Aug 27 2013

Customer Corner

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Kip Taylor is a newish customer of ours and we’re very pleased to have met him. He’s a thoughtful guy and, as you’ll see below, a thoughtful reader. So without further ado, take it away, Kip…


What was the last truly great book you read?

Wow. This is a tough question to start with. I’m in Southern New Hampshire University’s MFA in Fiction program, so I’ve been reading a lot of wonderful books by authors that I’ve neglected for a long time. I’ve read my first Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises, Woolf:  The Waves, Fitzgerald: Tender is the Night, and Rushdie: Shalimar the Clown. Despite these and others, I have to say that my favorite book of the past year has been Susan Vreeland’s Girl in Hyacinth Blue, a book of loosely woven short stories that follows the owners of a Dutch master painting. My favorite author of the year has been Anton Chekov, whose short stories are astonishingly good. It’s been a brilliant year of reading for me.


What’s your favorite literary genre?

I was originally a pop science fiction and fantasy fan, but I’m finding myself more interested in historical fiction and speculative fiction the older I get. My writing is driving me more towards material with well researched settings that accompany heavy depth of character and carefully crafted prose.


What type of fiction or nonfiction do you absolutely refuse to read?

I really hate horror of most all stripes in the fiction vein. I loved Stoker’s Dracula, when I read it a long time ago, but I think that it’s likely the extent of my foray into dark, horror pieces. As far as nonfiction, I’m starting to expand, but I’ve still never read a lot of biographies or memoir, they just don’t do it for me, usually, regardless of what I try.


Name your all-time favorite book.

Hmm. Again, difficult, but if I go with my first response, I can’t deny the effect that Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings had on me as a young reader. I haven’t read the books in a decade and a half, but they still resonate with me.


Name a highly respected book, fiction or nonfiction, you found overrated and unsatisfying.

I know that Kafka is well loved and brilliant, but I read The Trial this year and hated my life for the days that I was reading it. To be fair, it was unfinished and I may have had a bad translation, but I can’t envision it being a satisfying read however it might be doctored.


What’s your opinion of e-books?

I think that e-books are a good thing for literature and the industry, as they will keep people reading in a world of easy technology, comfort, and convenience. I also love the idea of being able to carry multiple books in a single device that I can stand to stare at for more than a couple of hours. All of this said, I haven’t stopped purchasing and reading conventional books. There’s something about the tactile nature of holding the texts and turning the pages that connects me to the material more than the digital format. I’m sure the effect is the same when considering the mass change from spoken word to written word storytelling however many centuries ago throughout various cultures. Something is gained, something is lost.


Who’s your favorite writer?

I couldn’t say for sure, but Virginia Woolf is quite literally intoxicating to me. Her prose, as dense and complex as it can be on the page, makes my brain happy and I love devouring her descriptions and narrative responses to the actions and words of the characters. It’s beautiful. I plan to write my term paper next semester on her work; purely an excuse to read as much of her work as I dare.


If you could meet any author, living or dead, who would it be?

As far as living authors, I suppose I’d like to meet Salmon Rushdie. His freedom, breadth, whimsy, and boldness in writing is inspiring to me. As far as dead authors, it would probably be Virginia Woolf. I’m sure I’d waste all of my questioning time trying to convince her to spare her own life.


Who is your favorite fictional character?

I don’t have a character that I love over every other that comes to mind. However, of things I’ve read recently, Remedios the Beauty in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude is a great example of whimsy, dark humor, and just plain quirky writing. She is one of the characters that make the heavier parts of the book palatable. The aspects of her life, from her enlightened and simplistic perspective on life to her supernatural beauty, to her nudism, the fatal effects of her scent on the men in her town and her Biblical ascension into the sky, all of these make her quite memorable. If I cheat and step out of strict literature, I’ll choose Hamlet every time.

