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Robert Christgau's memoir, Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man is now available in paperback.

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Robert Christgau's memoir, Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man will be reprinted in paperback available February 16!

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Robert Christgau's memoir, Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man will be reprinted in paperback available February 16.

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Dey Street Books announced that Robert Christgau's memoir, Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man will be reprinted in paperback available February 16.

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Robert Christgau's memoir, Going Into the City, was picked in Seattle Times critics' best books of 2015.

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Carola Dibbell's novel, The Only Ones was listed by the Washington Post as one of the Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015.

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