Books That Deserve To Be Read

There are more than half a million books published each year in the US alone. Not all of them make the best seller lists. We are on a quest to find the books that deserve to be in the best seller list.

Oath of Loyalty (21) (A Mitch Rapp Novel)

Mitch Rapp confronts a very different kind of killer in the explosive new
thriller in Vince Flynn’s #1 New York Times bestselling series, written by
Kyle Mills. With President Anthony Cook convinced that Mitch Rapp poses a
mortal threat to him, CIA Director Irene Kennedy is forced to construct a
truce between the two men. The terms are simple: Rapp agrees to leave the
country and stay in plain sight for as long as Cook controls the White
House. In exchange, the administration agrees not to make any moves against
him. This fragile détente holds until Cook’s power-hungry security adviser
convinces him that Rapp has no intention of honoring their agreement. In an
effort to put him on the defensive, they leak the true identity of his
partner, Claudia Gould. As Rapp races to neutralize the enemies organizing
against her, he discovers that a new generation of assassins is on her
trail. A killer known to intelligence agencies only as Legion. The shadowy
group has created a business model based on double-blind secrecy. Neither
the killer nor the client knows the other’s identity. Because of this,
Legion can’t be called off nor can they afford to fail. No matter how long
it takes—weeks, months, years—they won’t stand down until their target is
dead. Faced with the seemingly impossible task of finding and stopping
Legion, Rapp and his people must close ranks against a world that has
turned on them. Read more


When a sassy psychologist meets a gruff FBI agent, they team up to try and solve the worst serial murders in decades – but even with all their talent combined they may be outmatched.

Dr. Percy Shatter is the best forensic, behavioral, and clinical psychologist around, which probably says more about her than she ever could herself. She’s afraid of almost nothing in the real world, especially after personally interviewing just about every living serial killer and studying all the rest. She’s faced evil and come out the other side with knowledge, analysis, and a few scars. Plus she can drink anyone under the table.

Even though he’s a foot taller than her, Percy stands her ground with Riley Rankin, toe-to-toe, when she meets him. He’s in the Violent Crimes unit of the Criminal Investigative Division with the FBI, and he’s got a fantastic solve rate. He’s taken down monsters so terrifying their existence never made it into public knowledge. He’s a star Special Agent because he follows the rules as close to the letter as anyone can. That is…until he meets Percy, who pushes his buttons. Suddenly he misses his old murder scenes with just blood and not so many metaphors.

Together Dr. Percy Shatter and Special Agent Riley Rankin are forced into a partnership after several brutally mutilated bodies, resembling the work of a notorious serial killer, are found. More concerning, the dead victims are found states apart at the same time – meaning they’re searching for more than one copycat. The mimicked serial killer has been in prison for years, and he’s not helping whoever’s doing this, so Percy and Riley are left at a loss. In the incredible stress of the situation, both partners end up at each other’s throats. Percy tries to solve her woes at the bottom of a bottle and Riley shuts down. All the while, there are killers out there planning their next elaborate and violent murders.

Can Riley help Percy wrangle her inner demons long enough to chase down the psychotic followers

Come On, Man!: The Truth About Joe Biden’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Presidency

NATIONAL BESTSELLEROpen borders, record inflation, and skyrocketing
crime—Joe Biden’s first term is one of the most craptastic in American
history. But on Planet Brandon, it’s all going according to plan . . .He
received 81 million votes. His party controlled the House and the Senate.
He took office with a nearly 60 percent approval rating. His first month
saw the economy recovering nicely and the new COVID-19 vaccines being
distributed around the country. And, in his words, he had the awesome power
to mobilize “truinernashabada pressure.”And yet, with all that and more,
Joe Biden’s first term has been a spectacular failure. COVID roared back.
The withdrawal from Afghanistan left thirteen U.S. service members dead and
hundreds of Americans stranded as Afghans fell from airplanes. Sixteen
American cities set homicide records. More than 2.3 million illegal
immigrants entered the country. Inflation reached forty-year highs. And
Russia invaded Ukraine. Even the Democrats are so embarrassed, they won’t
invite Biden to join them on the campaign trail for the midterms. Gah.But
is this hot mess, dumpster fire of a record only because Biden lost
whatever fastball he had and is perpetually incompetent? In Come On, Man!,
Joe Concha reminds us what’s really going on in the White House. Though
Biden may seem like a doddering idiot, stumbling from one mistake to the
next, his blunders always hew closely to progressive dreams for American
policy. Dreams like saving the planet by attacking Elon Musk and
strengthening the middle class by making gas prices higher than Hunter
Biden in a motel room. Come On, Man! shows the real reason why we’re
here—no malarkey, guaranteed! Read more