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Feb 22 2013

In the Margins

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All the gloomy talk about the supposed death of the publishing industry is overstated and spurious. Yep, e-books have upended the publishing paradigm and, true, far fewer people read books of any kind than watch TV and movies, surf the Internet, fulminate on Facebook and tweet-tweet on Twitter, or do all manner of things on their smartphones. That being said, there is no substitute for a well produced conventional book; that’s why a significant chunk of the book-buying public still likes acquiring them and prefers them to any electronic alternative. And a lot of these people own e-readers. Another thing about traditional books: they’re actually easily portable.

The poster child for the magnificently executed (and, all things considered, pretty reasonably priced) print-and-paper, physical book is the Norton Annotated Edition. Let’s say you want a dependable classic like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or The Wind in the Willows. Each of these is easily available in a number of varying inexpensive paperback editions. Buy one of these paperbacks and you’ll get a nice edition of the original text with some additional notes and, almost always, a newly commissioned foreword tossed in. Maybe there’ll even be a few illustrations, original drawings, what have you. Your average cost’s going to run about, say, $12 to $16. Not bad. Double that amount, though, and you’ll score a keeper: a permanent hardbound addition to your library, one that you can pass down to your children, nieces, nephews, good friends — anyone you love who’ll appreciate a book that will weigh more in every sense than a simple paperback. A little extra money was never better spent.

Norton Annotateds are oversized, deluxe hardcovers; most of them are priced at $39.95. Pick one up and leaf through it and you’ll be surprised the price is this low. These books are beautiful and meant to keep over a lifetime. Each is copiously illustrated and impeccably designed, but it’s the annotations that really seal the deal. As we said, you can read a classic anywhere in any old format, but when you go with a Norton Annotated Edition, you get all the power of the original text amplified by an exhaustive, illuminating battery of auxiliary commentary compiled by scholars who specialize in the source material. These people have devoted their lives to learning everything there is to learn — and uncovering even more — about a particular author and his or her most famous book. Thus, when I picked up my Norton copy of The Wind in the Willows, within the first few pages alone I learned so much more about that ageless novel than I did by reading the (perfectly serviceable) Penguin Classics edition of it I originally bought a few years ago. The entire reading experience was enriched a hundredfold. And then there are those illustrations and photographs, all top-drawer. Enough of my persuasions. The books themselves do the best talking.

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Oct 17 2012

Customer Corner

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We recommence our customer-profile feature with apologies for the long delay since the debut installment. Hope to get back on track with this so we can profile many more of our friends who shop with us and love to talk books. John Lesser is probably our most loyal customer, bar none; he’s been shopping here nonstop since Subterranean Books first opened back in October, 2000 (yes, we’re 12 years old now!). Here’s John in a convenient nutshell: opera buff; prodigious reader; nice guy — and, as you’ll see below, a highly cultured, extremely well-read man. We’ll let him take over and do the talking now…

What is your all-time favorite book?
A Man Without Qualities (Robert Musil)
The first time that I read this massive work I spent almost a year at it.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Roberto Bolaño, Leonardo Sciascia, Thomas Bernhard, John Banville,
Jose Saramago, Salman Rushdie, Nikki Ducornet and Angela Carter.
Interestingly, four of these authors I know only in translation. I wish that I could read Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Hungarian or Czech books in those languages.

What are you reading now?
I have just finished Bring Up The Bodies (Hilary Mantel), a worthy follow-up to Wolf Hall. [Our aside: Mantel just won her second Man Booker Prize, this time for Bring Up the Bodies.]

Do you keep the books you read?
Almost always. I don’t like to lend books, but I do recommend titles. When I moved to smaller quarters three years ago, I had to give up more than eight thousand books. I wish that I had them back, but I’ve already amassed two or three hundred new books and my shelves are bowing.

Do you prefer a book that makes you laugh or cry, or one that teaches or distracts?
I love a good book that makes me react and paints a clear picture; happy or sad,
maybe just beautifully written. Books are never distractions. They are time machines, mirrors, passports and cabinets of wonder.

