The Second Assistant: A Tale from the Bottom of the by Clare Naylor

By Clare Naylor

No political technological know-how measure may perhaps ever arrange Elizabeth Miller for her new task as a moment assistant on the enterprise, whose consumers comprise every body you’ve by no means met—but you recognize who they’re sound asleep with. A former congressional intern in Washington, Lizzie made a bid for a lifestyles swap that landed her a role a global away, the place ethics and primary modification debates take a backseat to pleading the 5th for Ritalin-snorting boss Scott Wagner. He’s the most popular younger agent in Hollywood, who devotes his days to taking part in on-line poker—that is, whilst he’s no longer ultimate a $30 million deal for certainly one of his AAA-list clients. And whereas getting six-hundred-dollar highlights from Cameron’s colorist or organizing the strippers for George’s party come just about inflicting middle failure for this East Coast lady, the genuine hazards lurk elsewhere. But Lizzie is a  survivor, and no Machiavellian assistant, lecherous manufacturer, or strength fight on the organisation can douse her nascent goals of mountain climbing up the Hollywood ladder. But first she has to run all the way down to the espresso Bean to select up that triple coffee, or Scott goes to throw something.... at the web:

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Confessions of a Demon by Susan Wright

By Susan Wright

After by chance stealing the lifestyles strength of a loss of life demon, Allay turned the one human-demon hybrid in life. Demons feed on human feelings, so Allay made up our minds the most secure method to fulfill this need-and nonetheless preserve a few semblance of her humanity-was to open a bar. the following she will be able to drink from, and straightforwardness, her buyers' soreness, which has helped her to stick below the demon radar...until now. while Allay is attacked and approximately killed by way of one other demon, a human involves her rescue. Theo Ram is tall, good-looking, and mortal-and Allay feels a connection to him she did not imagine she'd ever understand. yet that bond is established while the demon group in big apple starts off to get up, and opposing clans struggle for strength. Now Allay is stuck within the center, and he or she needs to come to a decision the place her loyalties lie.

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Pets in a Pickle by Malcolm D. Welshman

By Malcolm D. Welshman

Drawing on his personal studies of operating as a vet, Malcolm Welshman brings to lifestyles a wealth of colourful characters—including the bold perform receptionist, Beryl, along with her one steely eye—and an ark's worthy of terrific animals. As enthralling because it is humorous, this glorious tale will pride any animal fan. while Paul Mitchell arrives for his first day's paintings at Prospect residence Veterinary health center, he by no means expects this. On his first actual day, he's bitten via a feisty hamster, yet this can be a mere prelude to a cavalcade of hilarious—and frequently painful—encounters with fish, flesh, and chicken. From stalking a feral cat to rescuing a cow caught in a gravel pit, lifestyles isn't wanting animal adventures for the newly certified vet. On best of treating all demeanour of creatures on the perform, Paul and his female friend Lucy additionally nurse a number of waifs and strays again to wellbeing and fitness at their domestic. along with six budgerigars, love birds, a hoard of guinea pigs, and 3 tabby cats, their menagerie comprises Gertie the Goose, whose expertise for residence safety saves her from the Christmas Day desk, and Nelson, their lovable—and stone deaf—Jack Russell.

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The Five Minute Iliad Other Instant Classics: Great Books by Greg Nagan

By Greg Nagan

Was once Homer relatively blind, or used to be that simply his shtick? used to be Dante a righty or a lefty? Why are not there any photographs of Jane Austen in a bikini? What made Oscar so Wilde? How a lot did Hemingway? those are only the various many nice questions of Western literature neglected during this ebook. From the writer of A Prairie domestic Companion's liked "Five-Minute Classics" comes The Five-Minute Iliad and different fast Classics, a witty and profane lampoon of the Western literary canon -- the Spinal faucet of literature. "I won't ever write such wordy trash again," Leo Tolstoy acknowledged of battle and Peace after examining Homer within the unique Greek. Tolstoy's pledge encouraged stand-up comedian Greg Nagan to whet his double-edged verbal sword and supply this gleefully twisted tackle what modern readings of the nice Books say approximately our society this present day. From The Iliad to at the street, those fifteen parodies offer a riotous romp via Western civilization (one model of it, besides) from Homer to Kerouac, from old Greece to Postwar the United States, from the Lyrical Epic to the Breathless Gush. Nagan's mirthful mayhem will satisfaction these who have learn the good Books, and people who have not learn them will locate those literary caricatures exciting of their personal correct.

