Ernest Hemingway said it was awfully easy to be hardboiled during the day, but I think Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe would beg to differ. Those cats and their brethren found trouble no matter where the sun was in the sky, and their sixth senses for sin are why we still love them and think they’re cool over a half century later. Noir literature was, of course, also the basis for some of the most beautifully shot and persistantly hip films known to man, and, thanks to some presses with excellent taste, books full of those iconic images are now stocked on our shelves. Because of its morally and stylistically complex exploration of the darkest sides of modern life, noir literature and film have also spawned a whole field of criticism. Anyway, in the wake of noir femme fatale Lauren Bacall’s death, and inspired by the sultry Chicago summer, here’s a collection of some of our finest offerings in noir fiction, criticism, and art, from curbsidesplendor, akashicbooks, overlookpress, versobooks and more. Bang, bang.
Complete list/ordering info here.
We must really like you all or something, because we are practically *giving* books away these days…
Please welcome remainders to our collection, great books at ridiculously low prices sure to blow. your. mind. We’ll get more if you want us to, but for now be sure to read your Ballard and Bolaño!
This week in newness (a sampler):
nyrbclassics double whammy: Augustus from Stoner author John Williams PLUS a kids’ book translated by Lydia Davis
UChicago prof Bruce Lincoln examines the intersection of myth and history in the founding of the state in Between History & Myth
Chicago’s finest curbsidesplendor drops a debut story collection from Ryan Kenealy
Thanks to hyperboleandahalf, your 2015 just got a whole lot brighter.
Out of the vaults & into your hands, V.1: part of the fun of our ongoing Sidewalk Sale is digging through boxes and stumbling upon treasures, oddities, and everything in between. We’ll be posting some of our favorites and would welcome your participation, too, so send us a picture of your best (or strangest) find and we’ll add it to the mix. For now, a quick reminder that all Sidewalk Sale books are $10/hardcover & $5/paperback, with prices dropping to $8 and $4 respectively this Saturday. And, without further ado: a cover that conflates business success with physical strength, plus a book that everyone with a full spam folder wishes they’d thought to write.
Yo Stoner fans, looky what’s about to drop from nyrbclassics!
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57thstreetbooks it’s been too long
We offer much better vacation deals than Kayak.
It’s happening, folks. Tell your mothers, your brothers, your Levinasian Other (whatever that means). Saturday, August 16th through ??, we’ll be running a massive sidewalk sale at both locations. Prices will drop week by week, the selection of books will change hour by hour, so come early, come often, and get booky with it.
Wondering what’s new in book world? Well, some guy named Murakami put out a new book, kind of under the radar. Jean Baudrillard, aka the Tupac of critical theory, posthumously dropped another book. Karin Fossum continues to thrill. And twodollarradio keeps being too loud to ignore. Checkitout.
Robin Williams brought some of our favorite bookish characters to life during his acting career. Let’s remember.
We’re looking pretty fierce these days, if we do say so ourselves.
Complete list/ordering info here.
…better late than never? Here’s what came out the week of August 4th, including: a new bio of former Co-Op member Susan Sontag, Roxane Gay’s highly anticipated essay collection, Lev Grossman’s latest installment to the Magicians series, and National Book Award-winner The Good Lord Bird in paperback at last!