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White
by Bret Easton Ellis

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

April 16, 2019

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<b>Own it, snowflakes: you've <i>lost </i>everything you claim to hold dear.</b><br /><br /><i>White </i>is Bret Easton Ellis's first work of nonfiction. Already the bad boy of American literature, from<i> Less Than Zero</i> to <i>American Psycho</i>, Ellis has also earned the wrath of right-thinking people everywhere with his provocations on social media, and here he escalates his admonishment of received truths as expressed by today's version of "the left." Eschewing convention, he embraces views that will make many in literary and media communities cringe, as he takes aim at the relentless anti-Trump fixation, coastal elites, corporate censorship, Hollywood, identity politics, Generation Wuss, "woke" cultural watchdogs, the obfuscation of ideals once both cherished and clear, and the fugue state of American democracy. In a young century marked by hysterical correctness and obsessive fervency on both sides of an aisle that's taken on the scale of the Grand Canyon, <i>White</i> is a clarion call for freedom of speech and artistic freedom.<br /> <i> </i><br /> "The central tension in Ellis's art—or his life, for that matter—is that while [his] aesthetic is the cool reserve of his native California, detachment over ideology, he can't stop generating heat.... He's hard-wired to break furniture."—Karen Heller, <i>The Washington Post</i><br /> <i> </i><br />"Sweating with rage . . . humming with paranoia."—Anna Leszkiewicz, <i>The Guardian</i><br /> <i> </i><br />"Snowflakes on both coasts in withdrawal from Rachel Maddow's nightly Kremlinology lesson can purchase a whole book to inspire paroxysms of rage . . . a veritable thirst trap for the easily microaggressed. It's all here. Rants about Trump derangement syndrome; MSNBC; #MeToo; safe spaces."—Bari Weiss<i>, The New York Times</i><br /> <i> </i>
Southern Lady Code: Essays
by Helen Ellis

Language

English

Pages

175

Publication Date

April 16, 2019

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<b><b>"I loved it." —Ann Patchett<i> </i></b><br /><br />The bestselling author of <i>American Housewife </i>("Dark, deadpan and truly inventive." -<i>-The New York Times Book Review</i>) is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady.</b><br /><br />Helen Ellis has a mantra: "If you don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way." Say "weathered" instead of "she looks like a cake left out in the rain." Say "early-developed" instead of "brace face and B cups." And for the love of Coke Salad, always say "Sorry you saw something that offended you" instead of "Get that stick out of your butt, Miss Prissy Pants." In these twenty-three raucous essays Ellis transforms herself into a dominatrix Donna Reed to save her marriage, inadvertently steals a $795 Burberry trench coat, witnesses a man fake his own death at a party, avoids a neck lift, and finds a black-tie gown that gives her the confidence of a drag queen. While she may have left her home in Alabama, married a New Yorker, forgotten how to drive, and abandoned the puffy headbands of her youth, Helen Ellis is clinging to her Southern accent like mayonnaise to white bread, and offering readers a hilarious, completely singular view on womanhood for both sides of the Mason-Dixon.
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 />
Una historia de España (Spanish Edition)
by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

