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Grow Up is a compilation of five short stories Taryn wrote for her fiction workshop classes and was used as a means to escape a mostly unpleasant college experience. “Weighted Words” was the first story she wrote at Emerson, and the earliest draft was written while she was hungover for the first time in her life. She has written sober since. Grow Up is a homage to navigating the dating world as a young adult, which Mike Heppner, author of The Egg Code and Pike’s Folly, describes as “distinctive, funny, and shrewd.”
Sick of feeling heartbroken over her most recent breakup and underwhelmed by the rest of her life, Tiffany Peón decided to embark on a social experiment. Over the course of one year, she used fourteen different online dating sites including Craigslist, speed dating and The Atlasphere, a site for fans of Ayn Rand. Through drunken interactions with strangers, she learned the ins and outs of the online dating world and eventually found her way back to the relationship that started it all.
40 million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR and Chapelle’s Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness. Instead what he found was a whole lot of crazy. Like the girl who couldn’t stop crying, or the one who caught on fire, or the girl who confronted him on national TV. Whether he likes it or not, Donovan has become an expert on Internet dating, and Not a Match is a collection of the stories, lessons, and advice he learned along the way. Perfect for any dater, Internet or otherwise, who has ever looked across the table and thought, “Wow, we are really not a match.”
One of the best-selling Kindle Singles of all time.
Life is an uncertain morphing of the beautiful and devastating, the reckless and ordained, the inconsequential and cataclysmal. In this first compilation of her work, Brianna Wiest writes about her own experiences uncovering the life’s greatest truths. The selected pieces are ones you’ll turn to when you are in need of answers, comfort or a little tough love. Brianna writes from a place of solace and understanding, as The Truth About Everything asks you to challenge what you thought to be true, take the spiritual journey, and come out on the other end with your own story to tell.
Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The book Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters. Who is Jon Snow’s mother and why is she a secret? What is Daenerys’s real power, unknown even to her? Will these two characters share a destiny? Where is the red priestess’s real Lightbringer and when will it arrive? Through dreams and prophecies, imagery and allegory, the deepest secrets of the series unfold, in an exploration friendly to watchers and readers alike.
This is the story of publishing as you’ve never read it before, told by one of the most provocative and informed voices informing its future.
It’s the tale of prophets and storytellers, of entrepreneurs and shop-owners, of those who fashioned the world of book publishing as we know it. Tracing the long road that elevated lowly scribes to god-like authors, that transformed written work to intellectual property, and that leads ever-onward into uncertain and invigorating futures, Nash engages in a sweeping socio-historical survey of book history. In his characteristically brilliant and eccentric voice, avoiding both triumphalism and despair, he argues forcefully that the book is no victim. Instigating as much as reacting, the book has been made and remade since its birth. In the drama of publishing, it remains the protagonist.
Above all, the Business of Literature is an honest assessment of the enterprise of publishing–how we’ve done it, how we do it, and why it’s worth doing in the first place.
While it’s tough to understand what leads a person into addiction—to witness someone you love kind-of kill herself—the truth is that you can learn from it. By the time Céline died at age 30, she was Kermit The Frog green and she vomited blood more frequently than she was able to eat. In less than a decade, she had gone from summa cum laude Columbia graduate to NYU PhD student to unemployed, rambling, stumbling drunk saddled with a cirrhotic liver beyond repair. By the time Céline died, her younger sister Mélanie was no longer a Miss Goody Two Shoes from a waspy Connecticut suburb trotting down the sensible path. She was an adult who had abandoned a secure job on Wall Street to establish a career as a writer committed to exploring fascinating subcultures.
As Céline’s illness escalated, you see, a basic lesson crept up on Mélanie: Life is beautifully short, and fragile as hell. Life happens. Gradually, Mélanie stopped agonizing over what she was supposed to do/think/know/read/listen to/watch/feel, or who she was supposed to be/befriend/love/like/learn from. So she pitched projects that sounded crazy and/or dangerous to most, but which gave her a thrill and helped her establish a career as an immersive journalist. She grew some balls, so to speak, after freeing herself from caring about what others might think.
