Lingo: A Language Spotters Guide to Europe by Gaston Dorren

By Gaston Dorren

Welcome to Europe as you've got by no means identified it earlier than, obvious throughout the peculiarities of its languages and dialects. Combining linguistics and cultural heritage, Gaston Dorren takes us on an fascinating travel of the continent, from Proto-Indo-European (the universal ancestor of such a lot ecu languages) to the increase and upward push of English, through the complexities of Welsh plurals and Czech pronunciation. alongside the best way we examine why Esperanto won't ever trap on, how the language of William the Conqueror lives on within the Channel Islands and why Finnish is the simplest ecu language.

Surprising, witty and entire of notable evidence, this booklet will switch how you take into consideration the languages round you. Polyglot Gaston Dorren may even convince you that English is like Chinese.

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Flags of the World vol.9

Depicts flags of all of the international locations on the earth. contains locator maps, truth bins, descriptions, and a precis of flag resources, shades, and iconography. v. nine. Tunisia-Zimbabwe.

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The Friar's Club Encyclopedia of Jokes: Over 2000 by Barry Dougherty, H. Aaron Cohl

By Barry Dougherty, H. Aaron Cohl

Newly up to date —with plenty of brand-new jokes from today's most sensible comedians.

What will be funnier than an exceptional shaggy dog story? How approximately 2,000 nice jokes? during this side–splitting compendium, revised and up-to-date and that includes a brand new creation via Drew Carey, individuals of the world-renowned Friars membership and different comedians offer zingers for each celebration, state of affairs, and taste.

Organized alphabetically and by way of subject, this ebook is made for looking, yet it's additionally ideal for locating icebreakers for social events, including a marginally of humor to enterprise speeches, and spicing up toasts.

Hundreds of the best-known comedians are represented, together with Sarah Silverman, Ellen Degeneres, Lewis Black, Ray Romano, Milton Berle, Carol Burnett, George Burns, George Carlin, Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Phyllis Diller, Bob desire, Alan King, Richard Lewis, Bob Newhart, Rita Rudner, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, and plenty extra.

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A Nameless Witch by A. Lee Martinez

By A. Lee Martinez

A story of vengeance, real love, and cannibalism

Being born undead may have its hazards, akin to everlasting formative years and faultless attractiveness —-things so much incorrect for a witch. Hiding in the back of the guise of a filthy previous crone, the witch is content material residing open air citadel Stalwart along with her not likely band of allies: a troll named Gwurm, an enchanted broom, and a demonic duck named Newt. She leads an easy existence jam-packed with spells, potions, and the occasional curse.

So whilst a White Knight arrives at citadel Stalwart, the witch is familiar with her days of peace are at an finish. The Knight is simply days in entrance of a horde of starving goblings, and citadel Stalwart lies correct within the horde's direction. however the goblings are only the 1st wave of possibility, and shortly the witch and the Knight needs to mix forces on a dangerous quest to prevent a mad sorcerer from destroying the world.

Filled with threat, monsters, and magic, A anonymous Witch is a appropriately witchly learn through the award-winning writer of Gil's All Fright Diner and within the corporation of Ogres.

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Everything Hurts by Bill Scheft

By Bill Scheft

Phil Camp has an issue. now not the truth that he wrote a parody of a self-help booklet (Where am i able to Stow My Baggage?) that the area took heavily and that grew to become a global bestseller, or that he wrote the publication less than a phony identify, Marty Fleck, and the phony identify grew to become a self-help guru in a single day. Phil can't be Marty Fleck. He can slightly be himself.

No, Phil's challenge is that he has been strolling with a limp for 9 months. Phil is in consistent ache, but there's not anything bodily improper together with his physique that may reason such anguish. This challenge leads him to the debatable Dr. Samuel Abrun, a true health care professional who wrote a true self-help ebook (The strength of "Ow!") that made millions of individuals pain-free.

So what occurs whilst the self-help fraud meets the true merchandise? Does he recuperate? Can he hobble out of his personal solution to aid himself? most crucial, can the reader make it via fifty pages with out considering, Wait a minute. Is twinge i believe in my again or simply gas?

Phil embraces Abrun's unorthodox psychogenic theories passionately yet manages to avoid wasting ardour for Abrun's daughter, Janet, herself a physician who has her personal theories approximately, and treatments for, power ache. If all this weren't adequate, Phil attempts to delve extra into his earlier together with his unconventional psychotherapist, the Irish decrease, no matter if it potential revealing darkish secrets and techniques he by no means remembered telling him the 1st or thrice. To best all of it off, Phil confronts his adjust ego's nemesis, right-wing radio blowhard Jim McManus, basically to determine they percentage a standard enemy -- an identical relations.

Like Carl Hiassen and Larry David, writer invoice Scheft is familiar with that the easiest humor is often excruciating. that matches the tale of Everything Hurts and its lesson: discomfort is the final word instructor. through the top, Phil Camp, the self-proclaimed "self-help fraud," seems to be the true factor. And the genuine factor seems to be fallacious and burdened, yet hopeful. In different phrases, human.

