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Bad Feminist

Bad Feminist Description:

i Pink is my favorite color I used to say my favorite color was black to be em cool em but it is pink all shades of pink If I have an accessory it is probably pink I read em Vogue em and I m not doing it ironically though it might seem that way I once live tweeted the September issue i br br In these funny and insightful essays Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of color while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society but also one of our culture br br em Bad Feminist em is a sharp funny and spot on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are and an inspiring call to arms of all the ways we still need to do better

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Description:

From the bestselling author of i Bad Feminist i a searingly honest memoir of food weight self image and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself br br i I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big my body would be safe I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble I tried to erase every memory of her but she is still there somewhere I was trapped in my body one that I barely recognized or understood but at least I was safe i br br In her phenomenally popular essays and long running Tumblr blog Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure consumption appearance and health As a woman who describes her own body as wildly undisciplined Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial between self comfort and self care In Hunger she explores her own past including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself br br With the bracing candor vulnerability and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food a smaller and safer body and a body that can love and be loved in a time when the bigger you are the smaller your world becomes

Rating: 3.31 out of 5

An Untamed State

An Untamed State Description:

Roxane Gay is a powerful new literary voice whose short stories and essays have already earned her an enthusiastic audience In i An Untamed State i she delivers an assured debut about a woman kidnapped for ransom her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath br br Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale The strong willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti s richest sons she has an adoring husband a precocious infant son by all appearances a perfect life The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men in front of her father s Port au Prince estate Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents br br i An Untamed State i is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places i An Untamed State i establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious arresting talent

Rating: 3.45 out of 5

The Gay Science

The Gay Science Description:

Nietzsche called The Gay Science the most personal of all my books It was here that he first proclaimed the death of God to which a large part of the book is devoted and his doctrine of the eternal recurrence br br Walter Kaufmann s commentary with its many quotations from previously untranslated letters brings to life Nietzsche as a human being and illuminates his philosophy The book contains some of Nietzsche s most sustained discussions of art and morality knowledge and truth the intellectual conscience and the origin of logic br br Most of the book was written just before Thus Spoke Zarathustra the last part five years later after Beyond Good and Evil We encounter Zarathustra in these pages as well as many of Nietzsche s most interesting philosophical ideas and the largest collection of his own poetry that he himself ever published br br Walter Kaufmann s English versions of Nietzsche represent one of the major translation enterprises of our time He is the first philosopher to have translated Nietzsche s major works and never before has a single translator given us so much of Nietzsche

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

Difficult Women

Difficult Women Description:

Award winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with i An Untamed State i which earned rave reviews and was selected as one of the best books of the year by the i Washington Post i NPR the i Boston Globe i and i Kirkus i and her i New York Times i bestselling essay collection i Bad Feminist i Harper Perennial Gay returns with i Difficult Women i a collection of stories of rare force and beauty of hardscrabble lives passionate loves and quirky and vexed human connection br br The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail A pair of sisters grown now have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children and must negotiate the marriage of one of them A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind From a girls fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform compete and spy on each other Gay delivers a wry beautiful haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce Jamie Quatro and Miranda July br

Rating: 3.40 out of 5

Of Mice And Men

Of Mice And Men Description:

The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world Drifters in search of work George and his simple minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream a dream that one day they will have some land of their own Eventually they find work on a ranch in California s Salinas Valley but their hopes are doomed as Lennie struggling against extreme cruelty misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy becomes a victim of his own strength Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision and giving voice to America s lonely and dispossessed i Of Mice and Men i has proved one of Steinbeck s most popular works achieving success as a novel a Broadway play and three acclaimed films

Rating: 3.80 out of 5

The Better Part of Darkness (Charlie Madigan, #1)

The Better Part of Darkness (Charlie Madigan, #1) Description:

Atlanta it s the promised city for the off worlders foreigners from the alternate dimensions of heaven like Elysia and hell like Charbydon Some bring good works and miracles And some bring unimaginable evil br br Charlie Madigan is a divorced mother of one and a kick ass cop trained to take down the toughest human and off world criminals She s recently returned from the dead after a brutal attack an unexplained revival that has left her plagued by ruthless nightmares and random outbursts of strength that make doing her job for Atlanta P D s Integration Task Force even harder Since the Revelation the criminal element in Underground Atlanta has grown leaving Charlie and her partner Hank to keep the chaos to a dull roar But now an insidious new danger is descending on her city with terrifying speed threatening innocent lives a deadly off world narcotic known as ash Charlie is determined to uncover the source of ash before it targets another victim but can she protect those she loves from a force more powerful than heaven and hell combined

