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A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride
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NPR: Challenging, Shattering ‘Girl’ Is No Half-Formed Thing
Eimear McBride’s acclaimed debut tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumor, touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma.

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

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NPR: Challenging, Shattering ‘Girl’ Is No Half-Formed Thing

Eimear McBride’s acclaimed debut tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumor, touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma.

World Order by Henry Kissinger
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As Heard on Public Radio:
The Takeaway: Kissinger Talks ISIS
Weekend Edition: Henry Kissinger’s Thoughts on the Islamic States
Provocative and articulate, blending historical insight with prognostication, World Order is a unique work that could only come from a lifelong diplomat.

World Order by Henry Kissinger

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As Heard on Public Radio:

The Takeaway: Kissinger Talks ISIS

Weekend Edition: Henry Kissinger’s Thoughts on the Islamic States

Provocative and articulate, blending historical insight with prognostication, World Order is a unique work that could only come from a lifelong diplomat.

Hot Doug’s: The Book by Doug Sohn
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Marketplace: Forget ketchup. How about foie gras mousse?
WNYC’s The Sporkful: Hot Dogs and Hot Doug’s
NPR’s The Salt: Why Food Pilgrims Will Wait Four Hours For A Taste Of The Sublime
WBEZ: The Hot Doug’s chronicles
WBEZ: An interview with Hot Doug’s Doug Sohn about things other than sausages (and also sausages)
WBEZ: Hot Doug’s Sohn reflects on Chicago’s former foie gras ban
The Splendid Table: Ep. 494: Plays With Food — Hot Doug’s: The Sausage Superstore
When it comes to hot dogs, Hot Doug’s head chef Doug Sohn is the master of the craft. His introduction of gourmet ingredients and professionally trained culinary flair to the world of encased meats has earned him national recognition and praise. In Hot Doug’s: The Book, Sohn takes the reader on a fun, irreverent trip through the history of hot dogs, his restaurant, and the many patrons — both famous and average Joe — who have declared Sohn the king of dogs.
As told through Sohn’s own stories, this book will combine photos, favorite anecdotes, lessons learned, and lists ranging from general restaurant etiquette to most-repeated sausage double-entendres (Doug’s heard ‘em all). Stories included will reveal fact from the folklore of the restaurant’s founding, retell the tale of Hot Doug’s infamous 2006 run-in with Chicago City Hall, and even provide accounts of Hot Doug’s-inspired tattoos, which if presented upon order privilege the bearer to free hot dogs for life. Contributions from some of Hot Doug’s biggest fans will be spread throughout the book, with raves from Paul Kahan, Steve Albini, Dan Sinker, Mindy Segal, Homaro Cantu, Aziz Ansari, many other local and national figures, and an introduction from Graham Elliot.

Hot Doug’s: The Book by Doug Sohn

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Marketplace: Forget ketchup. How about foie gras mousse?

WNYC’s The Sporkful: Hot Dogs and Hot Doug’s

NPR’s The Salt: Why Food Pilgrims Will Wait Four Hours For A Taste Of The Sublime

WBEZ: The Hot Doug’s chronicles

WBEZ: An interview with Hot Doug’s Doug Sohn about things other than sausages (and also sausages)

WBEZ: Hot Doug’s Sohn reflects on Chicago’s former foie gras ban

The Splendid Table: Ep. 494: Plays With Food — Hot Doug’s: The Sausage Superstore

When it comes to hot dogs, Hot Doug’s head chef Doug Sohn is the master of the craft. His introduction of gourmet ingredients and professionally trained culinary flair to the world of encased meats has earned him national recognition and praise. In Hot Doug’s: The Book, Sohn takes the reader on a fun, irreverent trip through the history of hot dogs, his restaurant, and the many patrons — both famous and average Joe — who have declared Sohn the king of dogs.

As told through Sohn’s own stories, this book will combine photos, favorite anecdotes, lessons learned, and lists ranging from general restaurant etiquette to most-repeated sausage double-entendres (Doug’s heard ‘em all). Stories included will reveal fact from the folklore of the restaurant’s founding, retell the tale of Hot Doug’s infamous 2006 run-in with Chicago City Hall, and even provide accounts of Hot Doug’s-inspired tattoos, which if presented upon order privilege the bearer to free hot dogs for life. Contributions from some of Hot Doug’s biggest fans will be spread throughout the book, with raves from Paul Kahan, Steve Albini, Dan Sinker, Mindy Segal, Homaro Cantu, Aziz Ansari, many other local and national figures, and an introduction from Graham Elliot.

Casebook: A Novel by Mona Simpson
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Marketplace: Mona Simpson on the economics behind ‘Casebook’
All Things Considered: In Mona Simpson’s ‘Casebook,’ A Holden Caulfield For Our Time
Spying and eavesdropping on his separating parents, young Miles acquires knowledge that has consequences for the whole family.

Casebook: A Novel by Mona Simpson

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Marketplace: Mona Simpson on the economics behind ‘Casebook’

All Things Considered: In Mona Simpson’s ‘Casebook,’ A Holden Caulfield For Our Time

Spying and eavesdropping on his separating parents, young Miles acquires knowledge that has consequences for the whole family.

Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
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Classical MPR: Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians: Still a near-religious experience
Deceptive Cadence: Philip Glass And Steve Reich At BAM: Together Again Yet Still Apart
This has to be Steve Reich’s most difficult work to perform; but he’s done it. Several times. Music for 18 Musicians is for violin, cello, two clarinets doubling bass clarinet, four women’s voices, four pianos, three marimbas, two xylophones, and a metallophone (vibraphone with no motor). It’s a 1974 composition that focuses entirely on the rich staccato that gives minimalism its unique sound. However, Reich turns all of this into actual music by adding the richness of the metallophone and the women’s voices. Whatever else people may have said about minimalism, pro or con, a work such as Music for 18 Musicians demonstrates its legitimacy. 

Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich

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Classical MPR: Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians: Still a near-religious experience

Deceptive Cadence: Philip Glass And Steve Reich At BAM: Together Again Yet Still Apart

This has to be Steve Reich’s most difficult work to perform; but he’s done it. Several times. Music for 18 Musicians is for violin, cello, two clarinets doubling bass clarinet, four women’s voices, four pianos, three marimbas, two xylophones, and a metallophone (vibraphone with no motor). It’s a 1974 composition that focuses entirely on the rich staccato that gives minimalism its unique sound. However, Reich turns all of this into actual music by adding the richness of the metallophone and the women’s voices. Whatever else people may have said about minimalism, pro or con, a work such as Music for 18 Musicians demonstrates its legitimacy. 

Philip Roth: Novels and Other Narratives 1986-1991 by Philip Roth
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All Things Considered: In ‘Patrimony’ Philip Roth Pays A Tender Homage To His Father
For the last half century, the novels of Philip Roth have re-energized American fiction and redefined its possibilities, leading the critic Harold Bloom to proclaim Roth ?our foremost novelist since Faulkner.? Roth?s comic genius, his imaginative daring, his courage in exploring uncomfortable truths, and his assault on political, cultural, and sexual orthodoxies have made him one of the essential writers of our time. By special arrangement with the author, The Library of America continues the definitive edition of Roth?s collected works.
This fifth volume of The Library of America?s definitive edition of Philip Roth?s collected works presents four books that exemplify the description of Roth, proposed by British novelist Anthony Burgess, as a writer ?who never steps twice into the same river.? The Counterlife (1986) is a novel told from conflicting perspectives about people enacting drastic dreams of renewal and escape. The Facts (1988)?the first of the ?Roth Books??is a novelist?s autobiography in which the author presents his own battles defictionalized and unadorned. In the second Roth book, Deception (1990), a married American named Philip, living in London, and the married Englishwoman who is his mistress meet sporadically in a secret trysting place where the woman eloquently reveals herself to her lover as they talk before and after making love. In the third Roth book, Patrimony (1991), the author watches as his 86-year-old father, Herman Roth, battles a fatal brain tumor.

Philip Roth: Novels and Other Narratives 1986-1991 by Philip Roth

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All Things Considered: In ‘Patrimony’ Philip Roth Pays A Tender Homage To His Father

For the last half century, the novels of Philip Roth have re-energized American fiction and redefined its possibilities, leading the critic Harold Bloom to proclaim Roth ?our foremost novelist since Faulkner.? Roth?s comic genius, his imaginative daring, his courage in exploring uncomfortable truths, and his assault on political, cultural, and sexual orthodoxies have made him one of the essential writers of our time. By special arrangement with the author, The Library of America continues the definitive edition of Roth?s collected works.

This fifth volume of The Library of America?s definitive edition of Philip Roth?s collected works presents four books that exemplify the description of Roth, proposed by British novelist Anthony Burgess, as a writer ?who never steps twice into the same river.? The Counterlife (1986) is a novel told from conflicting perspectives about people enacting drastic dreams of renewal and escape. The Facts (1988)?the first of the ?Roth Books??is a novelist?s autobiography in which the author presents his own battles defictionalized and unadorned. In the second Roth book, Deception (1990), a married American named Philip, living in London, and the married Englishwoman who is his mistress meet sporadically in a secret trysting place where the woman eloquently reveals herself to her lover as they talk before and after making love. In the third Roth book, Patrimony (1991), the author watches as his 86-year-old father, Herman Roth, battles a fatal brain tumor.

George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75
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All Songs Considered: George Harrison, ‘This Guitar (Can’t Keep From Crying)’
In November 1968, George Harrison released ‘Wonderwall Music’. A soundtrack to an art film called ‘Wonderwall’ this predominantly Indian music collection was the first solo album to be released by a Beatle and also the first album on the newly formed Apple Records. George would continue to release albums on Apple (and EMI) through to 1975’s soul-influenced ‘Extra Texture (Read All About It)’ touching on experimentalism with ‘Electronic Sound’, the magnificent triple album ‘All Things Must Pass’, the chart-topping ‘Living In The Material World’ and the, perhaps, less well-known ‘Dark Horse’. This box brings all these eclectic albums together in one set that mirrors 2004’s ‘Dark Horse Years’ box set and will contain a perfect bound book with a DVD. All albums have been remastered by Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks and all will be packaged in high-quality card packs and all albums, apart from ‘All Things Must Pass’ and ‘Living In The Material World’ contain newly written notes by Kevin Howlett. The DVD contains a brand new, never before seen video which has been painstakingly overseen by Olivia Harrison and all packages contain new photos many never seen before.

George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75

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All Songs Considered: George Harrison, ‘This Guitar (Can’t Keep From Crying)’

In November 1968, George Harrison released ‘Wonderwall Music’. A soundtrack to an art film called ‘Wonderwall’ this predominantly Indian music collection was the first solo album to be released by a Beatle and also the first album on the newly formed Apple Records. George would continue to release albums on Apple (and EMI) through to 1975’s soul-influenced ‘Extra Texture (Read All About It)’ touching on experimentalism with ‘Electronic Sound’, the magnificent triple album ‘All Things Must Pass’, the chart-topping ‘Living In The Material World’ and the, perhaps, less well-known ‘Dark Horse’. This box brings all these eclectic albums together in one set that mirrors 2004’s ‘Dark Horse Years’ box set and will contain a perfect bound book with a DVD. All albums have been remastered by Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks and all will be packaged in high-quality card packs and all albums, apart from ‘All Things Must Pass’ and ‘Living In The Material World’ contain newly written notes by Kevin Howlett. The DVD contains a brand new, never before seen video which has been painstakingly overseen by Olivia Harrison and all packages contain new photos many never seen before.