So what was the last book that made you laugh, cry, or taught you something?
They Eat Puppies, Don’t They? (Christopher Buckley)
The Song of Achilles (Madeline Miller)
Verdi’s Shakespeare (Garry Wills)

What books have you found disappointing or overrated?
Bel Canto (Ann Patchett) I was told that I would like it, but I didn’t like it at all.
Most bestselling current fiction leaves me hungry for a really good book. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) was easily forgotten. I rarely, if ever, leave a book unfinished though I have occasionally had to force myself to reach the end.

What are your favorite story collections?
I really enjoyed St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (Karen Russell), Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri), The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God (Etgar Keret) and any bit of insanity from David Sedaris.

Do you tend to read more short fiction or novels?
I read both. I also read biography, history and everything from the Classics to Steam Punk. I tend to shy away from poetry and plays, but there are exceptions. I the last few months I’ve read biographies of Catherine the Great (Robert K. Massie), Cleopatra (Stacy Schiff), Caravaggio (Andrew Graham-Dixon) and Joan of Arc (Nancy Goldstone).

What author, living or dead, would you like to meet?
Who wouldn’t want to chit-chat with Shakespeare or Dante? I would like to trade obscenities with Rabelais and meet any author whose work(s) I have enjoyed. Having worked with several book festivals and attended author programs, I have had the opportunity to meet and speak briefly with many contemporary writers — most recently Jasper Fforde who was as entertaining as his books.

Which book do you plan to read next?
American Canopy (Eric Rutkow)

Do you avoid very long books in favor of a shorter, faster read?
No. I’ve happily worked through The Tale of Genji (Lady Murasaki Shikibu), The Book of Memories (Peter Nadas), Jerusalem: A Biography (Simon Sebag Montefiore), We, The Drowned (Carlton Jensen), 2666 (Roberto Bolaño), A Man Without Qualities (Robert Musil), and Le Ton Beau de Marot and Goedel, Escher, Bach (Douglas R. Hofstadter).

If someone asks you to recommend a book, what do you often suggest?
The Quickening Maze (Adam Foulds), Assassination Vacation (Sarah Vowell), In the Garden of Beasts (Erik Larson), The Fountains of Neptune (Rikki Ducornet), or The Sea (John Banville).

Name a few books that you’ve read that aren’t widely known, but which were and remain favorites.
On Heroes and Tombs (Ernesto Sabato)
Bomarzo (Manuel Mujica-Lainez)

I am an extremely “visual” reader, seeing every moment of a book in my mind’s eye. The richer a writer’s imagery, the more engaged I become whether the subject be fiction, nonfiction, history, fantasy, humor, biography, diary or even reference.

I believe strongly in supporting independent bookstores and am fortunate that the staff of Subterranean Books, in particular, knows what I might like and will make recommendations. I have never bought a book through Amazon and I read an average of one book a week.

— Thank you, John! (From all of us here at your favorite bookshop.)





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Jun 18 2012

Customer Corner

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We’re launching a new segment here on our blog, wherein we pose some questions to our loyal regulars, the good folk who make bookselling fun and keep us in business. We stole the idea from the New York Times Book Review, and we hope they don’t mind. We’ll commence with Paul Friswold: RFT staff writer, lover of all things arcane and Celtic, prodigious reader, wise friend.

What’s the last truly great book you read?
A: The Sea Kingdoms, by Alistair Moffat. It’s a history of the Celtic people, but as seen through the lens of the modern UK. Moffat goes to those places where custom and culture linger (Padstow in Cornwall, the Isle of Lewis, the Isle of Man) and shows that the passage of thousands of years are incapable of stripping away the essential nature of a people. The clothes may change, but the soul remains the same. It’s a huge story well told, with the biases of the author (a proud Scotsman) on full display. It simultaneously made the world seem older and fresher, and human life smaller and vaster. I was sad to finish it, which is the surest sign I know that I just read a great book.