The Love Prescription: Seven Days to More Intimacy, Connection, and Joy (The Seven Days Series)

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“This book feels so hopeful because it’s
direct, it’s really honest, and it’s so actionable.” —Brene BrownFrom New
York Times–bestselling authors Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz
Gottman, a simple yet powerful plan to transform your relationship in seven
daysWhat makes love last? Why does one couple stay together forever, while
another falls apart? And most importantly, is there a scientific formula
for love? Drs. John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman are the world’s
leading relationship scientists. For the past forty years, they have been
studying love. They’ve gathered data on over three thousand couples,
looking at everything from their body language to the way they converse to
their stress hormone levels. Their goal: to identify the building blocks of
love. The Love Prescription distills their life’s work into a bite-size,
seven-day action plan with easy, immediately actionable steps. There will
be no grand gestures and no big, hard conversations. There’s nothing to buy
or do to prepare. Anyone can do this, from any starting point. The
seven-day prescription will lead you through these exercises:Day 1: Make
ContactDay 2: Ask a Big QuestionDay 3: Say Thank YouDay 4: Give a Real
Compliment Day 5: Ask for What You NeedDay 6: Reach Out and Touch Day 7:
Declare a Date NightThere is a formula for a good relationship, and this
book will show you how a few small changes can fundamentally transform your
relationship for the better. Read more

The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture

The instant New York Times bestsellerBy the acclaimed author of In the
Realm of Hungry Ghosts, a groundbreaking investigation into the causes of
illness, a bracing critique of how our society breeds disease, and a
pathway to health and healing.In this revolutionary book, renowned
physician Gabor Maté eloquently dissects how in Western countries that
pride themselves on their healthcare systems, chronic illness and general
ill health are on the rise. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least
one prescription drug; more than half take two. In Canada, every fifth
person has high blood pressure. In Europe, hypertension is diagnosed in
more than 30 percent of the population. And everywhere, adolescent mental
illness is on the rise. So what is really “normal” when it comes to
health?Over four decades of clinical experience, Maté has come to recognize
the prevailing understanding of “normal” as false, neglecting the roles
that trauma and stress, and the pressures of modern-day living, exert on
our bodies and our minds at the expense of good health. For all our
expertise and technological sophistication, Western medicine often fails to
treat the whole person, ignoring how today’s culture stresses the body,
burdens the immune system, and undermines emotional balance. Now Maté
brings his perspective to the great untangling of common myths about what
makes us sick, connects the dots between the maladies of individuals and
the declining soundness of society—and offers a compassionate guide for
health and healing. Cowritten with his son Daniel, The Myth Of Normal is
Maté’s most ambitious and urgent book yet. Read more

Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be

“This book is for any parent who has ever struggled under the substantial
weight of caregiving—which is to say, all of us. Good Inside is not only a
wise and practical guide to raising resilient, emotionally healthy kids,
it’s also a supportive resource for overwhelmed parents who need more
compassion and less stress. Dr. Becky is the smart, thoughtful,
in-the-trenches parenting expert we’ve been waiting for!”—Eve Rodsky, New
York Times bestselling author of Fair Play and Find Your Unicorn SpaceDr.
Becky Kennedy, wildly popular parenting expert and creator of
@drbeckyatgoodinside, shares her groundbreaking approach to raising kids
and offers practical strategies for parenting in a way that feels good.Over
the past several years, Dr. Becky Kennedy—known to her followers as “Dr.
Becky”—has been sparking a parenting revolution. Millions of parents, tired
of following advice that either doesn’t work or simply doesn’t feel good,
have embraced Dr. Becky’s empowering and effective approach, a model that
prioritizes connecting with our kids over correcting them.Parents have long
been sold a model of childrearing that simply doesn’t work. From reward
charts to time outs, many popular parenting approaches are based on shaping
behavior, not raising humans. These techniques don’t build the skills kids
need for life, or account for their complex emotional needs. Add to that
parents’ complicated relationships with their own upbringings, and it’s
easy to see why so many caretakers feel lost, burned out, and worried
they’re failing their kids. In Good Inside, Dr. Becky shares her parenting
philosophy, complete with actionable strategies, that will help parents
move from uncertainty and self-blame to confidence and sturdy
leadership.Offering perspective-shifting parenting principles and
troubleshooting for specific scenarios—including sibling rivalry,
separation anxiety, tantrums, and more—Good Inside is a comprehensive
resource for a generation of parents looking for a new way to raise their
kids while still setting them up for a lifetime of self-regulation,
confidence, and resilience. Read more

Princess and the Player (Strangers in Love)

A masquerade ball brings together an NFL player and a penniless princess
in this smart and sexy romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author
Ilsa Madden-Mills.Levelheaded Francesca Lane never thought she’d miss her
own wedding. But when her fiancé betrays her, she puts on her wedding dress
and ditches the altar for a masquerade ball―at an exclusive lifestyle
club.There, she meets unknown-to-her NFL star Tuck Avery, dressed as a
prince and hiding behind a mask―he’s there to celebrate his birthday. For
one night, Francesca and Tuck indulge in a wickedly incognito affair. No
names. No strings. And the masks don’t come off.Unfortunately, Francesca
realizes quickly that her masked prince is the wealthy jock who lives in
the penthouse of her apartment building. His hobbies include parties and
supermodels―or so the tabloids say. Getting tangled up with a shallow jerk
is the last thing Francesca needs right now, so she vows to keep Tuck from
recognizing her (not that she’s his type anyway).But fate has a teeny-tiny
trick up her sleeve…a plus sign on a pregnancy test. Can this tormented
prince accept love, or will he push his princess away forever? Read more

American Psychosis: A Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy

“[Corn is] a great journalist. I love the way he thinks. I love the way he
writes. I’m so glad he’s done a super-readable, modern history of the
right…We just need smart, digestible history about this stuff right
now…[AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS] is perfectly timed…Relevant history for where
we are right now.” —Rachel Maddow, host, The Rachel Maddow Show “With
AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS, David Corn ‘did the full homework to take us all the
way back to where it really begins.’” —Lawrence O’Donnell, host, The Last
Word#1 New York Times bestselling author and investigative reporter David
Corn tells the wild and harrowing story of the Republican Party’s
decades-long relationship with far-right extremism, bigotry, and paranoia.
A fast-paced, rollicking, behind-the-scenes account of how the GOP since
the 1950s has encouraged and exploited extremism, bigotry, and paranoia to
gain power, AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS offers readers a brisk, can-you-believe-it
journey through the netherworld of far-right irrationality and the
Republican Party’s interactions with the darkest forces in America. In a
compelling and thoroughly-researched narrative, Corn reveals the hidden
history of how the Party of Lincoln forged alliances with extremists,
kooks, racists, and conspiracy-mongers and fostered fear, anger, and
resentment to win elections—and how this led to Donald Trump’s triumph and
the transformation of the GOP into a Trump personality cult that foments
and bolsters the crazy and dangerous excesses of the right. The
Trump-incited insurrectionist attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021,
was no aberration. AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS shows it was a continuation of the
long and deep-rooted Republican practice of boosting and weaponizing the
rage and derangement of the right. The gripping tale in AMERICAN
PSYCHOSIS covers the last seven decades. From McCarthyism to the John Birch
Society to segregationists to the New Right to the religious right to Rush
Limbaugh to Newt Gingrich to the militia movement to Fox News to Sarah
Palin to the Tea Party to Trumpism, the Republican Party has deliberately
nurtured and exploited rightwing fear and loathing fueled by paranoia,
grievance, and tribalism. This powerful and important account explains how
one political party has harnessed the worst elements in politics to poison
the nation’s discourse and threaten American democracy. Read more

