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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
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
Revisit Orwell s classic satire Animal Farm As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked mistreated animals and their quest to create a paradise of progress justice and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published As readers witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals they begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization and in the most charismatic leaders the souls of the cruelest oppressors
One day sad cubicle dweller and otherwise bored New York transplant Hannah Hart decided as a joke to make a fake cooking show for her friend back in California She turned on the camera pulled out some bread and cheese and then as one does started drinking Doesn t everyone cook with a spoon in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other The video went viral and an online sensation was born My Drunk Kitchen includes recipes stories full color photos and drawings to inspire your own culinary adventures in tipsy cooking It is also a showcase for Hannah Hart s great comedic voice Hannah offers key drink recommendations cooking tips like remember to turn the oven off when you go to bed and shares never-before-seen recipes such as The Hartwich Knowledge is ingenuity Learn from the past Can Bake Inventing things is hard You don t have to start from scratch Latke Shotkas Plan ahead to avoid a night of dread Tiny Sandwiches Size doesn t matter Aim to satisfy Saltine Nachos It s not about resources It s about being resourceful This is a book for anyone who believes they have what it takes to make a souffl for the holiday party and show up the person who apparently has nothing better to do than bake things from scratch It also recommends the... drink you ll need to accompany any endeavor of this magnitude In the end My Drunk Kitchen may not be your go-to guide for your next dinner party but it will make you laugh and drink I mean think about life 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
Finally a novel that puts the pissed back into epistolary Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the midwest His department is facing draconian cuts and squalid quarters while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remodeled offices His once-promising writing career is in the doldrums as is his romantic life in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels His star he thinks student can t catch a break with his brilliant he thinks work Accountant in a Bordello based on Melville s Bartleby In short his life is a tale of woe and the vehicle this droll and inventive novel uses to tell that tale is a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon low spirits and passive-aggressive strategies We recommend Dear Committee Members to you in the strongest possible terms
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
Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman Matt Groening and Will Eisner this innovative comic book provides a detailed look at the history meaning and art of comics and cartooning
New York Times BestsellerA collection of essays spanning politics criticism and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation Roxane Gay Pink is my favorite color I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool but it is pink all shades of pink If I have an accessory it is probably pink I read Vogue and I m not doing it ironically though it might seem that way I once live-tweeted the September issue In these funny and insightful essays Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman Sweet Valley High of color The Help while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years Girls Django in Chains and commenting on the state of feminism today abortion Chris Brown The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society but also one of our culture Bad Feminist is a sharp funny and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better