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Now a New York Times BestsellerA hilarious thoughtful and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation s sharpest comedic voicesAt some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love We meet people date get into and out of relationships all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection This seems standard now but it s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history With technology our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering So why are so many people frustrated Some of our problems are unique to our time Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods Combos My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan Who s Nathan Did he just send her a photo of his penis Should I check just to be sure But the transformation of our romantic lives can t be explained by technology alone In a short period of time the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically A few decades ago people would find a decent person who lived... in their neighborhood Their families would meet and after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer they would get married and soon have a kid all by the time they were twenty-four Today people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person a soul mate For years Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance but for Modern Romance the book he decided he needed to take things to another level He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit which drew thousands of messages They enlisted the world s leading social scientists including Andrew Cherlin Eli Finkel Helen Fisher Sheena Iyengar Barry Schwartz Sherry Turkle and Robb Willer The result is unlike any social science or humor book we ve seen before In Modern Romance Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom the writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a collection of intimate hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years including Mel Brooks Jerry Seinfeld Jon Stewart Roseanne Barr Harold Ramis Louis C K Chris Rock and Lena Dunham Before becoming one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood Judd Apatow was the original comedy nerd At fifteen he took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club just so he could watch endless stand-up for free At sixteen he was hosting a show for his local high school radio station in Syosset Long Island a show that consisted of Q As with his comedy heroes from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld They talked about their careers the science of a good joke and their dreams of future glory turns out Shandling was interested in having his own TV show one day and Steve Allen had already invented everything Thirty years later Apatow is still that same comedy nerd and he s still interviewing funny people about why they do what they do Sick in the Head gathers Apatow s most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious wide-ranging and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his... career but his entire adult life Here are the comedy legends who inspired and shaped him from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin Here are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman And here finally are the brightest stars in comedy today many of whom Apatow has been fortunate to work with from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer And along the way something kind of magical happens What started as a lifetime s worth of conversations about comedy becomes something else entirely It becomes an exploration of creativity ambition neediness generosity spirituality and the joy that comes from making people laugh Loaded with the kind of back-of-the-club stories that comics tell one another when no one else is watching this fascinating personal and borderline-obsessive book is Judd Apatow s gift to comedy nerds everywhere Praise for Sick in the Head Open this book anywhere and you re bound to find some interesting nugget from someone who has had you in stitches many many times Janet Maslin The New York Times Incandescent an irresistible ultimate-insider s comedy-interview extravaganza Apatow never loses his unabashed fan s enthusiasm even as he asks canny questions that yield superbly illuminating conversations rich in shop talk and musings on the lure demands and resonance of comedy Booklist starred review If Apatow s gift for comedy is a sickness may he never be cured Playboy Sprawling and insightful The candidness of the interviews also exposes the peculiar community of comedians with anecdotes and cameos unlikely to be heard elsewhere A delightful and hilarious read Kirkus Reviews These are wonderful expansive interviews at times brutal at times breathtaking with artists whose wit intelligence gaze and insights are all sharp enough to draw blood Michael Chabon Anyone even remotely interested in comedy or humanity should own this book It is hilarious and informative and it contains insightful interviews with the greatest comics comedians and comediennes of our time My representatives assure me I will appear in a future edition Will Ferrellmore
