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Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog
by Dave Barry

Language

English

Pages

241

Publication Date

April 02, 2019

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<b>Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author of <i>Dave Barry Turns 40</i> now shows </b><b>how to age gracefully, taking cues from his beloved and highly intelligent dog, Lucy.</b><BR><BR>Faced with the obstacles and challenges of life after middle age, Dave Barry turns to his best dog, Lucy, to learn how to live his best life. From “Make New Friends” (an unfortunate fail when he can’t overcome his dislike for mankind) to “Don’t Stop Having Fun” (validating his longtime membership in a marching unit that performs in parades—and even Obama’s inauguration), Dave navigates his later years with good humor and grace. Lucy teaches Dave how to live in the present, how to let go of daily grievances, and how to feel good in your own skin. The lessons are drawn from Dave’s routine humiliations and stream-of-consciousness accounts of the absurdities of daily life, which will leave you heaving with laughter and recognition.<BR> <BR>Laugh-out-loud hilarious, whether he’s trying to “Pay Attention to the People You Love” (even when your brain is not listening) or deciding to “Let Go of Your Anger,” Dave Barry’s <i>Lessons From Lucy</i> is a witty and wise guide to joyous living.
Library: An Unquiet History
by Matthew Battles

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

February 07, 2011

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<p><strong>"Splendidly articulate, informative and provoking....A book to be savored and gone back to."—<em>Baltimore Sun</em></strong></p><br />On the survival and destruction of knowledge, from Alexandria to the Internet. Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. Matthew Battles, a rare books librarian and a gifted narrator, takes us on a spirited foray from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, from the Vatican to the British Library, from socialist reading rooms and rural home libraries to the Information Age.<br /><br /><br /><br />He explores how libraries are built and how they are destroyed, from the decay of the great Alexandrian library to scroll burnings in ancient China to the destruction of Aztec books by the Spanish—and in our own time, the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia.<br /><br /><br /><br />Encyclopedic in its breadth and novelistic in its telling, this volume will occupy a treasured place on the bookshelf next to Baker's <em>Double Fold</em>, Basbanes's <em>A Gentle Madness</em>, Manguel's <em>A History of Reading</em>, and Winchester's <em>The Professor and the Madman</em>.
After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation
by George Steiner

Language

English

Pages

520

Publication Date

April 16, 2013

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<DIV><B>“A brilliant work . . . A dazzling meditation on the very nature of language itself” from the world-renowned scholar and author of <I>The Poetry of Thought</I> (<I>Kirkus Reviews</I>).</B><BR /><BR /> In his classic work, literary critic and scholar George Steiner tackles what he considers the Babel “problem”: Why, over the course of history, have humans developed thousands of different languages when the social, material, and economic advantages of a single tongue are obvious? Steiner argues that different cultures’ desires for privacy and exclusivity led to each developing its own language. Translation, he believes, is at the very heart of human communication, and thus at the heart of human nature. From our everyday perception of the world around us, to creativity and the uninhibited imagination, to the often inexplicable poignancy of poetry, we are constantly translating—even from our native language.</DIV>
I Ain't Doin' It: Unfiltered Thoughts From a Sarcastic Southern S...
by Heather Land

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English

Pages

257

Publication Date

May 07, 2019

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<b>Social media comedian Heather Land uses her trademark sassy, laugh-out-loud humor to remind us of the many ways that real life can be really funny.</b><BR><BR>Heather Land has something to say about almost everything in life—the unbelievable, inconceivable, and downright frustrating—and why she “ain’t doin’ it.” In her first book, Heather shines a light on the (occasional) ridiculousness of life through a series of hilarious essays, dishing on everything from Walmart and ex-husbands to Southern beauty pageants and unfortunate trips to the gynecologist.<BR> <BR><i>I Ain’t Doin’ It</i> reminds us that when it comes to life’s messy moments, it’s all about perspective—and that we too can say,<i> I ain’t doin’ it!</i><BR> <BR>Perfect for fans of Jim Gaffigan, Anjelah Johnson, and Brian Regan, <i>I Ain’t Doin' It </i>is a fun, breezy read for anyone who appreciates someone who tells it like it is and wants to embrace the lighter side of life.
The Apology
by Eve Ensler

Language

English

Pages

128

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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<b>From the bestselling author of <i>The Vagina Monologues</i>--a powerful, life-changing examination of abuse and atonement.</b><br /><b><br />“A triumph of artistry and empathy.” --Naomi Klein</b><br /><b><br />“A crucial step forward . . . This is an urgently needed book right now.” --Jane Fonda</b><br /><b><br />“Unflinching candor . . . immeasurable grace.” --Anita Hill</b><br /><b><br />“Courageous, transformative, and yes--healing.” --Anne Lamott</b><br /><b><br />"Unflinchingly increases our understanding of the human experience." --Michael Cunningham</b><br /><b><br />“[<i>The Apology</i>] will change how all of us think about our souls.” --Johann Hari</b><br /><b><br />“Shatteringly brilliant.” --<i>The Times</i> </b><br /><b><br />"The geometry of toxic masculinity is contained within these pages.” --Marc Maron</b><br /><br />Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. Sexually and physically abused by her father, Eve has struggled her whole life from this betrayal, longing for an honest reckoning from a man who is long dead. After years of work as an anti-violence activist, she decided she would wait no longer; an apology could be imagined, by her, for her, to her. <i>The Apology</i>, written by Eve from her father's point of view in the words she longed to hear, attempts to transform the abuse she suffered with unflinching truthfulness, compassion, and an expansive vision for the future. <br /> <br />Through <i>The Apology</i> Eve has set out to provide a new way for herself and a possible road for others, so that survivors of abuse may finally envision how to be free. She grapples with questions she has sought answers to since she first realized the impact of her father's abuse on her life: <i>How do we offer a doorway rather than a locked cell? How do we move from humiliation to revelation, from curtailing behavior to changing it, from condemning perpetrators to calling them to reckoning?</i><i> What will it take for abusers to genuinely apologize?</i><br /> <br />Remarkable and original, <i>The Apology</i> is an acutely transformational look at how, from the wounds of sexual abuse, we can begin to re-emerge and heal. It is revolutionary, asking everything of each of us: courage, honesty, and forgiveness.
An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic
by Daniel Mendelsohn

