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Fourteen of F. Scott Fitzgerald's best-loved and most beguiling stories, together in a single volume In 1928, while struggling with his novel Tender Is the Night, Fitzgerald began writing a series of stories about Basil Duke Lee, a fictionalized version of his younger self. Drawing on his childhood and adolescent experiences, Fitzgerald wrote nine tales that were published in the Saturday Evening Post about his life from the time he was an eleven-year-old boy living in Buffalo, New York, until he entered Princeton University in 1913. Then from 1930 to 1931, with Tender Is the Night still unfinished, Fitzgerald wrote five more stories (also published in the Post) that centered around Josephine Perry, Basil's female counterpart. Although Fitzgerald intended to combine the fourteen Basil Lee and Josephine Perry stories into a single work, he never succeeded in doing so in his lifetime. Here, The Basil and Josephine Stories brings together in one volume the complete set, resulting in one of Fitzgerald's most charming and evocative works.

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Book Club Edition. Dust jacket has edgewear, no tears. Boards with purple title on spine clean, mild spine bumping. Binding tight. Full of B & W photos. Pages clean, no names, marks or highlights. Proceeds benefit the Oro Valley Library.

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The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels—Hell’s Angels, that is—in this short work of nonfiction.

“California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur. . . The Menace is loose again.”

Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson’s vivid account of his experiences with California’s most notorious motorcycle gang, the Hell’s Angels. In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial Angels, cycling up and down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, “For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson’s book is a thoughtful piece of work.” As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell’s Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend.

From the Hardcover edition.

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A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER

New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2008 Time Magazine's Best Book of 2008 Los Angeles Times Best Books of 2008 San Francisco Chronicle's 50 Best Fiction Books of 2008 Seattle Times Best Books of 2008 New York Magazine Top Ten Books of 2008 Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman--these are among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared.

In the words of The Washington Post, "With 2666, Roberto Bolaño joins the ambitious overachievers of the twentieth-century novel, those like Proust, Musil, Joyce, Gaddis, Pynchon, Fuentes, and Vollmann, who push the novel far past its conventional size and scope to encompass an entire era, deploying encyclopedic knowledge and stylistic verve to offer a grand, if sometimes idiosyncratic, summation of their culture and the novelist's place in it. Bolaño has joined the immortals."

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A Book of Instructions and Drawings by Yoko Ono

Back in print for the first time in nearly thirty years, here is Yoko Ono's whimsical, delightful, subversive, startling book of instructions for art and for life.

"Burn this book after you've read it." -- Yoko

"A dream you dream alone may be a dream, but a dream two people dream together is a reality." "This is the greatest book I've ever burned." -- John

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Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

The international bestseller that inspired a major Nova special and sparked a new understanding of the universe, now with a new preface and epilogue.

Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away layers of mystery to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter―from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas―is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

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The Magus is the story of Nicholas Urfe, a young Englishman who accepts a teaching assignment on a remote Greek island. There his friendship with a local millionaire evolves into a deadly game, one in which reality and fantasy are deliberately manipulated, and Nicholas must fight for his sanity and his very survival.

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A Lama Foundation Book. Describes one man's transformation upon his acceptance of the principles of Yoga and gives a modern restatement of the importance of the spiritual side of man's nature. Illustrated.

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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mythology, Religion and the Unknown, Vol 8

*This is a very rare and highly unique Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural and the Paranormal. Each individual volume has extensive ancient artwork, illustrations and current photographs. These are 1st Edition, 24 complete volumes printed in 1970. It covers every subject you can imagine or think of, PLUS much more. The most complete series of information ever printed and published to this present day.

These volumes contain and include everything from: Astrology, Astral Projection, Ritual Magic from all cultures, Qabbalah, Witchcraft, Divination, Shamanism, gods and goddesses of all Ancient and Modern day religions, ESP (extra-sensory perception), The Phiosophers' Stone, the Holy Grail, The Elixir of Life, Fairies, Elves, Tarot, Gnosticism, Hand of Glory, Hermes Trismegistus, Homoeopathic Magic, Immortality, Incarnation, Philosophies from different societies, Horse Whisperers, Dances and Myths of American Indians, Kundalini (Hinduism), Landscape Symbolism, Eliphis Levi, Lesser Key of Solomon, Macrocosm and Microcosm, Magic Squares, Tantra, Psychic Abilities, Theosophy, Merlin, Mermaids and Mermen, Monsters and Mythical Beasts, Nature Mysticism, Numerology, Occultism, Illuminati, Pagan (definition), Path Symbolism ( the way, the road and the journey), Psychological Theories, Plants and Flowers, Prehistoric Religion, Predestination and Free Will, Rasputin, Runes, Schizophrenia, Science Fiction, Selfhood, Shape-shifting, Snowshoe Dancing (Chippewa Indians), Symbolism, Telkinesis, Telepathy (Thought Transference), Transubstantiation, Tree of Life, UFOs, United States of America, Universe, Vegetation Spirits, VooDoo, A.E. Waite, Aleister Crowley, The Golden Dawn, Wicca, Malcom X, Yin and Yang, W.B. Yeats, I Ching, Dragons, Yoga, Zen Buddhism, Zodiac, Zombies, Zoroastrianism, and MUCH, MUCH MORE, with thousands of other topics as well. These books are graphic, detailed, informative and conclusive going back to the beginning of history through the present times.

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Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

Nearly every major city in the world has them: hidden underground seduction lairs where men gather to trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to seduce women.

This is not fiction.

For two years, bestselling author Neil Strauss lived among these men. Using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity, he began his remarkable journey from AFC (Average Frustrated Chump) to PUA (Pickup Artist) to PUG (Pickup Guru) —refining his approach, sharing unforgettable encounters with the likes of Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Courtney Love, and ultimately transforming himself from frog to prince . . . to prisoner.

And then things started to get really strange.

One of the most explosive and controversial books in years, The Game is guaranteed to change the lives of men and transform the way women understand the opposite sex forever.

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"The Comedy of Errors" is the story of two identical twins named Antipholus who are separated following a shipwreck 25 years earlier. Antipholus of Ephesus grows up in Ephesus with his mother, while Antipholus of Syracuse grows up in Syracuse with his father. Despite a ban on travel between the two cities, their father, Egeon, travels from Syracuse to Ephesus to try and find his long lost son and wife.

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In 1928, Georges Bataille published this first novel under a pseudonym, a legendary shocker that uncovers the dark side of the erotic by means of forbidden obsessive fantasies of excess and sexual extremes. A classic of pornographic literature, Story of the Eye finds the parallels in Sade and Nietzsche and in the investigations of contemporary psychology; it also forecasts Bataille's own theories of ecstasy, death and transgression which he developed in later work.

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