The Rocket Years by Elizabeth Segran

The Rocket Years by Elizabeth Segran

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The Rocket Years by Elizabeth Segran
epub | 982.04 KB | English | Elizabeth Segran | Harper


Description: The Defining Decade for the #Adulting generation-a book that blends storytelling and data to unpack the choices you make in your twenties, why they matter, and how to turn those critical years into a launchpad for the life you want.
We tend to think of our twenties as a playground for life: A time for low-consequence experimentation and delaying big decisions. But the truth is that while you’re muddling through those years-exploring new cities, dating the wrong people, hopping between jobs-a small shift in your flight path can mean the difference between landing on Mars or Saturn. As the data sho, the choices we make (or put off) during this critical decade about our career, marriage, health, friends, even downtime have the greatest impact on how our lives play out. For example, did you know that people who marry between the ages of 28 and 32 have the lowest risk of divorce? And that the average 25 year old has 20 close friends, but this will shrink to 8 after age 40? And that most of us don’t acquire new hobbies after we hit our thirties? Rather than prescribing one correct path (who are we kidding, there’s no such thing anyway!), Elizabeth Segran invites readers to think critically and holistically about the life they want to build. With signature warmth and humor, Segran is the guide we all wish we had to show us the way. Blending insightful anecdotes with research from economics, sociology, and political science, The Rocket Years is an empowering exploration of these exciting, confusing, wonderful years.

Look by Zan Romanoff

Look by Zan Romanoff

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Look by Zan Romanoff
epub | 985.98 KB | English | Zan Romanoff | 2020 | Penguin


Description: For fans of Nina LaCour and Mary H. K. Choi comes "a gorgeous exploration of Los Angeles, love, and how a girl can be torn down and put herself back together, one image at a time." –Robin Benway, National Book Award-winning author ofFar From the Tree

"An incisive, tantalizing exploration into the minds of teen girls through the reality-distortion-field of social media. Look is smart, quick, and startlingly tender. I loved this book." –Mary H. K. Choi, New York Times bestselling author of Emergency Contact
Things Lulu Shapiro’s 5,000 Flash followers don’t know about her:
  That the video of her with another girl was never supposed to go public.
  That Owen definitely wasn’t supposed to break up with her because of it.
  That behind the carefully crafted selfies and scenes Lulu projects onto people’s screens, her life feels like a terrible, uncertain mess.
Then Lulu meets Cass. Cass isn’t interested in looking at Lulu’s life, only in living in it. And The Hotel–a gorgeous space with an intriguing, Old Hollywood history and a trust-fund kid to restore it–seems like the perfect, secret place for them to get to know each other. But just because Lulu has stepped out of the spotlight doesn’t mean it’ll stop following her every move.
Look is about what you present vs. who you really are, about real intimacy and manufactured intimacy and the blurring of that line. It’s a deceptively glamorous, feminist, emotionally complex, utterly compelling, queer coming-of-age novel about falling in love and taking ownership of your own self–your whole self–in the age of social media.
"Witty, sensual, well-observed." –Francesca Lia Block, author of Weetzie Bat
"I loved this book." –Mary H. K. Choi, author of Emergency Contact
"A beautifully rendered…feminist coming-of-age story." –Jessica Morgan of Go Fug Yourself
"Smart, romantic…Everything I hoped for and more." –Robyn Schneider, author of The Beginning of Everything
"Gorgeous." –Robin Benway, author of Far From the Tree
" A complex, empathic examination of identity." –Amy Spalding, author of The Summer of Jordi Perez
"[For] readers of Nina LaCour…Sharply incisive and…deeply romantic." –Booklist
"A beautiful, intimate novel. I loved it so much." –Maurene Goo, author of The Way You Make Me Feel
"Immediate…Deft…Astute…Compelling…Gripping and credible." — BCCB
"[ Zan Romanoff] is one of the best YA writers working today."–Brandy Colbert, author of Little & Lion

August by Callan Wink

August by Callan Wink

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August by Callan Wink
epub | 1.22 MB | English | Callan Wink | 2020 | Random House


