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Narrative Nonfiction

100 Essays I Dont Have Time to Write

100 Essays I Dont Have Time to Write

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100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write is an incisive, idiosyncratic collection on life and theater from major American playwright Sarah Ruhl.

This is a book in which chimpanzees, Chekhov, and child care are equally at home. A vibrant, provocative examination of the possibilities of the theater, it is also a map to a very particular artistic sensibility, and an unexpected guide for anyone who has chosen an artist's life.

Sarah Ruhl is a mother of three and one of America's best-known playwrights. She has written a stunningly original book of essays whose concerns range from the most minimal and personal subjects to the most encompassing matters of art and culture. The titles themselves speak to the volume's uniqueness: On lice, On sleeping in the theater, On motherhood and stools (the furniture kind), Greek masks and Bell's palsy.

100 Essays I Dont Have Time to Write

100 Essays I Dont Have Time to Write

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Sarah Ruhl is a mother of three and one of America's best-known playwrights. She has written a stunningly original book of essays whose concerns range from the most minimal and personal subjects to the most encompassing matters of art and culture. The titles themselves speak to the volume's uniqueness: "On lice," "On sleeping in the theater," "On motherhood and stools (the furniture kind)," "Greek masks and Bell's palsy."

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write is a book in which chimpanzees, Chekhov, and child care are equally at home. A vibrant, provocative examination of the possibilities of the theater, it is also a map to a very particular artistic sensibility, and an unexpected guide for anyone who has chosen an artist's life.

100 Heartbeats: A Journey to Meet Our Planet's Endangered Animals and the Heroes

100 Heartbeats: A Journey to Meet Our Planet's Endangered Animals and the Heroes

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It's no secret that our planet--and the delicate web of ecosystems that comprise it--is in crisis. Environmental threats such as climate change, pollution, habitat loss, and land degradation threaten the survival of thousands of plant and animal species each day. In 100 Heartbeats, conservationist and television host Jeff Corwin provides an urgent, palpable portrait of the wildlife that is suffering in silence and teetering on the brink of extinction. From the forests slipping away beneath the stealthy paws of the Florida panther, to the giant panda's plight to climb ever higher in the mountains of China in search of sustenance, to the brutal poaching tactics that have devastated Africa's rhinoceros and elephant populations, Corwin takes readers on a global tour to witness firsthand the critical state of our natural world. Along the way, he shares inspiring stories of battles being waged and won in defense of the earth's most threatened creatures by the conservationists on the front lines. These stories of hope and progress underscore an important message: Our own survival, as well as that of the world's wildlife, is in our hands. The race to save the planet's most endangered wildlife is under way. Every heartbeat matters.

100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go

100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go

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Told in a series of stylish, original essays, New York Times travel bestseller 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is for the serious Francophile and anyone who loves crisp stories well told. Like all great travel writing, this collection goes beyond the guidebook and offers insight not only about where to go but why to go there. Combining advice, memoir, and meditations on the glories of traveling through France, this book is the must-have for anyone--woman or man--voyaging to or just dreaming of France.

Award-winning writer Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of travels and life in France to lead you through vineyards, architectural treasures, fabled gardens, and contemplative hikes from Biarritz to Deauville, Antibes to the French Alps. These 100 entries capture art, history, food, fresh air, beaches, wine, and style and along the way, she tells the stories of many fascinating women who changed the country's destiny. Ride a white horse in the Camargue, seek iconic paintings of women in Paris, try thalassotherapy in St. Malo, shop for raspberries at Nice's Cour Saleya market--these and 96 other pleasures are rendered with singular style. The stories are sexy, literary, spiritual, profound, and overall, simply gorgeous. 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is an indispensable companion for the smart and curious love of France.

