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Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love
by Jonathan Van Ness

Language

English

Pages

276

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><strong>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>INDIE BESTSELLER</strong></p><p></p><p><strong>A laugh-and-cry-out-loud memoir from the beloved star of Netflix鈥檚 Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness</strong></p><p>Who gave Jonathan Van Ness permission to be the radiant human he is today? No one, honey.</p><p>The truth is, it hasn鈥檛 always been gorgeous for this beacon of positivity and joy.</p><p>Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix鈥檚 hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan was growing up in a small Midwestern town that didn鈥檛 understand why he was so鈥ver the top. From choreographed carpet figure skating routines to the unavoidable fact that he was Just. So. Gay., Jonathan was an easy target and endured years of judgement, ridicule and trauma鈥攜et none of it crushed his uniquely effervescent spirit.</p><p><em>Over the Top</em> uncovers the pain and passion it took to end up becoming the model of self-love and acceptance that Jonathan is today. In this revelatory, raw, and rambunctious memoir, Jonathan shares never-before-told secrets and reveals sides of himself that the public has never seen. JVN fans may think they know the man behind the stiletto heels, the crop tops, and the iconic sayings, but there鈥檚 much more to him than meets the Queer Eye.</p><p>You鈥檒l laugh, you鈥檒l cry, and you鈥檒l come away knowing that no matter how broken or lost you may be, you鈥檙e a Kelly Clarkson song, you鈥檙e strong, and you鈥檝e got this.</p><p></p>
Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel
by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Language

English

Pages

376

Publication Date

June 18, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥?NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST 鈥?鈥淎 feminist jeremiad nested inside a brilliant comic novel鈥攁 book that makes you laugh so hard you don鈥檛 notice till later that your eyebrows have been singed off.鈥濃€擱on Charles,聽<i>The Washington Post<br /></i></b> <br /><b><b>鈥淔unny, dirty, sly, irresistible.鈥濃€?lt;i>New York<br /></i></b><br /></b> <b>A finely observed, timely exploration of marriage, divorce, and the bewildering dynamics of ambition from one of the most exciting writers working today</b><br /><br /> Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he and his wife of almost fifteen years separated: weekends and every other holiday with the kids, some residual bitterness, the occasional moment of tension in their co-parenting negotiations. He could not have predicted that one day, in the middle of his summer of sexual emancipation, Rachel would just drop their two children off at his place and simply not return. He had been working so hard to find equilibrium in his single life. The winds of his optimism, long dormant, had finally begun to pick up. Now this.<br /><br /> As Toby tries to figure out where Rachel went, all while juggling his patients at the hospital, his never-ending parental duties, and his new app-assisted sexual popularity, his tidy narrative of the spurned husband with the too-ambitious wife is his sole consolation. But if Toby ever wants to truly understand what happened to Rachel and what happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen things all that clearly in the first place.<br /><br /> A searing, utterly unvarnished debut, <i>Fleishman Is in Trouble </i>is an insightful, unsettling, often hilarious exploration of a culture trying to navigate the fault lines of an institution that has proven to be worthy of our great wariness and our great hope.<br /><br /><b><i>Alma</i>鈥檚 Best Jewish Novel of the Year</b> <br /><b><br /></b>鈥淏listeringly funny, feverishly smart, heartbreaking, and true, <i>Fleishman Is in Trouble</i> is an essential read for anyone who鈥檚 wondered how to navigate loving (and hating) the people we choose.鈥?lt;b>鈥擟ynthia D鈥橝prix Sweeney, author of <i>The Nest</i></b><br /><br />鈥淔rom its opening pages, <i>Fleishman Is in Trouble</i> is聽shrewdly observed, brimming with wisdom, and utterly of this moment. Not until its explosive final pages are you fully aware of its cunning ferocity. Taffy Brodesser-Akner鈥檚 debut is聽that rare and delicious treat: a page-turner with heft.鈥?lt;b>鈥擬aria Semple</b>
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel
by Olga Tokarczuk

