Mistakes Were Made (Timmy Failure, Book 1)

By Stephan Pastis

Meet "detective" Timmy Failure, superstar of the kids' comedy of the yr. Created by means of big apple instances best-selling cartoonist Stephan Pastis.

Take Timmy Failure—the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the simplest detective supplier on the town, maybe even the kingdom. upload his impressively lazy enterprise associate, a truly huge polar undergo named overall. Throw within the Failuremobile—Timmy's mom's Segway—and what you will have is overall Failure, Inc., an international firm destined to make Timmy so wealthy his mom won't need to rigidity out concerning the accounts anymore. after all, Timmy's plan doesn't comprise the four-foot-tall lady whose identify shall no longer be uttered. And it doesn't contain Rollo Tookus, who's so enthusiastic about moving into "Stanfurd" that he can't perform a no brainer secret agent mission.

From the offbeat author of Pearls ahead of Swine comes an endearingly bumbling hero in a caper whose peerless hilarity is observed through a whodunit twist. With completely paced visible humor, Stephan Pastis will get you snorting with laughter, then slyly includes the funny story a beat further—or sweetens it with an unforeseen poignant moment—making this a comics-inspired tale (the first in a brand new sequence) that actually stands except the pack.

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Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Nature Calls (Uncle John's Bathroom Readers)

By Bathroom Readers' Institute

It’s a wild international in the market, and the folk on the BRI are looking to discover it with you. From hornywinks to Dracula orchids, from alluvium to zymogen, Uncle John is embarking on a back-country safari to trace down the wackiest, most unearthly, silliest, and so much awesome tales concerning the flora and fauna. It’s 448 wild pages of serious open air proof, unusual tales, superb technological know-how, and enjoyable charges and quizzes. You’ll suppose the clean mountain air energize you as you examine . . .

An ape that fries burgers and a lizard that performs video games
The explosive historical past of America’s private (and bluest) lake
The look for the mysterious rhinoceros dolphin
How to differentiate a mushroom from a toadstool
Cats vs. birds: the Feline-Avian War
A waterfall that turns toys to stone
The background of dirt
And a lot, a lot more!

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Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Jingle Bell Christmas (Uncle John's Bathroom Readers)

By Bathroom Readers' Institute

It’s starting to glance much like Christmas, and Uncle John is again with a brand new compilation of Christmas prior and current. choked with as a lot enjoyable stuff as an elf’s Christmas stocking, this anthology contains all of the legends, lore, trivialities, and background Uncle John didn’t have room for within the first Christmas assortment. Highlights comprise why Figgy pudding was once banned in Boston, the tale of snow globes, the Christmas pickle, undesirable Santas, and more!

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The Vondish Ambassador

By Lawrence Watt-Evans

As soon as, now not goodbye ago,a warlock named Vond equipped an empire within the southern a part of the Small Kingdoms. Vond is long past, yet his empire survives less than the rule of thumb of a seven-person Imperial Council and a tender regent named Sterren.

The Empire of Vond was once hardly ever simple after Vond's departure. Its associates are understandably cautious of additional enlargement, there are questions about how Vond's magic grew to become so powerful, etc. many of the international, even though, does not care -- Vond is off there within the southeastern nook of the realm, distant from at any place vital.

yet someday a dockworker named Emmis watches a Vondish send arrive in Ethshar of the Spices and unearths himself employed as local advisor and aide to anyone who claims to be Vond's ambassador plenipotentiary to the overlords of the Hegemony of the 3 Ethshars.

yet who's the Vondish ambassador, particularly, and what's his real company in Ethshar? And who has him to the city?

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For Crying Out Loud! (World According to Clarkson, Volume 3)

By Jeremy Clarkson

The book of "The international in line with Clarkson" in 2004 introduced a multi-million-copy bestselling phenomenon. yet to no avail. Jeremy's one-man struggle on crimes opposed to logic has now not but been received. And our hero's nonetheless scratching his head on the insanity of all of it. yet it's no longer all undesirable. He's discovered a bit alongside the way in which, together with: why binge ingesting is sweet for you; the worst be aware within the English language; the impressive mystery of everlasting adolescence; the excitement and soreness of middle-aged drumming; the matter with the United States; and, the right way to get rid of a seal. For an individual who's ever been pushed to ask yourself simply what's the subject with humans nowadays, "For Crying Out Loud" is the right riposte. fabulous, fearless and constantly laugh-out-loud humorous, Clarkson's again and he's received some extent.

