a rich and poignant tale of outcasts struggling to live and die with dignity.
Rain God #ad - . Picador USA. Already a southwestern classic as beautiful, subtle and profound as the desert itself Arturo Islas's The Rain God is a breathtaking masterwork of contemporary literature. And to hold onto their past while embracing an unsteady future. In bold creative strokes, islas paints on unforgettable family portrait of souls haunted by ghosts and madness--sinners torn by loves, lusts and dangerous desires.
Used book in Good Condition. Beacon Press.
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of SandWesleyan University Press #ad - Beacon Press. Amistad. Stars in my pocket like grains of sand is a science fiction masterpiece, an essay on the inexplicability of sexual attractiveness, and an examination of interstellar politics among far-flung worlds. First published in 1984, sexuality, gender, globalization, the novel's central issues―technology, and multiculturalism―have only become more pressing with the passage of time.
The novel's topic is information itself: what are the repercussions, to the city they inhabit, especially when one is an illiterate worker, to their geosector, once it has been made public, that two individuals have been found to be each other's perfect erotic object out to "point nine-nine-nine and several nines percent more"? What will it do to the individuals involved, to their entire world society, the sole survivor of a world destroyed by "cultural fugue, " and the other is―you! Picador USA.
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Wesleyan.