Discipline Is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control (The Stoic Virtues Series)

In his New York Times bestselling book Courage is Calling, author Ryan
Holiday made the Stoic case for a bold and brave life. In this
much-anticipated second book of his Stoic Virtue series, Holiday celebrates
the awesome power of self-discipline and those who have seized it.To master
anything, one must first master themselves–one’s emotions, one’s thoughts,
one’s actions. Eisenhower famously said that freedom is really the
opportunity to practice self-discipline. Cicero called the virtue of
temperance the polish of life. Without boundaries and restraint, we risk
not only failing to meet our full potential and jeopardizing what we have
achieved, but we ensure misery and shame. In a world of temptation and
excess, this ancient idea is more urgent than ever.In Discipline is
Destiny, Holiday draws on the stories of historical figures we can emulate
as pillars of self-discipline, including Lou Gehrig, Queen Elizabeth II,
boxer Floyd Patterson, Marcus Aurelius and writer Toni Morrison, as well as
the cautionary tales of Napoleon, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Babe Ruth.
Through these engaging examples, Holiday teaches readers the power of
self-discipline and balance, and cautions against the perils of
extravagance and hedonism. At the heart of Stoicism are four simple
virtues: courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom. Everything else, the
Stoics believed, flows from them. Discipline is Destiny will guide readers
down the path to self-mastery, upon which all the other virtues depend.
Discipline is predictive. You cannot succeed without it. And if you lose
it, you cannot help but bring yourself failure and unhappiness. Read more

Killing the Legends: The Lethal Danger of Celebrity

In the latest book in the multimillion-selling Killing Series, Bill
O’Reilly and Martin Dugard tell the larger-than-life stories of Elvis
Presley, John Lennon, and Muhammad Ali.The King is dead. The Walrus is
shot. The Greatest is no more.Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Muhammad Ali.
These three icons changed not only the worlds of music, film, and sports,
but the world itself. Their faces were known everywhere, in every nation,
across every culture. And their stories became larger than life―until their
lives spun out of control at the hands of those they most trusted.In
Killing the Legends, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard explore the lives,
legacies, and tragic deaths of three of the most famous people of the 20th
century. Each experienced immense success, then failures that forced them
to change; each faced the challenge of growing old in fields that privilege
youth; and finally, each became isolated, cocooned by wealth but vulnerable
to the demands of those in their innermost circles. Dramatic, insightful,
and immensely entertaining, Killing the Legends is the twelfth book in
O’Reilly and Dugard’s Killing series: the most popular series of narrative
history books in the world, with more than 18 million copies in print. Read more


The book “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” touches on subjects
too controversial for most authors to reveal to the people. This book will
expose the truths that have been hidden by the powers that be in America.
Since the European and Arab slave traders stepped foot into Africa, blacks
have been told lies about their heritage. This was all by Satan’s design
for he is the father of lies. There is an old stereotypical expression that
says “If you want to hide something from a Black person, put it in a book.”
Well, this is THE BOOK that ALL Black people must read! Since biblical
times, there has been a satanic agenda to destroy God’s Chosen People. This
agenda still exists today and is carried on by man in many forms. Satan
knows who God’s Chosen People are, but for centuries we have been blind to
this knowledge even though it’s been right in front of our face. After many
years of research, the time has finally come for ALL Black people to know
the truth. Inside Hebrews To Negroes you will find the answers to all the
burning questions you have wanted ask your parents, teachers and pastors
for years. It has been said that the mind has a strong drive to correct
itself over a period of time if it can touch some substantial ORIGINAL
historical base about itself. This time period is ending and the truth is
being exposed! Is this signs of the End Times? The bible says in the last
days that knowledge will increase. It also says “In the last days, saith
God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your
old men shall dream dreams:” Knowledge is the TRUTH and Satan’s time is
running out. Don’t be left behind. Find out what’s really going on behind
the scenes as it relates to BLACK AMERICA then and now. Afterwards you be
the judge as to who God’s Chosen People really are and who Satan’s army is
IT. Read more

