The Book of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks: A Celebration of Creative Punctuation

By Bethany Keeley

From the sarcastic to the suggestive, listed here are citation marks as we adore them most sensible, doing terrible harm to the English language. Who do not have moment suggestions approximately ordering the "hamburger" at the diner's menu? wouldn't it be most sensible to bypass the "blowout" sale on the division shop? What hidden cost has to be paid for whatever marked "free"? Assembled via the author of the wildly well known "Blog" of "Unnecessary" citation Marks, this booklet surveys the havoc wreaked by way of citation marks on indicators, menus, placards, and posters that depart truth upended by way of intended "facts." This smarty-pants advisor is "perfect" for determined grammarians, ordinary air quoters, and an individual who appreciates an outstanding snicker.

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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)

By B.J. Novak

B.J. Novak's One thing more: tales and different Stories is an forever interesting, unusually delicate, and startlingly unique debut that indications the coming of a super new voice in American fiction.

A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a field of Frosted Flakes—only to find how claiming the winnings may well get to the bottom of his relations. a lady units out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for aid to the famed motivator himself. a brand new arrival in Heaven, crushed with concepts, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to go to his grandmother. We additionally meet Sophia, the 1st artificially clever being able to love, who falls for a guy who will not be prepared for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, captivated with scoring a rematch opposed to the tortoise who ruined his existence; and post-college neighbors who try and work out tips on how to host an intervention within the period of Facebook.  alongside the way in which, we study why donning a pink T-shirt on a daily basis is the foremost to discovering love, how February received its identify, and why the inventory industry is typically simply . . . down.

discovering idea in questions from the character of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One extra Thing has at its center the main human of phenomena: love, worry, desire, ambition, and the interior stirring for the single elusive aspect that will simply make somebody entire. throughout a blinding diversity of matters, subject matters, tones, and narrative voices, the various items during this assortment are like not anything else, yet they've got something in universal: they percentage the playful humor, deep middle, sharp eye, inquisitive brain, and altogether electrifying spirit of a author with a fierce devotion to the leisure of the reader.

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Uncle John's Bathroom Reader: Plunges into History

By Bathroom Readers' Institute

The genuine tales at the back of well-known humans and occasions from old to fashionable instances. Anecdotal, notion upsetting and arranged via subject. Chapters will comprise: You stated You Knew the way to fireplace That factor: Misadventures and incorrect Turns that Challenged background; the ten most vital Forgotten humans in heritage; Slips of the Tongue: uncomplicated error that ended in nice Discoveries and lousy mess ups.

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Ghoulfriends 'til the End (Ghoulfriends, Book 4)

By Gitty Daneshvari

Alerte goule à Monster excessive !

Wydowna Spider a révélé à Rochelle Goyle, Robecca Steam et Venus McFlytrap des informations best secrètes : quelques créatures fantastiques ont formé une société mystérieuse dont l’objectif est de monter les goules les unes contre les autres.

Les goules décident alors de poursuivre leur enquête pour en apprendre davantage.

Et il semblerait que l’héritage stylé d’une de nos goules préférées est peut-être los angeles clé de tous ces mystères...

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Trois sœurcières (Les annales du Dique-monde, Tome 6)

By Terry Pratchett

« Le vent hurlait. l. a. foudre lardait le will pay comme un murderer maladroit...
La nuit était aussi noire que l’intimité d’un chat. Une de ces nuits, peut-être, où les dieux manipulent les hommes comme des pions sur l’échiquier du destin.
Au cœur des éléments déchaînés luisait un feu, telle los angeles folie dans l’œil d’une fouine. Il éclairait trois silhouettes voûtées. Tandis que bouillonnait le chaudron, une voix effrayante criailla :
“Quand nous revoyons-nous, toutes les trois ?”
Une autre voix plus naturelle, répondit :
“Ben moi, j’peux mardi prochain.” »

Rois, nains, bandits, démons, héritiers du trône, bouffons, trolls, usurpateurs, fantômes, histrions et tables tournantes : rien ne vous est épargné. Shakespeare n’en aurait pas rêvé tant. Ou peut-être si ?
Avec, en exclusivité, le ravitaillement en vol d’un balai de sorcière.

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How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will)

By Chuck Sambuchino

Move over zombies and adolescent vampires.
 