The devastating beauty of what happened to Céline forced Mélanie to question who she is. However unwittingly, in dying, Céline empowered her younger sister to take risks—to live. This is their story.
Mat Devine, lead singer of the band Kill Hannah, inadvertently began his own popular advice column after Fuse TV asked him to blog about his life on tour. Mat’s humorous and touching column, “The Raccoon Society,” gained traction as his fans sought advice on serious issues from alcoholism to bullying and self-mutilation, while also touching upon lighter subjects like dealing with siblings, fashion, and going to prom.
After seeing the volume of wide-ranging questions flooding his inbox, Mat realized that the blog was no longer just an outlet for his road memoirs, but a unique and thriving community of music fans worldwide, who trusted him and the other readers enough to discuss some of the most intimate problems they faced.
Weird War One is a book for the outsiders who wear their hearts on their sleeves. It’s a true reminder that you are not alone. And it’s packed with valuable insight and advice from special guests Amanda Palmer, Mikey Way from My Chemical Romance, and Tomo Milicevic from 30 Seconds to Mars. For Kill Hannah fans, it’s also a rare chance to spend some time with Devine–and to glimpse never-before-seen photos of his very awkward teenage years.
What if there were a world bigger than the one you can touch?
Leigh Alexander recounts a stormy adolescence alongside the mysterious early internet. From the surrealism of early video games to raw connections made over primitive newsgroups, from sex bots to Sailor Moon, Alexander intimately captures a dark frontier age.
We go to happy hour every day after work — does this mean we’re alcoholics, or just frugal? We spend way too much time online — are we wasting our lives away, or being social the only way we know how? We also have one night stands, commitment issues, and kind of hate dating. Are we destined to be involved with the wrong people until the end of time, or just until the end of our 20s? Does anyone have a Xanax? “How To Be A 20-Something” is a collection of nineteen hilarious, sad, and often cathartic personal essays and stories written by and for 20-somethings.
Chances are you’ve been there before: on an awkward first date where you find yourself stuck playing 20 questions with a person who has broccoli stuck in their teeth, or who spends half the evening whining about how their ex left them with an achy-breaky heart, or the one who shows up so on-the-rocks wasted that they end up passed out in their bowl of clam chowder before the main course arrives.
All My Friends Are Engaged is a collection of dating disaster stories, packed with witty and relatable answers to the age-old annoying question of “Why are you still single?” All the stories embarrassingly belong to the author, Jen Glantz, who you may have seen before on Thought Catalog, USA TODAY College, Thethingsilearnedfrom.com, or JDate.
As the only female columnist at controversial, conservative Taki’s Magazine, Kathy Shaidle soon found herself covering an unlikely beat: sexuality.
“Unlikely” because as the married, 50-year-old Shaidle explains, “my ‘number’ (as the kids call it these days) is so low that in certain Australian provinces I would still be considered a virgin.”
Confessions of a Failed Slut blends personal reflections – “How the Love Boat Ruined My Life” – with contrarian takes on porn (online and off), dating (ditto), “slut shaming,” sex toys, “robot hookers of the near future,” dinosaur erotica, the multiplication of genders and orientations, and what she calls “the epidemic of beta male faggotry” plaguing the land.
An author and blogging pioneer, Kathy Shaidle has been called “a night terror” (Wonkette), “one of the great virtuoso polemicists of our day” (Mark Steyn), “strenuously witless” (James Walcott), “a purveyor of some of the most offensive racial stereotypes I have ever read” (the Canadian Jewish Congress), “a Zionist shill for the New World Order” (InfoWars) and “not a particularly nice person” (Alex Koppelman, Salon.com).