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You Are a Complete Disappointment: A Triumphant Memoir of by Mike Edison

By Mike Edison

"Edison writes like Hunter S. Thompson, if Hunter S. Thompson used to be now not a self-medicating misanthrope yet in its place a big-hearted teddy undergo with a flavor for pro wrestling and narratives of pleasure and redemption—which is what Edison's awesome new memoir is: a must-read for a person who craves guideline for a way to get out from lower than a soul-murdering childhood." —Rick Perlstein, writer of the hot York instances bestseller The Invisible Bridge: the autumn of Nixon and the increase of Reagan

“Telling Mike Edison he was once an entire sadness used to be simply the 1st salvo of his father’s deathbed diatribe. within the comparable approach this record of lawsuits is either fun and profoundly provoking, Edison’s memoir approximately his afflicted dating along with his straitlaced dad is a piece of humor and pathos. A musician and previous editor and writer of excessive instances journal, Edison by no means healthy the constraining mould that his mom and dad thought of the single route to luck. After his father’s parting phrases positioned the capstone on a courting that have been contentious for many years, Edison seems to be to find the place precisely he and his father received so off-track. Uncovering the reality takes Edison past even his early life to the formation of his parents’ trust platforms as a part of a new release that valued conformity above just about all else. Edison is a great storyteller, quickly and witty, who supplies the heavy stuff acceptable weight with no letting it pull down the lighter moments, like his father’s memorable outburst over a meatball pizza. Edison’s soul-searching creates a relocating tribute to being oneself.” —Booklist

“You are a whole disappointment.” On his deathbed, Mike Edison’s father gasped these phrases to his son—and that used to be only the start of his devastating salvo. For a person who has ever suffered from parental bullying, this often-hilarious but intensely heartbreaking memoir from the previous excessive instances writer will supply either solace and laughter. It starts off with a child’s starvation for romance and reputation and keeps via years of withering feedback, perverse expectancies, and unfounded pageant from a narcissistic father who couldn’t tolerate his son’s happiness and libertine spirit. finally, the writer unravels a dating that may by no means be fixed—but might be didn’t have to be. within the spirit of Augusten Burroughs when it comes to Jeannette partitions, Edison’s memoir is a candid, devastating, and deeply humorous learn.

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Un chapeau de ciel (Les annales du Dique-monde, Tome 32) by Terry Pratchett

By Terry Pratchett

« Robin Deschamps Feegle, je vos demande maetnant d'alleu sauveu los angeles ch'tite michante sorcieure jaeyante. Un rukeu est après elle. » Et voilà les Nac mac Feegle, les ch'tits hommes libres, sur le pied de guerre. motor vehicle un bad chance risk leur protégée, Tiphaine Patraque, onze ans, apprentie sorcière : un rucheur veut s'emparer d'elle. Un rucheur, c'est comme un babar-l'ermite. Ça emménage en vous... et on ne peut pas le tuer. Alors tous les abilities en herbe de Tiphaine ne seront pas de trop, non plus que ceux des Feegle, de fins bagarreurs, et peut-être faudra-t-il que s'en mêle maîtresse Ciredutemps, l. a. sorcière de référence.

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Popcorn by Ben Elton

By Ben Elton

Debatable and prior worrying, equivalent elements cool and harsh, Bruce Delametri is Hollywood's preferred director. this night, he's on the apex of his occupation, with an Oscar cradled in a single hand and leave out February within the different. yet then he will get a trip from distinct fanatics, and all hell (quite actually) breaks loose.

Popcorn, a singular from British sitcom author Ben Elton (Blackadder, The younger Ones), is the satirical novel performed Nineteen Nineties variety. it's a publication concerning the videos that indicts the flicks, and that has each likelihood of being made right into a motion picture. It jewelry all of the prevalent alterations at the topic of Hollywood vapidity, crassness, and decadence; even if, Popcorn accomplishes this so deftly that you could be no longer discover that you've heard all of it prior to until eventually you're entire with the e-book. Popcorn has little new to claim approximately the USA and the tradition for which it stands: talk-show hosts which are vacuous, video clips which are violent, and audiences which are moronic. (The one profit to taking pictures this specific fish during this specific barrel is that the majority readers will locate it demanding to disagree.) That stated, the booklet generates an indisputable pressure. Popcorn is a lovely (if now not regularly friendly) page-turner, and the final 20 pages will certainly provide you with pause.

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My Lucky Star by Joe Keenan

By Joe Keenan

During this hilarious, laser-sharp comedy, the Emmy-winning author and manufacturer of "Frasier" sends up Hollywood pretense larger than it's ever been despatched sooner than.

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50 Sure Ways for a Girl to Stay Single by Pim Pauline Overgaard

By Pim Pauline Overgaard

If you usually dread the second one date, keep on with this hilarious book's sage suggestion, and you may by no means have one again:

  • Make an inventory of items he has to alter in visual appeal and behaviour ahead of he will be with you.
  • Tell him you as soon as attempted to kill your ex, then begin to snicker hysterically.
  • Bring a booklet of child names in your first date and circle those you're keen on with a crimson marker.

    50 convinced methods for a lady to stick Single is a guidebook that is worthy in a few severe occasions. for instance, as a way to finish that determined loser's weigh down on you, hire those wise strategies:

  • Never shave.
  • Chew together with your mouth open.
  • Chain smoke.

    If your clueless pal simply cannot comprehend why her relationships do not final, slip this publication into her bag and wish she acknowledges herself in those vintage gems:

  • Never even attempt to pay the bill.
  • Use i do not understand as a solution for everything.
  • Bring up your ex as frequently as possible.

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