Jane Austen is more of a celebrity and media queen now. As a forensic observer of the social scene, with a mordant wit, and a sly way of puncturing pretension and seeing past the social facade, there is no doubt that if she had been with us today, she would have had her own column in an upmarket glossy a stylish, smart cookie agony aunt.
What songs have made up your life´s soundtrack? Which have captured your every mood and deepest sentiments? Pop music, like no other form of entertainment or art, is capable of articulating our feelings, desires, joy, and pain. In a few soul-grabbing minutes, artists from every genre - from Little Richard to Lou Reed, Willie Nelson to Wu-Tang Clan, Sly and the Family Stone to the Rolling Stones - can help us understand our place in our own lives. This collection of short, sharp essays by New York Times bestselling author Ben Greenman (Mo´ Meta Blues), organized around a thematic playlist of songs, serves as a reminder of the lyrical power of songwriting and the sonic ability of pop to capture the human experience. Greenman´s wit, insight, and honesty are as sweet and satisfying as the hits (and the deep cuts) at the center of each essay. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan John Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008203/bk_brll_008203_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Peering into life´s cringe-worthy moments, best-selling author Beth Lisick excavates territory that most would rather ignore. Funny, odd, deeply personal, yet somehow universal, these are the kind of memories that haunt us all, the small awful moments of shame and humiliation that we´d rather forget than relive. Beth Lisick has made a career of opening her life to her readers in all of its messy, smart hilarity, but this type of story doesn´t usually find its way into a memoir. With her trademark humor and sly intelligence, writing in short flashes the way these episodes tend to pop up in memory, Lisick recounts her most embarrassing moments with gusto. From a trick she played on a neighbor thirty years ago to what she accidentally blurted out at last night´s dinner party, she explores the bad judgments and free-floating regrets that keep her up at night, and the result is a daring, candid, and wickedly funny collection of embarrassment embraced, the triumph of humor and perspective over everyday mortification. Writer, performer, and independent film actress Beth Lisick is the author of the New York Times best-selling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool and the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erin Bennett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017506/bk_adbl_017506_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I loved Matthew Sperling´s sly, subversive novel, a wickedly funny tale of how to come out on top in a fake news world.´ Olivia Laing, author of The Lonely City ´Outrageous, sexy and funny. Sperling writes with the caustic economy of Waugh or Spark, but his characters have more heart, including the sock-puppets.´ Luke Kennard, author of The Transition ´A tale about steroids which seems to be on steroids itself: sleek, muscular and just slightly too real.´ Kate Clanchy, author of Meeting the English Good things can happen when you do bad things At thirty, Ned is in a rut. His girlfriend has dumped him, his job is boring and he lives in a dismal bedsit. While others around him climb the property ladder and get ahead, he seems destined to remain one of life´s plodders. Encouraged by a friend to try using steroids to bulk up his frame, Ned is pleased to discover a new vitality within himself. Physical changes are only the beginning: his mental state is clearer, he feels more confident and, most thrillingly of all, friends and lovers alike seem compelled by this new improved Ned. Using his knowledge of the murky yet surprising online world of steroids, Ned begins to build a business and discovers that his talents can take him further than he ever thought possible. But when is new life is threatened, he finds himself doing things he never would have dared to do before. And it all seems to be going fine . . .