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|Author||: John LeFevre|
|Editor||: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic|
The hilarious New York Times bestseller “sharply observes the lives of globe-trotting, overindulging investment bankers” (Entertainment Weekly). “Some chick asked me what I would do with 10 million bucks. I told her I’d wonder where the rest of my money went.” —@GSElevator For three years, the notorious @GSElevator Twitter feed offered a hilarious, shamelessly voyeuristic look into the real world of international finance. Hundreds of thousands followed the account, Goldman Sachs launched an internal investigation, and when the true identity of the man behind it all was revealed, it created a national media sensation—but that’s only part of the story. Where @GSElevator captured the essence of the banking elite with curated jokes and submissions overheard by readers, Straight to Hell adds John LeFevre’s own story—an unapologetic and darkly funny account of a career as a globe-conquering investment banker spanning New York, London, and Hong Kong. Straight to Hell pulls back the curtain on a world that is both hated and envied, taking readers from the trading floors and roadshows to private planes and after-hours overindulgence. Full of shocking lawlessness, boyish antics, and win-at-all-costs schemes, this is the definitive take on the deviant, dysfunctional, and absolutely excessive world of finance. “Shocking and sordid—and so much fun.” —Daily News (New York) “LeFevre’s workplace anecdotes include tales of nastiness, sabotage, favoritism, sexism, racism, expense-account padding, and legally questionable collusion.” —The New Yorker
|Author||: William E. Jones|
Boyd McDonald (1925-1993) had the makings of a successful life in the 1950s--an education at Harvard, a job at Time/Life--but things didn't turn out as planned. After 20 years of resentful conformity and desperate alcoholism, McDonald dried out, pawned all of his suits, and went on welfare; it was then that his life truly began. From a room in a New York SRO hotel, McDonald published Straight to Hell, a series of chapbooks collecting readers' "true homosexual experiences." Following the example of Alfred Kinsey, McDonald obsessively pursued the truth about sex between men just as gay liberation began to tame America's sexual outlaws for the sake of legal recognition. Admired by such figures as Gore Vidal and William S. Burroughs, Straight to Hell combined a vigorous contempt for authority with a keen literary style, and was the precursor of the first queer 'zines decades later. Containing in-depth interviews with friends and family members and a wealth of previously unpublished material, True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell is the first book devoted to this key figure of the American underground.
|Author||: Ron Lindsey|
God has blessed me to see the world for what it really is. Asking questions for which I already have the answer. Your opinions do matter. It’s up to you to ask questions, instead of going with the popular crowd. You are the captain of your brain, correct. Never be misled by anyone or anything.
|Author||: Sam Crescent,Stacey Espino|
|Editor||: Evernight Publishing|
Bred by the Billionaire Adora Garcia isn't interested in being the breeding vessel for some arrogant billionaire. She has plans for her life and they don't include being knocked up by a man over twice her age. Her single mother cleans Tobias Bennett's penthouse suite, so when Adora refuses his indecent proposal, he threatens to find a new maid. Tobias needs an heir, but he's not ready to settle down, and certainly not interested in love. He doesn't have a plan until he sees the curvy brunette standing in his condo. Everything he wants, he gets, and he wants Adora. What he doesn't expect is the rush of possessiveness that takes him by storm. Will Adora give up her virginity to the ruthless businessman? Can Tobias open his heart after keeping it closed off for decades? Bred by the Bushmen After nearly ending her own life, Opal books a soul-searching Alaskan wilderness tour. She's used to loneliness and rejection, but needs to learn how to love herself. When things go horribly wrong on the tour, she finds herself cold, alone, and facing certain death. Caleb and Damon have the perfect life. They live off the grid, far from society and its destructive influences. But it doesn't take long for the White brothers to realize what's missing. They need a woman, and crave a family of their own. When their dog leads them to a lost hiker in the woods, they swear she was dropped straight from heaven. It will take a lot of hard convincing for the bushmen to prove life at their cabin is better than what Opal left behind in the city. And they won't take no for an answer. They plan on keeping Opal, loving her, and filling her with their baby.
