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The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors
by Charles Krauthammer

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English

Pages

361

Publication Date

December 04, 2018

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<b>Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, T<i>he Point of It All</i> is a powerful collection of the influential columnist's most important works. Spanning the personal, the political and the philosophical, it includes never-before-published speeches and a major new essay about the effect of today's populist movements on the future of global democracy. Edited and with an introduction by the columnist's son, Daniel Krauthammer, it is the most intimate and profound book yet by the legendary writer and thinker.</b><br /><span> </span><br /><span>In his decades of work as America's preeminent political commentator, Charles Krauthammer elevated the opinion column to a form of art. Whether writing about statecraft and foreign policy or reflecting on more esoteric topics such as baseball, spaceflight and medical ethics, Krauthammer was beloved not only for his penetrating wit and insight but also for his ability to identify the hidden moral truths that animate our politics and culture.</span><br /><span> </span><br /><span>This new collection, which Krauthammer composed before his death in June 2018, features the columns, speeches and unpublished writings that showcase the best of his original thought and his last, enduring words on the state of American politics, the nature of liberal democracy and the course of world history.</span><br /><span> </span><br /><span>The book also includes a deeply personal section offering insight into Krauthammer's beliefs about what mattered most to him--friendship, family and the principles he lived by--all anchored by Daniel Krauthammer's poignant eulogy for his father.</span><br /><span> </span><br /><span>For longtime readers and newcomers alike, </span><i>The Point of It All</i><span> is a timely demonstration of what it means to cut through the noise of petty politics with clarity, integrity and intellectual fortitude. It is a reminder of what made Charles Krauthammer the most celebrated American columnist and political thinker of his generation, a revealing look at the man behind the words and a lasting testament to his belief that anyone with an open and honest mind can grapple deeply with the most urgent questions in politics and in life.</span>
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 />
The Sopranos Sessions
by , David Chase

Language

English

Pages

464

Publication Date

January 08, 2019

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<DIV><P>On January 10, 1999, a mobster walked into a psychiatrist’s office and changed TV history. By shattering preconceptions about the kinds of stories the medium should tell, <I>The Sopranos</I>launched our current age of prestige television, paving the way for such giants as <I>Mad Men, The Wire, Breaking Bad</I>, and <I>Game of Thrones</I>. As TV critics for Tony Soprano’s hometown paper, New Jersey’s <I>The Star-Ledger</I>, Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz were among the first to write about the series before it became a cultural phenomenon. <BR /><BR /> To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show’s debut, Sepinwall and Seitz have reunited to produce <I>The Sopranos Sessions</I>, a collection of recaps, conversations, and critical essays covering every episode. Featuring a series of new long-form interviews with series creator David Chase, as well as selections from the authors’ archival writing on the series, <I>The Sopranos Sessions </I>explores the show’s artistry, themes, and legacy, examining its portrayal of Italian Americans, its graphic depictions of violence, and its deep connections to other cinematic and television classics. </P></DIV>
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters
by Ursula K. Le Guin

Language

English

Pages

241

Publication Date

December 05, 2017

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<DIV><I>Ursula K. Le Guin on the absurdity of denying your age: </I>“If I’m ninety and believe I’m forty-five, I’m headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub.”<BR /><BR /><I>On cultural perceptions of fantasy:</I> “The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is ‘escapism’ an accusation of?”<BR /><BR /><I>On breakfast:</I> “Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime.”<BR />  <BR /> Ursula K. Le Guin took readers to imaginary worlds for decades. In the last great frontier of life, old age, she explored a new literary territory: the blog, a forum where she shined. The collected best of Ursula’s blog, No Time to Spare presents perfectly crystallized dispatches on what mattered to her late in life, her concerns with the world, and her wonder at it: “How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us.”<BR /><BR /> “The pages sparkle with lines that make a reader glance up, searching for an available ear with which to share them.” — Melissa Febos, <I>New York Times Book Review</I><BR />  <BR /> “Witty . . . deeply observed.” — <I>USA Today</I><BR />  <BR />  “A book that truly does matter.” — <I>Houston Chronicle</I></DIV>
D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
by Holger Eckhertz

Language

English

Pages

330

Publication Date

April 09, 2015

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This is the hidden side of D Day which has fascinated readers around the world.<br /><br />Almost all accounts of D Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6th 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest seaborne invasion in history? <br />What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes - and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day? What were their experiences on facing the tanks, the flamethrowers and the devastating air superiority of the Allies?<br /><br />This book sheds fascinating light on these questions, bringing together statements made by German survivors after the war, when time had allowed them to reflect on their state of mind, their actions and their choices of June 6th. <br /><br />We see a perspective of D Day which deserves to be added to the historical record, in which ordinary German troops struggled to make sense of the onslaught that was facing them, and emerged stunned at the weaponry and sheer determination of the Allied soldiers. We see, too, how the Germans fought in the great coastal bunkers, perceived as impregnable fortresses, but in reality often becoming tombs for their crews. <br /><br />Above all, we now have the unheard human voices of the individual German soldiers - the men who are so often portrayed as a faceless mass.<br /><br />
What If This Were Enough?: Essays
by Heather Havrilesky