The Last Stair Into Darkness is a collection of 20 horrifying tales by author Cliff R. Barlow. Contained within are 20 stories to consume your days in fear and enfold your nights in restless nightmares. From a demon hiding under the basement stairs to the most terrifying specter of all, the monster within, Cliff brings a fresh and unique take to the genre that you won’t soon forget. Just remember to sleep with the lights on…
The lure of living abroad is one that nearly everyone has felt, at one time or another, whether or not we give into it. And while traveling for a week or two at a time to a new country can be a thrilling experience, it doesn’t quite satisfy the same desire as spending years getting to know a place. Chelsea Fagan had always been in love with France, and after a two-week vacation in Paris, decided that she would live there. Five months later, she was all moved in. In Between Two Countries, a collection of her essays on travel, she shares what it means to immigrate intelligently, learn from your host culture, and make it work on a budget. And yes, you can do it, too.
Maybe I Should Drink More, like most books about young adults trying to find their place in the world, starts with a breakup. Stephanie Sparer explores the oddities of life in a series of candid essays about dating failures and dating wins, self-actualizing, work, and the slew of anxieties that come free with your college diploma. Her prose raises questions such as, “Do five people equal a party?”; “Am I attracted to this dude or just his plaid shirt?”; Am I working hard enough?; Should I relax more?”; “Maybe I should drink more?” Maybe you should just read this book for the answers and stop looking at the synopsis.
A popular question in philosophy is “How do I know I exist?” That seems really boring though. How about, “How can I use logic to get over my ex?” If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations — you don’t need to be spoonfed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you’re already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys. PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses helps its readers think critically about vodka, religion and sex — proving that brains do have more fun.
Few words cut to the core of modern women like ‘slut.’ Our attitudes are shifting toward acceptance: of sex outside of marriage, sex between whomever happen to love each other (regardless of gender), and sex positivity–experimenting with positions and toys. But we’re still sluts. Women are still defined by their sexuality. These are essays of women starting in the middle and moving forward based on hindsight and instinct. We’re trying to become empowered women without knowing what an empowered woman looks like. For all we know, it could look a lot like being a slut.
Everything you know about Occupy Wall Street is wrong. The criticisms you heard the media repeat over and over again–”the protesters don’t know what they want!,” “why don’t they just rally around a leader?”–come from a fundamental misunderstanding of who the occupiers were and what they sought to accomplish. In this lively mix of memoir and analysis, writer-activist Travis Mushett takes you inside Occupy and demystifies a movement that was difficult for even its supporters to get a handle on. Pushing past the bromides, Mushett locates the source of this confusion.
We’ve come to expect that our politics will be mediated by slick advertisements, corporate cash, and elected officials who may or may not represent our interests, but Occupy Wall Street embodied something different, something highly unusual in postmodern America: a politics of authenticity.
Two million years ago. Africa. A skinny, long-limbed creature who walks on two legs, can’t sprint, and has no weapons turns away from his under-nourished friends, and runs down a much stronger antelope. Dinner. Over succeeding generations, this creature evolves into one of the best distance runners on the planet: the human being. Yet in the age of modernity, we find ourselves unable to run without more than half of us suffering injury. This book looks at the injury epidemic in running and what the barefoot running movement believes are the causes of injury. It analyzes the best-seller Born to Run, how human evolution has shaped our bodies, how modernity has warped those same bodies, and what barefoot running both got right and wrong. It concludes by giving practical advice to runners from the writer, a 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon.
“Pa-dum-pum-pa-dum-pum—PUM!” Super Mario Bros. for the NES contains some of the most recognizable tunes in popular culture, and yet it’s safe to say that only a handful of people have thought beyond the music’s entertaining surface. After all, what could possibly be art-worthy about an early Mario score? Or any early game sound for that matter? In search of answers to these questions, Andrew Schartmann takes us on a journey from the primitive “pongs” of arcade machines to the complex musical fabrics woven by composers of the NES era. Where does that distinctly Nintendo-flavored sound come from? What sets NES music apart from its predecessors? And how has that iconic ‘80s videogame sound “invaded” popular culture?
