Cary’s favorites

By Book Beat

By Book Beat

Cary Loren: Polaroids

$40.00 $36.80

The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

$18.00 $16.56

Against Interpretation: And Other Essays

Susan Sontag

$18.00 $16.56

Sontag’s first and best collection of essays -- some of her best writing that came to be a major influence on aesthetics and philosophy in contemporary times.

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.

84, Charing Cross Road

Helene Hanff

$15.00 $13.80

A charming classic composed of a correspondence between a bookseller in London and Helene Hanff, a freelance writer from New York. A balm for the spirit.

Selected Poetry and Prose

Stephane Mallarme


The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy

Mina Loy

$20.00 $18.40

Surreal, futurist and symbolist poetry by an inventive writer, enigma, muse, and the first female Futurist.

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.

Lolly Willowes: Or the Loving Huntsman

Sylvia Townsend Warner

$16.95 $15.59

An early feminist novel Of the 1920s about a woman unloved by her family who moves to small village in northern England to discover herself and finds the town populated by witches. Then she has an affair with a gardener who turns out to be the devil. A strange yet comedic book that became a bestseller In the UK and influenced Virginia Woolf to become a writer.

Jim Harrison: The Essential Poems

Jim Harrison

$18.00 $16.56

A major poet at his best when nature or literature themes becomes the subject and this collects the best of his best.

Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings

Antonin Artaud


A collection of poetry and essays by a soul in extremis, an expelled surrealist Prophet and architect of the modern theater of the absurd.

Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy

Robert Farris Thompson

$17.95 $16.51

Thompson is the greatest writers on African Art, and in this book he explains the African view of the afterlife, spirits, and ancestor worship, and how that came to influence Art and life in North America and throughout the diaspora.

Imaginary Lives

Marcel Schwob

$14.95 $13.75

A short wonderful collection of biographies both real and fictional that collectively are a coded text for the tarot, Kabbalah and a map for spiritual growth.

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


$21.00 $19.32

The best book of fantasy and fables that are endless and hypnotic to read..some stories are interconnected and novel length, and many are amusing filled with amazing and terrifying characters and magic. Their influence on western writing is comparable with the Bible.

Middle Passage

Charles Johnson

$17.00 $15.64

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

Collected Fictions

Jorge Luis Borges

$28.00 $25.76

Borges is a master of words working with mythology, awareness, ideas of infinity, physics and our place in time... an Einstein of the short story.

The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories

Bruno Schulz

$18.00 $16.56

Modern folk tales from a small Jewish village that inspired Kafka.

Illuminations: Essays and Reflections

Walter Benjamin

$15.99 $14.71

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

Stories and Essays of Mina Loy

Mina Loy

$15.95 $14.67

Some of Loy’s best works are found in these short and fragmented works —an early and important modernist giant.


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.


Knut Hamsun

$17.00 $15.64

A mysterious novel about a stranger arriving in a small town and how life is changed there forever. Nearly all of Knut Hamsun’s books are worth reading, his writing is foundational centering more on mental states and the anxiety of modern times.

The Hearing Trumpet

Leonora Carrington

$15.95 $14.67

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

The Leopard

Giuseppe Di Lampedusa

$16.95 $15.59

The end of aristocracy and a feast of memory and poetry from 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. Totally readable.

A Confederacy of Dunces (Anniversary)

John Kennedy Toole

$16.00 $14.72

One of the funniest novels of the 20th century. A book about creativity, love, and finding your place in the world, authored by a depressed gifted genius.

The Dead Father

Donald Barthelme

$15.00 $13.80

Barthleme’s short masterpiece and a contemporary postmodern Frankenstein.


John Gardner

$13.95 $12.83

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

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

Angela Carter

$17.00 $15.64

Aretelling some of the classic fairytales for adults. Everything Angela Carter ever wrote is explosive, precise and truthful.

Against Nature

Joris Karl Huysmans


The jewel of decadence and symbolism. An important books and bedrock of the modern novel.

