Cary’s favorites

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By Book Beat

Cary is a staff member and co-owner of Book Beat. 

The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov and Christopher Conn Askew

$18.00 $16.56

A Soviet era schizophrenic novel that merges how evil works and persuades in modern times along with an analytic discussion and retelling of Pontius Pilot presiding over the trial of Jesus. The Devil comes to Moscow and all hell breaks loose.


Knut Hamsun

$17.00 $15.64

The devil returns in modern times.

Lolly Willowes: Or the Loving Huntsman

Sylvia Townsend Warner

$16.95 $15.59

A proto-feminist 1920s novel and bestselling book that influenced Virginia Woolf to become a writer.

Selected Poetry and Prose

Stephane Mallarme


Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings

Antonin Artaud


A collection of poetry and essays by a tortured genius and the architect of modern theater.

Against Interpretation: And Other Essays

Susan Sontag

$18.00 $16.56

An early 1960s collection of Sontag's essays -- and some of her best!

Jim Harrison: The Essential Poems

Jim Harrison

$18.00 $16.56

The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy

Mina Loy

$22.00 $19.80

A collection of surreal, futurist and symbolist endowed poetry by an important writer, enigma, and the first female Futurist.

Stories and Essays of Mina Loy

Mina Loy

$15.95 $14.67

Imaginary Lives

Marcel Schwob

$14.95 $13.75

The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 1


$21.00 $18.90

A book of fantasy and fables that is endless to read, filled with amazing characters and magic.

Collected Fictions (Complete and)

Jorge Luis Borges

$25.00 $22.50

The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories

Bruno Schulz

$18.00 $16.56

Modern folk tales that inspired Kafka.

Illuminations: Essays and Reflections

Walter Benjamin

$15.99 $14.71

One of the best single collections of Benjamin's philosophical essays.


Olga Tokarczuk

$17.00 $15.64

A modern Polish novel of genius mixing fiction and facts, and of flights that are both literal and figurative, by a Nobel Prize laureate.

The Hearing Trumpet

Leonora Carrington

$15.95 $14.67

A surrealist story about the birth of a new religion at a home for the aged that reads like the gospel of Alice in Wonderland.

The Fire Next Time

James Baldwin

$13.95 $12.83

One of the greatest essays of the 20th century. No one speaks on race more truthfully or directly.

The Leopard

Giuseppe Di Lampedusa

$16.00 $14.72

The end of aristocracy and a feast of memory and poetry in a lost time.

These Truths: A History of the United States

Jill Lepore

$19.95 $18.35

The single best one volume history of the United States, easily replacing Zinn's People's History.

A Confederacy of Dunces (Anniversary)

John Kennedy Toole

$16.00 $14.72

Miss Lonelyhearts & the Day of the Locust

Nathanael West

$15.95 $14.67

The Dead Father

Donald Barthelme

$14.00 $12.88


John Gardner

$13.95 $12.83

A retelling of Beowulf from the monster's perspective. One of the great short novellas of our time.

The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Angela Carter

$17.00 $15.64

A writer's writer retelling some of the classic fairytales for adults. Everything Angela Carter ever wrote is explosive, precise and truthful.

Wise Children

Angela Carter

$16.00 $14.72

Against Nature

Joris Karl Huysmans

$16.00 $14.72

The essence of decadence and symbolism in all its refinement, here is one of the most important books and bedrock of the modern novel.

Against the Day

Thomas Pynchon

$25.00 $22.50

Hilarious and complex woven tale of technology and the spirit of man.

Middle Passage

Charles Johnson

$17.00 $15.64

A dark and monstrous tale of the slave trade by a writer of genius.

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories (Revised)

Delmore Schwartz

$15.95 $14.67

A master story collection by one of the most influential (see Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Lou Reed, etc.,) and sadly unread writers of the 1940s.

Complete Stories

Clarice Lispector

$21.95 $19.76


Carmen Laforet


A Spanish goth classic about a women's dysfunctional family, and her coming of age in post war Barcelona.

Perchance to Dream: Selected Stories

Charles Beaumont

$17.00 $15.64

I Served the King of England

Bohumil Hrabal

$15.95 $14.67

Hilarious contemporary surrealism and attack on class systems by a master storyteller.

Red Cavalry

Isaac Babel and Nathalie Babel

$14.95 $13.75

A fantastic collection of underground reportage by an embedded Jew during era of Cossack savagery.

Tenth of December: Stories

George Saunders

$17.00 $15.64

Ask the Dust

John Fante

$16.99 $15.63

Last Nights of Paris

Philippe Soupault

$13.95 $12.83

Pedro Paramo

Juan Rulfo

$16.00 $14.72

A Mexican classic on the afterlife that sheds light on our present condition.

We: New Edition (Revised)

Yevgeny Zamyatin

$16.00 $14.72

One of the original dystopian Soviet era novels that helped to shape 1984 and Brave New World. Required reading!


Knut Hamsun

$16.00 $14.72

A concise distillation of modernism and anxiety in a short relentless, and passionate book which should be better known.


Andrew Vachss

$16.00 $14.72

The first and best book by one of the top noir writers working today.

Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra

John Szwed

$24.95 $22.46

One of the greatest jazz bios of all time!

Finding Dora Maar: An Artist, an Address Book, a Life

Brigitte Benkemoun

$24.95 $22.46

This ingenious investigative biography of Parisian artist and model Dora Maar, uses Maar's own personal address book (found on an ebay auction) to reconstruct her activities and interactions with many of the great art luminaries of Surrealism in the twenties and thirties. As Picasso's young mistress and model, her relationship with the great master defined and overshadowed her life. This genre-bending book was a bestseller in France and finally allows justice and light to shine on the complex and fascinating story of Dora Maar.

The Burnt Orange Heresy

Charles Willeford

$16.00 $14.72

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Tom Wolfe

$20.00 $18.00

Waiting for the Barbarians (Revised)

J. M. Coetzee

$15.00 $13.80

The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro

$16.95 $15.59

My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir

Chris Offutt

$16.00 $14.72

Baltasar and Blimunda

José Saramago

$15.99 $14.71

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Patrick Suskind

$16.95 $15.59

The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway

$16.00 $14.72

Cities of the Red Night

William S. Burroughs

$22.00 $19.80