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Assume the Worst

Carl Hiaasen
Authors:
Carl Hiaasen

This is the ultimate hilarious, cynical, but absolutely realistic view of a college graduate's future. And what he or she can or can't do about it."This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. That's not what you need. You need a warning."So begins Carl Hiaasen's attempt to prepare young men and women for their future. And who better to warn them about their precarious paths forward than Carl Hiaasen? The answer, after reading Assume the Worst, is: nobody.Illustrated by bestselling author/illustrator and National Book Award winner Roz Chast, this book is bound to be a classic, sold year after year come graduation time. Although it's also a good gift for anyone starting a job, getting married, or recently released from prison. Because it is not just funny. It is, in its own Hiaasen way, extremely wise and even hopeful. Well, it might not be full of hope, but there are certainly enough slivers of the stuff in there to more than keep us all going.

Center Street

Death Need Not Be Fatal

Malachy McCourt, Brian McDonald
Authors:
Malachy McCourt, Brian McDonald
Basic Books

Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris

Peter Brooks
Authors:
Peter Brooks

In 1869, Gustave Flaubert published what he considered to be his masterwork novel, A Sentimental Education, which told a deeply human and deeply pessimistic story of the 1848 revolutions. The book was a critical and commercial flop. Flaubert was devastated.

Virago

Losing the Dead

Lisa Appignanesi
Authors:
Lisa Appignanesi

As her mother slipped into the darkness of old age, Lisa Appignanesi began to realise how little she knew of the reality behind the tales she had heard since childhood. She had shunned her parents' stories of war-time Poland, but now she set out to find the truth. In her quest she flew to Warsaw - imagining and revisiting a past she never knew.This is the moving story of the Jews who survived outside the camps, but it is also the author's own voyage of self-discovery - a family memoir of the rites of passage of emigration, childhood, and growing up an outsider in a closed community

Black Dog & Leventhal

My Bookstore

Ronald Rice
Authors:
Ronald Rice

In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookshops and booksellers, 84 known authors pay tribute to the brick-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes.In My Bookstore our greatest authors write about the pleasure, guidance, and support that their favorite bookstores and booksellers have given them over the years. The relationship between a writer and his or her local store and staff can last for years or even decades. Often it's the author's local store that supported him during the early days of his career, that continues to introduce and hand-sell her work to new readers, and that serves as the anchor for the community in which he lives and works.My Bookstore collects the essays, stories, odes and words of gratitude and praise for stores across the country in 81 pieces written by our most beloved authors. It's a joyful, industry-wide celebration of our bricks-and-mortar stores and a clarion call to readers everywhere at a time when the value and importance of these stores should be shouted from the rooftops.Perfectly charming line drawings by Leif Parsons illustrate each storefront and other distinguishing features of the shops.Contributing Authors and Bookstores Include:Fannie Flagg?Page & Palette, Fairhope, ALRick Bragg?Alabama Booksmith, Homewood, ALJohn Grisham?That Bookstore in Blytheville, Blytheville, ARRon Carlson?Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZAnn Packer?Capitola Book Caf?, Capitola, CAIsabel Allende?Book Passage, Corte Madera, CAMahbod Seraji?Kepler?s Books, Menlo Park, CALisa See?Vroman?s Bookstore, Pasadena, CAMeg Waite Clayton?Books Inc., San Francisco, CADaniel Handler and Lisa Brown?The Booksmith, San Francisco, CADave Eggers?Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CAPico Iyer?Chaucer?s Books, Santa Barbara, CALaurie R. King?Bookshop, Santa Cruz, CAScott Lasser?Explore Booksellers, Aspen, COStephen White?Tattered Cover Book Store, Devner, COKate Niles?Maria?s Bookshop, Durango, COAnn Haywood Leal?Bank Square Books, Mystic, CTFlorence and Wendell Minor?The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CTRick Atkinson?Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, DCLes Standiford?Books & Books, Coral Gables, FLRobert Macomber?The Muse Book Shop, Deland, FLDavid Fulmer?Eagle Eye Book Shop, Decatur, GAAbraham Verghese?Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IACharlie Brandt?Chapter One Bookstore, Ketchum, IDLuis Alberto Urrea?Anderson?s Bookshops, Naperville, ILMike Leonard?The Book Stall Chestnut Court, Winnetka, ILAlbert Goldbarth?Watermark Books, Wichita, KSWendell Berry?Carmichael?s Bookstore, Louisville, KYEdith Pearlman?Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MAMameve Medwed?Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MAHenry Louis Gates, Jr.?Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MASimon Winchester?The Bookloft, Great Barrington, MANancy Thayer?Mitchell?s Book Corner, Nantucket, MAElin Hilderbrand?Nantucket Bookworks, Nantucket, MAJeanne Birdsall?Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, MAMartha Ackmann?Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MAWard Just?Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Vineyard Haven, MARon Currie, Jr.?Longfellow Books, Portland, MENancy Shaw?Nicola?s Books, Ann Arbor, MIKatrina Kittle?Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MIAnn Patchett?Mclean & Eakin Booksellers, Petotskey, MIKathleen Finneran?Left Bank Books, St.Louis, MOBarry Moser?Lemuria Books, Jackson, MSJill McCorkle?Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NCCarrie Ryan?Park Road Books, Charlotte NCLaurent Dubois?The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NCLee Smith?Purple Crow Books, Hillsborough, NCAngela Davis-Gardner?Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NCRon Rash?City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, NC

