American Freak Show: The Completely Fabricated Stories of Our New National Treasures

By Willie Geist

This isn't the first e-book written approximately quantum mechanics, however it simply may be the final. the idea provided inside of those pages is so innovative that it has shocked the clinical neighborhood into reconsidering centuries of considered the habit of strength and subject. organize to have your brain blown.

Sorry, that is the advent to Willie Geist's next book--the end result of his life's paintings. search for it subsequent spring, simply in time for Mother's Day. This publication is ready his different ardour: freaks.

while he isn't within the lab, Geist spends his time on MSNBC's Morning Joe sifting during the wreckage of yank politics and pop culture. nowadays, that is a massive task. With an Alaska hockey mother turning, nearly in a single day, right into a nationwide icon and dangerous to maneuver from Wasilla to the White apartment, with the world's most famed athlete now linked much less with the Masters and extra with the strippers, and with truth television operating round the clock to make sure the constitutional correct of each guy, girl, and baby to 15 mins of reputation, Geist's company is thriving.

In his hilarious first booklet, American Freak Show, Geist takes the shrewdpermanent, biting remark enjoyed by means of his tv viewers to new satirical extremes. The real-life characters who now hang-out our day-by-day lives are forged as stars in thoroughly made-up scenes that, frankly, usually are not all that faraway from reality.

Geist treats us to the 1st examine President Sarah Palin's unconventional inaugural tackle, played survive WWE's Monday evening Raw after her renegade victory within the 2012 election. We pass contained in the ballroom for a Dean Martin-style welcome roast of Bernie Madoff upon his arrival in Hell, with Pol Pot serving as sidesplitting roastmaster. Geist offers us with never-before-seen FBI wiretap transcripts of the extra mundane, yet both profane, mobilephone conversations of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. And George W. Bush's batting-cage-and-waterslide-themed plans for a presidential library are laid out publicly for the 1st time.

From Obama to Oprah, Afghanistan to Lohan, and Snooki to the Salahis, Willie Geist spares nobody as our host of this wild American Freak Show. you are going to chuckle out loud whereas weeping for the way forward for the United States.

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The Magic Christian

By Terry Southern

One of the funniest, harshest, and so much savagely revealing books approximately American existence ever written, The Magic Christian has been referred to as Terry Southern's masterpiece. man Grand is an eccentric billionaire — the final of the massive spenders — made up our minds to create disease within the fabric global and keen to spare no rate to do it. major a existence jam-packed with useful jokes and madcap schemes, his final aim is to turn out his concept that there's not anything so degrading or so distasteful that somebody will not do it for cash. In man Grand's international, all people has a cost, and he's all too keen to pay it. A satire of America's obsession with bigness, sturdiness, cash, television, weapons, and intercourse, The Magic Christian is a hilarious and wickedly unique novel from a real comedian genius.

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Players at the Game of People

By John Brunner

Conflict hero, jet-setter, gourmet--Godwin Harpinshield was once all of these and extra; his existence was once a online game performed one of the appealing humans whose repute, wealth and gear set them above the legislations, and past the legislation of nature. as a result of an easy cut price that each one the attractive humans made, Godwin's each wish was once his for the asking. Seduced via luxurious, Godwin by no means doubted his fortune, by no means questioned approximately his mysterious patrons.
Then the sport grew to become ugly.
Suddenly, the ante was once raised and the sport was once genuine. The stakes have been his destiny, his sanity and, most likely, his very soul. All Godwin Harpinshield needed to observe was once: What have been the foundations of the sport? And who--or what--were the opposite avid gamers?

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Given

By Sam Lipsyte

Milo Burkes liv är försatt i fritt fall efter att han fått sparken från fundraisingavdelningen på ett tredje klassens universitet. Eller påbörjades fallet långt innan? Han skulle ju bli det amerikanska måleriets nya frälsare, nu sörjer han ett arbete som han aldrig ens velat ha. Dessutom misstänker Milo att hans fru träffat en annan och att hans treårige son egentligen föraktar honom. Oväntat ges dock Milo möjligheten att återfå sin anställning. Allt han behöver göra är att uppvakta en potentiell sponsor som lower than oklara omständigheter efterfrågat hans inblandning. males det Milo tror är fallets slutpunkt, visar sig bara vara dess början.

I Sam Lipsytes tredje roman Given avhandlas alltifrån barnuppfostran, klass och krig until eventually romantiska komedier, internetporr och matlagningsprogram för dödsdömda. Den gemensamma nämnaren är ett Amerika där skillnaden mellan nationens självbild och den faktiska verkligheten aldrig kunnat vara större. En satirsk skildring över hur den amerikanska drömmen inte håller vad den lovat.

