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Discover Literary Oddities in the Weird Book Room on AbeBooks

Discover Literary Oddities in the Weird Book Room on AbeBooks
Welcome to AbeBooks' Weird Book Room - heralded by the New York Times, Canada's Globe and Mail, The Times of London, and The Guardian (UK) as the finest source of everything that's bizarre, odd and downright weird in books. Everyone's talking about it - author Neil Gaiman is even tweeting about it, posting a link and suggesting his followers: "Go to this link and gaze on the titles and be made happy. Trust me. It'll work". With new titles added periodically - including five recently-added, delightfully odd books about tractors - we have an excellent selection of crazy and strange titles for sale by our booksellers, about every oddball aspect of life you could possibly imagine (and a few things you couldn't). We invite you to not only revel in our collection of literary oddities but to also send us your suggestions. Thanks to everyone who has submitted weird books! Related:  To read lists

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Required Reading: 10 Books We Read For Class That Will Change Your Life No summer, no matter how sunny and fun-filled, can last forever, as kids must painfully remember every year with the return of back-to-school shopping and early-morning alarms. Now that back-to-school season has rolled around once again, kids everywhere are engaging in a time-honored ritual: pulling out the school summer reading lists they've been ignoring since June and groaning with dismay and panic. But it doesn't have to be that way! Sometimes reading books we're assigned to read, rather than those we would pick up on our own, can be a blessing rather than a curse. It can lead us to unexpected treasures, introduce us to unfamiliar and unexpected points of view, and challenge us in surprising ways. What about yours? Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway When I was in 12th grade, the last thing on my mind was required reading. Mrs.

short stories at east of the web A game of Scrabble has serious consequences. - Length: 4 pages - Age Rating: PG - Genre: Crime, Humor A semi-barbaric king devises a semi-barabaric (but entirely fair) method of criminal trial involving two doors, a beautiful lady and a very hungry tiger. - Length: 7 pages - Genre: Fiction, Humor It was Zach's idea to start a Beatles cover band in high school. - Length: 21 pages - Genre: Fiction Doris knew exactly why she'd survived. - Length: 5 pages - Age Rating: U Mother and Daughter had repeated this routine every school day since Jessie was five years old but today was the day Jessie started “Big School” as her mother embarrassingly insisted on telling everyone they had met for the past three months. - Length: 19 pages Becca laughed and smiled at her brother ruefully. - Length: 6 pages - Genre: Children Simply by being here it was as if I had claimed kin with each and every one of these people. - Length: 16 pages For thirty generations his family had ruled these lands. - Length: 20 pages

Kongregate: Play free games online 32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life Ten Social Networks For Readers - AppNewser Books are not the only parts of reading that have gone digital. Just as eBooks have gone taken off, social communities around reading are popping up online, in apps and on devices. The latest that we’ve heard about is called inReads. Here is a list of ten social networks for readers: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. inReads: “inReads sits at the crossroads of books, technology, and culture.

23 Books You Didn't Read In High School But Actually Should Five Books That Changed My Life | Remy Carreiro I was incredibly lucky that my Mom owned a beautiful second-hand book store throughout my adolescence, because I constantly got to reap the reward of having amazing literature at my finger tips. Whatever I wanted to read, I was lucky enough to get to read. And as a result of the store taking second-hand books, can you even grasp how many amazing books must I got to read, that I never would have known about otherwise? Every few days, I was switching out. I never kept a book, so she never lost a cent, but I was always reading, always taking in knowledge. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran The Prophet is a book you do not keep. The book is too powerful to cherish it secretly. The leather-bound, hardcover edition is quite breathtaking in itself, even before you open it. I shalln’t tell you anything about this book, lest I ruin it. Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk When people ask me, this tends to be the book I most recommend most. It was this book that reignited my love of writing. Honestly, I know.

21 Books From The Last 5 Years That Every Woman Should Read The one struggle of being a woman who reads is that you want to read everything. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by bestseller lists, because there just isn’t enough time in the day to read every hot new book. Between near-constant recommendations of amazing memoirs, new sequels and a terrifyingly long list of bookmarked Internet longreads, it can be stressful to choose what you should pick up next. We’ve done a little bit of the hard work for you (or maybe just increased your book stress... sorry) by pulling together a list of incredible titles from the past few years that you should add to the pile on your bedside table. Here are 21 books published in the past 5 years that all women should read: “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s fourth book, Americanah, is so smart about so many subjects that to call it a novel about being black in the 21st century doesn’t even begin to convey its luxurious heft and scope. What would you add to our list? HuffPostWomenFollow On Also on HuffPost: Amazon

Victor LaValle On Mental Illness, Monsters, Survival In Victor LaValle's new novel, The Devil in Silver, a man is mistakenly committed to a mental hospital where a buffalo-headed monster stalks patients at night. The plausibility of a monster roaming the hospital's halls made sense, says LaValle, who has a personal connection to the mentally ill. "The times that I've been in those hospitals — even as someone who was not even institutionalized at the time — I felt so much like I was in a haunted house," LaValle tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. LaValle has a history of schizophrenia and bipolar disease across three generations on both sides of his family. "I have a very intimate knowledge of the world of the mentally ill and of life inside of especially public hospitals, and the way people are treated in there and the way that they try to survive in there," he says. Pepper is not mentally ill, "but he enters this place unaware and slowly becomes aware of the complexity of the people he meets," LaValle says. E. Interview Highlights

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written 30 Very Funny Books--Seriously It's a dreary day, so I thought I'd indulge myself and come up with a list of my favorite comedies. A caveat, however: this is not a fancy English-professor-y list of the finest, most exquisitely crafted, most erudite or intellectually sophisticated works on paper in the language. This is a list of the books that make me laugh until my mascara starts to run. These are books to read over your first cup of coffee or just before you go to sleep . Remember: a day you've laughed is day you haven't wasted--even if you didn't get out of bed. Some days you need a jump-start to get to the funny parts of life. You've probably heard of most of these titles, and maybe you've already read several of them. You ready? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. And of course this is just the beginning.

Twenty-one more books every teenager should read Every 16-year-old girl needs to read King Kong Theory, Virginie Despentes’s punk coming-of-age memoir, because lurking in every teenage girl’s breast is the beating, bloody heart of a rebel, waiting to make her own choices. Despentes’s book shows how – and why – women must define their own rules for life, and, even more important, it shows that making a mistake is not the worst thing you can do; conforming is.Chelsea G Summers, writer A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith because it’s about feminism and living your dream; and love and heartbreak; and combating sexual harassment, and strong women and families, and it’s just so good, forever.Jen Doll, author of Save the Date The Sex Myth by Rachel Hills. So many bad decisions are made because we grow up thinking we’re supposed to be having the sex that society tells us everyone else is having, rather than the sex we want. I generally think everyone ought to read as much Margaret Atwood as possible. SEX by Heather Corinna.

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