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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>
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
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.
Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 1)
by James J. Cudney

Language

English

Pages

482

Publication Date

October 15, 2018

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<p><b>Who killed professor Abby Monroe?</b></p><p>When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell. Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family.</p><p> Soon after, the college's athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students' grades.</p><p>Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up.</p><p>With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. But who is behind the murder?<br /></p><p>Praise from readers:<br /></p><p><i><b>★★★★★ - "Fantastic writing and witty dialogue... Awesome."</b><b><br /></b></i></p><p><i><b>★★★★★ - "An exciting cozy mystery."</b></i></p><p><i><b>★★★★★ - "Full of twists and turns, and an ending you won't see coming."</b></i></p>
A Man With One of Those Faces (The Dublin Trilogy Book 1)
by Caimh McDonnell

Language

English

Pages

362

Publication Date

August 30, 2016

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<p>The first time somebody tried to kill him was an accident. </p><p>The second time was deliberate. </p><p>Now Paul Mulchrone finds himself on the run with nobody to turn to except a nurse who has read one-too-many crime novels and a renegade copper with a penchant for violence. Together they must solve one of the most notorious crimes in Irish history . . . </p><p>. . . or else they’ll be history. </p><p>A Man With One of Those Faces is the first book in Caimh McDonnell's Dublin Trilogy, which melds fast-paced action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit. </p><p><br /></p><p>Praise for A Man With One of Those Faces: </p><p><strong>"One of the funniest crime books you could read."</strong> The Express</p><p><strong>"A brilliant comedic thriller."</strong> The Irish Post <br /></p><p><strong>"It's just crying out to be made into a movie. The writing is whip-smart and funny."</strong> Books Ireland Magazine <br /></p><p><strong>"I was hooked by the end of the first page. Clever writing. Funny plot. Good characters." </strong>The Sun-Gazette<br /></p><p><strong>"Humorous crime at its finest. Droll, witty and highly entertaining. The writing is skilled and captivating." ***** </strong>Audiothing </p><p><strong>"A masterclass... The prose and narrative is spot on. The characters inhabiting this hilarious, yet gripping story are just wonderful." *****</strong> Strange Alliances </p><p><strong>"A riotous read. Flipping easily between humour and terror so that I spent most of the book sat on the edge of my seat while chuckling." **** </strong>Cleopatra Loves Books </p><p><strong>"Original, innovative, intelligent and laugh out loud funny."</strong> Maureen Carter, author of the Bev Morriss books </p><p>"If you like stories by Colin Bateman, Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey and Janet Evanovich then you'll enjoy A Man With One of Those Faces." **** The View from the Blue House</p>
Calypso
by David Sedaris

Language

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 />
Mother Knows Best?: The Truth About Mom's Well-Meaning (But Not A...
by Sue Castle

Language

English

Pages

192

Publication Date

June 01, 2012

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Will a little warm milk really help you go to sleep? (Yes—although cold milk works just as well.) Does turning a light off for a few minutes actually use more energy than it saves? (No.) Is chicken soup the best cure for the common cold? (Not clear, but it certainly helps.) If you pick up a baby every time she cries, will she get spoiled? (No, babies need all the love they can get!) Your mother <I>should</I> know . . . but does she? Here is the book that finally sets the record straight on the received wisdom and commonly accepted notions we’ve all routinely followed for generations. <I>Mother Knows Best? </I>will entertain and amuse as it informs, offering not only the real basis in fact but also the origin and purpose of Mom’s sometimes dubious counsel.

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