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Seattle Picks: Cult Classics

Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic By Andrews, V. C. (Book - 1979 ) YA ANDREWS Available in some locations

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.

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

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 2002 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 3 on 6 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 portrait of an American lowlife.

The Master & Margarita
The Master & Margarita By Bulgakov, Mikhail (Book - 1996 ) FIC BULGAKO All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 26 on 7 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: 1 on 11 copies

Annotation:The lowest kind of ultra-violent 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: 2 on 9 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.

The Basketball Diaries
The Basketball Diaries By Carroll, Jim (Book - 1987 ) 813.54 C2365C 1987 Available in some locations

Annotation:Long before drug addict memoirs were in vogue came this raw, unflinching account of shooting hoops, talking smack and growing up fast on the streets of New York City.

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: 29 on 15 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

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: 4 on 10 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 By Ellis, Bret Easton (Book - 1991 ) FIC ELLIS All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 5 on 3 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.

Pimp
Pimp The Story of My Life By Iceberg Slim (Book - 2011 ) B Ic2 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 3 copies

Annotation:The harsh authenticity of Slim’s gritty 1967 account of the hustler’s life has inspired generations of street literature.

On the Road
On the Road By Kerouac, Jack (Book - 1976 ) FIC KEROUAC Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 14 copies

Annotation:To go adventuring into the crazy American night, raving like a loon, beatific and untouchable, not searching but finding, in constant motion: this was all.

Necronomicon
Necronomicon The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft By Lovecraft, H. P. (Book - 2008 ) FIC LOVECRA 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 13 copies

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: 82 on 18 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 By Palahniuk, Chuck (Book - 2005 ) FIC PALAHNI 2005 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 4 on 9 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: 14 on 10 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 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 3 on 8 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.

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle By Smith, Dodie (Book - 2003? ) FIC SMITH Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 13 copies

Annotation:Few novels have inspired such devoted followings as Cassandra Mortmain’s candid, witty recollection of growing up and finding her heart’s desire in a decrepit English castle.

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 11 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: 5 on 17 copies

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

Infinite Jest
Infinite Jest A Novel By Wallace, David Foster (Book - 2006 ) FIC WALLACE 2006 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 24 on 17 copies

Annotation:Can you finish this brilliant, darkly comic postmodern masterpiece, which weighs in at over half a million heavily footnoted words? There’s only one way to find out.

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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