Anchor - More engaging than any new fiction in years. Chuck palahniukan unforgettable work of fiction that peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern American town to reveal the sad, stunted but resilient lives of its residents. Knockemstiff is a genuine entry into the literature of place. Spanning a period from the mid-sixties to the late nineties, the linked stories that comprise Knockemstiff feature a cast of recurring characters who are irresistibly, undeniably real.

. Donald ray pollock presents his characters and the sordid goings-on with a stern intelligence, a bracing absence of value judgments, and a refreshingly dark sense of bottom-dog humor. A father pumps his son full of steroids so he can vicariously relive his days as a perpetual runner-up body builder. A psychotic rural recluse comes upon two siblings committing incest and feels compelled to take action.

The Devil All the Time

Anchor - In the backwoods of ohio, no matter how much he drinks, Willard Russell’s wife is succumbing to cancer, prays, or sacrifices animals at his "prayer log. Meanwhile, his son arvin is growing up, from a kid bullied at school into a man who knows when to take action. Anchor Books. Around them swirl a nefarious cast of characters—a demented team of serial killers, a spider-eating preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff—all braided into a riveting narrative of the grittiest American grain.

The Heavenly Table

Anchor - When a crime spree sets the Jewetts on a collision course for the Fiddlers, an unlikely--and turbulent--relationship begins between the families. In 1917, pearl jewett ekes out an existence as a dispossessed farmer along with his three criminally-minded sons Cane, Cob, in that sliver of border land between Georgia and Alabama, and Chimney.

In the gothic tradition of flannery o'connor with a heavy dose of cinematic violence reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino, Donald Ray Pollock pens a bloody tale of dark and horrific conflict between two families in an era not so distant from today. Anchor Books. Hundreds of miles away, have been swindled out of their family fortune while reeling from the disappearance of their son Eddie, the good-natured Fiddlers, another farming family, who left to fight the Germans.

Where All Light Tends to Go

G.P. Putnam's Sons - The area surrounding cashiers, is home to people of all kinds, North Carolina, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. This isn’t your ordinary coming-of-age novel, but with his bone-cutting insights into these men and the region that bred them, Joy makes it an extraordinarily intimate experience.

Marilyn stasio, the new york Times Book Review"Lyrical, propulsive, dark and compelling. Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, he’s faced with a choice: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves.

Where All Light Tends to Go - In a place where blood is thicker than water and hope takes a back seat to fate, Jacob wonders if he can muster the strength to rise above the only life he’s ever known. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Joy knows well the grit and gravel of his world, the soul and blemishes of the place.

Daniel woodrell in the country-noir tradition of Winter's Bone meets 'Breaking Bad, ' a savage and beautiful story of a young man seeking redemption. A finalist for the edgar Award for Best First Novel“Remarkable. Anchor Books.

Crimes in Southern Indiana: Stories

FSG Originals - In the title story, a man who has devolved from breeding hounds for hunting to training them for dog-fighting crosses paths with a Salvadoran gangbanger tasked with taking over the rural drug trade, but who mostly wants to grow old in peace. Anchor Books. A dark evocation of the survivalist spirit of the working class, this is a brilliant debut by an important new voice.

Bill's prose is gritty yet literary, shocking, and impossible to put down. As crimes in sourthern indiana unfolds, we witness the unspeakable, yet are compelled to find sympathy for the depraved. Bill's people are pressed to the brink―and beyond. Frank bill delivers what is both a wake-up call and a gut punch.

Crimes in Southern Indiana: Stories - There is scoot mccutchen, after years of running, or why, whose beloved wife falls terminally ill, leaving him with nothing to live for―which doesn't quite explain why he brutally murders her and her doctor and flees, he decides to turn himself in. Welcome to heartland america circa right about now, when the union jobs and family farms that kept the white on the picket fences have given way to meth labs, backwoods gunrunners, and bare-knuckle brawling.

Bill's southern indiana is haunted with the deep, authentic sense of place that recalls the best of Southern fiction, but the interconnected stories bristle with the urban energy of a Chuck Palahniuk or a latter-day Nelson Algren and rush with the slam-bang plotting of pulp-noir crime writing à la Jim Thompson.

A ferocious debut that puts frank bill's southern indiana on the literary map next to Cormac McCarthy's eastern Tennessee and Daniel Woodrell's Missouri OzarksCrimes in Southern Indiana is the most blistering, vivid, flat-out fearless debut to plow into American literature in recent years.

The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake

Back Bay Books - Anchor Books. Breece d'j pancake cut short a promising career when he took his own life at the age twenty-six. Back Bay Books. Published posthumously, this is a collection of stories that depict the world of Pancake's native rural West Virginia.

Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the World's Best Poems

Vintage - Back Bay Books. America’s most provocative intellectual brings her blazing powers of analysis to the most famous poems of the Western tradition—and unearths some previously obscure verses worthy of a place in our canon. Daring, break, riveting, blow, and beautifully written, Burn is a modern classic that excites even seasoned poetry lovers—and continues to create generations of new ones.

Anchor Books. Vintage Books USA. Combining close reading with a panoramic breadth of learning, camille paglia sharpens our understanding of poems we thought we knew, and makes a case for including in the canon works by Paul Blackburn, from Shakespeare to Dickinson to Plath, Chuck Wachtel, Wanda Coleman, Rochelle Kraut—and even Joni Mitchell.