|Author||: Bart D. Ehrman|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
A New York Times bestselling historian of early Christianity takes on two of the most gripping questions of human existence: where did the ideas of heaven and hell come from and why do they endure? What happens when we die? A recent Pew Research poll showed that 72% of Americans believe in a literal heaven and 58% believe in a literal hell. Most people who hold these beliefs are Christian and assume they are the age-old teachings of the Bible. But eternal rewards and punishments are found nowhere in the Old Testament and are not what Jesus or his disciples taught. So where did these ideas come from? In this “eloquent understanding of how death is viewed through many spiritual traditions” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), Bart Ehrman recounts the long history of the afterlife, ranging from The Epic of Gilgamesh up to the writings of Augustine, focusing especially on the teachings of Jesus and his early followers. He discusses ancient guided tours of heaven and hell, in which a living person observes the sublime blessings of heaven for those who are saved and the horrifying torments of hell for those who are damned. Some of these accounts take the form of near death experiences, the oldest on record, with intriguing similarities to those reported today. One of Ehrman’s startling conclusions is that there never was a single Greek, Jewish, or Christian understanding of the afterlife, but numerous competing views. Moreover, these views did not come from nowhere; they were intimately connected with the social, cultural, and historical worlds out of which they emerged. Only later, in the early Christian centuries, did they develop into notions of eternal bliss or damnation widely accepted today. In this “elegant history” (The New Yorker), Ehrman helps us reflect on where our ideas of the afterlife come from. With his “richly layered-narrative” (The Boston Globe) he assures us that even if there may be something to hope for when we die, there certainly is nothing to fear.
|Author||: David Lowrie|
You are Kommandant Ukrac De-Villiers. You have been a seasoned crusader for 20 years, feared for both your strength in arms and in your beliefs. You are a Soldier of the One True God, and you have campaigned all your life to defend the One True Church. There is nothing you will not do to protect your church, and you have committed any number of atrocities in God's name. However, you see them as a necessity, and prayer and your belief absolve you of any blame.Now God's voice on this earth, the Most Holy Zacatecas herself, has sent you on a crucial mission to defend the church.This has taken you to a remote part of the eighth continent, along with a small force under your command. This matter threatens not just the world, but potentially the cosmos, and even Heaven itself. For aeons, the battle between good and evil has always taken place through agents.No direct confrontation between Heaven and Hell has occurred since the 4th uprising, over 100,000 years ago, and that threatened to tear the reality apart. Since then, Heaven and Hell have tried to work through mortal agents to gain the upper hand on this reality, and you are one of the key agents of the One True God.However, something has happened to change all this. Somehow a portal has opened on the 8th continent that links your world with the Hellscape below - the home of hundreds and thousands of devils and demons, as well as uncountable numbers of the damned. If this portal remains open, then the whole of this reality could be pulled into the Hellscape, and all of your world will fall to the cruel dominion of The Dark Ones.In order to do this, you were sent by boat across the Sea of Dreams to the dark continent in the northern hemisphere. You land with your forces in the northern deserts, barely seeing the sun. Both the days and nights are brutally cold. For days you trek across this hostile landscape, losing 10% of your small force on the way. On the 13th day, the sun appears for the first time as you emerge at the top of a large fertile valley, with green shrubs and tall, lean trees all around. You gratefully camp and find fresh game to hunt and water to drink, a welcome change to hard trail rations. You allow your troops to rest and send out scouts to try to find the portal.Of the five that you send out, only one returns and he is in a terrible state. He looks tired and drained, with multiple injuries and contusions. But worst of all are his eyes, which are wide and almost unblinking, and portray a madness that has overtaken him. You can get little sense from the poor wretch, but you know the direction he was sent, and so you decide to set off with your host along that route.You give short orders to break camp and assemble, and order one of your most eager Lieutenants to kill the scout. A madman will be a drain on your small army's resources. You watch intrigued as Lieutenant Celdron takes his time, slowly running the poor man through whilst staring deep into his face. He smiles cruelly as he sees the pain register on the scout's face. Then he is dead.Celdron removes his sword and wipes it down on the dead scout's clothes and sheathes it, smiling. You make note of Celdron. You are not alarmed or surprised at his actions. He is relatively new to your command, but any man who can be ruthless when needed, and enjoy his work, has a place by your side. He is a man to be cultivated but also one to be watched in case he has designs on subverting your position.You head into the forest and travel for several days. In place of the cold, the heat becomes oppressive, and your armour feels like a furnace and the sweat seemingly leaks out of your body. Then you arrive at a deep and fertile oasis in the centre of the forest.
