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  1. The Human Comedy

    by William Saroyan
    A heartwarming story of a family in a small town during World War II, exploring themes of love, loss, and the human experience.

    Homer Macauley is a 14-year-old boy growing up fatherless in the San Joaquin Valley of California during World War II . His oldest brother, Marcus, is off fighting the war, and Homer feels he needs ... (Wikipedia)

  2. Everything, Everything

    by Nicola Yoon
    A teenage girl's journey of self-discovery, as she breaks free from the confines of her illness.

    The story follows 18-year-old Madeline Whittier, who is being treated by her mother for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), and therefore is not allowed to leave her house or interact with ... (Wikipedia)

  3. The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury

    by Bill Watterson
    An anthology of comic strips about the adventures of a mischievous boy and his stuffed tiger.

    The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes , is a large-format treasury of the cartoons from Yukon Ho! and Weirdos from Another Planet! (including full-color Sunday cartoons) plus a full-color original ... (Barnes & Noble)

  4. Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy

    by Judd Apatow
    A collection of interviews with comedians, exploring their creative process and personal lives.

    Before becoming one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood, Judd Apatow was the original comedy nerd. At fifteen, he took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club—just so he could watch ... (Goodreads)

  5. Goddesses in Everywoman

    by Jean Shinoda Bolen
    A psychological exploration of the feminine archetypes through Greek mythology, providing insight into women's personalities and relationships.

    Jean Shinoda Bolen’s celebrated work of female psychology that uses seven archetypical goddesses to describing behavior patterns and personality traits, as relevant and timeless today as when it was ... (Barnes & Noble)

  6. A Moveable Feast

    by Ernest Hemingway
    A memoir of Hemingway's life in 1920s Paris, exploring its rich bohemian culture.

    Hemingway's memories of his life as an unknown writer living in Paris in the twenties are deeply personal, warmly affectionate, and full of wit. Looking back not only at his own much younger self, ... (Goodreads)

  7. Since You've Been Gone

    by Morgan Matson
    A young girl embarks on an adventure of self-discovery, learning to open her heart to the possibilities of the world.

    It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do ... (Goodreads)

  8. The Glorious Heresies

    by Lisa McInerney
    A darkly comic tale of intersecting lives in Cork City, Ireland, where a accidental murder sets off a chain of events.

    One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society. Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father ... (Goodreads)

  9. Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution.

    by Brené Brown
    An exploration of how to courageously confront hardship and use it to build strength and resilience.

    Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show ... (Goodreads)

  10. The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

    by Brennan Manning
    A reflection on the unconditional love of God, inviting readers to find healing and peace.

    Are you bedraggled, beat-up, burnt-out? Most of us believe in God’s grace—in theory. But somehow we can’t seem to apply it in our daily lives. We continue to see Him as a small-minded bookkeeper, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  11. Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed

    by Glennon Doyle Melton
    A collection of personal stories about resilience, courage and the power of vulnerability.

    An inspirational, sidesplittingly funny exploration of the power of living with love, forgiveness, and honesty. In Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton shares new stories and the best-loved ... (Goodreads)

  12. Everything I Never Told You

    by Celeste Ng
    A family unravels its history as tragedy strikes, exploring the power of secrets and lies.

    On May 3, 1977, Lydia Lee, the middle child of the Lee family, is missing. After several days, her body is dredged out of the town lake. Lydia's parents, James and Marilyn, are horrified by their ... (Wikipedia)

  13. Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer

    by Jen Lancaster
    A humorous journey of self-discovery through tales of a woman's life experiences.

    A NOTE FROM JEN LANCASTER: "To whom the fat rolls…I'm tired of books where a self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself skinny in hopes of a fabulous new life. And I hate ... (Barnes & Noble)

  14. Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    by Billy Crystal
    A humorous autobiography of the actor and comedian's life and career.

    Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America's favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career in this, New York Times, bestseller., Billy Crystal is ... (Barnes & Noble)

  15. I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

    by Kevin Hart
    A raw, honest memoir recounting life lessons learned through trials and tribulations.

    New York Times bestselling author, superstar comedian, and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the , ... (Barnes & Noble)

  16. Green Grass, Running Water

    by Thomas King
    A humorous and satirical novel that explores the complexities of Native American identity and history through interconnected narratives.

    Green Grass, Running Water opens with an unknown narrator explaining "the beginning", in which the trickster -god Coyote is present as well as the unknown narrator. Coyote has a dream which takes ... (Wikipedia)

  17. Jitterbug Perfume

    by Tom Robbins
    A journey through time and space, exploring the mysteries of life, death, and the pursuit of immortality.

