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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>
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 />
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>
The Princess Diarist
by Carrie Fisher

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English

Pages

267

Publication Date

November 22, 2016

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<b><i>The Princess Diarist</i> is Carrie Fisher’s <i>New York Times</i> bestselling intimate, hilarious, and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first<i> Star</i> <i>Wars </i>movie.   </b><br /><br />When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first <i>Star Wars </i>movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford. <br /><br /> With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, <i>The Princess Diarist</i> is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, <i>The Princess Diarist</i> brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.
Every Boy Should Have a Man: A Novel
by Preston L. Allen

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English

Pages

194

Publication Date

April 19, 2013

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<DIV><B>“James Baldwin meets Aldous Huxley” in this “highly original” speculative fable (<I>Chicago Tribune</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /><B>Nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Fiction</B><BR />  <BR /> In a post-human world, creatures called oafs keep humanlike “mans” as beloved pets. One day, a poor boy oaf brings home a man, whom he hides under his bed in the hopes his parents won’t find out . . .<BR />  <BR /> “Much like Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel <I>Planet of the Apes</I>, this novel is a sardonic parable on the nature and destiny of the species. A nimble fable whose bold narrative experiment is elevated by its near-biblical language and affectionate embrace of our inherent flaws.” —<I>Kirkus Reviews</I><BR />  <BR /> “An imaginative and honest epic, weaving together biblical stories, fantasy, poetry, and fairy tales with a touch of realism. . . . Allen asks us to question the assumptions, -isms, and contradictions of the modern world. . . . Recalling the humanitarian concerns of Octavia Butler’s <I>Fledgling</I> and the poetry of Ovid’s <I>Metamorphosis</I>, this book will appeal to readers of literary fiction and fantasy.” —<I>Library Journal</I><BR />  <BR /> “Imaginative, versatile, and daring, Allen raids the realms of myth and fairy tales in this topsy-turvy speculative fable. . . . With canny improvisations on ‘Jack and the Beanstalk,’ the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh,’ and <I>Alice in Wonderland</I>, Allen sharpens our perceptions of class divides, racism, enslavement, and abrupt and devastating climate change to create a delectably adventurous, wily, funny, and wise cautionary parable.” —<I>Booklist</I><BR />  <BR /> “It is one thing to devise a fable dealing so adroitly with such concepts as racism, war, religion, and the very nature of civilization itself, but Preston’s true triumph is the infusion of each page and every astonishing episode with palpable emotional resonance.” —Les Standiford, <I>New York Times</I>–bestselling author of <I>Last Train to Paradise</I><BR />  <BR /> A <I>Chicago Tribune</I> Noteworthy Fiction Pick</DIV>
Black Rules
by Charlotte Byrd

Language

English

Pages

332

Publication Date

June 27, 2018

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<b>We don’t belong together. </b><br /><br />I should have never seen him again after our first night together. But I crave him. <br /><br /><b>I’m addicted to him. He is my dark pleasure. </b><br /><br />Mr. Black is Aiden. Aiden is Mr. Black. Two sides of the same person. <br /><br />Aiden is kind and sweet. <b>Mr. Black is demanding and rule-oriented.</b><br /><br />When he invites me back to his yacht, I can’t say no. <br /><br /><b>Another auction. Another bid. </b><br /><br />I’m supposed to be his. But then everything goes wrong….<br /><br /><b><i>Praise for Charlotte Byrd</i></b><br /><br />“Titillation so masterfully woven, no reader can resist its pull. A MUST-BUY!” - Bobbi Koe <br /><br />“Captivating!” - Crystal Jones <br /><br />"Exciting, intense, sensual” - Rock, amazon reviewer <br /><br />“Sexy, secretive, pulsating chemistry…” - Mrs. K, amazon reviewer <br /><br />“Fast-paced, dark, addictive, and compelling” - Clpetit56, 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 />“Great start to fantastic series!” - Brenda, amazon reviewer <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 /><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
Deadly Assessments (Fred The Vampire Book 5)
by Drew Hayes

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English

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Publication Date

July 31, 2018

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After several years as a vampire, starting a business, founding his own clan, and proposing to his girlfriend, Fred is finally beginning to settle into life as an undead accountant. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about his continued survival, or the dangerous friends he’s made along the way.<br /><br />The Blood Council has dispatched a representative to determine if Fred is fit for the position he currently fills as head of a clan, and the stakes for failure are deathly serious. Worse, Fred will have to muddle through without the help of Krystal, who is off on a mysterious task of her own.<br /><br />Saddled with a new bodyguard, Fred will have to prove he’s got what it takes to be a respectable vampire, control his abilities, and lead a clan. Because if he can’t, the House of Fred will be no more.
Black Bounds
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 />
Robin
by Dave Itzkoff

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English

Pages

527

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<p><b>From </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in <i>Mork & Mindy</i> and his Academy Award-winning performance in <i>Good Will Hunting</i>, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations – all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. </p><p>But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’s comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like <i>Dead Poets Society</i>; <i>Good Morning, Vietnam</i>; <i>The Fisher King</i>; <i>Aladdin</i>; and <i>Mrs. Doubtfire</i>, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in <i>Good Will Hunting </i>he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent.</p><p>Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression – topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews – and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, <i>Robin</i> is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.</p>
Fight Club: A Novel
by Chuck Palahniuk

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English

Pages

221

Publication Date

October 17, 2005

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<p><strong>The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club.</strong></p><br /><p>Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. <em>Fight Club</em>’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basement of bars. There, two men fight "as long as they have to." This is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.</p>

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