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The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For
by David McCullough

Language

English

Pages

193

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<b>A <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><BR> <BR>A timely collection of speeches by David McCullough, the most honored historian in the United States—winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many others—that reminds us of fundamental American principles.<BR><BR>Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, the White House, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American. <i>The American Spirit</i> reminds us of core American values to which we all subscribe, regardless of which region we live in, which political party we identify with, or our ethnic background. This is a book about America for all Americans that reminds us who we are and helps to guide us as we find our way forward.
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters
by Ursula K. Le Guin

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

December 05, 2017

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<DIV><DIV><B>Ursula K. Le Guin on the absurdity of denying your age: “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.”</B><BR /><BR /><B><B>On cultural perceptions of fantasy: “The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is ‘escapism’ an accusation of?”</B><BR /><BR /><B>On breakfast: “Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime.”</B></B><BR /><BR /> Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she’s in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice—sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical—shines. <I>No Time to Spare</I> collects the best of Ursula’s online writing, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her unceasing wonder at it: “How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us.”</DIV></DIV>
Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
by Amy Tan

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<p>In <em>Where the Past Begins</em>, bestselling author of <em>The Joy Luck Club</em> and <em>The Valley of Amazement</em> Amy Tan reveals herself in a way she never has before, delving into her childhood, adolescence, family history, beginnings as a writer and professional life to explore the answers to questions of purpose and meaning that we all ask ourselves as we get older. </p><p>Moving from her childhood in Oakland and growing up with her Chinese parents through her success as a novelist, Amy Tan delves into her creative interests in music, the paralysis of beginning a new project, journal-writing and travelling. <em>Where the Past Begins</em> chronicles the making of a writer. With characteristic humor and poignant observation, Tan weaves a nontraditional introspective narrative that is as complex and vibrant as this beloved American novelist’s fiction. Interspersed with direct correspondence between the author and her editor, the book will give fans and critics unparalleled insight into the author’s process, her thoughts on the literary enterprise, and her singularly warm, intelligent mind. </p>
Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations
by Matt Bellassai

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English

Pages

257

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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From the break-out star of BuzzFeed and the People’s Choice Award-winning comedian behind the web series “Whine About It” and “To Be Honest” comes a collection of hilariously anguished essays chronicling awful moments from his life so far, the humiliations of being an adult, and other little indignities.<BR><BR>Matt Bellassai has no idea what he’s doing. Well, to be fair, he did become semi-Internet famous by getting drunk at work, making him a socially-acceptable—nay—<i>professional</i> alcoholic. He’s got some things figured out. But the rest is all just a terrible, disgusting mess.<BR> <BR>This is Matt’s book. Just to clarify, though, it is absolutely <i>not</i> a memoir; Matt is far too young to have done anything worth remembering (though he did win an actual People’s Choice Award for his BuzzFeed web series, “Whine About It,” which is pretty good, if you ask his mother). This is also most certainly not a book of advice; he is too woefully ill-prepared for life to offer anything in the way of counsel (though that won’t stop him from talking). Call this a collection of awful moments that led to his grumbling, blundering adulthood—a chronicle of little indignities that, when taken together, amount to a life of hilarious anguish.<BR> <BR>With keen wit and plenty of self-deprecation, Matt reveals how hard it is to shed his past as the Midwest’s biggest nerd, that one time a taquito nearly murdered him at his brother’s surprise birthday party, and the time he came out to his friends and family (the closet was a bit messy). Matt also wrestles with the humiliations of adulthood, like giving up on love in New York City, living alone with no one to heat his microwave dinners, and combating the inner voice that tells him to say aloud all the things the rest of us are smart enough to keep to ourselves.<BR> <BR>You probably don’t need this book, but let’s be honest—you do. Since you’re already reading, you might as well pull up a chair, grab your glass(es) of wine, and enjoy.
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>
True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fiction
by Helen Garner

