Breakfast of Champions: A Novel

By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Breakfast Of Champions is classic Vonnegut. one in all his favourite characters, getting older author Kilgore Trout, reveals to his horror Midwest motor vehicle broker is taking his fiction as fact. the result's murderously humorous satire as Vonnegut appears at warfare, intercourse, racism, luck, politics, and toxins in the USA and reminds us the right way to see the reality.
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The Simpsons, Satire, and American Culture

How is The Simpsons a satirical art engaged with vital social, political, and cultural matters? In time for the twenty-fifth anniversary, Henry deals the 1st finished knowing of the exhibit as a satire and explores the ways that The Simpsons participates within the so-called "culture conflict" debates occurring in American society.
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Leg over Leg, Volumes 3-4

By Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq

Leg over Leg recounts the existence, from beginning to heart age, of “the Fariyaq,” modify ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal determine within the highbrow and literary heritage of the fashionable Arab international. The continually edifying and infrequently hilarious adventures of the Fariyaq, as he strikes from his local Lebanon to Egypt, Malta, Tunis, England, and France, give you the writer with grist for wide-ranging discussions of the highbrow and social problems with his time, together with the lack of knowledge and corruption of the Lebanese non secular and secular institutions, freedom of judgment of right and wrong, women’s rights, sexual relationships among women and men, the manners and customs of Europeans and center Easterners, and the variations among modern eu and Arabic literatures, the entire whereas celebrating the genius and wonder of the classical Arabic language.

Volumes 3 and 4 see the peripatetic Fariyaq fall in love and convert to Catholicism for 24 hours so that it will marry. even supposing the narrative revolves round a sequence of debates over the character of male-female relationships, possibilities additionally come up for disquisitions at the actual and ethical importance of such diversified issues because the buttocks, the unreliability of virginity checks, and the human potential for self-delusion. long remains in England and France permit for animadversions at the desk manners and sexual aberrations in their voters, however the dialogue, no matter if it contain dance-halls, excitement gardens, or poetry, in most cases finally ends up returning to gender relations.

Akin to Sterne and Rabelais in his satirical outlook and technical inventiveness, al-Shidyaq produced in Leg Over Leg a piece that's particular and unclassifiable. It was once first and foremost extensively condemned for its assaults on authority, its non secular skepticism, and its “obscenity,” and later versions have been frequently abridged. this can be the 1st whole English translation of this groundbreaking paintings.
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The Republic of Wine: A Novel

By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt

In this hypnotic epic novel, Mo Yan, the main severely acclaimed chinese language author of this new release, takes us on a trip to a conjured province of up to date China referred to as the Republic of Wine—a corrupt and hallucinatory international jam-packed with superstitions, gargantuan appetites, and surrealistic occasions. while rumors succeed in the experts that unusual and over the top gourmandise is being practiced within the urban of Liquorland (so named for the amazing volume of alcohol produced and fed on there), veteran precise investigator Ding Gou'er is dispatched from the capital to find the reality. His challenge starts on the Mount Lou Coal Mine, the place he encounters the top suspect—Deputy Head Diamond Jin, mythical for his means to carry his liquor. in the course of the resulting ingesting duel at a dinner party served in Ding's honor, the investigator loses all experience of truth, and will now not inform no matter if the roast suckling served is of the animal or human style. while he eventually wakes up from his stupor, he has nonetheless discovered no solutions to his swiftly 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 through one Li Yidou, a doctoral candidate in Liquor reviews and an aspiring author. every one letter includes a tale that Li would prefer the well known author's assist in getting released. notwithstanding, Li's stories, each one extra marvelous 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 striking characters—a dwarf, a scaly demon, a troupe of plump, delectable boys raised in captivity, a cookery instructor who primes her scholars with giant 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 artistic imagination.

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The Best Book in the World

By Peter Stjernström

Who will win the race to write down the easiest e-book on the earth, and to what unbelievable lengths will they visit get there first? A hilarious story of authorly competition.

