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Dry: A Memior - Augusten Burroughs

None of the many readers of Burroughs's mordant memoir debut, Running with Scissors, would doubt that its entertainingly twisted author could manage, by page 41 of his new installment, to check himself into America's frumpiest alcohol rehab facility for gays. Burroughs has a knack for ending up in depraved situations and a vibrant talent for writing about them.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press ISBN: 0312272057

Still Suitable for Miners- Billy Bragg/

Billy Bragg – spiritual heir to Woody Guthrie, passionate political songwriter and urbane folk singer, equally admired for his offbeat love songs. In his many guises, he has never toed the music biz line. Still Suitable For Miners is his official story, a portrait of a peerless entertainer and a fearless campaigner growing up in Britain in the years after rock'n'roll. Revised and updated edition of his critically acclaimed and fascinating life story

Publisher: Virgin Publishing; ISBN: 0753506912; Rev&Updtd edition (March 2002)

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I, Lucifer - Glen Duncan

ISBN: 0802140149

TThe End is nigh, and the Prince of Darkness ... negotiates a month of "trying without buying" in the body of struggling writer Declan Gunn. ...Luce seizes the opportunity to binge on earthly delights, to straighten the biblical record (Adam, it's hinted, was a misguided variation on the Eve design), to celebrate his favorite achievements (Elton John, for one), and to try to get his screenplay sold, but the experience of walking among us isn't what His Majesty expected: instead of teaching us what it's like to be him, Lucifer finds himself understanding what it's like to be huma
Running with Scissors - Augusten Burroughs

ISBN: 031242227X
The true story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock- therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an ordinary boy’s survival under the most extraordinary circumstance
How I Learned to Snap - Kirk Read

ISBN: 0142002992
With bold Southern humor, journalist and performer Kirk Read takes readers on a guided tour of his precocious and courageous adolescence. Recalling his years as an openly gay high school student, Read describes how he navigated the hallways with his sense of humor and dignity intact. He fondly recalls his initiations into sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, as well as his "shy as neon" acts of rabble rousing during high school. How I Learned to Snap is a refreshingly victim-free story in which queer teenagers are creative, resilient, and ultimately heroic.
Devil in Me - Christopher Fowler Although Fowler is best known as the author of Soho Black, the City Jitters collections and other exercises in urban horror, this new compilation shows the darkness of those works to be but one tone in his colorfully varied palette.These eclectic, well-crafted efforts could break Fowler out to the broader
Spanky - Christopher Fowler A brilliantly crafted tale about the Faustian deal, Fowler has recreated the classical tale and made it his own. Fowler redefines the horror genre altogether with this tale and pushes the entire genre onto a higher platform. He'd put the other American horror masters like Koontz, King and Straub to shame. Horror has found its new home in London, England. A horror feast that chills to the marrow.

London: A Guide to Recent Architecture- S. Hardingham, ed.

This third edition describes and illustrates more than 100 projects, from shops and bars to the mega-developments in the docklands. New entries are the first house built by Future Systems; community housing on the South Bank; and flamboyant inventions in Peckham High Street, an attempt to inject energy into a blighted inner-city area.

England, England
Julian Barnes

Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Stonehenge and Hadrian's Wall, Harrods, Manchester United Football Club, the Tower of London, and even the Royal Family all within easy distance of the each other, accessible, and, best of all, each one living up to an idealized version of itself. This fantasy Britain is created on the Isle of Wight;

Neither Here nor There:
Travels in Europe
Bill Bryson

An account of a European trip blends anecdotes with worldly insights, describing the bleak lands of Norway, the exotic scenes of Istanbul, and the cities of Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Rome, Geneva, and Vienna.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Master Builder
Bruce Feifer & David Larkin

Overview of America's most famous architects works, with 25 of his most famous buildings including Talesian West, Fallingwater, the Robie House, and the Guggenheim Museum with copious color photos, drawings and quotes from the architect.

Everything and More
Geoff Nicholson

The story of what happens when Vita Carlisle shows up in the residence/office of Haden Bros. dept store in London with three straps of dynamite stapped to her perfect waist. She's angry. She's about to explode. The first novel to combine shopping and terrorism.

Notes from A Small Island
Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is an unabashed Anglophile who, through a mistake of history, happened to be born and bred in Iowa. Righting that error, he spent 20 years in England before deciding to repatriate. Bryson does an excellent job of showing his adopted home to a Yank audience.

John Singer Sargent
Killmurray/Ormond, Eds.

1999 Tate Gallery/National Gallery/MFA Boston exhibit catalog

Red Lobster, White Trash, and the Blue Lagoon
Joe Queenan

A Riot of Our Own: Night & Day with the Clash Johnnie Green Leap Year
Peter Cameron Roofworld
Christopher FowlerSoho Black Christopher FowlerDisturbia Christopher FowlerAlec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me Michael Thomas Ford The Men from the Boys William J. Mann

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