What book changed your life?
A: My heart says The Hobbit; my gut says the Ace paperback version of Conan with the Frank Frazetta cover of Conesy battling Thak the Man-Ape. My mom gave me The Hobbit when I was 7 or 8 — I was confused by all the songs in the first few chapters, and then I really got into it when Thorin & Co. get to Mirkwood. That was it for me — we meet the elves in Thranduil’s dark kingdom and I knew I’d found my people.
Conan, however, I found on my own when I was 11 or 12. It was dark, gritty, full of sex and violence — very far from Tolkien and all the things I loved about Middle Earth. I hid the book from my parents because I was certain I’d get grounded for bringing this filth into the house. And of course, my mother caught me reading it and was unfazed. She was very cool about it, which I know now is because she did not (and does not) think there’s anything dangerous about any book. She trusted me to know the difference between fantasy and reality, and she trusted me.
So Conan was the first book I bought with my own money that was clearly an adult book. I think that’s the book where the world changed for me.

How old were you when you read it? And what changed?

A: See above.

What were your favorite books as a child?
A: The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, the first four Tarzan novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Warlord of Mars also by ERB, Carola Oman’s retelling of the Robin Hood legends, D’Aulaires Book of Norse Myths, John Steinbeck’s version of Le Morte d’Arthur, and if we’re being completely honest, the Dungeon Master’s Guide by Gary Gygax. I read that thing like I was going to be tested on it. Incidentally, Appendix N in the DMG was a bibliography of books that influenced Gary and Dave Arneson in creating Dungeons & Dragons; I began hunting down as many of those titles as I could find. And there began my love affair with a well-composed bibliography.

If the cut-off age for “child” is twelve, it pains me to leave Harlan Ellison off this list. But I found him in my teen years, and that curmudgeonly genius ruled my life for the next decade. I didn’t eat for two days when The Essential Ellison was published because I couldn’t put it down, and because I’d spent all the money I had at that time to buy it. I met him a few years later at the Chicago Comic Convention and he signed it, and he was a total sweetheart. Harlan, please don’t die — losing Ray Bradbury this week almost broke my back.

What are your favorite books at this stage of your life?
A: I’d have to say all of the books from Question 4 above. I try to read The Lord of the Rings every December (I missed last year, which stopped the streak at six consecutive years) and I find still find as much joy in it as I did the first time I read it. I still dearly love the Weird Tales crew of Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and even Talbot Mundy. I also read a steady stream of Dark Ages/Medieval histories — right now I’m picking up quite a few books on the Anglo-Saxon era, although Rob did just talk me into a new history of the Crusades.
And then when I want to break that stuff up I read how-to books about teaching yourself foreign languages. I love trying to memorize lists of introductory vocabulary in a foreign language. I bought an old book on Cornish that was written by a very proper English gentleman who revealed every nasty bias and racist thought of his era in between his lessons on fishing terminology. You wanna see into someone’s mind without them knowing? Have ’em explain a second language to you — the very bones of their thoughts and being are exposed.
Also, William Shakespeare is still the funniest guy in the room as far as I’m concerned.
Oh, and then Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, George Mackay Brown and Yeats. I tend to read more poetry in the winter, not so much in the summer. If you asked me this in November, they’d have been at the start of the list. There’s something about digging into Hughes’ “Crow” series when it’s cold out — I can’t explain it, but I recommend you try it for yourself.

What famous book have you read that you were excited to start, but ended up disliking?
A: The Catcher in the Rye. It didn’t take long, either. Twenty pages of Holden whining put me off Salinger for life. If that’s his best work, I’d hate to read his also-rans.