In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age by Nev Schulman
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Q with Jian Ghomeshi: Catfish star Nev Schulman explores the world of online imposters
WBEZ: On MTV’s ‘Catfish,’ reality is what you make of it
Monkey See: Smug Life: Why Is ‘Catfish’ So Dumb When It Doesn’t Have To Be?
Fresh Air: 'Catfish': A Great Story Of Isolation And Connection
MPR News: 'Catfish' swims through social media weeds
All Things Considered: 'Catfish' Creators Catch Digital Life In Action
As the host of the wildly popular TV series Catfish which investigates online relationships to determine whether they are based on truth or fiction (spoiler: it’s almost always fiction). 
Nev has become the Dr. Drew of online relationships. His clout in this area springs from his own experience with a deceptive online romance, about which he made a critically acclaimed 2010 documentary (also called Catfish). In that film Nev coined the term “catfish” to refer to someone who creates a false online persona to reel someone into a romantic relationship. The meme spread rapidly. 
Now Nev brings his expertise to the page, sharing insider secrets about:
-what motivates catfish
-why people fall for catfish
-how you can avoid being deceived
-rules for dating — both online and off
-how to connect authentically with others over the internet
-how to turn an online relationship into a real-life relationship 
…and much, much more.
Peppered throughout with Nev’s personal stories, this book delves deeply into the complexities of online identity. Nev shows us how our digital lives are affecting our real lives, and provides essential advice about how we should all be living and loving in the era of social media.

In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age by Nev Schulman

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Q with Jian Ghomeshi: Catfish star Nev Schulman explores the world of online imposters

WBEZ: On MTV’s ‘Catfish,’ reality is what you make of it

Monkey See: Smug Life: Why Is ‘Catfish’ So Dumb When It Doesn’t Have To Be?

Fresh Air: 'Catfish': A Great Story Of Isolation And Connection

MPR News: 'Catfish' swims through social media weeds

All Things Considered: 'Catfish' Creators Catch Digital Life In Action

As the host of the wildly popular TV series Catfish which investigates online relationships to determine whether they are based on truth or fiction (spoiler: it’s almost always fiction). 

Nev has become the Dr. Drew of online relationships. His clout in this area springs from his own experience with a deceptive online romance, about which he made a critically acclaimed 2010 documentary (also called Catfish). In that film Nev coined the term “catfish” to refer to someone who creates a false online persona to reel someone into a romantic relationship. The meme spread rapidly. 

Now Nev brings his expertise to the page, sharing insider secrets about:

-what motivates catfish

-why people fall for catfish

-how you can avoid being deceived

-rules for dating — both online and off

-how to connect authentically with others over the internet

-how to turn an online relationship into a real-life relationship 

…and much, much more.

Peppered throughout with Nev’s personal stories, this book delves deeply into the complexities of online identity. Nev shows us how our digital lives are affecting our real lives, and provides essential advice about how we should all be living and loving in the era of social media.

Public Radio Remembers Joan Rivers
All Things Considered: Joan Rivers, An Enduring Comic Who Turned Tragedy Into Showbiz Success, Dies
No one transformed bad times into sidesplitting comedy like Joan Rivers, who kept audiences laughing through a 50-year career that included bankruptcy, getting banned from The Tonight Show and seeing a husband commit suicide. 
She even built a standup routine around caring for a handicapped boyfriend. 
"I lived for nine years with a man with one leg," she told audiences in her 2012 standup special, Don’t Start With Me. "One leg! He lost it in World War II. … He didn’t lose it, he knew exactly where he left it. … [And] in my mind, that’s littering." 
But Rivers’ talent for rapid-fire jokes and edgy humor was stilled Thursday, when the comic died of complications following a throat procedure. She was 81.
Studio 360: Joan Rivers was a Feminist Piece of Work
Few women have made as big (or as loud) a splash in Hollywood as Joan Rivers. From the red carpet, to multiple memoirs, to her daytime talk show, she took no prisoners; she was quick-witted, sharp-tongued, and had jabs for every celebrity going, including herself. The young, ambitious Rivers got her degree from Barnard, laced up her gloves, and climbed into a ring full of men; she landed some incredible shots that still pack a punch today. 
Joan the Stand-Up was a feminist who wore a full face of make-up, talked frankly about her body, and was ruthless about the double standards of society. The last line of her original act shocked audiences in the 1960s: “This business, it’s all about casting couches, so I just want you to know, my name is Joan Rivers, and I put out.” (It caused Jack Lemmon to walk out, she remembers in the excellent 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.) When she added abortion jokes into her routine, her manager told her women shouldn’t talk about such things. “I remember thinking, ‘You are so wrong, this is exactly what we should be talking about.’”
Fresh Air: With Age, Joan Rivers Learned To Say Anything: ‘It Has Freed Me Totally’
Entire cable networks have been built on her padded shoulders, or by copying and emulating her approach. And some may even argue that Rivers both predated and prefigured the Internet by commenting on every hot celebrity and current topic and saying exactly what she thought. But unlike the anonymous posters of the Internet, Rivers always delivered her one-liners as herself, with full attribution and with nowhere to hide. She owned whatever she said — and for decades, whether talking about her looks or her family or her fellow celebrities, she never held back. 
And she simply loved performing. 
"Life does not measure up to performing. … Performing is perfect," Rivers said. "Isn’t it a perfect hour? You go onstage, they love you, they want to be there, you want to be there, you all work together to have a great evening."
The Leonard Lopate Show: Leonard Remembers Joan Rivers
Over the years, Joan Rivers has been a guest on my show at least eight times. Yes, she sometimes said outrageous things, but what I remember best is just how funny she was no matter what we were talking about. And how well informed she was (which came in handy when she subbed for me as a guest host earlier this year). And at 81, she remained as quick and as sharp as ever. 
In talking about her, most people have focused on her celebrity put-downs, but some of my fondest memories — other than her incredibly quick wit — were of stories she told about her years in show business. One particularly memorable one was about how she and Barbra Streisand had appeared as lesbian lovers in an off-Broadway show when they were just beginning their acting careers. Many years later, she told me, they bumped into each other at a Hollywood party and Streisand asked, “You still in the business?” 
She was always a welcome guest on our show and I already miss her greatly.
More:
The Takeaway: Remembering the Iconic Fire of Joan Rivers
NYPR Archives & Preservation: We Gave Joan Rivers a Tape-Lift
WNYC: Hollywood’s Funniest Women Remember Joan Rivers
WNYC News: Joan Rivers, Unflinching And Iconic Comedian, Dies At 81
Weekend Edition: Joan Rivers On Her Own Funeral: ‘I Want Paparazzi’
Here & Now: Carson Kressley Of ‘Queer Eye’ Remembers Joan Rivers
Airtalk: Remembering Joan Rivers
The Takeaway: A Gift to Joan Rivers: Meryl Streep Crying in 5 Accents
PBS’ This Emotional Life: Joan Rivers: Quit wasting your time
MPR’s Newscut: The essential Joan Rivers
PRI: A Scottish comedian remembers the joy of being insulted by Joan Rivers
Press Play with Madeleine Brand: The Real Joan Rivers

