Our Favorite Books for Un(der)employed Hipsters

Article by Jeremy

A Visit from the Goon Squad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307477477
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor Books - March 22nd, 2011

The national sensation that won, well, every award there was to win this year. The novel follows a whole cast of intersecting characters who together tell the story of the San Francisco music scene from the 1970s to the present day.

Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805088366
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 19th, 2011

The story of LA’s unlikely rise as an art mecca during the turbulent 1960s. A fascinating survey of a time and place with cameos from all the greats - Ruscha, Hockney, Irwin, Chicago, Baldessari. You can’t get more avant-garde.

Tres Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Laura Healy (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811219273
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 30th, 2011

Bolano, a hipster favorite, is best known in the States for his wild and experimental novels, but he thought of himself first and foremost as a poet. Tres showcases his wild genius with words - a perfect gift for fans of The Savage Detectives or 2666.

Gay in America Cover Image
By Scott Pasfield (Photographer), Terrence McNally (Introduction by), Tom Kirdahy (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781599621043
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Welcome Books - September 27th, 2011

This stunning and inspiring book is the result of Pasfield’s quest to photograph at least one proud gay man from every state in the union. Pasfield let each man write his own text to accompany his photo, which gives the book a very personal and intimate feel.

Bed Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451614220
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Scribner - August 2nd, 2011

A quirky and affecting examination of the perils of modern life, this book follows Mal, who on his twenty-fifth birthday decides that he will never again get out of bed. Whitehouse follows Mal through his transformation from an ordinary young man nto a gargantuan symbol of the refusal to face the cruelties of contemporary life. A perhaps apt reminder for the hipster you know and love to, you know, get out of the house every now and then.

Ready Player One Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307887436
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - August 16th, 2011

Part adventure, part romance, and part “space opera”, this novel is perfect for the science fiction or video game fan on your list. Effortlessly blends futuristic cyber-adventure with true literary appeal. Already a cult favorite.

The Best American Comics Cover Image
By Alison Bechdel (Editor), Jessica Abel (Editor), Matt Madden (Editor)
ISBN: 9780547333625
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2011

It was only a matter of time before the Best American franchise started anthologizing graphic works. This collection brings together a strong selection of work and begins with an excellent introduction by comics legend Alison Bechdel.

Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music Cover Image
ISBN: 9780865478565
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Published: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl - May 10th, 2011

A gorgeous and innovative look at one of the less discussed influences on the rock music explosion of the 1960s: the British folk revival. See how folk music influenced bands a diverse as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Traffic.

The Family Fang: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061579035
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Published: Ecco - August 9th, 2011

Annie and Buster grew up as pawns in their parents’ manipulative performance art pieces, so it’s no wonder that later in life, they haven’t quite found their footing. Both siblings return to their family home after a series of unfortunate occurrences, and madness ensues.

The Conference of the Birds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594203060
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Press - October 27th, 2011

Sis, a legendary children’s author, offers his first graphic book for adults. Conference of the Birds is a traditional 12th century Sufi poem about courage, faith, and love.

And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805086935
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Henry Holt & Company - November 8th, 2011

This long awaited first complete biography of the incomparable Kurt Vonnegut, written with Vonnegut’s permission and with access to his personal records. A true giant of 20th century literature finally receives his due.

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