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In this collection of personal essays the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life love and working as a woman in Hollywood along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again In Talking as Fast as I Can Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up starting out as an actress and years later sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself Did you um make it She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood Strangers were worried about me that s how long I was single the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role and her experience being a judge on Project Runway It s like I had a fashion-induced blackout In What It Was Like Part One Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore The essay What It Was Like Part Two reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later and what doing so has meant to her Some more things you will learn about Lauren She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres she s aware that meeting guys at... awards shows has its pitfalls If you re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair makeup and styling you ve already set the bar too high and she s a card-carrying REI shopper My bungee cords now earn points Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life this book is like a cozy night in catching up with your best friend laughing and swapping stories and of course talking as fast as you can more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The compelling inspiring and comically sublime story of one man s coming-of-age set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed Trevor Noah s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act his birth Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison Living proof of his parents indiscretion Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could at any moment steal him away Finally liberated by the end of South Africa s tyrannical white rule Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist It is also the story of that young man s relationship with his fearless rebellious and fervently religious mother his teammate a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of... poverty violence and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life The stories collected here are by turns hilarious dramatic and deeply affecting Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother s unconventional unconditional love Praise for Born a Crime A substantial collection of staggering personal essays Incisive funny and vivid these true tales are anchored to his portrait of his courageous rebellious and religious mother who defied racially restrictive laws to secure an education and a career for herself and to have a child with a white Swiss German even though sex between whites and blacks was illegal Trevor Noah s electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race gender and class Booklist starred review A gritty memoir studded with insight and provocative social criticism with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations Kirkus Reviewsmore
The ultimate annual book of records is back and crammed with more than ever before Guinness World Records 2017 is bursting with all-new records on topics as diverse as black holes domes owls and killer plants Want to know the highest anyone has travelled on a skateboard or the largest loop-the-loop completed in a car Dying to know just how many tricks a cat can do in one minute The answers to these questions and so much more are right inside New in this year s edition are exciting infographic features exploring the fascinating details on topics such as animals the human body sports and explorations And of course all your favorite record categories are updated for 2017 such as the world s new tallest dog And as ever our team of world-class photographers have traveled the globe to capture amazing images of the year s most impressive record holders Let us know your favorite Do try this at home Want to be a record-breaker Inside you ll find challenges you can try in the back yard in the kitchen in your bedroom or even in the gym Who knows you may become a world record holder yourself Bonus content for the US editionFind exclusive pages just for the USA featuring amazing records from the X Games and a special look at the 125th... anniversary of basketball more
A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect Up in the Air Twilight and Into the Woods Anna Kendrick was unusually small weird and 10 percent defiant At the ripe age of thirteen she had already resolved to keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged Forever But here s the thing about crazy It Wants Out In Scrappy Little Nobody she invites readers inside her brain sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations With her razor-sharp wit Anna recounts the absurdities she s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can from her unusual path to the performing arts Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial dating experiments including only liking boys who didn t like her back to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual man-child Enter Anna s world and follow her rise from scrappy little nobody to somebody... who dazzles on the stage the screen and now the page with an electric singular voice at once familiar and surprising sharp and sweet funny and serious well not that serious more
The complete uncensored history of the award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as told by its correspondents writers and host For almost seventeen years The Daily Show with Jon Stewart brilliantly redefined the borders between television comedy political satire and opinionated news coverage It launched the careers of some of today s most significant comedians highlighted the hypocrisies of the powerful and garnered 23 Emmys Now the show s behind-the-scenes gags controversies and camaraderie will be chronicled by the players themselves from legendary host Jon Stewart to the star cast members and writers-including Samantha Bee Stephen Colbert John Oliver Steve Carell Lewis Black Jessica Williams John Hodgman and Larry Wilmore-plus some of The Daily Show s most prominent guests and adversaries John and Cindy McCain Glenn Beck Tucker Carlson and many more This oral history takes the reader behind the curtain for all the show s highlights from its origins as Comedy Central s underdog late-night program hosted by Craig Kilborn to Jon Stewart s long reign to Trevor Noah s succession rising from a scrappy jester in the 24-hour political news cycle to become part of the beating heart of politics-a trusted source for not only comedy... but also commentary with a reputation for calling bullshit and an ability to effect real change in the world Through years of incisive election coverage Jon Stewart s emotional monologue in the wake of 9 11 his infamous confrontation on Crossfire passionate debates with President Obama and Hillary Clinton feuds with Bill O Reilly and Fox the Indecisions Mess O Potamia and provocative takes on Wall Street and racism The Daily Show has been a cultural touchstone Now for the first time the people behind the show s seminal moments come together to share their memories of the last-minute rewrites improvisations pranks romances blow-ups and moments of Zen both on and off the set of one of America s most groundbreaking shows 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
After two New York Times bestsellers Nick Offerman returns with the subject for which he s known best his incredible real-life woodshop Nestled among the glitz and glitter of Tinseltown is a testament to American elbow grease and an honest-to-god hard day s work Offerman Woodshop Captained by hirsute woodworker actor comedian and writer Nick Offerman the shop produces not only fine handcrafted furniture but also fun stuff kazoos baseball bats ukuleles mustache combs even cedar-strip canoes Now Nick and his ragtag crew of champions want to share their experience of working at the Woodshop tell you all about their passion for the discipline of woodworking and teach you how to make a handful of their most popular projects along the way This book takes readers behind the scenes of the woodshop both inspiring and teaching them to make their own projects and besotting them with the infectious spirit behind the shop and its complement of dusty wood-elves In these pages you will find a variety of projects for every skill level with personal easy-to-follow instructions by the OWS woodworkers themselves and what s more this tutelage is augmented by mouth-watering color photos Nick calls it wood porn You will also find writings by Nick... offering recipes for both comestibles and mirth humorous essays odes to his own woodworking heroes insights into the ethos of woodworking in modern America and other assorted tomfoolery Whether you ve been working in your own shop for years or if holding this stack of compressed wood pulp is as close as you ve ever come to milling lumber or even if you just love Nick Offerman s brand of bucolic yet worldly wisdom you ll find Good Clean Fun full of useful illuminating and entertaining information 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
Join Calvin and Hobbes on all their adventures in this three-volume collection of every comic strip from the comic strip s eleven year history 1985 to1996 Calvin and Hobbes is unquestionably one of the most popular comic strips of all time The imaginative world of a boy and his real-only-to-him tiger was first syndicated in 1985 and appeared in more than 2 400 newspapers when Bill Watterson retired on January 1 1996 The entire body of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons published in a truly noteworthy tribute to this singular cartoon in The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Composed of three hardcover four-color volumes in a sturdy slipcase this New York Times best-selling edition includes all Calvin and Hobbes cartoons that ever appeared in syndication This is the treasure that all Calvin and Hobbes fans seek
The next time your own Pointy-Haired Boss asks if you re expecting any unforeseen problems simply take a quick glance at your Dilbert 2017 calendar and make convincing reassurances that everything is under control thanks to the company s brilliant leadership It won t really help with inane questions like that of course but you ll look impressive and it ll give you another excuse to check out a Dilbert cartoon and remind yourself that things could be worse An entire year of dodges and feeling better about your job are in this day-to-day calendar featuring a Dilbert cartoon on every page