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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>
The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of t...
by Robert Iger

Language

English

Pages

250

Publication Date

September 23, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?A grand vision defined: The CEO of Disney, one of聽<i>Time</i>鈥檚 most influential people of 2019,聽shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.</b> <br /><br />Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time.聽Competition was more intense than ever and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company鈥檚 history.聽His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger鈥攖hink global鈥攁nd turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. <br /><br />Twelve years later, Disney is the largest, most respected media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era.<br /><br />In聽<i>The Ride of a Lifetime</i>, Robert Iger shares the lessons he鈥檚 learned while running Disney and leading its 200,000 employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including:<br /><br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Optimism.</b>聽Even in the face of difficulty, an optimistic leader will find the path toward the best possible outcome and focus on that, rather than give in to pessimism and blaming.<br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Courage.</b>聽Leaders have to be willing to take risks and place big bets. Fear of failure destroys creativity. <br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Decisiveness.</b>聽All decisions, no matter how difficult, can be made on a timely basis. Indecisiveness is both wasteful and destructive to morale.<br /> 鈥⒙?lt;b>Fairness.</b>聽Treat people decently, with empathy, and be accessible to them. <br /><br />This book is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger for forty-five years, since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. It鈥檚 also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the聽<i>Star Wars</i>聽mythology.<br />聽<br />鈥淭he ideas in this book strike me as universal鈥?Iger writes.聽鈥淣ot just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently聽<i>themselves</i>, as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.鈥?/div>
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>
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>
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?
Where Do I Begin?: Stories from a Life Lived Out Loud
by Elvis Duran

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English

Pages

275

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>Elvis Duran, host of one of the nation鈥檚 top morning shows and the voice millions of Americans wake up to, shares his wildest stories and hardest-learned lessons all with his trademark heart, honesty, and plenty of humor. </b><br /><br />Elvis Duran鈥檚 nationally syndicated radio program, <i>Elvis Duran and the Morning Show</i>, is America鈥檚 most-listened-to Top 40 morning show and one of the 10 most-listened-to programs in all of radio, heard live by nearly ten million people every morning.<br /> <br /> But his success didn鈥檛 happen overnight. Elvis spent years navigating the wild world of radio as a DJ for hire, working (and partying) in markets around the country before taking over the morning shift at the legendary Z100 in 1996. Over the last twenty years, he has become one of New York City鈥檚 signature voices (<i>Variety </i>calls him 鈥渁 permanent fixture of the area鈥檚 daily commutes鈥? thanks to his show鈥檚 exciting mix of music, new artist discovery<i>, </i>interviews, gossip, and live listener interaction.<br /> <br /> Along the way, Elvis has become known not just for his incisive interviews (and occasional feuds) with pop music鈥檚 biggest stars, but for the show鈥檚 commitment to kindness and positivity and Elvis鈥檚 own candor and openness with his audience.<br /> <br /> Bold, funny, and totally candid, <i>Where Do I Begin? </i>is sure to be loved by anyone who listens to Elvis live every morning鈥攐r anyone who wants to know what really goes on behind the scenes of the pop music machine. It reads like an old friend telling a new story you鈥檝e been dying to hear.
Idiot: Life Stories from the Creator of Help Helen Smash
by Laura Clery

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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.
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.
Campusland: A Novel
by Scott Johnston

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<p><b>"This high-spirited, richly imagined, and brave novel is a delight to read... Smart and hilarious."</b><br /><b> 鈥?<i>Kirkus Reviews</i> </b></p><p><b>Joyous, fast and funny, Scott Johnston鈥檚 <i>Campusland</i> is a satiric howl at today鈥檚 elite educational institutions鈥攆rom safe spaces to tribal infighting to the sheer sanctimony. A wickedly delightful novel that may remind you of Tom Wolfe and David Lodge.</b></p><p>Her room sucks. Her closet isn鈥檛 big enough for two weeks鈥?worth of outfits, much less her new Rag & Bone for fall. And there鈥檚 nothing worth posting. Cruel. To Lulu Harris鈥擨t Girl-in-the-Making鈥攈er first year at the ultra-competitive Ivy-like Devon University is a dreary impediment. If she鈥檚 fabulous and no one sees it, what鈥檚 the point?</p><p>To Eph Russell, who looks and sounds like an avatar of privilege (shh!鈥揾e鈥檚 anything but) Devon is heaven. All day to think and read and linger over a Welsh rarebit at The Faculty Club, not to mention teach English 240 where he gets to discuss all his 19th Century favorites, like Mark Twain. If Eph could just get tenure, he could stay forever, but there are landmines everywhere.</p><p>In his seventh year at Devon, Red Wheeler is the alpha dog on top of Devon鈥檚 progressive hierarchy, the most woke guy on campus. But when his position is challenged, Red is forced to take measures.</p><p>Before first term is halfway finished, Lulu bungles her social cache with her clubbable upperclass peers, and is forced to reinvent herself. Shedding her designer clothes, she puts on flannel and a brand-new persona: campus victim. For Lulu to claw her way back to the top, she鈥檒l build a pyre and roast anyone in her way.</p><p>Presiding over this ferment is Milton Strauss, Devon鈥檚 feckless president, who spends his days managing perpetually aggrieved students, scheming administrators, jealous professors, billionaire donors, and bumptious frat boys. He just can鈥檛 say yes fast enough. And what to do with Martika Malik-Adams? Isn鈥檛 her giant salary as vice-president of Diversity & Inclusion enough?</p><p>All paths converge as privileged, marginalized, and radical students form identity alliances, sacrifice education for outrage, and push varied agendas of political correctness that drags every free thought of higher learning into the lower depths of an entitled underclass.</p><p><i>Campusland</i> is a riotous, subversive and fresh read.</p>

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