Virago

Heartburn

Nora Ephron
Authors:
Nora Ephron

'I have bought more copies of this book to give to people, in a frenzy of enthusiasm, than any other . . . Heartburn is the perfect, bittersweet, sobbingly funny, all-too-true confessional novel' Nigella Lawson *Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel discovers that her husband is in love with another woman. The fact that this woman has a 'neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb' is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel is a cookery writer, and between trying to win Mark back and wishing him dead, she offers us some of her favourite recipes. Heartburn is a roller coaster of love, betrayal, loss and - most satisfyingly - revenge.This is Nora Ephron's (screenwriter of When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle) roman a clef: 'I always thought during the pain of the marriage that one day it would make a funny book,' she once said - And it is!*PraiseI am not a great reader of comic novels, but Ephron's hilarious, recipe-strewn, semi-autobiographical account of a heavily pregnant woman whose husband has left her for a woman with a 'neck as long as an arm' is a treat. A perfect example of Ephron's gift for turning tragedy into comedy, Heartburn is evidence that revenge is indeed a dish best served cold - Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the TrainHeartburn took the most miserable personal situation and made it hysterically funny, inspiring and utterly relatable to women of all ages. I became obsessed with its author and thinly disguised heroine. - Sali Hughes, Stylist'Nora Ephron's first novel is warm, witty and wise.' - Harper's Bazaar

Anthony Holden

Anthony Holden is an award-winning journalist who has published more than thirty books, including biographies of Laurence Olivier, Tchaikovsky and Shakespeare. He has published translations of opera, ancient Greek plays and poetry. With his son Ben, he has edited Poems That Make Grown Men Cry and Poems That Make Grown Women Cry.

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives. He is a prize-winning journalist with a regular column in the Miami Herald and many articles in varied magazines. He started writing crime fiction in the early 1980s and has recently branched out into children's books; he has also had several works of non-fiction published.

Caroline O'Donoghue

Caroline O'Donoghue is a writer for The Pool.com and columnist for The Times. She also hosts the podcast Sentimental Garbage and co-hosts The School for Dumb Women. Promising Young Women is her first book.

Charles Jennings

CHARLES JENNINGS studied English at Oxford and then become, as reported in the Spectator, the funniest journalist in London. He has written numerous books, including a history of Greenwich, as well as Them and Us: The American Invasion of English High Society.

Lisa Appignanesi

Lisa Appignanesi was born in Poland and grew up in France and Canada. A novelist and writer, she is visiting professor of Literature and the Medical Humanities at King's College London. She was chair of the Freud Museum from 2008-2014 and is a former president of English PEN. She was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in 2013. Her published work includes Mad, Bad and Sad, All About Love and Losing the Dead. @LisaAppignanesi

Lyndall Gordon

Lyndall Gordon is the prizewinning author of biographies including CHARLOTTE BRONTE, VIRGINIA WOOLF, SHARED LIVES and MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT. Born and raised in South Africa, Lyndall is a fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford.

