General Will 2.0: Rousseau, Freud, Google [EPUB]

General Will 2.0: Rousseau, Freud, Google [EPUB]
General Will 2_0: Rousseau, Freud, Google by Hiroki Azuma
2014 | EPUB | 2.9MB

Stay informed. Talk about the issues. Always be engaged. Liberal societies have encouraged their members to take part—or at least interest—in politics. Yet, even in developed nations where it is said to work, the democratic process as we know it routinely fails to give voice, on the one hand, and to appeal at all, on the other hand, to a good number of citizens.

Whatever countervailing hopes the worldwide web gave rise to in its dawning years, far from restoring the “public sphere” of yore, the internet has completed its fragmentation. According to Japanese thinker Hiroki Azuma, the way forward must be sought through what network technology is actually good at: aggregating and processing the traces we leave (without always meaning to) every time we wade into the world of connectivity.

Harking back to Rousseau and his idea of the general will, dropping by Freud and his discovery of the unconscious, taking inspiration from Google and the tenor of its innovations, revisiting Christopher Alexander and his highway planning, and making curious bedfellows of Twitter, Rorty, and Nozick, General Will 2.0 is a wild ride bound to delight not just citizens who “care” but those who find doing so to be increasingly difficult and false.

Challenger: An American Tragedy [EPUB]

Challenger: An American Tragedy [EPUB]
Challenger: An American Tragedy: The Inside Story from Launch Control by Hugh Harris
2014 | EPUB | 0.5MB

On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Seventy-three seconds after launch, the fiery breach of a solid motor joint caused a rupture of the propellant tanks, and a stunned nation watched as flames engulfed the craft, killing all seven crew members on board. It was Hugh Harris, “the voice of launch control,” whom audiences across the country heard counting down to lift-off on that fateful day.

With over fifty years of experience with NASA’s missions, Harris presents the story of the Challenger tragedy as only an insider can. With by-the-second accounts of the spacecraft’s launch and a comprehensive overview of the ensuing investigation, Harris gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the devastating accident that grounded the shuttle fleet for over two years. This book tells the whole story of the Challenger’s tragic legacy.

Notes from a Blue Bike [EPUB]

Notes from a Blue Bike [EPUB]
Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider
2014 | EPUB | 1.98MB

Life is chaotic. But we can choose to live it differently.

It doesn’t always feel like it, but we do have the freedom to creatively change the everyday little things in our lives so that our path better aligns with our values and passions.

The popular blogger and founder of the internationally recognized Simple Mom online community tells the story of her family’s ongoing quest to live more simply, fully, and intentionally.

Part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you from a hillside in Kosovo to a Turkish high-rise to the congested city of Austin to a small town in Oregon. It chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertime dilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, automobile, and blue cruiser bike.

Entertaining and compelling—but never shrill or dogmatic—Notes from a Blue Bike invites you to climb on your own bike, pay attention to who you are and what your family needs, and make some important choices.

It’s a risky ride, but it’s worth it—living your life according to who you really are simply takes a little intention. It’s never too late.

Shrinkage by Bryan Bishop [EPUB]

Shrinkage by Bryan Bishop [EPUB]
Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me by Bryan Bishop
2014 | EPUB | 5.05MB

A New York Times bestseller!
An Amazon Best Books of 2014 selection

“If you’re reading this, it means I’m already dead. Just kidding.”

In 2009, at thirty years old, Bryan Bishop’s life was right on track. Known to millions as “Bald Bryan,” the sidekick and soundman on the record-setting podcast, The Adam Carolla Show, his radio career was taking off. He was newly engaged. Then, he and his fiancée Christie were delivered a crushing blow when he was diagnosed with a brain stem glioma—an inoperable brain tumor. Suddenly Bryan’s promising future was transformed into a grueling schedule of radiation and chemotherapy while facing his mortality.

