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Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
by Elton John

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English

Pages

376

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<p><b>In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film <i>Rocketman</i>, to becoming a living legend.</b></p><p>Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.</p><p>His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with <i>Aida</i>, <i>The Lion King</i>, and <i>Billy Elliot the Musical</i>. All the while Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade.</p><p>In <i>Me</i>, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you by a living legend.</p>
The Body: A Guide for Occupants
by Bill Bryson

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English

Pages

424

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><b>Bill Bryson, bestselling author of </b><b><i>A Short History of Nearly Everything</i></b><b>, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody.</b></b><br /><br />Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, <i>The Body</i> will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." <i>The Body</i> will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.
The Way I Heard It
by Mike Rowe

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English

Pages

271

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>Executive producer and host Mike Rowe presents a delightfully entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America’s #1 short-form podcast, <i>The Way I Heard It</i>, along with a host of personal memories, ruminations, and insights. It’s a captivating must-read.</b><br /><br /><i>The Way I Heard It</i> presents thirty-five mysteries “for the curious mind with a short attention span.” Every one is a trueish tale about someone you know, filled with facts that you don’t. Movie stars, presidents, bloody do-gooders, and villains—they’re all here, waiting to shake your hand, hoping you’ll remember them. Delivered with Mike’s signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, their stories are part of a larger mosaic—a memoir full of surprising revelations, sharp observations, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike’s own remarkable life and career.
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Yo...
by Ali Wong

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English

Pages

219

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.</b><br /><br /><b>“Fierce, feminist, and packed with funny anecdotes.”—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF FALL’S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS BY <i>Time </i>• <i>Vox </i>• <i>USA Today </i>• <i>HuffPost </i>• <i>Bustle </i>• <i>Vogue </i>• <i>PopSugar </i>• <i>BookRiot </i>• <i>Shondaland</i></b><br /><br /> In her hit Netflix comedy special <i>Baby Cobra</i>, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so strongly that she even became a popular Halloween costume. Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mom comics on stage but you sure see plenty of new dads.<br /><br /> The sharp insights and humor are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she’s learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal single life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong’s letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and gross) for all.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Dear Girls</i><br /></b><br /> “[Wong] spins a volume whose pages simultaneously shock and satisfy. . . . <i>Dear Girls </i>is not so much a real-talk handbook as it is a myth-puncturing manifesto.”<b><i>—Vogue</i></b><br />  <br /> “[A] refreshing, hilarious, and honest account of making a career in a male-dominated field, dating, being a mom, growing up, and so much more…Yes, this book is addressed to Wong’s daughters, but every reader will find nuggets of wisdom and inspiration and, most important, something to laugh at.”<b>—<i>Bustle<br /><br /></i></b>“Absurdly funny.”<b>—<i>Parade</i></b><br /><br />“It should come as no surprise that Ali Wong, who made us cry from laughter in her raunchy and relatable Netflix special, is as adept a writer as she is a comedian.”<b>—<i>USA Today</i></b>
Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
by Julie Andrews

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English

Pages

316

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>In this follow-up to her critically acclaimed memoir, <i>Home</i>, Julie Andrews shares reflections on her astonishing career, including such classics as <i>Mary Poppins</i>, <i>The Sound of Music</i>, and <i>Victor/Victoria</i>.</b> <br /> In <i>Home</i>, the number one <i>New York Times</i> international bestseller, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed singer and performer on the stage. <br /> With this second memoir, <i>Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years</i>, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films--<i>Mary Poppins</i> and <i>The Sound of Music</i>. Andrews describes her years in the film industry -- from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including <i>Victor/Victoria</i>, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.<br /><br /> Cowritten with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, and told with Andrews's trademark charm and candor, <i>Home Work</i> takes us on a rare and intimate journey into an extraordinary life that is funny, heartrending, and inspiring.
The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of t...
by Robert Iger