Is there a genre you categorically refuse to read?
A: I recognize that this answer reveals me as a huge asshole, but the people should be told: I despise the entirety of the New York Review of Books crowd. Franzen, Chabon, Foster Wallace? Hate ’em. I don’t know that they’re in the same genre, or even if they fit in any accepted genre. But to me, they’re all lumped under the “Highly Educated White Guy Using His Life and Neuroses to Explain Your Life to You, You Simpletons” rubric. I’m a moderately educated white guy with a whole host of emotional/psychological problems, so I fear that this is what I sound like every time I open my mouth in public.
Additionally, any book subtitled “A Novel” makes my guts churn. If I see that on the front of a book, chances are I’ll never read it. I will mock it mercilessly though.

What is your #1 favorite short story?
A: Writing this the day after Ray Bradbury died is probably influencing this decision, but I’m gonna go with “The Toynbee Convector.” It’s about a guy who claims to travel to the future and comes back to his own time (the 1980s) to tell everyone life is amazing in the future. The world’s cleaner, safer, people are happier, there are all these amazing technologies that have lifted us out of the muck of the 20th century, etc. He has videos to prove what he’s seen and everything.
And then the day arrives in the far future where our hero is supposed to appear from the past, and the world is all the things he said it would be. And of course, he was lying about all of it. He faked it all and told a great story and people fell in love with the ideas. He realized that if people are inspired to believe in something bigger than themselves and are convinced it will happen, they’ll work towards that goal. It’s pretty much the story of Ray Bradbury, or any writer who dabbles in futurism and optimism. Ray was a TITAN when he was on, and I miss him already.

What is your all-time favorite book?
A: Moby-Dick. I had to read parts of it in high school, and I loved it so much I read the whole thing. Then I read it again ten years later, and I found a whole new appreciation for it. I read it again after another ten years had passed, and it was like I was reading an entirely new book — the older I get, the better it gets. What I initially read as just a thrilling adventure story I came to see as the story of a man trying to find a place in the world, and it then became the story of a man learning that life is uncontrollable and sudden loss broken up by madness. At the end all you have left is incomprehension about why these things happen.
And that final line! “On the second day, a sail drew near, nearer, and picked me up at last. It was the devious-cruising Rachel, that in her retracing search after her missing children, only found another orphan.” Jesus. That’s it right there. That’s everybody in the world, making friends, making a family and then having them just disappear. Where do they go? Why did they go? Why I am here when they’re gone? Every time I read that line I have to go lay down and drink until it gets light out.
I’m scheduled to read it in another four or so years, and I can’t wait. What am I going to find this time? What if that’s not what it’s really about? My last reading of it has always been disproven by the next reading, so what is is it all about? Ah, I may start it when I get home.
No, no. No. I’ll wait the next four years out. I want to be fully prepared for Melville’s big finish the next time he springs it on me.

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Apr 12 2012

James Erwin Book Signing On April 26th

Published by under Current Read,Events,Lou Life,Misc.,News

 Subterranean Books is very excited to welcome James W. Erwin to the University City Library for a signing of his book, Guerillas In Civil War Missouri  on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00PM.

In his book Erwin has taken a forgotten chapter of Missouri’s difficult history during the Civil War and brought it to life in vivid detail. Beginning with the Kansas-Nebraska Act and how its passage rippled through our state through the bloody Centralia Massacre and winding up with the postwar violence that devasted the state, Erwin has richly rescued this turbulent chapter of our history from fading away into obscurity.

Like any good novel Guerillas In Civil War Missouri has its own share of great characters. Athough this is a work of nonfiction you could not ask for a more colorful or intereresting group of characters. Joseph C. Porter, ‘Bloody Bill’ Anderson,  General Thomas Ewing Jr, the soon-to-be-even-more- famous Frank and Jesse James and of course Willaim C. Quantrill (the most famous guerilla leader in the State’s history) all leap from the pages, larger then life. Erwin is dead on in that in order to understand the impact of guerilla warfare in Missouri you must also know who these men were and what drove them. 

A lot of people do not know what a bloody and dangerous place Missouri was during the Civil War. Its strategic location made it not only a coveted prize but also a hotbed for spies, recruting and especially guerilla warfare on each side.

