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Joan Rivers was known all over the world from the Palace Theater to Buckingham Palace from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the footlights of Broadway from the days of talkies to hosting talk shows But there was only one person who knew Joan intimately one person who the authorities would call when she got a little out of hand Her daughter and best friend Melissa Joan and Melissa Rivers had one of the most celebrated mother-daughter relationships of all time If you think Joan said some outrageous things to her audiences as a comedian you won t believe what she said and did in private Her love for her daughter knew no bounds or boundaries apparently Melissa I acknowledge that you have boundaries I just choose to not respect them In The Book of Joan Tales of Mirth Mischief and Manipulation Melissa shares stories like when she was nine months old and her parents delivered her to Johnny Carson as a birthday gift bon mots Missy is there anything better than seeing a really good looking couple pushing a baby that looks like a Sasquatch who got caught in a house fire and life lessons from growing up in the Rosenberg-Rivers household I can do tips and discounts and figure out the number of gay men in an audience to make it a good show... That s all the math you ll ever need These were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to life in the family that Melissa describes as more Addams than Cleaver And at the center of it all was a tiny blond force of nature In The Book of Joan Tales of Mirth Mischief and Manipulation Melissa Rivers relates funny poignant and irreverent observations thoughts and tales about the woman who raised her and is the reason she considers valium one of the four basic food groups more
In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation so far Here Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom his struggles with identity body image and sexuality in his teen years and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality philanthropist entrepreneur and tastemaker Exploring his past with insight and humor his present with humility and his future with hope Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages don t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want This full-color collection includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor and is a must-have for anyone inspired by his journey
A confessional uplifting memoir from the beloved YouTube personality It s not where you begin that matters It s where you end up Twenty-three year old Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of millions of teens and young adults through his playful sweet and inspirational YouTube presence not to mention his sparkling eyes and perfect hair Yet Joey wasn t always comfortable in his skin and in this candid memoir he thoughtfully looks back on his journey from pain to pride self-doubt to self-acceptance To his fans Joey is that best friend who always captures the brighter side of life but also isn t afraid to get real In the pages of his first book he opens up about his years of struggling with family hardships and troubles at school with cruel bullying and the sting of rejection He tells of first loves and losses embarrassing moments and surprising discoveries loneliness laughter and life-changing forks in the road showing us the incalculable value of finally finding and following your true passion in this world Funny warm-hearted and inspiring Joey Graceffa s story is a welcome reminder that it s not where you begin that matters but where you end up
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
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
Ari Gold after years of dominating the Hollywood agency scene finally offers invaluable tips and advice on how to be as successful in work and in life as Gold himself Ari Gold is known for his ruthless approach to deal-making and client relationships that made him one of if not the most powerful and sought-after agents in Hollywood until he retired in 2011 In his new book THE GOLD STANDARD Gold will illuminate for the first time his unique effective and some would say outrageous philosophies on running a successful business client management employee motivation keeping a happy home life and other keys to his many successes Brash emphatic instructive and always wise Gold s book will rival business and leadership bestsellers the world over In his own words and with his trademark enthusiasm Gold s tome will be the only book anyone wanting to make something of him or herself will ever need Ari Gold says In my humble opinion if you want to run a successful business this is the only book you ll ever have to read And my humble opinion is never wrong
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
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