Shoplifting From American Apparel

Lin, Tao

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Shoplifting From American Apparel
Set mostly in Manhattan, Lin's highly anticipated debut autobiographical novella, spanning two years in the life of a young, hip writer with a cult following, is destined to become a classic text. The narrative darts across many locations, inspired by a rich host of cultural and literary icons such as Bret Easton Ellis, Moby and Ghost Mice. With dexterity and a cutting-edge cultural fluency, Lin explores themes of class, culture and art through the funny and existential narrative of his protagonist.

Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Melville House, c2009.
ISBN: 9781933633787
Characteristics: 103 p. ;,18 cm.


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Feb 28, 2013
  • smichal rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

don't waste your time on this one, folks. Nothing happens, just a guy speaks to various acquaintances and gets caught twice shoplifting...and repeatedly gives people a "neutral facial expression", whatever that is. There is NO PLOT whatsoever.

Apr 19, 2011
  • stewaroby rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Who could resist this title? Not me, although the book does not have much connection with that very strange retail empire other than the obvious. I love a novella, the satisfaction of completing a book with not too much time outlaid.


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