Eon Alden

I've been a bookseller at City Lights since graduating from WCU in 2006. While I did not grow up here, I consider Jackson County my home.  I am responsible for events coordination and publicity for the store and feel pretty lucky to have that as my job.  I generally like to read novels, short stories, poetry and military history. 

Here are some books I've enjoyed:
 


 

Kick the Latch By Kathryn Scanlan Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811232005
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - September 27th, 2022

Early Light (Storybook ND Series) By Osamu Dazai, Donald Keene (Translated by), Ralph McCarthy (Translated by) Cover Image
By Osamu Dazai, Donald Keene (Translated by), Ralph McCarthy (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811231985
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - September 27th, 2022

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments By Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Fumi Nakamura (Illustrator) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

No Longer Human By Osamu Dazai, Donald Keene (Translated by) Cover Image
By Osamu Dazai, Donald Keene (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811204811
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - January 17th, 1973

The Setting Sun By Osamu Dazai, Donald Keene (Translated by) Cover Image
By Osamu Dazai, Donald Keene (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811200325
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions -

When We Cease to Understand the World By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by) Cover Image
By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681375663
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: New York Review Books - September 28th, 2021

Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts By J. Drew Lanham Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781938235818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hub City Press - April 20th, 2021

They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate By James Verini Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393358506
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 9th, 2021

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When These Mountains Burn By David Joy Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536888
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 18th, 2020

In When These Mountains Burn, David Joy tackles the heavy issues of the people and mountains he has come to love. He accomplishes this with what I love most about his books: fast-paced and heartfelt prose.


Pride of Eden: A Novel By Taylor Brown Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250803047
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - July 13th, 2021

At Night All Blood Is Black: A Novel By David Diop, Anna Moschovakis (Translated by) Cover Image
By David Diop, Anna Moschovakis (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250800206
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Picador - August 17th, 2021

Fugitives of the Heart By William Gay Cover Image
$34.74
ISBN: 9781604892734
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Livingston Press at the University of West Al - June 30th, 2021

Tiny Love: The Complete Stories By Larry Brown, Jonathan Miles (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Larry Brown, Jonathan Miles (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781616209759
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Algonquin Books - November 26th, 2019

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel By Kim Michele Richardson Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492671527
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

The Heavenly Table By Donald Ray Pollock Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101971659
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Anchor - July 25th, 2017

The Weight of this World By David Joy Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399574245
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 5th, 2018

Monsters in Appalachia: Stories By Sheryl Monks Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781943665396
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vandalia Press - November 1st, 2016

Poems: New and Selected By Ron Rash Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062435521
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - February 21st, 2017

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Where All Light Tends to Go By David Joy Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425279793
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 2nd, 2016

Expertly balancing beauty and brutality, David has written a novel that stays with the reader long after the final page has been read.  Where All Light Tends to Go, though very much an Appalachian tale, is the story common to many young men who are trying to escape their desperate circumstances. -- Eon Alden


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The Martian: A Novel By Andy Weir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - October 28th, 2014

The Meaning of Human Existence By Edward O. Wilson Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781631491146
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright - September 7th, 2015

A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel By Wiley Cash Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062088239
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 22nd, 2013

Set in Madison County, North Carolina, A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash, tells the story of a young mute boy mysteriously killed during a sermon at a notoriously controversial church. In the wake of the killing a divided community is revealed and a corrupt pastor is exposed. Told from the perspectives of several well crafted characters, Cash’s beautifully written debut novel shows the dangers blind faith can have on not only a family but an entire community. - Eon Alden


City of Thieves: A Novel By David Benioff Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780452295292
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2009

Set during the siege of Leningrad during WWII, two young Russian men set out to locate a specific item in order to spare their lives from the repressive Soviet government. Revealed is the full capacity of human nature during desperate times. This book hooked me at once and never let me go. -- Eon Alden


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Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War By Karl Marlantes Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802145314
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - May 10th, 2011

Set in the misty, mountainous jungles of Vietnam, near the Laotian border, a company of Marines faces unnerving circumstances. Each Marine struggles with individual fears and must find alliances within the company in order to survive the grueling thirteen-month tour. This book has been compared to The Thin Red Line or The Naked and the Dead and I can truly see why. The story haunts you long after you have flipped the final page.

-- Eon Alden


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Winter's Bone: A Novel By Daniel Woodrell Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316066419
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - July 11th, 2007

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