"Sam Lipsyte är en stjärna i stigande, sanna mina ord. Han har simply skänkt världen sin tredje roman, Given, och han skriver en prosa som får läsaren - åtminstone denna läsare - att skratta högt och okontrollerat på ett sätt som gör att folks tittat konstigt."
- Jan Söderqvist, Svenska Dagbladet

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Snuff (Discworld)

By Terry Pratchett

At lengthy final, girl Sybil has lured her husband, Sam Vimes, on a well-merited vacation clear of the crime and dirt of Ankh-Morpork. yet for the commander of town Watch, a holiday within the kingdom is something yet stress-free. The balls, the teas, the muck—not to say all that clean air and birdsong—are greater than a section taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper.

Yet a policeman will discover a crime wherever if he comes to a decision to seem tough adequate, and it isn't lengthy ahead of a physique is stumbled on, and Sam—out of his jurisdiction, out of his aspect, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife)—must depend upon his instincts, guile, and road smarts to determine justice performed. As he units off at the chase, notwithstanding, he needs to make sure you watch the place he steps. . . . this is often the geographical region, finally, and the streets more than likely should not paved with gold.

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The White Guard

"White Guard," Mikhail Bulgakov's semi-autobiographical first novel, is the tale of the Turbin family members in Kiev in 1918. Alexei, Elena, and Nikolka Turbin have simply misplaced their mother--their father had died years before--and locate themselves plunged into the chaotic civil warfare that erupted within the Ukraine within the wake of the Russian Revolution. within the context of this family's own loss and the social turmoil surrounding them, Bulgakov creates an excellent photo of the existential crises caused via the revolution and the lack of social, ethical, and political certainties. He confronts the reader with the bewildering cruelty that ripped Russian lifestyles aside at the start of the final century in addition to with the intense ways that the Turbins preserved their humanity. during this quantity Marian Schwartz, a number one translator, bargains the 1st entire and actual translation of the definitive unique textual content of Bulgakov's novel. She comprises the recognized dream series, passed over in prior translations, and wonderfully solves the stylistic matters raised by way of Bulgakov's decorative prose. Readers with an curiosity in Russian literature, tradition, or heritage will welcome this magnificent translation of Bulgakov's vital early paintings. This variation additionally includes an informative old essay by way of Evgeny Dobrenko.

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Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible

By David Plotz

At a time while wars are fought over scriptural interpretation, whilst the effect of faith on American politics hasn't ever been higher, whilst many americans nonetheless think within the Bible’s literal fact, it hasn't ever been extra vital to get to understand the Bible. Good Book is what occurs whilst a standard guy—an common Job—actually reads the publication on which his faith, his tradition, and his international are dependent. alongside the best way, he grapples with the main profound theological questions: what number commandments will we really want? Does God want obedience or sturdy deeds? And the main unforeseen ones: Why are such a lot of girls within the Bible prostitutes? Why does God love bald males quite a bit? Is Samson relatively that silly?

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The Republic of Wine: A Novel

By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt

In this hypnotic epic novel, Mo Yan, the main significantly acclaimed chinese language author of this iteration, takes us on a trip to a conjured province of up to date China often called the Republic of Wine—a corrupt and hallucinatory global jam-packed with superstitions, gargantuan appetites, and surrealistic occasions. while rumors achieve the experts that unusual and over the top gourmandise is being practiced within the urban of Liquorland (so named for the magnificent quantity of alcohol produced and ate up there), veteran certain investigator Ding Gou'er is dispatched from the capital to find the reality. His undertaking starts on the Mount Lou Coal Mine, the place he encounters the best suspect—Deputy Head Diamond Jin, mythical for his means to carry his liquor. throughout the resulting ingesting duel at a dinner party served in Ding's honor, the investigator loses all feel of fact, and will now not inform no matter if the roast suckling served is of the animal or human sort. whilst he eventually wakes up from his stupor, he has nonetheless stumbled on no solutions to his quickly mounting questions. Worse but, he quickly reveals that his trusty gun is lacking.  

 Interspersed through the narrative—and Ding's faltering investigation—are letters despatched to Mo Yan via one Li Yidou, a doctoral candidate in Liquor stories and an aspiring author. each one letter includes a tale that Li would prefer the popular author's assist in getting released. even though, Li's stories, each one extra extraordinary and malevolent than the final, quickly start alarmingly to resemble the tale of Ding's carrying on with travails in Liquorland. Peopled by means of notable characters—a dwarf, a scaly demon, a troupe of plump, delectable boys raised in captivity, a cookery instructor who primes her scholars with big recipes—Mo Yan's innovative journey de strength reaffirms his attractiveness as a author of worldwide status. Wild, bawdy, politically explosive, and subversive, The Republic of Wine is either spell binding and exhilarating, proving that no repressive regime can stifle precise inventive imagination.

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