|Author||: Turney Duff|
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A former Galleon Group trader portrays an after-hours Wall Street culture where drugs and sex are rampant and billions in trading commissions flow to those who dangle the most enticements. A remarkable writing debut, filled with indelible moments, The Buy Side shows as no book ever has the rewards—and dizzying temptations—of making a living on the Street. Growing up in the 1980’s Turney Duff was your average kid from Kennebunk, Maine, eager to expand his horizons. After trying – and failing – to land a job as a journalist, he secured a trainee position at Morgan Stanley and got his first feel for the pecking order that exists in the trading pits. Those on the “buy side,” the traders who make large bets on whether a stock will rise or fall, are the “alphas” and those on the “sell side,” the brokers who handle their business, are eager to please. How eager to please was brought home stunningly to Turney in 1999 when he arrived at the Galleon Group, a colossal hedge-fund management firm run by secretive founder Raj Rajaratnam. Finally in a position to trade on his own, Turney was encouraged to socialize with the sell side and siphon from his new broker friends as much information as possible. Soon he was not just vacuuming up valuable tips but also being lured into a variety of hedonistic pursuits. Naïve enough to believe he could keep up the lifestyle without paying a price, he managed to keep an eye on his buy-and-sell charts and, meanwhile, pondered the strange goings on at Galleon, where tens of millions were being made each week in sometimes mysterious ways. At his next positions, at Argus Partners and J.L. Berkowitz, Turney climbed to even higher heights – and, as it turned out, plummeted to even lower depths – as, by day, he solidified his reputation one of the Street’s most powerful healthcare traders, and by night, he blazed a path through the city’s nightclubs, showing off his social genius and voraciously inhaling any drug that would fill the void he felt inside. A mesmerizingly immersive journey through Wall Street’s first millennial decade, and a poignant self portrait by a young man who surely would have destroyed himself were it not for his decision to walk away from a seven-figure annual income, The Buy Side is one of the best coming-of-age-on-the-Street books ever written.
|Author||: Erin Skye Kelly|
|Editor||: Post Hill Press|
Erin Skye Kelly wrote Get the Hell Out of Debt after her own struggle to become consumer-debt free. She was tired of listening to middle-aged men in suits tell her to consolidate and refinance her debt when all that seemed to happen was she’d end up in more of it while they profited from it. When Kelly figured out the two most important tools to money management—and started achieving massive results—other women wanted to join in on the debt-free journey. With her sense of humor and straight-shooting sensibilities, Erin began transforming lives. This book is not only a step-by-step process that will walk you through how to pay off your debt—it’s a deeply personal journey centered around changing your mindset. As you master each of the three phases through repetition, you will create your own financial freedom, allowing you to live debt-free forever and create wealth and abundance that will positively impact your life—and the people you love and serve. No matter how much consumer debt you carry, this book is a judgment-free zone from cover-to-cover. Your dreams are welcome here.
|Author||: Reynaldo Reyes|
|Editor||: Xlibris Corporation|
Jesus Christ is not a human man, Jesus Christ is a deity. He can transform himself into anything. Jesus Christ and his angels can make human beings experience ectoplasm and can possess you in broad daylight and at night. Any spirit or deity that can shift-shape himself into anything like a fog, smoke, fire, clouds, insects, people or animals is considered not human, suspicious, unknown, scary, sneaky, secretive, and evil.
|Author||: J. Burrello|
|Editor||: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform|
The first three chaotic years of Blinky and Sal all in one book. Here be a land inhabited by anxious bats, mustachioed hole-dwelling cynics, mouth-breathing religious zealots, mad scientists, gluttonous beavers, depressed narwhals, and capricious imaginary deities. Blinky and Sal is comic series for absurdists, in the truest sense.
