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Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service
by Gary Sinise

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<p><strong>The moving, entertaining, never-before-told story of how one man found his calling.</strong></p><p><strong>"The book is called <em>Grateful American</em>, and I promise you after you read it you will be grateful for what Gary has accomplished and contributed to our country." -- Clint Eastwood</strong></p><p>As a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock 'n' roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of <em>West Side Story</em>, he found his purpose--or so it seemed. </p><p>Within a few years Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary's career along with those of John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, John Mahoney, and others. Television and film came calling soon after, and Gary starred in <em>Of Mice and Men</em> (which he also directed) and <em>The Stand</em> before taking the role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways: Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award–winning <em>Forrest Gump</em>.</p><p>The military community's embrace of the character of the disabled veteran was matched only by the depth of Gary's realization that America's defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary's mission. While starring in hits like <em>Apollo 13</em>, <em>Ransom</em>, <em>Truman</em>, <em>George Wallace</em>, <em>CSI:NY</em>, and <em>Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders</em>, Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.</p><p><em>Grateful American</em> is the moving, entertaining, profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.</p>
Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
by Benjamin Dreyer

Language

English

Pages

284

Publication Date

January 29, 2019

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<b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • “An essential (and delightful!)”* guide to writing from Random House’s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter’s leading language gurus—in the tradition of <i>The Elements of Style</i></b><br /><br /><b>*<i>People </i>(Book of the Week)</b><br /></b><br /> We all write, all the time: books, blogs, emails. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. Benjamin Dreyer is here to help.<br /><br /> As Random House’s copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike—not to mention his followers on social media—for deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. Now he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward.<br /><br /> As authoritative as it is amusing, <i>Dreyer’s English</i> offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and nonrules of grammar, including why it’s OK to begin a sentence with “And” or “But” and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it’s best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including “very,” “rather,” “of course,” and the dreaded “actually.” Dreyer will let you know whether “alright” is all right (sometimes) and even help you brush up on your spelling—though, as he notes, “The problem with mnemonic devices is that I can never remember them.”<br /><br /> And yes: “Only godless savages eschew the series comma.”<br /><br /> Chockful of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts, this book will prove to be invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people’s prose, and—perhaps best of all—an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.<br /><b><br />Praise for <i>Dreyer<b><i>’s </i></b>English<br /></i></b><br />“Playful, smart, self-conscious, and personal . . . One encounters wisdom and good sense on nearly every page of <i>Dreyer’s English</i>.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /> “Destined to become a classic.”<b>—<i>The Millions</i></b><br /><br /> “Dreyer can help you . . . with tips on punctuation and spelling. . . . Even better: He’ll entertain you while he’s at it.”<b>—<i>Newsday</i> (What to Read This Week)</b>
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah

Language

English

Pages

264

Publication Date

November 15, 2016

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, <i>New York Times</i> • <b><i>USA Today • San Francisco Chronicle • </i>NPR • <i>Esquire • Newsday • Booklist</i></b></b><br /><br /> Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of <i>The Daily Show </i>began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.<br /><br /> <i>Born a Crime</i> is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.<br /><br /> The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Born a Crime<br /><br /></i></b> “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . <i>Born a Crime</i> is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”<b>—Michiko Kakutani, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> “[An] unforgettable memoir.”<b>—<i>Parade<br /></i></b><br />  “What makes <i>Born a Crime </i>such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider <i>Born a Crime</i> another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”<b><i>—USA Today</i></b><br /><br /> “[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”<b><i>—People</i></b>
Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel
by Andrew Sean Greer