Language

English

Pages

285

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<b>WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE</b><br /> <b><br /> "A brilliant literary murder mystery." 鈥?lt;i>Chicago Tribune</i><br /><br /> "Extraordinary. Tokarczuk's novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work." 鈥擜nnie Proulx</b><br /><br />In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . .<br /><br />A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, <i>Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead </i>is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah

Language

English

Pages

264

Publication Date

November 15, 2016

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<b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥⒙燭he compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man鈥檚 coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, <i>New York Times</i> 鈥? <b><i>USA Today 鈥?San Francisco Chronicle 鈥?</i>NPR 鈥⒙?lt;i>Esquire 鈥?Newsday 鈥?Booklist</i></b></b><br /><br /> Trevor Noah鈥檚 unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of <i>The Daily Show </i>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鈥?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鈥檚 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.<br /><br /> <i>Born a Crime</i> 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鈥檚 relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother鈥攈is teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.<br /><br /> 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鈥檚 unconventional, unconditional love.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Born a Crime<br /><br /></i></b>聽鈥淸A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah鈥檚] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah鈥檚 family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . <i>Born a Crime</i> is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author鈥檚 remarkable mother.鈥?lt;b>鈥擬ichiko Kakutani, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淸An] unforgettable memoir.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Parade<br /></i></b><br /> 聽鈥淲hat makes聽<i>Born a Crime聽</i>such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider聽<i>Born a Crime</i>聽another such gift to her鈥攁nd an enormous gift to the rest of us.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擴SA Today</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淸Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擯eople</i></b>
The Ripple Effect Cozy Mystery Boxed Set, Books 1-3: Three Comple...
by Jeanne Glidewell

Language

English

Pages

706

Publication Date

November 20, 2018

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<b>"In a world that views aging and senior citizens as obsolete, it is refreshing to read The Ripple Effect Cozy Mystery series by Jeanne Glidewell."</b><i> ~Cindy Travis, Reviewer</i><br /><br />Join Rip and Rapella Ripple and the Chartreuse Caboose on Their First Three Adventures Filled With Mystery and Mayhem<br /><br /><b>BOOK 1: A RIP ROARING GOOD TIME 鈥?</b>Senior citizens and full-time RVers, Rip and Rapella Ripple, are headed to Rockdale, Missouri, in their old travel trailer (aka The Chartreuse Caboose) to attend a friend's surprise birthday party. But surprise quickly turns to shock when a party guest is found murdered and Lexie Starr, a friend of the Ripples, is hauled off to jail as suspect number one. Determined to exonerate Lexie, the Ripples put the Chartreuse Caboose in park and their investigating tactics in drive. But more than a simple frame-up is afoot when the victim's stepfather, who is also the local Police Chief, ignores the Ripple's findings.<br /><br /><b>BOOK 2: RIP TIDE - </b>Rip and Rapella Ripple are spending the holidays with daughter Regina, in their hometown of Rockport, TX. When Regina's new husband, Milo Moore, becomes a suspect in an off-shore harpooning homicide, the Ripples set out to exonerate him. But proving Milo didn't harpoon his best friend and business partner, Cooper Claypool鈥攚ith Claypool's spear-gun while out poaching red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico鈥攊s more challenging than the Ripples anticipated.<br /><br /><b>BOOK 3: RIPPED TO SHREDS - </b>Visiting Wyoming's Rest 'n Peace RV Park, senior citizens and full-time RVers Rip and Rapella Ripple are intent on winning a wildlife photo contest. But while trying to snap the perfect nature photo, Rapella's game camera captures the truth behind the RV park owner's mysterious death. Now Rip and Rapella are knee-deep in their own investigation, and on the trail of poachers illegally trapping bears in the Bighorn National Forest.<br /><br /><b>From The Publisher:</b> The Ripple Effect series will be enjoyed by fans of <b>Joanne Fluke, Madison Johns, Ceecee James</b> and readers of cozy mysteries who enjoy light-hearted, clean & wholesome, mysteries featuring female amateur sleuths and senior citizens.<br /><br /><b>"It is not often a book makes me laugh aloud but Jeanne Glidewell never disappoints . . ."</b><i> ~Yvonne P., Reviewer</i><br /><br /><b>"Absolutely love this series. Very well done."</b><i> ~eBook Discovery Read & Review Club</i><br /><br /><b>"I hope this series continues. Being Rip and Rapellas' age I am happy to see them featured in adventures. I can recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries, cozy or not."</b><i> ~Anna, Reviewer</i><br /><br /><b>THE RIPPLE EFFECT MYSTERIES,</b> in series order:<br /><i>A Rip Roaring Good Time<br />Rip Tide<br />Ripped to Shreds<br />Rip Your Heart Out<br />Ripped Apart<br /><br /></i><b>THE LEXIE STARR MYSTERIES,</b> in series order<br /><i>Leave No Stone Unturned<br />The Extinguished Guest<br />Haunted<br />With This Ring<br />Just Ducky<br />The Spirit of the Season - a holiday novella<br />Cozy Camping<br />Marriage & Mayhem<br /><br /></i>
Oscar and Lucinda: movie tie-in edition (Vintage International)
by Peter Carey

