David sedaris : when you are engulfed in flames
When You Are Engulfed in Flames is a collection of essays by bestselling American humorist David Sedaris. It was released on June 3, 2008.
Sedaris's sixth book assembles essays on various situations such as trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, associations in the French countryside, buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina, having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane, armoring windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds, lancing a boil from another's backside, and venturing to Japan to quit smoking. Little, Brown and Company issued a first-run hardcover release of 100,000 copies.
Chuck Palahniuk : diary
Diary is a 2003 novel by Chuck Palahniuk. The book is written like a diary, its writer/narrator/main character is Misty Wilmot, a once-promising young artist currently working as a waitress in a hotel, although it never actually states who the narrarator is, it's safe to assume that it is Misty. Her husband, a contractor, is in a coma after a suicide attempt. According to the description on the back of Diary, Misty "soon finds herself a pawn in a larger conspiracy that threatens to cost hundreds of lives."
Diary loosely falls into the modern horror genre, putting aside violence and shock tactics in favour of psychological scares and dark humor.
Hitori Nakano: train man
The “Train Man” in question is a hopeless anime geek (think the worst kind of Star Trek nerd). His type is so typical in Japan they have a word for it that’s instantly understood, otaku. He’s never had a date, doesn’t talk to women, communicates through his computer, and spends all his money on anime and merchandise. But one day on a train ride home he finds the courage to confront a drunk who is bothering some women, and is confused to find himself called a hero, especially by one young office lady who later sends him a gift in thanks.
Confused, he turns to the internet, specifically the single guy’s channel on the mega forum 2chan called Poison Men (a real forum btw). He tells them he met a girl, and that he doesn’t have a clue, and asks what to do. Advice slowly starts pouring in from all the anonymous lonely people on the forum: “Call her and thank her.” “Do it today.” “Gather your courage.” Slowly, with the help of these people online who are anxiously watching the events, he begins to believe in himself, and begins to think that maybe he has a chance to win her heart.
This story is so popular in Japan that it spawned movies, a TV series, and four separate manga series.
R.l stine : Fear: 13 stories of suspense and horror
Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror is a 2010 horror anthology edited by R. L. Stine. It was published on September 2010 by Dutton Juvenile in the United States. It contains the following stories: "Welcome to the Club" by R. L. Stine, "She's Different Tonight" by Heather Graham, "Suckers" by Suzanne Weyn, "The Perfects" by Jennifer Allison, "Shadow Children" by Heather Brewer, "The Poison Ring" by Peg Kehret, "Dragonfly Eyes" by Alane Ferguson, "Jeepers Peepers" by Ryan Brown, "Piney Power" by F. Paul Wilson, "The Night Hunter" by Meg Cabot, "Tuition" by Walter Sorrells, "Tagger" by James Rollins and "Ray Gun" by Tim Maleeny.
H.C Carlton : heaven, hell & mademoiselle
Get drawn in to the glamorous world of 1960s Parisian fashion in this page-turning, highly commercial blockbuster...HEAVEN, HELL AND MADEMOISELLE follows the stories of four young fashion-obsessed people trying to make it big in the late 1960s world of Paris haute couture. Sophie is a beautiful Parisian girl from one of the city's most influential families. She finds herself working as a Chanel model when a sudden discovery about her family roots shatters her previously cosy and privileged existence... Monique has left her lowly family home in Angers to become a seamstress in the house of Chanel. As she arrives at 9.30am on her first day of work, two beautiful girls in grey dresses emerge from the house holding flacons of Chanel No.5 and spray scent into the street. Will all of Monique's dreams come true in this magical place? Christopher is London born and bred and the experience of Paris's swinging 60s left bank lifestyle expands his horizons in more ways than one. His quest to become a top fashion designer brings him into contact with a world of glamour, sex and parties he could never have imagined... Samantha is a Jewish princess, freshly arrived from New York, and with a fantastic fashion publicity job courtesy of Hungarian Daddie's impeccable contacts in the garment industry. Will this loud, opinionated American ever be accepted by the sophisticated Parisian ladies that she must mix with? As the destinies of these four gifted individuals unfold, they intertwine with none other than the elderly and enigmatic Coco Chanel herself...
So these books are a mixture of horror, a bit of comedy, ambition, romance and thriller.
So excited. I'll definitely start reading tonight. My deadline for these is before my term starts which is on january 4 2012.
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