Geek Love

Geek Love Description:

i Geek Love i is the story of the Binewskis a carny family whose mater and paterfamilias set out with the help of amphetamine arsenic and radioisotopes to breed their own exhibit of human oddities There s Arturo the Aquaboy who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan Iphy and Elly the lissome Siamese twins albino hunchback Oly and the outwardly normal Chick whose mysterious gifts make him the family s most precious and dangerous asset br br As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U S inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry i i i Geek Love i throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal the beautiful and the ugly the holy and the obscene Family values will never be the same

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

Truck

Truck Description:

With daring realism and stunning imagination the author of i Geek Love i Katherine Dunn takes us on a journey into the mind of a feisty adventurous adolescent named Jean Dutch Gillis Dutch goes trucking from Portland Oregon to Los Angeles on a quest in search of herself which like the river trek of i Deliverance i is filled with discoveries and sudden violence br br With boyish looking Dutch is her friend Heydorf a shadowy character who has his own secrets to hide With her too is the confusion and volatile feelings of youth when sex is a mystery waiting to be understood and death seems remote until it brushes close with a breath stopping suddenness i Truck i perhaps better than any other fictional account about a runaway is a brilliantly convincing portrait of the archetypal teen rebel and both the excitement and the terrible betrayals in the world she explores

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

Attic

Attic Description:

Here is the slim stunning debut novel from the acclaimed author of Geek Love Attic follows a young woman named Kay who has joined a cult like organization that sells magazine subscriptions in small towns When Kay tries to cash a customer s bad check she lands in jail and Dunn s visceral prose gives us a vivid stream of consciousness depiction of the space in which she s held As Kay comes to know the other inmates alliances and rivalries are formed memories are recounted and lives are changed Based on Katherine Dunn s own formative coming of age experiences Attic was critically lauded when it was first published in Now it stands as an extraordinary indelible work from one of our most celebrated writers

Rating: 3.56 out of 5

One Ring Circus: Dispatches from the World of Boxing

One Ring Circus: Dispatches from the World of Boxing Description:

Published together for the first time this anthology of essays on boxing covers the sport in all its forms and at its many levels Written in bestselling author Katherine Dunn s characteristic vernacular these pieces range from portraits of legendary fighters such as Sugar Ray Leonard Roberto Duran Marvin Hagler and Mike Tyson to the unsung stories of trainers amateurs promoters cutmen and a pair of pugilistic priests Spanning years and including all who make up the vibrant boxing world this compilation from one of the most original voices in American sports literature finely elevates the sport and communicates its beauty passion and character

Rating: 3.72 out of 5

Why Do Men Have Nipples? and Other Low-Life Answers to Real-Life Questions

Why Do Men Have Nipples? and Other Low-Life Answers to Real-Life Questions Description:

The acclaimed author of Greek Love Attic and Truck answers inquiries from why men have nipples to how the space shuttle toilet really works The irreverent indefatigable Slicer reveals the answers to life s great and not so great questions such as How do they get the little m s on M amp M s and How come we see millions of pigeons but never pigeon babies

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook

Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook Description:

The strange and gruesome crime scene snapshot collection of LAPD detective Jack Huddleston spans Southern California in its noir heyday i Death Scenes i is the noted forerunner of several copycat titles

Rating: 3.45 out of 5

Snee's Pies

Snee's Pies Description:

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Rating: 3.25 out of 5

Freaks

Freaks Description:

Originally printed in a small edition and withdrawn after one month by the publisher Pocket Books Freaks out of print for nearly years was brought back to eyepopping life with many new photos by the renowned marginal culture press RE Search Now Juno Books morphed from the now defunct RE Search has brought Freaks back into the mainstream publishing fold with panache In Freaks meet the strangest people who ever lived and read about the notorious love affairs of midgets br the dwarf clown s wife whose feet grew directly from her body br the famous pinhead who inspired Verdi s Rigoletto br the inch tall midget happily married to his lbs wife br the human torso who could sew crochet and type and other bizarre accounts of normal humans turned into freaks either voluntarily or by evil design

Rating: 3.40 out of 5

The Many Faces of Van Helsing

The Many Faces of Van Helsing Description:

Twenty two masters of horror and fantasy give Van Helsing the vampire hunter from Bram Stoker s em Dracula em his due as they reimagine the adventures of the greatest foe of the most evil vampire in literary history

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

The Pilo Family Circus

The Pilo Family Circus Description:

i You have two days to pass your audition You better pass it feller You re joining the circus Ain t that the best news you ever got i br br Delivered by a trio of psychotic clowns this ultimatum plunges Jamie into the horrific alternate universe that is the centuries old Pilo Family Circus a borderline world between Hell and Earth from which humankind s greatest tragedies have been perpetrated Yet in this place peopled by the gruesome grotesque and monstrous where violence and savagery are the norm Jamie finds that his worst enemy is himself br br When he applies the white face paint he is transformed into JJ the most vicious clown of all And JJ wants Jamie dead

Rating: 3.57 out of 5