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The Patch
by John McPhee

Language

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>
The Big Book of Serial Killers: 150 Serial Killer Files of the Wo...
by , Rebecca Lo

Language

English

Pages

417

Publication Date

June 10, 2017

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There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires and monsters, and they walk among us. <br /><br />These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day to day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader’s, the fathers, husbands, church going members of the community. <br /><br />This A-Z encyclopedia of 150 serial killers is the ideal reference book. Included are the most famous true crime serial killers, like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, and Richard Ramirez, and not to mention the women who kill, such as Aileen Wuornos and Martha Rendell. There are also lesser known serial killers, covering many countries around the world, so the range is broad.<br /><br />Each of the serial killer files includes information on when and how they killed the victims, the background of each killer, or the suspects in some cases such as the Zodiac killer, their trials and punishments. For some there are chilling quotes by the killers themselves. The Big Book of Serial Killers is an easy to follow collection of information on the world’s most heinous murderers.<br />
The Quotable Book Lover
by Skyhorse Publishing

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

July 01, 2013

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<B>This “uniquely valuable reference” filled with over five hundred quotations is a bibliophile’s delight (<I>Library Journal</I>). </B><BR />  <BR /><I>A room without books is like a body without a soul. </I><I>—Cicero</I><BR />  <BR /> This collection of quotations about books captures the wisdom and wit of such legendary figures as: Aeschylus, Ernest Hemingway, John Ruskin, Harper Lee, Toni Morrison, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Scribner, Maya Angelou, Franz Kafka, George Bernard Shaw, Jane Austen, Helen Keller, Wallace Stevens, Francis Bacon, Malcolm X, Robert Penn Warren, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Groucho Marx, William Carlos Williams, William Faulkner, John Milton, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Frost, George Orwell, W.B. Yeats, and many more.<BR />  <BR /> Encompassing the many facets of books and the pleasures and puzzlements they afford, <I>The Quotable Book Lover </I>includes chapters on writing, reading, and bookbinding, among other subjects. It’s a treasury that bibliophiles can browse through for hours—as well as a useful tool for anyone who works with books.
Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of Wild Women
by Becca Anderson

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<h3><strong>#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Positive affirmations for a badass</strong></h3><p><strong>Fans of Rachel Hollis and <em>Girl, Wash Your Face</em> will love Becca Anderson's <em>Badass Affirmations</em></strong></p><p><strong>Even a badass needs daily affirmations:</strong> We all need reminders now and then. You don’t leap out of bed every day knowing you are amazing and about to have an incredible day. All of us have a lot of demands, pressures, to-do’s and responsibilities so we find ourselves rushing around, working hard to please others. Most of the time, you find yourself at the back of your own bus, having made everyone else happy but your own damn self. Then you go and beat yourself up about it. Let’s stop that, shall we?</p><p><strong>The incredible art of self-affirmation:</strong> Positive living and affirmation queen Becca Anderson is here to remind you that you are pretty darn great. I had to learn to remind myself of that but you know what? It feels pretty darn good. It is even kind of addictive in the best possible way. While this might seem like a fluffy little exercise, it actually runs quite deep and will serve you the rest of your life. There are reasons we need esteem boosters here and there; we pick up scars along the way and get bumps and bruises in the wake of daily life. If you had a bad childhood, you have these old “tapes” from poor parenting that loop around in your brain on an unconscious level, “You’ll never amount to anything. You’re not good at sports. Your sister has a much better singing voice than you, so we’re sending her to music camp and you can stay behind and babysit.” Even really nice moms and dads perpetrate these parenting errors that leave marks on the souls of their children. But, this can all be overcome with the right mix of badass affirmations. Every day and in every way, you can learn the art of self-affirmation.</p><p><strong>Self-affirmation adjustment:</strong> If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and drained by the busyness of life with too many demands, you need to stop in your tracks and do an attitude adjustment, or more specifically a “gratitude adjustment.” Whenever you have gotten to this point, you have need for some “me TLC” and a dose of radical self-affirmation.</p><p><strong>The habit of daily affirmations builds self-esteem:</strong> If you affirm yourself every day, you can rule the world. More importantly, you can live a life filled with love, joy, fulfillment and satisfaction thanks to your own positive self-regard. Through the art of self-affirmation or daily affirmations, you can take control of your own destiny and create your ideal life. If it sounds easy, it can be but it does require the discipline that you reflect upon positive affirmations each day. These affirmations are a mindfulness practice that will strengthen your self-esteem. Like a muscle, the more you do it, the stronger your confidence and sense of self will be. <em>Positive Affirmations for a Badass</em> is the ultimate motivating, encouraging, and uplifting book to enjoy and share. These very wise words and affirmative sayings have the power to touch our hearts, make us laugh and alleviate our stress, while realizing the vast potential life has to offer.</p>
Bon Mots, Wisecracks, and Gags: The Wit of Robert Benchley, Dorot...
by Skyhorse Publishing