|Author||: S. T. H. Editions|
This is an STH EDITIONS publication. We publish true reader-written sex histories and feature adult-themed art. Straight To Hell was founded in 1973 by The Reverend Boyd McDonald, continued in the mid-1980s by Victor Weaver, and published since 1989 by Billy Miller. ARTIFACTS, VOL. 1 is an initial overview and peek at artifacts from several decades. Next up, Volume 2, which will focus on the 1970s and the original S.T.H. chapbook series.
|Author||: Matthew Hughes|
|Editor||: Angry Robot, Limited|
When Chesney Anstruther accidentally summons a demon, but refuses to sell his soul, all of Hell goes on strike, and with nothing bad ever happening in the world, disaster strikes. Original. 20,000 first printing.
|Author||: Michael Lewis|
|Editor||: W. W. Norton & Company|
The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar’s Poker. Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms. During the next three years, Lewis rose from callow trainee to bond salesman, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush. Liar’s Poker is the culmination of those heady, frenzied years—a behind-the-scenes look at a unique and turbulent time in American business. From the frat-boy camaraderie of the forty-first-floor trading room to the killer instinct that made ambitious young men gamble everything on a high-stakes game of bluffing and deception, here is Michael Lewis’s knowing and hilarious insider’s account of an unprecedented era of greed, gluttony, and outrageous fortune.
|Author||: Jim Harrison|
|Editor||: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic|
Selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Off to the Side is the tale of one of America's most beloved writers. Jim Harrison traces his upbringing in Michigan amid the austerities of the Depression and the Second World War, and the seemingly greater austerities of his starchy Swedish forebears. He chronicles his coming-of-age, from a boy drunk with books to a young man making his way among fellow writers he deeply admires—including Peter Matthiessen, Robert Lowell, W.H. Auden, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and Allen Ginsberg. Harrison discusses forthrightly the life-changing experience of becoming a father, and the minor cognitive dissonance that ensued when this boy from the heartland somehow ended up a highly paid Hollywood screenwriter. He gives free rein to his seven obsessions—alcohol, food, stripping, hunting and fishing (and the dogs who have accompanied him in both), religion, the road, and our place in the natural world—which he elucidates with earthy wisdom and an elegant sense of connectedness. Off to the Side is a work of great beauty and importance, a triumphant achievement that captures the writing life and brings all of us clues for living.
|Author||: Scott G. Bruce|
"From the Bible through Dante and up to Treblinka and Guantánamo Bay, here is a rich source for nightmares." --The New York Times Book Review Three thousand years of visions of Hell, from the ancient Near East to modern America From the Hebrew Bible's shadowy realm of Sheol to twenty-first-century visions of Hell on earth, The Penguin Book of Hell takes us through three thousand years of eternal damnation. Along the way, you'll take a ferry ride with Aeneas to Hades, across the river Acheron; meet the Devil as imagined by a twelfth-century Irish monk--a monster with a thousand giant hands; wander the nine circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno, in which gluttons, liars, heretics, murderers, and hypocrites are made to endure crime-appropriate torture; and witness the debates that raged in Victorian England when new scientific advances cast doubt on the idea of an eternal hereafter. Drawing upon religious poetry, epics, theological treatises, stories of miracles, and accounts of saints' lives, this fascinating volume of hellscapes illuminates how Hell has long haunted us, in both life and death.
|Author||: Matt McCoy,Jim Ferguson|
Through heartfelt e-mails to openly gay Iowa State Senator Matt McCoy, readers will understand the impact of the struggle for marriage equality. These stories will empower others to face, accept, and celebrate their sexuality and relationships. Marriage equality is the new civil right. Passion is strong on both sides of the issue. The battle for equality is more than a powerful political weapon or crusade of religious zealots. It is about love, commitment, and civil rights. These e-mails are artifacts of a critical movement. They bring to life stories of couples affected by the intolerance of laws preventing them from expressing their love and commitment through marriage. Opponents express visceral emotion, often with religious fervor. They see gay marriage as a threat to traditional marriage, family, and the nation. What is a politically charged weapon for some is a way of life for others. The book will disrupt the status quo to keep the momentum in the battle for equality. Those struggling with their sexual orientation will be reminded they are not alone. They are entitled to the same civil rights, tolerance and acceptance enjoyed by others. The book is a call to remain vigilant.