100 Places in Spain Every Woman Should Go

100 Places in Spain Every Woman Should Go

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Patricia Harris began visiting Spain shortly after the death of dictator Francisco Franco and has witnessed the country's renaissance in art, culture, and cuisine as it rejoined Europe. Drawing on three decades of intimate acquaintance with the country, she leads readers along twisting mountain roads, down to the docks of fishing villages, into the shoe outlets of Elche, and out to the muddy saffron fields of La Mancha. She takes you down city streets of Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, and San Sebastian to dark flamenco clubs, sybaritic public baths, endlessly inventive tapas bars, design shops full of mantillas and fans, and into a brightly tiled chocolatería for hot chocolate and churros at 3 a.m. She explores the art from Velázquez to Picasso, architecture from the phantasmagorical vision of Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Familia to the cool suspension spans of Santiago Calatrava. She tells the tales of some formidable Spanish women, from a fourth-century B.C. goddess to a queen who wrested Spain from the Moors, to the twenty-first-century winemakers who elevated Spain's Toro and Rueda onto the world stage. Literary, sexy, whimsical, and even spiritual, 100 Places in Spain Every Woman Should Go is for the smart and curious traveler who wants to see Spain, her way.
100 Places You Will Never Visit

100 Places You Will Never Visit

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Ever wondered what it takes to get into Fort Knox? Fancied a peek inside the Coca-Cola Safety Deposit Box? Would you dare to visit Three Mile Island?

The world is full of secret places that we either don't know about, or couldn't visit even if we wanted to. Now you can glimpse the Tora Bora caves in Afghanistan, visit the Tucson Titan Missile Site, tour the Vatican Archives, or see the Chapel of the Ark. This fascinating guide book takes a look at 100 places around the world that are either so hard to reach, so closely guarded, or so secret that they are virtually impossible to visit any other way.

100 Things You Will Never Do

100 Things You Will Never Do

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Ever fancied traveling through time? Taming a lion? Winning a Nobel Prize? Well, here's how to attempt all that and more. Daniel Smith--author of "100 Places You Will Never Visit-"-takes you on an entertaining journey through 100 things you will (probably) never get the chance to do.
Offering tips and advice on things that you may never be rich enough to do (buy your own island, drink a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite, own a Shakespeare first folio); things you might never be brave enough to try (bullfight, base jump from the Burj Khalifa, charm a snake); things you'll hopefully never have to do (escape from Alcatraz, land a 747, play Russian roulette); and even the downright absurd (being in two places at once, making gold, becoming invisible), "100 Things You Will Never Do" will give you a glimpse of your infinite potential."
100 Voices: Americans Talk about Change

100 Voices: Americans Talk about Change

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Psychologist Mary M. Clare hit the highways to survey Americans of all ages and backgrounds for their thoughts on the state of the country. Beginning with the prompt, What does change mean to you? this book is a journey to listen to the opinions and beliefs that stretch across a nation. Clare scribes with the hope of opening a door for dialogue across our differences, allowing each of her subjects the space to tell their stories. Each one proves compelling in itself, while showing that the concept of change is a shared hallmark of American identity.

Themes come to the foreground via chapter titles and introductions and the result is homegrown definitions and ideas based firmly in the interests of everyday citizens. In the tradition of Studs Terkel, the book remains true to the people that compose it.

In a time of manic politics and the acute distortion of democracy, this book points back at usthe people of the United States. These one hundred voices call for the radical act of listening to one another. Here is a book that arises directly from the cultural zeitgeist to guide the reclaiming of democracy.

Mary M. Clare, PhD, is the psychological and cultural studies program director at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Her research and scholarship have focused on applications of psychology in schools with particular emphasis on indentifying and correcting institutionalized systems of oppression."

100 Years

100 Years

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This literary tapestry of the human experience will delight readers of all backgrounds. Moving year by year through the words of our most beloved authors, the great sequence of life reveals itself--the wonders and confinements of childhood, the emancipations and frustrations of adolescence, the empowerments and millstones of adulthood, the recognitions and resignations of old age. This trove of wisdom--featuring immortal passages from Arthur Rimbaud, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, David Foster Wallace, William Shakespeare, Herman Melville, Jane Austen, and Maya Angelou, among many others--reminds us that the patterns of life transcend continents, cultures, and generations. As Thomas Mann wrote of our most shared human experience: It will happen to me as to them. Designed by the legendary Milton Glaser, who created the I ♥ NY logo, 100 Years brings together color, type, and text to illuminate the ebb and flow of an entire life.

