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China's Glass Ceiling: Women Still Excluded from High-Level Politics

Despite ample progress, the country's feminist movement still has a long way to go.<p>After her anti-child molestation campaign, feminist Ye Haiyan, also known as Liumang Yan, or "Hooligan Sparrow," has been detained by the Chinese police. Officials say the arrest and detainment was because Ye …

Things Come (Very, Very) Apart

Todd McLellan must have a lot of fun at his job.<p>How else to explain someone who meticulously dismantles, then painstakingly rearranges hundreds of tiny parts of machinery. And that's before he throws everything into the air.<p>The Toronto-based commercial photographer was the kind of kid who always …

Book News: Harper Lee Says Literary Agent Exploited Her Health

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>Harper Lee is suing to recover royalties from her former literary agent, Samuel Pinkus, who she claims tricked her into signing over the copyright to her novel <i>To Kill A Mockingbird</i> while she was recovering from a …

Postgraduate Post-Mortem In A Smart, Literary Mystery

There are many things to savor about Elanor Dymott's debut suspense novel, <i>Every Contact Leaves a Trace —</i> among them, its baroque narrative structure and its clever manipulation of the stock, husband-who-hasn't-got-a-clue character. But Dymott really won me over when she pulled Robert Browning out …

Gangster Squad

• <b>Author:</b> Paul Lieberman<p><b>"Read this man's book." --James Ellroy</b><p>A harrowing, edge-of-your-seat narrative of murder and secrets, revenge and heroism in the City of Angels—the real events behind the blockbuster Warner Brothers film starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.<p>GANGSTER …

Sex at Dawn

• <b>Author:</b> Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jethá<p>“Sex at Dawn challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way. By examining the prehistoric origins of human sexual behavior the authors are able to expose the fallacies and weaknesses of standard theories proposed by most experts. This is a provocative, …

Hidden America

• <b>Author:</b> Jeanne Marie Laskas<p><b>An Oprah.com “Must-Read Book”</b><p><b>Award-winning journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas reveals “enlightening, entertaining, and often poignant”* profiles of America's working class—the forgotten men and women who make our country run.</b><p>Take the men of Hopedale Mining company in Cadiz, …

Nothing to Envy

• <b>Author:</b> Barbara Demick<p><b>An eye-opening account of life inside North Korea—a closed world of increasing global importance—hailed as a “tour de force of meticulous reporting” (The New York Review of Books)</b> <b><br>NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST</b> <b></b><br>In this landmark …

Tuesdays with Morrie

• <b>Author:</b> Mitch Albom<p>Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.<p>For Mitch Albom, that …

In Cold Blood

• <b>Author:</b> Truman Capote<p><b>National Bestseller</b> <br>On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.<p>As …

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

• <b>Author:</b> John Berendt<p>Read John Berendt's <b>Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil</b> in Large Print.<p>* All Random House Large Print editions are published in a 16-point typeface<p>Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For …

The Ice Man

• <b>Author:</b> Philip Carlo<p>Philip Carlo's <i>The Ice Man</i> spent over six weeks on the <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller List. Top Mob Hitman<b>.</b> Devoted Family Man. Doting Father. For thirty years, Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski led a shocking double life, becoming the most notorious professional assassin in American …

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge

• <b>Author:</b> The Onion<p>Are you a witless cretin with no reason to live? Would you like to know more about every piece of knowledge ever? Do you have cash? Then congratulations, because just in time for the death of the print industry as we know it comes the final book ever published, and the only one you …

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: An Essay (Digital Original)

• <b>Author:</b> David Foster Wallace<p>One of David Foster Wallace's most famous essays, now available as an eBook short.<p>Beloved for his keen eye, sharp wit, and relentless self-mockery, David Foster Wallace has been celebrated by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation. In this hilarious essay, …

