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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFor 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 A lot of us fear we don t measure up beautywise and that we endure too much crummy treatment from men On these topics Dunham is funny wise and yes brave Among Dunham s gifts to womankind is her frontline example that some asshole may call you undesirable or worse and it won t kill you Your version matters more Ellemore
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
In Amy Poehler s highly anticipated first book Yes Please she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice some useful some not so much like when to be funny and when to be serious Powered by Amy s charming and hilarious biting yet wise voice Yes Please is a book full of words to live by
Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person Seeking an exciting interactive read that puts the u back in aUtobiography Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris Choose Your Own Autobiography In this revolutionary Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative actor personality carbon-based-life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you the reader live his life You will be born to New Mexico You will get your big break at an acting camp You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan Even better at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser M D You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John s yacht Choose correctly and you ll find fame fortune and true love Choose incorrectly and you ll find misery heartbreak and a hideous death by piranhas All this plus magic tricks cocktail recipes embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor and even a closing song Yes if you buy one book this year congratulations on being above the American average and make... that book Neil Patrick Harris Choose Your Own Autobiography more
Praise for 1 New York Times best-selling author Matthew Inman AKA The Oatmeal All runners wonder at some point or another why we do what we do Mr Inman s explanation is the best I ve ever seen And the funniest Because he is clinically insane -Mark Remy editor at large Runner s World author of The Runner s Rule Book He runs He sweats He heaves He hates it He loves it He runs so hard his toenails fall off He asks himself why Why do I do this Here gorgeously bravely hilariously is Matt s deeply honest answer -Robert Krulwich NPR Finally A voice that sings with the Blerches of angels -Christopher McDougall author of Born to Run This is not just a book about running It s a book about cupcakes It s a book about suffering It s a book about gluttony vanity bliss electrical storms ranch dressing and Godzilla It s a book about all the terrible and wonderful reasons we wake up each day and propel our bodies through rain shine heaven and hell From 1 New York Times best-selling author Matthew Inman AKA The Oatmeal comes this hilarious beautiful poignant collection of comics and stories about running eating and one cartoonist s reasons for jogging across mountains until his toenails fall off Containing over 70 pages of never-before-seen... material including A Lazy Cartoonist s Guide to Becoming a Runner and The Blerch s Guide to Dieting this book also comes with Blerch race stickers more
We all know the system isn t working Our governments are corrupt and the opposing parties pointlessly similar Our culture is filled with vacuity and pap and we are told there s nothing we can do It s just the way things are In this book Russell Brand hilariously lacerates the straw men and paper tigers of our conformist times and presents with the help of experts as diverse as Thomas Piketty and George Orwell a vision for a fairer sexier society that s fun and inclusive You have been lied to told there s no alternative no choice and that you don t deserve any better Brand destroys this illusory facade as amusingly and deftly as he annihilates Morning Joe anchors Fox News fascists and BBC stalwarts This book makes revolution not only possible but inevitable and fun
One of the sharpest funniest voices on YouTube Forbes comedian Grace Helbig offers an irreverent and illustrated guide to life for anyone faced with the challenge of growing up Infused with her trademark saucy sweet and funny voice Grace s Guide is a tongue-in-cheek handbook for millennials encompassing everything a young or new or regular or old adult needs to know from how to live online to landing a job to surviving a breakup to decorating a first apartment and much more Charmingly illustrated Grace s Guide features full-color photos interactive worksheets and exclusive stories from Grace s own misadventures including her disastrous interview for NBC s Page Program her lifelong struggles with anxiety the first and also last time she entered a beauty pageant meeting her first boyfriend at a high school Latin convention and many other hilarious lessons she learned the hard way Amusing and unexpectedly educational this refreshing and colorful guide proves that becoming an adult doesn t necessarily mean you have to grow up
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
What are my qualifications to write this book None really So why should you read it Here s why I m a little fat If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I d highly recommend that you do not read his book Bacon McDonalds Cinnabon Hot Pockets Kale Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover and decrying the worst offenders kale is the early morning of foods Fans flocked to his New York Times bestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now in his second book he will give them what they really crave hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary ish Insights such as why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water why pretzel bread is 3 on his most important inventions of humankind behind the wheel and the computer and the answer to the age-old question which animal is more delicious the pig the cow or the bacon cheeseburger
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
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