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Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to ...
by Tucker Carlson

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<b>The host of Fox News Channel’s <i>Tucker Carlson Tonight</i> offers a blistering critique of the new American ruling class, the elites of both parties, who have taken over the ship of state, leaving the rest of us, the citizen-passengers, to wonder: <i>How do we put the country back on course?</i></b>
Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel
by Andrew Sean Greer

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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>
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 </b><br /><b> Michiko Kakutani, <i>New York Times</i> • <i>Newsday</i> • <i>Esquire</i> • NPR • <i>Booklist</i></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<br /><br /></i></b>“[Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”<b>—<i>Booklist</i> (starred review)</b><br /><br />“A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b>
Lake Success: A Novel
by Gary Shteyngart

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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<b><b><b>“Spectacular.”—NPR • “Uproariously funny.”—<i>The Boston Globe </i>• “An artistic triumph.”—<i>San Francisco Chronicle </i>• “A novel in which comedy and pathos are exquisitely balanced.”—<i>The Washington Post </i>• “Shteyngart’s best book.”—<i>The Seattle Times</i></b> <br /> </b><br />The bestselling author of <i>Super Sad True Love Story </i>returns with a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times.<b><br /></b></b><br />Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema—a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth—has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1 Percent, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what <i>really </i>makes America great.<br /><br /><b>LONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION</b><br /><br />“The fuel and oxygen of immigrant literature—movement, exile, nostalgia, cultural disorientation—are what fire the pistons of this trenchant and panoramic novel. . . . [It is] a novel so pungent, so frisky and so intent on probing the dissonances and delusions—both individual and collective—that grip this strange land getting stranger.”<b>—<i>The</i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i> </b><br /><br />“Shteyngart, perhaps more than any American writer of his generation, is a natural. He is light, stinging, insolent and melancholy. . . . The wit and the immigrant’s sense of heartbreak—he was born in Russia—just seem to pour from him. The idea of riding along behind Shteyngart as he glides across America in the early age of Trump is a propitious one. He doesn’t disappoint.”<b>—<i>The New York Times <br /></i></b><br />“From one of our finest comic novelists comes a work with equal parts smarts and heart to go with the steady hilarity of its plot and prose. . . . Surely the funniest book of the year, indeed one of the best overall.”<b>—<i>Newsday </i></b>
Calypso
by David Sedaris

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<b>David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.<br /><br /></b>If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with <i>Calypso.</i> You'd be wrong. <br /><br />When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.<br /><br />With <i>Calypso,</i> Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.<br /><br />This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. <i>Calypso</i> is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.<br />
A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories History's...
by Michael Farquhar

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

May 01, 2001

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From Nero's nagging mother (whom he found especially annoying after taking her as his lover) to Catherine's stable of studs (not of the equine variety), here is a wickedly delightful look at the most scandalous royal doings you never learned about in history class.<br /><br /> Gleeful, naughty, sometimes perverted-like so many of the crowned heads themselves-<b>A Treasury of Royal Scandals</b> presents the best (the worst?) of royal misbehavior through the ages. From ancient Rome to Edwardian England, from the lavish rooms of Versailles to the dankest corners of the Bastille, the great royals of Europe have excelled at savage parenting, deadly rivalry, pathological lust, and meeting death with the utmost indignity-or just very bad luck.
Southern Charmer: A Friends to Lovers Romance (Charleston Heat Bo...
by Jessica Peterson

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English

Pages

334

Publication Date

October 03, 2018

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<b>He's sexy. He's southern. And he won't stop showing up at my door half naked. Meet Elijah Jackson, my hot new neighbor...</b><br /><br />From the outside looking in? I’ve got it all. Prestigious job. Pretty house. And a perfect boyfriend who just proposed with the perfect ring.<br /><br />I should feel ecstatic—but instead, I feel suffocated. So I break up with my boyfriend, hop in my car, and head south.<br /><br /><b>Charleston, South Carolina:</b> home to stunning architecture, sultry accents, and—oh yeah—my perpetually shirtless neighbor, Elijah Jackson. <br /><br />As if his abs for days and inked up deliciousness aren’t enticing enough, he also encourages me to chase down my dreams. And the chemistry between us? Hotter than the kitchen at Eli’s restaurant. <br /><br />But I still have a life a thousand miles away. One I’ve worked really hard to build. And I don’t know if I can just leave it all behind.<br /><br />I have to choose. A choice Eli doesn't make any easier by inviting me out to his cabin for a long weekend. Just the two of us. And one bed. I swear to God this southerner is out to charm the panties right off me. Just this once, I might let him...<br /><br /><b>SOUTHERN CHARMER is a slow burn, standalone romance with no cheating. It’s the first book in the CHARLESTON HEAT series, set in Charleston, South Carolina.</b>
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History
by , Nick Offerman