In this poignant narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and hysterical, Bishop shares the surreal experiences of writing his will with the bravado of a pulp novelist, taking chemo in a strip club, and (technically) the closest he ever got to achieving his lifelong dream of a threesome—when a physical therapist had to show his wife how to bathe him in the shower during his weakened state.

Whether recounting his search for the most aggressive form of treatment, how radiation treatment jeopardized his ability to (literally) walk down the aisle or even smile for his wedding photos, or recalling the time his wife inadvertently drugged him in a pool in Maui, Bishop’s inimitable voice radiates through his story.

As the author celebrates how treatment shrunk his tumor and gave him a new lease on life, Shrinkage reveals the resilience of the human spirit—and the power of laughter—during even the darkest times.

Office Upstairs: A Doctor's Journey [EPUB]

Office Upstairs: A Doctor's Journey [EPUB]
Office Upstairs: A Doctor's Journey by Charles H Banov
2007 | EPUB | 1.09MB

Charles H. Banov, gifted storyteller and physician, shares tales from over fifty years of his love affair with medicine and looks back with honesty and humor at growing up Jewish in the South and opening the first doctor’s office in a tiny Texas town.

His journey—from anxious medical student to respected physician and president of a major international medical association—is filled with triumphs and setbacks, humor and sadness. They include the challenge of raising a special-needs daughter, the random stroll with a woman who turned out to be Oprah Winfrey and saving lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Banov shares these moments and more in his absorbing, often hilarious and always uplifting memoir.

Banov’s intimate portraits of the teachers, fellow students and, above all, the patients who framed his career are recounted with warmth and insight, and provide a rare inside view into the making of a doctor.

Friars Club Private Joke File [EPUB]

Friars Club Private Joke File [EPUB]
Friars Club Private Joke File: More Than 2,000 Very Naughty Jokes from the Grand Masters of Comedy by Lewis Black, Barry Dougherty
2006 | EPUB | 2.59MB

Rated XF (for X-tra Funny), this giant collection of off-color jokes, stories, and anecdotes comes straight from the kings and queens of blue humor: The Friars Club.

In the tradition of the bestselling Friars Club Encyclopedia and Bible (315,000 copies sold), this brand-new, giant collection of laugh-out-loud, hide-it-from-the-kids humor features more than 2,000 saucy jokes and stories grouped thematically into such categories as Marriage, Medicine, Old Age, Kids, and (of course) Sex. Much of the material is attributed to well-known and popular comedians, including Richard Belzer, Gilbert Gottfried, Susie Essman, and Penn Jillette. As a bonus, interviews with a wide variety of stand-up comedians known for their naughtiness— including Mario Cantone, Judy Gold, Jeffrey Ross, Lisa Lampanelli, and many more—are sprinkled throughout.

Sitting down with The Friars Club Private Joke File is like having a front-row seat at one of their infamous Roasts. Whether browsing for a good ice-breaker or perusing it cover to cover, this no-holds-barred compilation will keep readers laughing and blushing for a long, long time.

See also: The Friars Club Encyclopedia of Jokes

Science For Her: Tips to Hosting Your Own Big Bang [EPUB]

Science For Her: Tips to Hosting Your Own Big Bang [EPUB]
Science For Her: Tips to Hosting Your Own Big Bang by Megan Amram
2014 | EPUB | 5.05MB

Megan Amram, one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment,” Rolling Stone’s “25 Funniest People on Twitter,” and a writer for NBC’s hit show Parks and Recreation, delivers a politically, scientifically, and anatomically incorrect “textbook” that will have women screaming with laughter, and men dying to know what the noise is about.

In the vein of faux expert books by John Hodgman and Amy Sedaris, Science…for Her! is ostensibly a book of science written by a denizen of women’s magazines. Comedy writer and Twitter sensation Megan Amram showcases her fiendish wit with a pitch-perfect attack on everything from those insanely perky tips for self-improvement to our bizarre shopaholic dating culture to the socially mandated pursuit of mind-blowing sex to the cringe-worthy secret codes of food and body issues.