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Philosophical Enquiries and Pretentious Postulations by Charlotte Hathaway

By Charlotte Hathaway

The realm is filled with philosophy – all over the place you glance individuals are attempting to get to the bottom of the deep that means of existence, no matter if they don’t know it. but, notwithstanding approximately everybody does it, there's a nice photo of pretentiousness surrounding the game, as though philosophy have been tricky to do! good, i will let you know for a undeniable fact that i do know not anything approximately philosophy. but used to be it no longer Socrates who encouraged that the single real knowledge is in realizing that you just be aware of nothing?

Philosophy (from the traditional Greek philosophia which means ‘love of wisdom’), is what occurs while youths are under the influence of alcohol or stoned, or while loads of very clever humans party and detect they've got not anything else to jot down a paper in this year.

Philosophy fills books and fictional works. It lurks within the knowledge of the outdated and within the ramblings of the mad. it truly is scrawled throughout rest room partitions the place even ‘shaz 4
kev’ may shape the foundation of a controversy the likes of which might continue an educational busy till the sunlight revolves round the Earth.

There are not any unique ideas or questions. in any case, every little thing is plagiarism. existence is only one great regurgitation. notwithstanding, those proof don’t cease you from feeling certain and insightful in case you ultimately do imagine up anything quite, rather deep. not one of the concepts during this e-book are new, or in the event that they have been then they won’t be by the point they achieve you.

Bertrand Russell wrote that ‘the aspect of philosophy is firstly whatever as simple as to appear now not worthy mentioning, and to finish with whatever so paradoxical that nobody will think it’.

Just take note – for those who can argue it, it’s philosophy. So relax, wear your favorite smoking jacket, draw your pipe, and fill it with hashish: for this present day, gents, we will philosophize...

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Kapitoil (P.S.) by Teddy Wayne

By Teddy Wayne

"Sometimes you don't actually become aware of anything till you research it in reverse," writes Karim Issar upon arrival to big apple urban from Qatar in 1999. Fluent in numbers, common sense, and company jargon but usually baffled by means of human connection, the younger monetary wizard quickly creates a working laptop or computer software named Kapitoil that predicts oil futures and reaps checklist gains for his corporation.

before everything an introspective loner adrift in New York's social scenes, he anchors himself to his mythical boss Derek Schrub and Rebecca, a delicate, disenchanted colleague who may perhaps comprehend him larger than he does himself. Her impression, and his father's disapproval of Karim's Americanization, reason him to question the ethical implications of Kapitoil, relocating him towards a choice that might ascertain his destiny, his firm's, and to whom—and where—his loyalties lie.

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One Day (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Contemporaries) by David Nicholls

By David Nicholls

It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have purely simply met. yet after just one day jointly, they can't cease considering each other. Over 20 years, snapshots of that dating are published at the comparable day—July 15th—of every year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and neglected possibilities, laughter and tears. and because the actual that means of this one the most important day is printed, they need to come to grips with the character of affection and existence itself.

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Gargantua and Pantagruel (Penguin Classics) by Francois Rabelais

By Francois Rabelais

A masterly new translation of Rabelais’s strong scatalogical comedy

Parodying each person from vintage authors to his personal contemporaries, the wonderful and exuberant tales of Rabelais reveal human follies with mischievous and infrequently obscene humor. Gargantua depicts a tender gigantic who turns into an aesthetic Christian knight. Pantagruel portrays Gargantua’s bookish son who turns into a Renaissance Socrates, divinely guided through knowledge and by means of his idiotic, self-loving better half, Panurge.

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