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The Firecracker Alternative Book Awards
The Firecracker Alternative Book Awards herald the best in wildly independent writing and publishing — the people who sharpen the cutting edge, the First-Amendment radicals with a bad attitude.

Fiction

This Too Can Be YoursThis Too Can Be Yours by Beth Lisick

Publisher Comments
In this wholly unpredictable collection of tongue-in-chic short stories, Beth Lisick casts a cool eye on the lost and living dead of offices, nightclubs, shopping malls, and rent-controlled apartments. Pretentious web designers, reality show... (read more)

Nonfiction

Fast Food NationFast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

Powells.com Staff Pick
"What we eat has changed more in the last forty years than in the last forty thousand," Eric Schlosser writes, yet most Americans know very little about how that food is made, where, by whom, and at what cost. Fast Food Nation traces the industry... (read more)

Poetry

Cunt-UpsCunt-Ups by Dodie Bellamy

Review:
"Cunt-Ups is an explosion of textual sexuality that resists principles of formal ordering, is polyvalent in its voice and range, and as perverse in its sentence construction as its content. Its "setting" is the mediated exchange itself, the fractured articulation of "a female body who has sex writing about sex." While the title might imply a gendered site of production, it also suggests..." David Buuck (read more)

Politics

9-119-11 by Noam Chomsky

Publisher Comments
A New York Times, Book Sense, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Village Voice, and Powells.com bestseller. Published worldwide in 20 countries. In 9-11 Noam Chomsky dissects the root causes of the September... (read more)

Sex

Hardcore From the HeartHardcore From the Heart: The Pleasures, Profits, and Politics of Creative Sexual Expression by Annie Sprinkle

Publisher Comments
Pornography, on or off the stage, is an inflammatory issue, and one which is deeply linked to theatrical representation throughout history. But what happens to the notions of the pornographic when a female performer subverts the conventional models... (read more)

Drugs

Junkie LoveJunkie Love by Phil Shoenfelt

Publisher Comments
Junkie Love, set in Camden Town, London, during the late 1980s, is a study of addiction and loss, a nihilistic love story for the blank generation. Focusing on the psycho-pathology of addiction, it takes a look at what happens when hope disappears... (read more)

Music

We Owe You NothingWe Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet - The Collected Interviews by Dan Sinker

Powells.com Staff Pick
Punk Planet has long been a magazine just as concerned with politics and philosophy as it is with the music it covers. Their pure passion for the art and meaning of their favorite musicians has allowed them to pull off some of the most insightful... (read more)

Art/Photography

The Devil's AdvocateThe Devil's Advocate: The Art of Coop by Chris Cooper

Publisher Comments:
Yes, that's right, this fancy hardcover book reproduces tons of Coop's posters and stickers and thangs, all in color. Step right up... (read more)

Graphic Novel

PalestinePalestine by Joe Sacco

Synopsis
Originally published in two volumes, Joe Sacco's non-fiction graphic novel won an American Book Award in 1996. A journalist who works in the comics medium, Sacco here reports on his trip to the Occupied Territories and his experiences among Palestinians... (read more)

Kids

Little LitLittle Lit: Folklore & Fairy Tale Funnies, with Gameboard by Art Spiegelman

Publisher Comments
A treasure and a treasury! Innovative cartoonist and renowned children's book artists from around the world have gathered to bring you the magic of fairy tales through the wonder of comics. The stories range from old favorites to new discoveries... (read more)

Special Recognition
(Most Frantic and Deserved Campaign for a Spoken Word Award)

Why Things BurnWhy Things Burn by Daphne Gottlieb

Synopsis
Eileen Myles introduces this second volume of confrontational poems by the San Francisco-based performance-poet. Gottlieb toured with SlamAmerica. (read more)

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