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The Body: A Guide for Occupants
by Bill Bryson

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English

Pages

424

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><b>Bill Bryson, bestselling author of </b><b><i>A Short History of Nearly Everything</i></b><b>, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody.</b></b><br /><br />Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, <i>The Body</i> will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." <i>The Body</i> will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.
The Way I Heard It
by Mike Rowe

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English

Pages

271

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>Executive producer and host Mike Rowe presents a delightfully entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America鈥檚 #1 short-form podcast, <i>The Way I Heard It</i>, along with a host of personal memories, ruminations, and insights. It鈥檚 a captivating must-read.</b><br /><br /><i>The Way I Heard It</i> presents thirty-five mysteries 鈥渇or the curious mind with a short attention span.鈥?Every one is a trueish tale about someone you know, filled with facts that you don鈥檛. Movie stars, presidents, bloody do-gooders, and villains鈥攖hey鈥檙e all here, waiting to shake your hand, hoping you鈥檒l remember them. Delivered with Mike鈥檚 signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, their stories are part of a larger mosaic鈥攁 memoir full of surprising revelations, sharp observations, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike鈥檚 own remarkable life and career.
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Yo...
by Ali Wong

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English

Pages

219

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>Ali Wong鈥檚 heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淔ierce, feminist, and packed with funny anecdotes.鈥濃€?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF FALL鈥橲 MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS BY <i>Time </i>鈥?<i>Vox </i>鈥?<i>USA Today </i>鈥?<i>HuffPost </i>鈥?<i>Bustle </i>鈥?<i>Vogue </i>鈥?<i>PopSugar </i>鈥?<i>BookRiot </i>鈥?<i>Shondaland</i></b><br /><br /> In her hit Netflix comedy special <i>Baby Cobra</i>, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so strongly that she even became a popular Halloween costume. Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mom comics on stage but you sure see plenty of new dads.<br /><br /> The sharp insights and humor are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she鈥檚 learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal single life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong鈥檚 letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and gross) for all.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Dear Girls</i><br /></b><br /> 鈥淸Wong] spins a volume whose pages simultaneously shock and satisfy. . . . <i>Dear Girls </i>is not so much a real-talk handbook as it is a myth-puncturing manifesto.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擵ogue</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淸A]聽refreshing, hilarious, and honest account聽of making a career in a male-dominated field, dating, being a mom, growing up, and so much more鈥es, this book is addressed to Wong鈥檚 daughters, but every reader will find nuggets of wisdom and inspiration and, most important, something to laugh at.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Bustle<br /><br /></i></b>鈥淎bsurdly funny.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Parade</i></b><br /><br />鈥淚t should come as no surprise that Ali Wong, who made us cry from laughter in her raunchy and relatable Netflix special, is as adept a writer as she is a comedian.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>USA Today</i></b>
Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love
by Jonathan Van Ness

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English

Pages

276

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><strong>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>INDIE BESTSELLER</strong></p><p></p><p><strong>A laugh-and-cry-out-loud memoir from the beloved star of Netflix鈥檚 Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness</strong></p><p>Who gave Jonathan Van Ness permission to be the radiant human he is today? No one, honey.</p><p>The truth is, it hasn鈥檛 always been gorgeous for this beacon of positivity and joy.</p><p>Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix鈥檚 hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan was growing up in a small Midwestern town that didn鈥檛 understand why he was so鈥ver the top. From choreographed carpet figure skating routines to the unavoidable fact that he was Just. So. Gay., Jonathan was an easy target and endured years of judgement, ridicule and trauma鈥攜et none of it crushed his uniquely effervescent spirit.</p><p><em>Over the Top</em> uncovers the pain and passion it took to end up becoming the model of self-love and acceptance that Jonathan is today. In this revelatory, raw, and rambunctious memoir, Jonathan shares never-before-told secrets and reveals sides of himself that the public has never seen. JVN fans may think they know the man behind the stiletto heels, the crop tops, and the iconic sayings, but there鈥檚 much more to him than meets the Queer Eye.</p><p>You鈥檒l laugh, you鈥檒l cry, and you鈥檒l come away knowing that no matter how broken or lost you may be, you鈥檙e a Kelly Clarkson song, you鈥檙e strong, and you鈥檝e got this.</p><p></p>
Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel
by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