Language

English

Pages

449

Publication Date

March 23, 2011

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The Booker Prize-winning novel--now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight聽聽Pictures.<br /><br />This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in聽聽nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent--a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms--could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex. And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce, religion and colonialism, that culminates in a half-mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback.
It All Comes Back to You: A Book Club Recommendation!
by Beth Duke

Language

English

Pages

301

Publication Date

August 26, 2018

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<b>"It All Comes Back to You is one of those stories you need to savor. You want to put the book down so as to have more to read tomorrow, but you can't. It becomes attached to you, a part of you."</b><br /><b>Dan Brown, Author of </b><i>Reunion</i><br /><br /><br /><b>It's 1947.<br />War's over, cherry-print dresses, parking above the city lights, swing dancing.<br />Beautiful, seventeen-year-old Violet lives in a perfect world.<br />Everybody loves her.<br />In 2012, she's still beautiful, charming, and surrounded by admirers.</b><br /><br />Veronica "Ronni" Johnson, licensed practical nurse and aspiring writer, meets the captivating Violet in the assisted living facility where Violet requires no assistance, just lots of male attention. When she dies, she leaves Ronni a very generous bequest鈥昽nly if Ronni completes a book about her life within one year. As she's drawn into the world of young Violet, Ronni is mesmerized by life in a simpler time. It's an irresistible journey filled with revelations, some of them about men Ronni knew as octogenarians at Fairfield Springs.<br /><br />Struggling, insecure, flailing at the keyboard, Ronni juggles her patients, a new boyfriend, and a Samsonite factory of emotional baggage as she tries to craft a manuscript before her deadline.<br /><br />But then the secrets start to emerge, some of them in person. And they don't stop.<br /><br />Everything changes.<br /><br /><b>Alternating chapters between Homecoming Queen Violet in 1947 and can't-quite-find-her-crown Ronni in the present, IT ALL COMES BACK TO YOU is Southern Fiction at its hilarious, warm, sad, outrageous, uplifting, and stunning best. In the tradition of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and Olive Kitteridge, Duke delivers an unforgettable elderly character to treasure and a young heroine to steal your heart.</b>
When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, an...
by Jeannie Gaffigan