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Spanish

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Publication Date

March 14, 2019

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<p style="text-align:center"><B>Por primera vez un volumen reúne la historia de España escrita por Arturo Pérez-Reverte durante más de cuatro años en su columna «Patente de corso» del <I>XL Semanal.</I></B></P> <P>Un relato ameno, personal, a ratos irónico, pero siempre único, de nuestra accidentada historia a través de los siglos. Una obra concebida por el autor para, en palabras suyas, «divertirme, releer y disfrutar; un pretexto para mirar atrás desde los tiempos remotos hasta el presente, reflexionar un poco sobre ello y contarlo por escrito de una manera poco ortodoxa.»</P> <P>A lo largo de los 91 capítulos más el epílogo de los que consta el libro, Arturo Pérez-Reverte narra los principales acontecimientos ocurridos desde los orígenes de nuestra historia y hasta el final de la Transición con una mirada subjetiva, construida con las dosis exactas de lecturas, experiencia y sentido común. «La misma mirada con que escribo novelas y artículos -dice el autor-; no la elegí yo, sino que es resultado de todas esas cosas: la visión, ácida más a menudo que dulce, de quien, como dice un personaje de una de mis novelas, sabe que ser lúcido en España aparejó siempre mucha amargura, mucha soledad y mucha desesperanza.»</P> <P>Arturo Pérez-Reverte</P> <P><B>Reseñas:</B><BR>«Veamos el libro como el regalo de un gran novelista a la sociedad española, porque estoy convencido de que <I>Una historia de España,</I> de Arturo Pérez-Reverte, es un moderno epílogo al <I>Quijote</I>.»<BR>José Enrique Ruiz-Domènec, <I>Cultura/s, La Vanguardia</I></P> <P>«Arturo Pérez-Reverte sabe cómo retener al lector a cada vuelta de página.»<BR><I>The New York Times Book Review</I></P> <P>«Arturo Pérez-Reverte consigue mantener sin aliento al lector.»<BR><I>Corriere della Sera</I></P> <P>«No solo es un espléndido narrador. También maneja con pericia diferentes géneros.»<BR><I>El Mundo</I></P> <P>«Hay un escritor español que se parece al mejor Spielberg más Umberto Eco. Se llama Arturo-Pérez-Reverte.»<BR><I>La Repubblica</I></P> <P>«Su sabiduría narrativa, tan bien construida siempre, tan exhaustivamente detallada, documentada y estructurada, hasta el punto de que, frente a todo ello, la historia real resulta más endeble y a veces hasta tópica.»<BR>Rafael Conte</P> <P>«Su estilo elegante se combina con un gran manejo de la lengua española. Pérez-Reverte es un maestro.»<BR><I>La Stampa</I></P> <P>«Pérez-Reverte tiene un talento endiablado y un sólido oficio.»<BR><I>Avant-Critique</I></P> <P>«Un repaso equidistante por los tres años de contienda [...] donde defiende la importancia de la memoria y la necesidad de no olvidar lo que fueron aquellos tres años de barbarie.»<BR>Antonio Lucas, <I>El Mundo </I>(sobre <I>La guerra civil contada a los jóvenes</I>)</P> <P>«La capacidad de síntesis y la ecuanimidad crítica del autor abonan un trabajo de lectura obligatoria.»<BR>Sergio Vila-SanJuán, <I>La Vanguardia</I> (sobre <I>La guerra civil contada a los jóvenes</I>)</P>
What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the ...
by Simon & Schuster

Language

English

Pages

289

Publication Date

April 30, 2019

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<b>*Most Anticipated Reads of 2019 Selection by <i>Publishers Weekly</i>, <i>BuzzFeed</i>, <i>The Rumpus</i>, <i>Lit Hub</i>, <i>The Week</i>, and Elle.com*</b><BR> <BR><b>Fifteen brilliant writers explore what we <i>don’t</i> talk to our mothers about, and how it affects us, for better or for worse.</b><BR><BR>As an undergraduate, Michele Filgate started writing an essay about being abused by her stepfather. It took her more than a decade to realize what she was actually trying to write: how this affected her relationship with her mother. When it was finally published, the essay went viral, shared on social media by Anne Lamott, Rebecca Solnit, and many others. The outpouring of responses gave Filgate an idea, and the resulting anthology offers a candid look at our relationships with our mothers.<BR> <BR> While some of the writers in this book are estranged from their mothers, others are extremely close. Leslie Jamison writes about trying to discover who her seemingly perfect mother was before ever becoming a mom. In Cathi Hanauer’s hilarious piece, she finally gets a chance to have a conversation with her mother that isn’t interrupted by her domineering (but lovable) father. André Aciman writes about what it was like to have a deaf mother. Melissa Febos uses mythology as a lens to look at her close-knit relationship with her psychotherapist mother. And Julianna Baggott talks about having a mom who tells her <i>everything</i>.<BR> <BR> As Filgate writes, “Our mothers are our first homes, and that’s why we’re always trying to return to them.” There’s relief in breaking the silence. Acknowledging what we couldn’t say for so long is one way to heal our relationships with others and, perhaps most important, with ourselves.<BR> <BR> <b>Contributors include Cathi Hanauer, Melissa Febos, Alexander Chee, Dylan Landis, Bernice L. McFadden, Julianna Baggott, Lynn Steger Strong, Kiese Laymon, Carmen Maria Machado, André Aciman, Sari Botton, Nayomi Munaweera, Brandon Taylor, and Leslie Jamison.</b>
The Fire Next Time (Vintage International)
by James Baldwin

