Okay Fine Whatever
By Courtenay Hameister
The story of one chronically anxious woman's hilarious year-long quest to change her own timid nature by seeking out the kinds of experiences she's spent her life avoiding.During the nine years Courtenay Hameister hosted NPR's Live Wire, she lived in a state of near-constant dread and anxiety, and she didn't just fret about and fear her next radio show; she fretted about and feared everything. Until about a year ago, when she decided to take arms against a sea of anxieties and by opposing... maybe not end them, but at least become a little more adventurous, spontaneous, and comfortable in her own skin. OKAY FINE WHATEVER tells the story of Courtenay's year-long fight against her own nature, which took the form of pushing herself to try new things, things that scared her or made her uncomfortable, things that the average person might consider doing for a half-a-second before deciding: "nope." Things like: attending a fellatio class. She did that. She also spent an afternoon in a flotation tank, visited a sex club, went on 28 first dates, and got hypnotized. She had a session with a professional cuddler. She got high (legally) in the middle of a workday. And she came away with a lot of amusing and occasionally poignant stories about her adventures on the front lines of Mere Human Woman v. Fear. Refreshing, relatable, and very funny, OKAY FINE WHATEVER reminds us that "the tiniest amount of bravery is still bravery," and that it's possible to fight complacency and grow bolder a little at a time.
The Observing Eye
By Muriel Spark
The Observing Eye is a collection of Muriel Spark's brilliant asides, sayings, and aphorisms. No other writer can hold a candle to her wry, puckish observations:'Neurotics are awfully quick to notice other people's mentalities.''It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles.''The sacrifice of pleasure is of course itself a pleasure.''Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time in your life it may occur.''Ridicule is the only honourable weapon we have left.'Spark's striking insights are precise and unforgettable - they will make you laugh and nod in agreement, with a wicked smile on your face. Her wise words never fail to hit exactly the right note.
The Onion Magazine
By The Onion
Finally, the book that your coffee table has been waiting for: the once-in-a-lifetime (so far) collection of the greatest covers from the Onion's Sunday Magazine.Carefully selected by a team of high-ranking Onion editors, these full-colour replicas of more than 200 covers represent the pinnacle of insight from the most respected newspaper in the world. Highlighting such pressing issues as why Tommy Lee Jones has kept a little boy's name, whether bugs are mad at us, and how to get your baby into the best incubator, these covers remind us why nothing is more important to the survival of America than investigative journalism - and which Eastern religions are best for your abs.
Olivia Finger Puppet Theatre
By Running Press
Make every day extraordinary with Olivia Finger Puppet Theatre . This interactive kit includes finger puppets of Olivia and her friend Francine, a two-sided diorama featuring Olivia's bedroom and a mini theatre, and 16 electrostatic stickers to decorate the scenes. Create fun and inspiring adventures that are only limited by your imagination!
The Onion Book of Known Knowledge
By The Onion
Are you a witless cretin with no reason to live? Would you like to know more about every piece of knowledge ever? Do you have cash? Then congratulations, because just in time for the death of the print industry as we know it comes the final book ever published and the only one you will ever need: The Onion's compendium of all things known.Replete with an astonishing assemblage of facts, illustrations, maps, charts, threats, blood, and additional fees to edify even the most simple-minded book-buyer, THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE is packed with valuable information - such as the life stages of an Aunt; places to kill one's self in Utica, New York; and the dimensions of a female bucket, or "pail." With hundreds of entries for all 27 letters of the alphabet, THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE must be purchased immediately to avoid the sting of eternal ignorance.
Olivia Dress Me Up
By Running Press
Olivia believes in making every day an adventure, and you can help her with this fun, interactive mini kit featuring a cute magnet of Olivia, along with a full range of magnetic outfits and accessories to mix and match - now she's ready for anything! Also included is a 16-page full-colour sticker book.
Office Shark Tank
By Running Press
From annoying brownnosers to two-faced coworkers to micromanaging bosses, the office can sure feel like a shark tank sometimes. This fun and unique game and book poke fun at office politics and will keep you from getting eaten alive." Kit includes Office Shark Tank game board, mechanical shark, 2-player game pieces, and a 32-page illustrated rule book and guide for surviving the office shark tank!
By Kasper Hauser
This is a pocket-sized glimpse into the world of the US president's beloved communications system, without which he is rarely seen and about which the world's press has already devoted numerous column inches. From ex-president GW Bush ('43') asking about lost property, to playing hide and seek with his secret service protection ('Dammit. U guys r good'), to hilarious correspondence with the likes of Tony Blair, the Kasper Hauser comedy group has filtered out the very best of the commander in chief's correspondence for your amusement. OBAMA'S BLACKBERRY will be the perfect gift for fans of clever satire, very silly humour, and anyone who wonders what's really going on inside the Oval Office these days...
Out of My Mind
By Andy Rooney
Every Sunday evening, millions of viewers tune in to 60 Minutes to hear Andy Rooney riff on everything from coffee percolators to the state of the union. Millions more read his weekly newspaper column. Why? Because Rooney tells it like it is. But Rooney fans have never seen him quite like this. Andy Rooney is plain frustrated by what's going on in America and the world. Why can't Americans,let alone our president,speak English anymore? How do we expect to fight a terrorist enemy that we can't even locate? And when did capitalism go so terribly wrong? This book isn't all heady stuff, though. Readers will also get the familiar,and hysterical,Rooney gripes about everyday foibles, such as the impossibility of physically locating your driver's registration, of purchasing a genuinely healthy breakfast cereal, or of enjoying a college reunion,unless everyone ends up in their nighties, that is. PublicAffairs is pleased to present its fifth collaboration with Andy Rooney. Loyal Rooney fans and anyone who enjoys a good laugh at life's absurdities will be thrilled to add it to the bookshelf during the holidays.