Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? Patrick Bateman has it all: good looks, youth, charm, a job on Wall Street, reservations at every new restaurant in town and a line of girls around the block. He is also a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial, perfect life, he pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream becomes a nightmare . . . American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time. A multimillion-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic, it is a violent black comedy about the darkest side of human nature. ´A seminal book´ Fay Weldon, Washington Post ´Serious, clever and shatteringly effective . . . For its savagely coherent picture of a society lethally addicted to blandness, it should be judged by the highest standards´ Sunday Times ´The first novel to come along in years that takes on deep and Dostoyevskian themes . . . Ellis is showing older authors where the hands have come to on the clock´ Norman Mailer, Vanity Fair
For the 411 on American slang, this guidebook is the top banana From ´´head trip´´ to ´´foot in mouth,´´ American Slang Dictionary gives you the complete definitions of thousands of uniquely American words and phrases, ranging from golden oldies such as ´´catch some rays´´ and ´´take the fifth´´ to more up-to-the-minute coinages like Wall Street´s ´´jonx,´´ the Internet´s ´´ping,´´ and the gangsta´s favorite, ´´shizzle.´´ Inside you´ll find more than 12,000 words and expressions from a wide variety of sources, including gangsta rap, the blogosphere, and the U.S. prison system. In a New York minute, you´ll be down with the colloquialisms, vulgarities, and substandard English that make everyday interactions in contemporary American life so colorful. BSOD or blue screen of death the blue computer screen that appears after a programming or operational error crunk wild; crazy; out of control kvetch to complain left-handed monkey wrench a nonexistent tool word of mouse a message spread by e-mail
Norman Mailer peers into the recesses and buried virtues of the modern American male in a brilliant crime novel that transcends genre. When Tim Madden, an unsuccessful writer living on Cape Cod, awakes with a gruesome hangover, a painful tattoo on his upper arm, and a severed female head in his marijuana stash, he has almost no memory of the night before. As he reconstructs the missing hours, Madden runs afoul of retired prizefighters, sex addicts, mediums, former cons, a world-weary ex-girlfriend, and his own father, old now but still a Herculean figure. Stunningly conceived and vividly composed, Tough Guys Don´t Dance represents Mailer at the peak of his powers. Praise for Tough Guys Don´t Dance ´´Spectacular . . . [Norman Mailer] makes every word count, like a master knife thrower zinging stilettos in a circle around your head.´´-People ´´As brash, brooding and ultimately mesmerizing as the author himself . . . [Mailer strikes a] dazzling balance between humor and horror.´´-New York Daily News ´´A first-rate page-turner of a murder mystery . . . full of great characters, littered with dead bodies and replete with plausible suspects.´´-Chicago Tribune ´´[Tough Guys Don´t Dance] has that charming Mailer bravado.´´-The New York Times Praise for Norman Mailer ´´[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation.´´-The New York Times ´´A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent.´´-The New Yorker ´´Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure.´´-The Washington Post ´´A devastatingly alive and original creative mind.´´-Life ´´Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.´´-The New York Review of Books ´´The largest mind and imagination [in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book.´´-Chicago Tribune ´´Mailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream.´´-The Cincinnati Post From the Paperback edition.
One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2009-- now adapted into the feature film Certain Women, starring Kristen Stewart-- award-winning writer Maile Meloy´s short stories explore complex lives in an austere landscape with the clear-sightedness that first endeared her to readers. Don´t miss her new novel, Do Not Become Alarmed. Meloy´s first return to short stories since her critically acclaimed debut, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It is an extraordinary new work from one of the most promising writers of the last decade. Eleven unforgettable new stories demonstrate the emotional power and the clean, assured style that have earned Meloy praise from critics and devotion from readers. Propelled by a terrific instinct for storytelling, and concerned with the convolutions of modern love and the importance of place, this collection is about the battlefields-and fields of victory-that exist in seemingly harmless spaces, in kitchens and living rooms and cars. Set mostly in the American West, the stories feature small-town lawyers, ranchers, doctors, parents, and children, and explore the moral quandaries of love, family, and friendship. A ranch hand falls for a recent law school graduate who appears unexpectedly- and reluctantly-in his remote Montana town. A young father opens his door to find his dead grandmother standing on the front step. Two women weigh love and betrayal during an early snow. Throughout the book, Meloy examines the tensions between having and wanting, as her characters try to keep hold of opposing forces in their lives: innocence and experience, risk and stability, fidelity and desire. Knowing, sly, and bittersweet, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It confirms Maile Meloy´s singular literary talent. Her lean, controlled prose, full of insight and unexpected poignancy, is the perfect complement to her powerfully moving storytelling.
Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the World War II, ´´The Naked and the Dead´´ received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its 1948 publication and has since become part since become part of the American canon. Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an Army platoon stationed on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei.
´A masterpiece´ MARTIN AMIS ´The best book about homicide detectives by an American writer´ NORMAN MAILER Based on a year on the killing streets of Baltimore, David Simon´s true crime masterpiece reveals a city few will ever experience. Day in day out citizens are shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned to death. At the centre of this hurricane of crime is the city´s homicide unit, a small brotherhood of men who fight for whatever justice is possible in a deadly world.
A humorous and fast-paced debut novel, it follows a Chinese American family who lose everything, only to find themselves. ´...A sassy, riches to rags story that skewers contemporary America in the most entertaining way´ ´´Daily Mail´´
The story of the rise, fall and ultimate redemption of one American family, from one of America´s most highly respected writers, which provides a fitting follow-up to the widely acclaimed ´´Blonde´´. This title was an Oprah Winfrey Book Club Selection, and will be heavily reviewed. ´´Novelists such as John Updike, Philip Roth, Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer slug it out for the title of the Great American Novelist. But maybe they´re wrong. Maybe, just maybe, the great American novelist is a woman.´´ ´´The Herald´´, in a review of ´´Blonde´´.
White kids from the ´burbs are throwing up gang signs. The 2001 Grammy winner for best rap artist was as white as rice. And blond-haired sorority sisters are sporting FUBU gear. What is going on in American culture that´s giving our nation a racial-identity crisis? Following the trail blazed by Norman Mailer´s controversial essay ´´The White Negro,? Everything but the Burden brings together voices from music, popular culture, the literary world, and the media speaking about how from Brooklyn to the Badlands white people are co-opting black styles of music, dance, dress, and slang. In this collection, the essayists examine how whites seem to be taking on, as editor Greg Tate´s mother used to tell him, ´´everything but the burden?-from fetishizing black athletes to spinning the ghetto lifestyle into a glamorous commodity. Is this a way of shaking off the fear of the unknown? A flattering indicator of appreciation? Or is it a more complicated cultural exchange? The pieces in Everything but the Burden explore the line between hero-worship and paternalism. Among the book´s twelve essays are Vernon Reid´s ´´Steely Dan Understood as the Apotheosis of ´The White Negro,´? Carl Hancock Rux´s ´´The Beats: America´s First ´Wiggas,´? and Greg Tate´s own introductory essay ´´Nigs ´R Us.? Other contributors include: Hilton Als, Beth Coleman, Tony Green, Robin Kelley, Arthur Jafa, Gary Dauphin, Michaela Angela Davis, dream hampton, and Manthia diAwara. From the Hardcover edition.