View by Category

Humor & Entertainment books and presentations

Sort by:
From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal In Why Not Me Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life whether it s falling in love at work seeking new friendships in lonely places attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever or most important believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you re constantly reminded that no one looks like you In How to Look Spectacular A Starlet s Confessions Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone but this isn t the land of appropriate this is Hollywood baby Out here a dark-skinned woman s traditional hair color is honey blonde Player tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L A I had been replaced by a younger model And now they had matching bangs In Unlikely Leading Lady she muses on America s fixation with the weight of actresses Most women we see onscreen are either so thin... that they re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture And in Soup Snakes Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend B J Novak I will freely admit my relationship with B J Novak is weird as hell Mindy turns the anxieties the glamour and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to And those who ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper more
In Furiously Happy 1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness A hysterical ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety That sounds like a terrible idea But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best As Jenny says Some people might think that being furiously happy is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he s never particularly liked kangaroos And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house Two is the limit I speak from personal experience My husband says that none is the new limit I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you d never guess because we ve learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club We re all pretty bizarre Some of us are just better at hiding it Except go back and cross out the word hiding Furiously Happy is about taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing because those moments are what make us... who we are and they re the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence It s the difference between surviving life and living life It s the difference between taking a shower and teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair It s the difference between being sane and being furiously happy Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty and in Furiously Happy she is at her snort-inducing funniest This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways Because as Jenny s mom says Maybe crazy isn t so bad after all Sometimes crazy is just right more
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
Now a New York Times BestsellerA hilarious thoughtful and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation s sharpest comedic voicesAt some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love We meet people date get into and out of relationships all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection This seems standard now but it s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history With technology our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering So why are so many people frustrated Some of our problems are unique to our time Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods Combos My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan Who s Nathan Did he just send her a photo of his penis Should I check just to be sure But the transformation of our romantic lives can t be explained by technology alone In a short period of time the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically A few decades ago people would find a decent person who lived... in their neighborhood Their families would meet and after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer they would get married and soon have a kid all by the time they were twenty-four Today people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person a soul mate For years Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance but for Modern Romance the book he decided he needed to take things to another level He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit which drew thousands of messages They enlisted the world s leading social scientists including Andrew Cherlin Eli Finkel Helen Fisher Sheena Iyengar Barry Schwartz Sherry Turkle and Robb Willer The result is unlike any social science or humor book we ve seen before In Modern Romance Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world more
Pop-culture phenomenon social rights advocate and the most prominent LGBTQ voice on YouTube Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty personal and hilarious essays For someone who made a career out of over-sharing on the Internet Tyler has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book experiencing a legitimate rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory negotiating a tense stand off with a White House official crashing a car in front of his entire high school in an Arby s uniform projectile vomiting while bartering with a grandmother and so much more In Binge Tyler delivers his best untold hilariously side-splitting moments with the trademark flair that made him a star
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
In this decidedly unhelpful candid hilarious how-to guide YouTube personality Miranda Sings offers life lessons and tutorials with her signature sassy attitude Over six million social media fans can t be wrong Miranda Sings is one of the funniest faces on YouTube As a bumbling ironically talentless self-absorbed personality a young Gilda Radner if you will she offers up a vlog of helpful advice every week on her widely popular YouTube channel For the first time ever Miranda is putting her advice to paper in this easy-to-follow guide illustrated by Miranda herself In it you ll find instructions on everything how to get a boyfriend wear all black and carry a fishing net to dressing for a date sequins and an orange tutu to performing magic Magic is Lying and much much more Miranda-isms abound in these self-declared lifesaving pages and if you don t like it well as Miranda would say Haters back off
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
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America majestic mountains silent forests sparking lakes If you re going to take a hike it s probably the place to go And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you ll find He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy or just foolhardy folks he meets along the way and a couple of bears Already a classic A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in
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