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<b><b>*A <i>New York Times </i>Bestseller*<br /><br />Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman reveal the full story behind their epic romance--presented in a series of intimate conversations between the couple, including photos, anecdotes, and the occasional puzzle.</b></b><br /><br />The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant. At the first rehearsal she surveyed her fellow cast members, determining if any of the men might qualify to provide her with a satisfying fling. Her gaze fell upon the carpenter, and like a bolt of lightning the thought struck her: no dice. Moving on.<br /><br />Yet, unbeknownst to our protagonists, Cupid had merely set down his bow and picked up a rocket launcher . . . that fired a love rocket (not a euphemism). The players were Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and the resulting romance, once ignited, was . . . epic. Beyond epic. It resulted in a coupling that has endured to this day; a sizzling, perpetual tryst that has captivated the world with its kindness, athleticism, astonishingly low-brow humor, and true (fire emoji) passion.<br /><br />How did they do it? They came from completely different families, ignored a significant age difference, and were separated by the gulf of several social strata. Megan loved books and art history; Nick loved hammers. But much more than these seemingly unsurpassable obstacles were the values they held in common: respect, decency, the ability to mention genitalia in almost any context, and an abiding obsession with the songs of Tom Waits.<br /><br />Eighteen years later, they're still very much in love and have finally decided to reveal the philosophical mountains they have conquered, the lessons they've learned, and the myriad jigsaw puzzles they've completed. Presented as an oral history in a series of conversations between the couple, the book features anecdotes, hijinks, photos, and a veritable grab bag of tomfoolery. This is not only the intoxicating book that Mullally's and Offerman's fans have been waiting for, it might just hold the solution to the greatest threat facing our modern world: the single life.
Black Bounds (Black Edge Book 3)
by Charlotte Byrd

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English

Pages

340

Publication Date

July 17, 2018

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<b>I don’t belong with her. </b><br /><br />Born into darkness, life made me a cynic incapable of love. <br /><br />But then Ellie waltzed in. Innocent, optimistic, kind. <br /><br />She’s the opposite of what I deserve. <br /><br /><b>I bought her, but she she stole my heart.</b><br /><br />Now my business is going up in flames. <br /><br />I have only one chance to make it right. <br /><br /><b>That’s where it happens…something I can never take back. </b><br /><br />I don’t cheat on her. There’s no one else. <br /><br />It’s worse than that. Much worse. <br /><br /><b>Can we survive this?</b><br /><br /><b> BLACK EDGE Series Reading Order </b><br /><br />1. Black Edge <br />2. Black Rules<br />3. Black Bounds <br />4. Black Contract <br />5. Black Limit<br /><br /><b><i>Praise for Charlotte Byrd</b></i><br /><br />“Decadent, delicious, & dangerously addictive!” - Amazon Review ★★★★★<br /><br />“Titillation so masterfully woven, no reader can resist its pull. A MUST-BUY!” - Bobbi Koe, Amazon Review ★★★★★<br /><br />“Captivating!” - Crystal Jones, Amazon Review ★★★★★<br /><br />"Exciting, intense, sensual” - Rock, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★<br /><br />“Sexy, secretive, pulsating chemistry…” - Mrs. K, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★<br /><br />“Charlotte Byrd is a brilliant writer. I've read loads and I've laughed and cried. She writes a balanced book with brilliant characters. Well done!” -Amazon Review ★★★★★<br /><br />“Fast-paced, dark, addictive, and compelling” - Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★<br /><br />“Hot, steamy, and a great storyline.” - Christine Reese ★★★★★<br /><br />“My oh my....Charlotte has made me a fan for life.” - JJ, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★<br /><br />"The tension and chemistry is at five alarm level.” - Sharon, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★<br /><br />“Hot, sexy, intriguing journey of Elli and Mr. Aiden Black. - Robin Langelier ★★★★★<br /><br />“Wow. Just wow. Charlotte Byrd leaves me speechless and humble… It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. Once you pick it up, you won't put it down.” - Amazon Review ★★★★★<br /><br />“Sexy, steamy and captivating!” - Charmaine, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★<br /><br />“ Intrigue, lust, and great characters...what more could you ask for?!” - Dragonfly Lady ★★★★★<br /><br />“An awesome book. Extremely entertaining, captivating and interesting sexy read. I could not put it down.” - Kim F, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★<br /><br />“Just the absolute best story. Everything I like to read about and more. Such a great story I will read again and again. A keeper!!” - Wendy Ballard ★★★★★<br /><br />“It had the perfect amount of twists and turns. I instantaneously bonded with the heroine and of course Mr. Black. YUM. It's sexy, it's sassy, it's steamy. It's everything.” - Khardine Gray, Bestselling Romance Author ★★★★★<br />
Double Whammy (Skink Book 1)
by Carl Hiaasen

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English

Pages

452

Publication Date

January 15, 1988

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<b>“Follow the adventures of a news-photographer-turned-private-eye as he seeks truth, justice, and an affair with his ex-wife” (<i>The New York Times</i>) in this hilarious caper from bestselling author Carl Hiaasen.</b><br /><br />R.J. Decker, star tenant of the local trailer park and neophyte private eye is fishing for a killer. Thanks to a sportsman’s scam that’s anything but sportsmanlike, there’s a body floating in Coon Bog, Florida—and a lot that’s rotten in the murky waters of big-stakes, large-mouth bass tournaments. Here Decker will team up with a half-blind, half-mad hermit with an appetite for road kill; dare to kiss his ex-wife while she’s in bed with her new husband; and face deadly TV evangelists, dangerously seductive women, and a pistol-toting redneck with a pit bull on his arm. And here his own life becomes part of the stakes. For while the “double whammy” is the lure, first prize is for the most ingenious murder.

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