Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and by Michael Krasny

By Michael Krasny

From the host of NPR affiliate’s Forum with Michael Krasny, a compendium of Jewish jokes that packs the punches with hilarious riff after riff and in addition bargains a window into Jewish culture.

Michael Krasny has been telling Jewish jokes due to the fact his bar mitzvah, and it’s been acknowledged that he is familiar with extra of them than an individual on this planet. He definitely states his case during this clever, enlightening, and hilarious e-book that not just collects the easiest of Jewish humor handed down from new release to iteration, yet explains the cultural expressions and anxieties at the back of the laughs.

"What’s Jewish Alzheimer’s?"
"You fail to remember every little thing however the grudges."

"You needs to be so proud. Your daughter is the President of the United States!"
"Yes. yet her brother is a doctor!"

"Isn’t Jewish humor masochistic?"
"No. And if I listen that another time i will kill myself."

With his historical past as a student and public-radio host, Krasny delves deeply into the topics, issues, and type of Jewish humor: chauvinism undercut via irony and self-mockery, the phobia of wasting cultural id via assimilation, the significance of vocal inflection in joke-telling, and calls to communal reminiscence, together with using Yiddish.

Borrowing from conventional humor and such Jewish comedy legends as Jackie Mason, Mel Brooks, and Joan Rivers, Larry David, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer, Let There Be Laughter is an absolute excitement for the selected and goyim alike.

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At the Heart of the Universe: A Novel by Samuel Shem

By Samuel Shem

the tale of 2 moms and a father in love with an identical daughter, Samuel Shem's At the center of the Universe is an epic novel set deep in rural China opposed to the backdrop of an old mountain monastery in the course of the time of the one-child-per-family coverage. encouraged by means of the author's studies as dad or mum of an followed baby, it describes the drama of adoption and the adventure of loss and rebirth which could take place whilst a daughter brings jointly her followed father and mother together with her beginning mom excessive on a mountaintop.

Set in 1991 in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, as a chinese language girl abandons her one-month-old daughter in a pile of celery in a hectic industry, after which transferring to Changsha ten years later because the daughter returns along with her followed American mom and dad, the tale strikes throughout southern China until eventually, excessive atop Emei San, one in every of China's "sacred mountains" with a Buddhist temple, the 4 are introduced jointly within the wilderness—a perilous and explosive time that unleashes their heartbreak and ache and, remarkably, transcends it to shared compassion, and new beginnings.

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Other Alcott: A Novel by Elise Hooper

By Elise Hooper

Named one in every of POPSUGAR's 25 Books to learn q4!

Elise Hooper’s debut novel conjures the attention-grabbing, untold tale of may well Alcott—Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her personal right.

We all understand the tale of the March sisters, heroines of Louisa may perhaps Alcott’s Little girls. But whereas all people cheers on Jo March, in keeping with Louisa herself, Amy March is frequently the least favourite sister. Now, it’s time to profit the reality in regards to the actual “Amy”, Louisa’s sister, may possibly.

Stylish, outgoing, artistic, might Alcott grows up longing to event the huge international past harmony, Massachusetts. whereas her sister Louisa crafts tales, could herself is a skilled and committed artist, taking classes in Boston, turning down a wedding concept from a well-off suitor, and dealing with scorn for coming into what's greatly a man’s career.

Life for the Alcott relations hasn't ever been effortless, so whilst Louisa’s Little girls is released, its good fortune eases the monetary burdens they’d confronted for therefore decades. all people concurs the unconventional is fascinating, yet might is struck to the center by means of the portrayal of egocentric, spoiled “Amy March.” is that this what her liked sister quite thinks of her?

So may perhaps embarks on a quest to find her personal real identification, as an artist and a girl. From Boston to Rome, London, and Paris, this courageous, gifted, and decided lady forges an awesome lifetime of her personal, making her much more than purely “The different Alcott.”

“Elise Hooper’s completely smooth debut provides a clean tackle one among literature’s so much cherished households. To learn this ebook is to appreciate why the ladies at the back of Little Women proceed to solid an extended shadow on our imaginations and goals. Hooper is a author to watch!”—Elisabeth Egan, writer of A Window Opens


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Dungeness by Karen Polinsky

By Karen Polinsky

Spanning the latter 1/2 the 19th century, this coming-of-age novel unfolds within the kind of a historian's laptop. Protagonist and narrator Millie Langlie (daughter of a S'Klallam maiden and a Norwegian mariner) is an adventurous woman with a curious brain. Guided by way of the present of a couple of silver fish jewelry, she finds an anomalous Indian-on-Indian bloodbath and confronts her mother's mystery love affair. visiting from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Townsend and again back, Millie discovers how wisdom of the prior can educate us to like, forgive, and forge a brand new path.

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Shadow of the Gun (Ralph Compton) by Ralph Compton,Joseph A. West

By Ralph Compton,Joseph A. West

A lawless city lives within the shadow of worry during this western in Ralph Compton's USA Today bestselling series.

Tam Elliot based Eden Creek to be a utopia of peace and prosperity. town accomplished neither, and in melancholy Elliot took his personal lifestyles. His daughter Allison rechristened the city Suicide, blaming its parents for its failure. From her hillside condo, she collects estate dues from the misplaced souls unlucky adequate to nonetheless dwell there—and punishes someone trying to depart.
John McBride got here west to begin a brand new existence, in basic terms to discover himself saddled with the moniker “Tenderfoot child” after a unmarried gunfight. He bought a restaurant in Suicide hoping to place his prior at the back of him, yet with marauding Apaches, vicious outlaws, and emerging tensions among the townsfolk and Allison Elliot, town is a powder keg ready to explode—and McBride’s presence simply should be adequate to gentle the fuse…
More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

From the Paperback edition.