Language

English

Pages

177

Publication Date

June 01, 2012

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<DIV><B>A hilarious and witty collection of quotes from twentieth century literary icons.</B><BR />  <BR /> “Stop looking at the world through rose-colored bifocals.” “His mind is so open, the wind whistles through it.” “You can’t teach an old dogma new tricks.” Ever wonder where these sayings came from? For decades, the dining room of New York’s legendary Algonquin Hotel was a hub of letters and humor. Cocktails were swilled as writers, humorists, actors, and critics poked fun at culture, the arts, and one another. In this lively tribute, today’s readers will come to understand why Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman, and Dorothy Parker represent the epitome of quips and comebacks—wit that still packs a punch decades later.</DIV>
WIN 365: 365 Daily Best Motivational Quotes to Inspire You Take A...
by Som Bathla

Language

English

Pages

109

Publication Date

December 28, 2018

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<h2><strong>Nurture Your Mind with Daily Motivational Quotes to Take Inspired Action, Reclaim Power & Live Your Life to its Fullest!</strong></h2><p>Do you often <strong>lack inspiration to take action </strong>towards your goals? Do you <u>get stressed and overwhelmed in the face of uncertainty</u>? <br /></p><p>Does fear of failure <strong>cripples you to take even the first step </strong>towards what you want most?</p><p>What if you <strong>wake up everyday fully charged </strong>to get going straight on things that matter most to you? Imagine <u>feeling a deeper sense of intrinsic motivation that leads you to relentless action</u>.</p><p><em><strong>WIN 365 </strong></em>offers you everyday guidance in the form of <strong>most resourceful daily inspirational quotes </strong>on how you can conquer 365 days of your every year, by focusing on <strong>W</strong>hat’s <strong>I</strong>mportant <strong>N</strong>ow<strong> (WIN) </strong>- means what’s important today.</p><p><em><strong>WIN 365 </strong></em>is collection of well-curated <strong>365 best inspirational quotes</strong> from most legendary persons of the world on almost all the important areas of our life be it <strong>career, personal life, success, courage, taking massive action, confidence, persistence, upgrading your mindset, happiness and much more.</strong></p><p>You need to <strong>pickup one quote everyday in the morning </strong>and ponder over it for few minutes and ask yourself questions like <br /></p><ul><li><strong>Have I ever applied</strong> knowingly or unknowingly the learning from this <br /></li><li>If not, <strong>am I willing to implement this </strong><br /></li><li><strong></strong><strong>How differently I’ll behave or do things today</strong> to let this quote become a part of my identity and behavior?</li></ul><p>Every day <strong>one quote will become your companion for the whole day </strong>- in your mind, in your thoughts and eventually you will start transforming the quality of your life - one quote a day.</p><h2><em><strong>So are you ready to conquer your day?</strong></em></h2><h2>Grab your copy of WIN 365 to Inspire You Take Action, Reclaim Your Power and Become the Best Version of Yourself!</h2>
The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms (Inc...
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Language

English

Pages

168

Publication Date

November 30, 2010

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<b><i>Bed of Procrustes </i>is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are <i>Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, Antifragile, </i>and <i>Skin in the Game.</i></b><br /><br />By the author of the modern classic <i>The Black Swan</i>, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect.<br /><br /><i>The Bed of Procrustes</i> takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects—modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery. <br /><br />Playful and irreverent, these aphorisms will surprise you by exposing self-delusions you have been living with but never recognized.<br /><br />With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.<br /><br /><b>“Taleb’s crystalline nuggets of thought stand alone like esoteric poems.”—<i>Financial Times</i></b>
Abused, Confused & Misused Words: A Writer's Guide to Usage, Spel...
by Mary Embree

