“THE HOTTEST NEW BOOK FROM ICELAND IS WOMAN AT 1,000 DEGREES . . . What a story it is, one worth reading to further understand the complexity of World War II—and to enjoy the quick wit of a woman you won’t forget.” —Bethanne Patrick, The Washington Post “I live here alone in a garage, together with a laptop computer and an old hand grenade. It’s pretty cozy.” Herra Björnsson is at the beginning of the end of her life. Oh, she has two weeks left, maybe three—she has booked her cremation appointment, at a crispy 1,000 degrees, so it won’t be long. But until then she has her cigarettes, a World War II–era weapon, some Facebook friends, and her memories to sustain her. And what a life this remarkable eighty-year-old narrator has led. In the internationally bestselling and award-winning Woman at 1,000 Degrees, which has been published in fourteen languages, noted Icelandic novelist Hallgrímur Helgason has created a true literary original. From Herra’s childhood in the remote islands of Iceland, where she was born the granddaughter of Iceland’s first president, to teen years spent living by her wits alone in war-torn Europe while her father fought on the side of the Nazis, to love affairs on several continents, Herra Björnsson moved Zelig-like through the major events and locales of the twentieth century. She wed and lost husbands, had children, fled a war, kissed a Beatle, weathered the Icelandic financial crash, and mastered the Internet. She has experienced luck and betrayal and upheaval and pain, and—with a bawdy, uncompromising spirit—she has survived it all. Now, as she awaits death in a garage in Reykjavík, she shows us a woman unbowed by the forces of history. Each part of Herra’s story is a poignant piece of a puzzle that comes together in the final pages of this remarkable, unpredictable, and enthralling novel.
Meet the world's most unusual monsters in this darkly funny collection of creatures and cryptids from folkloric history. Illustrator Emma SanCartier captures the bizarre and hilarious elements of 17 monsters from around the world in a light, tongue-in-cheek tone, from the Japanese dream-eater Baku and the Persian carnivorous unicorn Shadhavar to the Eastern-European Shurale, a literal tickle monster. Illustrated in lush watercolor, Monsters You Should Know is a perfect primer for the many strange, frightening, and compelling things that go bump in the night.
Are you someone who's always running late for work? Is your boss getting fed up with your generic explanations like, "I was stuck in traffic" or "I was having car troubles"? If you need to spice up your repertoire of excuses, '365 Reasons Why I'm Too Late For Work' is a must have in your arsenal of deceit. Is your boss suspicious of your latest half-assed attempt to explain your tardiness? Then hit him with a new excuse he's sure to never see coming. Try this on for size, "I got stuck in the bathtub." Or how about, "I drove the wrong way. My GPS hung upside down in my car." With a wide range of clever explanations, you have a new one to try out every day. Sure, it's not recommended to burn one every day and show up late for work for a flat year, but no one's judging.
As a warning to readers, the elaborate phrases in this book are not confirmed to exonerate your tardiness. Some are valid, boss-proof ideas that should get you off the hook, while others will test your boss's patience and sense of humor. Does your boss not possess a single humorous bone in his body? Well, excuse away at your own risk. This book does not guarantee you'll keep your job, but hey, you had a laugh, and in the end, that's what life's all about. And truthfully, how can you pass attempting a gem like, "I couldn't find a parking spot, so I've parked my car back at home and came by foot." So, embrace your tardiness with a little flair of creativity with '365 Reasons Why I'm Too Late For Work'. You'll never regret it. Well, unless you lose your job. But you probably won't... right?
Laugh Out Loud at the World's Dumbest Quotes. Read about how:Gay marriage is between a man and a womanSee how unfair life is for a pop starMiss the importance of life by smokingAutobiographies should be written from beyond the graveChicago is the 52nd state in the U.S.Chemistry teaches proper mathWar is, in fact, a dangerous placePoverty is an accomplishment to brag aboutAnd, much more hilarity!
"After reading the things that the worlds most famous and highly respected individuals have said, I almost feel like a genius. "
-Ramsey A., online review
-Concerned, online review
"I didn't say that!!!"
Everyone throughout the world has misspoken at some point in their lives and The World’s Greatest Idiot’s Quotes...And Other Things Said By Some Stupid Ass Dummies is an inside look at some of the dumb things people say. This book gives you some funny and memorable lines by some of the most famous athletes, celebrities, and politicians. The quotes are proof that fame and fortune come with intense scrutiny on every word spoken, good or bad. Some things can be said and taken out of context, some thoughts aren’t articulated very well and other lines are best left up to the imagination of the reader. Dorothy Bigguns provides laughter, inspiration, and motivation for anyone who has ever said anything asinine.
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Guaranteed to make you grateful for the job you have and thankful for the one you don't. From Saddam Hussein Double to Telemarketing Script Writer to the guy who operates the "It's a Small World After All" ride, satirist Justin Racz has spanned the globe to find fifty jobs worse than yours, so we can all feel better about our own. Featuring fifty color photos of the awful, the pitiful, the hysterical jobs out there, and all their undesirable employment details, Fifty Jobs Worse Than Yours is the perfect gift for anyone stuck in a nine-to-five grind who needs to remember why it could be a whole, whole lot worse.
“Lake City is a darkly funny and extremely relevant debut novel about American inequality and moral authority, featuring a sad-sack antihero who takes way too long to grow up. When he finally does, the results are beautiful, and the book ultimately becomes an elegy for a now-gone Seattle, and a lesson in how the place we’re from never fully lets us go.” —Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See
Hunkered down in his childhood bedroom in Seattle's worn-out Lake City neighborhood, idealistic but self-serving striver Lane Bueche licks his wounds and hatches a plot to win back his estranged Manhattanite wife.
He discovers a precarious path forward when he is contracted by a wealthy adoptive couple to seduce and sabotage a troubled birth mother from his neighborhood. Lane soon finds himself in a zero-sum game between the families as he straddles two cultures, classes, and worlds. Until finally, with the well-being of the toddler at stake, Lane must choose between wanting to do the right thing (if he could only figure out what that is) and reclaiming his idea of privilege.
"Snarky social commentary on the world of Seattle have-nots." —Kirkus Reviews
Facebook Quotes and Status Updates Volume 1 is the perfect read for lovers of quotes that are edgy, slightly "out there" and sometimes R-Rated. These are not your usual quotes! These quotes will have you laughing out loud, shaking your head or saying. "Oh, no, he (or she) didn't!" This book brims with quotes on a wide range of accessible topics. Who can't relate to quotes about love, marriage, or relationships? Since we all grow older and age, the chapter on aging is a goldmine for anyone facing a major age milestone or dreaded birthday. There is an entertaining chapter packed with alcohol and drinking quotes and a chapter filled with quotes on miscellaneous topics. For salty souls, the final chapter is relegated to R-Rated quotes. This is not your grandmother's quote book. That is, unless she drank, fell in love, aged, and cursed like a sailor!
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