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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
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
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
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
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
For the first time all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO s Game of Thrones are together in one boxed set An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R R Martin dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine international acclaim and millions of loyal readers Now here is the entire monumental cycle A GAME OF THRONES A CLASH OF KINGS A STORM OF SWORDS A FEAST OF CROWS A DANCE WITH DRAGONS One of the best series in the history of fantasy Los Angeles Times Winter is coming Such is the stern motto of House Stark the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King s Landing There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert s name There his family dwells in peace and comfort his proud wife Catelyn his sons Robb Brandon and Rickon his daughters Sansa and Arya and his bastard son Jon Snow Far to the north behind the towering Wall lie savage Wildings and worse unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south where Jon Arryn the Hand of the King has died under mysterious circumstances Now... Robert is riding north to Winterfell bringing his queen the lovely but cold Cersei his son the cruel vainglorious Prince Joffrey and the queen s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister the first a swordsman without equal the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms Meanwhile across the Narrow Sea Prince Viserys heir of the fallen House Targaryen which once ruled all of Westeros schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him his beautiful yet innocent sister Daenerys Long live George Martin a literary dervish enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers The New York Timesmore
Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius forced to play the deadliest game of his career Cross s family--his loving wife Bree the wise and lively Nana Mama and his precious children--have been ripped away Terrified and desperate Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life The stakes have never been higher What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves Widely praised by the greatest crime and thriller writers of our time Cross My Heart set a jaw-dropping story in motion Hope to Die propels Alex Cross s greatest challenge to its astonishing finish proving why Jeffery Deaver says nobody does it better than James Patterson
Introducing the first eight volumes of the fan-favorite New York Times Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection Collects The Walking Dead 1-48 This is the perfect collection for any fan of the Emmy Award-winning television series on AMC over one thousand pages chronicling the beginning of Robert Kirkman s Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survival horror- from Rick Grimes waking up alone in a hospital to him and his family seeking solace on Hershel s farm and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot The Governor In a world ruled by the dead we are finally forced to finally start living
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
Lydia is dead But they don t know this yet So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee their middle daughter a girl who inherited her mother s bright blue eyes and her father s jet-black hair Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue in Marilyn s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker in James s case that Lydia be popular at school a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party When Lydia s body is found in the local lake the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart James consumed by guilt sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage Marilyn devastated and vengeful is determined to find a responsible party no matter what the cost Lydia s older brother Nathan is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved But it s the youngest of the family Hannah who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened A... profoundly moving story of family history and the meaning of home Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters fathers and sons and husbands and wives struggle all their lives to understand one another more
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