Downton Abbey has brought out the Anglophile in American fans of the hit TV series. But Anglophilia has a long history in America. Why are some native-born residents of our Shining City Upon a Hill, where All Men Are Created Equal, seduced by the fluting tones of manor-born privilege? At last, Anglophilia explained — in American, thank you.
Are you ever going to find The One? Does she look like her online dating profile pic? Is he really into you, or is he just playing games? And what did that text even mean? Love is so confusing. But one thing’s certain — everyone’s addicted. We’re lonely when it’s not around, and can’t get enough when we finally find it. “How To Tell If Somebody Loves You” explores our back-and-forth relationship with love through a collection of 18 funny, sad, and life-affirming personal essays on dating, sex, random hook-ups, fiery flings, and serious relationships.
In 2005, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ came on air as “a love story in reverse” in an age of reality television. Due to complete its final season in 2014, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas’ story of Ted Mosby has been more than just a love story, but rather an invitation to all viewers to enter into the life of a man who weaves his own story of the past from the future imbued with nostalgia and longing. ‘I Always Got A Great Story’ explores the narrative structure of HIMYM where heartache exists, but is not discarded. Rather, heartache and pain are lived into by an ever-present undercurrent of hope, turning what could have been a clichéd “happily ever after”, chick-flick story into a world where pain is real, lived and vibrant but also transformative. Where underlying every legendary high five is the quiet breath of hope in fiction and our own lives.
Emily is 24 and trying to figure out, well, everything. She starts seeing Steve and falls for him instantly. Unfortunately, that requires conveniently pushing her longtime (and live-in) boyfriend, Brian, out of her mind. Not only does it ruin her relationship, but her secret boyfriend-situation drives a wedge between her and her best friend, Sam, as well. She turns to her co-worker and some new friends to try to figure it all out via Text, Chat and Email.
I Dig Symmetry is a collection of character driven stories of love, obsession and lust chronicling the absurdities of men (as in males) in their selfish drive to love and be loved, to own and be owned, to fantasize but never face the reality of their objectifying, damaging methods. Nothing is real, nothing is forbidden, and everyone’s a headcase.
While all the other teenagers were going out on the weekend to drink, party, and make out with their girlfriends, I was busy with more important things. Well, maybe important isn’t the right word. I was at home watching movies, playing video games, and keeping up with pro wrestling. This is what happens when your most frequent social interaction was the lady at the local video store.
I’m Just Here for the Free Scrutiny: One Model’s Tale of Insanity and Inanity in the Wonderful World of Fashion
How do I break into the modeling world? Do I have what it takes to become a supermodel? Where did I leave my keys? I will answer none of these questions in my new book I’m Just Here for the Free Scrutiny. But I will provide you with a few laughs as I talk about my time in the fashion and commercial industries. From when I learned I don’t have a sex-phone operator voice to when I fainted in the middle of a shoot. From when I bombed a movie audition to when I was upstaged by the modeling equivalent of a soccer mom. It’s all here. So sit back, relax, and read a few stories that will remind you that modeling is about as glamorous as babysitting a bunch of toddlers. Toddlers on a sugar rush.
By the way, your keys are underneath your jacket in the kitchen.
The Tracking of A Russian Spy exhibits the harrowing consequences that can emerge when love, or something like it, intersects with modern-day espionage. Swenson details the perplexing set of events that follow his encounter with a beautiful stranger in a dusky New York City nightclub. The woman in question is Katya and as the two grow closer Swenson wonders whether there might be more to this woman than she lets on. His suspicions are only confirmed when, in the summer of 2010, Katya disappears after the arrest of ten Russian Americans charged with spying for the Kremlin, one of whom is the now infamous Anna Chapman. In search for answers that have occupied him for more than two years, Swenson makes a sojourn to Moscow where the account of a relationship cut short emerges as a panoramic take on high-tech espionage, Soviet “closed cities”, ongoing vestiges of the Cold War, and, perhaps, the ways in which secrets and attractions exist in a pervasively networked world.