Part hilarious farce, part biting gender commentary, Amram blends Cosmo and science to highlight absurdities with a machine-gun of laugh-inducing lines that leave nothing and no one unscathed. Subjects include: this Spring’s ten most glamorous ways to die; tips for hosting your own big bang; what religion is right for your body type; and the most pressing issue facing women today: kale!!!

Be prepared to laugh about anything in this outrageous satirical gem.

101 Things to Do with a Vibrator [EPUB]

101 Things to Do with a Vibrator [EPUB]
101 Things to Do with a Vibrator by Marisa Bennett
2014 | EPUB | 2.51MB

101 Things to Do with a Vibrator explores the hottest love secrets, electrified! From small buzzing eggs to full-size, humming, swiveling, and tickling vibrators, this book explores not just the kinds of sex toy options but all of the sexy, sweet, and naughty things to do once you have them! This book offers games with sensual humming buzzers and naughty BDSM tricks that will get you charged up, whether your hot rendezvous with these vibe sensations are for your own pleasure or for you and your partner. There are 101 tantalizing tips and tricks to choose from, including a seductive short story to give you some extra inspiration!

From sex guru Marisa Bennett, bestselling author of Fifty Shades of Pleasure, Fifty Shades of Ecstasy, and Fifty Shades of Oral Pleasure, comes this creative, playful, and enticing take on the things that go buzz in the night. 101 Things to Do with a Vibrator will electrify the way you tease and please, taking your vibrating techniques to new orgasmic heights!

Fifty Shades of Oral Pleasure [EPUB]

Fifty Shades of Oral Pleasure [EPUB]
Fifty Shades of Oral Pleasure: A Bedside Guide to Going Down for Him and Her by Marisa Bennett
2013 | EPUB | 1.09MB

In a time when taboo erotica novels are replacing the books on our coffee tables, it's no wonder that couples are exploring the naughtiest sides of sex, from silk ties and whips to candle wax and ben wa balls. But what about kink's greatest predecessor, its founding father--the blow job?

Oral sex has been one of the hottest ways to get off since the invention of the mouth, so what better way to get back to your roots and perfect your tantalizing techniques? This sexy how-to guide takes you through the Hers, His, and Us approaches to oral bliss. Get a sexy re-education on anatomy, build your oral arsenal for the most earth-shattering orgasms, bring in the kink, and try new oral positions with the help of some artfully drawn sketches. For foreplay or for your play, read some of the steamy erotica excerpts of oral sex that have been included to get you both riled and ready!

Marisa Bennett takes you down lust-paved roadways to erotic oral play and beyond. This enthusiastic, witty, and sexy road map will bring you to the best oral sex you are about to have!

The Road Map To Getting Shredded [EPUB]

The Road Map To Getting Shredded [EPUB]
The Road Map To Getting Shredded by Scott Kemp
2014 | EPUB | 4.56MB

Whether you’re looking to lose 100lbs of fat or 3lbs of fat, or put on lean muscle, this book is for you. With so much free information on nutrition and exercise out there, it’s very easy to get lost, especially when you never know what’s right and what’s wrong. For the past 10 years I have been researching, studying and applying the good, the bad, and the worthless principles, to develop the physique I have built today, and helped my clients develop their dream bodies.

The New Rules of Lifting For Life [EPUB]

The New Rules of Lifting For Life [EPUB]
The New Rules of Lifting For Life: An All-New Muscle-Building, Fat-Blasting Plan for Men and Women Who Want to Ace Their Midlife Exams by Lou Schuler, Alwyn Cosgrove
2012 | EPUB | 7.81MB

A customizable fitness program created for middle aged adults who want to lose weight, revitalize energy, and build habits for increased longevity.

Today’s exercising adults are caught in a bind: Those who take it seriously and work out aggressively can end up with chronic aches and injuries because they don’t know how to adjust their programs as they get older. And those who take it easy may end up with overfed, underdeveloped, injury-prone bodies.

Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove, fitness experts and authors of The New Rules of Lifting series, know all too well that these readers need a program of their own. That’s because they are just like these readers. So they set out to create a new template for exercise, one that delivers real results but is flexible enough to accommodate individual limitations.

The New Rules of Lifting for Life offers a six-month plan that integrates total-body strength, endurance, mobility, balance, coordination, and athleticism. The workouts are challenging and, in conjunction with the suggested diet modifications, will help readers change the way their bodies look, feel, and perform. And not just temporarily — The New Rules of Lifting for Life will allow you to enjoy productive and pain-free workouts for many years to come.

Complete Guide to Dumbbell Training [EPUB]

Complete Guide to Dumbbell Training [EPUB]
Complete Guide to Dumbbell Training: A Scientific Approach by Josh Bryant, Fred C Hatfield
2014 | EPUB | 2.15MB

Are you tired of fly-by-night fitness fads and space-age exercise machines that promise something for nothing? Maybe information overload from self-appointed Internet gurus is causing your head to spin.

You can build bigger biceps, broader shoulders, more powerful legs and a trimmer waistline (with Herculean levels of strength to match) using nothing more than a set of dumbbells.

World-renowned strength coaches and best-selling authors, Fred Hatfield, PhD and Josh Bryant, MS, show you how with The Complete Guide to Dumbbell Training: A Scientific Approach.

In this book, you have the opportunity to use built-in programs or learn how to design the optimal training program for your specific needs. The principles and information covered will benefit the novice as well as the advanced bodybuilder or strength athlete.

Strength training trends come and go, but any iron game veteran or exercise scientist knows--nothing beats a set of dumbbells in price, simplicity, and most importantly, results.

Start with NO [EPUB]

Start with NO [EPUB]
Start with NO: The Negotiating Tools that the Pros Don't Want You to Know by Jim Camp
2011 | EPUB | 1.88MB

Think win-win is the best way to make the deal? Think again. It’s the worst possible way to get the best deal. This is the dirty little secret of corporate America.

For years now, win-win has been the paradigm for business negotiation—the “fair” way for all concerned. But don’t believe it. Today, win-win is just the seductive mantra used by the toughest negotiators to get the other side to compromise unnecessarily, early, and often. Have you ever heard someone on the other side of the table say, “Let’s team up on this, partner”? It all sounds so good, but these negotiators take their naive “partners” to the cleaners, deal after deal. Start with No shows you how they accomplish this. It shows you how such negotiations end up as win-lose. It exposes the scam for what it really is. And it guarantees that you’ll never be a victim again.

Win-win plays to your emotions. It takes advantage of your instinct and desire to make the deal. Start with No teaches you how to understand and control these emotions. It teaches you how to ignore the siren call of the final result, which you can’t really control, and how to focus instead on the activities and behavior that you can and must control in order to negotiate with the pros.

Start with No introduces a system of decision-based negotiation. Never again will you be out there on a wing and a prayer. Never again will you feel out of control. Never again will you compromise unnecessarily. Never again will you lose a negotiation.

The best negotiators:

  • aren’t interested in “yes”—they prefer “no”
  • never, ever rush to close, but always let the other side feel comfortable and secure
  • are never needy; they take advantage of the other party’s neediness
  • create a “blank slate” to ensure they ask questions and listen to the answers, to make sure they have no assumptions and expectations
  • always have a mission and purpose that guides their decisions
  • don’t send so much as an e-mail without an agenda for what they want to accomplish
  • know the four “budgets” for themselves and for the other side: time, energy, money, and emotion
  • never waste time with people who don’t really make the decision

Start with No offers a contrarian, counterintuitive system for negotiating any kind of deal in any kind of situation—the purchase of a new house, a multimillion-dollar business deal, or where to take the kids for dinner. It is full of dozens of business as well as personal stories illustrating each point of the system. It will change your life as a negotiator. If you put to good use the principles and practices revealed here, you will become an immeasurably better negotiator.

