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Smart, funny, original, The Nix (Knopf, $27.95) by Nathan Hill tells the unlikely story of college professor Samuel Andresen-Anderson and the mother who deserted him when he was a child. An aspiring writer with a book overdue, Samuel needs to get down to work or return his substantial advance—unfortunately, long-since spent. But he succumbs to the lethargy of his stifling job and his distracting addiction to video games. When his mother appears on the nightly news, newly famous for bizarrely attacking a political candidate, Samuel thinks his problems may be solved. He sets out to write her story (a bankable project, his editor agrees) and in the process learns the complicated truth about his mother’s young adulthood and the events leading up to her desertion of her son.

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781101946619
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Published: Knopf - August 30th, 2016

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781101970348
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

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The Best of the Harvard Lampoon: 140 Years of American Humor (Touchstone, $26) is the first anthology ever produced by the venerable humor magazine, which began in 1876. President Ulysses S. Grant is said to have been warned against reading the Lampoon as it would leave him “in stitches” and unable to lead the government. Since then, contributors to the magazine have gone on to write for The National Lampoon, The New Yorker, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and many other publications, movies, and TV shows. Included here are some very funny people, including B.J. Novak, Henry Beard, Andy Borowitz, George Plimpton, Conan O’Brien, John Updike, and Patricia Marx to name just a few.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501109850
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Published: Gallery Books - November 15th, 2016

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A Recipe for Cooking (Morrow, $29.99) is Cal Peternell’s follow up to his 2014 book 12 Recipes. In the earlier book, Peternell teaches home cooks some basic recipes and techniques, while his newest takes these lessons to the next level. Organized by season, the meals presented here range from intimate dinners for two to banquets designed to feed a large crowd. Some of the recipes included: Savory Tart with Onions, Olive, and Anchovies; Shredded Zucchini Fritters with Basil Mayonnaise; Citrus Salad with Ginger, Cilantro, and Saffron-toasted Pistachios. With photographs and drawings, Peternell explains everything clearly and puts these tasty dishes within range of intrepid home cooks.

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ISBN: 9780062427861
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Published: William Morrow Cookbooks - October 25th, 2016

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