Notable Works:
Books
Diary of a Mad Diva
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A no-holds-barred, delightfully vicious and always hilarious look at the everyday life of the ultimate diva. Follow Joan on a family vacation in Mexico and on trips between New York and Los Angeles where she mingles with the stars, never missing a beat as she delivers blistering critiques on current events, and excoriating insights about life, pop culture, and celebrities (from A to D list), all in her relentlessly funny signature style.
I Hate Everyone … Starting with Me
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Here—, uncensored and totally uninhibited—, she gives the best of her worst to First Ladies, closet cases, hypocrites, Hollywood, feminists, and overrated historical figures. And even when letting herself have it, Joan doesn’t hold back in this honest, unabashedly hilarious love letter to the hater in all of us.
Men Are Stupid … And They Like Big Boobs: A Woman’s Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery
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Joan Rivers’ abiding life philosophy is simple: in the appearance-centric society of the twenty-first century, beauty is key — especially where men are concerned. Men like pretty women. And so, getting something lifted, tightened, adjusted, or removed is as fundamental as wearing makeup or using hair conditioner; it’s become something we do to make ourselves look better. Now, for any woman considering her options, Joan Rivers takes the mystery out of cosmetic surgery with a practical overview, aided and informed by the country’s top plastic surgeons, of almost every single cosmetic procedure legally performed in America today. She takes readers step-by-step through these entire processes, from finding the right doctor to the bruising truth about recovery and the facts about cosmetic surgery’s very real risks.
Murder at the Academy Awards: A Red Carpet Murder Mystery
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In Murder at the Academy Awards, Joan Rivers delivers a very smart, bracingly funny, and pitch-perfect reflection of a Hollywood only she would dare to reveal — all seen through the eyes of an indomitable, high-end amateur sleuth who isn’t asking “Who are you wearing?” but rather “Whodunit?”
Jewelry by Joan Rivers
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All of Joan Rivers’ love and knowledge of jewelry is reflected in the pieces she designs for her own collection, hundreds of which are reproduced here in specially commissioned full-color photos. She also takes readers behind the scenes to show how fine costume jewelry is crafted, from initial sketches to finished product.
DVDs
Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work
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One of the most critically and commercially successful word of mouth documentary hits in years, Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work played and played for months in major cities around the country as audiences discovered the film and urged their friends to go see it. Directors Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg (The End Of America) follow a year in the life of the trailblazing comic, covering her entire career (from that early break on Carson to heartbreak over the suicide of her husband and manager to Celebrity Apprentice) and her relentless desire to keep working (and working) with humor, empathy and of course more humor. Wickedly funny and surprisingly moving, it returns Rivers to the spotlight she so richly deserves and cements her reputation as one of stand-up’s towering figures.
Joan Rivers: Don’t Start With Me
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Are you ready to feel the comedic wrath of Emmy® Award-winning comedian Joan Rivers? In her brand new, live stand up DVD, the unstoppable entertainment icon is taking no prisoners and insulting anybody and everybody. Everything and everyone is fair game as Joan commands the stage with infectious energy and wit.
Joan Rivers - Live at the London Palladium
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Filmed during her sellout, first annual farewell tour at the legendary London Palladium. Over an hour of inspirational humor. This is Joan at her very best. You’ll laugh until it hurts, then show your friends and laugh again.
That Show with Joan Rivers: Vol. 1-3
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This 3-disc set includes 18 episodes of That Show with Joan Rivers. Each episode had a theme and Joan did an opening monologue based on the day’s topic. The show also featured an expert on the subject and a celebrity guest. More than two decades before The Joan Rivers Show of the early nineties and when her daughter, Melissa, was barely a year old, Joan hosted her own syndicated daytime talk show on WNBC-TV of New York City called THAT SHOW. Commuting from her apartment on Park Avenue, Joan hosted and her husband, Edgar, produced THAT SHOW which aired five-times-a-week. The half-hour show would feature a guest celebrity as well as an expert guest tackling a particular subject-of-the-day. Joan would mix up a likely subject with an unlikely celebrity. Joan delivers 300 words a minute hilariously tearing into every subject from her own life to nudism or even buying a new car. THAT SHOW is a virtual time capsule of subject matters and personalities of the day, available to the public for the first time in over two decades! And it was the genius and tireless efforts of the young “working mother” who produced and captured it all for her new and old fans alike.
Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? Season 1
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Joan Rivers, comedy icon and die-hard New Yorker, relocates to California to be closer to daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper. But not only does Joan move, she moves IN with Melissa, turning Melissa s world upsidedown as she butts into just about every aspect of her life. There are a few surprises in store for Joan too like Melissa s live-in boyfriend, Jason, her hot Swedish nanny, and her buddy Conrad, who s staying with her while he finds himself. At times loving and at all times laugh-out-loud funny, this ultimate mother-daughter showdown asks the question that many of us do from time to time: Does mother REALLY know best?   Disc One: Joan and Melissa try to make living together work until the two have a blowout after Joan oversteps her boundaries in Melissa s house. Joan decides to return home for good. Or so it seems. Catch all of the Rivers drama in the first five episodes: Joan Moves In, Joan Takes Over, Kiss My Ash, Family Feud and Can We Talk, Not?   Disc Two: In the last three episodes, Joan Looks for Love, Home Alone With Joan, and Happily Ever After…Joan-Style, Joan and Melissa patch things up and find peace as Joan settles into her very own house in L.A.
CDs
Joan Rivers Presents Mr. Phyllis & Other Funny Stories
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First time on CD for this 1967 debut album. There are 10 good reasons to own this and nine of them are the comedy routines that lay within the grooves of this Warner Bros. release. The other is the cover photo, which shows a quite fetching Joan, pre-surgery, impishly curling up her tongue…those only familiar with her modern-day persona might be surprised to learn she was quite a natural beauty (check the back cover photo, too).
What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?
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Joan Rivers was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1984 for this hilarious comedy album.