Fizz: Harness the Power of Word of Mouth Marketing to Drive Brand Growth [EPUB]

Fizz: Harness the Power of Word of Mouth Marketing to Drive Brand Growth [EPUB]
Fizz: Harness the Power of Word of Mouth Marketing to Drive Brand Growth by Ted Wright
2014 | EPUB | 1.13MB

It may not be the oldest profession, but word of mouth is the oldest form of marketing. It's also the most effective. Now, however, it's being executed in ways that are methodical, replicable, and consistent. In this groundbreaking guide, Ted Wright, WOMM pioneer and founder of the marketing firm Fizz, reveals everything you need to know to create, drive, measure, and leverage word of mouth for maximum impact on the bottom line.

Learn how to:

  • Develop and test your brand's stories for maximum word of mouth impact
  • Build a reliable communications network to deliver your message
  • Harness the incredible power of Big Data for profit-generating WOMM campaigns
  • Find, engage, and train influencers to promote your brand
  • Measure your campaign’s success with accurate analytics

Along the way, you'll find out how Wright used the very same methods to breathe new life into what was once the tired old brand of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

You'll discover how he dramatically expanded the market for Chocolate Milk. You'll read how he orchestrated the turnaround growth of the BISSELL sweeper.

Best of all, you'll learn which techniques work for your needs, and you'll have the tools to begin a WOMM campaign right away.

Today's consumer is too sophisticated to respond in a meaningful way to intrusive, interruptive, or TV-centric media models. A dispatch from the front lines of cutting-edge marketing, Fizz is a one-stop guide to making your brand the talk of the town. Your company's best friends are already out there. Use Fizz to find, engage, and leverage them.

Twitter is Not a Strategy [EPUB]

Twitter is Not a Strategy [EPUB]
Twitter is Not a Strategy: Rediscovering the Art of Brand Marketing by Tom Doctoroff
2014 | EPUB | 5.38MB

In a cultural climate saturated by technology, marketing professionals have focused their energies on creating newer and more digital methods of advertising their brands, with the fear that if they don’t embrace “Big Data,” they will fade into obscurity. But Tom Doctoroff, Asia CEO for J. Walter Thompson, argues that this frenzy over digital and social media has created a schism in the marketing world that is hindering brands from attaining their true business potential. The tension between traditional branding and the seemingly unlimited possibilities presented by the advent of “digital” branding leads companies to abandon the tried and true aspects of marketing for the flash of the new.

In Twitter is Not a Strategy, Doctoroff explains why a strategy that truly integrates the two ideas is the best way for a brand to move into the future. Using some of the biggest brand names in the world as examples, such as Coca-Cola, Nike, and Apple, he breaks down the framework of marketing to explain how digital marketing can’t stand without the traditional foundation.

You're Doing It Wrong [EPUB]

You're Doing It Wrong [EPUB]
You're Doing It Wrong: How to Improve Your Life by Fixing Everyday Tasks You (and Everyone Else) Are Totally Screwing Up by Lee Thornton
2012 | EPUB | 1.86MB

Not Getting the Results You Want? Probably Because You're Doing It Wrong!

You brush your teeth twice a day. You serve red wine at room temperature. You treat stains on whites with bleach. You're doing everything by the book, so it must be fine, right? Wrong!

From drinking coffee and tipping at restaurants to riding your bike and treating your hangovers, years of bad advice and common misconceptions have led to a lifetime of erroneous doings. Even the simplest, most common tasks are done incorrectly every day by almost everyone, and chances are - whatever you're doing - you're doing it wrong too.

But it's okay. You're Doing It Wrong! will teach you how to do it all right.

The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing [EPUB]

The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing [EPUB]
The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat by Andrew Hallam
2014 | EPUB | 2.52MB

Exploit your offshore status to build a robust investment portfolio

Most of the world's 200 million expats float in stormy seas. Few can contribute to their home country social programs. They're often forced to fend for themselves when they retire. The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing is the world's only book showing expats how to build wealth overseas with index funds. Written by bestselling author, Andrew Hallam, it's a guide for everyone, no matter where they are from.