    A powerful and chiseled 8th-century king named Alobar narrowly escapes regicide at the hands of his own subjects, from a custom of killing the leader at the first sign of aging. After fleeing, no ... (Wikipedia)

  18. What Alice Forgot

    by Liane Moriarty
    A woman wakes up with amnesia and must reconstruct her life, rediscovering truths hidden in her past.

    FROM THE #1, NEW YORK TIMES, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF, THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, AND, BIG LITTLE LIES,. A “cheerfully engaging”(,Kirkus Reviews,) novel for anyone who’s ever asked herself, “How did I get ... (Barnes & Noble)

  19. America

    by Jon Stewart
    A satirical take on American politics and democracy, filled with humor and wit.

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show , and his coterie of patriots, deliver a hilarious look at American government. American-style democracy is the world's most ... (Goodreads)

  20. Beautiful Darkness

    by Fabien Vehlmann
    A group of friends find themselves trapped in a dark and twisted forest, where their true natures are revealed.

    The protagonist Aurora is on a date with Prince Hector when they are suddenly expelled from their home, which happens to be the corpse of a young human girl. Everyone else living in the corpse is ... (Wikipedia)

  21. The Last Black Unicorn

    by Tiffany Haddish
    A humorous, honest account of the comedian's personal life, struggles and successes.

    NEW YORK TIMES, BESTSELLER “An inspiring story that manages to be painful, honest, shocking, bawdy, and, hilarious.” ,—The New York Times Book Review, From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout ... (Barnes & Noble)

  22. Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride

    by Lucy Knisley
    A graphic memoir about the author's journey through wedding planning and the challenges of merging two families and cultures.

    In 2010, Lucy and her long-term boyfriend John broke up. Three long, lonely years later, John returned to New York, walked into Lucy's apartment, and proposed. This is not that story. It is the story ... (Barnes & Noble)

  23. The Incorrigible Optimists Club

    by Jean-Michel Guenassia

    Michel Marini avait douze ans en 1959, à l'époque du rock'n'roll et de la guerre d'Algérie. Il était photographe amateur, lecteur compulsif et joueur de baby-foot au Balto de Denfert-Rochereau. Dans ... (Goodreads)

  24. I Was Told There'd Be Cake: Essays

    by Sloane Crosley
    A collection of humorous essays depicting the highs and lows of modern life.

    Hailed by David Sedaris as "perfectly, relentlessly funny" and by Colson Whitehead as "sardonic without being cruel, tender without being sentimental," from the author of the new collection, Look ... (Barnes & Noble)

  25. Noggin

    by John Corey Whaley
    After dying of cancer, Travis Coates' head is cryogenically frozen and then attached to a new body five years later.

    2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST Travis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious “tour de force of imagination and empathy” ( Booklist , starred review) from John ... (Barnes & Noble)

  26. This Is What Happy Looks Like

    by Jennifer E. Smith
    A chance email brings together a small-town girl and a famous actor, leading to a summer romance in Maine.

    From the author of, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, comes a humorous and heartwarming novel about small towns, big love, and mistaken email identity. When teenage movie star ... (Barnes & Noble)

  27. Moranthology

    by Caitlin Moran
    A collection of witty and insightful essays covering a range of topics from feminism to pop culture.

    Possibly the only drawback about the bestselling How To Be A Woman was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman. In MORANTHOLOGY, , Caitlin 'gets quite ... (Goodreads)

  28. JPod

    by Douglas Coupland
    A darkly humorous look at the lives of the twenty-somethings working in the video game industry.

    JPod , Douglas Coupland's most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today's new breed of tech worker. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose surnames begin with "J" are ... (Goodreads)

  29. Wife 22

    by Melanie Gideon
    Alice Buckle, a suburban housewife, participates in a marriage survey and begins an online flirtation with the researcher.

    For fans of Helen Fielding’s, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Allison Pearson’s, I Don’t Know How She Does It, comes an irresistible novel of a woman losing herself . . . and finding herself again . . . ... (Goodreads)

  30. An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India

    by Shashi Tharoor
    A scathing critique of British colonialism in India, exposing the exploitation, violence, and destruction wrought by the empire.

    In the 18th century, India's share of the world economy was as large as Europe's. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire ... (Goodreads)

  31. sTORI Telling

    by Tori Spelling
    Memoir of Tori Spelling's life growing up in Hollywood, her rise to fame, and personal struggles.

