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Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
by Benjamin Dreyer

Language

English

Pages

284

Publication Date

January 29, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥?A sharp, funny grammar guide they鈥檒l actually聽<i>want聽</i>to read, from Random House鈥檚 longtime copy chief and one of Twitter鈥檚 leading language gurus<br />聽</b><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>O: The Oprah Magazine </i>鈥?<i>Paste </i>鈥?<i>Shelf Awareness<br /></i><br />鈥淓ssential (and delightful!)鈥濃€?lt;i>People</i></b><br /><br /> We all write, all the time: books, blogs, emails. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. Benjamin Dreyer is here to help.<br /><br /> As Random House鈥檚 copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike鈥攏ot to mention his followers on social media鈥攆or deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. Now he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward.<br /><br /> As authoritative as it is amusing, <i>Dreyer鈥檚 English</i> offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and nonrules of grammar, including why it鈥檚 OK to begin a sentence with 鈥淎nd鈥?or 鈥淏ut鈥?and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it鈥檚 best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including 鈥渧ery,鈥?鈥渞ather,鈥?鈥渙f course,鈥?and the dreaded 鈥渁ctually.鈥?Dreyer will let you know whether 鈥渁lright鈥?is all right (sometimes) and even help you brush up on your spelling鈥攖hough, as he notes, 鈥淭he problem with mnemonic devices is that I can never remember them.鈥?lt;br /><br /> And yes: 鈥淥nly godless savages eschew the series comma.鈥?lt;br /><br /> Chockful of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts, this book will prove to be invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people鈥檚 prose, and鈥攑erhaps best of all鈥攁n utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.<br /><b><br />Praise for <i>Dreyer<b><i>鈥檚聽</i></b>English<br /></i></b><br />鈥淧layful, smart, self-conscious, and personal . . . One encounters wisdom and good sense on nearly every page of <i>Dreyer鈥檚 English</i>.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淒estined to become a classic.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Millions</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淒reyer can help you . . . with tips on punctuation and spelling. . . . Even better: He鈥檒l entertain you while he鈥檚 at it.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Newsday</i>聽</b>
The Body: A Guide for Occupants
by Bill Bryson

Language

English

Pages

424

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><b>AN INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER<br />NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY<i> THE WASHINGTON POST聽<br /></i><b>LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD</b><i><br /></i><br />"Glorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design."聽<b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post聽</i></b><br /><br />Bill Bryson, bestselling author of <i>A Short History of Nearly Everything</i>, 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.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah

Language

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 <i>PASTE</i>鈥橲 BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE 鈥?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>
It All Comes Back to You: A Book Club Recommendation!
by Beth Duke

Language

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>
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel
by Olga Tokarczuk

Language

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?
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><b><b><b>FINALIST FOR聽THE聽NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE鈥橲 JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK 鈥⒙?lt;/b></b></b>NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY </i>AND聽THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The New York Times Book Review </i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Time </i>鈥?<i>The Washington Post </i>鈥?<i>Vanity Fair</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>Vogue</i> 鈥?NPR 鈥⒙?lt;i>Chicago Tribune</i> 鈥?<i>GQ</i>聽鈥?<i>Vox</i>聽鈥?<i>Refinery29聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Elle</i>聽鈥⒙?lt;i>The Guardian聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Real Simple</i>聽鈥?<i>Parade</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>Good Housekeeping </i>鈥?<i>Marie Claire</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>Town & Country聽</i>鈥?<i>Evening Standard聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Kirkus Reviews </i>鈥?<i>BookPage </i>鈥?<i>BookRiot </i>鈥?<i>Shelf Awareness</i></b><br /><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>
Seven Will Out: A Renaissance Revel
by JoAnn Spears

Language

English

Pages

529

Publication Date

November 09, 2015

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If you thought "Six of One: A Tudor Riff" was the most fun you could have with your nightdress on, wait until you see what "Seven Will Out: A Renaissance Revel" has in store for Tudors fans and Shakespeare and Marlowe conspiracy theorists. 聽Get ready for one 'ruff' night!<br /><br />Tudorphile Dolly thought that the night she spent on an astral plane with Henry VIII's six wives, learning their heretofore unknown secrets, was a one-time thing. Not so! In "Seven Will Out", Dolly finds herself back in the ether with the women of later Tudor times: Elizabeth I, 'Bloody' Mary, Bess of Hardwick, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Anne Hathaway Shakespeare, to name a few. They too have secrets that will turn history on its head, and comic sass that will keep you laughing. And if that isn't enough, there is even a cameo appearance by Anne Boleyn.<br /><br />You've read all of the traditional, serious and romantic takes on the legendary characters of the English Renaissance. Why not try your Tudors and your Shakespeare with a new and different twist?
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Yo...
by Ali Wong

Language

English

Pages

219

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?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 THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>Time </i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Variety聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Chicago Tribune </i>鈥?<i>Glamour </i>鈥?<i>New York</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 /></i></b>
Idiot: Life Stories from the Creator of Help Helen Smash
by Laura Clery

Language

English

Pages

245

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b>From YouTube star and Facebook Video sensation Laura Clery comes a collection of comedic essays in the vein of <i>We Are Never Meeting in Real Life</i> by Samantha Irby and <i>You鈥檒l Grow Out of It</i> by Jessi Klein.</b><br /><br />Laura Clery makes a living by sharing inappropriate comedy sketches with millions of strangers on the Internet. She writes songs about her anatomy, talks trash about her one-eyed rescue pug, and sexually harasses her husband, Stephen. And it pays the bills!<br /> <br />Now, in her first-ever book, Laura recounts how she went from being a dangerously impulsive, broke, unemployable, suicidal, cocaine-addicted narcissist, crippled by fear and hopping from one toxic romance to the next鈥o a more-happy-than-not, somewhat rational, meditating, vegan yogi with good credit, a great marriage, a fantastic career, and four unfortunate-looking rescue animals. Still, above all, Laura remains an amazingly talented, adorable, and vulnerable, self-described鈥?lt;i>Idiot</i>.<br /> <br />With her signature brand of offbeat, no-holds-barred humor, <i>Idiot </i>introduces you to a wildly original鈥攁nd undeniably relatable鈥攏ew voice.
F in Exams: Complete Failure Edition
by Richard Benson

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

March 22, 2016

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The ultimate compendium of the international and <em>New York Times</em> bestselling series, this fun omnibus features the complete content from all four books鈥?lt;em>F in Exams</em>, <em>F for Effort</em>, <em>F this Test</em>, and <em>F in Exams: Pop Quiz</em>鈥攑lus more than 100 brand-new, sadly real, hilariously wrong student answers (Q: What is the role of a catalyst in a chemical reaction? A: It lists the cats involved). Also including bonus trivia in the form of "Stuff They Should Have Taught Us in School" facts (did you know a sneeze can travel up to 100 MPH?), this A+ collection will amuse anyone facing down a test as well as those happy to have the classroom behind them.

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