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Running With Scissors

The #1 New York Times Bestseller

An Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year


Now a Major Motion Picture

This is the true story of a boy who wanted to grow up with the Brady Bunch, but ended up living with the Addams Family. Augusten Burroughs’s mother gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa Claus and a certifiable lunatic into the bargain. The doctor’s bizarre family, a few patients and a sinister man living in the garden shed completed the tableau. The perfect squalor of their dilapidated Victorian house, there were no rules and there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer and Valium was chomped down like sweets. And when things got a bit slow, there was always the ancient electroshock therapy machine under the stairs…

‘This is the Brady Bunch on Viagra… it is impossible not to laugh at all the jokes; to admire the sardonic, fetid tone; to wonder, slack-jawed and agog, at the sheer looniness of the vista he conjures up’ — Rachel Cooke, Observer

Molvania

‘This book took me straight back to my holiday in Molvania: I intend to sue.’ Ben Schott

Molvania, birthplace of the polka and whooping cough, is often overlooked as a tourist destination but thanks to this fully up-dated Jetlag Travel Guide the keen traveler can now enjoy one of central Europe’s best-kept secrets.Everything you need to know about this unique nation, ‘a land untouched by modern dentistry’ is here including:

Useful phrases: Sprufki Doh Craszko?What is that smell?

Eating Out: As a rule, eating out in Molvania is quite cheap… but in some larger cities you may be expected to pay extra for a waiter with a moustache.

Accomodation: At the top end you can’t go past Hotjl Palfvi.It’s a 250-year-old Carmelite convent that has been tastefully restored with a real eye for period detail.For example, each room features a large wooden crucifix that opens to reveal a fully-stocked mini-bar.

Culture:The national anthem was chosen in 1987 as part of a competition, sung to the tune of ‘Oh What a Feeling’ from Flashdance, the third verse is generally considered optional.’

The Pits

The Pits is an incendiary, brave and revelatory behind-the scenes account of the truth behind Formula 1 from ITV’s F1 presenter, Beverley Turner.

With a maximum of 24 drivers, 12 teams and 17 races per year, the Grand Prix championship is a small, tightly-controlled world in which sponsors – including track owners, tobacco advertisers and automobile multinationals – battle for maximum exposure. In The Pits, ITV F1 presenter Beverley Turner examines closely the murkier aspects of the sport, including: how venues are chosen (and why they are dropped); the (often) extraordinary power of sponsors and the controversial rule changes that deliver more audience-friendly races. She also explains precisely why, because of the way access to F1 is restricted, no book of this kind has ever been written before.

Beverley Turner draws on original interviews throughout the Formula 1 fraternity – from top drivers to mechanics and team bosses – and her own experiences as a broadcast journalist to produce a sensational exposé of the world’s most high-profile capitalist jamboree.

After reading this no-holds-barred description of life in the pits, elite motor racing will never seem the same again.

Fortune's Daughters

The story of the three Jerome sisters is one of love, glamour and money in equal measure. Their father, Leonard, was a profligate New York stockbroker whose beautiful wife, Clara Hall, was as extravagant as her husband. Their three daughters – Jennie, Clara and Leonie – were provided with every advantage, and lived a charmed existence. A fortuitous encounter in London with the Prince of Wales, who later became Edward VII, launched the girls into English society. Acclaimed wherever they went, they became known, simply, as ‘the Good, the Witty and the Beautiful.’

Jennie Jerome (‘the beautiful’) married Randolph Churchill, younger son of the Duke of Marlborough and was Winston’s mother. Clara Jerome (‘the good’) was romanced by the dashing Moreton Frewin, who had already squandered what capital he had on gambling, sports and women, while Leonie Jerome (‘the witty’) married into the Leslies, a distinguished Irish family, who were disappointed by their son’s choice of bride.

Elisabeth Kehoe’s wonderful book covers more than one hundred years of family history and spans nineteenth-century New York, the fall of the second republic in France and Britain during both world wars. She draws on original research to follow the progress of the Jerome sisters, who remained close to each other throughout their lives. Their stories describe the poignant and ultimately, unsuccessful quest for true love and happiness.

Hippocratic Oaths

Poet, philosopher, novelist and former physician, Raymond Tallis is one of the world’s foremost scientific philosophers. In this book, he brings together his diverse intellectual interests to address profoundly important questions about our well being. Hippocratic Oaths blends philosophy with public opinion, polemic and personal experience to bridge the disjunction between the health care we believe we are entitled to expect, and the difficult realities of what is possible.

