Waiting for the Punch

Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast

Author: Marc Maron

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250088895

Category: Humor

Page: 416

View: 4793

"Public figures as you rarely if ever hear them: strikingly personal, surprisingly open, and profoundly emotional." — Entertainment Weekly "I’m British, so I’m medically dead inside, but even I can’t help but open up whenever I talk to Marc. He uses his honestly like a scalpel, cutting himself open in front of anyone he’s talking to, and in doing so, invites you to do the same." —John Oliver From the beloved and wildly popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron comes a book of intimate, hilarious and life changing conversations with some of the funniest, and most important people in the world like you’ve never heard them before. Waiting for the Punch features the stories and thoughts of such luminaries as Amy Schumer, Mel Brooks, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Sir Ian McKellen, Lorne Michels, Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, Jimmy Fallon, RuPaul, Louis CK, David Sedaris, Bruce Springsteen, and President Obama. This book is not simply a collection of these interviews, but instead something more wondrous: a running narrative of the world’s most recognizable names working through the problems, doubts, joys, triumphs, and failures we all experience. With each chapter covering a different topic: parenting, childhood, relationships, sexuality, success, failures and others, Punch becomes a sort of everyman’s guide to life. Barack Obama candidly discusses the challenges of the presidency, and the bittersweet moments of seeing your children grow up. Amy Schumer recounts the pain of her parents’ divorce. Molly Shannon uproariously remembers the time she and her best friend hopped a plane from Ohio to New York City when they were twelve on a dare. Amy Poehler dishes on why just because you become a parent doesn’t mean you have to like anybody else’s kids but your own. Bruce Springsteen expounds on the dual nature of desperation to both motivate and devastate. Full of stories that are at once laugh-out loud funny, heartbreakingly honest, joyous, tragic and powerful, Waiting for the Punch is a book to be read from cover to cover, but it is also one to return to again and again.

Waiting for the End

Gender and Ending in the Contemporary Novel

Author: Earl G. Ingersoll

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838641538

Category: Fiction

Page: 286

View: 8971

Waiting for the End examines two dozen contemporary novels within the context of a half century of theorizing about the function of ending in narrative. That theorizing about ending generated a powerful dynamic a quarter-century ago with the advent of feminist criticism of masculinist readings of the role played by ending in fiction. Feminists such as Theresa de Lauretis in 1984 and more famously Susan Winnett in her 1991 PMLA essay, Coming Unstrung, were leading voices in a swelling chorus of theorist pointing out the masculinist bias of ending in narrative. With the entry of feminist readings of ending, it became inevitable that criticism of fiction would become gendered through the recognition of difference transcending a simple binary of female/male to establish a spectrum of masculine to feminine endings, regardless of the sex of the writer. Accordingly, Waiting for the End examines pairs of novels - one pair by Margaret Atwood and one by Ian McEwan - to demonstrate how a writer can offer endings at either end of the gender spectrum.

Fat Kid Rules The World

Author: K L Going

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446478017

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

View: 7933

When Troy (a hugely overweight social leper) befriends Curt (a skinny homeless punk guitar genius), they both get much more than they bargained for. Troy's macho brother and ex-Marine father think Curt is just a junkie loser - but as Curt stopped Troy's suicide attempt, Troy can't just forget him. Curt recruits Troy as the new drummer in his punk band - but Troy has never played the drums in his life. When Curt's around, though, almost anything seems possible. An outstanding, heart-warming, funny, edgy, debut novel.

No One But You

Author: Carly Bishop

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1460350650

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 4991

Lovers Undercover: Dangerous opponents, explosive lovers—these men are a criminal's worst nightmare and a woman's fiercest protector. When undercover cop Matt Guiliani arrived at the Bar Naught ranch in the dead of night to sting a vigilante leader, he got the biggest surprise of his career: His prey was already dead…and Matt was staring down the double-barreled shotgun of the beautiful and frightened Fiona Halsey. With a sinfully sexy body and sass to spare, Fiona was no innocent. But how she was connected with the murder or the secret organization, Matt wasn't sure. He only knew that Fiona was the one woman to scale the walls of his impenetrable defenses.Yet to let down his guard in this assignment, with Fiona, would be costly. Because this time it would mean his heart…if not his life.

