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  • No Stopping Trainby Les Plesko

    Soft Skull Press 2014; US$ 15.95

    No Stopping Train is the magnum opus and final novel of the late writer Les Plesko, a powerful, swirling novel of memory and violence set during the Hungarian Revolution. The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was a spontaneous nationwide revolt following World War II that spread quickly across the destabilizing country. A new government pledged to re-establish... more...

  • The Bandana Republicby Louis Reyes Rivera; Bruce George

    Soft Skull Press 2008; US$ 16.95

    Urban youth gangs are typically viewed as no more than training grounds for thugs and felons. This breakthrough anthology presents a far different picture, revealing present and former gang members? and street activists? artistic impulses, emotional sensitivities, political beliefs, and capacities to assess the social conditions that created them.... more...

  • Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boysby David Henry Sterry; R. J. Jr. Martin

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 15.95

    The only thing the writers in this book have in common is that they've exchanged sex for money. They're PhDs and dropouts, soccer moms and jailbirds, $2,500-a-night call girls and $10 crack hos, and everything in between. This anthology lends a voice to an underrepresented population that is simultaneously reviled and worshipped. Hos, Hookers, Call... more...

  • Dead in Desemboqueby Eddy Arellano; William Schaff; Richard Schuler; Alec Thibodeau

    Soft Skull Press 2008; US$ 15.95

    Inspired by kitschy Mexican "historietas" (pocket-sized comic books), Roberto presents an English-language version featuring his alter-ego, Eddy Arellano. When a dama named Juanita calls him down to Sonora, Eddy crosses the Rio Bravo and never looks back. Soon he's embroiled in a complex, comic drama featuring a memorable gallery of quirky characters.... more...

  • Advanced Elvis Courseby C. A. Conrad

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 12.95

    Part psychedelic road-trip travelogue, part “Overheard in Graceland,? part mystic-religious devotional, CAConrad's unabated love for the King puts him on a pilgrimage to Memphis; on an Advanced Elvis Course . These bizarre, multifaceted short pieces are an homage bursting with love, oddball white trash, and twisted sincerity. Using a mélange of... more...

  • All My Bones Shakeby Robert Jensen

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 15.95

    At the root of the current political, economic, cultural, and ecological chaos is a national spiritual unrest, a fragmentation that has inhibited society's self-awareness and slowed theological progress to a glacial crawl. In a nation where three-fourths of the population identifies as Christian and religion salts the political discourse, unrest... more...

  • Impossible Manby Michael Muhammad Knight

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 15.95

    Recognized by readers of his novel, The Taqwacores, as the godfather of American Muslim punk, Michael Muhammad Knight is a voice for the growing number of teenagers who choose neither side of the “Clash of Civilizations.? Knight has now written his personal story, a chronicle of his bizarre and traumatic boyhood and his conversion to Islam during... more...

  • Lux the Poetby Martin Millar

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 13.95

    There is something about Lux. He?s a thief and a liar; he is selfish and self-absorbed and hopelessly vain. But while he looks like Lana Turner and romances like a true Casanova, Lux is actually more like a bumbling, oblivious Mary Tyler Moore. Amid shouting mobs, police shields, and the hurled bricks of the ?80s Brixton riots, Lux is searching... more...

  • Watching the Doorby Kevin Myers

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 15.95

    Kevin Myers was a young, wide-eyed, and naive outsider thrust into the thick of the conflict in Northern Ireland as it teetered on the brink of civil war. Quickly absorbed into the local community and privy to the secrets of both the Protestant and Catholic paramilitaries, Myers gained a unique perspective into both sides of the sectarian violence.... more...

  • Label 228by camden noir

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 24.95

    Label 228 is a gathering of street art executed on priority mail labels (Label 228, in official parlance) and displayed in public spaces. It?s a remarkably prevalent method of exposure featured by graffiti artists worldwide. These labels are free, portable, and quick and easy to exhibit, offering artists the chance to spend more time creating their... more...