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  • Octopus Summerby Malcolm Dorson

    Soft Skull Press 2014; US$ 15.95

    Callum Littlefield walks a fine line between arrogant overconfidence and self-deprecating insecurity. After being ostracized by his peers and getting thrown out of his New England boarding school, Callum?s parents exile him to his aging grandmother?s Gold Coast estate on Long Island. He is promptly put to work with her smattering of servants, and... 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...

  • Kissing Dead Girlsby Daphne Gottlieb

    Soft Skull Press 2008; US$ 15.95

    Gertrude Stein's work is co-opted and re-seen in an attempt to unpack the relationship between love and war; Walt Whitman makes a command performance in dismembered bits of forced formal verse; and "The Exorcist" and "The Devil in Miss Jones" are sutured together in an attempt to locate the horror of desire. Fusing pornography and postfeminist theory,... more...

  • Blue-Eyed Devilby Michael Muhammad Knight

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 14.95

    Michael Muhammad Knight embarks on a quest for an indigenous American Islam in a series of interstate odysseys. Traveling 20,000 miles by Greyhound in sixty days, he squats in run-down mosques, pursues Muslim romance, is detained at the U.S.-Canadian border with a trunkload of Shia literature, crashes Islamic Society of North America conventions,... more...

  • People Like Usby Joris Luyendijk

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 14.95

    In People Like Us , which became a bestseller in Holland, Joris Luyendijk tells the story of his five years as a correspondent in the Middle East. Extremely young for a correspondent but fluent in Arabic, he spoke with stone throwers and terrorists, taxi drivers and professors, victims and aggressors, and all of their families. He chronicles first-hand... more...

  • China Undergroundby Zachary Mexico

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 16.95

    At the beginning of the 21st century, it is hard to imagine a place more exciting than China. Westerners hear much about China?s role as the next “global superpower,? but they know less about the young people who make up China?s varied and fascinating subcultures. Drawn by the streets humming with the energy of constant change, Zachary Mexico, who... 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...

  • How to Be Inappropriateby Daniel Nester

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 14.95

    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... more...

  • Candy in Actionby Matthue Roth

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 13.95

    Candy always had a million guys after her. Only before, they never used GPS tracking and surveillance helicopters. Candy Resnick and her best friend Velma jaunt around the world, flirt with rock stars and power brokers, and party it up in countries that don?t even know the meaning of the word. But all that changes one night, when Candy turns down... more...