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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
Revisit Orwell s classic satire Animal Farm As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked mistreated animals and their quest to create a paradise of progress justice and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published As readers witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals they begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization and in the most charismatic leaders the souls of the cruelest oppressors
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
FROM THE PUBLISHER Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices Touching absurd and darkly comic Allie Brosh s highly anticipated book Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice leaping wit and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations This full-color beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like The God of Cake Dogs Don t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving and her astonishing Adventures in Depression and Depression Part Two which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written Brosh s debut marks the launch of a major new American humorist who will surely make even the biggest scrooge or snob laugh We dare you not to FROM THE AUTHOR This is a book I wrote Because I wrote it I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is I tried to write a long third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative like maybe someone who isn t me wrote it but I soon discovered that I m... not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book PicturesWordsStories about things that happened to meStories about things that happened to other people because of meEight billion dollars Stories about dogsThe secret to eternal happiness These are lies Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness more
Anais Nin Anne Frank and Sylvia Plath wrote the world s most famous diaries And where are they today Dead But the world s OTHER great diarist Joan Rivers is alive and kicking And complaining In the extraordinary tradition of The Habit of Being Letters of Flannery O Connor and George Orwell s Diaries comes an intimate and enriching glimpse into the mind of the most illuminating woman-of-letters of her generation the provocative exploration of an age in which she has lived on and on and on and on Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone Starting With Me the unstoppable Joan Rivers is at it again When her daughter Melissa gives her a diary for Christmas at first Joan is horrified who the hell does Melissa think she is That fat pig Bridget Jones But as Joan being both beautiful and introspective begins to record her day-to-day musings she realizes she has a lot to say About everything And everyone God help them The result A no-holds-barred delightfully vicious and always hilarious look at the everyday life of the ultimate diva Follow Joan on a family vacation in Mexico and on trips between New York and Los Angeles where she mingles with the stars never missing a beat as she... delivers blistering critiques on current events and excoriating insights about life pop culture and celebrities from A to D list all in her relentlessly funny signature style This is the Diary of a Mad Diva For the first time in a century a diary by someone that s actually worth reading more
Mindy Kaling has lived many lives the obedient child of immigrant professionals a timid chubster afraid of her own bike a Ben Affleck impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright and finally a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence Can I just say one last thing about this and then I swear I ll shut up about it Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night or what makes a great guy one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly or what is the perfect amount of fame so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law or how to maintain a trim figure you will not find that information in these pages If so you ve come to the right book mostly In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance friendship and Hollywood with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States but definitely if you live in India or... Sri Lanka From the Hardcover edition 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
It s bedtime in the Star Wars galaxy and Darth Vader s parenting skills are tested anew in this delightful follow-up to the breakout New York Times bestsellers Darth Vader and Son and Vader s Little Princess In this Episode the Sith Lord must soothe his rambunctious twins Luke and Leia who are not ready to sleep and who insist on a story As Vader reads the book looks in on favorite creatures droids and characters such as Yoda R2-D2 Han Solo Chewbacca Darth Maul Admiral Ackbar Boba Fett and many others as they tuck in yawn and settle down to dream As ever Jeffrey Brown s charming illustrations and humor glow throughout playing on children s book conventions to enchant adults and kids alike
Fifty years after its original publication Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest and most celebrated books of all time In recent years it has been named to best novels lists by Time Newsweek the Modern Library and the London Observer Set in Italy during World War II this is the story of the incomparable malingering bombardier Yossarian a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him But his real problem is not the enemy it is his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he s assigned he ll be in violation of Catch-22 a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved This fiftieth-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller s masterpiece with a new introduction by Christopher Buckley a wealth of critical essays and reviews by Norman Mailer Alfred Kazin Anthony Burgess and others rare papers and photos from Joseph Heller s... personal archive and much more Here at last is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature more
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