Language

English

Pages

213

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<b><b>By the acclaimed critic, memoirist, and advice columnist behind the popular "Ask Polly," an impassioned collection tackling our obsession with self-improvement and urging readers to embrace the imperfections of the everyday</b></b><br /><br />Heather Havrilesky's writing has been called "whip-smart and profanely funny" (<i>Entertainment Weekly</i>) and "required reading for all humans" (Celeste Ng). In her work for <i>New York</i>, <i>The Baffler</i>, <i>The New York Times Magazine</i>, and <i>The Atlantic</i>, as well as in "Ask Polly," her advice column for <i>The Cut</i>, she dispenses a singular, cutting wisdom--an ability to inspire, provoke, and put a name to our most insidious cultural delusions.<br /><br /><i>What If This Were Enough?</i> is a mantra and a clarion call. In its chapters--many of them original to the book, others expanded from their initial publication--Havrilesky takes on those cultural forces that shape us. We've convinced ourselves, she says, that salvation can be delivered only in the form of new products, new technologies, new lifestyles. From the allure of materialism to our misunderstandings of romance and success, Havrilesky deconstructs some of the most poisonous and misleading messages we ingest today, all the while suggesting new ways to navigate our increasingly bewildering world.<br /><br />Through her incisive and witty inquiries, Havrilesky urges us to reject the pursuit of a shiny, shallow future that will never come. These timely, provocative, and often hilarious essays suggest an embrace of the flawed, a connection with what already is, who we already are, what we already have. She asks us to consider: <i>What if this were enough?</i> Our salvation, Havrilesky says, can be found right here, right now, in this imperfect moment.
Holidays on Ice
by David Sedaris

Language

English

Pages

134

Publication Date

April 14, 2009

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David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites<I> </I>as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow"); the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations ("Six to Eight Black Men"); what Halloween at the medical examiner's looks like ("The Monster Mash"); and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry ("Cow and Turkey").<BR><BR>No matter what your favorite holiday, you won't want to miss celebrating it with the author who has been called "one of the funniest writers alive" (<ST1:PLACE w:st="on"><ST1:STATE w:st="on"><I>Economist</I></ST1:STATE></ST1:PLACE><I>).</I>
How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't
by Lane Moore

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English

Pages

225

Publication Date

November 06, 2018

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<b>The former Sex & Relationships Editor for <i>Cosmopolitan </i>and host of the wildly popular comedy show <i>Tinder Live with Lane Moore</i> presents her poignant, funny, and deeply moving first book.</b><BR><BR>Lane Moore is a rare performer who is as impressive onstage—whether hosting her iconic show <i>Tinder Live </i>or being the enigmatic front woman of It Was Romance—as she is on the page, as both a former writer for <i>The Onion</i> and an award-winning sex and relationships editor for <i>Cosmopolitan</i>. But her story has had its obstacles, including being her own parent, living in her car as a teenager, and moving to New York City to pursue her dreams. Through it all, she looked to movies, TV, and music as the family and support systems she never had.<BR> <BR>From spending the holidays alone to having better “stranger luck” than with those closest to her to feeling like the last hopeless romantic on earth, Lane reveals her powerful and entertaining journey in all its candor, anxiety, and ultimate acceptance—with humor always her bolstering force and greatest gift.<BR> <BR><i>How to Be Alone</i> is a must-read for anyone whose childhood still feels unresolved, who spends more time pretending to have friends online than feeling close to anyone in real life, who tries to have genuine, deep conversations in a roomful of people who would <i>rather you not</i>. Above all, it’s a book for anyone who desperately wants to feel less alone and a little more connected through reading her words.
The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User's Manual
by Ward Farnsworth

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English

Pages

260

Publication Date

October 05, 2018

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Stoicism is the most helpful and practical philosophy ever devised. Its intention is to help people find happiness by thinking differently about their lives and their problems. The advice the Stoics provided centuries ago is still the best anyone has offered, and it’s as useful today as it was then—or more. When anyone today says something really wise, the Stoics usually said it first. Today the word “stoicism” is often used to mean suffering without complaint, but the true ideas, and ideals, of the Stoics are far more powerful and interesting. Stoicism means knowing the difference between what we can control and we can’t, and not worrying about the latter. The Stoics were masters of perspective, always taking the long view while remembering that life is short. And they were deep and insightful students of human nature, understanding how we manage to make ourselves miserable as well as how we seek and can find fulfillment. The great insights of the Stoics are spread over a wide range of ancient sources. This book brings them all together for the first time. It systematically presents what the various Stoic philosophers said on every important topic, accompanied by an eloquent commentary that is clear and concise. The result is a set of philosophy lessons for everyone—the most valuable wisdom of ages past made available for our times, and for all time.
The Patch
by John McPhee

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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<p><b>An “album quilt,” an artful assortment of nonfiction writings by John McPhee that have not previously appeared in any book</b><i></i><br /><i></i><br /><i>The Patch</i> is the seventh collection of essays by the nonfiction master, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It is divided into two parts. </p><p>Part 1, “The Sporting Scene,” consists of pieces on fishing, football, golf, and lacrosse—from fly casting for chain pickerel in fall in New Hampshire to walking the linksland of St. Andrews at an Open Championship. Part 2, called “An Album Quilt,” is a montage of fragments of varying length from pieces done across the years that have never appeared in book form—occasional pieces, memorial pieces, reflections, reminiscences, and short items in various magazines including <i>The New Yorker</i>. They range from a visit to the Hershey chocolate factory to encounters with Oscar Hammerstein, Joan Baez, and Mount Denali. </p><p>Emphatically, the author’s purpose was not merely to preserve things but to choose passages that might entertain contemporary readers. Starting with 250,000 words, he gradually threw out 75 percent of them, and randomly assembled the remaining fragments into “an album quilt.” Among other things, <i>The Patch </i>is a covert memoir.</p>

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