Kelsey's Quest

Author: Fred Ephraim

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469113449

Category: Fiction

Page: 458

View: 3727

Kelsey Stewart had grown weary waiting for her new young husband Michael to grow up through a troublesome early marriage, and through his armed service in an unpopular war in Iraq, but still, she had waited. But now, upon his return home, her once wounded, and now confused husband decides to take off to California to clear his head, leaving his small town farm wife, his farm and their lovely twin daughters behind. After a while of not hearing from him, Kelsey, resolutely sets out after him to bring him back home, when simultaneously life-altering adventures develop for them both. You may visit the authors website at fredephraim.com and contact him via email at [email protected]

The Amish Groom

Author: Mindy Starns Clark,Susan Meissner

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 0736957359

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 3434

New from bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Groom (Book 1 in The Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives. Born to an ex-Amish mother and an Englisch father, 23-year-old Tyler Anderson was raised as a military kid until the age of 6, when his mom passed away. His dad, shipping off to yet another overseas post, placed Tyler in the care of his Amish grandparents, an arrangement that was supposed to be temporary. It lasted a lifetime. Rachel Hoeck is the young woman waiting for Tyler’s proposal. She senses that though he loves her and wishes to make a commitment to her and his Amish beliefs, part of him still wonders whether an Amish lifestyle is truly for him. When an opportunity to connect with his father unexpectedly arises, a visit to California causes Tyler to question everything, including a future with Rachel. Will the new girl in his life, Lark, cause him to remain in the Englisch world? Or will he choose to be an Amish groom after all? A poignant novel of hoping for romance and searching for identity, set in a beloved Amish community.

V is for Vengeance

Author: Sue Grafton

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 023076116X

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 7858

V is for Vengeance is the twenty-second in the Kinsey Millhone mystery series by Sue Grafton. Las Vegas, 1986. A young college graduate is murdered when he is unable to pay back a loan funded by notorious criminal Lorenzo Dante. Two years later private investigator Kinsey Millhone finds herself assisting to apprehend a shoplifter - Audrey Vance - in a shopping centre. Events take a much darker turn when Audrey's body is discovered beneath the Cold Spring Bridge, a local suicide spot. Unable to believe she took her own life, Audrey's fiancé Marvin Striker hires Kinsey to investigate. It soon emerges that the shoplifter had become caught up in a much larger operation. Meanwhile Lorenzo Dante has begun to grow weary of his life in organized crime and frustrated with his violent and impulsive younger brother Cappi. While the police net begins to close in on him, Dante meets the beautiful Nora, who exerts a powerful pull over the gangster. As Kinsey’s enquiries reach a dramatic head, it becomes clear that she and Dante have one thing in common – they must be careful who they trust . . .

R Is For Ricochet

A Kinsey Millhone Novel

Author: Sue Grafton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101147030

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 8546

In this #1 New York Times bestseller in Sue Grafton's Alphabet series, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has her hands full when a job that should be easy money takes a turn for the worse. Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Nord Lafferty was already in his fifties when Reba was born, and he could deny her nothing. Over the years, he quietly settled her many scrapes with the law, but wasn't there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institution for Women. Now, at thirty-two, she's about to be paroled, having served twenty-two months of a four-year sentence. Her father wants to be sure Reba stays straight, stays home and away from the drugs, the booze, and the gamblers... It seems a straightforward assignment for Kinsey: babysit Reba until she settles in, make sure she follows all the niceties of her parole. Maybe a week’s work. Nothing untoward—the woman seems remorseful and friendly. And the money is good. But life is never that simple, and Reba is out of prison less than twenty-four hours when one of her old crowd comes circling round...

Echoes from the Classroom

Author: James G. Devine

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465376534

Category: Fiction

Page: 205

View: 3640

Frank Johnson is a teacher. Tonight he is celebrating his retirement among colleagues and friends. As a writer, he reflects about his experiences in the classroom with his students. Echoes from the Classroom is a book filled with adventure, imagination and humour from a teacher`s point of view. This book includes more than 50 short stories that take you on a journey through one mans life. In part one, Frank tries to readjust to a new life outside the classroom while still clinging to past educational experiences. In part two, Frank reflects on his manuscript of stories and in part three, Frank deals with an assortment of related educational stories. Part four brings us full circle, back to Frank and our original story, but with a surprising conclusion.

Showbiz, and More

Author: Allan Wargon,Bowen Bailie

Publisher: eBookIt.com

ISBN: 0986567167

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 300

View: 9477

This novella, poetry and these short stories cover the entire range of human emotion. The novella, Showbiz, tells the story of an unusual man's great achievements and reach for an ideal, only to have everything he is and has accomplished defeated by the nature of his inner being and those who prey on it. His close friend experiences, in tandem, his own fulfillment and loss. Both are engulfed by the shallowness and cynicism of politics. The poems -- the 150 sonnets of Affairs -- deal with yearning, love, illusion and despair; they are a human cry against the complexities and restrictions of the real world. The short tales of Three Stories are tender and dark, observing the hopes and brutalities of men and women.