• An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England

    By Brock Clarke

    loads of impressive issues have occurred within the lifetime of Sam Pulsifer, the hapless hero of this incendiary novel, starting with the 10 years he spent in criminal for by chance burning down Emily Dickinson's residence and unwittingly killing humans. rising at age twenty-eight, he creates a brand new lifestyles and identification as a husband and father. but if the houses of alternative recognized New England writers all at once pass up in smoke, he needs to turn out his innocence by means of uncovering the id of this literary-minded arsonist.

    within the league of such modern classics as A Confederacy of Dunces and The global in keeping with Garp, An Arsonist's advisor to Writers' houses in New England is an totally unique tale approximately fact and honesty, lifestyles and the imagination.

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  • A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History's Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes and Frauds

    By Michael Farquhar

    We may well say that honesty is the easiest coverage, yet history—to say not anything of industrial, politics, and the media—suggests another way. during this infinitely citable booklet, the writer of 2 bestselling treasuries of scandal recounts a number of the maximum deceptions of all time. With what cast record did the Vatican lay declare to a lot of Europe? Who wrote Hitler’s diaries? Why do thousands nonetheless think the imprecise doggerel that Nostradamus came about as prophecy? Organizing his fabric by means of topic (con artists, the clicking, army trickery, medical fraud, imposters, nice escapes, and more), Michael Farquhar takes in every thing from the hoodwinking of Hitler to Vincent “the Chin” Gigante’s thirty-year loopy act.

    A Treasury of Deception is a zestful, gossipy exposé—and celebration—of lying.

    A Treasury of Deception additionally includes:

    • Ten tricksters from scripture
    • Ten nice liars in literature
    • Ten egregious examples of contemporary American doublespeak
    • Ten vintage deceptions from Greek mythology

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  • 1,001 Facts that Will Scare the S#*t Out of You: The Ultimate Bathroom Reader

    By Cary McNeal

    Fact: Chocolate comprises the alkaloid theobromine, which in excessive doses might be poisonous to people, and in even small quantities can kill canines, parrots, horses, and cats.
    This signifies that regardless of its identify, the Kit-Kat sweet bar isn't really a steered snack on your kitty-cat. i ponder what number cats have died due to this confusion.

    Fact: the main germ-laden position in your rest room is not the seat or maybe the bowl--it's the handle.
    The resolution: do not flush. permit the subsequent man fear approximately it.

    There are "just the facts"--and then there are only the evidence that would frighten the bejeezus out of you. and because of this little gem a WC e-book, you will by no means examine the area a similar method back, with out, er, dry heaving a bit bit.

    From the sneaky fish which can swim up our genitals to the E. coli micro organism lurking within the very water we drink, demanding phenomena are all over we flip. academic, enjoyable, and undeniably scary, this booklet is not sure to assist you, um, visit the lavatory, yet it is bound to make some time there more...informed.

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  • I Can't Believe it's Not Better: A Woman's Guide to Coping With Life

    I cannot think it isn't greater

    is a suite of reports, essays, suggestion, and drawings from author and comic Monica Heisey. Created that can assist you stay your most sensible existence, this e-book deals pointers on every little thing from place of work politics to sexting, from the right way to make your condo appear like you learn layout blogs to the place to cry in public. vital publications like "How to observe actually Hours of television At A Time" might help you kind your existence out for solid, whereas thought—provoking own essays comparable to "Pizzas i've got enjoyed" and priceless routines like "Are You Being Flirted With, A Quiz" supply a few gravitas and point of view that can assist you navigate this contemporary global. Plus there's a very bizarre brief tale approximately bees.

    Funny, shrewdpermanent and fascinating, this publication is the correct accompaniment in your subsequent existence difficulty, or a minimum of a simple and applicable present for the niece you do not know rather well yet are looking to impress.

