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How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide by Aaron Goldfarb

By Aaron Goldfarb

How to Fail is the world's FIRST Self-Hurt advisor, the polar contrary of a self-help consultant. In How to Fail, persist with the misadventures, misgivings, and big blunders of this satiric novel's narrator, Stu Fish, as he attempts to discover good fortune in 2010 long island. With hilarious chapters equivalent to "How to Fail to Make Your mom and dad pleased with You," "How to Fail to Do anything efficient All Day," "How to Fail in Love," and "How to Fail the entire strategy to Rock Bottom," or even extra ribald "footchapters" reminiscent of "How to Masturbate at Work," "How to strengthen an Addiction," "How to Get Usurped via Your Girlfriend's Ex," and "How to procure the STD That's correct for You," there's now not a facet of existence that How to Fail doesn't take on and supply a very good non-solution for. All of this can be added in excellent unmarried serving-size chapters for our glossy A.D.D. tradition extra used to analyzing web publication entries on their telephones whereas driving the subway or ready in line at Subway than in conscientiously examining a booklet.

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The Bear Comes Home by Rafi Zabor

By Rafi Zabor

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction: "A hilarious, richly imagined bear's eye view of affection, song, alienation, manhood and humanity . . . that recollects Pynchon at his so much controlled."—Publishers Weekly

As Rafi Zabor's PEN-Faulkner Award-winning novel opens, the endure shuffles and jigs with a sequence via his nostril, rolling within the gutter, letting his companion strive against him to the floor for the crowd's entertainment. yet as quickly turns into transparent, this can be no traditional dancing endure. "I suggest, dance is o.k., even highway dance. It's the poetry of the physique, flesh intending to grace or inviting the spirit in to visit," he muses, yet earlier than all else, the Bear's middle belongs to jazz. this is often, actually, one alto-sax-playing, Shakespeare-allusion-dropping, mystically vulnerable undergo, and he's ultimately bored to death with passing the hat. One evening he sneaks out to a jazz membership and joins a jam consultation. at the energy of the subsequent day's write-up within the Village Voice, the undergo starts off to mess around city and hobnob with a few of jazz's real-life greats. A dwell album, a police raid, a jailbreak, a cross-country journey, and no small volume of status later, endure reveals himself in love with a human woman--and staring down the best improbability of all.
Admittedly, a singular a few conversing, sax-blowing undergo won't at first look everyone's cup of tea, yet Zabor's undergo isn't any cuddly anthropomorph: "I might be donning a hat and a raincoat, suggestion the undergo, yet no one's gonna mistake me for Paddington." He lives, he suffers, he loves--in truth, the affection scenes come as anything of a surprise, and never only for the standard interspecies purposes. Who knew that the outline of a bear's reproductive mechanisms might be so soft or so unabashedly erotic? so much of all, although, The endure Comes Home conjures up the realm of improvisational jazz with consummate ability; Zabor, an established jazz journalist and drummer, writes approximately tune with a fondness and notion seldom stumbled on at the published web page. A wistful myth approximately an artist's coming of age, a brilliantly satiric send-up of the song enterprise and jazz feedback, The endure Comes Home is a debut very similar to that of the undergo himself: transcendent, unforeseen, wise.
--Mary Park

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Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets "Festive" by Jen Yates

By Jen Yates

Award-winning blogger Jen Yates has interested by confectionery calamities at her renowned site www.cakewrecks.blogspot.com because may possibly 2008, whereas her debut booklet, Cake Wrecks: whilst expert truffles pass Hilariously Wrong, fast climbed the charts to develop into a New York Times best-seller inside of weeks of its unencumber. Now, Yates is again with Wreck the Halls, a clean mixture of fan favorites and lots of never-before-seen vacation wreckage.

From thankless Thanksgiving turkeys and complicated Christmas conundrums, to less-than-happy Hanukkah horrors and New Year's meltdowns, Wreck the Halls has an icing-smeared catastrophe for each get together. With extra chapters on Black Friday, relatives communique, and navigating the murky waters of politically right cake greetings ("Winter!"), Wreck the Halls combines Yates's signature combination of wit and sarcasm with the main hilarious frosting fails this facet of iciness solstice. locate candy reduction from the vacation insanity (not to say lots of laughs) with Wreck the Halls.