Holding the Line: Inside the Nation’s Preeminent US Attorney’s Office and Its Battle with the Trump Justice Department

“Throughout my tenure as US attorney, Trump’s Justice Department kept
demanding that I use my office to aid them politically, and I kept
declining – in ways just tactful enough to keep me from being fired. I
walked this tightrope for two and a half years. Eventually, the rope
snapped.” – from Holding the Line”A cautionary tale about how political
forces can undermine the quest for justice.” – Barbara McQuade, The
Washington PostThe gripping and explosive memoir of serving as US Attorney
for the Southern District of New York, in the face of the Justice
Department’s attempts to protect Trump’s friends and punish his enemies.
Ascending to the leadership role of US Attorney for the Southern District,
which includes Manhattan and several counties to the north, is a capstone
to any legal career: it entails guiding a team of the best lawyers in
America in selecting and winning cases that often have global import.
Geoffrey Berman was honored to be tapped for the job by Donald Trump in
2018. The manner in which Trump had dispatched his predecessor Preet
Bharara was troubling, but the institution was fabled for its independence.
Surely he could manage. So began one of the most tumultuous
two-and-a-half-year stretches in the over two-hundred-thirty year history
of the office. Almost immediately, Berman found himself pushing back
against the Trump Justice Department’s blatant efforts to bring weak cases
against political foes and squash worthy cases that threatened to tarnish
allies and Trump himself. When Bill Barr became attorney general, Berman
hoped and believed things would get better, but instead they got much
worse. The heart of Holding the Line is his never-before-told account of
the lengths Barr went to in corrupting the independence of the office, and
the lengths Berman had to go in preserving it. Finally, Trump and Barr, fed
up with Berman’s principles, summarily fired him, though he refused to go
quietly and prevented Barr from installing someone who might be more
compliant. Berman’s determined defense of the values of prosecutorial
independence, without fear or favor, made him a hero to everyone who shares
those values. Holding the Line also relates the remarkable casework of
the Southern District in Berman’s time there, including taking down
notorious sex traffickers Jeffrey Epstein and Lawrence Ray, Big Pharma
executives, and vicious criminal syndicates, and repatriating Nazi-looted
art. Riveting in themselves, these stories showcase the esprit de corps
that makes the Southern District so special, and the stakes Berman felt in
protecting its integrity against all foes, up to and including the US
attorney general and the president of the United States. Read more

Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories

A sharp, funny, and honest collection of real-life stories from Kelly
Ripa, showing the many dimensions and crackling wit of the beloved daytime
talk show host.In Live Wire, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes
her tick. As a professional, as a wife, as a daughter and as a mother, she
brings a hard-earned wisdom and an eye for the absurdity of life to every
minute of every day. It is her relatability in all of these roles that has
earned her fans worldwide and millions of followers on social media.
Whether recounting how she and Mark really met, the level of chauvinism she
experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and
many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you
cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it
is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.Surprising, at times savage, a little
shameless and always with humor… Live Wire shows Kelly as she really is
offscreen—a very wise woman who has something to say. Read more

World of Eric Carle, Around the Farm 30-Button Animal Sound Book – Great for First Words – PI Kids

Put on your overalls and have a stroll Around The Farm in this amazing
sound book! Your little one can press 30 different sound buttons while they
read to bring the amazing art stylings of Eric Carle to life!This sound
books is special because:Hands on interaction engages young
readersMultisensory reading experiences stimulate the imaginations of young
readersSharing books with your little one strengthens your bondFeatures the
art stylings of Eric Carle, writer and illustrator of The Very Hungry
CaterpillarIncludes an amazing amount of animals: bull, cow, goat, pig,
sheep, lamb, donkey, horse, hen, turkey, chick, rooster, cat, dog, mouse,
frog, duck, turtle, fish, crow, sparrow, owl, woodpecker, snake, rabbit,
cricket, dragonfly, bee, butterfly, and Eric Carle’s famous very hungry
caterpillar Read more