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  • Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: A Novel (The Stuff Series)

    By Don Bruns

    It really is reputable: stumbling, bumbling James Lessor and pass Moore are approved deepest investigators. Now, that is a few frightening stuff.It may possibly take time to get Moore or much less investigations off the floor, so James takes a task with a touring carnival show.But this convey has a doubtful acceptance, having had a string of injuries and not less than one dying some time past year.When they are employed to enquire what is prompted the carnival chaos, James and pass set into movement a dizzying, curler coaster chain of events.After a terrifying journey at the Dragon Tail journey, a not-so-fun dust-up in Freddy's enjoyable residence, and a bunch of threats, James and bypass detect they will get whatever yet cooperation from this cantankerous forged of carnies.But while a carnival employee is murdered, James and bypass should act fast-because they could be subsequent in line.For James and pass, the one factor sweeter than the scent of corndogs and fried dough may be the candy odor of success-but to that end, good fortune capacity getting out alive.This research goes thoroughly off the rails.

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  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    By Randall Munroe

    From the writer of the wildly renowned webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative solutions to special questions you possibly by no means inspiration to ask.

    Millions of individuals stopover at xkcd.com each one week to learn Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings approximately technology, know-how, language, and love have a wide and passionate following.

    Fans of xkcd ask Munroe loads of unusual questions. What for those who attempted to hit a baseball pitched at ninety percentage the rate of sunshine? how briskly are you able to hit a pace bump whereas riding and reside? If there has been a robotic apocalypse, how lengthy may humanity last?

    In pursuit of solutions, Munroe runs laptop simulations, pores over stacks of declassified army learn memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of readability and hilarity, complemented through signature xkcd comics. they typically expect the full annihilation of humankind, or no less than a very enormous explosion.

    The publication positive aspects new and never-before-answered questions, besides up-to-date and accelerated models of the preferred solutions from the xkcd web site. What If? might be required analyzing for xkcd lovers and someone who likes to think of the hypothetical.

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  • Playing the Moldovans at Tennis

    By Tony Hawks

    It does not take a lot - "£100 is mostly enough" - to cajole Tony Hawks to take off on notoriously strange and hilarious adventures based on a raffle. And so it's, a unnecessary argument with a chum concludes in a gamble - that Tony cannot beat all 11 individuals of the Moldovan football workforce at tennis. And with the loser of the wager agreeing to strip bare on Balham excessive street and sing the Moldovan nationwide anthem, this one was once simply too solid to resist.

    The resulting unpredictable and infrequently hilarious experience sees him being taken in through Moldovan gypsies and narrowly stay away from kidnap in Transnistria. It sees him smuggle his approach directly to the Moldovan nationwide crew trainer in Coleraine and witness (almost) divine intervention within the Holy Land.

    In this inspiring and highly humorous ebook, Tony Hawks has performed it back, proving opposed to all odds that there's no cause on the planet why you cannot do anything a section silly and end up all your doubters fallacious. Or not less than that was once the idea....

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  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Voodoo Vultures From Venus (Book 3)

    By Dav Pilkey, Dan Santat

    From Dav Pilkey, author of Captain Underpants, and acclaimed artist Dan Santat, an out-of-this-world friendship event with all-new full-color illustrations!

    Ever want you had a flying robotic for a ally? would it be nice to have a robotic so colossal and robust that no-one could ever mess with you back? pleasant Robots could be enjoyable! yet with enormous neighbors come huge obligations. during this booklet, the evil Victor Von Vulture and his military of Voodoo Vultures from Venus are approximately to take over planet Earth. merely the super-smart methods of Ricky and his effective robotic can ship the undesirable men packing for home!

    Originally released in 2001, this variation positive factors brand-new full-color illustrations and mini-comics throughout!

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  • A Brief History of Witchcraft

    By Lois Martin

    The witch in historical past is especially various from the picture in Harry Potter, Wicked, or the fashionable day Pagan. A short historical past of Witchcraft units out to discover how the witch phenomenon begun in medieval Europe and the way it has endured to hang-out us for greater than 500 years. ideal for a person intrigued by way of the clandestine, contentious position of witchcraft in historical past, this booklet finds the mysterious layers of characters, scandals, and trials that made witchcraft a undying common fascination.

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