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Prosody and humor by Salvatore Attardo & Manuela Maria Wagner & Eduardo

By Salvatore Attardo & Manuela Maria Wagner & Eduardo Urios-Aparisi

This can be the first-ever book-length selection of articles almost about prosody and humor. The chapters are written via the well-known leaders within the box and current the leading edge of the examine during this new interdisciplinary box of research. The e-book covers a extensive diversity of languages, utilizing a number of theoretical ways, starting from cognitive semantic theories, to discourse research, and anthropology. all of the contributions are anchored in instrumental empirical facts research. the subjects lined variety from humor in dialog, to sitcom scripts, from riddles to intonation jokes, from irony in a laboratory atmosphere to irony happening in dialog, from buddies’ conversations in France, to enterprise conferences in rural Brazil. The unifying topic is the hunt for markers of the funny or ironical intentions of the audio system or of the style of interplay. initially released in Pragmatics & Cognition 19:2 (2011) and 19:3 (2011)

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Chic-tionary: The Little Book of Fashion Faux-cabulary by Stephanie Simons, Malia Carter

By Stephanie Simons, Malia Carter

Chic-tionary is a darling little dictionary of favor and sweetness phrases you by no means knew existed. It takes its proposal from the atypical and fun language of style humans like Tyra Banks (smize), guy Repeller (arm party), and André Leon Tally (dreckitude), and comprises greater than 200 made-up acronyms, abbreviations, and afflictions which are bound to depart an indelible glitter stain at the English language.

Have you ever attempted anything on at a division shop with no bothering to hold it again up (fit it then surrender it)? Or been kept via a Sephora while a last-minute invitation moves and you're with no make-up (serendipretty)? Are you a dark-haired maiden who's uninterested in letting blondes think they've got extra enjoyable (brunetiquette)?

Other terminally stylish terminology includes:
accessorcism
What must occur if you believe possessed to put on each piece of knickknack you personal, all at once.
bangover
The morning-after regret that happens upon getting bangs which are too brief and don't behave.
dresspassing
When one other lady invades your territory through displaying up within the related gown as you.
fête-abolism
The phenomenon within which energy ate up whereas status and making small speak at a fête don't count.
ideal physique weight
Bradley Cooper on best of you.
prisoner of wardrobe
What you develop into if you happen to flip down an invitation.
. . . And extra!

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Mental Floss Presents Be Amazing by Maggie Koerth-Baker, Will Pearson, Mangesh Hattikudur

By Maggie Koerth-Baker, Will Pearson, Mangesh Hattikudur

Be amazing

Who says you can't? It's time to get off the sofa and take your existence to the following level.

Step one: stand at the shoulders of geniuses

What reliable are the world's maximum geniuses when you can't muddy their shoulder pads and use their accomplishments as a step stool? mental_floss has combed via each good fortune tale in historical past to bring this final how-to advisor for mountain climbing your option to greatness.

Step : take pleasure in the glow of admiring fans

Whether you must glow at midnight, swallow a sword, give up smoking, locate Atlantis, dwell eternally, get out of jury responsibility, purchase the Moon, sink a battleship, cease international warming, turn into a ninja, or just be the heart of the universe, Be notable covers all of the crucial lifestyles talents. simply take up a couple of pages, then allow the hero worship begin!

You will want:

• A starvation for greatness
• a few duct tape
• This book

You could want:

• Sidekicks and/or minions
• a magnificent nickname
• an awesome outfit

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The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet

By Mal Peet

How difficult can it's to jot down a myth trilogy? From Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet comes an outrageously humorous black comedy approximately an impoverished literary author who makes a pact with the devil.

Award-winning YA writer Philip Murdstone is in difficulty. His famous person has waned. the area is leaving him in the back of. His agent, the ruthless Minerva Cinch, convinces him that his merely wish is to jot down a sword-and-sorcery blockbuster. regrettably, Philip—allergic to the faintest hint of Tolkien—is completely unsuited to the duty. In a depressing hour, a dwarfish stranger involves his rescue. however the deal he makes with Pocket Wellfair seems to have Faustian effects. The Murdstone Trilogy is a richly darkish comedy defined via one U.K. reviewer as "totally insane within the most sensible means possible."

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May Contain Traces of Magic (J. W. Wells & Co., Book 6) by Tom Holt

By Tom Holt

There are all types of goods. the nice ones. The undesirable ones. those that remain within the storage moldering for years until eventually your backyard gnome makes a house out of it. so much are innocuous if dealt with effectively, whether they do comprise strains of peanuts. yet a few are not-not those that comprise strains of magic. Chris Popham wasn't paying sufficient awareness whilst he talked to his SatNav. convinced, she gave him instructions, by no means talked again to him, and regularly led him to his subsequent spot at the map with excellent accuracy. She used to be the simplest factor in his existence. So was once it fairly his fault that he didn't commence being attentive while she talked to him? In his safeguard, that was once her task. but if "Take the following right" became "Excuse me," that was once whilst the genuine hassle began. simply because occasionally a GPS isn't a GPS-sometimes it's an imprisoned soul trapped within a steel field that would do something it may well to get loose. and a few items you simply can't go back.

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How To Disappear Completely by David Bowick

By David Bowick

Sitting on the best of a Ferris wheel overlooking the Boston skyline, Joshs existence takes an unforeseen flip, and issues seriously is not a similar. in addition to the numerous surprises on his lifes new course, hell come to take existence recommendation from a kin of geese, get in a bloody warfare with a puppy, lose his task over a spilled drink, get up within the clinic, follow to paintings at an adult-themed novelty bakery, and discover that folks frequently arent what they appear. while you're on the most sensible of the area, there's nowhere to move yet down.

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