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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 />
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 />
Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
by Maya Angelou

Language

English

Pages

162

Publication Date

November 23, 2011

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<b>Maya Angelou, one of the best-loved authors of our time shares the wisdom of a remarkable life in this bestselling spiritual classic. <br /><br /></b>This is Maya Angelou talking from the heart, down to earth and real, but also inspiring. This is a book to be treasured, a book about being in all ways a woman, about living well, about the power of the word, and about the power of spirituality to move and shape your life. Passionate, lively, and lyrical, Maya Angelou’s latest unforgettable work offers a gem of truth on every page.<br /><br />Maya Angelou speaks out . . .  <br /><br /><i>On Faith:</i> “I'm taken aback when people walk up to me and tell me they are Christians. My first response is the question 'Already?' It seems to me a lifelong endeavor to try to live the life of a Christian. It is in the search itself that one finds ecstasy.”<br /><br /><i>On Racism:</i> “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter their color.”<br /><br /><i>On Taking Time for Ourselves:</i> “Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. A day away acts as a spring tonic. It can dispel rancor, transform indecision, and renew the spirit.”<br /><br /><i>On Death and Grieving:</i> “When I sense myself filling with rage at the absence of a beloved, I try as soon as possible to remember that my concerns should be focused on what I can learn from my departed love. What legacy was left which can help me in the art of living a good life?”<br /><br /><i>On Style:</i> “Style is as unique and nontransferable and perfectly personal as a fingerprint. It is wise to take the time to develop one's own way of being, increasing those things one does well and eliminating the elements in one's character which can hinder and diminish the good personality.”
How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't
by Lane Moore

Language

English

Pages

224

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 Books That Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actor...
by Bethanne Patrick

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

March 29, 2016

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<B>One hundred of today’s most prominent literary and cultural icons talk about the books that hold a special place in their hearts—that made them who they are today.</B><BR><BR>Leading authors, politicians, CEOs, actors, and other notables share the books that changed their life, why they love them, and their passion with readers everywhere. Regan Arts has teamed up with the literary charity 826National, which will receive a portion of the book’s proceeds to provide students ages 6–18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills.<BR> <BR>Contributors include Al Roker, Carl Hiaasen, Dave Eggers, Emma Straub, Eric Idle, Fay Weldon, Fran Lebowitz, Gillian Flynn, Gregory Maguire, Jeff Kinney, Jim Shepard, Laura Lippmann, Lev Grossman, Liev Schreiber, Margaret Atwood, Mayim Bialik, Nelson DeMille, Rosanne Cash, Susan Orlean, Tim Gunn, and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.
Everything's Trash, But It's Okay
by Phoebe Robinson

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<b><b><i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><b>'s Fall 2018's 25 Must-Reads</b><br /><b><i>Essence</i></b><b>'s Fall 2018 Guide to All Things Funny</b><br /><b><i>Bustle</i></b><b>'s 18 New Nonfiction Books to Know in October</b><br /><br />"Robinson offers deft cultural criticism and hilarious personal anecdotes that will make readers laugh, cringe, and cry. Everything may indeed be trash but writing like this reminds us that we're gonna make it through all the terrible things with honesty, laughter, and faith."<br />--Roxane Gay, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author</b><br /><br /><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> bestselling author and star of </b><b><i>2 Dope Queens</i></b><b> Phoebe Robinson is back with a new, hilarious, and timely essay collection on gender, race, dating, and the dumpster fire that is our world.</b><br /><br />Written in her trademark unfiltered and witty style, Robinson's latest collection is a call to arms. Outfitted with on-point pop culture references, these essays tackle a wide range of topics: giving feminism a tough-love talk on intersectionality, telling society's beauty standards to kick rocks, and calling foul on our culture's obsession with work. Robinson also gets personal, exploring money problems she's hidden from her parents, how dating is mainly a warmed-over bowl of hot mess, and definitely most important, meeting Bono not once, but twice. She's struggled with being a woman with a political mind and a woman with an ever-changing jeans size. She knows about trash because she sees it every day--and because she's seen roughly one hundred thousand hours of reality TV and zero hours of <i>Schindler's List</i>.<br /><br />With the intimate voice of a new best friend,<i> Everything's Trash, But It's Okay</i> is a candid perspective for a generation that has had the rug pulled out from under it too many times to count.
The Little Virtues: Essays
by Natalia Ginzburg

Language

English

Pages

108

Publication Date

September 12, 2017

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<DIV> In this collection of her finest and best-known short essays, Natalia Ginzburg explores both the mundane details and inescapable catastrophes of personal life with the grace and wit that have assured her rightful place in the pantheon of classic mid-century authors. Whether she writes of the loss of a friend, Cesare Pavese; or what is inexpugnable of World War II; or the Abruzzi, where she and her first husband lived in forced residence under Fascist rule; or the importance of silence in our society; or her vocation as a writer; or even a pair of worn-out shoes, Ginzburg brings to her reflections the wisdom of a survivor and the spare, wry, and poetically resonant style her readers have come to recognize. <BR><br /><BR>"A glowing light of modern Italian literature . . . Ginzburg's magic is the utter simplicity of her prose, suddenly illuminated by one word that makes a lightning streak of a plain phrase. . . . As direct and clean as if it were carved in stone, it yet speaks thoughts of the heart.' — <EM>The New York Times</EM> Book Review</DIV>
What If This Were Enough?: Essays
by Heather Havrilesky

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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.
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>
If You’d Just Let Me Finish (World According to Clarkson)
by Jeremy Clarkson

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

October 18, 2018

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<p><b>Clarkson is back with a</b><b> brand new book of hilarious stories and observations about our gone-wrong world. </b><br />___________</p><p>In November 2016 we woke up to the news that the forthright presenter of a popular television programme had become the most powerful man on the planet. His name, sadly, was not Jeremy Clarkson, but we might not have been any more surprised if it had been.</p><p>Because the world seems to have taken a decidedly odd turn since Jeremy last reflected on the state of things between the covers of a book. But who better than JC to help us navigate our way through the mess?</p><p>And while he's being trying to make sense of it all he's discovered one or two things along the way, including</p><p>- The disabling effects of being vegan<br />- How Blackpool might be improved by drilling a hole through it<br />- The problem with meditation<br />- A perfect location for rebuilding Palmyra<br />- Why Tom Cruise can worship lizards if he wants to</p><p>It's all been a bit unsettling.</p><p>But don't worry. <i>If You'd Just Let Me Finish</i> is Clarkson at his best. He may be as bemused, exasperated, amused and surprised as the rest of us, but in a world gone crazy, thank God someone has still got his head screwed on ...</p><p><b><u>Praise for Clarkson:</u></b></p><p><b>'Brilliant...laugh-out-loud' - <i>Daily Telegraph</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b>'Outrageously funny...will have you in stiches' - <i>Time Out</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b>'Very funny...I cracked up laughing on the tube' - <i>Evening Standard</i></b></p>

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