101 Places Not to See Before You Die

101 Places Not to See Before You Die

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"This clever collection of travel advisories lists all the places that are definitely not worth a trip, including a rendering plant, Times Square on New Year's Eve, and, bien sûr, Euro Disney." -- Entertainment Weekly

A spirited, ingenious, tongue-in-cheek guide to some of the least appealing destinations and experiences in the world.

From the Grover Cleveland Service Area to the Beijing Museum of Tap Water to, of course, Euro Disney, 101 Places Not to See Before You Die brings you lively tales of the most ill-conceived museums, worst theme parks, and grossest Superfund sites that you'll ever have the pleasure of not visiting. Journalist Catherine Price travels the globe for stories of misadventure to which any seasoned traveler can relate--including guest entries from writers such as Nicholas Kristof, Mary Roach, Michael Pollan, Rebecca Solnit, and A. J. Jacobs--and along the way she discovers that the worst experiences are often the ones we'll never forget.

2000s Made Me Gay

2000s Made Me Gay

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From The Onion and Reductress contributor, this collection of essays is a hilarious nostalgic trip through beloved 2000s media, interweaving cultural criticism and personal narrative to examine how a very straight decade forged a very queer woman

Honest, funny, smart, and illuminating." --Anna Drezen, co-head writer of SNL

If you came of age at the intersection of Mean Girls and The L Word: Read this book." --Sarah Pappalardo, editor in chief and co-founder of Reductress

Today's gay youth have dozens of queer peer heroes, both fictional and real, but former gay teenager Grace Perry did not have that luxury. Instead, she had to search for queerness in the (largely straight) teen cultural phenomena the aughts had to offer: in Lindsay Lohan's fall from grace, Gossip Girl, Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl," country-era Taylor Swift, and Seth Cohen jumping on a coffee cart. And, for better or worse, these touch points shaped her adult identity. She came out on the other side like many millennials did: in her words, gay as hell.

Throw on your Von Dutch hats and join Grace on a journey back through the pop culture moments of the aughts, before the cataclysmic shift in LGBTQ representation and acceptance--a time not so long ago, which many seem to forget.

20something Essays By 20something Writers

20something Essays By 20something Writers

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Selected as the winners of Random House's national contest, a stunning collection of essays ranging from comic to poignant, personal to political, by the brightest young writers you haven't heard of . . . yet.

Here, for the first time, current twentysomethings come together on their own terms, in their own words, and begin to define this remarkably diverse and self-aware generation. Tackling an array of subjects-career, family, sex, religion, technology, art-they form a vibrant, unified community while simultaneously proving that there is no typical twentysomething experience.

In this collection, a young father works the late-night shift at Wendy's, learning the finer points of status, teamwork, and french fries. An artist's nude model explains why she's happy to be viewed as an object. An international relief worker wrestles with his choices as he starts to resent the very people who need his help the most. A devout follower of Joan Didion explains what New York means to her. And a young army engineer spends his time in Kuwait futilely trying to grow a mustache like his dad's.

With grace, wit, humor, and urgency, these writers invite us into their lives and into their heads. Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers is a rich, provocative read as well as a bold statement from a generation just now coming into its own, including these essays