Stuff Christians Like

• <b>Author:</b> Jonathan Acuff<p>Sometimes, we fall in love on mission trips even though we know we’ll break up when we get back. Sometimes, you have to shot block a friend’s prayer because she’s asking God to bless an obviously bad dating relationship. Sometimes, you think, “I wish I had a t-shirt that said …

Go the F**k to Sleep

• <b>Author:</b> Adam Mansbach & Ricardo Cortés<p><i>Go the F**k to Sleep</i> is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, it captures the …

You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News

• <b>Author:</b> Cracked.com<p>From the most-read humor site on the internet, Cracked.com<p>YOU MIGHT BE A ZOMBIE… <b><br>You're going to wish you never picked up this book.</b><p><b>Some facts are too terrifying to teach in school. Unfortunately, Cracked.com is more than happy to fill you in:</b><p>* A zombie apocalypse? It could …

Life As I Blow It

• <b>Author:</b> Sarah Colonna & Chelsea Handler<p><b>In this wickedly funny and irreverent memoir, Chelsea Lately writer and comedian Sarah Colonna opens up about love, life, and pursuing her dreams . . . and then screwing it all up.</b> <br>Sarah believes we all struggle to grow up. Sometimes we want to have fun, not …

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

• <b>Author:</b> David Sedaris<p>David Sedaris plays in the snow with his sisters. He goes on vacation with his family. He gets a job selling drinks. He attends his brother's wedding. He mops his sister's floor. He gives directions to a lost traveler. He eats a hamburger. He has his blood sugar tested. It all …

Me Talk Pretty One Day

• <b>Author:</b> David Sedaris<p>A new collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his attempts to learn French. His family is another inspiration. You Cant Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother …

Nice Is Just a Place in France

• <b>Author:</b> The Betches<p>LOOK, MAYBE YOU’RE A NICE GIRL, but we’re guessing you’re more like us or you probably wouldn’t have picked up this book. Not that we have a problem with girls who are nice people. But being nice is just not the way to get what you want. And this book is about getting what you …

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

• <b>Author:</b> David Sedaris<p>Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.<p>In "The …

Sh*t My Dad Says

• <b>Author:</b> Justin Halpern<p>“This book is ridiculously hilarious, and makes my father look like a normal member of society.”<br>—Chelsea Handler<p>“Read this unless you’re allergic to laughing.”<br>—Kristen Bell<p>“If you’re wondering if there is a real man behind the quotes on Twitter, the answer is a definite and …

The Zombie Survival Guide

• <b>Author:</b> Max Brooks<p><b>From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now.</b><p>Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, …

Emails from an A*****e

• <b>Author:</b> John Lindsay<p><b>“It's like Sasha Baron Cohen on the internet.” - Jane Wells, CNBC</b> <br>When John Lindsay launched DontEvenReply.com in June 2009, it became an instant sensation. With 60% of the book featuring entirely new material never before available on the website, <i>Emails from an A*****e</i> offers …

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't)

• <b>Author:</b> Brené Brown<p><b>Researcher, thought leader, and New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown offers a liberating study on the importance of our imperfections—both to our relationships and to our own sense of self</b><p>The quest for perfection is exhausting and unrelenting. There is a constant barrage …

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Personal Workbook

• <b>Author:</b> Stephen R. Covey<p>The essential companion workbook to the international bestseller <i>The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.</i><p>Stephen Covey’s <i>The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People</i> took the self-help market by storm in 1990 and has enjoyed phenomenal sales ever since. The integrated, …

How To Win Friends & Influence People

• <b>Author:</b> Dale Carnegie<p><b>YOU CAN GO AFTER THE JOB YOU WANT...AND GET IT! YOU CAN TAKE THE JOB YOU HAVE...AND IMPROVE IT! YOU CAN TAKE ANY SITUATION YOU'RE IN...AND MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU!</b><p>For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people …

I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet

I was wrong.<p>One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was "corrupting my soul."<p>It's a been a year now since I "surfed the web" or "checked my email" or "liked" anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. I've …