Language

English

Pages

232

Publication Date

December 13, 2012

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<DIV><B>The English language can be tricky—discover (and avoid) these common mistakes!</B><BR />  <BR /> Is incorrect spelling starting to have a negative <I>affect</I> on your term papers? Do you wonder what someone is <I>inferring</I> when they tell you to pick up a dictionary? Have you been putting <I>bullion</I> in your soup?<BR />  <BR /> These are just a few of the commonly misunderstood words discussed and explained in <I>Abused, Confused, and Misused Words</I>, an entertaining and informative look at the ever-changing nature of the English language. An alphabetical list of words that are frequently misspelled or misused is accompanied by a style guide to usage rules that tells you how and when they can be broken.<BR />  <BR /> Also included is a collection of one thousand new and inventive words, and nearly thirty thousand more words are discussed in a section dealing with word roots and how they are used in modern language. Anyone who is intrigued by language, who is fascinated by words, or who simply wants to use our language clearly and effectively will enjoy this delightful reference.</DIV>
Talk Southern to Me: Stories & Sayings to Accent Your Life
by Julia Fowler

Language

English

Pages

168

Publication Date

March 06, 2018

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<DIV>The hilarious book that the South’s very own Dolly Parton described as “fun, informative, and oh-so Southern,” <I>Talk Southern To Me </I>is a love letter to the South, y’all. Essays ’bout charm, beauty and style, chewin’ the fat, love, parenting, and more—full of yes ma’ams and no sirs, casseroles and cheese balls, taffeta and pom-poms . . .  plus more Southern phrases than you can shake a stick at.<BR /><BR /> If you’re not from the South, bless your heart, pay attention cause there’s a ton of wisdom to be found in these heartfelt, humorous ways. Southerners speak their own unique version of the English language, and you’ll come to understand it in these pages. It’s a linguistic art. And it’s gooder than grits, y’all.<BR /><BR /> South Carolina native, <B>Julia Fowler, </B>is the creator of YouTube’s Southern Women Channel, home of the viral video series, <I>Sh%t Southern Women Say.</I> She is an actor, writer, and producer who has worked in television, film, and on Broadway. She currently resides in Venice Beach, California, and is generally irritated that it’s void of proper fried okra. Visit her at www.southernwomenchannel.com.</DIV>
ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction
by Joshua Cohen

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English

Pages

543

Publication Date

August 14, 2018

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<b>“The nonfiction novel of our moment” (Jonathan Lethem): a wide-ranging, rule-bending collection reclaiming the power of attention in an age of constant distraction</b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>“Joshua Cohen may be America’s greatest living writer.”—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>WIRED</i></b><br /><br /> One of <i>Granta</i>’s Best of Young American Novelists, Joshua Cohen arrives with his first collection of nonfiction, the culmination of two decades of writing and thought about life in the digital age. In essays, memoir, criticism, diary entries, and letters—many appearing here for the first time—Cohen covers the full depth and breadth of modern life: politics, literature, art, music, travel, the media, and psychology, and subjects as diverse as Google, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, fictional animals, Gustav Mahler, Aretha Franklin, John Zorn, landscape photography, fake Caravaggios, Wikipedia, Gertrude Stein, Edward Snowden, Jonathan Franzen, Olympic women’s fencing, Atlantic City casinos, the closing of the Ringling Bros. circus, and Azerbaijan. <br /><br /> Throughout <i>ATTENTION,</i> Cohen directs his sharp gaze at home and abroad, calling upon his extraordinary erudition and unrivaled ability to draw connections between seemingly unlike things to show us how to live without fear in a world overflowing with information. In each piece, he projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his, and a voice as witty, profound, and distinct as any in American letters.<br /><br /> At this crucial juncture in history, <i>ATTENTION</i> is a guide for the perplexed—a handbook for anyone hoping to bring the wisdom of the past into the culture of the future.<br /><br /><b>Praise for </b><i><b>ATTENTION</b></i><br /><br />“Dazzling in its scope . . . If curiosity is a writer’s greatest innate gift, Joshua Cohen may be America’s greatest living writer.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post <br /></i></b><br />“Cause for celebration and close study . . . [Cohen] will hunt after neglected shards of the past, minor histories, and charge them with an immediacy in the present. . . . He is experimenting with the essay form much more, and more cleverly, than any major American writer today.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /> “In <i>Attention</i>, Joshua Cohen makes an eclectic argument for how to improve our lives. . . . [He] tackles a surprising range of subjects to underline distraction’s role in our fraught predicament and to argue that paying attention could help us get out of it. . . . When it comes to making sense of our times with verve and imagination, few authors are more rewarding.”<b>—<i>Financial Times</i></b>

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