The Slacker's Guide to U.S. History: The Bare Minimum on by Don Stewart, John Pfeiffer

By Don Stewart, John Pfeiffer

What does Miley Cyrus have in universal with Sacagawea? How may well Steve Jobs have helped Eisenhower? What does the moon touchdown need to do with the Hilton sisters?In much less time than it takes to recite the preamble to the structure, so much american citizens can spout off all their U.S. historical past wisdom. (Hint: it starts off with ?In 1492? and ends with ?sailed the sea blue.?) That?s simply because such a lot heritage books are as attention-grabbing because the cell book?and have an identical variety of pages. the typical Joe (the man who TiVo?d John Adams on HBO yet won?t make Colonial Williamsburg his subsequent destination) wishes a witty and edgy heritage book?and he has it, with with this advisor. Hysterical authors?and self-described slackers?Don Stewart and John Pfeifer provide readers the naked minimal on very important occasions such as:The Civil warfare (the warfare that pitted brother vs. brother?about the bruthas)The day trip of Lewis and Clark (the final highway trip)The Boston Tea celebration (not a lot of a celebration except that tea used to be from lengthy Island)The assassination of JFK (one holiday that ended quite badly) Combining present popular culture references and obtainable old details, this satirical ebook catches readers up on what they slept via in background a hundred and one.

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City of Thieves: A Novel by David Benioff

By David Benioff

From the severely acclaimed writer of The twenty fifth Hour and whilst the Nines Roll Over, an enthralling novel approximately struggle, braveness, survival — and a extraordinary friendship that ripples throughout a lifetime.

During the Nazis' brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into an analogous cellphone as a good-looking deserter named Kolya. rather than being carried out, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their very own lives by way of complying with an outrageous directive: safe a dozen eggs for a strong Soviet colonel to take advantage of in his daughter's marriage ceremony cake. In a urban bring to a halt from all provides and discomfort unimaginable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt throughout the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and in the back of enemy strains to discover the impossible.
By turns insightful and humorous, exciting and terrifying, the recent York instances bestseller urban of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic global battle II event and an intimate coming-of-age tale with an totally modern think for a way boys turn into males.

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Tarr (Oxford World's Classics) by Wyndham Lewis

By Wyndham Lewis

Performed out opposed to the backdrop of Paris prior to the beginning of the 1st international struggle, Tarr tells the blackly funny story of the lives and loves of 2 artists--the English enfant terrible Frederick Tarr, and the middle-aged German Otto Kreisler, a failed painter who reveals himself in a widening spiral of militaristic self-destruction. whilst either turn into drawn to an analogous women--Bertha Lunken, a traditional German, and Anastasya Vasek, the modern overseas devotee of "swagger sex"--Wyndham Lewis units the level for a scathing satire of nationwide and social pretensions, the fraught dating among women and men, and the incompatibilities of artwork and lifestyles. Scott W. Klein's advent areas the unconventional within the context of social satire and the avant-garde, particularly the creative advancements of the 1910s--including Cubism, Futurism, and Lewis's personal move, Vorticism--and explores the hyperlinks among Tarr and different Modernist masterpieces. The booklet additionally positive factors Lewis's Preface to the 1918 American variation, entire notes, a word list of overseas phrases and words, and a map of Paris.

About the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the broadest spectrum of literature from world wide. every one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of different helpful beneficial properties, together with specialist introductions via best professionals, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for additional learn, and lots more and plenty extra.