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English

Pages

376

Publication Date

June 18, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥?NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST 鈥?鈥淎 feminist jeremiad nested inside a brilliant comic novel鈥攁 book that makes you laugh so hard you don鈥檛 notice till later that your eyebrows have been singed off.鈥濃€擱on Charles,聽<i>The Washington Post<br /></i></b> <br /><b><b>鈥淔unny, dirty, sly, irresistible.鈥濃€?lt;i>New York<br /></i></b><br /></b> <b>A finely observed, timely exploration of marriage, divorce, and the bewildering dynamics of ambition from one of the most exciting writers working today</b><br /><br /> Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he and his wife of almost fifteen years separated: weekends and every other holiday with the kids, some residual bitterness, the occasional moment of tension in their co-parenting negotiations. He could not have predicted that one day, in the middle of his summer of sexual emancipation, Rachel would just drop their two children off at his place and simply not return. He had been working so hard to find equilibrium in his single life. The winds of his optimism, long dormant, had finally begun to pick up. Now this.<br /><br /> As Toby tries to figure out where Rachel went, all while juggling his patients at the hospital, his never-ending parental duties, and his new app-assisted sexual popularity, his tidy narrative of the spurned husband with the too-ambitious wife is his sole consolation. But if Toby ever wants to truly understand what happened to Rachel and what happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen things all that clearly in the first place.<br /><br /> A searing, utterly unvarnished debut, <i>Fleishman Is in Trouble </i>is an insightful, unsettling, often hilarious exploration of a culture trying to navigate the fault lines of an institution that has proven to be worthy of our great wariness and our great hope.<br /><br /><b><i>Alma</i>鈥檚 Best Jewish Novel of the Year</b> <br /><b><br /></b>鈥淏listeringly funny, feverishly smart, heartbreaking, and true, <i>Fleishman Is in Trouble</i> is an essential read for anyone who鈥檚 wondered how to navigate loving (and hating) the people we choose.鈥?lt;b>鈥擟ynthia D鈥橝prix Sweeney, author of <i>The Nest</i></b><br /><br />鈥淔rom its opening pages, <i>Fleishman Is in Trouble</i> is聽shrewdly observed, brimming with wisdom, and utterly of this moment. Not until its explosive final pages are you fully aware of its cunning ferocity. Taffy Brodesser-Akner鈥檚 debut is聽that rare and delicious treat: a page-turner with heft.鈥?lt;b>鈥擬aria Semple</b>
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah

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English

Pages

264

Publication Date

November 15, 2016

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<b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥⒙燭he compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man鈥檚 coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, <i>New York Times</i> 鈥? <b><i>USA Today 鈥?San Francisco Chronicle 鈥?</i>NPR 鈥⒙?lt;i>Esquire 鈥?Newsday 鈥?Booklist</i></b></b><br /><br /> Trevor Noah鈥檚 unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of <i>The Daily Show </i>began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents鈥?indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa鈥檚 tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.<br /><br /> <i>Born a Crime</i> is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man鈥檚 relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother鈥攈is teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.<br /><br /> The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother鈥檚 unconventional, unconditional love.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Born a Crime<br /><br /></i></b>聽鈥淸A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah鈥檚] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah鈥檚 family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . <i>Born a Crime</i> is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author鈥檚 remarkable mother.鈥?lt;b>鈥擬ichiko Kakutani, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淸An] unforgettable memoir.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Parade<br /></i></b><br /> 聽鈥淲hat makes聽<i>Born a Crime聽</i>such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider聽<i>Born a Crime</i>聽another such gift to her鈥攁nd an enormous gift to the rest of us.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擴SA Today</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淸Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擯eople</i></b>
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel
by Olga Tokarczuk

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English

Pages

285

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<b>WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE</b><br /> <b><br /> "A brilliant literary murder mystery." 鈥?lt;i>Chicago Tribune</i><br /><br /> "Extraordinary. Tokarczuk's novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work." 鈥擜nnie Proulx</b><br /><br />In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . .<br /><br />A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, <i>Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead </i>is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?
It All Comes Back to You: A Book Club Recommendation!
by Beth Duke