As Erwin points out,  guerilla warfare in the Missouri was more then a series of random nasty skirmishes or petty raids. It was, in its own way, an ugly, bloody theater of the American Civil War. 

What: James W. Erwin Book Signing

When: April 26, 7:00pm

Where: University City Library (6701 Delmar Blvd.)

This event is free and open to the public.  Subterranean Books will have copies of Mr. Erwin’s book for sale at the event.

Missouri State Representative Rory Ellinger will introduce Mr. Erwin at the event.

For more information call (314) 862-6100.

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Mar 22 2012

The Hunger Games At Subterranean Books

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Unless you have been hiding under a rock you may have noticed that the film adaption of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games is in theaters. It has been a pretty big deal in the media and also in the book world as well.

This 2008 young adult novel and its follow-up titles have been big sellers for us at the store this month. As booksellers we get excited when a book gets some hustle to it and sells like crazy. There’s the fun of getting the book on the shelves and into the hands of customers. There’s also the joy of knowing we have a book that, in some cases, someone went all over town looking for. Plus, there is the joy of having the money come in which is, sadly, an essential part of the business. But the best part is that people are buying books and reading.

As for the book itself, it is set in the post-apocalyptic country of Panem where peace is kept by having an annual ‘tribute’ which collects warriors from 12 districts and throws them into a nihilistic gladiator arena of sorts where the participants must hunt, track and kill each other to survive.  It’s a very esoteric substitution for war that has been glossed over by the government and media and turned into entertainment.  However, when Katniss Everdeen volunteers for the Games all hell breaks loose.

One of the reasons for the success of The Hunger Games is that it touches on a lot of ideas. There are cultural and social clashes, the morality of killing for sport, sexual politics, regular sneaky politics, the ideas of family and community. Collins also tackles poverty, oppression, war while turning the notion of self-preservation on its ear. She’s also thrown in a wacky love triangle just to make things interesting.

Collins has also taken the Orwellian idea of Big Brother and merged it with our culture’s strange predilection for reality TV.  It’s a book with  a lot going on in it. We’ve found that kids and adults both are devouring the series and enjoying the books. It has a lot of intrigue, action and is written at a breakneck pace that makes it a pretty quick read.

I was told by a customer the other day that these books are not the next Twilight or Harry Potter series that get charged by Hollywood and turned into a pop culture event. It was pointed out to me that The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay are, like lots of other great fiction, books that have a soul that enables them to resonate with the times they mirror when they were published. 

Check out our website for all of your Hunger Games needs.

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!

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Mar 17 2012

Being Flynn Giveaway At Subterranean Books

Nick Flynn’s memoir, Another Bullsh**  Night In Suck City has been adapted into a film by Focus Features. The film stars Paul Dano as Nick Flynn and Robert DeNiro as his father John. It is directed by Paul Weitz and features music from Badly Drawn Boy.  Julianne Moore co-stars and Flynn himself has a brief cameo in the film.

You can read the Rolling Stone review of the film here:

Nick Flynn is a diverse poet, essayist and teacher who has won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and been nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  His other books include The Ticking Is The Bomb, The Captain Asks For A Show Of Hands, Some Ether, Blind Huber and A Note Slipped Under The Door (W/ Shirley McPhillips).

Subterranean Books is giving away three prize packs to celebrate the release of the film. Each pack contains Flynn’s paperback memoir plus a free run of engagment pass for two people to any Monday-Thursday screening of Being Flynn at The Tivoli Theatre.

All you need to do is be one of the first three people to repsond to this blog’s posting on our Facebook site.  We will select the winners who will be notifed via Facebook. Winners will then need to come by the store to claim their prizes.

Getting a free book and a free film on us is a pretty great deal. However, if you want to buy this book or any of Nick Flynn’s other titles from us you can do so as well coming by the store or visitng here:

If you want more info on the film visit the Landmark Theatres website:

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Mar 08 2012

Win “We Need To Talk About Kevin” Passes At Subterranean!