Donnybrook: A Novel

FSG Originals - Jarhead is a desperate man who'd do just about anything to feed his children. Back Bay Books. Fight until only one man is left standing while a rowdy festival of onlookers―drunk and high on whatever's on offer―bet on the fighters. Vintage Books USA. So deep that liz wants it all for herself, and she might just be ready to kill her brother for it.

Meanwhile, there's chainsaw angus―an undefeated master fighter who isn't too keen on getting his face punched anymore, Liz, so he and his sister, have started cooking meth. As we travel through the backwoods to get to the Donnybrook, we meet a cast of nasty, all in the name of getting their fix―drugs, violence, sex, ruined characters driven to all sorts of evil, money, honor.

Donnybrook: A Novel - He's also the toughest fighter in southeastern Kentucky, and he's convinced that his ticket to a better life is one last fight with a cash prize so big it'll solve all his problems. Anchor Books. And then some. One more showdown to take place at the Donnybrook. Now a major motion picturethe raw and as-insane-as-anticipated first novel from Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern IndianaThe Donnybrook is a three-day bare-knuckle tournament held on a thousand-acre plot out in the sticks of southern Indiana.

And they get in deep. Twenty fighters.

Deviant Behavior

Routledge - Vintage Books USA. Back Bay Books. Deviant behavior provides a comprehensive study of the behavior, conditions, beliefs, and reactions to deviance, giving students a better understanding of this phenomenon. Routledge. Criminal behavior itself more discussion of the relativity of deviance, including how murder is socially and legally constructed expands the notion that conspiracy theory is a form of cognitive deviance New discussion furthers the difference between labeling theory and constructionism New Section on environmental pollution with reference to "green criminology" New section added on Deviance and Harm Newsworthy new features include: A Formerly Homeless Man Speaks Out Victimization and Abuse Mass Incarceration Stop and Frisk Missing Black Men? with implications for families and demography Arrest-Incarceration Gap Disparities in Sentencing The End of the Crime Decline? The Brother of a Murder Victim Speaks Out A Tattoo Collector Gets Inked Faculty-Student Sex Reflections on Studying BDSM Anchor Books.

New to this edition: Two chapters on crime make clearer distinctions between criminalization of behavior, vs. Deviance is discussed from the sociological perspectives of positivism and constructionism. Readers will grasp the reason behind deviant behavior through the positivist perspective and why certain actions, beliefs, and physical characteristics are condemned through the constructionist perspective.

The World Made Straight: A Novel

Picador - Anchor Books. Travis becomes his student, but with the legacy of the civil war massacre that, and the fate of these two outsiders becomes increasingly entwined as the community's terrible past and corrupt present bear down on each of them from every direction, even after a century, leading to a violent reckoning―not only with Toomey, of sorts, continues to divide an Appalachian community.

Now leonard lives with his dogs and his sometime girlfriend in a run-down trailer outside town, deals a few drugs, and studies journals from the Civil War. Back Bay Books. After hours of passing in and out of consciousness, the wise and vicious farmer who set the trap to protect his plants, Travis is discovered by Carlton Toomey, and Travis's confrontation with the subtle evils within his rural world has begun.

Vivid, harrowing yet ultimately hopeful, The World Made Straight is Ron Rash's subtlest exploration yet of the painful conflict between the bonds of home and the desire for independence. Routledge. Before long, travis has moved out of his parents' home to live with Leonard Shuler, a one-time schoolteacher who lost his job and custody of his daughter years ago, when he was framed by a vindictive student.

The World Made Straight: A Novel - Now a major motion picture starring noah wyle, steve earle, adelaide clemens, jeremy irvine, minka kelly, and haley joel osment. One of the major writers of our time. The atlanta journal-constitutiontravis shelton is seventeen the summer he wanders into the woods onto private property outside his North Carolina hometown, discovers a grove of marijuana large enough to make him some serious money, and steps into the jaws of a bear trap.

The Dirty Parts of the Bible: A Novel

Independently published - Obstacles arise in the form of a saucy prostitute, a flaming boxcar, and a man-eating catfish. Semifinalist for the amazon breakthrough Novel Awardand previous #1 Bestseller in Humorous Literary Fiction"A rich and soulful novel. Steeped in wanderlust and whimsy. Publishers weekly"the dirty Parts of the Bible might just be the long-awaited Great American Novel.

New york times bestselling author John M. Perkinsthe dirty parts of the bible is a humorous adventure across america during the Great Depression--a rollicking tale of love and liquor, Willie Nelson, sure to appeal to fans of O Brother Where Art Thou?,  Water for Elephants, Mark Twain, trains and treasure, preachers and prostitutes, and Johnny Cash.

The Dirty Parts of the Bible: A Novel - It's 1936, and tobias Henry is stuck in the frozen hinterlands of Michigan. Tobias is obsessed with two things: God and girls. Mostly girls, of course. But being a baptist preacher's son, he can't escape God. When his father is blinded in a bizarre accident involving hard cider and bird droppings, Tobias must ride the rails to Texas to recover a long-hidden stash of money.

Along the way, he's initiated into the hobo brotherhood by Craw, a ribald vagabond-philosopher. Back Bay Books.