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English

Pages

250

Publication Date

September 23, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • A grand vision defined: The CEO of Disney, one of <i>Time</i>’s most influential people of 2019, shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.</b> <br /><br />Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Competition was more intense than ever and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company’s history. His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger—think global—and turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. <br /><br />Fourteen years later, Disney is the largest, most respected media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era.<br /><br />In <i>The Ride of a Lifetime</i>, Robert Iger shares the lessons he’s learned while running Disney and leading its 200,000 employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including:<br /><br />• <b>Optimism.</b> Even in the face of difficulty, an optimistic leader will find the path toward the best possible outcome and focus on that, rather than give in to pessimism and blaming.<br />• <b>Courage.</b> Leaders have to be willing to take risks and place big bets. Fear of failure destroys creativity. <br />• <b>Decisiveness.</b> All decisions, no matter how difficult, can be made on a timely basis. Indecisiveness is both wasteful and destructive to morale.<br /> • <b>Fairness.</b> Treat people decently, with empathy, and be accessible to them. <br /><br />This book is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger for forty-five years, since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. It’s also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the <i>Star Wars</i> mythology.<br /> <br />“The ideas in this book strike me as universal” Iger writes. “Not just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently <i>themselves</i>, as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.”
Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love
by Jonathan Van Ness

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English

Pages

276

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><strong>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>INDIE BESTSELLER</strong></p><p></p><p><strong>A laugh-and-cry-out-loud memoir from the beloved star of Netflix’s Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness</strong></p><p>Who gave Jonathan Van Ness permission to be the radiant human he is today? No one, honey.</p><p>The truth is, it hasn’t always been gorgeous for this beacon of positivity and joy.</p><p>Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix’s hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan was growing up in a small Midwestern town that didn’t understand why he was so…over the top. From choreographed carpet figure skating routines to the unavoidable fact that he was Just. So. Gay., Jonathan was an easy target and endured years of judgement, ridicule and trauma—yet none of it crushed his uniquely effervescent spirit.</p><p><em>Over the Top</em> uncovers the pain and passion it took to end up becoming the model of self-love and acceptance that Jonathan is today. In this revelatory, raw, and rambunctious memoir, Jonathan shares never-before-told secrets and reveals sides of himself that the public has never seen. JVN fans may think they know the man behind the stiletto heels, the crop tops, and the iconic sayings, but there’s much more to him than meets the Queer Eye.</p><p>You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll come away knowing that no matter how broken or lost you may be, you’re a Kelly Clarkson song, you’re strong, and you’ve got this.</p><p></p>
Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel
by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

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English

Pages

376

Publication Date

June 18, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • “A feminist jeremiad nested inside a brilliant comic novel—a book that makes you laugh so hard you don’t notice till later that your eyebrows have been singed off.”—Ron Charles, <i>The Washington Post<br /></i></b> <br /><b><b>“Funny, dirty, sly, irresistible.”—<i>New York<br /></i></b><br /></b> <b>A finely observed, timely exploration of marriage, divorce, and the bewildering dynamics of ambition from one of the most exciting writers working today</b><br /><br /> Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he and his wife of almost fifteen years separated: weekends and every other holiday with the kids, some residual bitterness, the occasional moment of tension in their co-parenting negotiations. He could not have predicted that one day, in the middle of his summer of sexual emancipation, Rachel would just drop their two children off at his place and simply not return. He had been working so hard to find equilibrium in his single life. The winds of his optimism, long dormant, had finally begun to pick up. Now this.<br /><br /> As Toby tries to figure out where Rachel went, all while juggling his patients at the hospital, his never-ending parental duties, and his new app-assisted sexual popularity, his tidy narrative of the spurned husband with the too-ambitious wife is his sole consolation. But if Toby ever wants to truly understand what happened to Rachel and what happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen things all that clearly in the first place.<br /><br /> A searing, utterly unvarnished debut, <i>Fleishman Is in Trouble </i>is an insightful, unsettling, often hilarious exploration of a culture trying to navigate the fault lines of an institution that has proven to be worthy of our great wariness and our great hope.<br /><br /><b><i>Alma</i>’s Best Jewish Novel of the Year</b> <br /><b><br /></b>“Blisteringly funny, feverishly smart, heartbreaking, and true, <i>Fleishman Is in Trouble</i> is an essential read for anyone who’s wondered how to navigate loving (and hating) the people we choose.”<b>—Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of <i>The Nest</i></b><br /><br />“From its opening pages, <i>Fleishman Is in Trouble</i> is shrewdly observed, brimming with wisdom, and utterly of this moment. Not until its explosive final pages are you fully aware of its cunning ferocity. Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s debut is that rare and delicious treat: a page-turner with heft.”<b>—Maria Semple</b>
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah

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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>
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel
by Olga Tokarczuk

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English

Pages

285

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<b>WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE</b><br /> <b><br /> "A brilliant literary murder mystery." —<i>Chicago Tribune</i><br /><br /> "Extraordinary. Tokarczuk's novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work." —Annie Proulx</b><br /><br />In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . .<br /><br />A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, <i>Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead </i>is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?

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