Steven's Best of the Year

Jokes and jazz and magic and space and conspiracies and conspiracies in space, with a startling smattering of literary fiction. You have to trust your instincts and read the stuff that lights up your brain. If it feels good, do it.

Steven, Jersey City


 

Battleborn: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594631450
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 6th, 2013

The extraordinary debut collection from the Guggenheim Award-winning author of the forthcoming Gold Fame Citrus
 
Winner of the 2012 Story Prize
Recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2013 Rosenthal Family Foundation Award
Named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" fiction writers of 2012


The Man In The High Castle Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780547572482
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Published: Harper Voyager - January 24th, 2012


In this Hugo Award–winning alternative history classic??—??the basis for the Amazon Original series??—??the United States lost World War II and was subsequently divided between the Germans in the East and the Japanese in the West.

It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names.


They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

*2018 12 best books to give this holiday season --TODAY Show
*Best Books of 2018 --Rolling Stone


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We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982103033
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 16th, 2021

A Best Book of 2021 by NPR and Esquire

From Kliph Nesteroff, “the human encyclopedia of comedy” (VICE), comes the important and underappreciated story of Native Americans and comedy.

It was one of the most reliable jokes in Charlie Hill’s stand-up routine: “My people are from Wisconsin. We used to be from New York.


Dune Messiah Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593098233
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Published: Ace - June 4th, 2019

Book Two in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All Time


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The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780440539810
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Published: Dell - December 1st, 1983

Filled with sex and violence--in and out of time and space--the three books of The Illuminatus are only partly works of the imagination. They tackle all the coverups of our time--from who really shot the Kennedys to why there's a pyramid on a one-dollar bill.


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Role Models Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374532864
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 26th, 2011

Here, from the incomparable John Waters, is a paean to the power of subversive inspiration that will delight, amuse, enrich—and happily horrify—readers everywhere.



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I Put a Spell on You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin' Jay Hawkins Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781627310758
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Published: Feral House - July 2nd, 2019

Screamin' Jay Hawkins released I Put a Spell On You in 1956. The song, that never made it to the charts when it was released, would eventually be covered several hundred times by the likes of Nina Simone, Credence Clearwater Revival, and Marilyn Manson; Jeff Beck and Joss Stone's version even received a Grammy nomination in 2010.


Bobcat and Other Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616201739
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 11th, 2013

"Wise and funny . . . [A] near-perfect collection."
—Entertainment Weekly


Rebecca Lee, one of our most gifted and original short story writers, guides readers into a range of landscapes, both foreign and domestic, crafting stories as rich as novels.


The Three-Body Problem (The Three-Body Problem Series #1) Cover Image
By Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765382030
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Published: Tor Books - January 12th, 2016

Soon to be a Netflix Original Series!

War of the Worlds for the 21st century.” – Wall Street Journal

The Three-Body Problem
is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience the Hugo Award-winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.


It Never Ends: A Memoir with Nice Memories! Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781419747922
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Published: Abrams Press - July 6th, 2021

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

From the comedian, television writer, and host of the Best Show, a revealing and powerful memoir exploring a life of struggle and reinvention

“This book is unflinchingly honest, deeply affecting and just relentlessly funny.


Goodbye to Berlin Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811220248
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Published: New Directions - September 27th, 2012

Isherwood's classic story of Berlin in the 1930s - and the inspiration for Cabaret - now in a stand-alone edition.


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Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780819567147
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - December 15th, 2004

The story of a truly galactic civilization with over 6,000 inhabited worlds.


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Dreadnaught: King of Afropunk Cover Image
By D. H. Peligro, William Knoedelseder (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780985490270
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Barnacle Book - October 1st, 2013

A no-holds-barred memoir of legendary Dead Kennedys and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer D.H. Peligro, Dreadnaught chronicles Peligro from his pre-DK years growing up in a deprived St.


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Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons Cover Image
$20.95
ISBN: 9780156031790
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Published: Mariner Books - February 6th, 2006

Now a CBS All Access series created by Mark Heyman with executive producer Ridley Scott.

ROCKET SCIENTIST KILLED IN PASADENA EXPLOSIONscreamed the headline of the Los Angeles Times.


Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781478008415
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Published: Duke University Press - May 15th, 2020

Considered by many to be a founder of Afrofuturism, Sun Ra-aka Herman Blount-was a composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, entrepreneur, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn. He recorded over 200 albums with his Arkestra, which, dressed in Egypto-space costumes, played everything from boogie-woogie and swing to fusion and free jazz.