Against the Day

Thomas Pynchon

$25.00 $23.00

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

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 neglected writers of the 1940s.

Complete Stories

Clarice Lispector

$21.95 $20.19


Carmen Laforet


A Spanish Modern goth classic about a women's dysfunctional and broken aristocratic family, (similar to the Addams family) and her coming of age in post war Barcelona. A great novel of the urban city.

Perchance to Dream: Selected Stories

Charles Beaumont

$18.00 $16.56

An collection of surprising, dark, inventive stories by one of the major writers of the Twilight Zone series.

I Served the King of England

Bohumil Hrabal

$15.95 $14.67

Hilarious contemporary surrealist 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 of Tzarist Russia.

Black Sun: The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby

Geoffrey Wolff

$22.95 $21.11

A biography of one of the most eccentric poets and characters of the roaring twenties who began the Black Sun press in Paris and published the best early modernist writers in lavish editions.

Tenth of December: Stories

George Saunders

$17.00 $15.64

Funny sci-fi stories and meditations on contemporary life by a master.

Last Nights of Paris

Philippe Soupault

$13.95 $12.83

The best surrealist novel ever written that is also a murder mystery. Andre Breton hated it because it was too great a success and readable.

Pedro Páramo

Juan Rulfo

$16.00 $14.72

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


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

Hamsun’s best book is a concise distillation of modernism, consciousness, and anxiety in short relentless prose. A cornerstone of the 20th century and a passionate, obsessive book which should be better known and required reading. Beyond Kafka or Joyce .


Andrew Vachss


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

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

John Szwed

$24.95 $22.95

One of the greatest jazz bios of all time, thoroughly researched and enjoyable. Brings alive the thoughts of one of the most imaginative, extreme, and farout Jazz musicians who ever lived.

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

Brigitte Benkemoun

$24.95 $22.95

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 some justice and light to shine on the complex and fascinating story of Dora Maar.

The Burnt Orange Heresy

Charles Willeford

$16.00 $14.72

Masterpiece of absurdity on the creation and marketing of Art.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Tom Wolfe

$20.00 $18.40

A genius observation on the 1960s, the Merry Pranksters and LSD.

Waiting for the Barbarians

J. M. Coetzee

$16.00 $14.72

A passionate and beautiful meditation on the class system and apartheid in South Africa by a Nobel laureate.

The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro

$17.00 $15.64

A King Arthur era fable retold about mythical England.

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

Merlin Sheldrake

$28.00 $25.76

The fascinating interconnected plant world and how fungi serves as a world wide network to support everything.

My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir

Chris Offutt


A serious and hilarious true story of a backwoods pornographer who kept his line of work a secret from his family.

IRA Cohen: Into the Mylar Chamber

$49.95 $45.95

The first major collection by one of the great surrealist poet-photographers.

Baltasar and Blimunda

José Saramago

$15.99 $14.71

Historical novel about love and air-travel.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Patrick Suskind

$16.95 $15.59

Gorgeous and decadent novel, murder mystery and manifesto on the sense of smell.

The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway

$16.00 $14.72

Now Dig This: The Unspeakable Writings of Terry Southern, 1950-1995

Terry Southern

$13.00 $11.96

Truly hilarious and weird writing by a bohemian genius.

Cities of the Red Night

William S Burroughs

$22.00 $20.24

William S. Burroughs’ best book.

The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to World War I (Revised)

Roger Shattuck


A brilliant account of the roots of avant-garde art, taking fuur artists playwright Alfred Jarry, painter Henri Rousseau, musician Erik Satie and poet Guillaume Apollinaire; and then showing how these four men and their ideas laid the ground for a revolution in all forms of art. The book is a graduate level course in art history, by one of its finest teachers and will open a new and different way of observing art and the world.

The Frank Book Softcover

Jim Woodring

$34.99 $32.19

Shakespeare and Company, New Edition

Sylvia Beach

$19.95 $18.35