Public Radio Remembers Joan Rivers

All Things Considered: Joan Rivers, An Enduring Comic Who Turned Tragedy Into Showbiz Success, Dies

No one transformed bad times into sidesplitting comedy like Joan Rivers, who kept audiences laughing through a 50-year career that included bankruptcy, getting banned from The Tonight Show and seeing a husband commit suicide. 

She even built a standup routine around caring for a handicapped boyfriend. 

"I lived for nine years with a man with one leg," she told audiences in her 2012 standup special, Don’t Start With Me. "One leg! He lost it in World War II. … He didn’t lose it, he knew exactly where he left it. … [And] in my mind, that’s littering." 

But Rivers’ talent for rapid-fire jokes and edgy humor was stilled Thursday, when the comic died of complications following a throat procedure. She was 81.

Studio 360: Joan Rivers was a Feminist Piece of Work

Few women have made as big (or as loud) a splash in Hollywood as Joan Rivers. From the red carpet, to multiple memoirs, to her daytime talk show, she took no prisoners; she was quick-witted, sharp-tongued, and had jabs for every celebrity going, including herself. The young, ambitious Rivers got her degree from Barnard, laced up her gloves, and climbed into a ring full of men; she landed some incredible shots that still pack a punch today. 

Joan the Stand-Up was a feminist who wore a full face of make-up, talked frankly about her body, and was ruthless about the double standards of society. The last line of her original act shocked audiences in the 1960s: “This business, it’s all about casting couches, so I just want you to know, my name is Joan Rivers, and I put out.” (It caused Jack Lemmon to walk out, she remembers in the excellent 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.) When she added abortion jokes into her routine, her manager told her women shouldn’t talk about such things. “I remember thinking, ‘You are so wrong, this is exactly what we should be talking about.’”

Fresh Air: With Age, Joan Rivers Learned To Say Anything: ‘It Has Freed Me Totally’

Entire cable networks have been built on her padded shoulders, or by copying and emulating her approach. And some may even argue that Rivers both predated and prefigured the Internet by commenting on every hot celebrity and current topic and saying exactly what she thought. But unlike the anonymous posters of the Internet, Rivers always delivered her one-liners as herself, with full attribution and with nowhere to hide. She owned whatever she said — and for decades, whether talking about her looks or her family or her fellow celebrities, she never held back. 

And she simply loved performing. 

"Life does not measure up to performing. … Performing is perfect," Rivers said. "Isn’t it a perfect hour? You go onstage, they love you, they want to be there, you want to be there, you all work together to have a great evening."

The Leonard Lopate Show: Leonard Remembers Joan Rivers

Over the years, Joan Rivers has been a guest on my show at least eight times. Yes, she sometimes said outrageous things, but what I remember best is just how funny she was no matter what we were talking about. And how well informed she was (which came in handy when she subbed for me as a guest host earlier this year). And at 81, she remained as quick and as sharp as ever. 

In talking about her, most people have focused on her celebrity put-downs, but some of my fondest memories — other than her incredibly quick wit — were of stories she told about her years in show business. One particularly memorable one was about how she and Barbra Streisand had appeared as lesbian lovers in an off-Broadway show when they were just beginning their acting careers. Many years later, she told me, they bumped into each other at a Hollywood party and Streisand asked, “You still in the business?” 

She was always a welcome guest on our show and I already miss her greatly.

More:

The Takeaway: Remembering the Iconic Fire of Joan Rivers

NYPR Archives & Preservation: We Gave Joan Rivers a Tape-Lift

WNYC: Hollywood’s Funniest Women Remember Joan Rivers

WNYC News: Joan Rivers, Unflinching And Iconic Comedian, Dies At 81

Weekend Edition: Joan Rivers On Her Own Funeral: ‘I Want Paparazzi’

Here & Now: Carson Kressley Of ‘Queer Eye’ Remembers Joan Rivers

Airtalk: Remembering Joan Rivers

The Takeaway: A Gift to Joan Rivers: Meryl Streep Crying in 5 Accents

PBS’ This Emotional Life: Joan Rivers: Quit wasting your time

MPR’s Newscut: The essential Joan Rivers

PRI: A Scottish comedian remembers the joy of being insulted by Joan Rivers

Press Play with Madeleine Brand: The Real Joan Rivers

Notable Works:

Books

Diary of a Mad Diva

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A no-holds-barred, delightfully vicious and always hilarious look at the everyday life of the ultimate diva. Follow Joan on a family vacation in Mexico and on trips between New York and Los Angeles where she mingles with the stars, never missing a beat as she delivers blistering critiques on current events, and excoriating insights about life, pop culture, and celebrities (from A to D list), all in her relentlessly funny signature style.

