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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
by Jia Tolentino

Language

English

Pages

303

Publication Date

August 06, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?鈥淔rom聽<i>The New Yorker</i>鈥檚聽beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.鈥?lt;i>鈥擡squire</i><br /><i>聽</i><br />鈥淎 whip-smart, challenging book.鈥濃€擹adie Smith 鈥?鈥淛ia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time.鈥?lt;i>鈥擵ulture</i></b><br /><br /> Jia Tolentino is a peerless voice of her generation, tackling the conflicts, contradictions, and sea changes that define us and our time. Now, in this dazzling collection of nine entirely original essays, written with a rare combination of give and sharpness, wit and fearlessness, she delves into the forces that warp our vision, demonstrating an unparalleled stylistic potency and critical dexterity.<br /><br /> <i>Trick Mirror</i> is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine鈥檚 journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die. Gleaming with Tolentino鈥檚 sense of humor and capacity to elucidate the impossibly complex in an instant, and marked by her desire to treat the reader with profound honesty, <i>Trick Mirror</i> is an instant classic of the worst decade yet.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Trick Mirror</i></b><br /><br />鈥淛ia Tolentino is the best young essayist at work in the United States, one I鈥檝e consistently admired and learned from, and I was exhilarated to get a whole lot of her at once in聽<i>Trick Mirror</i>. In these nine essays, she rethinks troubling ingredients of modern life, from the internet to mind-altering drugs to wedding culture. All through the book,聽single sentences flash like lightning聽to show something familiar in a startling way, but she also builds extended arguments with her usual, unusual blend of lyricism and skepticism. In the end, we have聽a picture of America that was as missing as it was needed.鈥?lt;b>鈥擱ebecca Solnit, author of聽<i>Men Explain Things to Me</i><br /></b>
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
by , Mark Olshaker

Language

English

Pages

444

Publication Date

November 26, 1998

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<b>Now a Netflix original series</b><br /> <br />Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas鈥?twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country鈥檚 most notorious serial killers and criminals.<br /><br />In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases鈥攁nd into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.<br /> <br /> During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.<br /> <br /> As the model for Jack Crawford in <i>The Silence of the Lambs</i>, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.
Year of the Monkey
by Patti Smith

Language

English

Pages

192

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b><i>New York Times</i> Best Seller<br /><br />From the National Book Award-winning author of <i>Just Kids</i> and <i>M Train</i>, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.</b><br /><br />Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland with no design, yet heeding signs--including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger's words, "Anything is possible: after all, it's the Year of the Monkey." For Smith--inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing--the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America. <br /><br />Smith melds the western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment set in. But as Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope for a better world. <br /><br />Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith's signature Polaroids, <i>Year of the Monkey</i> is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.
Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany
by Chronicle Books LLC

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

September 11, 2018

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<h3><strong>Perfect gift for book lovers, writers and your book club</strong></h3><p><strong>Book lovers rejoice!</strong>聽In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations.</p><p><strong>Readers of Jane Mount's聽<em>Bibliophile</em>聽will delight in:</strong></p><ul><li>Touring the world's most beautiful bookstores</li><li>Testing their knowledge of the written word with quizzes</li><li>Finding their next great read in lovingly curated stacks of books</li><li>Sampling the most famous fictional meals</li><li>Peeking inside the workspaces of their favorite authors</li></ul><p><strong>A source of endless inspiration, literary facts and recommendations:</strong>聽<em>Bibliophile</em>聽is pure bookish joy and sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, aspiring writers, and any and all who identify as book lovers.</p><p><strong>If you have read or own:</strong>聽<em>I鈥檇 Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life; The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization;</em>聽or聽<em>How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines;</em>聽then you will want to read and own Jane Mount's聽<em>Bibliophile.</em></p>
Lara: The Untold Love Story and the Inspiration for Doctor Zhivag...
by Anna Pasternak