Rating: 3.74 out of 5

This Book is Gay

This Book is Gay Description:

Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it s like to grow up as LGBT Including testimonials from people across the spectrum this inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know from sex to politics how to pull stereotypes how to come out and more Spike Gerrell s hilarious illustrations combined with funny and factual text make this a must have read

Rating: 3.79 out of 5

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level Description:

In em The Big Leap em Gay Hendricks the em New York Times em bestselling author of em Five Wishes em demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs Fans of Wayne Dyer Eckhart Tolle Marianne Williamson and em The Secret em will find useful effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in em The Big Leap em

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

The Darkest Edge of Dawn (Charlie Madigan, #2)

The Darkest Edge of Dawn (Charlie Madigan, #2) Description:

It takes a strong woman to keep the peace in a city of endless night br Deep beneath Underground a cunning bid for power and revenge has begun one that threatens to make Atlanta the new battleground in the ultimate confrontation between good and evil The powers of hellish Charbydon have the upper hand after plunging the city into primordial night And under the cover of darkness a serial killer targets the most powerful Elysians in the city the angelic Adonai For Detective Charlie Madigan and her siren partner Hank tracking deadly predators is all in a day s work but this case will test the limits of their strength and friendship as it draws them into a deadly world of power plays ancient myths explosive secrets and a race against time that risks all that Charlie holds dear

Rating: 3.41 out of 5

The Hour of Dust and Ashes (Charlie Madigan, #3)

The Hour of Dust and Ashes (Charlie Madigan, #3) Description:

br To save her sister she must stop a silent killer p Protecting Atlanta from the off world criminals of Underground is tough enough but now Detective Charlie Madigan and her siren partner Hank learn that the addicts of the offworld drug ash have begun taking their own lives Ash makes humans the perfect vessels for possession and something or someone is leading them to their deaths Charlie is desperate to save her addicted sister Bryn from a similar fate As New Year s Eve approaches and time runs out Charlie makes a deadly bargain with an ancient race of beings and embarks on a dangerous journey into hellish Charbydon with Hank and the Revenant Rex to save Bryn and make it back before it s too late Only for one of them coming home means facing a fate worse then death p

Rating: 3.54 out of 5


Twilight Description:

A Southern gothic novel about an undertaker who won t let the dead rest br br Suspecting that something is amiss with their father s burial teenager Kenneth Tyler and his sister Corrie venture to his gravesite and make a horrific discovery their father a whiskey bootlegger was not actually buried in the casket they bought for him Worse they learn that the undertaker Fenton Breece has been grotesquely manipulating the dead br br Armed with incriminating photographs Tyler becomes obsessed with bringing the perverse undertaker to justice But first he must outrun Granville Sutter a local strongman and convicted murderer hired by Fenton to destroy the evidence What follows is an adventure through the Harrikin an eerie backwoods filled with tangled roads rusted machinery and eccentric squatters old men witches and families among them who both shield and imperil Tyler as he runs for safety br br With his poetic haunting prose William Gay rewrites the rules of the gothic fairy tale while exploring the classic Southern themes of good and evil

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

The Long Home

The Long Home Description:

In a literary voice that is both original and powerfully unsettling William Gay tells the story of Nathan Winer a young and headstrong Tennessee carpenter who lost his father years ago to a human evil that is greater and closer at hand than any the boy can imagine until he learns of it first hand Gay s remarkable debut novel The Long Home is also the story of Amber Rose a beautiful young woman forced to live beneath that evil who recognizes even as a child that Nathan is her first and last chance at escape And it is the story of William Tell Oliver a solitary old man who watches the growing evil from the dark woods and adds to his own weathered guilt by failing to do anything about it Set in rural Tennessee in the s The Long Home will bring to mind once again the greatest Southern novelists and will haunt the reader with its sense of solitude longing and the deliverance that is always just out of reach

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down: Collected Stories

I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down: Collected Stories Description:

William Gay established himself as the big new name to include in the storied annals of Southern Lit i Esquire i with his debut novel i The Long Home i and his highly acclaimed follow up i Provinces of Night i Like Faulkner s Mississippi and Cormac McCarthy s American West Gay s Tennessee is redolent of broken souls Mining that same fertile soil his debut collection i I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down i brings together thirteen stories charting the pathos of interior lives Among the colorful people readers meet are old man Meecham who escapes from his nursing home only to find his son has rented their homestead to white trash Quincy Nell Qualls who not only falls in love with the town lothario but pregnant faces an inescapable end when he abandons her Finis and Doneita Beasley whose forty year marriage is broken up by a dead dog and Bobby Pettijohn awakened in the night by a search party after a body is discovered in his back woods br William Gay expertly sets these conflicted characters against lush backcountry scenery and defies our moral logic as we grow to love them for the weight of their human errors

Rating: 3.76 out of 5

The Beggar's Opera

The Beggar's Opera Description:

The Beggar s Opera introduced to theater the ballad opera and an immortal cast of characters The Peachums employers of a company of pickpockets shoplifters and thieves raised their daughter Polly for finer things but she has done a dreadful deed She has married for love Her husband is Macheath so exquisite a robber he might have been a lawyer or lord and so devoted to matrimony that he has two or three wives already

Rating: 3.66 out of 5

Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living

Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living Description:

b i The Wall Street Journal i s popular columnist Jason Gay delivers a hilarious and heartfelt guide to modern living br b br b b The book you hold in your hand is a rule book There have been rule books before stacks upon stacks of them but this book is unlike any other rule book you have ever read It will not make you rich in twenty four hours or even seventy two hours It will not cause you to lose eighty pounds in a week This book has no abdominal exercises I have been doing abdominal exercises for most of my adult life and my abdomen looks like it s always looked It looks like flan Syrupy flan So we can just limit those expectations This book does not offer a crash diet or a plan for maximizing your best self I don t know a thing about your best self It may be embarrassing Your best self might be sprinkling peanut M amp M s onto rest stop pizza as we speak I cannot promise that this book is a road map to success And we should probably set aside the goal of total happiness There s no such thing br br I would however like for it to make you laugh Maybe think I believe it is possible to find at any age a new appreciation for what you have and what you don t have as well as for the people closest to you There s a way to experience life that does not involve a phone a tablet a television screen There s also a way to experience life that does not involve eating seafood at the airport because you should really never eat seafood at the airport br br Like the title says I want us all to achieve little victories I believe that happiness is derived less from a significant single accomplishment than it is from a series of successful daily maneuvers Maybe it s the way you feel when you walk out the door after drinking six cups of coffee or surviving a family vacation or playing the rowdy family Thanksgiving touch football game or just learning to embrace that music at the gym Accomplishments do not have to be large to be meaningful I think little victories are the most important ones in life br i br From the Introduction i

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

Provinces of Night

Provinces of Night Description:

The year is and E F Bloodworth has returned to his home a forgotten corner of Tennessee after twenty years of roaming The wife he walked out on has withered and faded His three sons are grown and angry Warren is a womanising alcoholic Boyd is driven by jealousy to hunt down his wife s lover and Brady puts hexes on his enemies from his mother s porch Only Fleming the old man s grandson treats him with respect and sees past all the hatred realising the way it can poison a man s soul It is ultimately the love of Raven Lee a sloe eyed beauty from another town that gives Fleming the courage to reject his family s curse br br In a tale redolent with the crumbling loyalties and age old strife of the post war American South made familiar to us by Cormac McCarthy Gay s characters inhabit a world driven by blood ties that strangle as they bind A coming of age novel a love story and a portrait of a family torn apart b Provinces of Night b introduced a distinctive new voice in American fiction and a superb cast of characters

Rating: 3.54 out of 5

Shadows Before the Sun (Charlie Madigan, #4)

Shadows Before the Sun (Charlie Madigan, #4) Description:

Between life and death lies a chasm of pain beyond imagining br Elysia may be a heavenly off world destination but beyond it in the siren city of Fiallan the Circe have punished Charlie Madigan s partner Hank into a torturous state between life and death With all the proper legal channels cleared Charlie heads to Elysia not knowing what she ll find or if she ll ever see the siren again while at home jinn crime boss Grigori Tennin has begun an all out hunt for the divine being Ahkneri Tennin s tactics set off a chain reaction that puts Charlie in the crosshairs of the shadowy creature known as Death and stirs Ahkneri from her long sleep and if Vengeance awakes Atlanta will never be the same

