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Shoplifting From American Apparel

Authors: Lin, Tao
Lexile: 799,
Publisher: Melville House
BISAC/Subject: FIC019000, FIC043000, FIC064000, FIC048000
ISBN: 9781612190280, Related ISBNs: 1612190286, 1933633786, 9781612190280, 9781933633787
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 112,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: A funny autobiographical tale about growing up in the digital age, from a groundbreaking author whose writing is “reminiscent of early Douglas Coupland, or early Bret Easton Ellis” (The Guardian)
 
This autobiographical novella is described by the author as “a shoplifting book about vague relationships,” and “an ultimately life-affirming book about how the unidirectional nature of time renders everything beautiful and sad.”

From VIP rooms in hip New York City clubs to central booking in Chinatown, from New York University’s Bobst Library to a bus in someone’s backyard in a Floridian college town, from Bret Easton Ellis to Lorrie Moore, and from Moby to Schumann, Shoplifting from American Apparel explores class, culture, and the arts in all their American forms through the funny, journalistic, and existentially-minded narrative of someone trying to both “not be a bad person” and “find some kind of happiness or something.”
 
“Tao's writing . . . has the force of the real.” —Ben Lerner, author of The Topeka School
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