Mary S. Lovell

Mary Lovell lists her chief interests as horses, sailing, aviation and book collecting. She enjoys overseas travel and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She is the author of four previous biographies including the international bestseller STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING: The Biography of Beryl Markham.

Nigel Cawthorne

Nigel Cawthorne is the author of a number of successful true crime and popular history books. His writing has appeared in over 150 newspapers, magazines and partworks - from the Sun to the Financial Times, and from Flatbush Life to The New York Tribune. He lives in London.

Noel Streatfeild

Noel Streatfeild was born in Sussex in 1895 and was one of three sisters. After working in munitions factories and canteens for the armed forces when the First World War broke out, Noel followed her dream of being on stage and went to RADA where she became a professional actress.She began writing children's books in 1931 and Ballet Shoes was published in 1936. She quickly became one of the most popular authors of her day. She was one of the first winners of the Carnegie Medal and was awarded an OBE in 1983.

Peter Brooks

Peter Brooks is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Yale University. The author of several award-winning books, Brooks currently teaches at Princeton University and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Richard West

Richard West is a journalist and writer who contributes regularly to Private Eye and the Spectator.Richard West is a journalist and writer who contributes regularly to The Times Literary Supplement and the Spectator. He has written many books, including a much-admired biography of Daniel Defoe.

Robert Carmichael

ROBERT CARMICHAEL worked for a decade as a foreign correspondent in Cambodia, leaving in 2017. His first stint was from 2001-3 when he was the managing editor of the Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia's oldest English-language newspaper. His role not only required him to run the news-gathering and editorial side of the newspaper, but also to write extensively about pressing national issues. Among those was the 2003 deal between the United Nations and the Cambodian government that resulted in the formation of the Khmer Rouge tribunal. He returned in early 2009 to cover Duch's trial, the first of four cases the tribunal was tackling. During that time, he worked as the country correspondent for the German wire service dpa, as well as for Radio Australia, Voice of America radio, BBC radio and Deutsche Welle, among others. He wrote numerous wire, radio and print articles about the tribunal and Duch's trial in particular, as well as news and features on other topics including the economy, social issues, politics, human rights and the environment. His writing appeared regularly through these outlets and others in Europe, Australasia and the Americas.Through his work Robert developed excellent relationships with some of the leading lights at the tribunal as well as experts in related fields including academics David Chandler, Stephen Heder and Craig Etcheson, as well as Youk Chhang who runs the genocide research organization DC-Cam. He travelled widely around Cambodia interviewing people about the Khmer Rouge period, the impact of the tribunal and the thorny issue of reconciliation, which as a South African, was of particular personal interest.In 2012, he wrote the 21,000-word text for the iPad app Quest for Land, whose 700 images shot over a decade by Magnum photographer John Vink cover the topic of land in Cambodia. In his New York Times review, veteran correspondent Seth Mydans praised the 'intelligent and thorough written text by the Phnom Penh-based journalist Robert Carmichael that enhances the images with context and analysis . . . [and] places the issue of land and land-grabbing firmly within the history and soul of a country that continues to feel the wounds of mass killings by the Khmer Rouge.' For two years, Robert was the president of the Overseas Press Club of Cambodia, and in that capacity established strong links with leading journalists in the region. Robert's website www.robertcarmichael.net contains many of his articles.

Ronald Rice

Ronald Rice has worked in book publishing, as a sales and marketing professional, for more than 25 years. He began his career at Koen Book Distributors and then served as Sales Director/Small Press Buyer for Bookazine, Co. He was a four-time nominee for Publishers Weekly Sales Representative of the Year and has served multi-year terms on both the New England Independent Booksellers Association and Southern Booksellers Alliance advisory councils. He is currently a publishing industry consultant. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Sally Phipps

Sally Phipps is Molly Keane's daughter.