A book for anyone who has ever felt out of place, out of touch with themselves or the world around them, My Transgender Coming Out Story is the memoir of Parker Marie Molloy, a transgender woman from Chicago whose provocative and candid writing about gender, coming, and self-discovery have won her fans and followers from around the world. Detailing her upbringing, the struggles she had coming to terms with her transgender status, her experience starting hormone replacement therapy, and the act of building and sustaining relationships in a post-transition life, this is the brave account of one woman embracing who she is–and inspiring others to do the same.
As hilarious as it is honest, as heartbreaking as it is empowering, Boys is an anthology unlike any you’ve read, a collection of essays showcasing the voices, stories, and lives of gay, queer, and trans* men from around the world. Through these true stories, readers are offered a glimpse into intimate moments rarely shared: the moment one boy accidentally came out as gay on MySpace; the time one was kidnapped by his mother who wished to “pray the gay away;” the first time a boy went to a leather bar after transitioning to male, before he became a famous porn artist and performer. The confessions in Boys will stay with you, as will the point they make: there isn’t one type of boy in the world, but lots of boys, each with their own story, if only we’d listen.
What does it mean to be a young, single-ish woman in New York City? “Sex and the City” attempted to answer the question 15 years ago, “Girls” has recently taken up the cause, and now Girls? attempts to fill in the blanks. A collection of 13 touching, hilarious, and eccentric essays that deviate from the accepted narrative.
In 2012, the internet can screw you over in myriad ways, but nothing is more painful than getting over a breakup when your ex’s new life without you is always just one click away. “Breaking Up In The Digital Age” explores themes of love and loss set to the backdrop of a Facebook page. It is not natural for people to know the exact moment their ex gets into a new relationship. It is not natural for someone to be able to see photos of their ex’s new lover eating a taco on the beach. Our brains were not built to sustain this kind of information. Breaking up has always been hard to do — now, thanks to the internet, it’s more difficult than ever.
Have you ever wanted to quit your job and travel the world? At 25 years old Stephanie Yoder was already fed up with the monotony of 9-5 life, and after much agonizing, she quit her stable desk job to backpack across Asia. During a year of travel through Japan, China and South East Asia she became a minor Chinese celebrity, was attacked by giant parrots and met the love of her life. In A Year Without Make-Up, Yoder chronicles her craziest adventures, provides helpful travel tips, and offers encouragement for others looking to make a life change.
The Doctor is certainly the legend with untold faces, the mythic hero who dies to save mankind only to return, regenerated into an undying god with new wisdom of the ages. But his companions are journeying too. Rose Tyler and Donna Noble cross the TARDIS threshold and grow from ordinary women into goddesses of transcendent light, restoring the world with their golden auras. Martha learns faith and Amy, the power of imagination, until both can save the Doctor purely with the strength of their belief. By willing the world to reshape itself, they harness the power of the oldest goddesses who ruled with creation magic rather than conquest. River Song is the divine child of the TARDIS, magic itself, while Clara learns the heroine’s mythic power of spreading herself through eternity and thus reshaping reality as the Doctor’s world. United, they battle for the earth’s redemption by confronting the shadows within.
What do you do when someone you love is facing death? Why does cremation cost so much? Are some family members more important than others? Elizabeth relives the last 133 days of her mother’s fight with cancer through daily email updates sent by her father. She takes a realistic approach to hope, questions the definition of “faith” and embraces her impending sadness. For anyone who’s ever lost a loved one to cancer, or has been a cancer caretaker, Elizabeth’s stories and experiences will remind you that you’re truly not alone.
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