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Finding Jesus

By Winston Rowntree

On every one web page of Finding Jesus, the Son of God is hidden in a crowded scene--from a rock live performance to a marriage to a supermarket. the target for the reader is to "find Jesus" within the specific illustrations--and it isn't regularly effortless, what with Jesus's propensity for strolling on water and turning the opposite cheek! Darkly humorous and pleasantly tough, this interactive kid's booklet for adults makes definitely the right present for believers and skeptics alike.

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Rich People Things: Real-Life Secrets of the Predator Class

By Chris Lehmann

"Social feedback at its scorching-hot best."—Barbara Ehrenreich

"Think H.L. Mencken crossed with Jon Stewart."—The Phoenix

In Rich humans Things, Chris Lehmann lays naked a number of the dogmas and delusions that prop up plutocratic rule within the post-meltdown age. it is a funny and harrowing story of warped populism, phony reform, and blind deference to the nation's monetary elite. because the writer explains, American type privilege is especially very like the assumption of intercourse in a Catholic school—it's now not alleged to exist within the first position, yet as soon as it provides itself on your imagination, that it is everywhere.

A concise and easy-to-use consultant, Rich humans issues catalogs the fortifications that take care of the opulent from the resentments of the hoi polloi. From ideological stanchions corresponding to the unfastened marketplace during the castellation of media together with The manhattan instances and Wired magazine, to gatekeepers comparable to David Brooks, Steve Forbes, and Alan Greenspan, Lehmann covers the great array of comforting and accomplished protections that permit the über-privileged to keep up their iron grip on virtually half America's wealth. With chapters on Malcolm Gladwell, the splendid courtroom, the memoir, and extra, nobody is spared from Lehmann's pointed prose.

Chris Lehmann is hired, ever precariously, as an editor for Yahoo! information, Bookforum, and The Baffler, whereas dissecting the excesses of his social betters for his column wealthy humans issues at TheAwl.com. He lives in Washington, DC, together with his spouse Ana Marie Cox and a quartet of good pets.

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The Facades: A Novel

By Eric Lundgren

Along the streets of the once-great Midwestern urban of Trude, the ornate previous structures lie in break. Shrouded in unhappiness and nostalgia, Trude has develop into a spot to "lose yourself," as one vacationer brochure places it: a treacherous maze of convoluted procuring department shops, barricaded libraries, and elitist assisted-living homes.

One evening at Trude's opera condo, the theater's such a lot celebrated mezzo-soprano vanishes in the course of practice session. while police arise empty-handed, the star's husband, a disconsolate criminal clerk named Sven Norberg, needs to soak up the search on his personal. yet to find the key of his wife's disappearance, Norberg needs to descend into Trude's underworld and confront the menacing and peculiar voters of his homeland: rebellious librarians, shifty track critics, a cop known as the Oracle, and the minister of an apocalyptic church who has recruited Norberg's teenage son. confronted with the lack of every little thing he loves, Norberg follows his research to the guts of town and during the structures of a most likely insane modernist architect referred to as Bernhard, whose difficult imaginative and prescient will provide him an marvelous revelation.

Written with boundless intelligence and razor-sharp wit, THE FACADES is a comic book andexistential secret that unfolds on the pressing velocity of a thriller.

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Coyote Blue: A Novel

By Christopher Moore

From grasp of subversive humor Christopher Moore comes a unusual, irreverent novel of affection, delusion, metaphysics, outlaw cycling, angst, and outrageous redemption.

As a boy, he was once Samson Hunts Alone—until a dangerous false impression with the legislations compelled him to escape the Crow reservation at age fifteen. this present day he's Samuel Hunter, a winning Santa Barbara assurance salesman with a Mercedes, a residence, and a hole, invented existence. Then at some point, future deals him the harmful present of love—in the beautiful type of Calliope Kincaid—and a curse within the unheralded visual appeal of an historic god by way of the identify of Coyote. Coyote, the trickster, has arrived to reawaken the magical storyteller inside of Sam...and to significantly screw up his lifestyles within the approach.

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