Warren Buffett says you should buy index funds. Nobel prize winners agree.

But dangers lurk. Financial advisors overseas can be hungry wolves. They don't play by the same set of rules. They would rather earn whopping commissions than follow solid financial principles. The Global Expatriate's Guide To Investing shows how to avoid these jokers. It explains how to find an honest financial advisor: one that invests with index funds instead of commission paying windfalls.

You don't want an advisor? Fair enough. Hallam shows three cutting edge index fund strategies. He compares costs and services of different brokerages, whether in the U.S. or offshore. And he shows every nationality how to invest in the best products for them. Some people want stability. Some want strong growth. Others want a dash of both.

This book also answers the following questions:

  • How much money do I need to retire?
  • How much should I be saving each month?
  • What investments will give me both strong returns, and safety?

The Global Expatriate's Guide To Investing also profiles real expats and their stories. It shows the mistakes and successes that they want others to learn from. It's a humorous book. And it demonstrates how you can make the best of your hard-earned money.

The Empire Of Tea [EPUB]

The Empire Of Tea [EPUB]
The Empire Of Tea by Alan Macfarlane, Iris MacFarlane
2004 | EPUB | 1.92MB

From Darjeeling to Lapsang Souchon, from India to Japan-a fresh, concise, world-encompassing exploration of the way tea has shaped politics, culture, and the environment throughout history. From the fourth century BC in China, where it was used as an aid in Buddhist meditation, to the Boston Tea Party in 1773, to its present-day role as the most consumed substance on the planet, the humble Camellia plant has had profound effects on civilization.

Renowned cultural anthropologist Alan MacFarlane and Iris MacFarlane recount the history of tea from its origin in the eastern Himalayas and explains, among other things, how tea became the world's most prevalent addiction, how tea was used as an instrument of imperial control, and how the cultivation of tea drove the industrial revolution. Both an absorbing narrative and a fascinating tour of some of the world's great cultures-Japan, China, India, France, the Britain, and others-The Empire of Tea brings into sharp focus one of the forces that shaped history.

Prison Baby: A Memoir [EPUB]

Prison Baby: A Memoir [EPUB]
Prison Baby: A Memoir by Deborah Jiang-Stein
2014 | EPUB | 1.08MB

A deeply personal and inspiring memoir recounting one woman's struggles--beginning with her birth in prison--to find self-acceptance

Even at twelve years old Deborah Jiang Stein, the adopted daughter of a progressive Jewish couple in Seattle, felt like an outsider. Her multiracial features set her apart from her well-intentioned white parents, who evaded questions about her past. But when Deborah discovered a letter revealing the truth--that she was born in prison to a heroin-addicted mother and spent the first year of her life there--she spiraled into emotional lockdown. For years she turned to drugs, violence, and crime as a way to cope with her grief. Ultimately, Deborah overcame the stigma, shame, and secrecy of her birth and found peace by helping others--proving that redemption and acceptance is possible, even from the darkest corners.

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots [EPUB]

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots [EPUB]
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.59/1.75MB

As a member of the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism, Deborah Feldman grew up under a code of relentlessly enforced customs governing everything from what she could wear and to whom she could speak to what she was allowed to read. It was stolen moments spent with the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott that helped her to imagine an alternative way of life. Trapped as a teenager in a sexually and emotionally dysfunctional marriage to a man she barely knew, the tension between Deborah’s desires and her responsibilities as a good Satmar girl grew more explosive until she gave birth at nineteen and realized that, for the sake of herself and her son, she had to escape.

Exodus by Deborah Feldman [EPUB]

Exodus by Deborah Feldman [EPUB]
Exodus by Deborah Feldman
2014 | EPUB | 0.5MB

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three, Deborah Feldman packed up her young son and their few possessions and walked away from her insular Hasidic roots. She was determined to forge a better life for herself, away from the rampant oppression, abuse, and isolation of her Satmar upbringing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Out of her experience came the incendiary, bestselling memoir Unorthodox, and now, just a few years later, Feldman has embarked on a triumphant journey of self-discovery—a journey in which she begins life anew as a single mother, an independent woman, and a religious refugee.