Language

English

Pages

800

Publication Date

October 30, 2017

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<p><b>‘Garner is scrupulous, painstaking, and detailed, with sharp eyes and ears. She is everywhere at once, watching and listening, a recording angel at life’s secular apocalypses...her unillusioned eye makes her clarity compulsive.’  James Wood, <i>New Yorker</i></b> </p> <p>Helen Garner visits the morgue, and goes cruising on a Russian ship. She sees women giving birth, and gets the sack for teaching her students about sex. She attends a school dance and a gun show. She writes about dreaming, about turning fifty, and the storm caused by <i>The First Stone</i>. Her story on the murder of the two-year-old Daniel Valerio wins her a Walkley Award.</p> <p>Garner looks at the world with a shrewd and sympathetic eye. Her non-fiction is always passionate and compelling. <i>True Stories</i> is an extraordinary book, spanning fifty years of work, by one of Australia’s great writers.</p> <p><b>Helen Garner</b> writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award. Her most recent book, <i>Everywhere I Look</i> won the 2017 Indie Book Award for Non-Fiction.</p> <p>‘[Garner’s] writing expresses a hard-won grace. It brings you closer to the world, and shows you how to love it.’  <b><i>Monthly</i></b></p> <p>‘Garner can write about everything for every reader…Her tone throughout is one of considerable charm and approachability. Five minutes in Garner’s company, you feel, and you’d be telling her your deepest secrets.’ <b>Neil Stewart, <i>Civilian Global</i></b> </p> <p> ‘Memoirist, fiction writer, faction writer, journalist? Australian critics and booksellers have stopped trying to pigeonhole Melburnian writer Helen Garner and now just give her prizes…These stories and essays are the work of a natural storyteller, of an unsparing yet sympathetic eye…It’s all wonderful stuff: unstinting honesty, clarity and charm. Dive in.’ <i><b>North & South</b></i></p> <p> ‘This is the power of Garner’s writing. She drills into experience and comes up with such clean, precise distillations of life, once you read them they enter into you. Successive generations of writers have felt the keen influence of her work and for this reason Garner has become part of us all.’ <i><b>Australian</b></i></p>
The Perils of Being Moderately Famous
by Soha Ali Khan

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English

Pages

173

Publication Date

December 12, 2017

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What is it like to be known as Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's daughter?<br />Or to have a mother as famous as Sharmila Tagore?<br />Or to be recognized as Saif Ali Khan's sister?<br />Or as Kareena Kapoor's sister-in-law?<br />And where do I stand among them?<br />Actor Soha Ali Khan's debut book is at heart a brilliant collection of personal essays where she recounts with self-deprecating humour what it was like growing up in one of the most illustrious families of the country. With never before published photos from her family's archives, The Perils of Being Moderately Famous takes us through some of the most poignant moments of Soha's life-from growing up as a modern-day princess and her days at Balliol College to life as a celebrity in the times of social media culture and finding love in the most unlikely of places-all with refreshing candour and wit.
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions
by Valeria Luiselli

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English

Pages

138

Publication Date

March 13, 2017

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<div><p>"Part treatise, part memoir, part call to action, <I>Tell Me How It Ends </I>inspires not through a stiff stance of authority, but with the curiosity and humility Luiselli has long since established." —Annalia Luna, Brazos Bookstore</p><p>"Valeria Luiselli's extended essay on her volunteer work translating for child immigrants confronts with compassion and honesty the problem of the North American refugee crisis. It's a rare thing: a book everyone should read." —Stephen Sparks, Point Reyes Books</p><p>"<I>Tell Me How It Ends </I>evokes empathy as it educates. It is a vital contribution to the body of post-Trump work being published in early 2017." —Katharine Solheim, Unabridged Books</p><p>"While this essay is brilliant for exactly what it depicts, it helps open larger questions, which we're ever more on the precipice of now, of where all of <I>this</I> will go, how all of <I>this</I> might end. Is this a story, or is this beyond a story? Valeria Luiselli is one of those brave and eloquent enough to help us see." —Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company</p><p>"Appealing to the language of the United States' fraught immigration policy, Luiselli exposes the cracks in this foundation. Herself an immigrant, she highlights the human cost of its brokenness, as well as the hope that it (rather than walls) might be rebuilt." —Brad Johnson, Diesel Bookstore</p><p>"The bureaucratic labyrinth of immigration, the dangers of searching for a better life, all of this and more is contained in this brief and profound work. <I>Tell Me How It Ends </I>is not just relevant, it's essential." —Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore</p><p>"Humane yet often horrifying, <I>Tell Me How It Ends </I>offers a compelling, intimate look at a continuing crisis—and its ongoing cost in an age of increasing urgency." —Jeremy Garber, Powell's Books</p></div>
Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole Wo...
by Rob Sheffield