Description: A boy coming of age in a part of the country that’s being left behind is at the heart of this dazzling novel-the first by an award-winning author of short stories that evoke the American West.
“August  reads like early Hemingway, retooled for the present.”-William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Barbarian DaysCallan Wink has been compared to masters like Jim Harrison and Thomas McGuane. His short stories have been published in The New Yorker and have won numerous accolades. Now his enormous talents are showcased in a debut novel that follo a boy growing up in the middle of the country through those difficult years between childhood and adulthood.
August is an average twelve-year-old. He likes dogs and fishing and doesn’t mind early-morning chores on his family’s Michigan dairy farm. But following his parents’ messy divorce, his mother decides that she and August need to start over in a new town. There, he tries to be an average teen-playing football and doing homework-but when his role in a shocking act of violence thro him off course once more, he flees to a ranch in rural Montana, where he learns that even the smallest communities have dark secrets.
Covering August’s adolescence, from age twelve to nineteen, this gorgeously written novel bears witness to the joys and traumas that irrevocably shape us all. Filled with unforgettable characters and stunning natural landscapes, this book is a moving and provocative look at growing up in the American heartland.

Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang

Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang

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Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang
epub | 671.56 KB | English | Alexandra Chang | Ecco


Description: “Startlingly original and deeply moving…. Chang here establishes herself as one of the most important of the new generation of American writers.”   – George SaundersA Recommended Book From Buzzfeed * Parade * Electric Literature * The Millions * Domino A wry, tender portrait of a young woman-finally free to decide her own path, but unsure if she kno herself well enough to choose wisely-from a captivating new literary voice
The plan is to leave. As for how, when, to where, and even why-she doesn’t know yet. So begins a journey for the twenty-four-year-old narrator of  Days of Distraction. As a staff writer at a prestigious tech publication, she reports on the achievements of smug Silicon Valley billionaires and start-up bros while her own request for a raise gets bumped from manager to manager. And when her longtime boyfriend, J, decides to move to a quiet upstate New York town for grad school, she sees an excuse to cut and run. Moving is supposed to be a grand gesture of her commitment to J and a way to reshape her sense of self. But in the process, she finds herself facing misgivings about her role in an interracial relationship. Captivated by the stories of her ancestors and other Asian Americans in history, she must confront a question at the core of her identity: What does it mean to exist in a society that does not notice or understand you? Equal parts tender and humorous, and told in spare but powerful prose, Days of Distraction is an offbeat coming-of-adulthood tale, a touching family story, and a razor-sharp appraisal of our times.

Review
"Chang writes with wit and sharpness…An important, gratifying read." — "Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Friday Black"
"A startlingly original and deeply moving debut–kaleidoscopic, funny, heart-rending, beautifully observed, and formally daring." — "George Saunders, #1 New York Times bestselling author"

About the Author
Alexandra Chang is from Northern California. She graduated from UC Berkeley and received her MFA from Syracuse University. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train , LARB Quarterly Journal , Catapult, and elsewhere. She has previously worked as a technology reporter for WIRED and Macworld , and now lives in upstate New York.

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

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Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
epub | 1.24 MB | English | Samantha Irby | 2020 | Faber & Faber


Description: Hello, 911? I am the first person at this party.’Samantha Irby is the king of sparkling misanthropy and tender, loving dread.’ Jia TolentinoStaring down the barrel of her fortieth year, Samantha Irby is confronting the ways her life has changed since the days she could work a full 11 hour shift on 4 hours of sleep, change her shoes and put mascara on in the back of a moving cab and go from drinks to dinner to the club without a second thought. Recently, things are more ‘Girls Gone Mild.’ In Wow, No Thank You Irby discusses the actual nightmare of living in a rural idyll, weighs in on body negativity (loving yourself is a full-time job with shitty benefits) and poses the essential question: Sure sex is fun but have you ever googled a popular meme?
‘A laugh. A fart. A snort. Or some combination thereof. Be prepared to totally lose control of the noises that come out of your body while reading the latest essay collection from humor writer Samantha Irby.’ Bustle’The only writer who can make me laugh with abandon in public… Her signature irreverence is intact, of course, but it can’t mask the heart she leaves bleeding on the page.’ Elle’Samantha Irby is hilarious… Nothing is off limits and I love it.’ Candice Carty-Williams

The NRA The Unauthorized History by Frank Smyth

The NRA The Unauthorized History by Frank Smyth

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The NRA The Unauthorized History by Frank Smyth
epub | 681.7 KB | English | Frank Smyth | Flatiron Books


Description: For the first time, the definitive account of America’s most powerful, most secretive, and most controversial nonprofit, and how far it has strayed from its origins.
The National Rifle Association is unique in American life. Few other civic organizations are as old or as large. None is as controversial. It is largely due to the NRA that the U.S. gun policy differs so extremely – some would say so tragically – from that of every other developed nation. But, as Frank Smyth sho, the NRA has evolved from an organization concerned above all with marksmanship – and which supported most government efforts around gun control for a hundred years – to one that resists all attempts to restrict guns in any way. At the same time, the organization has also buried its own remarkable history. Here is that story, from the NRA’s surprising roots in post-Civil War New York City to the defining event that changed its culture forever – the so called…