Published by under Bestsellers,Events,Lou Life,Misc.,News

Lionel Shriver’s bestseller We Need To Talk About Kevin has been made into a feature film. The book won the 2005 Orange Prize and has been critically acclaimed by book lovers everywhere.

This captivating novel about motherhood gone crazy tests our perceptions of what is evil by centering the plot around the fractured relationship between a mother named Eva and her manipulative and devious son. 

Eva wants to be a good mom very badly. But sadly she realizes early on that she is the mother of a particularly nasty son. Kevin has a proclivity for evil and houses a darkness inside of him that is worrisome and troublesome. As mother and son combat each other the tense drama of the book ascends to an unexpectedly powerful climax.

The New York Observer hails the book as ‘An Underground Feminist Hit.’

The Independent called it ‘An awesomely smart, stylish and pitiless achievement’

Following the success of the novel, Shriver has teamed up with co-writer and director Lynne Ramsay for a film adaptation starring Academy Award Winner Tilda Swinton and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly. Both stars turn in amazing performances in the film with Swinton being nominated for several drama awards. The film has also been a success on the film festival circuit and was a nominee for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2011.

We have the book in stock and are excited about the release of the film. In fact we are so excited that we decided to give our patrons the hook up! We Need To Talk About Kevin is opening at The Tivoli Theatre on March 9th and to celebrate Subterranean Books is giving away free passes!

Beginning today we will be giving out FREE run out of engagment passes (good for free admission for two people to any Monday-Thursday screening of the movie at The Tivoli) to our cutomers with any purchase. We have a limited number of passes so don’t dawdle.  We also are giving out free posters to all customers.

For more information on the film & showtimes visit the Landmark Theatres’ Tivoli website:

You also can visit the official site for the film:

To learn more about this potent book vist our website:

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Feb 18 2012

Art Books:Caravaggio, Van Gogh & More

Published by under Bestsellers,Current Read,Subby Love

Back in the day we were a used bookstore. But that is neither here nor there. What matters is that as a result we still have a nice selection of great used art titles waiting to be loved.

These selections cover almost every movement and even consist of catalogs of entire collections. If you dig deep enough there is some nifty stuff to explore.

We also have a kickass selection of new art books as well. The new Caravaggio biography is getting high praise, revealing an entirely new dimension of the artist and his work.

There also is a new biography of Vincent Van Gogh out that has the art world abuzz with new theories about his death. Van Gogh’s life and work is reevaluated like never before with a freshness and renewed spirit.

In addition to these best sellers, there are  many great Taschen titles to choose from as well. Taschen never disappoints in their titles which are wonderfully written and exquisitely designed.

 If you are a stickler for the classics, fret not. We have the hits as well; Monet, Holbein, Klee, Gaughin, DaVinci and even Munch who screams off the bookshelves for your attention. Graphic design, poster art, contemporary art and even surrealism are represented as well.  We also have a mighty fine selection of photography, grafitti art and contemporary art as well.

We have tried to build an art book selection that is expansive and covers a broad variety of movements, artists asnd subjects. Come in and browse the section on your next visit and you will find a treasure or two.

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Jan 26 2012

John Hendrix Returns To Subterranean Books

Published by under Events,Gallery


John Hendrix has returned with another amazing art show in our gallery to coincide with the release of his book,  A Boy Called Dickens.

John’s art show features the drawings and sketches that featured in his new book. This offers us a glimpse of how the book came together while highlighting his incredible talent.

Below are some of the pictures from his current Gallery show at Subterranean Books which you can see in our store! We think you need to see these in person because they are amazing.

 John has previously written and/or illustrated several books.

Nurse, Soldier, Spy : Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero   

John Brown : His Fight for Freedom 

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend

Each of these titles sees a historical person brought to life in an enthralling way.

Finally, we really appreciate the support John gives the store by having his event in an independent bookstore. we think he’s the bees knees!

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