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

July 18, 2017

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<b><b>A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (<em>The </em><i>New York Times Book Review).</i></b></b><b><b><i></i></b></b></br></br><strong >WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE<br /></strong><strong >National Bestseller<br /></strong><strong >A<i> New York Times</i> Notable Book of 2017<br /></strong><b >A <i>Washington Post </i>Top Ten Book of 2017<br /></b><b >A <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> Top Ten Book of 2017<br /></b><b ><b><b><b>Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Lambda Award, and the California Book Award</b></b></b></b></br></br><b><i></i></b><i></i></br></br>Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.</br></br><b >QUESTION</b>: How do you arrange to skip town?</br></br><b>ANSWER</b>: You accept them all.</br></br><i >What would possibly go wrong? </i>Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.</br></br>Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, <i>Less</i> is, above all, a love story.</br></br>A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author <i>The New York Times</i> has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," <i>Less </i>shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.<i></i></br></br><b >"I could not love LESS more."--Ron Charles, <em>The </em></b><i ><b>Washington Post</b></i></br></br><b >"Andrew Sean Greer's<i> Less</i> is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful."-<i>-</i>Christopher Buckley<i>, The New York Times Book Review</i></b></br></br>
Life Reset: Hobnobbing (New Era Online Book 3)
by Shemer Kuznits

Language

English

Pages

532

Publication Date

January 21, 2019

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Having survived the first wave of invading players, Oren now seeks to strengthen his clan. With the Breeder’s Den destroyed and most of Goblin's Gorge's resources devoted to rebuilding, his best hope lies in creating an army of golems. But for that, he needs Viridium, a rare metal that can only be obtained from hobgoblin towns, where Oren and his clan of goblins are viewed as nothing more than potential slaves. To make his way in the game, and to defeat his former guild, Oren’s ingenuity alone will not be enough. He will need to conquer his deepest fears and tap into his inner monster.
Friends Like These: A gripping psychological thriller with a shoc...
by Sarah Alderson

Language

English

Pages

248

Publication Date

December 13, 2018

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<p><font size="+1">As addictive as <b>THE WIFE BETWEEN US</b>, as gripping as <b>THE GIRL BEFORE.</b></font></p><p><i>One wrong click can ruin your life...</i></p><p>Lizzie hasn't thought about her colleague Becca in years - not since the accident. </p><p>Then Becca's ex-boyfriend turns up on Tinder, and Lizzie's curiosity is sparked. </p><p>It looks like Becca hasn't changed. She's still all over social media: #perfectlife, #perfectjob, #blessed. Lizzie can't resist a dig. But she sends her mean comment to Becca by mistake...</p><p>She's about to find out you can't always believe what you see online. </p><p>And that with friends like Becca, you don't need enemies... </p><p>A gripping read with a twist you won't see coming - the perfect thriller for the digital age.</p><p><font size="+2"><i><u>Readers love <b>FRIENDS LIKE THESE</b></u></i></font></p><p>'<b>FABULOUS</b>. Best psychological thriller I've read.'<br />'Just when you think you've figured it all out another snippet pulls the rug out from under you. <b>Would highly recommend.</b>'<br />'This was a brilliantly written book that held my attention throughout and <b>I can't wait to read more from the author.</b>'<br />'If you are looking for a book that <b>keeps you on your toes and has lots of twists and turns</b>, then look no further.'<br />'<b>Absolutely loved every second of it and didn't want it to end</b>.'<br />'Can't wait for her next book. <b>Just blown away.</b>'<br />'<b>This was the best book I have read all year. Absolutely amazing. It kept me up ALL night because I just couldn't put it down</b>.'<br />'More than a 5 star, completely original, scary, tense, thrilling, and chilling. <b>Loved, loved, loved, loved</b>.'</p>
The Date Dare
by Tara Sue Me

