‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?’ by Mindy Kaling
On The Office, Mindy Kaling plays a ditzy customer service representative who is often lost in the show’s large ensemble. But Kaling is also a veteran writer for the show, crafting some of its best episodes (“Ben Franklin,” “Michael’s Last Dundees”). Now Kaling is striking out on her own with Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of her musings on friendship, one-night stands and corrupt cupcake shops. Order at amazon.com.
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To download or not to download, that is the question. Forty-one plays, 154 sonnets, six poems, character quotes, a glossary and even supposed portraits of the Bard himself are all available on this free app. Our recommendation: download.
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"There is somethign strange and disarming about looking at a homicide scene in the bright daylight of the Miami sun," says Dexter Morgan, the narrator of Lindsay's brilliant, darkly funny collection of thrillers (amazon.com) about a serial killer who hunts other serial killers. "It makes the most grotesque killings look antiseptic, staged. Like you're in a new and daring section of Disney World."
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Julia Child and her bestie, Avis DeVoto, bonded over cooking, of course: its gadgets, recipes, methods and more. This wonderfully intimate collection (amazon.com) of more than 200 letters sheds light on their lifelong friendship as well as the turbulent creation of Julia's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
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Toole's hilarious novel follows the adventures of Ignatius J. Reilly, an obese slob living in New Orleans. The book, submitted by the author's mother years after his suicide, was rejected by a string of publishers before it went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981. (amazon.com)
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"For most of my generation—Generation X—there is only one question: 'When did your parents get divorced?' Our lives have been framed by the answer. Ask us. We remember everything," writes Gregory Thomas in her powerful, moving memoir about what happened when she and her husband of 16 years split (something she swore to herself, and her daughters, that she'd never do). (amazon.com)
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'Skinny Bitch: Home, Beauty & Style' by Kim Barnouin
Barnouin has built a best-selling books empire on the b-word. In her latest addition to the Skinny Bitch series, she turns to the home, with tips for readers on how to create a sustainable wardrobe, how to read labels that claim to be "All Natural" and "Nontoxic," and more. (amazon.com)
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The epitome of food porn, this irresistable homage to the mighty sandwich features full frontal photos of your between the bread favorites, both exotic and ubiquitous. Who knew the image of hamburger or a BLT could be so hypnotizing? (amazon.com)
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When she took the throne, Marie Antoinette shaped not only the future of France, but also the future of fashion, experimenting with bold styles such as ballroom disguises, hunting gear and unstructured chemise dresses. She popularized the "pouf" long before Snooki did and dismissed the doudy sartorial choices favored by the court. Weber has written a richly detailed history of fashion and politics as well as a revealing character study of the infamous queen.
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"I hate tennis, hate it with all my heart, and still I keep playing, keep hitting all morning, and all afternoon, because I have no choice," the Grand Slam champ writes about his love-hate relationship with the game that made him a star. The most shocking revelation here: Agassi used crystal meth in 1997 and failed a drug test.
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'The Most Beautiful Walk in the World' by John Baxter
In this sparkling memoir, author and professional literary walking tour guide (think the beloved cafes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald; the favorite gardens of Gertrude Stein) recalls his pedestrian excursians in Paris.
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If you love those precious photos circling the Internet of bunnies cuddling with cats or birds perched on dogs, then this book, a roundup of surprising animal BFFs, is for you. We promise, the fantastic photos and true tales from the wild will make your heart flutter. (amazon.com)
Graves's wonderful historical novel of the glory days of ancient Rome is narrated by the emperor Claudius, a stutterer who let everyone think he was an idiot in order to survive the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius and mad Caligula. (amazon.com)
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A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." For Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, his last lecture took on even more meaning: he was dying of pancreatic cancer and had only months to live. In this funny, moving book based on the lecture he gave, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch writes not about dying, but living. (amazon.com)
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