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Errol, Fidel and the Cuban Rebel Girls by Boyd Anderson

By Boyd Anderson

Based on precise occasions, Errol, Fidel and the Cuban insurgent Girls recreates one of many twentieth century’s nice untold tales. Cuba, 1959: within the ultimate 12 months of his existence, Errol Flynn came upon time for one final experience. The speeding celebrity of many Hollywood motion pictures had regularly longed to be a true hero. Fidel Castro used to be the true article, and now he was once searching for popularity. What every one guy had the opposite sought after and, as revolution raged round them, the degree used to be set for an explosive come upon. Cuba is close to revolution and Errol Flynn is there making what is going to be his ultimate movie. after they meet, Errol is interested by the most recent in a protracted line of relationships with under-age ladies, whereas Fidel is able to march triumphantly into Havana after overthrowing the Batista executive. inside days of the coup, Errol is chased out of Cuba with a firing squad and Fidel scorching on his heels.    that includes an entire solid of Hollywood motion picture stars, appealing ladies, Cuban revolutionaries and ny mobsters, Errol, Fidel and the Cuban insurgent Girls is the tale of 2 males on the contrary ends of wonderful careers. it's a tale with heroes ... yet there's purely ever room for one.

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The Vengeance of Mothers: The Journals of Margaret Kelly & by Jim Fergus

By Jim Fergus

The attractive sequel to the award-winning novel One Thousand White Women.

9 March 1876

My identify is Meggie Kelly and that i take in this pencil with my dual sister, Susie. we now have not anything left, below not anything. The village of our humans has been destroyed, all our possessions burned, our acquaintances butchered via the warriors, our child daughters long past, frozen to demise on an ungodly trek throughout those rocky mountains. Empty of human feeling, half-dead ourselves, all that continues to be folks intact are hearts became to stone. We curse the U.S. executive, we curse the military, we curse the savagery of mankind, white and Indian alike. We curse God in his heaven. don't underestimate the facility of a mother’s vengeance...

So starts off the magazine of Margaret Kelly, a girl who participated within the U.S. government's "Brides for Indians" application in 1873, a software whose conceit used to be that the best way to peace among the U.S. and the Cheyenne kingdom was once for a thousand White girl to take delivery of as brides in trade for 3 hundred horses. those "brides" have been usually fallen ladies; girls in felony, prostitutes, the occasional adventurer, or these incarcerated in asylums. not anyone anticipated this software to paintings. And the brides themselves considered it easily as an opportunity at freedom. yet lots of them fell in love with their Cheyenne spouses and had childrens with them...and turned Cheyenne themselves.

The Vengeance of Mothers explores what occurs to the bonds among better halves and husbands, young ones and moms, while society sees them as "unspeakable." What does it suggest to be white, to be Cheyenne, and the way a long way will those girls visit avenge those they love? With vibrant element and willing emotional intensity, Jim Fergus brings to mild a time and position in American historical past and fills it with unforgettable characters who stay and breathe with a keenness we will be able to relate to even today.

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Classic Westerns (Leather-bound Classics) by Owen Wister,Willa Cather,Zane Grey,Max Brand

By Owen Wister,Willa Cather,Zane Grey,Max Brand

because the American West unfolded to settlers after the Civil struggle, humans have been longing for stories of significant adventures, unending probabilities, and the pioneering spirit. vintage Westerns is a set of six novels that captured this feeling of exploration and taken the rugged panorama into the houses of readers in every single place. those novels—The Virginian by means of Owen Wister, O Pioneers! by means of Willa Cather, The Lone famous person Ranger and The Mysterious Rider through Zane gray, and Gunman’s Reckoning and The Untamed by way of Max Brand—tell of lifestyles at the open plains, in dusty outposts, and along majestic mountain levels that rose to greet tourists who ventured forth into the unexplored kingdom to discover their destinies.

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Insurrectionist: A Novel by Herb Karl

By Herb Karl

The Insurrectionist is an enthralling historic novel that follows the militant abolitionist John Brown from his involvement in Bleeding Kansas to the invasion of Harpers Ferry and the dramatic end of his next trial. Herb Karl conscientiously blends old element with dramatic own descriptions to bare serious episodes in Brown's lifestyles, illuminating his personality and the causes that led as much as the Harpers Ferry invasion, giving readers a whole photograph of the guy who has too usually been brushed aside as hopelessly fanatical. Brown's friendship with Frederick Douglass and their ongoing debate on the right way to finish slavery, his committed relatives, who stand by way of him regardless of the risk, and his struggles to safe investment and political prefer for his reason opposed to deeply entrenched politicians all make for a shockingly modern tale of kin, ardour, race, and politics.

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Sally Hemings: A Novel (Rediscovered Classics) by Barbara Chase-Riboud

By Barbara Chase-Riboud

Bringing to lifestyles one of many maximum and so much arguable love tales, this fictional account reveals the gorgeous and elusive Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson’s mistress for 38 years whom he enjoyed and lived with until eventually he died. including to the scandal, she was once a quadroon slave and Jefferson fathered a slave kinfolk whose descendants are alive at the present time. during this novel, Jefferson and his mistress are totally discovered, as are a number of the different personages of the early Republic—Aaron Burr, Dolly and James Madison, John and Abigail Adams, and Sally’s mom Elizabeth, who was once Jefferson’s father-in-law’s mistress. This magnificent and hugely acclaimed novel is a modern masterpiece—a poignant, tragic, and unforgettable meditation at the heritage of race and intercourse in America.

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