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Clayton Blue from Arizona is reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides November 24, 2011 - 4:54pm

When I came across an article in which Chuck Palahniuk commented on Craig Clevenger's novel The Contortionist's Handbook as "...the best book I have read in easily five years. Easily. Maybe ten years." I was compelled to find it. To Barnes and Noble to Bookmans to Half-Priced Books to the other Barnes and Noble, I drove. No luck. Not only did I not find the novel I was seeking, but I found no works by Clevenger at all. However, I did find a section of the bookstore reserved solely for Supernatural Teenage Romance.... but I digress. I just find it curious that this novel, nor its author, can be found anywhere in what was named the 'fastest growing city in America'. I am aware I could obviously find the book online in my sleep, as well as a library, but now I feel I am on a mission. I'll let you know if Clevenger shows up in AZ. 

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. November 24, 2011 - 5:58pm

Try the independent book stores. Or you could order it on Amazon.

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Clayton Blue from Arizona is reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides November 24, 2011 - 6:48pm

I dont know if you have ever been to Gilbert, AZ, but independant book stores dont really exist here. We are mostly Golden Arches and Wal-Marts....

 

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. November 24, 2011 - 7:41pm

I lived in Phoenix and dated a girl from Gilbert. Didn't read that you were from Arizona. Yeah just lots of desert haha. Maybe make a trip up to Flagstaff.

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moleskine from Virginia is reading The Booked. Anthology, edited by Pela Via November 24, 2011 - 9:37pm

I got my copy from Amazon years ago. It's worth the investment. You should also get Dermaphoria while you're at it.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon November 25, 2011 - 6:19am

I mean it is only $10 on amazon...

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. November 25, 2011 - 12:00pm

I can't wait for his third novel to be released. Is there any signed copies floating around on the internet that I could buy of Handbook?

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon November 25, 2011 - 12:16pm

I've seen a few floating around in the past on ebay and amazon.

Somebody at the cult once bought one for like a couple bucks at a garage sale.