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BLACK FRIDAY SALE: 50% off all titles!

Akashic holiday

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? TODAY ONLY, the ENTIRE Akashic catalog is available for 50 percent off when ordered directly through our website! (*See below for exclusions.) Use the code BF2015 at checkout.

Not sure where to start? See below for some of our latest best sellers, or click here to check out our featured gift books.

This promotion ends at 11:59 PM on Monday, November 30th. Don’t miss out!

Happy holidays,
Akashic Books


 

WhatIsPunkWhat Is Punk?
by Eric Morse and Anny Yi
What is Punk? is fun, sophisticated and beautifully illustrated introduction to the music genre for kids—or adults.”
—New York Daily News
  
“A fun little book intended to serve as (rhyming) curriculum for little punks learning their Punk History 101. . . . Sid, Glenn, and Milo meet Wallace and Gromit.”
—Razorcake
“Pairing Yi’s Wallace & Gromit-style clay pictorials with Morse’s rhyming ride through the history of punk music across the globe, the children’s book is ready to raise the next generation of riot grrrls. . . . You’re going to want to give What Is Punk? as a gift at every baby shower this year. Just don’t be surprised if your niece ends up bleaching her hair blonde and tearing up her leather jacket at age 6.”
—Bustle
What Is Punk? is a must-read pop-culture primer for children—an introduction to the punk revolution, recreated in vivid 3-D clay illustrations and told through rhyming couplets.
From London’s Clash and Sex Pistols to the Ramones’ NYC protopunk, from Iggy Pop to the Misfits, this volume depicts some of our culture’s seminal moments and iconic characters. A delightful read for kids and parents alike, illustrated in a truly unique visual style, What Is Punk? lays the groundwork for the next generation of little punks.
by Adam Mansbach & Owen Brozman
“Parents and children alike will surely welcome a pause to bond over a shared recognition that their endless battles are not theirs alone—before they get back to them.”
—New York Journal of Books
“Everything you hoped for and more. . . . Adam Mansbach, the author and Owen Brozman, the illustrator, have definitely hit a chord with parents.”
—Examiner.com

On the heels of the New York Times best seller You Have to F**king Eat (a sequel to the worldwide mega-best seller Go the F**k to Sleep), now comes the version that is entirely appropriate to read to—and with—children. While the message and humor will be similar to the adult version, there will, of course, be no profanity whatsoever.

Step aside Green Eggs and Ham, there’s a new, 21st-century book in town that will compel all finicky children to eat!

Also check out the best-selling sensations for adults, Go the F**k to Sleep and You Have to F**king Eat.

*While supplies last, order autographed copies of any of these three titles.

by Ian F. Svenonius
“While putting a copy of this book on your nightstand would be a sign of good taste, who cares about good taste? Are you willing to be seen reading a book titledCensorship Now!! in public? If so, your skin might burn with funny glances from squares, scolds and looky-loos. But on the inside, you’ll feel your brain throbbing as it swells to accommodate some hilarious, absurd and radical new strategies on how to live in our ridiculous world.”
Washington Post
“Svenonius’ new book is Censorship Now!!, and the title alone shows just how provocative the author can be. A collection of essays previously published by Vice,Jacobin, and others, it sets up numerous enemies—both real and straw—for Svenonius to knock down. . . . It’s all couched in a style that’s part anarchist tirade, part postmodern critique, and part punk-rock snottiness—yet it’s addictively ridiculous.”
—NPR
“Censor it all. Film, TV, music, politics, books, news, art—censor all of it. That’s the guiding principle of local radical punk Ian Svenonius’ latest essay collection, Censorship Now!!
Washington City Paper, Critics’ Pick
Read an excerpt from Censorship Now!! at The New Republic.
In this outrageous and hilarious new essay collection, underground music icon Ian F. Svenonius tackles such diverse subjects as IKEA, Apple, the weather, the gentrification of punk by indie rock, Marion Barry, the film Heathers, Christian pornography, vampires, hoarding, the role of sugar in empire-building, how to properly tip at restaurants, the return of the hat in men’s fashion, and other highly topical matters. No one is left unscathed, and more than a few will be left scratching their heads even as they laugh.
by Simon Tofield
Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet and Other Cat-astrophes is a sweet, humorous look at feline behavior from an author with a thorough understanding of this subject matter. . . . An excellent holiday gift for any cat fancier.”
—Examiner.com
“My reaction to each new Simon’s Cat video or book is the same: YAY!! In this brand-new collection, acclaimed cartoonist Simon Tofield tackles every cat owner’s nightmare: going to the vet. It tells the story of how Simon’s Cat seems to instinctively know a trip to the vet is about to happen and the lengths he’ll go to avoid it, while long-suffering Simon is forced to try all kinds of tricks to get him to cooperate. Sound familiar?”

—Catster, #1 Catster Obsession

In the last five years, Simon’s Cat has become a global phenomenon. Star of thirty-nine films, which have been watched over 500 million times, and winner of a dozen major industry awards, Simon’s Cat has captured the hearts of a worldwide audience. In this brand-new book we see Simon’s Cat face any feline’s most dreaded scenario—he’s off to the vet. And he’s not at all happy about it.

Sharing its theme with the first-ever full-color Simon’s Cat feature animation, funded by a record-breaking Indiegogo campaign and due to be released alongside the new book, Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet . . . and Other Cat-astrophes is packed with over 240 pages of hilarious new gags and adventures featuring our favorite furry friend and his companions—both old and new.

*Also check out Simon’s Cat vs. the World and Simon’s Cat in Kitten Chaos.

by Joe MenoLonglisted for the American Library Association’s 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

“Compelling and necessary. . . . [Meno] has a knack for giving small happenings emotional weight. . . . Meno knows how to make you love his characters, want what they want. But don’t think he’s going to let things turn out well for them. Marvels and wonders aren’t worth the trouble. Fortunately, this book is.”
—New York Times Book Review

“[A] rugged page-turner. . . . There’s a bit of the country noir of Daniel Woodrell’sWinter’s Bone in the stark atmosphere Mr. Meno evokes (A faded town, fading, harried with dusty light, midafternoon), and a bit of the Clint Eastwood movie Gran Torino in the story of the vigilante grandfather. But the writing is propulsive enough to make you forget its influences. And at moments the book’s consuming darkness is lifted by potent, if inscrutable visions of the talismanic horse—a flash of lightning curving along the horizon.”
—Wall Street Journal

Marvel and a Wonder is a darkly mesmerizing epic and literary page-turner set at the end of the twentieth century. In summer 1995, Jim Falls, a Korean War vet, struggles to raise his sixteen-year-old grandson, Quentin, on a farm in southern Indiana. In July, they receive a mysterious gift—a beautiful quarter horse—which upends the balance of their difficult lives. The horse’s appearance catches the attention of a pair of troubled, meth-dealing brothers and, after a violent altercation, the horse is stolen and sold. Grandfather and grandson must travel the landscape of the bleak heartland to reclaim the animal and to confront the ruthless party that has taken possession of it. Along the way, both will be forced to face the misperceptions and tragedies of their past.

Evoking the writing of William Faulkner and Denis Johnson, this brilliant, deeply moving work explores the harrowing, often beautiful marvels of a nation challenged by its own beliefs. Ambitious, expansive, and laden with suspense,Marvel and a Wonder presents an unforgettable pair of protagonists at the beginning of one America and the end of another.

*While supplies last, order autographed copies of Marvel and a Wonder. (Please note that we have an incredibly limited supply.)


 

Posted: Nov 25, 2015

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