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English

Pages

318

Publication Date

April 25, 2017

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<p><strong>NPR Best Book of 2017</strong></p><p><strong>Winner of the 2017 </strong><strong>Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism</strong></p><p><strong>“This is the best book about the Beatles ever written”  </strong>—<strong>Mashable</strong> </p><p>Rob Sheffield, the <em>Rolling Stone</em> columnist and bestselling author of <em>Love Is a Mix Tape</em> offers an entertaining, unconventional look at the most popular band in history, the Beatles, exploring what they mean today and why they still matter so intensely to a generation that has never known a world without them.</p><p><em>Dreaming the Beatles</em> is not another biography of the Beatles, or a song-by-song analysis of the best of John and Paul. It isn’t another exposé about how they broke up. It isn’t a history of their gigs or their gear. It is a collection of essays telling the story of what this ubiquitous band means to a generation who grew up with the Beatles music on their parents’ stereos and their faces on T-shirts. What do the Beatles mean today? Why are they more famous and beloved now than ever? And why do they still matter so much to us, nearly fifty years after they broke up?</p><p>As he did in his previous books,<em> Love is a Mix Tape, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran,</em> and <em>Turn Around Bright Eyes</em>, Sheffield focuses on the emotional connections we make to music. This time, he focuses on the biggest pop culture phenomenon of all time—The Beatles. In his singular voice, he explores what the Beatles mean today, to fans who have learned to love them on their own terms and not just for the sake of nostalgia. </p><p><em>Dreaming the Beatles</em> tells the story of how four lads from Liverpool became the world’s biggest pop group, then broke up—but then somehow just kept getting bigger. At this point, their music doesn’t belong to the past—it belongs to right now. This book is a celebration of that music, showing why the Beatles remain the world’s favorite thing—and how they invented the future we’re all living in today.</p><p></p>
Brave Enough
by Cheryl Strayed

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English

Pages

162

Publication Date

October 27, 2015

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<b>National Best Seller</b><br /><br />From the best-selling author of <i>Wild</i>, a collection of quotes--drawn from the wide range of her writings--that capture her wisdom, courage, and outspoken humor, presented in a gift-sized package that's as irresistible to give as it is to receive.<br /><br />Around the world, thousands of people have found inspiration in the words of Cheryl Strayed, who in her three prior books and in her "Dear Sugar" columns has shared the twists and trials of her remarkable life. Her honesty, spirit, and ample supply of tough love have enabled many of us, even in the darkest hours, to somehow put one foot in front of the other--and be brave enough. <br />     This book gathers, each on a single page, more than 100 of Strayed's indelible quotes and thoughts--"mini instruction manuals for the soul" that urge us toward the incredible capacity for love, compassion, forgiveness, and endurance that is within us all. <br />      Be brave enough to break your own heart.<br />      You can't ride to the fair unless you get on the pony. <br />      Keep walking. <br />      Acceptance is a small, quiet room. <br />      Romantic love is not a competitive sport.<br />      Forward is the direction of real life. <br />      Ask yourself: <i>What is the best I can do? </i>And then do that.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

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