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  • The Clumsiest People in Europeby Favell Lee Mortimer; Todd Pruzan

    Random House 2010; US$ 14.09

    In the middle of the 1800s, Mrs Favell Lee Mortimer set out to write an ambitious guide to all the nations on Earth. There were just three problems: She had never set foot outside Shropshire. She was horribly misinformed about virtually every topic she turned her attention to. And she was prejudiced against foreigners. The result was an unintentionally... more...

  • Don't Get Me Startedby Mitchell Symons

    Transworld 2009; US$ 11.27

    Modern life is full of annoyances. Indeed it sometimes seems as if life conspires to become more and more annoying every day, just to piss us off. *Pop-up windows on the internet *Brian Sewell's voice *People who use finger signs to denote quotation marks *'Talking' birthday cards that never shut up *Mobile phone ringtones Is there no end to... more...

  • The Armstrongs' A-Z Guide to Lifeby Ann Armstrong; John Armstrong

    Random House 2009; US$ 11.27

    Have you ever wondered how typewriters can rival commercial radio? Why, according to John, it's best to shave only once a week, and with old fashioned soap and water? And what the various repercussions of spring and its extra hour of daylight bring? The BBC created a fantastically cult television series when they filmed the daily operations of John... more...

  • My Experimental Lifeby A J Jacobs

    Random House 2010; US$ 12.68

    For his first book, AJ Jacobs read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica . For his second, he followed every single rule in the Bible. Now comes a collection of his most outrageous, hilarious and thought-provoking experiments yet. In My Experimental Life Jacobs puts himself to a series of bizarre and ridiculous tests, from total obedience to... more...

  • Pistacheby Sebastian Faulks

    Random House 2010; US$ 11.27

    pistache (pis-tash): a friendly spoof or parody of another's work. [Deriv uncertain. Possibly a cross between pastiche and p**stake.] From Thomas Hardy's football report to Dan Brown's visit to the cash dispenser, the work of the great and the not-so-great is here sent up with little hope of coming down. Most of these pieces began their life... more...

  • Not in My Nameby Chas Newkey-Burden; Julie Burchill

    Ebury Publishing 2008; US$ 12.68

    It is a great and glorious tradition the world over - to vehemently state one thing and then do the exact opposite. Royals are doing it, reformed smokers are doing it, and politicians are virtually synonymous with it. Welcome to the heyday of hypocrisy. From the Everyday Hypocrites (cyclists, white hip-hop fans, reality television-haters) to the... more...

  • A Zombie's History of the United Statesby Josh Miller

    Ulysses Press 2011; US$ 13.99

    Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane. ” Howard Zinn Shedding light on 500 years of suppression, this shocking exposé reveals the pivotal role in American history played by its most invisible minorityzombies. From colonization and revolution to World... more...

  • It's Not That I'm Bitter . . .by Gina Barreca

    St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 6.79

    In a world where eye cream is made from placenta, Gina Barreca is the lone voice calling out "But wait, whose placenta is it?" She asks the crucial questions: Why is there no King Charming? Why does no bra ever fit? Why are there no tutus in XL? Why do more intelligent women have trusted psychics than have trusted financial advisors? While she definitely... more...

  • Life's Little Annoyancesby Ian Urbina

    Henry Holt and Co. 2007; US$ 6.79

    What can you do when the world is pushing you over the edge? More than you think. For some of us, it's the automated voice that answers the phone when we'd rather talk to a real person. For others, it's the fact that Starbucks insists on calling its smallest-sized coffee "tall." Or perhaps it's those pesky subscription cards that fall out of magazines.... more...

  • Semantricksby Lewis M. Gediman; Nino DeNicola; Paul Gediman; Michael B. Laudor

    St. Martin's Press 2008; US$ 6.79

    At last, a book for the American Idle. Here is a punny new dictionary of inventive definitions of real words. Acrimony: Spousal support payments following bitter divorce Friction: Novel that rubs you the wrong way Negligence: Woman's forgotten dressing gown Zinfandel: Heathen wine Ranging from the merely fetched ( Spaniel: Iberian canine ) to the... more...