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Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central s Upright Citizens Brigade Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live and in movies like Baby Mama Blades of Glory and They Came Together Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy s one-liners If your answer to these questions is Yes Please then you are in luck In her first book one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart pointed and ultimately inspirational read Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories lists poetry Plastic Surgery Haiku to be specific photographs mantras and advice With chapters like Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend Plain Girl Versus the Demon and The Robots Will Kill Us All Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh Honest personal real and righteous Yes Please is full of words to live by
A dark and electrifying novel about addiction fanaticism and what might exist on the other side of life In a small New England town over half a century ago a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man the new minister Charles Jacobs along with his beautiful wife will transform the local church The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs Jacobs the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs including Jamie s mother and beloved sister Claire With Jamie the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family this charismatic preacher curses God mocks all religious belief and is banished from the shocked town Jamie has demons of his own Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen he plays in bands across the country living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family s horrific loss In his mid-thirties addicted to heroin stranded desperate Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again with profound consequences for both men Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil s devising and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the... most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written It s a masterpiece from King in the great American tradition of Frank Norris Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe more
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask Millions of people visit xkcd com each week to read Randall Munroe s iconic webcomic His stick-figure drawings about science technology language and love have a large and passionate following Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live If there was a robot apocalypse how long would humanity last In pursuit of answers Munroe runs computer simulations pores over stacks of declassified military research memos solves differential equations and consults with nuclear reactor operators His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity complemented by signature xkcd comics They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind or at least a really big explosion The book features new and never-before-answered questions along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website What If will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical
John Grisham has a new hero and she s full of surprises The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track until the recession hits and she gets downsized furloughed escorted out of the building Samantha though is one of the lucky associates She s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay after which there would be a slim chance that she d get her old job back In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady Virginia population 2 200 in the heart of Appalachia a part of the world she has only read about Mattie Wyatt lifelong Brady resident and head of the town s legal aid clinic is there to teach her how to help real people with real problems For the first time in her career Samantha prepares a lawsuit sees the inside of an actual courtroom gets scolded by a judge and receives threats from locals who aren t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town And she learns that Brady like most small towns harbors some big secrets Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining where laws are often broken rules are ignored regulations are flouted communities are divided and the land itself is under attack from Big... Coal Violence is always just around the corner and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly more
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTFrom the highly acclaimed multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr the beautiful stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of its thousands of locks When she is six Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home When she is twelve the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo where Marie-Laure s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea With them they carry what might be the museum s most valuable and dangerous jewel In a mining town in Germany the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister enchanted by a crude radio they find Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth then a special assignment to track the resistance More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence Werner travels through... the heart of the war and finally into Saint-Malo where his story and Marie-Laure s converge Doerr s stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors San Francisco Chronicle are dazzling Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner he illuminates the ways against all odds people try to be good to one another Ten years in the writing All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent deeply moving novel from a writer whose sentences never fail to thrill Los Angeles Times more
THE 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROn a warm summer morning in North Carthage Missouri it is Nick and Amy Dunne s fifth wedding anniversary Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick s clever and beautiful wife disappears Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife s head but passages from Amy s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge Under mounting pressure from the police and the media as well as Amy s fiercely doting parents the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies deceits and inappropriate behavior Nick is oddly evasive and he s definitely bitter but is he really a killer
Pioneer Girl follows the Ingalls family s journey through Kansas Missouri Wisconsin Minnesota Iowa back to Minnesota and on to Dakota Territory sixteen years of travels unforgettable experiences and the everyday people who became immortal through Wilder s fiction Using additional manuscripts letters photographs newspapers and other sources award-winning Wilder biographer Pamela Smith Hill adds valuable context and leads readers through Wilder s growth as a writer Do you think you know Laura Pioneer Girl The Annotated Autobiography will re-introduce you to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions
In the new thriller from 1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly Detective Harry Bosch and his rookie partner investigate a cold case that gets very hot very fast In the LAPD s Open-Unsolved Unit not many murder victims die a decade after the crime So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh but any other clues are virtually nonexistent Even a veteran cop would find this one tough going but Bosch s new partner Detective Lucia Soto has no homicide experience A young star in the department Soto has been assigned to Bosch so that he can pass on to her his hard-won expertise Now Bosch and Soto are tasked with solving a murder that turns out to be highly charged and politically sensitive Beginning with the bullet that has been lodged for years in the victim s spine they must pull new leads from years-old evidence and these soon reveal that the shooting was anything but random As their investigation picks up speed it leads to another unsolved case with even greater stakes the deaths of several children in a fire that occurred twenty years ago But when their work starts to threaten careers and lives Bosch and Soto must... decide whether it is worth risking everything to find the truth or if it s safer to let some secrets stay buried In a swiftly-moving novel as relentless and compelling as its hero Michael Connelly shows once again why Harry Bosch is one of the most popular and enduring figures in American crime fiction Chicago Tribune more
David Baldacci is one of the world s most popular widely read storytellers In his blockbuster thrillers Zero Day and The Forgotten he enthralled readers with John Puller A combat veteran and special agent with the U S Army Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation But all his training all his experience all his skills will not prepare him for his newest case one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked his own brother THE ESCAPEIt s a prison unlike any other Military discipline rules Its security systems are unmatched None of its prisoners dream of escaping They know it s impossible until now John Puller s older brother Robert was convicted of treason and national security crimes His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive and so Puller must bring in his brother to face justice But Puller quickly discovers that his brother is pursued by others who don t want him to survive Puller is in turn pushed into an uneasy fraught partnership with another agent who may have an agenda of her own They dig more... deeply into the case together and Puller finds that not only are her allegiances unclear but there are troubling details about his brother s conviction and someone out there doesn t want the truth to ever come to light As the nationwide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent Puller s masterful skills as an investigator and strengths as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother-or himself more
When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children s and Household Tales in 1812 followed by a second volume in 1815 they had no idea that such stories as Rapunzel Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella would become the most celebrated in the world Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions each extensively revised in content and style For the very first time The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm makes available in English all 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions These narrative gems newly translated and brought together in one beautiful book are accompanied by sumptuous new illustrations from award-winning artist Andrea Dezs From The Frog King to The Golden Key wondrous worlds unfold--heroes and heroines are rewarded weaker animals triumph over the strong and simple bumpkins prove themselves not so simple after all Esteemed fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes offers accessible translations that retain the spare description and engaging storytelling style of the originals Indeed this is what makes the tales from the 1812 and 1815 editions unique--they reflect diverse voices rooted in oral... traditions that are absent from the Grimms later more embellished collections of tales Zipes s introduction gives important historical context and the book includes the Grimms prefaces and notes A delight to read The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm presents these peerless stories to a whole new generation of readers more
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