Language

English

Pages

130

Publication Date

September 17, 2013

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A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, <b>The Fire Next Time</b> galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.
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 />
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>
Portraits and Observations (Modern Library)
by Truman Capote

Language

English

Pages

673

Publication Date

April 23, 2013

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<b>Perhaps no twentieth century writer was so observant and elegant a chronicler of his times as Truman Capote. Whether he was profiling the rich and famous or creating indelible word-pictures of events and places near and far, Capote’s eye for detail and dazzling style made his reportage and commentary undeniable triumphs of the form. </b> <br /><br /> <i>Portraits and Observations</i> is the first volume devoted solely to all the essays ever published by this most beloved of writers. From his travel sketches of Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Hollywood, written when he was twenty-two, to meditations about fame, fortune, and the writer’s art at the peak of his career, to the brief works penned during the isolated denouement of his life, these essays provide an essential window into mid-twentieth-century America as offered by one of its canniest observers. Included are such celebrated masterpieces of narrative nonfiction as “The Muses Are Heard” and the short nonfiction novel “Handcarved Coffins,” as well as many long-out-of-print essays, including portraits of Isak Dinesen, Mae West, Marcel Duchamp, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe. <br /><br /> Among the highlights are “Ghosts in Sunlight: The Filming of In Cold Blood, “Preface to Music for Chameleons, in which Capote candidly recounts the highs and lows of his long career, and a playful self-portrait in the form of an imaginary self-interview. The book concludes with the author’s last written words, composed the day before his death in 1984, the recently discovered<br /> “Remembering Willa Cather,” Capote’s touching recollection of his encounter with the author when he was a young man at the dawn of his career. <br /><br /> <i>Portraits and Observations</i> puts on display the full spectrum of Truman Capote’s brilliance. Certainly, Capote was, as Somerset Maugham famously called him, “a stylist of the first quality.” But as the pieces gathered here remind us, he was also an artist of remarkable substance.
Kissinger on Kissinger: Reflections on Diplomacy, Grand Strategy,...
by , Henry Kissinger

Language

English

Pages

165

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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<p><b>In a series of riveting interviews, America's senior statesman discusses the challenges of directing foreign policy during times of great global tension.</b><br /><b></b><br />As National Security Advisor to Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger transformed America's approach to diplomacy with China, the USSR, Vietnam, and the Middle East, laying the foundations for geopolitics as we know them today.</p><p>Nearly fifty years later, escalating tensions between the US, China, and Russia are threatening a swift return to the same diplomatic game of tug-of-war that Kissinger played so masterfully. <i>Kissinger on Kissinger </i>is a series of faithfully transcribed interviews conducted by the elder statesman's longtime associate, Winston Lord, which captures Kissinger's thoughts on the specific challenges that he faced during his tenure as NSA, his general advice on leadership and international relations, and stunning portraits of the larger-than-life world leaders of the era. The result is a frank and well-informed overview of US foreign policy in the first half of the 70s—essential reading for anyone hoping to understand tomorrow's global challenges.</p>

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