Language

English

Pages

332

Publication Date

January 24, 2017

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<p><strong>The heartbreaking story of the love affair between聽Boris Pasternak, the author of <em>Doctor Zhivago,</em> and Olga聽Ivinskaya鈥攖he true tragedy behind the timeless classic, and a harrowing look at how the Russian government has treated dissidents</strong></p><p>When Stalin came into power in 1924, the Communist government began persecuting dissident writers. Though Stalin spared the life of Boris Pasternak鈥攚hose novel-in-progress,聽<em>Doctor Zhivago,</em> was suspected of being anti-Soviet鈥攈e persecuted Boris鈥檚 mistress, typist, and literary muse, Olga Ivinskaya. Boris鈥檚 affair with Olga devastated the straitlaced Pasternaks, and they were keen to disavow Olga鈥檚 role in Boris鈥檚 writing process. Twice Olga was sentenced to work in Siberian labor camps, where she was interrogated about the book Boris was writing, but she refused to betray the man she loved. When Olga was released from the gulags, she assumed that Boris would leave his wife for her but, trapped by his family鈥檚 expectations and his own weak will, he never did.聽</p><p>Drawing on previously neglected family sources and original interviews, Anna Pasternak explores this hidden act of moral compromise by her great-uncle, and restores to history the passionate affair that inspired and animated聽<em>Doctor Zhivago</em>. Devastated that Olga suffered on his behalf and frustrated that he could not match her loyalty to him, Boris instead channeled his thwarted passion for Olga into the love story in聽<em>Doctor Zhivago</em>.聽</p><p>Filled with the rich detail of Boris鈥檚 secret life, <em>Lara</em> unearths a moving love story of courage, loyalty, suffering, drama, and loss, and casts a new light on the legacy of聽<em>Doctor Zhivago</em>.</p>
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woma...
by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Est?..

Language

English

Pages

562

Publication Date

February 01, 2017

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"Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Though the gifts of wildish nature come to us at birth, society's attempt to 'civilize' us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become overdomesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped."<br /><br />In her now-classic book that spent 144 weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and is translated into 35 languages, Clarissa Pinkola Est茅s, Ph.D., shows how woman's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archaeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconscious. Dr. Est茅s uses her families' ethnic tales, washed and rinsed in the blood of wars and survival, multicultural myths, her own lyric writing of those fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from her life witness, and also research ongoing for twenty years鈥?that help women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.<br /><br />Dr. Est茅s collects the bones of many stories, looking for the archetypal motifs that set a woman's inner life into motion. Her "La Loba" teaches about the transformative function of the psyche; in "Bluebeard," we learn what to do with wounds that will not heal; in her literary story "Skeleton Woman," we glimpse the mystical power of relationship and how dead feelings can be revived; "Vasalisa the Wise" brings our lost womanly instincts to the surface again; "The Handless Maiden" recovers the Wild Woman initiation rites; and "The Little Match Girl" warns against the insidious dangers of a life spent in fantasy. These and other stories focus on the many qualities of Wild Woman. With them, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand her, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine.<br /><br />In Women Who Run With the Wolves, Dr. Est茅s has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and life-giving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.<br /><br />Clarissa Pinkola Est茅s, Ph.D., is an internationally known poet, post-trauma recovery specialist, senior training psychoanalyst [Jungian], and cantadora [keeper of the old stories] in her mestizo Latina tradition. Her doctorate is in ethno-clinical psychology / indigenous history from The Union Institute. She is an award-winning author both performance art and spoken word. <br /><br />PRAISE FOR WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES<br /><br />"I am grateful to Women Who Run With the Wolves and to Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Est茅s. The work shows the reader how glorious <br />it is to be daring, to be caring, and to be a woman. Everyone who can read should read this book."<br />鈥擬AYA ANGELOU<br /><br />"A deeply spiritual book . . . She honors what is tough, smart, and untamed in women. She venerates the female soul."<br />鈥擳he Washington Post<br /><br />"Women Who Run With the Wolves isn鈥檛 just another book. It is a gift of profound insight, wisdom, and love. An oracle for one who knows."<br />鈥擜LICE WALKER<br /><br />"An inspiring book, the 鈥榲itamins for the soul鈥?[for women] who are cut off from their intuitive nature."<br />鈥擲an Francisco Chronicle<br /><br />"Millennia of humans have gathered around fires to hear words that transferred hard-won wisdom and allowed dreams of unlimited possibilities. In a modern world that limits wisdom to 'facts,' and women鈥檚 access even to those, Dr. Est茅s has restored the fire鈥攆or us all."<br />鈥擥LORIA STEINEM<br /><br />"Stands out from the pack . . . This book will become a bible for women interested in doing deep work. . . . It is a road map of all the pitfalls, those familiar and those horrifically unexpected, that a woman encounters on the way back to her instinctual self. Wolves . . . is a gift."<br />鈥擫os Angeles Times<br />
How to Read the Constitution--and Why
by Kim Wehle