Titus Jensen is middle-aged, has a keenness for alcohol, and makes ends meet by means of giving public readings from imprecise books at gala's throughout Sweden. He can not help considering there needs to be extra to existence for an writer of his caliber. Eddie X is hip, successful with the women, and loves being the guts of cognizance. a thorough poet and general at the competition circuit, he can not help pondering there should be extra to existence for a skilled, handsome guy like himself. One evening, after a winning event—Titus reads from The illnesses of Swedish Monarchs and Eddie X waxes lyrical to the beating tones of steel band The Tourettes—the not likely pair get horribly under the influence of alcohol jointly and hatch a plan to achieve all over the world recognition. The solution is to write down the simplest e-book within the world—a ebook so extraordinary that it'll turn out on all of the bestseller lists in each class that you can imagine: mystery, self-help, cooking, enterprise, dieting—a booklet that mixes every little thing in a single! yet there can basically be one such booklet, and because the alcohol-induced haze clears either men realize they don't seem to be prepared to percentage the limelight. Hilariously quirky and witty, this novel will take readers on a meandering race to the end line, throwing lots of satirical punches alongside the way.

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Psycho Killer (Gossip Girl, Book 13)

By Cecily Von Ziegesar

Welcome to manhattan City's top East aspect, the place my buddies and that i stay, visit college, play, and sleep-sometimes with one another. It's a luxe lifestyles, yet someone's received to dwell it . . . till they die.

So starts off Gossip woman, Psycho Killer, a re-imagined and increased slasher variation of the 1st groundbreaking Gossip Girl novel, that includes all new grisly scenes and over-the-top gore via number one New York Times bestselling writer Cecily von Ziegesar.

Just as within the unique tale, Serena returns from boarding institution hoping to make amends along with her BFF Blair Waldorf--things simply haven't been an identical when you consider that Nate Archibald got here among them. yet here's the place our darkish story takes a flip: Serena makes a decision that the single means for her to make issues correct with Blair is to cast off Nate. If that suggests killing him, good, c'est los angeles vie. Her tried homicide doesn't pass left out through Blair, although, who isn't approximately to enable Serena kill whoever she wants-not whilst there's Cyrus Rose and Chuck Bass and Titi Coates and everybody else who's ever aggravated Blair to do away with first...

American Psycho's Patrick Bateman has met his fit in Manhattan's most modern, most lovely trendsetting serial killers, Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen.
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Modem Times 2.0 (Outspoken Authors)

By Michael Moorcock

Jerry Cornelius—Michael Moorcock’s fictional audacious murderer, rockstar, chronospy, and attainable Messiah—is featured within the first of 2 tales during this 5th installment of the Outspoken writer sequence. formerly unpublished, the 1st tale is an odyssey via time from London within the Nineteen Sixties to the United States in the course of the years following Barack Obama's presidency. The second piece is a political, confrontational, comical, nonfiction story within the sort of Jonathan quick and George Orwell. An interview with the writer rounds out this biting, satirical, sci-fi collection.
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American Freak Show: The Completely Fabricated Stories of Our New National Treasures

By Willie Geist

This isn't the first ebook written approximately quantum mechanics, however it simply can be the final. the speculation provided inside of those pages is so innovative that it has shocked the medical group into reconsidering centuries of considered the habit of strength and topic. organize to have your brain blown.

Sorry, that is the creation to Willie Geist's next book--the fruits 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 is not within the lab, Geist spends his time on MSNBC's Morning Joe sifting throughout the wreckage of yank politics and pop culture. nowadays, that is an incredible activity. With an Alaska hockey mother turning, virtually in a single day, right into a nationwide icon and perilous to maneuver from Wasilla to the White condominium, with the world's most renowned 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, lady, and baby to 15 mins of reputation, Geist's company is thriving.

In his hilarious first ebook, American Freak Show, Geist takes the shrewdpermanent, biting remark enjoyed through 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, will not be all that faraway from reality.

Geist treats us to the 1st examine President Sarah Palin's unconventional inaugural tackle, played live to tell the tale 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 presents us with never-before-seen FBI wiretap transcripts of the extra mundane, yet both profane, mobile 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 not anyone as our host of this wild American Freak Show. you will chortle out loud whereas weeping for the way forward for the USA.
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Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World: A Novel

By Donald Antrim

Asserting a daring new American voice laced with pitch black humor and as taut as a sufferer on a rack, this spectacularly provocative debut novel is swish, electrical, a wickedly humorous story of a global made riotous by means of life's mysterious and occasionally violent injuries. A Harper'sserial.
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