Language

English

Pages

301

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b><i>New York Times </i>Bestseller</b><b><i>USA Today </i>Bestseller</b><b><i><br /></i></b> <b><i>The Big Sick</i> meets <i>Dad is Fat </i>in this funny and heartfelt memoir from writer, director, wife, and mother Jeannie Gaffigan, as she reflects on the life-changing impact of battling a pear-sized brain tumor.</b><br /><br />In 2017, Jeannie's life came to a crashing halt when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor. As the mother of 5 kids-6 if you include her husband-sat in the neurosurgery department in star-covered sweats too whimsical for the seriousness of the situation, all she could think was "Am I going to die?"<br /><br />Thankfully, Jeannie and her family were able to survive their time of crisis, and now she is sharing her deeply personal journey through this miraculous story: the challenging conversations she had with her children; how she came to terms with feeling powerless and ferociously crabby while bedridden and unable to eat for a month; and how she ultimately learned, re-learned and re re-learned to be more present in life.<br /><br />With sincerity and hilarity, Jeannie invites you into her heart (and brain) during this trying time, emphasizing the importance of family, faith and humor as keys to her recovery and leading a more fulfilling life.
Idiot: Life Stories from the Creator of Help Helen Smash
by Laura Clery

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b>From YouTube star and Facebook Video sensation Laura Clery comes a collection of comedic essays in the vein of <i>We Are Never Meeting in Real Life</i> by Samantha Irby and <i>You鈥檒l Grow Out of It</i> by Jessi Klein.</b><br /><br />Laura Clery makes a living by sharing inappropriate comedy sketches with millions of strangers on the Internet. She writes songs about her anatomy, talks trash about her one-eyed rescue pug, and sexually harasses her husband, Stephen. And it pays the bills!<br /> <br />Now, in her first-ever book, Laura recounts how she went from being a dangerously impulsive, broke, unemployable, suicidal, cocaine-addicted narcissist, crippled by fear and hopping from one toxic romance to the next鈥o a more-happy-than-not, somewhat rational, meditating, vegan yogi with good credit, a great marriage, a fantastic career, and four unfortunate-looking rescue animals. Still, above all, Laura remains an amazingly talented, adorable, and vulnerable, self-described鈥?lt;i>Idiot</i>.<br /> <br />With her signature brand of offbeat, no-holds-barred humor, <i>Idiot </i>introduces you to a wildly original鈥攁nd undeniably relatable鈥攏ew voice.
Thank You for My Service
by , Nils Parker

Language

English

Pages

213

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?The unapologetic, laugh-your-ass-off military memoir both vets and civilians have been waiting for, from a five-tour Army Ranger turned YouTube phenomenon and zealous advocate for veterans</b><br />聽<br /> Members of the military鈥檚 special operations branches share a closely guarded secret: They love their jobs. They relish the opportunity to fight. They are thankful for it, even, and hopeful that maybe, possibly, they鈥檒l also get to kill a bunch of bad guys while they鈥檙e at it. You don鈥檛 necessarily need to thank them for their service鈥攖he pleasure is all theirs.<br /><br /> In this hilarious and personal memoir, readers ride shotgun alongside former Army Ranger and private military contractor and current social media phenomenon Mat Best, into the action and its aftermath, both abroad and at home. From surviving a skin infection in the swampy armpit of America (aka Columbus, Georgia) to kicking down doors on the outskirts of Ramadi, from blowing up a truck full of enemy combatants to witnessing the effects of a suicide bombing right in front of your face,<i> Thank You for My Service</i>聽gives readers who love America and love the good guys fresh insight into what it鈥檚 really like inside the minds of the men and women on the front lines.<br /><br /> It鈥檚 also a sobering yet steadying glimpse at life for veterans after the fighting stops, when the enemy becomes self-doubt or despair and you begin to wonder why anyone should be thanking you for anything, least of all your service. How do you keep going when something you love turns you into somebody you hate? For veterans and their friends and families,聽<i>Thank You for My Service</i> will offer comfort, in the form of a million laughs, and counsel, as a blueprint for what to do after the war ends and the real fight begins.<br /><br /> And for civilians, this is the insider account of military life you won鈥檛 find anywhere else, told with equal amounts of heart and balls. It鈥檚 <i>Deadpool</i> meets <i>Captain America</i>, except one went to business school and one went to therapy, and it鈥檚 anyone鈥檚 guess which is which.

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