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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
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MICHIKO KAKUTANI THE NEW YORK TIMESNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BUZZFEED THE GLOBE AND MAIL AND LIBRARY JOURNALFor readers of Nora Ephron Tina Fey and David Sedaris this hilarious wise and fiercely candid collection of personal essays establishes Lena Dunham the acclaimed creator producer and star of HBO s Girls as one of the most original young talents writing today In Not That Kind of Girl Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one s way in the world falling in love feeling alone being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age finding true love and most of all having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told Take My Virginity No Really Take It is the account of Dunham s first time and how her expectations of sex didn t quite live up to the actual event No floodgate had been opened no vault of true womanhood unlocked Girls Jerks explores her former attraction to less-than-nice guys guys who had perfected the dynamic of disrespect she found so intriguing Is This Even Real is a meditation on her lifelong obsession with death... and dying what she calls her genetically predestined morbidity And in I Didn t F Them but They Yelled at Me she imagines the tell-all she will write when she is eighty and past caring able to reflect honestly on the sexism and condescension she has encountered in Hollywood where women are treated like the paper thingies that protect glasses in hotel bathrooms necessary but infinitely disposable Exuberant moving and keenly observed Not That Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up I m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you Dunham writes But if I can take what I ve learned and make one menial job easier for you or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile Praise for Not That Kind of Girl The gifted Ms Dunham not only writes with observant precision but also brings a measure of perspective nostalgia and an older person s sort of wisdom to her portrait of her not all that much younger self and her world By simply telling her own story in all its specificity and sometimes embarrassing detail she has written a book that s as acute and heartfelt as it is funny Michiko Kakutani The New York Times Dunham has crafted warm intelligent writing that is both deeply personal and engaging Hers is not only a voice who deserves to be heard but also one who will inspire other important voices to tell their stories too Roxane Gay Time A lovely touching surprisingly sentimental portrait of a woman who despite repeatedly baring her body and soul to audiences remains a bit of an enigma a young woman who sets the agenda defies classification and seems utterly at home in her own skin Chicago Tribune Dunham is funny wise and yes brave Ellemore
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
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
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
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
LOOK MAYBE YOU RE A NICE GIRL but we re guessing you re more like us or you probably wouldn t have picked up this book Not that we have a problem with girls who are nice people But being nice is just not the way to get what you want And this book is about getting what you want Not in like a finding happiness giving back to the world being grateful for what you have sort of way But in a ruling your world being the most desired powerful badass in the room way so you can come out on top of any situation guys career friends enemies whatever How does a betch make that happen Here are some highlights DON T BE EASY DON T BE POOR DON T BE UGLY We didn t come up with these life lessons We re just the ones who wrote it all down This is not self-help Self-help is for fat people and divorc es This is how to deal with your problems when you have no problems You re welcome
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
If you work in anything that resembles an office chances are you have coworkers who resemble Dilbert s Maybe your boss doesn t have pointy hair but he or she probably more than once has used meaningless business speak to cover a lack of knowledge--and fooled exactly no one A guy in the next cubicle probably shows up each day just for the free coffee and another probably works like a crazy-woman hoping for a little recognition Dilbert creator Scott Adams includes them all Any resemblance to your actual coworkers is intentional and hilarious Get a head start on each day s office craziness with this best-selling Dilbert calendar that features a full-color cartoon on every page
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