"California" by Jess Lacher
"The Waltz" by Mary Beth Ellis
"The Mustache Race" by Bronson Lemer
"Sex and the Sickbed" by Jennifer Glaser
"Tricycle" by Rachel Kempf
"Prime-Time You" by John Fischer
"Backlash" by Shahnaz Habib
"Think Outside the Box but Stay Inside the Grid" by Emma Black
"Finding the Beat" by Eli James
"You Shall Go out with Joy and be Led Forth with Peace" by Kyle Minor
"The Idiot's Guide to Your Palm" by Colleen Kinder
"Sheer Dominance" by Christopher Poling
"Live Nude Girl" by Kathleen Rooney
"An Evening in April" by Radhiyah Ayobami
"Cliché Rape Story" by Marisa McCarthy
"Rock my Network" by Theodora Stites
"Goodbye to All That" by Eula Biss
"All the Right Answers" by Brendan Park
"Why I Had To Leave" by Luke Mullins
"In-Between Places" by Mary Kate Frank
"A Red Spoon for the Nameless" by Burlee Vang
"My Little Comma" by Elrena Evans
"Fight Me" by Miellyn Fitzwater
"The Secret Lives of My Parents" by Kate McGovern
"My Roaring Twenties" by Lauren Monroe
"In, From the Outside" by Katherine Dykstra
"The Mysteries of Life . . . Revealed!" by Travis Sentell
"So You Say You Want a Revolution" by J. W. Young
"Working at Wendy's" by Joey Franklin

Praise for Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers

"Being in your twenties is weird. The world tells you you're a grown-up, but damn if you feel like one. With 29 sharply observant and well-written snapshots of life between the ages of 19 and 30, Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers couldn't have captured this more perfectly."-Nylon

"You'll devour this compilation of essays by funny, smart, insightful young writers in just a few hours."-Jane Magazine

"If we are still looking for a voice for this generation, I'd nominate this eclectic choir instead."-Orlando Sentinel

21 Bringing Down the House

21 Bringing Down the House

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The long-running New York Times bestseller that has become a cultural phenomenon, Bringing Down the House is an action-filled caper carried out by the unlikeliest of cons -- supersmart geeks. Gambling pervaded the M.I.T. campus, and genius kids with money and glittering futures were just as likely to be found in a Paradise Island casino as in the school library. A highly elite group of mathletes was recruited to join The Club, a small, secret blackjack organization dedicated to counting cards and beating the major casinos across the nation at their own game. As a successful ring of card savants, backed by a mysterious ringleader and shadowy investors, they infiltrated Vegas and won millions. The Boston Herald acclaimed it as a suspenseful tale that portrays the players as Davids going up against Goliaths. And Bill Simmons of ESPN magazine exclaimed, This book made me want to gamble! Vegas! Vegas! Filled with tense action, high stakes, and incredibly close calls, Bringing Down the House is a nail-biting chronicle of a real-life Ocean's Eleven. It's one story that Vegas does not want you to read.
3 Minutes or Less: Life Lessons from America's Greatest Writers

3 Minutes or Less: Life Lessons from America's Greatest Writers

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An anthology of never-before-published short essays by America's literary greats. Each October at the PEN Gala, well-known authors take the stage of the Folger Shakespeare Library's Theatre to ponder the meaning of such universal mysteries as "obsession," "illusion," "first love," and more. Each author is given only three minutes or less to speak. The results have been unpredictable--clever, confessional, inspiring, hilarious, profound, and all of them entertaining. These essays have been transcribed for the first time, and comprise this unique anthology.

Among the authors are: Russell Banks, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Annie Dillard, Gail Godwin, Allan Gurganus, Jane Hamilton, Alice Hoffman, Susan Isaacs, Charles Johnson, William Kennedy, Chang-rae Lee, Larry McMurtry, Sue Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, George Plimpton, Francine Prose, Maurice Sendak, Anita Shreve, Jane Smiley, William Styron, Deborah Tannen, John Edgar Wideman.