Rating: 3.49 out of 5

Fifteen Shades of Gay (For Pay)

Fifteen Shades of Gay (For Pay) Description:

b MONEY b br br Andrew Reynolds is determined to stay in New York City as long as his sister Marie a cancer patient needs him But despite his good looks and talent Andrew hasn t managed to find work as an actor With his bank account empty and his credit cards maxed Andrew needs money fast Gay escorts make a nice living but there s one problem Andrew isn t gay br br b SEX b br br Ever since his early teens when Andrew s father shocked everyone by coming out Andrew has been uncomfortable around gay men Pretending to be gay will be the role of a lifetime From male male dates to erotic toys spankings and more extreme play Andrew must satisfy his clients without revealing his usual tastes br br b AND ROMANCE b br br Andrew s first date with closeted politician Cormac Donovan ends in disaster Yet with each successive booking the attraction between them grows As Andrew struggles with unexpected new feelings Cormac puts his senatorial career in danger And what began as a way for Andrew to earn money becomes a one way ticket to heartbreak or lasting love

Rating: 3.58 out of 5

Gay Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

Gay Neck: The Story of a Pigeon Description:

Writing out of his own experience as a boy in India Dhan Gopal Mukerji tells how Gay Neck s master sent his prized pigeon to serve in World War I and of how because of his exceptional training and his brave heart Gay Neck served his new masters heroically Winner of the Newbery Medal

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

50 Shades of Gay

50 Shades of Gay Description:

Meeting his celebrity crush was one thing but even Hollywood could not have written what happened next Inspired by E L James international phenomenon i Shades of Grey i Jeffery Self s i Shades of Gay i tells the story of a young celebrity blogger Alex Kirby who interviews Taylor Grayson a superstar leading man in Hollywood blockbuster films Grayson also happens to be a closeted gay man with a passion for BDSM br br When Grayson draws the younger man into his private orbit and initiates him into his sexual world the younger man can tell that kinky sex has shielded Grayson from having a real emotional connection with another man But he is head over heels in love with the older powerful gorgeous man who has selected him for the pleasures of submission br br Ultimately Alex decides to experiment with the power differential between them and see if he can break through the armor that Grayson and his layers of Hollywood handlers have imprisoned him in Will he be able to open Grayson up to real intimacy or will he cause Grayson to end the relationship and cut himself off yet again

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

The Voyeur's Motel

The Voyeur's Motel Description:

On January in the run up to the publication of his landmark bestseller i Thy Neighbor s Wife i Gay Talese received an anonymous letter from a man in Colorado Since learning of your long awaited study of coast to coast sex in America the letter began I feel I have important information that I could contribute to its contents or to contents of a future book The man went on to tell Talese an astonishing secret that he had bought a motel to satisfy his voyeuristic desires He had built an attic observation platform fitted with vents through which he could peer down on his unwitting guests br br Unsure what to make of this confession Talese traveled to Colorado where he met the man Gerald Foos verified his story in person and read some of his extensive journals a secret record of America s changing social and sexual mores But because Foos insisted on remaining anonymous Talese filed his reporting away assuming the story would remain untold Now after thirty five years he s ready to go public and Talese can finally tell his story i The Voyeur s Motel i is an extraordinary work of narrative journalism and one of the most talked about books of the year

Rating: 3.26 out of 5

Thy Neighbor's Wife

Thy Neighbor's Wife Description:

Engrossing and provocative Library Journal br br Bestselling author Gay Talese s exploration into the hidden and changing sex lives of Americans from all walks of life shocked the world when it was first published in Now considered a classic this fascinating personal oddysey and revealing public reflection on American sexuality changed the way Americans looked at themselves and one another br br br i From the Paperback edition i

Rating: 3.45 out of 5

The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic

The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic Description:

When a deadly diphtheria epidemic swept through Nome Alaska in the local doctor knew that without a fresh batch of antitoxin his patients would die The lifesaving serum was a thousand miles away the port was icebound and planes couldn t fly in blizzard conditions only the dogs could make it The heroic dash of dog teams across the Alaskan wilderness to Nome inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and immortalized Balto the lead dog of the last team whose bronze statue still stands in New York City s Central Park This is the greatest dog story never fully told until now