I Hate Everyone … Starting with Me

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Here—, uncensored and totally uninhibited—, she gives the best of her worst to First Ladies, closet cases, hypocrites, Hollywood, feminists, and overrated historical figures. And even when letting herself have it, Joan doesn’t hold back in this honest, unabashedly hilarious love letter to the hater in all of us.

Men Are Stupid … And They Like Big Boobs: A Woman’s Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery

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Joan Rivers’ abiding life philosophy is simple: in the appearance-centric society of the twenty-first century, beauty is key — especially where men are concerned. Men like pretty women. And so, getting something lifted, tightened, adjusted, or removed is as fundamental as wearing makeup or using hair conditioner; it’s become something we do to make ourselves look better. Now, for any woman considering her options, Joan Rivers takes the mystery out of cosmetic surgery with a practical overview, aided and informed by the country’s top plastic surgeons, of almost every single cosmetic procedure legally performed in America today. She takes readers step-by-step through these entire processes, from finding the right doctor to the bruising truth about recovery and the facts about cosmetic surgery’s very real risks.

Murder at the Academy Awards: A Red Carpet Murder Mystery

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In Murder at the Academy Awards, Joan Rivers delivers a very smart, bracingly funny, and pitch-perfect reflection of a Hollywood only she would dare to reveal — all seen through the eyes of an indomitable, high-end amateur sleuth who isn’t asking “Who are you wearing?” but rather “Whodunit?”

Jewelry by Joan Rivers

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All of Joan Rivers’ love and knowledge of jewelry is reflected in the pieces she designs for her own collection, hundreds of which are reproduced here in specially commissioned full-color photos. She also takes readers behind the scenes to show how fine costume jewelry is crafted, from initial sketches to finished product.

DVDs

Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work

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One of the most critically and commercially successful word of mouth documentary hits in years, Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work played and played for months in major cities around the country as audiences discovered the film and urged their friends to go see it. Directors Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg (The End Of America) follow a year in the life of the trailblazing comic, covering her entire career (from that early break on Carson to heartbreak over the suicide of her husband and manager to Celebrity Apprentice) and her relentless desire to keep working (and working) with humor, empathy and of course more humor. Wickedly funny and surprisingly moving, it returns Rivers to the spotlight she so richly deserves and cements her reputation as one of stand-up’s towering figures.

Joan Rivers: Don’t Start With Me

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Are you ready to feel the comedic wrath of Emmy® Award-winning comedian Joan Rivers? In her brand new, live stand up DVD, the unstoppable entertainment icon is taking no prisoners and insulting anybody and everybody. Everything and everyone is fair game as Joan commands the stage with infectious energy and wit.

Joan Rivers - Live at the London Palladium

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Filmed during her sellout, first annual farewell tour at the legendary London Palladium. Over an hour of inspirational humor. This is Joan at her very best. You’ll laugh until it hurts, then show your friends and laugh again.

That Show with Joan Rivers: Vol. 1-3

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This 3-disc set includes 18 episodes of That Show with Joan Rivers. Each episode had a theme and Joan did an opening monologue based on the day’s topic. The show also featured an expert on the subject and a celebrity guest. More than two decades before The Joan Rivers Show of the early nineties and when her daughter, Melissa, was barely a year old, Joan hosted her own syndicated daytime talk show on WNBC-TV of New York City called THAT SHOW. Commuting from her apartment on Park Avenue, Joan hosted and her husband, Edgar, produced THAT SHOW which aired five-times-a-week. The half-hour show would feature a guest celebrity as well as an expert guest tackling a particular subject-of-the-day. Joan would mix up a likely subject with an unlikely celebrity. Joan delivers 300 words a minute hilariously tearing into every subject from her own life to nudism or even buying a new car. THAT SHOW is a virtual time capsule of subject matters and personalities of the day, available to the public for the first time in over two decades! And it was the genius and tireless efforts of the young “working mother” who produced and captured it all for her new and old fans alike.

Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? Season 1

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Joan Rivers, comedy icon and die-hard New Yorker, relocates to California to be closer to daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper. But not only does Joan move, she moves IN with Melissa, turning Melissa s world upsidedown as she butts into just about every aspect of her life. There are a few surprises in store for Joan too like Melissa s live-in boyfriend, Jason, her hot Swedish nanny, and her buddy Conrad, who s staying with her while he finds himself. At times loving and at all times laugh-out-loud funny, this ultimate mother-daughter showdown asks the question that many of us do from time to time: Does mother REALLY know best?   Disc One: Joan and Melissa try to make living together work until the two have a blowout after Joan oversteps her boundaries in Melissa s house. Joan decides to return home for good. Or so it seems. Catch all of the Rivers drama in the first five episodes: Joan Moves In, Joan Takes Over, Kiss My Ash, Family Feud and Can We Talk, Not?   Disc Two: In the last three episodes, Joan Looks for Love, Home Alone With Joan, and Happily Ever After…Joan-Style, Joan and Melissa patch things up and find peace as Joan settles into her very own house in L.A.

CDs

Joan Rivers Presents Mr. Phyllis & Other Funny Stories

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First time on CD for this 1967 debut album. There are 10 good reasons to own this and nine of them are the comedy routines that lay within the grooves of this Warner Bros. release. The other is the cover photo, which shows a quite fetching Joan, pre-surgery, impishly curling up her tongue…those only familiar with her modern-day persona might be surprised to learn she was quite a natural beauty (check the back cover photo, too).