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English

Pages

322

Publication Date

September 12, 2017

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<b>A <b>New York Times/PBS NewsHour Book Club Pick</b><br /><br />From award-winning memoirist and critic, and bestselling author of <i>The Lost:</i> a deeply moving tale of a father and son's transformative journey in reading--and reliving--Homer's epic masterpiece.</b><br /><br />When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate <i>Odyssey</i> seminar his son teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual. For Jay, a retired research scientist who sees the world through a mathematician's unforgiving eyes, this return to the classroom is his "one last chance" to learn the great literature he'd neglected in his youth--and, even more, a final opportunity to more fully understand his son, a writer and classicist. But through the sometimes uncomfortable months that the two men explore Homer's great work together--first in the classroom, where Jay persistently challenges his son's interpretations, and then during a surprise-filled Mediterranean journey retracing Odysseus's famous voyages--it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: Jay's responses to both the text and the travels gradually uncover long-buried secrets that allow the son to understand his difficult father at last. As this intricately woven memoir builds to its wrenching climax, Mendelsohn's narrative comes to echo the <i>Odyssey</i> itself, with its timeless themes of deception and recognition, marriage and children, the pleasures of travel and the meaning of home. Rich with literary and emotional insight, <i>An Odyssey </i>is a renowned author-scholar's most triumphant entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration.<br /><br /><br /><b>Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, <i>Library Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, </i>and <i>Newsday</i><br />A <i>Kirkus</i> Best Memoir of 2017<br />Shortlisted for the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize</b>
The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age
by Leo Damrosch

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English

Pages

488

Publication Date

March 26, 2019

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<DIV><B>Prize-winning biographer Leo Damrosch tells the story of “the Club,” a group of extraordinary writers, artists, and thinkers who gathered weekly at a London tavern</B><BR /><BR /> In 1763, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk’s Head Tavern in London to dine, drink, and talk until midnight. Eventually the group came to include among its members Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, and James Boswell. It was known simply as “the Club.”  <BR />  <BR /> In this captivating book, Leo Damrosch brings alive a brilliant, competitive, and eccentric cast of characters. With the friendship of the “odd couple” Samuel Johnson and James Boswell at the heart of his narrative, Damrosch conjures up the precarious, exciting, and often brutal world of late eighteenth-century Britain. This is the story of an extraordinary group of people whose ideas helped to shape their age, and our own.</DIV>
#IMomSoHard
by , Jen Smedley

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English

Pages

282

Publication Date

April 02, 2019

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<p><strong>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>Has it been months since you’ve read a book with actual adult words that had nothing to do with farm animals or superheroes or going potty? Well then, it’s time to take a break. Pour yourself some wine. Put on your comfy pants. All good? Ok, welcome to the party.</strong></p><p>Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the creators of #IMOMSOHARD, know that you probably didn’t get to shower today and that the last thing you need is more advice on how to be a better parent. Instead, they invite you to join their laugh-out-loud, best friend banter on the eighty bajillion ways moms give their all every day—including:</p><p>I KEEP IT TOGETHER SO HARD</p><p>I BODY AFTER BABY SO HARD</p><p>I HIT THE TOWN (AND AM IN BED BY 9:30 P.M.) SO HARD</p><p>I BUST MY ASS SO HARD</p><p>I KEEP FOOLS ALIVE SO HARD</p><p>Come for the laughs, stay for the kinship with two friends who are just getting it right, getting it wrong, and leaning on each other for a laugh at the end of the day. They don’t care if your house is a mess and they won’t judge you if you pee a little when you sneeze.<em> </em>So kick back, relax, and enjoy. You deserve it. </p><p> </p>
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
by Caroline Fraser

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English

Pages

641

Publication Date

November 21, 2017

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<p><b>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE</b><br /><b>WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD </b><br /><b>ONE OF THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i>'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the <i>Little House on the Prairie</i> books</b></p><p>Millions of readers of <i>Little House on the Prairie</i> believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.</p><p>The Little House books, for all the hardships they describe, are paeans to the pioneer spirit, portraying it as triumphant against all odds. But Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier than that, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to children’s books, recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading—and achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters.</p><p>Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, <i>Prairie Fires</i> reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.</p>
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
by , Mark Olshaker

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English

Pages

444

Publication Date

November 26, 1998

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<b>Now a Netflix original series</b><BR> <BR>Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals.<BR><BR>In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.<BR> <BR> During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.<BR> <BR> As the model for Jack Crawford in <i>The Silence of the Lambs</i>, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.

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