    This title sees Tori set the record straight on her personal life and lets readers experience the truly unique life she's led - with its undeniable childhood privileges, tabloid misperceptions, ... (Goodreads)

  32. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls

    by Lauren Graham
    An intimate memoir of the actor's experience playing Lorelai Gilmore and her journey to becoming an author.

    NEW YORK TIMES, BESTSELLER • In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of, Gilmore Girls, and, Parenthood, reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along ... (Barnes & Noble)

  33. Teacher Man

    by Frank McCourt
    A memoir of the author's 30-year career as an English teacher in New York City.

    McCourt's long-awaited book about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Nearly a decade ago Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of sixty-six, he ... (Goodreads)

  34. Tough Shit: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

    by Kevin Smith
    Kevin Smith shares his life experiences and offers advice on how to overcome obstacles and achieve success.

    That "Kevin Smith? The guy who did Clerks a million years ago? Didn t they bounce his fat ass off a plane once? What could you possibly learn from the director of Cop Out ? How about this: he changed ... (Goodreads)

  35. Interrupted: An Adventure in Relearning the Essentials of Faith

    by Jen Hatmaker
    A memoir of a woman's journey to rediscover her faith after questioning and challenging her beliefs.

    What happens when Jesus interrupts the average life? Interrupted encourages believers to ask if their lives bring integrity to the gospel. Follow the faith journey of author and fellow disciplemaker ... (Goodreads)

  36. Delicious!

    by Ruth Reichl
    A food critic's exploration of the culinary world, showcasing the beauty of gourmet food.

    In her bestselling memoirs Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us, and never more so than in her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who ... (Goodreads)

  37. Slam

    by Nick Hornby
    A teenage boy navigates life, love, and basketball while dealing with the consequences of unexpected fatherhood.

    Bestselling author Nick Hornby delivers his first novel for young adults. For 16-year-old Sam, life is about to get extremely complicated. He and his girlfriend—make that ex-girlfriend— Alicia have ... (Goodreads)

  38. My Mother Was Nuts

    by Penny Marshall
    A memoir of Penny Marshall's life, from her childhood in the Bronx to her successful career in Hollywood.

    At the age of twenty-six, Penny Marshall was a divorced mother of one living in the Bronx. One year later she starred in a Head & Shoulders commercial (she was the one with the dandruff) with Farah ... (Barnes & Noble)

  39. 2BR02B

    by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    A dystopian future where population control is mandatory and life is viewed as a commodity.

    The setting is a society in which aging has been cured, individuals have indefinite lifespans , and population control is used to limit the population of the United States to forty million, which is ... (Wikipedia)

  40. For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards

    by Jen Hatmaker
    An exploration of grace and love in a world of impossible standards.

    For the Love is now a New York Times bestseller! Don't miss Jen's latest title, also a New York Times bestseller, Of Mess & Moxie . Best-selling author Jen Hatmaker is convinced life can be lovely ... (Barnes & Noble)

  41. The Colour Of Lightning

    by Paulette Jiles
    A captivating story of a freed slave's struggle to reunite with his family amidst the violence and turmoil of the American West in the 1860s.

    In 1863, as the War Between the States creeps inevitably toward its bloody conclusion, former Kentucky slave Britt Johnson ventures west into unknown territory with his wife, Mary, and their three ... (Goodreads)

  42. I'm Down

    by Mishna Wolff
    A memoir of growing up white in a black neighborhood, navigating identity and family dynamics.

    Mishna Wolff is a little girl growing up in two households of divorced parents with two very different personalities and cultures. Her Father lives in Seattle in a place called Rainier Valley. ... (Wikipedia)

  43. On the Bright Side: The new secret diary of Hendrik Groen

    by Hendrik Groen

    Nederland leerde Hendrik Groen kennen door zijn dagboek Pogingen iets van het leven te maken . Samen met zijn vriend Evert en de andere leden van de Oud-maar-niet-dood-club, probeert Hendrik zijn ... (Goodreads)

  44. Shampoo Planet

    by Douglas Coupland
    Tyler, a young man, navigates through the consumerist culture of America, searching for meaning and connection in a world of excess.

    Tyler Johnson is a 20-year-old MTV child. Once a baby raised in a hippie commune, he is now an ambitious Reagan youth dreaming of a career with the corporation whose offices his mother once ... (Goodreads)

  45. Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough

    by Jefferson Bethke
    A critique of religious legalism and a call to focus on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

    A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Abandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved. Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a ... (Barnes & Noble)

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