Taking her cues from favorite childhood books read in secret and the modern classics only recently introduced to her, Feldman explores the United States, from San Francisco to Chicago, New Orleans, and the Southwest. In her travels, and at home, Feldman redefines her sense of identity—no longer Orthodox, she comes to terms with her Jewishness by discovering a world of like-minded outcasts and misfits committed to self-acceptance and healing. Inwardly, Feldman has navigated remarkable experiences: raising her son in the “real” world, finding solace and solitude in a writing career, and searching for love. Culminating in an unforgettable trip across Europe to retrace her grandmother’s life during the Holocaust, Exodus is a deeply moving exploration of the mysterious bonds that tie us to family and religion, the bonds we must sometimes break to find our true selves. Feldman proves herself again to be a captivating storyteller, and her singular life has been an inspiration to countless others and for readers everywhere.

London Stories: London Walks [EPUB]

London Stories: London Walks [EPUB]
London Stories: London Walks by David Tucker
2010 | EPUB | 1.94MB

London Walks is the award-winning original walking tour company. Written by the expert and knowledgeable guides who lead the walks, London Stories is the perfect way to discover the rich history of London and its hidden gems, including:

  • Sinister London - haunted London and Jack the Ripper.
  • Literary London - from Shakespeare to Dickens.
  • Public Houses - the old pubs of Soho.
  • Mystery and Secrets - the city's hidden past.
  • A Tale of Two Cities - Westminster and the Square Mile.

Perfect for tourists who want to experience London life beyond Trafalgar Square as well as for Londoners keen to step off the Circle Line and discover the secrets on their own doorstep, London Stories offers a fascinating glimpse into the capital's rich history.

With photos, maps and illustrations to bring the stories to life, London Stories is for those who love London, written by those who know it best.

Once Upon a Crime [EPUB]

Once Upon a Crime [EPUB]
Once Upon a Crime - I Grew Up in Britain's Hardest City, Where the Only Way to Survive Was on Your Wits by Jimmy Cryans
2012 | EPUB | 2.35MB

This is the true story of Jimmy Cryans. A story of growing up in Glasgow’s east end during the 1950s and 1960s and how he became involved in a life of crime. Jimmy speaks about the various characters he met and his dealings with some of Britain’s major criminals. He reveals how petty theft and shoplifting quickly snowballed into armed robbery with raids on banks, jewelers, and security vehicles. But Jimmy’s story also explains his lifelong quest to find himself and how it eventually led to triumph over adversity. At times funny and uplifting, and at others sad, above all this is a real life story that will inspire.

Aprons and Silver Spoons [EPUB]

Aprons and Silver Spoons [EPUB]
Aprons and Silver Spoons: The Heartwarming Memoirs of a 1930s Scullery Maid by Mollie Moran
2013 | EPUB | 1.35MB

When young Mollie became a 'skivvy' in a stately London townhouse aged just 14, she quickly learned that a large amount of elbow grease and a sense of humour would be tantamount to surviving there. Through Mollie's eyes we are offered a fascinating glimpse into London's invisible 'downstairs', a world that has long-since vanished: cooking huge roast dinners, polishing doorknobs, scrubbing steps - and covering up her employers' scandals. Going to dances with her fellow servants and flirting with Harrods' errand boys, she had no idea that the oncoming war in 1939 would change her world, and that of those she served, forever...

Discover the real hardships and rewards for a pre-war domestic servant in Mollie Moran's charming memoir Aprons and Silver Spoons.

Mollie Moran is now ninety-six, living in Bournemouth where she still continues to demonstrate her skills in the kitchen by hosting huge dinner parties. Over eighty years after starting as a scullery maid in London, she still keeps in touch with Flo, the kitchen maid, and her life-long friend.

