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Author Archive: "Kyle"

Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win

With access to thirty-two companies across a wide range of industries — from Craigslist to Southwest Airlines to Pixar Animation Studios — the cofounder of Fast Company teams with one of the magazine's senior editors to profile the most innovative organizations in business. What traits do they share? Originality. Experimentation. A fearless commitment to their core customers. A distinctive and disruptive sense of purpose.... Now and then a business book transcends department borders — Good to Great and Purple Cow come to mind. Mavericks at Work has that kind of big picture vision.

Embedded in America: The Onion Complete News Archives Volume 16

What can we rely on anymore? Right — the Onion. This weird, wacky, award-winning collection from America's Finest (funniest) News Source is sure to brighten up the long, dark winter.

Clown Girl: A Novel

A famous author once said, "Characters to me, the ones I write, aren't persuasive till I can postulate what they do for a living." In her full-length debut, Monica Drake postulates into life a young woman named Nita, otherwise known as Sniffles, a freelance clown. Talk about vocation defining a character. When we meet her, Sniffles is tying balloons for kids downtown. But the summer heat (and a decided lack of nutrition) gets the best of her. She faints. Enter a cop, a rubber chicken, and Rex Galore, who ran off to clown college not long after Sniffles became pregnant with his child. Now meet Matey and Crack, Herman and Nadia-Italia. Step inside the world of Clown Girl, one of the most original and promising first novels to come out of Portland in ages.

Only Revolutions: A Novel

A road trip story like none you've ever read — or seen. Start with eight pages of Hailey's story, flip the book over to catch up with eight pages from Sam. A gorgeous object and a wild, literary puzzle (with a touch of history primer thrown in), Danielewski's first novel since his supernatural debut, House of Leaves, is sure to be one of the most talked about — and admired — books of the year.


An intelligent satire that entertains from start to finish — in fact, you're unlikely to find a funnier, sharper political novel this year. Shteyngart's hero is a 325-pound Russian Jew whose idea of sexy pillow talk is reciting the Zagat's guide to New York City restaurants. Oh, if only Misha could get back into the United States to reunite with Rouenna, love of his life, light of his mangled, purple khui. If only.

Apex Hides the Hurt: A Novel

Fans of the extended junketeering riffs in John Henry Days, rejoice: Colson Whitehead is back with a short, satirical novel about a city — and a man — looking for a fresh start. Gone are the extended digressions and extravagant stylistic shifts of JHD. In Apex Hides the Hurt, Whitehead sends a nomenclature consultant to sleepy Winthrop, USA, and there our attention remains, upon a millionaire, a townie, and the mayor, caught between the competing realities of what is and what could be.

Yes, But Is It Good for the Jews? (Uk Edition)

Games: Six Degrees of Larry David. Advice: Do not take Viagra on Kol Nidre. But most important, a secret formula: What's good for the Jews? Do the math!

How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth)

Henry Alford's How to Live is a funny, candid book chock-full of wisdom from fascinating people. You'll want to savor it one remarkable chapter at a time.

Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit, and the Era of Predatory Lenders

How much money do you owe on your credit card bills? Paying off a mortgage, home equity loan, or college loan, too? Our culture has come to take debt for granted, but this hasn't always been the norm. Over the last generation in America, James Scurlock writes, our household debt has increased at 1,000 times the rate of our income. How? Decades ago, bankers learned that they make more money when we spend than they do when we save. In Maxed Out, Scurlock takes readers on a tour of our consumer economy, from Fresno, California, birthplace of the credit card, to Wall Street and Washington, D.C. Expect an eye-opening ride that could very well protect your financial future.

On Bullshit

Lying is a craft, but bullshitting is an art. "Hence the familiar notion of the 'bullshit artist,'" moral philosopher Harry Frankfurt reminds us in this fun, erudite treatise. On Bullshit surely ranks as one of the best gift books to come along in quite some time, but — I shit you not — gift-giving aside, you'll probably want a copy for yourself.

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