30 Days in Italty

30 Days in Italty

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With its wealth of natural attractions, pervasive sense of history, brilliant cuisine and wines, and warm and inviting people, Italy has always held a special place in the hearts of travelers. But Italy offers so much more than its must-see attractions. In this exciting collection, captivating storytellers reveal the possibilities of a long-term stay, covering both the much-loved sites and lesser-known places that unveil the country's heart and soul. Learn what it's like to live with a rural Italian family. Be led behind the scenes of the artisan studios in Florence. Meet Frances Mayes in Cortona and a godfather in Sicily. Discover the glories of a meal that is "only fish" in a Mediterranean village. With its story-a-day format, 30 Days in Italy creates a compelling composite portrait of the distinctive pleasures of this enchanting country.
30 Days in Sydney

30 Days in Sydney

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This is a fabulously idiosyncratic small masterpiece ... it's so good it takes your breath away.--Times (UK)

After living abroad for years, novelist Peter Carey returns home to Sydney and attempts to capture its character. Seeking the help of his old friends, Carey is soon drawn into their strange, anarchic worlds, each one orbiting the place he has come back to see. The result is a wild and wonderful journey of discovery and rediscovery as bracing as the southerly bluster that sometimes batters Sydney's shores. Famous sights such as Bondi Beach, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the Blue Mountains all take on a strange new intensity when exposed to the penetrating gaze of the author and his friends.

30 Days in Sydney offers the reader an enchanting glimpse behind the facades and the Venetian blinds of the city.

30 Days In Sydney

30 Days In Sydney

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Peter Carey captures our imagination with a brilliant and unexpected portrait of Sydney.

Bloomsbury is pleased to announce the second title in the phenomenally well-received Writer in the City series-in which some of the world's finest novelists reveal the secrets of the city they know best. In the midst of the 2000 Olympic games, Australia native Peter Carey returns to Sydney after a seventeen-year absence. Examining the urban landscape as both a tourist and a prodigal son, Carey structures his account around the four elements-Earth, Air, Fire, and Water-insisting on the primacy of nature to this unique Australian cityscape.

As his quixotic account unfolds, Carey looks both inward into his past (as well as Sydney's own violent history) and outward onto the city's familiar landmarks and surroundings-the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Blue Mountains-achieving just the right alchemy of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water to tell Sydney's extraordinary story.

438 Days

438 Days

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Declared "the best survival book in a decade" by Outside Magazine, 438 Days is the true story of the man who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting seven thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean.

On November 17, 2012, two men left the coast of Mexico for a weekend fishing trip in the open Pacific. That night, a violent storm ambushed them as they were fishing eighty miles offshore. As gale force winds and ten-foot waves pummeled their small, open boat from all sides and nearly capsized them, captain Salvador Alvarenga and his crewmate cut away a two-mile-long fishing line and began a desperate dash through crashing waves as they sought the safety of port.

Fourteen months later, on January 30, 2014, Alvarenga, now a hairy, wild-bearded and half-mad castaway, washed ashore on a nearly deserted island on the far side of the Pacific. He could barely speak and was unable to walk. He claimed to have drifted from Mexico, a journey of some seven thousand miles.

A "gripping saga," (Daily Mail), 438 Days is the first-ever account of one of the most amazing survival stories in modern times. Based on dozens of hours of exclusive interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search-and-rescue officials, the remote islanders who found him, and the medical team that saved his life, 438 Days is not only "an intense, immensely absorbing read" (Booklist) but an unforgettable study of the resilience, will, ingenuity and determination required for one man to survive more than a year lost and adrift at sea.

Paperback Fiction

Bedrock Faith
By: May, Eric Charles
Memorial
By: Washington, Bryan
Lying Life of Adults
By: Ferrante, Elena
Infinite Country
By: Engel, Patricia
You Feel It Just Below the Ribs
By: Matthewson, Janina
Hench
By: Walschots, Natalie Zina

Hardcover Non-Fiction

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows
By: Ai Weiwei
Going There
By: Couric, Katie
Between the Lines
By: Beutter Cohen, Uli
David Copperfields History of Magic
By: Britland, David
Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
By: Wengrow, David
Welcome to Dunder Mifflin
By: Silverman, Ben

Hardcover Fiction

Noor
Author: Okorafor, Nnedi
Little Hope
Author: Joella, Ethan
Chouette
Author: Oshetsky, Claire
Termination Shock
Author: Stephenson, Neal
Sentence
Author: Erdrich, Louise
All of Us Villains
Author: Herman, Christine Lynn