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51/50 The Magical Adventures of a Single Life Kristen McGuiness That was the social experiment Kristen McGuiness—single, living in LA, and entering her thirties newly sober—embarked upon. McGuiness thought facing her struggle with alcoholism would be the hardest part, with love coming easily afterwards. It didn’t. Rethinking her previous dating strategy—have a one-night stand with one of her friends and never...

All My Bones Shake

All My Bones Shake Robert Jensen Robert Jensen, a life-long activist fighting for women’s rights, racial equality, and global justice, reveals with this book the emotional journey that brought him back to the church after an entire adulthood of religious indifference. Our world is perched on the verge of chaos, he warns. As political, economic, cultural, and ecological crises peak, the decisions we make are...

An Apple A Day

At the age of 32, after ten years of hiding from the truth, Emma Woolf finally decided it was time to face the biggest challenge of her life.

An Intimate Life

As the 1960s presented social upheaval and the Sexual Revolution, Cohen Greene found herself drawn to alternative sexual paths, and ultimately achieved a rich and rewarding career as a surrogate partner. An Intimate Life offers a candid look into the personal and professional life of a surrogate partner, examining the cultural and emotional ramifications of pursuing something most people do not immediately understand.

Bad Habits: A Love Story

Bad Habits A Love Story Cristy C. Road Bad Habits is the mostly-autobiographical story of Road’s personal revolution. Growing up Cuban in West Miami, the protagonist clashes with the confining and repressive aspects of that culture, and, like countless other young people, leaves for New York as soon as she’s able. Landing in Brooklyn, she moves into a house full of wild characters, and enters an underground...

Bluebird

Bluebird Vesna Maric Vesna Maric left Bosnia at the beginning of the war, at the age of sixteen, on a bus full of women and children heading for England. Bluebird is her funny, vivid, and immensely readable memoir of the experience. She describes the beginning of the war—the machine gun fire that sounded like a sewing machine in the distance—and her family’s growing anxiety, which leads to their decision to send...

Box Girl

When 22-year-old Lilibet Snellings moved to Los Angeles on a whim, she unintentionally became a “slash” to keep her head above water—a writer/waitress/actress/Box Girl. One night each week, Lilibet would go to The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, don a pair of white boy shorts with a matching tank, touch up her lip gloss, and crawl into a giant glass case behind the front desk.

Buskers

Buskers The On-the-Streets, In-the-Trains, Off-the-Grid Memoir of Two New York City Street Musicians By Heth and Jed Weinstein Watch Heth and Jed perform in NYC Frustrated by the indifference of the music industry and the stacks of homemade CDs gathering dust in their closets, brothers Heth and Jed Weinstein made the radical decision to bring their music directly to the masses. They began playing on street corners,...

Chicken

Chicken—the word is slang for a young male prostitute—revisits this year of living dangerously, in a narrative of dazzling inventiveness and searing candor. Shifting back and forth from tales of Sterry’s youth to his fascinating account of the Neverland of post—sixties sexual excess, Chickenteems with Felliniesque characters and set pieces worthy of Dionysus.

China Underground

China Underground Zachary Mexico In the beginning of the twenty-first century, it is hard to imagine a place more exciting than China. The country’s economy is growing by more than ten percent per year. The lives of Chinese citizens in every stratum of society are changing–indeed, the very rules that define the parameters of their lives are changing. Over a billion people are simultaneously hustling,...

Coming of Age at the End of History

Coming of Age at the End of History Camille de Toledo Translated by Blake Ferris Camille de Toledo’s Coming of Age at the End of History takes the vision of Hakim Bey’s “Temporary Autonomous Zones,” the incisiveness of Naomi Klein in her seminal treatise No Logo, and youthful idiosyncratic passion of William Upksi Wimsatt, and creates a new vision of political possibility for Generation Y. Brash...

Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut

Uncensored, uncontained, and thoroughly demented, the memoirs of Paul Krassner are back in an updated and expanded edition. Whether he’s writing about his friendship with controversial comic Lenny Bruce, introducing Groucho Marx to LSD, his investigation of Scientology, or John Kennedy’s cadaver, no subject is too sacred to be skewered by Krassner. And yet his stories are soulful and philosophical, always authentic to his iconoclastic brand of personal journalism.

Curb Service

Cruising nighttime byways for an adrenaline fix, Scot Sothern first patronized the marketplace of curbside prostitution surfing the prurient whims of a young man. He dove to the murky depths of sexual obsession and resurfaced five years later, shell-shocked and without excuse. While there, trusty Nikon in hand, Scot made full-frontal X-rated exposures, black and white, filled with pathos and an uncanny realism.

Down Among Dead Men

Down Among Dead Men A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician Michelle Williams Michelle Williams is young and attractive, with close family ties, a busy social life . . . and an unusual occupation. When she impulsively applies to be a mortuary technician and is offered the position, she has no idea that her decision to accept will be one of the most momentous of her life. “What I didn’t realize then,” she...

Enough About You

Enough About You Notes Toward the New Autobiography David Shields Enough About You is a book about David Shields. But it is also a terrifically engrossing exploration and exploitation of self-reflection, self-absorption, full-blown narcissism, and the impulse to write about oneself. In a world awash with memoirs and tell-alls, Shields has created something unique: he invites the reader into his mind as he turns his...

Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs

In this collection of beautifully crafted autobiographical vignettes that encompasses everything from the people Jay Farrar has met and the places he’s journeyed over 20 years as a traveling musician, to his formative childhood experiences, to his parents’ cultural identity as Missouri Ozarks.

From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry

From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry Justin Pearson As an adolescent, Justin Pearson moved with his mother from “Shit Creek Phoenix, AZ” to sunny San Diego after his father was murdered on Halloween. There, he fell in with a subculture of young musicians playing some of the most original and brutal music in the world. Turns out the chaos of Pearson’s bands—The Locust, Swing Kids, and Some Girls—is nothing...

Hope for Film

An inspiring, tell-all look at the indie film business from one of the industry’s most passionate producers, Hope for Film captures the rebellious punk spirit of the indie film boom in 1990s New York City, its collapse two decades later and its current moment of technology-fueled regeneration.

How to Be Inappropriate

How to Be Inappropriate Daniel Nester Dry, offbeat, and mostly profane, this debut collection of humorous nonfiction glorifies all things inappropriate and TMI. A compendia of probing essays, lists, profiles, barstool rants, queries, pedantic footnotes, play scripts, commonplace miscellany, and overly revealing memoir, How to Be Inappropriate adds up to the portrait of an artist who bumbles through life obsessed...

I’m In the Band

I’m In the Band Backstage Notes from the Chick in White Zombie Sean Yseult Art rock? Noise rock? Punk-metal? Alternative? White Zombie may have been unclassifiable, but it didn’t stop them from carving out a place for themselves in music history. The band became a multiplatinum, two-time Grammy nominee with the release of their 1992 album, La Sexorcisto. But while most people will remember their bizarre look...

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