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Ho ho ho! It’s that time of year again. Here’s JHK’s holiday classic: A Christmas Orphan.

11-year-old Jeff Greenaway hears his mom and dad argue one night after an office Christmas party. He infers from their garbled squabble that he is an orphan, found in a willow basket on the welcome mat outside their New York apartment. Thinking now that his parents are imposters, he steals away to Grand Central Station and buys a train ticket to Drakesville, Vermont, where he intends to start life all over again.
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A Christmas Orphan

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A Christmas Orphan 11-year-old Jeff Greenaway hears his mom and dad argue one night after an office Christmas party. He infers from their garbled squabble that he is an orphan, found in a willow basket on the welcome mat outside their New York apartment. Thinking now that his parents are imposters, he steals away to more »

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The Harrows of Spring

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Goodreads says: “The Harrows of Spring is a moving and gripping novel that completes the story of the quaint upstate New York town of Union Grove, thrown into a future world that in many ways resembles the nineteenth century. In Union Grove, early spring is a challenging season, known as the “six weeks want,” a more »

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Geography of Nowhere E-book Out

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Published as an E-book for the first time! The 20th Anniversary edition With an entertaining new introduction by the author (sample) Still popular in the graduate schools of architecture and urban design, this is the go-to book about the fiasco of suburbia — “the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world.” America more »

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A History of the Future

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For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is not what they expected it would be. In this arresting work of speculative fiction, social critic James Howard Kunstler takes an imaginative leap into the future, a few decades hence, and shows what life may be like following the long emergency, after the terminal decline more »

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Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation

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The nationally best-selling author of “The Long Emergency” expands on his alarming argument that our oil-addicted, technology-dependent society is on the brink of collapse—that the long emergency has already begun. Published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in July 2012. “Followers of Kunstler’s writings and attendees of his many lecture appearances will recognize the take-no-prisoners style, more »

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The Rise Fall and Redemption of Mooski Toffski Offski

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  Eleven year old Jeff Greenaway is in love and on the loose in Manhattan circa 1962. He meets his destiny in the mummy’s tomb at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This book will crack you up. For adults. “Sheer antic delight” — Remsen Pilchard

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Manhattan Gothic

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James Howard Kunstler’s charming tale takes us back to an age when New York City was a natural playground for a little boy and his own, personal vampire hero — a time when it seemed possible that all of our dreams could come true. ORDER FROM:AMAZON (Kindle)WATERSTREET PRESS (Other ebook formats)

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The Witch of Hebron

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THEWITCHOFHEBRON.COM A novel of America’s post-oil future. In the sequel to his bestselling World Made by Hand, Kunstler delivers another grim and suspenseful novel set in a post-oil world without electricity, Internet, or national order. — Publishers Weekly  INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP LOCATOR ORDER FROM: AMAZON

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World Made by Hand

World Made by Hand

WORLDMADEBYHAND.COM A novel of America’s post-oil future. A poignant, provocatively convincing novel — Alan WeismanThe World Without Us   INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP LOCATOR ORDER FROM: AMAZON

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The Long Emergency

The Long Emergency

The global oil predicament, climate change, and other shocks to the system, with implications for how we will live in the decades ahead. Published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in April 2005. Paperback coming in April 2006. What sets The Long Emergencyapart from numerous other books on this theme is its comprehensive sweep—its powerful integration of more »

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The City in Mind – Notes on the Urban Condition

The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition

An anthology composed for your reading pleasure.  Louis-Napoleon’s renovation of Paris; the fiascos of contemporary Atlanta and Las Vegas; Berlin’s travails in the 20th century; Cortes Versus the Aztecs in Tenochtitlan; In search of the classical in Rome; and more.  Published January 2002. INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP LOCATOR Order From: AMAZON ||

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Home From Nowhere

Home From Nowhere

Home From Nowhere explores the growing movement across America to restore the physical dwelling place of our civilization. It offers real hope for a nation yearning to live in authentic places worth caring about. INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP LOCATOR Order From: AMAZON

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The Geography of Nowhere

The Geography of Nowhere

The Geography of Nowhere, my first non-fiction book on the tragic sprawlscape of cartoon architecture, junked cities, and ravaged countryside where we live and work. I argued that the mess we’ve made of our everyday environment was not merely the symptom of a troubled culture, but one of the primary causes of our troubles. “We more »

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Maggie Darling

Maggie Darling

Maggie Darling, A Modern romance. This was my ‘Martha Stewart’ novel, a lot of fun to write. Set in Connecticut, New York City, and Vermont, the story follows the romantic misadventures of a media goddess celebrated for her domestic skills. It begins at a Christmas Eve party among the wealthy and celebrateded, and ends in more »

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Other Books by JHK

(Mostly out of print but some are available through AMAZON and the ADVANCED BOOK EXCHANGE) You wouldn’t know it, but I actually published a whole bale of novels before I started writing nonfiction about architecture and our human ecology. All of the novels are currently out-of-print. You have to search the flea markets, the used bookshops, or the more »

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The Wampanaki Tales

The Wampanaki Tales

Doubleday 1979Kids at a summer camp. Has it’s moments but, hey, it’s a first novel. Probably a collector’s item. Order From: AMAZON

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The Life of Byron Janes

WW Norton 1983Story of a rock and roll star thought to be dead but discovered living an anonymous and reclusive life in a back corner of New England. The story cuts back and forth between the 1960s and the then-present day of the narration, which is in the voice of a music journalist who discovers more »

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A Clown in the Moonlight

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St Martin’s Press 1981A marriage farce set on the campus of an artsy progressive Vermont college. Originally titled “Brain Damge: A Love Story” but the publisher made me change it. (They thought it evoked an unsavory image of retards in love.)  The few critics who reviewed it clobbered me for being “just another mouthy college more »

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An Embarrassment of Riches

An Embarrassment of Riches

Dial Press 1985A favorite.  Tour de force historical comedy (1803) about two bumbling botonists sent into the southern wilderness by Thomas Jefferson to look for something that isn’t there. In the spirit of Louis and Clark (who make cameo appearences).  Replete with wild Indians, river rirates, the kidnapped son of Louis XVI, the lost colony of Roanoke, more »

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The Halloween Ball

The Halloween Ball

Bantam 1987Another favorite. The story takes place from dawn until late at night on Halloween in an upstate New York town and revolves sort of cinematically around the lives of four characters in their 30s — all men — who are colliding with the task of finally growing up one way or another.  A serious more »

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Thunder Island

Thunder Island

Bantam 1989By the time I composed this novel, I was getting a little burnt out from writing one after another to pay the light bill. The story takes place at a Hamptons-like beach resort town in 1967.  It’s about what happens to a New York City kid the summer after he graduates from high school, more »

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Blood Solstice

Blood SolsticeDoubleday 1986Story about a newspaper reporter who gets mixed up with religious cult killers. Set in a small, mid-American city.  It’s narrated by the reporter and has a nice wacky, hapless quality about it. Loosely based on my own experience as a reporter back in the 1970s, when I specialized in investigating religious cult more »

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The Hunt

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Tor Books 1988If the creature is just a legend, then what is trying to kill you?Ha…!I wrote this novel back in 1975 when I worked for Rolling Stone in San Francisco, getting up at four o’clock in the morning to work on it. I couldn’t sell the damn thing until 1986 or so — and then only more »

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