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Seattle Picks: Cult Classics

Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic By Andrews, V. C. (Book - 1979 ) YA ANDREWS All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5 on 9 copies

Annotation:Shocking carnal secrets; torments of the body and the mind; for the Dollangangers, it's all in the family. After 30 years, this lurid gothic tale is still going strong.

The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale By Atwood, Margaret Eleanor (Book - 1998 ) FIC ATWOOD All copies in use Availability details Holds: 18 on 15 copies

Annotation:A day is coming soon when women will know their place: to clean, to breed, and to minister to their husbands’ needs. For many, that day may already be here.

The New York Trilogy
The New York Trilogy By Auster, Paul (Book - 2006 ) FIC AUSTER 2006 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 17 copies

Annotation:The mysteries encountered in these postmodern detective tales are not “Who done it?” but “Who are we? What is our story? Why do we exist?”

Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America ; The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster ; And, In Watermelon Sugar
Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America ; The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster ; And, In Watermelon Sugar By Brautigan, Richard (Book - 1989 ) FIC BRAUTIG Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 9 copies

Annotation:Drifting along with the flow of time, spinning in revelatory eddies, or striding against the cultural mainstream, we search for that elusive perfect spot to catch a rainbow.

Post Office
Post Office A Novel By Bukowski, Charles (Book - 2002 ) FIC BUKOWSK 2001 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4 on 2 copies

Annotation:When boozing, womanizing and gambling fail to deliver Henry Chinaski from the insane tedium of his crappy job, he goes postal on paper. A gritty slice of American lowlife.

The Master & Margarita
The Master & Margarita By Bulgakov, Mikhail (Book - 1996 ) FIC BULGAKO All copies in use Availability details Holds: 23 on 12 copies

Annotation:The devil and his talking cat come to Moscow and find themselves right at home. Hilarious, beguiling and mind-bending, this surreal satire is a book like no other.

A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange By Burgess, Anthony (Book - 2012 ) FIC BURGESS 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 10 copies

Annotation:The lowest kind of ultraviolent filth, young Alex fulfills all our worst fears of a sick society. But is the cure worse than the disease?

Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch The Restored Text By Burroughs, William S. (Book - 2001 ) FIC BURROUG 2001 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 15 copies

Annotation:Welcome to Interzone, a bizarre and arbitrary dreamscape where nothing seems quite as it is, and reality writhes horribly at the end of every fork.

Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves
Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves By Danielewski, Mark Z. (Book - 2000 ) FIC DANIELE 2000 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5 on 13 copies

Annotation:Follow Johnny Truant as he is drawn into the labyrinthine shadows of this enormous and mystifying literary underworld, but beware: parts of you may never return.

The Man in the High Castle
The Man in the High Castle By Dick, Philip K. (Book - 1992 ) SCI-FIC DICK All copies in use Availability details Holds: 13 on 2 copies

Annotation:When the Allies lost World War II, everything changed. Or did it? What do the shifting sands of history matter next to the terrible constants of human nature?

Geek Love
Geek Love By Dunn, Katherine (Book - 2002 ) FIC DUNN All copies in use Availability details Holds: 21 on 11 copies

Annotation:Step right up! See the Siamese twin pianists! Arturo the flippered AquaBoy! The mental giant and the tiny albino! The Binewskis are not your typical family, but then – whose is?

American Psycho
American Psycho A Novel By Ellis, Bret Easton (Book - 1991 ) FIC ELLIS Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 7 copies

Annotation:Patrick Bateman has wealth, power, friends and impeccable style, and is a homicidal monster. This sly, infamous satire of our materialistic culture is not for the squeamish.

On the Road
On the Road By Kerouac, Jack (Book - 1976 ) FIC KEROUAC All copies in use Availability details Holds: 11 on 16 copies
Tales of H.P. Lovecraft
Tales of H.P. Lovecraft Major Works By Lovecraft, H. P. (Book - 2000 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:From out of the terrible abysm of endless night comes a weird hypnotic voice, conjuring forth some ancient evil in a forbidden language lost to time. The voice is Lovecraft’s.

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle By Murakami, Haruki (Book - 1998 ) FIC MURAKAM All copies in use Availability details Holds: 32 on 10 copies

Annotation:Having lost his job, his cat and his wife, Toru Okada finds his life taking on the curious but unquestionable logic of a dream.

Fight Club
Fight Club A Novel By Palahniuk, Chuck (Book - 2005 ) FIC PALAHNI 2005 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 12 copies

Annotation:Can’t sleep? Perhaps it is because you’ve never fully woken up. Tyler Durden has the solution, but brace yourself: this is going to hurt.

The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar By Plath, Sylvia (Book - 2005 ) FIC PLATH 2005 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 12 on 15 copies

Annotation:It may have been that the world was going mad, or that she was. Perhaps it was both. Whatever the case, Esther Greenwood has decided it can’t go on much longer.

Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged By Rand, Ayn (Book - 1999 ) FIC RAND 1999 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:"Who is John Galt?" In her epic objectivist vision of a helpless world forsaken by its geniuses, Rand provides the answer, and why we should care.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories By Thompson, Hunter S. (Book - 1998 ) 070.92 THOMPSO 1998 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 12 copies

Annotation:Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, attorney at law, head out on a trip or two to Vegas, home of the great American hallucination. Buy the ticket, take the ride.

A Confederacy of Dunces
A Confederacy of Dunces By Toole, John Kennedy (Book - 2000 ) FIC TOOLE Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 19 copies

Annotation:Meet Ignatius J. Reilly, the grandiosely repellant bloviating buffoon whose jaw-dropping misadventures prove too much even for New Orleans.

500 Essential Cult Books
500 Essential Cult Books The Ultimate Guide By McKinnon, Gina (Book - 2010 ) 011.73 M2164F 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Not seeing your favorite cult classic on this list? It’s probably in this lavishly illustrated readers’ guide, together with scores of other titles you’ll want to read.

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