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English

Pages

328

Publication Date

June 25, 2019

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<p><strong>"A must-read for this era.鈥濃€擩ake Tapper, CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent聽</strong></p><p><strong>An insightful, urgent, and聽perennially relevant handbook that lays out in common sense language how the United States Constitution works, and how its protections are eroding before our eyes鈥攅ssential reading for anyone who wants to understand and parse the constantly breaking news about the backbone of American government.</strong></p><p>The Constitution is the most significant document in America. But do you fully understand what this valuable document means to you? In <em>How to Read the Constitution--and Why</em>, legal expert and educator Kimberly Wehle spells out in clear, simple, and common sense terms what is in the Constitution, and most importantly, what it means. In compelling terms and including聽text from the United States Constitution,聽she describes how the Constitution鈥檚 protections are eroding鈥攏ot only in express terms but by virtue of the many legal and social norms that no longer shore up its legitimacy鈥攁nd why every American needs to heed to this 鈥渞ed flag鈥?moment in our democracy.</p><p>This invaluable鈥攁nd timely鈥攔esource includes聽the聽Constitution in its entirety and covers nearly every significant aspect of the聽text, 聽from the powers of the President and how the three branches of government are designed to hold each other accountable, to what it means to have individual rights鈥攊ncluding free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to an abortion. Finally, the book explains why it has never been more important than now for all Americans to know how our Constitution works鈥攁nd why, if we don鈥檛 step in to protect it now, we could lose its protections forever.</p><p><em>How to Read the Constitution--and Why </em>is essential reading for anyone who cares about maintaining an accountable government and the individual freedoms that the Constitution enshrines for <em>everyone</em> in America鈥攔egardless of political party. </p>
Out of Africa: and Shadows on the Grass (Vintage International)
by Isak Dinesen

Language

English

Pages

478

Publication Date

May 18, 2011

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With classic simplicity and a painter's feeling for atmosphere and detail, Isak Dinesen tells of the years she spent from 1914 to 1931 managing a coffee plantation in Kenya.
Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror...
by Grady Hendrix

Language

English

Pages

254

Publication Date

September 19, 2017

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<b>An affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970s and 鈥?0s</b><br /> 聽<br /> Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of two iconic decades . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next <i>Exorcist </i>or <i>Rosemary鈥檚 Baby</i>. Complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles, this unforgettable volume dishes on familiar authors like <b>V. C. Andrews</b> and <b>R. L. Stine</b>, plus many more who鈥檝e faded into obscurity. Also included are recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.
How to Read a Book (A Touchstone Book)
by , Mortimer J. Adler

Language

English

Pages

449

Publication Date

May 10, 2011

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<b>With half a million copies in print,<i> How to Read a Book</i> is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader, completely rewritten and updated with new material.</b><br /> <br /><b>A CNN Book of the Week: 鈥淓xplains not just why we should read books, but how we should read them. It's masterfully done.鈥?鈥揊arheed Zakaria</b><br /><br />Originally published in 1940, this book is a rare phenomenon, a <i>living</i> classic that introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them鈥攆rom elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. Readers will learn when and how to 鈥渏udge a book by its cover,鈥?and also how to X-ray it, read critically, and extract the author鈥檚 message from the text.<br /> <br />Also included is instruction in the different techniques that work best for reading particular genres, such as practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science works.<br /> <br />Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests you can use measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension, and speed.

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