The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas

The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas

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The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas
epub | 361.27 KB | English | Scarlett Thomas | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Description: A cursed book. A missing professor. Some nefarious men in gray suits. And a dreamworld called the Troposphere?Ariel Manto has a fascination with nineteenth-century scientists-especially Thomas Lumas and The End of Mr. Y, a book no one alive has read. When she mysteriously uncovers a copy at a used bookstore, Ariel is launched into an adventure of science and faith, consciousness and death, space and time, and everything in between.Seeking answers, Ariel follo in Mr. Y’s footsteps: She swallo a tincture, stares into a black dot, and is transported into the Troposphere-a wonderland where she can travel through time and space using the thoughts of others. There she begins to understand all the mysteries surrounding the book, herself, and the universe. Or is it all just a hallucination?With The End of Mr. Y, Scarlett Thomas brings us another fast-paced mix of popular culture, love, mystery, and irresistible philosophical adventure.

Twilight Hauntings by Angie Sage

Twilight Hauntings by Angie Sage

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Twilight Hauntings by Angie Sage
epub | 6.91 MB | English | Angie Sage | HarperCollins


Description: Angie Sage, New York Times bestselling author of the Septimus Heap series, crafts a fantasy world where enchantment is illegal, Oracles knit octopuses, wizards run around in soggy underpants, and one girl is on a mission to save Enchantment and Enchanters, which might just save the kingdom.
Alex has a set of Enchanted cards. When she flutters her fingers above them, something magical happens: the cards come alive and create moving pictures of what is now and what is yet to come. But Enchantment is illegal in the city of Luma, and those who practice it are imprisoned forever in the Vaults-dark dungeons deep below the city.
When Alex is betrayed by her foster sister Zerra, she kno she is in great danger. With the help of her little foster brother, Louie, she makes a daring escape.
But Alex discovers she is not safe outside Luma either. Here lurk deadly Hauntings that seek out those who practice magic: Enchanters and…

The Woman of a Thousand Names by Alexandra Lapierre

The Woman of a Thousand Names by Alexandra Lapierre

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The Woman of a Thousand Names by Alexandra Lapierre
epub | 3.88 MB | English | Alexandra Lapierre | Atria Books


Description: From the internationally bestselling author of the “fascinating epic” (Associated Press) Between Love and Honor comes a rich, sweeping tale based on the captivating true story of the Mata Hari of Russia, featuring a beautiful aristocrat fighting for survival during the deadly upheaval of the Russian Revolution.
Born into Russian aristocracy, wealth, and security, Moura never had any reason to worry. But in the upheaval of the Bolshevik Revolution, her entire world crumbles. As her family and friends are being persecuted by Vladimir Lenin’s ruthless police, she falls into a passionate affair with British secret agent Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart. But when he’s abruptly and mysteriously deported from Russia, Moura is left alone and vulnerable.
Now, she must find new paths for her survival, even if it means shedding her past and taking on new identities. Some will praise her tenderness and undying loyalty. Others will denounce her lies. But all will agree on one point: Moura embodies Life. Life at all cost.
Set against the volatile landscape of 20th-century Russia, The Woman of a Thousand Names brings history to vivid life in a captivating tale about an extraordinary woman caught in the waves of change-with only her wits to save her.

Has China Won by Kishore Mahbubani

Has China Won by Kishore Mahbubani

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Has China Won by Kishore Mahbubani
epub | 3.06 MB | English | Kishore Mahbubani | 2020 | PublicAffairs


Description: The defining geopolitical contest of the twenty-first century is between China and the US. But is it avoidable? And if it happens, is the outcome already inevitable?
China and America are world powers without serious rivals. They eye each other warily across the Pacific; they communicate poorly; there seems little natural empathy. A massive geopolitical contest has begun.
America prizes freedom; China values freedom from chaos.America values strategic decisiveness; China values patience.America is becoming society of lasting inequality; China a meritocracy.America has abandoned multilateralism; China welcomes it.
Kishore Mahbubani, a diplomat and scholar with unrivalled access to policymakers in Beijing and Washington, has written the definitive guide to the deep fault lines in the relationship, a clear-eyed assessment of the risk of any confrontation, and a bracingly honest appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses, and superpower…