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude Description:

i Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude i is a sustained meditation on that which goes away loved ones the seasons the earth as we know it that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard That is this is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard those places where all death sorrow loss is converted into what might with patience nourish us br br b Winner National Book Critics Circle Award poetry category br Winner Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize b br b Finalist National Book Award poetry category br Finalist NAACP Image Awards poetry category b br br

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

The First Rule of Ten (A Tenzing Norbu Mystery, #1)

The First Rule of Ten (A Tenzing Norbu Mystery, #1) Description:

i Don t ignore intuitive tickles lest they reappear as sledgehammers i br br i That s the first rule of Ten i br br i i br br Tenzing Norbu Ten for short ex monk and soon to be ex cop is a protagonist unique to our times In i The First Rule of Ten i the i i first installment in a three book detective series we meet this spiritual warrior who is singularly equipped if not occasionally ill equipped as he takes on his first case as a private investigator in Los Angeles br br Growing up in a Tibetan Monastery Ten dreamed of becoming a modern day Sherlock Holmes So when he was sent to Los Angeles to teach meditation he joined the LAPD instead But as the Buddha says change is inevitable and ten years later everything is about to change big time for Ten One resignation from the police force two bullet wounds three suspicious deaths and a beautiful woman later he quickly learns that whenever he breaks his first rule mayhem follows br br Set in the modern day streets and canyons of Los Angeles i The First Rule of Ten i is at turns humorous insightful and riveting a gripping mystery as well as a reflective character driven story with intriguing life lessons for us all

Rating: 3.40 out of 5

Freud: A Life for Our Time

Freud: A Life for Our Time Description:

strong Norton celebrates the th anniversary of Freud s birth by reissuing Peter Gay s best selling biography featuring a new introduction strong

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940

Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940 Description:

i Gay New York i brilliantly shatters the myth that before the s gay life existed only in the closet where gay men were isolated invisible and self hating Based on years of research and access to a rich trove of diaries legal records and other unpublished documents this book is a fascinating portrait of a gay world that is not supposed to have existed

Rating: 3.39 out of 5

Little Sister Death

Little Sister Death Description:

David Binder is a young successful writer living in Chicago and suffering from writer s block He stares at the blank page and the blank page stares back until inspiration strikes in the form of a ghost story that captivated him as a child br br With his pregnant wife and young daughter in tow he sets out to explore the myth of Virginia Beale Faery Queen of the Haunted Dell But as his investigation takes him deeper and deeper into the legacy of blood and violence that casts its shadow over the old Beale farm Binder finds himself obsessed with a force that s as wicked as it is seductive br br A stirring literary rendition of Tennessee s famed Curse of the Bell Witch i Little Sister Death i skillfully toes the line between Southern Gothic and horror and further cements William Gay s legacy as not only one of the South s finest writers but among the best that American literature has to offer br

Rating: 3.41 out of 5

As I Lay Dying (Folio Society)

As I Lay Dying (Folio Society) Description:

In the stifling heat of a Mississippi summer a woman lies on her deathbed From her airless room she can hear her son sawing planks to make her coffin Two other sons have left to fetch timber they know that they could miss the moment of their mother s passing but they cannot resist the chance to earn three dollars Addie Bundren s one request is to be buried in Jefferson miles away Her family s terrible journey there will be plagued with disasters of almost biblical proportions including a flooded river that threatens to sweep away the coffin entirely br br First published in As I Lay Dying is an unforgettable portrait of a poverty stricken American family The narrative is shared by members of the Bundren clan their neighbours and acquaintances Jewel Addie s favourite son whose real father is the preacher Whitfield Addie s work shy husband Anse who fears that if he ever sweats he will die their daughter Dewey Dell who has pinned her hopes on the trip to Jefferson in order to terminate a pregnancy As each of the narrators speaks an utterly compelling picture of their relationships secrets rivalries and frustrations emerges Faulkner s style at times resembles the stream of consciousness of Joyce and Woolf informed by the rhythms of Southern speech and its unanswerable truths And then life wasn t made to be easy on folks they wouldn t ever have any reason to be good and die br br William Faulkner was born in New Albany Mississippi in With the publication of The Sound and the Fury in he became a dominant force in American literature the most prominent of the group of th century Southern writers that includes Flannery O Connor Truman Capote and Eudora Welty Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in This edition contains a new introduction by William Gay a leading light amongst the contemporary writers of the American South

Rating: 3.48 out of 5