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English

Pages

301

Publication Date

August 26, 2018

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<b>"It All Comes Back to You is one of those stories you need to savor. You want to put the book down so as to have more to read tomorrow, but you can't. It becomes attached to you, a part of you."</b><br /><b>Dan Brown, Author of </b><i>Reunion</i><br /><br /><br /><b>It's 1947.<br />War's over, cherry-print dresses, parking above the city lights, swing dancing.<br />Beautiful, seventeen-year-old Violet lives in a perfect world.<br />Everybody loves her.<br />In 2012, she's still beautiful, charming, and surrounded by admirers.</b><br /><br />Veronica "Ronni" Johnson, licensed practical nurse and aspiring writer, meets the captivating Violet in the assisted living facility where Violet requires no assistance, just lots of male attention. When she dies, she leaves Ronni a very generous bequest鈥昽nly if Ronni completes a book about her life within one year. As she's drawn into the world of young Violet, Ronni is mesmerized by life in a simpler time. It's an irresistible journey filled with revelations, some of them about men Ronni knew as octogenarians at Fairfield Springs.<br /><br />Struggling, insecure, flailing at the keyboard, Ronni juggles her patients, a new boyfriend, and a Samsonite factory of emotional baggage as she tries to craft a manuscript before her deadline.<br /><br />But then the secrets start to emerge, some of them in person. And they don't stop.<br /><br />Everything changes.<br /><br /><b>Alternating chapters between Homecoming Queen Violet in 1947 and can't-quite-find-her-crown Ronni in the present, IT ALL COMES BACK TO YOU is Southern Fiction at its hilarious, warm, sad, outrageous, uplifting, and stunning best. In the tradition of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and Olive Kitteridge, Duke delivers an unforgettable elderly character to treasure and a young heroine to steal your heart.</b>
Cheaper by the Dozen
by , Ernestine Gilbreth Care...

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

November 05, 2013

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<b>The #1 <i>New York Times</i>鈥揵estselling classic: A hilarious memoir of two parents, twelve kids, and 鈥?lt;/b><b>a life of cheerfully controlled chaos鈥?(<i>The New York Times</i>).</b><br /><br /> Translated into more than fifty languages, <i>Cheaper by the Dozen </i>is the unforgettable story of the Gilbreth clan as told by two of its members. In this endearing, amusing memoir, siblings Frank Jr. and Ernestine capture the hilarity and heart of growing up in an oversized family.<br /><br /> Mother and Dad are world-renowned efficiency experts, helping factories fine-tune their assembly lines for maximum output at minimum cost. At home, the Gilbreths themselves have cranked out twelve kids, and Dad is out to prove that efficiency principles can apply to family as well as the workplace.<br /> 聽<br /> The heartwarming and comic stories of the jumbo-size Gilbreth clan have delighted generations of readers, and will keep you and yours laughing for years.<br /> 聽<br /><i>This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the authors鈥?estates.</i><br /> 聽 聽
When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, an...
by Jeannie Gaffigan

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English

Pages

301

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b><i>New York Times </i>Bestseller</b><b><i>USA Today </i>Bestseller</b><b><i><br /></i></b> <b><i>The Big Sick</i> meets <i>Dad is Fat </i>in this funny and heartfelt memoir from writer, director, wife, and mother Jeannie Gaffigan, as she reflects on the life-changing impact of battling a pear-sized brain tumor.</b><br /><br />In 2017, Jeannie's life came to a crashing halt when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor. As the mother of 5 kids-6 if you include her husband-sat in the neurosurgery department in star-covered sweats too whimsical for the seriousness of the situation, all she could think was "Am I going to die?"<br /><br />Thankfully, Jeannie and her family were able to survive their time of crisis, and now she is sharing her deeply personal journey through this miraculous story: the challenging conversations she had with her children; how she came to terms with feeling powerless and ferociously crabby while bedridden and unable to eat for a month; and how she ultimately learned, re-learned and re re-learned to be more present in life.<br /><br />With sincerity and hilarity, Jeannie invites you into her heart (and brain) during this trying time, emphasizing the importance of family, faith and humor as keys to her recovery and leading a more fulfilling life.

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