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Mental Floss Presents Be Amazing: Glow in the Dark, Control by Maggie Koerth-Baker, Will Pearson, Mangesh Hattikudur

By Maggie Koerth-Baker, Will Pearson, Mangesh Hattikudur

Be remarkable Who says you cannot? it is time to get off the sofa and take your existence to the following point. the first step: stand at the shoulders of geniuses What sturdy are the world's maximum geniuses if you cannot muddy their shoulder pads and use their accomplishments as a step stool? mental_floss has combed via each good fortune tale in heritage to convey this final how-to consultant for mountain climbing your technique to greatness. Step : take pleasure in the glow of admiring fanatics even if you must glow at midnight, swallow a sword, stop smoking, locate Atlantis, dwell without end, get out of jury responsibility, purchase the Moon, sink a battleship, cease international warming, turn into a ninja, or just be the guts of the universe, Be striking covers the entire crucial lifestyles abilities. simply soak up a couple of pages, then allow the hero worship start! you'll want: A starvation for greatness a few duct tape This publication you might have considered trying: Sidekicks and/or minions a powerful nickname an awesome outfit

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Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, Book 6) by Terry Pratchett

By Terry Pratchett

Terry's Pratchett's profoundly irreverent novels are constant #1 bestsellers in England, the place they've got catapulted him into the top echelons of parody subsequent to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.

Meet Granny Weatherwx, the main very popular non-leader a coven of non-social witches may ever have. more often than not, those loners don't get entangled in something, mush much less royal intrigue. yet then there are these occasions they can't support it. As Granny Weatherwzx is set to find, notwithstanding, it's much more durable to fan the flames of hassle within the fort than a few theatrical forms may have you ever imagine. even if you've acquired a number of unforeseen spells up your sleave.

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Toonamint of Champions: How LaJuanita Mumps Got to Join by Todd Sentell

By Todd Sentell

I've got an admission to make: i am a mystery golfing geek. Yeah, I golfing. i am not first-class at it, yet i like it. and that i watch golfing, loads of golfing. i will be able to let you know in case you have a depraved opposite pivot or are swinging outside-in.

And I completely enjoyed this booklet. I laughed my grass off. in the event you loved the Eddie Caminetti books or the Caddyshack or Tin Cup videos, you want to learn this publication.

Sentell has whipped up a golfing farce that resonates like a clubhead's *ping* after a beautiful ball strike. it really is visible from that Sentell is either an insider and a devotee of golfing. somebody who watches somewhat of golfing, like bits of the ultimate around of the Masters on exchange years, will laugh on the golfing snarks during this booklet. when you watch the golfing Channel with any frequency, you will loooooove this e-book.

I gave this booklet to my dad for Father's Day final 12 months, and he enjoyed it. in the event that your dad even sometimes golfs, then this booklet is a brilliant Daddy-Day present.

TK Kenyon

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Rates of Exchange by Malcolm Bradbury

By Malcolm Bradbury

Firstly look Dr Angus Petworth (also known as Pitwit, Pervert, and Petwurt by means of his Soviet-bloc hosts) may perhaps seem stuffy; his is a pale-faced, middle-aged British professor of linguistics. yet once he units out on a lecture journey at the back of the Iron Curtain and turns into embroiled in a disagreement with a matronly stewardess at the airplane, it’s transparent that he's off on a hugely strange experience. Petworth makes his rounds of universities and after-hours vodka events, weaving his approach via a labyrinth of misunderstanding, nervousness, and hugely not going romance.

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What Do You Do With a Chocolate Jesus?: An Irreverent by Thomas Quinn

By Thomas Quinn

"What Do You Do with a Chocolate Jesus?" is a humorous and skeptical, but actual exploration of the Christian historical past they don't train in Sunday college. It unearths humor, irony, and low perception amid the inconsistencies, absurdities, hypocrisies, and flat out weirdness that too frequently passes for everlasting fact. It's a bit like a heritage of faith as performed via The day-by-day convey.

Pitting genuine Scripture opposed to pious propaganda, Thomas Quinn treks via bankruptcy and verse of the hot testomony, explores the sordid saga of medieval ideals (including End-of-the-World panics and fights approximately what sort of stuff Jesus used to be made of), and divulges a number of the surprising attitudes of America's founders towards faith. It isn't continually lovely, yet it's often reliable for amusing. If struggle is simply too vital to depart to the generals, faith is just too very important to depart to the preachers. Skeptics want evangelists, too.

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