In a series of fiercely stimulating and impassioned arguments, Tallis looks at the truth behind public health scares; why we continue to incorrectly treat our bodies as if they were machines, separate from ourselves; and why the popularity of alternative therapies is bad for doctors and patients alike.

Hippocratic Oaths is the summation of a lifetime’s thought and medical practice, by one of the most singular stars in the British scientific firmament. It will, quite simply, change forever the way you think about yourself, and your health.

Frank Zappa

Barry Miles knew Frank Zappa intimately and was present at the recording of some of his most important albums. This sparkling biography brings the Zappa the musician and composer, Zappa the controversialist and Zappa the family man (despite his love of groupies, he was married for more than 30 years) together for the first time.
Barry Miles’ biography follows Zappa from his sickly Italian-American childhood in the 1940s (when his father, Frank senior, worked for the US military and was used to test the efficacy of new biological warfare agents) to his death from cancer in the 1990s. Miles shows how Zappa’s goal had been to become a classical composer, until he realised that he would starve to death pursuing this ambition in post-war America. In an effort to make music people would actually listen to, in the mid-1960s he joined a noisy new band called ‘The Mothers of Invention’. Before long, Zappa had taken over as singer, song writer and lead guitarist and together they exploded on to the San Francisco freak scene. Following the release of recordings such as Freak Out, Absolutely Free, We’re Only In It For the Money and Hot Rats, Zappa’s reputation in the United States and in Europe, especially the UK, Germany and Holland, took off. When the Berlin wall fell, Frank was surprised to learn that his extravagant music embodied sixties liberty for a generation of dissidents (including Vaclav Havel, who invited Zappa to be his minister for culture). Frank Zappa is an authoritative and hugely enjoyable portrait of a singular man and a vivid evocation of the West Coast scene.

The Aquariums of Pyongyang

‘I beseech you to read this account’ Christopher Hitchens

A magnificent, harrowing testimony to the voiceless victims of North Korea.

Kang Chol-Hwan is the first survivor of a North Korean concentration camp to escape the ‘hermit kingdom’ and tell his story to the world. This memoir reveals the human suffering in his camp, with its forced labour, frequent public executions and near-starvation rations. Kang eventually escaped to South Korea via China to give testimony to the hardships and atrocities that constitute the lives of the thousands of people still detained in the gulags today. Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this story of one young man’s personal suffering finally gives eye-witness proof to this neglected chapter of modern history.

Rape: A Love Story

Teena Maguire should not have tried to shortcut her way home that Fourth of July. Not after midnight, not through Rocky Point Park. Not the way she was dressed in a tank top, denim cutoffs, and high-heeled sandals. Not with her twelve-year-old daughter Bethie. Not with packs of local guys running loose on hormones, rage and alcohol. A victim of gang rape, left for dead in the park boathouse, the once vivacious Teena can now only regret that she has survived.

At a relentlessly compelling pace punctuated by lonely cries in the night and the whisper of terror in the afternoon, Joyce Carol Oates unfolds the story of Teena and Bethie, their assailants, and their unexpected, silent champion, a man who knows the meaning of justice. And love.

Mozart in the Jungle

In the tradition of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential comes an insider’s look into the cloistered world of classical music.

Now a major Amazon.com TV series starring Gabriel Garcia Bernal.

From her debut recital at Carnegie Hall to performing with the orchestras of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, oboist Blair Tindall has been playing classical music professionally for over twenty-five years. She’s also lived the secret life of musicians who survive hand to mouth, trading sex and drugs for low-paying gigs and the promise of winning a rare symphony position or a lucrative solo recording contract. In Mozart in the Jungle, Tindall describes her graduation from the North Carolina School of the Arts to the backbiting New York classical music scene, a world where Tindall and her fellow classical musicians often play drunk, high, or hopelessly hung-over, live in decrepit apartments, and perform in hazardous conditions. (In the cramped confines of a Broadway pit, the decibel level of one instrument is equal to the sound of a chain saw.)

Mozart in the Jungle offers a stark contrast between the rarefied experiences of overpaid classical musician superstars and those of the working-class musicians. For lovers of classical music, Mozart in the Jungle is the first true, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on backstage and in the Broadway pit.

Magical Thinking

A collection of autobiographical short stories, small vignettes of his life experiences, universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate and very funny.

From the #1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry comes a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection.

True stories that give voice to the thoughts we all have but dare not mention. It begins with a Tang Instant Breakfast Drink television commercial when Augusten was seven. Then there is the contest of wills with the deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. Dating an undertaker and much more. A collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate and very funny.