Language

English

Pages

173

Publication Date

November 19, 2018

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<b>Who knew three words held such destructive power? No, not THOSE three words. I'm talking about the evil word trio that's my own personal kryptonite, that stole my best friend, and took away the only woman I've ever loved:<br />I dare you.</b><br /><br />I was six when Darcy Patrick moved next door.<br /> By the time we were eight, we were best friends.<br /><br />At fifteen, I gave a classmate a black eye for calling her names.<br />At sixteen, she talked me through asking my crush to prom.<br /><br />I helped her get over her first heartbreak at nineteen.<br />Two years later, she returned the favor.<br /><br />It wasn’t until I was twenty-nine I realized I loved her.<br />And because I was too stupid to do anything about it,<br /> at thirty, I lost her for good on a dare.<br /><br />Darcy Patrick is tried of watching her best friend, Elliott Taber, date the wrong kind of woman. When his latest flavor of the month walks out on him, she dares him to let her find his next date. Elliott agrees, but only after Darcy agrees to allow him to do the same.<br /><br />The dare is on.<br /><br />The dates take place on the same night. One is an epic fail. The other is just plain epic. <br /><br />Elliott isn’t prepared for the onslaught of emotions hitting him as Darcy seemingly finds everything she ever wanted with the man he set her up with. He should be happy for her. He should leave her alone. <br /><br />But he can’t.<br /><br />So he makes one more dare….<br /><br /><br />What people are saying about <b> THE DATE DARE </b><br /><br />
“…..absolutely one of my <b>favorite reads this year </b>.”<br />Carolina Chicks Read<br /><br />
“With a pinch of turmoil and a <b>heaping handful of steamy chemistry</b>, this was a romance I could savor!”<br />Jewls Book Blog<br /><br /><br />“I loved rooting for Elliot- he literally <b>made me swoon</b>.”<br />Brittany & Elizabeth’s Book Boutique<br /><br /><br />“…a really <b>fun and sweet read</b> and perfect for romance fans.”
Readers Live A Thousand Lives<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Praise for Tara’s Submissive Series</b><br /><br /><br />“<i>The Collar</i> is the novel that <i>50 Shades</i> wistfully dreams of being (when it’s feeling <b>especially optimistic</b>.)”<br />romance.io<br /><br /><br />“Wonderfully done, <b>full of emotion and intensity</b>….different from so many others out there.”<br />The Good, The Bad, and the Unread<br /><br /><br />“<b>A very powerful book</b>, written with grace and style…a love story that will leave you longing for more.” <br />Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Underworld - Sanctuary: A LitRPG Series
by Apollos Thorne

Language

English

Pages

400

Publication Date

February 09, 2019

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After coming face to face with death, Elorion and company have found a dungeon to call their own. They’ve fought hard to earn a stint of peace, but Mistress Nava is still out there and her captain is now on the hunt. The impending arrival of the army of minotaurs will be the greatest threat they have faced thus far.<br /><br />With their new-found freedom comes a myriad of additional dangers. They’re running low on food, the dungeon is in disrepair, and they must find new hunting grounds to continue growing in power. As their chosen leader, Elorion is faced with an impossible task. Will he weaponize their dungeon, develop his party’s strengths, or seek ancient power from the long-forgotten depths of the Underworld?
Sacrificial Pieces (The Gam3)
by Cosimo Yap

Language

English

Pages

338

Publication Date

February 07, 2019

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After failing to take down the United World Government, Alan is a wanted fugitive on Earth. With nowhere else to go he leads the Black Rose guild into the Abyss Labyrinth. But hidden agendas thrive within the mercenary guild, and Alan soon discovers larger forces at play. <br /><br />The Game is a war for survival, and a solo victory is virtually impossible—Alan needs to pick a side. But what does winning even mean in the Game? Will Alan be just another sacrificial pawn, or can he find a path to success?
My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel
by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Language

English

Pages

228

Publication Date

November 20, 2018

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<b><b>"Pulpy, peppery and sinister, served up in a comic deadpan...This scorpion-tailed little thriller leaves a response, and a sting, you will remember."</b><b><i>--NEW YORK TIMES</i></b><br /><br /><b>"The wittiest and most fun murder party you've ever been invited to."</b><b><i>--MARIE CLAIRE</i></b><br /><br /><b>A short, darkly funny, hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends</b></b><br /><br /><i>"Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer."</i><br /><br />Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. <br /><br />Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.<br /><br />Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she's exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she's willing to go to protect her.<br /><br />Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite's deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening.

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