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind [EPUB]

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind [EPUB]
Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman
2014 | EPUB | 9.86MB

One woman’s journey to find the lost love her grandfather left behind when he fled pre-World War II Europe, and an exploration into family identity, myth, and memory.

Years after her grandfather’s death, journalist Sarah Wildman stumbled upon a cache of his letters in a file labeled “Correspondence: Patients A–G.” What she found inside weren’t dry medical histories; instead what was written opened a path into the destroyed world that was her family’s prewar Vienna. One woman’s letters stood out: those from Valy—Valerie Scheftel. Her grandfather’s lover who had remained behind when he fled Europe six months after the Nazis annexed Austria.

Valy’s name wasn’t unknown to her—Wildman had once asked her grandmother about a dark-haired young woman whose images she found in an old photo album. “She was your grandfather’s true love,” her grandmother said at the time, and refused any other questions. But now, with the help of the letters, Wildman started to piece together Valy’s story. They revealed a woman desparate to escape and clinging to the memory of a love that defined her years of freedom.

Obsessed with Valy’s story, Wildman began a quest that lasted years and spanned continents. She discovered, to her shock, an entire world of other people searching for the same woman. On in the course of discovering Valy’s ultimate fate, she was forced to reexamine the story of her grandfather’s triumphant escape and how this history fit within her own life and in the process, she rescues a life seemingly lost to history.

Most Interesting: The Best of the QI App as Chosen by Users [EPUB]

Most Interesting: The Best of the QI App as Chosen by Users [EPUB]
Most Interesting: The Best of the QI App as Chosen by Users by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson
2011 | EPUB | 9.1MB

VIVE LA REVOLUTION! Dolphins shed and replace their skin every two hours Pluto was named by an eleven-year-old schoolgirl A donkey's personality is called its donkeyship Freud didn't lose his virginity until the age of 30 The bastion that was QI has been stormed, elves have been put to the guillotine, the readers are in charge. After nine and a half years of cumulative reading time, readers of the QI App have selected the definitive QI collection. With a new introduction by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, and packed full of handsome images, these ten chapters form the best-of to end all best-ofs.

The Friars Club Encyclopedia of Jokes [EPUB]

The Friars Club Encyclopedia of Jokes [EPUB]
The Friars Club Encyclopedia of Jokes: Over 2,000 One-Liners, Straight Lines, Stories, Gags, Roasts, Ribs, and Put-Downs compilied by Barry Dougherty, H Aaron Cohl
2009 | EPUB | 2.13MB

What could be funnier than a great joke? How about 2,000 great jokes? In this side–splitting compendium, revised and updated and featuring a new introduction by Drew Carey, members of the world-renowned Friars Club and other comedians provide zingers for every occasion, situation, and taste.

Organized alphabetically and by topic, this book is made for browsing, but it's also perfect for finding icebreakers for social occasions, adding a touch of humor to business speeches, and spicing up toasts.

Hundreds of the best-known comedians are represented, including Sarah Silverman, Ellen Degeneres, Lewis Black, Ray Romano, Milton Berle, Carol Burnett, George Burns, George Carlin, Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, Alan King, Richard Lewis, Bob Newhart, Rita Rudner, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, and tons more.

Elements of Wit [EPUB]

Elements of Wit [EPUB]
Elements of Wit: Mastering the Art of Being Interesting by Benjamin Errett
2014 | EPUB | 4.0MB

Got wit?

We’ve all been in that situation where we need to say something clever, but innocuous; smart enough to show some intelligence, without showing off; something funny, but not a joke. What we need in that moment is wit—that sparkling combination of charm, humor, confidence, and most of all, the right words at the right time.

Elements of Wit is an engaging book that brings together the greatest wits of our time, and previous ones from Oscar Wilde to Nora Ephron, Winston Churchill to Christopher Hitchens, Mae West to Louis CK, and many in between.

With chapters covering the essential ingredients of wit, this primer sheds light on how anyone—introverts, extroverts, wallflowers, and bon vivants—can find the right zinger, quip, parry, or retort…or at least be a little bit more interesting.