Russell Banks's The Rule of the Bone: I got this book because Details, which I read a lot in order to figure out how to cut my hair, said it was a good book. So I bought it. And it was awesome. The main character's name was Chappie. Then he was called Bone. I wanted, for a while afterwards, to change my name to Bone Chappie Wilson.
Kevin Canty's A Stranger in This World: I got this book because the author's name was Kevin. That is the sole reason. There is a story called "Pretty Judy" that kind of ruined me for a few months, it was so good. I have since learned that buying a book just because the author's name is Kevin is not always a great idea, but I still fall for it sometimes.
Dennis Cooper's Try: I think I bought this book because I'd heard of Dennis Cooper from Spin Magazine where they talked about Artspace Books and a collaboration he'd done with some artist. I couldn't find that book at Media-Play, so I got Try. I remember reading it before class started one morning and a girl beside me asked what the book was about. The book is about a teenager, Ziggy, who is sexually abused by his two dads and then he falls in love with his best friend, who is a heroin addict, and he hangs out with his uncle, who sells pornography on the black market. I said something similar to what I just wrote and I remember thinking, as I told her about that book, that this was not going to endear me to her.