What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?

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Joan Rivers was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1984 for this hilarious comedy album.

Perfidia: A Novel by James Ellroy
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All Things Considered: James Ellroy’s ‘Perfidia’ Is A Brutal, Beautiful Police Procedural
All Things Considered: A ‘Lasciviously LA’ Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy
Follows a post-Pearl Harbor murder of a Japanese family that entangles a brilliant Japanese-American forensic chemist, an adventurous woman, a future police chief and an arch villain.

Perfidia: A Novel by James Ellroy

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All Things Considered: James Ellroy’s ‘Perfidia’ Is A Brutal, Beautiful Police Procedural

All Things Considered: A ‘Lasciviously LA’ Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

Follows a post-Pearl Harbor murder of a Japanese family that entangles a brilliant Japanese-American forensic chemist, an adventurous woman, a future police chief and an arch villain.

Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel by Jules Feiffer
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All Things Considered: 'Kill My Mother' Is A Darkly Drawn Confection
Fresh Air: Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer’s ‘Kill My Mother’ Is A Toxic Treat
NPR Exclusive First Read: Jules Feiffer’s ‘Kill My Mother’
Press Play with Madeleine Brand: Jules Feiffer’s New Medium
The lives of five women from two different families are forever linked and altered by a drunk private eye during the Depression in this first noir graphic novel from the award-winning author, playwright, cartoonist and illustrator.

Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel by Jules Feiffer

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All Things Considered: 'Kill My Mother' Is A Darkly Drawn Confection

Fresh Air: Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer’s ‘Kill My Mother’ Is A Toxic Treat

NPR Exclusive First Read: Jules Feiffer’s ‘Kill My Mother’

Press Play with Madeleine Brand: Jules Feiffer’s New Medium

The lives of five women from two different families are forever linked and altered by a drunk private eye during the Depression in this first noir graphic novel from the award-winning author, playwright, cartoonist and illustrator.

Man Booker Prize Finalists
For the first time, The Man Booker prize was open to writer’s of any nationality.  It is one of the most prestigious literary awards in Britain and across the world with past recipients include Hilary Mantel, Howard Jacobson, Eleanor Catton, Yann Martel, among others.  This years winner will be announced on Oct 14th.
The Shortlist:
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris - “Suffice it to say that To Rise Again at a Decent Hour isn’t just one of the best novels of the year, it’s one of the funniest, and most unexpectedly profound, works of fiction in a very long time.”—NPR
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler - “Rosemary’s voice—vulnerable, angry, shockingly honest—is so compelling and the cast of characters, including Fern, irresistible.  A fantastic novel: technically and intellectually complex, while emotionally gripping.”—Kirkus 
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan - “A novel of extraordinary power, deftly told and hugely affecting. A classic in the making … Masterful.” —The Observer
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukheree - Neel Mukherjee has written an outstanding novel: compelling, compassionate and complex, vivid, musical and fierce.” - Daily Telegraph
J by Howard Jacobson - “Remarkable… Comparisons do not do full justice to Jacobson’s achievement in what may well come to be seen as the dystopian British novel of its times.” - The Guardian
How To Be Both by Ali Smith - “How to be both is a demanding, restless, brain-ache of a book that is simultaneously a delight and a challenge” - The Independent

Man Booker Prize Finalists

For the first time, The Man Booker prize was open to writer’s of any nationality.  It is one of the most prestigious literary awards in Britain and across the world with past recipients include Hilary Mantel, Howard Jacobson, Eleanor Catton, Yann Martel, among others.  This years winner will be announced on Oct 14th.

The Shortlist:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris -Suffice it to say that To Rise Again at a Decent Hour isn’t just one of the best novels of the year, it’s one of the funniest, and most unexpectedly profound, works of fiction in a very long time.”—NPR

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler “Rosemary’s voice—vulnerable, angry, shockingly honest—is so compelling and the cast of characters, including Fern, irresistible.  A fantastic novel: technically and intellectually complex, while emotionally gripping.”—Kirkus 

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan - “A novel of extraordinary power, deftly told and hugely affecting. A classic in the making … Masterful.” The Observer

The Lives of Others by Neel Mukheree - Neel Mukherjee has written an outstanding novel: compelling, compassionate and complex, vivid, musical and fierce.” - Daily Telegraph

J by Howard Jacobson - “Remarkable… Comparisons do not do full justice to Jacobson’s achievement in what may well come to be seen as the dystopian British novel of its times.” - The Guardian

How To Be Both by Ali Smith -How to be both is a demanding, restless, brain-ache of a book that is simultaneously a delight and a challenge” - The Independent

So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan
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Fresh Air: How ‘Gatsby’ Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel
The “Fresh Air” book critic investigates the enduring power of The Great Gatsby — “The Great American Novel we all think we’ve read, but really haven’t.”
Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, it’s now a revered classic and a rite of passage in the reading lives of millions. But how well do we really know The Great Gatsby? As Maureen Corrigan, Gatsby lover extraordinaire, points out, while Fitzgerald’s masterpiece may be one of the most popular novels in America, many of us first read it when we were too young to fully comprehend its power. 
Offering a fresh perspective on what makes Gatsby great-and utterly unusual-So We Read On takes us into archives, high school classrooms, and even out onto the Long Island Sound to explore the novel’s hidden depths, a journey whose revelations include Gatsby’s surprising debt to hard-boiled crime fiction, its rocky path to recognition as a “classic,” and its profound commentaries on the national themes of race, class, and gender. 
With rigor, wit, and infectious enthusiasm, Corrigan inspires us to re-experience the greatness of Gatsby and cuts to the heart of why we are, as a culture, “borne back ceaselessly” into its thrall. Along the way, she spins a new and fascinating story of her own.

