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Tattoo
Author: Earl Thompson
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub
ISBN: 0881847275
Pages: 688
Year: 1993-01-21
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TATTOO continues the earthy, honst, and ultimately triumphant story begun by Earl Thompson in A Garden of Sand. It is an epic account of a generation--America in the 1940s.
A Garden of Sand
Author: Earl Thompson
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
ISBN: 0786709464
Pages: 512
Year: 2001-08-13
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Destitution, hunger, cruelty, rootlessness-all the odds stand against Jacky, the young boy at the center of this powerful, popular American classic, yet still he prevails. Resourcefully, doggedly, Jacky nurtures his spirit of independence, his capacity to love, and his faith in a nation's dream in a journey that takes him from Wichita to Corpus Christi and from poverty to possibility.
A Fan's Notes
Author: Frederick Exley
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679720766
Pages: 385
Year: 1988
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Mr. Exley, a schoolteacher in a dismal rural New York town, finds pleasure in rooting for the Giants and his own survival in modern American society
The Heavenly Table
Author: Donald Ray Pollock
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385541309
Pages: 384
Year: 2016-07-12
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From Donald Ray Pollock, author of the highly acclaimed The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff, comes a dark, gritty, electrifying (and, disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel that will solidify his place among the best contemporary American authors. It is 1917, in that sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama. Dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons: Cane (the eldest; handsome; intelligent); Cob (short; heavy set; a bit slow); and Chimney (the youngest; thin; ill-tempered). Several hundred miles away in southern Ohio, a farmer by the name of Ellsworth Fiddler lives with his son, Eddie, and his wife, Eula. After Ellsworth is swindled out of his family's entire fortune, his life is put on a surprising, unforgettable, and violent trajectory that will directly lead him to cross paths with the Jewetts. No good can come of it. Or can it? In the gothic tradition of Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy with a healthy dose of cinematic violence reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah, Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers, the Jewetts and the Fiddlers will find their lives colliding in increasingly dark and horrific ways, placing Donald Ray Pollock firmly in the company of the genre's literary masters.
Karoo
Author: Steve Tesich, E. L. Doctorow
Publisher: Open City Books
ISBN: 1890447374
Pages: 362
Year: 2004
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Saul Karoo, a successful but overweight, heavy-drinking, and chain-smoking Hollywood script doctor, searches for a solution to the personal problems that threaten his life and happiness, but the path he chooses may turn out to be even more deadly. Reprint.
The Killing Circle
Author: Andrew Pyper
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312384769
Pages: 321
Year: 2008-09-16
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Joining a writing circle to try his hand at fiction, Patrick Rush is disturbed when a woman from his neighborhood turns up dead and could be linked to the writing club, but it becomes personal when his son disappears.
The Devil All the Time
Author: Donald Ray Pollock
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385535058
Pages: 272
Year: 2011-07-12
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From the acclaimed author of Knockemstiff—called “powerful, remarkable, exceptional” by the Los Angeles Times—comes a dark and riveting vision of America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree. In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic over­tones of Flannery O’Connor at her most haunting. Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.” There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There’s the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte’s orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right. Donald Ray Pollock braids his plotlines into a taut narrative that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved. With his first novel, he proves himself a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain.
You Can't Win
Author: Jack Black
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1627932755
Pages: 289
Year: 2013-07-18
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An amazing autobiography of a criminal from a forgotten time in american history. Jack Black was a burgler, safe-cracker, highwayman and petty thief.
The Book of Sand
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
Publisher:
ISBN: 0140180257
Pages: 186
Year: 1979
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Includes the stories The Congress, Undr, The Mirror and the Mask, August 25, 1983, Blue Tigers, The Rose of Paracelsus and Shakespeare's Memory.
The Sand Child
Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun, Alan Sheridan
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 0801864402
Pages: 165
Year: 2000-05-31
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"Ben Jelloun, a writer of much originality, succeeds brilliantly in infusing his story with a melancholy that attaches itself not just to Ahmed but also to the Arab world." -- Chicago Tribune
Knockemstiff
Author: Donald Ray Pollock
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385525400
Pages: 224
Year: 2008-03-18
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"More engaging than any new fiction in years." —Chuck Palahniuk An unforgettable work of fiction that peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern American town to reveal the sad, stunted but resilient lives of its residents. Knockemstiff is a genuine entry into the literature of place. Spanning a period from the mid-sixties to the late nineties, the linked stories that comprise Knockemstiff feature a cast of recurring characters who are irresistibly, undeniably real. A father pumps his son full of steroids so he can vicariously relive his days as a perpetual runner-up body builder. A psychotic rural recluse comes upon two siblings committing incest and feels compelled to take action. Donald Ray Pollock presents his characters and the sordid goings-on with a stern intelligence, a bracing absence of value judgments, and a refreshingly dark sense of bottom-dog humor.
Jimmy's New Life
Author: Earl Thompson
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595191592
Pages: 258
Year: 2001-07-01
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Gem was unhappy. But she remembered times when she was happy. Those were times when she had had the man of her dreams. He was everything to her and he had given her love like she had never had it before. She thought this love was going to last forever, but then she got pregnant and that changed everything. He had previously told her he didn't want a child, but she had thought that once he found out, his love for her would prevail and they would be happy forever. But she was wrong. Now fifteen years later he was back and he told her that in order for everything to be as they previously were, she would have to correct the mistake she had made in the past. Gem was now obsessed with him and was now willing to do whatever it took to get him back into her life, even if it meant committing the ultimate crime…murder. Even if it meant killing Jimmy, her one and only son, the one she thought was the reason for her unhappiness.
Lord of the Desert
Author: Diana Palmer
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1459246969
Pages: 384
Year: 2012-06-15
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Sheltered small-town girl Gretchen Brannon was out of her element when she aligned herself with Sheikh Philippe Sabon, the formidable ruler of Qawi. They came from different worlds, yet she found a soul mate in the powerful, sensual man who'd suppressed his passions for far too long—and harbored a secret anguish. Nevertheless, he made the virtuous young woman aware of her own courage…and, in turn, she aroused his sleeping senses as no other woman could. However, now that Gretchen's heart belonged to the Lord of the Desert, danger loomed when she became the target for vengeance by the sheikh's most diabolical enemy. In a final showdown that would pit good against evil, could love and destiny triumph…?

Caldo Largo
Author: Earl Thompson
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub
ISBN: 0881847712
Pages: 288
Year: 1993-01-21
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Jacket Description/Back: Everyone wants a pice of Johnny Hand. But he will risk almost anything to remain independent. So when they come to him with a proposition to smuggle guns into Castro's Cuba...