There’s a brand new danger in town—and it’s merely twelve inches tall. How to outlive a backyard Gnome assault is the single entire survival consultant that can assist you hinder, organize for, and beat back an approaching domestic invasion by way of the typical backyard gnome. as soon as regarded as innocuous backyard undefined, facts is mounting that those smiling garden statues are poised and able to smash havoc. the risk is actual. And it’s here.    
   type 1 gnome-slayer and gnome safety specialist Chuck Sambuchino has built a confirmed system—Assess, defend, shield, Apply—for safeguarding estate, possessions, and household. thoughts comprise step by step directions for gnome-proofing the typical residing, spotting and analyzing the indicators of a meeting hoard, and—in the development secured perimeter is breached—confronting and fighting the attackers at shut variety.

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Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?: A Novel

By Johan Harstad

In Buzz Aldrin, What occurred to You in the entire Confusion?, readers stick with a guy who needs to not be undefined, a guy who, after a sequence of private failures, reveals himself mendacity on a rain-soaked highway within the desolate, treeless Faroe Islands, inhabitants just a couple of thousand, a wad of debts in his pocket and no reminiscence of ways he had end up there. From there, Brage Award-winning writer and playwright Johan Harstad's debut novel--previously released to nice good fortune in 11 international locations with its first English-language visual appeal in June 2011--tells the tale of Mattias, a thirty-something gardener residing in Stavanger, Norway, whose idol is Buzz Aldrin, moment guy at the moon: the guy who was once prepared to face in Neil Armstrong's shadow for you to paintings, diligently and humbly, for the luck of the Apollo eleven mission. 

Through Harstad's "delectably gentle yet still impactful prose . . . [t]he novel's best moments wrap you up in communion with Mattias, as though you're spending a quiet afternoon with an previous good friend, chatting yet normally considering" (Three Percent). Surrounded via a brilliant and remarkable solid of characters--aspiring pop musicians, Caribbean-obsessed psychologists, death-haunted photographers, ladies who dream of nameless males falling in love with them on bus journeys, or even Buzz Aldrin himself--"Harstad combines formal play and linguistic ferocity with a searing emotional directness" (Dedi Felman, phrases without borderlines) to carry Mattias to the conclusion that he can't continuously combination into the history.

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500 Dates: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Online Dating Wars

By Mark Miller

Now a number of years post-divorce, dating professional and stand-up comedian Mark Miller has skilled greater than first dates. In 500 Dates, composed of fifty-five humor essays, Miller gains the highlights and lowlights of these dates.

Among the genuine relationship stories and revelations you'll find during this publication are:

* How Miller and his date realized the constraints of a guy being too emotionally expressive. ("Most men examine revealing extra approximately themselves emotionally and speaking on a deeper point approximately as relaxing as falling face-first onto an ice pick--or spending the remainder of eternity hearing Celine Dion music.")

* Miller's recognition that usually males need to pay a heavy rate for his or her dates' past courting behavior.("At least six varied instances, God has matched me up with a lady who has had a protracted background of untamed, impulsive, passionate, no-holds-barred intercourse. She constantly reveals whatever missing in that way of life and comes to a decision to make a metamorphosis. beginning with the very subsequent guy she dates. who's constantly me.")

* Miller's inaccurate social scan to split courting from prestige by means of spending lower than $20 at the date, buying every thing at a ninety nine¢ shop, and what he realized, accordingly, approximately his date and himself. ("I observe now that at the trip of romance, thrift and creativity will take you simply to date - for the remainder of the journey, you have to MasterCard.")

* published for the 1st time the internal workings of a man's brain.
("Cerebellum. answerable for coordinating circulation and holding stability. Used basically while a guy has had 8 beers and is endeavoring to make his option to the lavatory with out tripping over the puppy and pulling the fish tank over on best of them.")

* How Miller took his date to his ex-wife's vacation occasion merely to discover his date and his ex-wife bonding like highschool girlfriends. ("Pam might take Amy apart and current to her an inventory of all 273 of my failings, such a lot of which, she confides to Amy, will not turn into visible till month 3 of Amy's being with me. Amy is shocked; she'd purely been conscious of 149 of my failings.")

But 500 Dates is ready even more than courting. Its humor essays additionally conceal romance, relationships, breakups, charm, the character of affection, and the way either women and men view the paintings, technological know-how, expectancies, and fact of courtship and turning courtship into anything deeper and longer lasting within the twenty-first century. all through those essays, a component of that have been formerly released in a number of media, Miller presents a feeling of wish approximately one's romantic customers. Readers will locate that the top of a wedding, even a long term one, doesn't suggest the top of romance--or one's humorousness.

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Here is a 2-minute promotional video for stand-up comedian Mark Miller's "500 Dates: Dispatches From front traces of the net relationship Wars", a suite of humor essays approximately Miller's reviews on the planet of relationship and romance. a few contemplate Miller a relationship professional, even though he is nonetheless ready to listen to again from Scarlett Johansson.

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