So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan

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Fresh Air: How ‘Gatsby’ Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

The “Fresh Air” book critic investigates the enduring power of The Great Gatsby — “The Great American Novel we all think we’ve read, but really haven’t.”

Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, it’s now a revered classic and a rite of passage in the reading lives of millions. But how well do we really know The Great Gatsby? As Maureen Corrigan, Gatsby lover extraordinaire, points out, while Fitzgerald’s masterpiece may be one of the most popular novels in America, many of us first read it when we were too young to fully comprehend its power. 

Offering a fresh perspective on what makes Gatsby great-and utterly unusual-So We Read On takes us into archives, high school classrooms, and even out onto the Long Island Sound to explore the novel’s hidden depths, a journey whose revelations include Gatsby’s surprising debt to hard-boiled crime fiction, its rocky path to recognition as a “classic,” and its profound commentaries on the national themes of race, class, and gender. 

With rigor, wit, and infectious enthusiasm, Corrigan inspires us to re-experience the greatness of Gatsby and cuts to the heart of why we are, as a culture, “borne back ceaselessly” into its thrall. Along the way, she spins a new and fascinating story of her own.

Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD by Timothy Denevi
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The Leonard Lopate Show: A Lifelong Struggle to Manage ADHD
The first book of its kind, this compelling and moving memoir about what it’s like to be a child with ADHD also explains the history of the diagnosis and how we have come to medicate more than four million children today.
Among the first generation of boys prescribed medication for hyperactivity in the 1980s, Timothy Denevi took Ritalin at the age of six, and during the first week, it triggered a psychotic reaction. Doctors recommended behavior therapy, then antidepressants. Nothing worked. As Timothy’s parents and doctors sought to treat his behavior, he was subjected to a liquid diet, a sleep-deprived EEG, and bizarre behavioral assessments before finding help in therapy combined with medication. In Hyper, Timothy describes how he makes his way through school, knowing he is a problem for those who love him, longing to be able to be good and fit in, hanging out with boys who have similar symptoms but meet different ends, and finally realizing he has to come to grips with his disorder before his life spins out of control.
Skillfully and seamlessly using his own experience as a springboard, Denevi also reveals the origins of ADHD, from the late nineteenth century when hyperactivity was attributed to defective moral conscience, demons, or head trauma, through the twentieth century when food additives, bad parenting, and even government conspiracies were blamed, to the most recent genetic research. He traces drug treatment from Benzedrine in 1937 through the common usage of the stupefying chlorpromazine and brand new Ritalin in the 1950s to the use of antidepressants in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
Riveting, thought-provoking, and deeply intelligent, this is a remarkable book both for its sensitive portrait of a child’s experience as well as for its ability to illuminate a remarkably complex and controversial mental condition. Rick Lavoie, author of It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend, says Hyper is “a significant and singular contribution to our field.”

Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD by Timothy Denevi

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The Leonard Lopate Show: A Lifelong Struggle to Manage ADHD

The first book of its kind, this compelling and moving memoir about what it’s like to be a child with ADHD also explains the history of the diagnosis and how we have come to medicate more than four million children today.

Among the first generation of boys prescribed medication for hyperactivity in the 1980s, Timothy Denevi took Ritalin at the age of six, and during the first week, it triggered a psychotic reaction. Doctors recommended behavior therapy, then antidepressants. Nothing worked. As Timothy’s parents and doctors sought to treat his behavior, he was subjected to a liquid diet, a sleep-deprived EEG, and bizarre behavioral assessments before finding help in therapy combined with medication. In Hyper, Timothy describes how he makes his way through school, knowing he is a problem for those who love him, longing to be able to be good and fit in, hanging out with boys who have similar symptoms but meet different ends, and finally realizing he has to come to grips with his disorder before his life spins out of control.

Skillfully and seamlessly using his own experience as a springboard, Denevi also reveals the origins of ADHD, from the late nineteenth century when hyperactivity was attributed to defective moral conscience, demons, or head trauma, through the twentieth century when food additives, bad parenting, and even government conspiracies were blamed, to the most recent genetic research. He traces drug treatment from Benzedrine in 1937 through the common usage of the stupefying chlorpromazine and brand new Ritalin in the 1950s to the use of antidepressants in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Riveting, thought-provoking, and deeply intelligent, this is a remarkable book both for its sensitive portrait of a child’s experience as well as for its ability to illuminate a remarkably complex and controversial mental condition. Rick Lavoie, author of It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend, says Hyper is “a significant and singular contribution to our field.”

Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson
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All Things Considered: The Considered Bite: Low-Carb Diets And Our Relationship With Food
For the home or professional bread-maker, this is the book of the season. It comes from a man many consider to be the best bread baker in the United States: Chad Robertson, co-owner of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, a city that knows its bread. To Chad, bread is the foundation of a meal, the center of daily life, and each loaf tells the story of the baker who shaped it. He developed his unique bread over two decades of apprenticeship with the finest artisan bakers in France and the United States, as well as experimentation in his own ovens. Readers will be astonished at how elemental it is. A hundred photographs from years of testing, teaching, and recipe development provide step-by-step inspiration, while additional recipes provide inspiration for using up every delicious morsel.

Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson

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All Things Considered: The Considered Bite: Low-Carb Diets And Our Relationship With Food

For the home or professional bread-maker, this is the book of the season. It comes from a man many consider to be the best bread baker in the United States: Chad Robertson, co-owner of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, a city that knows its bread. To Chad, bread is the foundation of a meal, the center of daily life, and each loaf tells the story of the baker who shaped it. He developed his unique bread over two decades of apprenticeship with the finest artisan bakers in France and the United States, as well as experimentation in his own ovens. Readers will be astonished at how elemental it is. A hundred photographs from years of testing, teaching, and recipe development provide step-by-step inspiration, while additional recipes provide inspiration for using up every delicious morsel.

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