Instant 1 New York Times Bestseller The book that has outraged the social elite Eye-popping People Amusing perceptive and deliciously evil The New York Times Book Review Juicy sexy bawdy stuff New York Daily News Think Gossip Girl but with a sociological study of the parents InStyle com Like an urban Dian Fossey Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology she tried looking at her new world through that lens and suddenly things fell into place She understood the other mothers snobbiness at school drop-off when she compared them to olive baboons Her obsessional quest for a Hermes Birkin handbag made sense when she realized other females wielded them to establish dominance in their troop And so she analyzed tribal migration patterns display rituals physical adornment mutilation and mating practices extra-pair copulation and more Her conclusions are smart thought-provoking and hilariously unexpected Every city... has its Upper East Side and in Wednesday s memoir readers everywhere will recognize the strange cultural codes of powerful social hierarchies and the compelling desire to climb them They will also see that Upper East Side mothers want the same things for their children that all mothers want safety happiness and success and not even sky-high penthouses and chauffeured SUVs can protect this ecologically released tribe from the universal experiences of anxiety and loss When Wednesday s life turns upside down she learns how deep the bonds of female friendship really are Intelligent funny and heartfelt Primates of Park Avenue lifts a veil on a secret elite world within a world the exotic fascinating and strangely familiar culture of privileged Manhattan motherhood more
Ray Bradbury s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak dystopian future Guy Montag is a fireman In his world where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction firemen start fires rather than put them out His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities the printed book along with the houses in which they are hidden Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce returning each day to his bland life and wife Mildred who spends all day with her television family But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor Clarisse who introduces him to a past where people didn t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears Montag begins to question everything he has ever known He starts hiding books in his home and when his pilfering is discovered the fireman has to run for his life
View our feature on George Orwell s 1984 Written in 1948 1984 was George Orwell s chilling prophecy about the future And while 1984 has come and gone Orwell s narrative is timelier than ever 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish No one can deny the power of this novel its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers or the resiliency of its admonitions a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time
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
The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times bestseller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights twenty-one figures from our nation s history from her inception to present day Nick s personal pantheon of great Americans To millions of people Nick Offerman is America Both Nick and his character Ron Swanson are known for their humor and patriotism in equal measure After the great success of his autobiography Paddle Your Own Canoe Offerman now focuses on the lives of those who inspired him From George Washington to Willie Nelson he describes twenty-one heroic figures and why they inspire in him such great meaning He combines both serious history with light-hearted humor comparing say Benjamin Franklin s abstinence from daytime drinking to his own sage refusal to join his construction crew in getting plastered on the way to work The subject matter also allows Offerman to expound upon his favorite topics which readers love to hear areas such as religion politics woodworking and handcrafting agriculture creativity philosophy fashion and of course meat
In this decidedly unhelpful candid hilarious how-to guide YouTube personality Miranda Sings offers life lessons and tutorials with her signature sassy attitude Over six million social media fans can t be wrong Miranda Sings is one of the funniest faces on YouTube As a bumbling ironically talentless self-absorbed personality a young Gilda Radner if you will she offers up a vlog of helpful advice every week on her widely popular YouTube channel For the first time ever Miranda is putting her advice to paper in this easy-to-follow guide illustrated by Miranda herself In it you ll find instructions on everything how to get a boyfriend wear all black and carry a fishing net to dressing for a date sequins and an orange tutu to performing magic Magic is Lying and much much more Miranda-isms abound in these self-declared lifesaving pages and if you don t like it well as Miranda would say Haters back off
Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation which is approaching the apex of its childbearing years quite like this --The New Yorker A parenting zeitgeist --Washington Post A hilarious take on that age-old problem getting the beloved child to go to sleep --National Public Radio A new Bible for weary parents --New York Times Resonates powerfully with almost everyone --Boston Globe Go the F to Sleep challenges stereotypes opens up prototypes and acknowledges that shared sense of failure that comes to all parents who weary of ever getting their darling s to sleep and briefly resuming the illusion of a life of their own --Midwest Book ReviewGo the F to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland Profane affectionate and radically honest California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach s verses perfectly capture the familiar--and unspoken--tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night In the process they open up a conversation about parenting granting us permission to admit our frustrations and laugh at their absurdity With illustrations by Ricardo Cortes Go the F to Sleep... is beautiful subversive and pants-wettingly funny--a book for parents new old and expectant You probably should not read it to your children Seriously Just Go to Sleep a children s book inspired by Go the F to Sleep and appropriate for kids of all ages is forthcoming from Akashic Books in April 2012 and available NOW for pre-order more
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
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