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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
New York Times Bestseller The Bob s Burgers Burger Book gives hungry fans their best chance to eat one of Bob Belcher s beloved specialty Burgers of the Day in seventy-five original practical recipes With its warm edgy humor outstanding vocal cast and signature musical numbers Bob s Burgers has become one of the most acclaimed and popular animated series on television winning the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program and inspiring a hit ongoing comic book and original sound track album Now fans can get the ultimate Bob s Burgers experience at home with seventy-five straight from the show but actually edible Burgers of the Day Recipes include the Bleu is the Warmest Cheese Burger the Bruschetta-Bout-It Burger and the Shoot-Out at the OK-ra Corral Burger comes with Fried Okra Serve the Sweaty Palms Burger comes with Hearts of Palm to your ultimate crush just like Tina Belcher or ponder modern American literature with the I Know Why the Cajun Burger Sings Burger Fully illustrated with all-new art in the series s signature style The Bob s Burgers Burger Book showcases the entire Belcher family as well as beloved characters including Teddy Jimmy Pesto Jr and Aunt Gayle All recipes come from the fan-created and heavily... followed blog The Bob s Burger Experiment more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal a delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships class snobbery and the everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community The Washington PostThe bestselling author of Major Pettigrew s Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set East Sussex 1914 It is the end of England s brief Edwardian summer and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful Hugh Grange down from his medical studies is visiting his Aunt Agatha who lives with her husband in the small idyllic coastal town of Rye Agatha s husband works in the Foreign Office and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won t come to anything And Agatha has more immediate concerns she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books it is clear she is significantly more freethinking and attractive than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be For her part mourning the death of her... beloved father who has left her penniless Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye the perfect summer is about to end For despite Agatha s reassurances the unimaginable is coming Soon the limits of progress and the old ways will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war Praise for The Summer Before the War What begins as a study of a small-town society becomes a compelling account of war and its aftermath Woman s Day This witty character study of how a small English town reacts to the 1914 arrival of its first female teacher offers gentle humor wrapped in a hauntingly detailed story Good Housekeeping Perfect for readers in a post Downton Abbey slump The gently teasing banter between two kindred spirits edging slowly into love is as delicately crafted as a bone-china teacup More than a high-toned romantic reverie for Anglophiles though it serves the latter purpose too The Seattle Times Helen Simonson s characters are so vivid it s as if a PBS series has come to life There s scandal star-crossed love and fear but at its heart The Summer Before the War is about loyalty love and family AARP The Magazine This luminous story of a family a town and a world in their final moments of innocence is as lingering and lovely as a long summer sunset Annie Barrows author of The Truth According to Us and co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Simonson is like a Jane Austen for our day and age she is that good and The Summer Before the War is nothing short of a treasure Paula McLain author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sunmore
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
Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon Randall Munroe is here to help In Thing Explainer he uses line drawings and only the thousand or rather ten hundred most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is including food-heating radio boxes microwaves tall roads bridges computer buildings datacenters the shared space house the International Space Station the other worlds around the sun the solar system the big flat rocks we live on tectonic plates the pieces everything is made of the periodic table planes with turning wings helicopters boxes that make clothes smell better washers and dryers the bags of stuff inside you cells How do these things work Where do they come from What would life be like without them And what would happen if we opened them up heated them up cooled them down pointed them in a different direction or pressed this button In Thing Explainer Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more Funny interesting and always understandable this book is for anyone age 5 to 105 who has ever wondered how things work and why
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
Doug Stanhope is one of the most critically acclaimed and stridently unrepentant comedians of his generation What will surprise some is that he owes so much of his dark and sometimes uncomfortably honest sense of humor to his mother Bonnie It was the cartoons in her Hustler magazine issues that molded the beginnings of his comedic journey long before he was old enough to know what to do with the actual pornography It was Bonnie who recited Monty Python sketches with him who introduced him to Richard Pryor at nine years old and who rescued him from a psychologist when he brought that brand of humor to school And it was Bonnie who took him along to all of her AA meetings where Doug undoubtedly found inspiration for his own storytelling Bonnie s own path from bartending to truck driving massage therapy elder abuse stand-up comedy and acting never stopped her from being Doug s genuine number one fan So when her alcoholic hoarding life finally came to an end many weird adventures later in rural Arizona it was inevitable that Doug and Bonnie would be together for one last excursion Digging Up Mother follows Doug s absurd chaotic and often obscene life as it intersects with that of his best friend biggest fan and love of his life his... mother And it all starts with her death one of the most memorable and amazing farewells you will ever read more
With his unmistakable rhymes and signature illustration style Dr Seuss creates a classic picture-book ode to aging in You re Only Old Once On a visit to the Golden Years Clinic on Century Square for Spleen Readjustment and Muffler Repair readers will laugh with familiar horror at the poking and prodding and testing and ogling that go hand in hand with the dreaded appellation of senior citizen Though Dr Seuss is known for his peerless work in books for children this comical look at what it s like to get older is ideal for Seuss fans of advanced years In his own words this is a book for obsolete children A perfect gift for retirement birthdays and holidays
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIf you graduated from college but still feel like a student if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean it s OK But it doesn t have to be this way Just because you don t feel like an adult doesn t mean you can t act like one And it all begins with this funny wise and useful book Based on Kelly Williams Brown s popular blog ADULTING makes the scary confusing real world approachable manageable-and even conquerable This guide will help you to navigate the stormy Sea of Adulthood so that you may find safe harbor in Not Running Out of Toilet Paper Bay and along the way you will learn What to check for when renting a new apartment-Not just the nearby bars but the faucets and stove among other things When a busy person can find time to learn more about the world- It involves the intersection of NPR and hair-straightening How to avoid hooking up with anyone in your office -- Imagine your coworkers having plastic featureless doll crotches It helps The secret to finding a mechanic you love-Or more realistically one that will not rob you blind From breaking up with frenemies to fixing your toilet this way fun... comprehensive handbook is the answer for aspiring grown-ups of all ages more