The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid TestTom Wolfe s much discussed kaleidoscopic non fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD induced acid tests all along the way Long cons

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On the Road

On the RoadA quintessential novel of America the Beat Generation On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac s years traveling the N American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, a sideburned hero of the snowy West As Sal Paradise Dean Moriarty, the two roam the country in a quest for self knowledge e

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Naked Lunch

Naked LunchThe book is structured as a series of loosely connected vignettes Burroughs stated that the chapters are intended to be read in any order The reader follows the narration of junkie William Lee, who takes on various aliases, from the U.S to Mexico, eventually to Tangier and the dreamlike Interzone

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestTyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind numbing medication and the threat of electric shock therapy But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy the swaggering, fu

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Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible SagaCalifornia, Labor Day weekendearly, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all night diners cast off one night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big

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Drop City

Drop CityIt is 1970, and a down at the heels California commune devoted to peace, free love, and the simple life has decided to relocate to the last frontier the unforgiving landscape of interior Alaska in the ultimate expression of going back to the land Armed with the spirit of adventure and na ve optimis

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The Dharma Bums

The Dharma BumsTwo ebullient young men search for Truth the Zen way from marathon wine drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, and yabyum in San Francisco s Bohemia, to solitude in the high Sierras and a vigil atop Desolation Peak in Washington State Published just a year after On the Road put the Beat Generation

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Just Kids

Just KidsIn Just Kids, Patti Smith s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never before seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies An honest and moving st

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Junky

JunkyBefore his 1959 breakthrough, Naked Lunch, an unknown William S Burroughs wrote Junky, his first novel It is a candid eye witness account of times and places that are now long gone, an unvarnished field report from the American post war underground Unafraid to portray himself in 1953 as a confirm

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Nicotine

NicotineFrom the much acclaimed author of Mislaid and The Wallcreeper, a fierce and audaciously funny novel of families both the ones we re born into and the ones we create a story of obsession, idealism, and ownership, centered around a young woman who inherits her bohemian late father s childhood home n n

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