Milk and Honey (Rupi Kaur)

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Milk and Honey

“#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.”

New Books Playground says: Milk and Honey is our next favorite from Rupi Kaur, after we loved The Sun and Her Flowers! Continue reading…

Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian (E.L. James)

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Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian

“E.L. James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.

Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms. Continue reading…

Raking the Dust (John Biscello)

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Raking the Dust

“In this rogue’s tale, full of sound, fury, and surrealism, we meet Alex Fillameno, a writer who has traded in the machine-grind of New York for a bare bones existence in the high desert town of Taos, New Mexico. Recently divorced and jobless, Fillameno has become a regular at The End of the Road, the bar where he first encounters the alluring and enigmatic D.J., a singer and musician. Drawn to her mutable sense of reality, the two begin a romance that starts off relatively normal. Continue reading…

Thy Neighbor’s Wife (Gay Talese)

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Thy Neighbor’s Wife

“An intimate personal odyssey across America’s changing sexual landscape:

When first published, Gay Talese’s 1981 groundbreaking work, Thy Neighbor’s Wife, shocked a nation with its powerful, eye-opening revelations about the sexual activities and proclivities of the American public in the era before AIDS. A marvel of journalistic courage and craft, the book opened a window into a new world built on a new moral foundation, carrying the reader on a remarkable journey from the Playboy Mansion to the Supreme Court, to the backyards and bedrooms of suburbia—through the development of the porn industry, the rise of the ‘swinger’ culture, the legal fight to define obscenity, and the daily sex lives of ‘ordinary’ people. Continue reading…

Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space (Tim Peake)

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Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space

“How does it feel to orbit the earth ten times faster than a speeding bullet? What’s it like to eat, sleep and go to the toilet in space? And where to next—the Moon, Mars or beyond? Ask an Astronaut is Tim’s personal guide to life in space, based on his historic Principia mission, and the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth. Accessible, in-depth, and written with his characteristic warmth, Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of his mission. Continue reading…

Every Man’s Survival Guide to Ballroom Dancing: Ace Your Wedding Dance and Keep Cool on a Cruise, at a Formal, and in Dance Classes (James Joseph)

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Every Man’s Survival Guide to Ballroom Dancing: Ace Your Wedding Dance and Keep Cool on a Cruise, at a Formal, and in Dance Classes

“Learn the basic principles common to all music, rhythm and dance, enabling you to walk onto any dance floor and perform an admirable dance, with any partner, to any music, with confidence and grace.

This book is for non-dancers, newbies and beginners. Part guerrilla manual and part cotillion handbook, this book is an insider’s guide to social dancing:

  • Learn a foolproof method for hearing the beat of the music
  • Learn to count music (they don’t teach that in dance classes)
  • Learn the correct way to count step patterns (dance figures—the fancy moves)
  • Learn dance rhythm: single, double and triple rhythm, the building blocks of all dances
  • Learn three simple rhythm patterns (the pattern of weight changes) that will get you through any song
  • Learn the basics of leading and following
  • Learn slow dancing, survival dancing, surviving the wedding dance and how to fake a dance
  • 17 easy exercises (most you can do without a partner)
  • Free instructional video clips at ihatetodance​.com

Whether you fear dance, can’t dance or hate to dance; or whether you’re rhythmically challenged or just new to dance; or whether you’ve finished dance classes more confused than when you started, this book has the tools a guy needs to know to make his partner happy.”

New Books Playground says: Every Man’s Survival Guide to Ballroom Dancing: Ace Your Wedding Dance and Keep Cool on a Cruise, at a Formal, and in Dance Classes is a very fine dance book! Continue reading…

The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel (Lee Child)

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The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel

“Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest, from a lowlife bar on the sad side of small town to a dirt-blown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, crooks, muscle, and a missing persons PI who wears a suit and a tie in the Wyoming wilderness. Continue reading…

Equality: The Impossible Quest (Martin van Creveld)

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Equality: The Impossible Quest

“All over the Western world gaps between rich and poor are widening—or the headlines say. Nobody has done more to spread this view than the French economic historian Thomas Piketty, whose best-selling volume, Capital in the Twentieth Century, not only documents the process but represents one long call for reducing the gaps so as to create a more equal society. But what is equality? Who invented the idea, when, where, and why? How did it develop, grow, mature, and interact with other ideas? Continue reading…

Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House (Donna Brazile)

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Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House

“From Donna Brazile, former DNC chair and legendary political operative, an explosive and revealing new look at the 2016 election: the first insider account of the Russian hacking of the DNC and the missteps by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration that enabled a Trump victory.

In the fallout of the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee—and as chaos threatened to consume the party’s convention—Democrats turned to a familiar figure to right the ship: Donna Brazile. Continue reading…

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Thomas L. Friedman)

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Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

“We all sense it—something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can’t miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once—and it is dizzying.

In Thank You for Being Late, a work unlike anything he has attempted before, Thomas L. Continue reading…