Going Rogue: Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine (29) (Stephanie Plum)

Stephanie Plum breaks the rules, flirts with disaster, and shows who’s
boss in this “fast and fun” (Publishers Weekly) thriller from #1 New York
Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.Monday mornings aren’t supposed to
be fun, but they should be predictable. However, on this particular Monday,
Stephanie Plum knows that something is amiss when she turns up for work at
Vinnie’s Bail Bonds to find that longtime office manager Connie Rosolli,
who is as reliable as the tides in Atlantic City, hasn’t shown up.
Stephanie’s worst fears are confirmed when she gets a call from Connie’s
abductor. He says he will only release her in exchange for a mysterious
coin that a recently murdered man left as collateral for his bail.
Unfortunately, this coin, which should be in the office—just like Connie—is
nowhere to be found. The quest to discover the coin, learn its value, and
save Connie will require the help of Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur, her best
pal Lula, her boyfriend Morelli, and hunky security expert Ranger. As they
get closer to unraveling the reasons behind Connie’s kidnapping, Connie’s
captor grows more threatening and soon Stephanie has no choice but to throw
caution to the wind, follow her instincts, and go rogue. Full of surprises,
thrills, and humor, Going Rogue reveals a new side of Stephanie Plum, and
shows Janet Evanovich at her scorching, riotous best. Read more

Word Up! Language in the Key of Life

Word Up is a spectacular children’s rhyming book that promotes and supports language and literacy development that helps accelerate third (3rd) grade reading proficiency for children 0-9

The Golden Enclaves

Chapter 1 the yurt The last thing Orion said to me, the absolute bastard,
was El, I love you so much. And then he shoved me backwards through the
gates of the Scholomance and I landed thump on my back in paradise, the
soft grassy clearing in Wales that I’d last seen four years ago, ash trees
in full green leaf and sunlight dappling through them, and Mum, Mum right
there waiting for me. Her arms were full of flowers: poppies, for rest;
anemones, for overcoming; moonwort, for forgetfulness; morning glories, for
the dawn of a new day. A welcome-­home bouquet for a trauma victim, meant
to ease horror out of my mind and make room for healing and for rest, and
as she reached to help me, I heaved myself up howling, “Orion!” and sent
the whole thing scattering before me. A few months—­aeons—­ago, while we’d
still been in the midst of our frantic obstacle-­course runs, an enclaver
from Milan had given me a translocation spell in Latin, the rare kind that
you can cast on yourself without splitting yourself into bits. The idea was
that I’d be able to use it to hop around from one place to another in the
graduation hall—­all the better to save people like enclavers from Milan,
which is why she’d handed me a spell worth five years of mana for free. You
couldn’t normally use it to go long distances, but time was more or less
the same thing as space, and I’d been in the Scholomance ten seconds
before. I had the hall visualized as crisp and clear as an architectural
drawing, complete with the horrific mass of Patience and the horde of
maleficaria behind it, boiling its way towards us. I was placing myself at
the gates, right back where I had been when Orion had given me that final
shove. But the spell didn’t want to be cast, putting up resistance like
warning signs across the way: dead end, road washed out ahead. I forced it
through anyway, throwing mana at it, and the casting rebounded in my face
and knocked me down like I’d run straight into a concrete wall. So I got
back up and tried the exact same spell again, only to get pasted flat a
second time. My head was ringing bells and noise. I crawled back to my
feet. Mum was helping me up, but she was also holding me back, saying
something to me, trying to slow me down, but I only snarled at her,
“Patience was coming right at him!” and her hands were slack, sliding off
me with her own remembered horror. It had already been two minutes since
I’d been dumped out; two minutes was forever in the graduation hall, even
before I’d packed it full of all the monsters in the world. But the
interruption did stop me just banging my head against the gates repeatedly.
I spent a moment thinking, and then I tried to use a summoning to get Orion
out, instead. Most people can’t summon anything larger or with more
willpower than a hair bobble. But the many summoning spells I’ve
unwillingly collected over the years are all intended to bring me one or
more hapless screaming victims, presumably to go into the sacrificial pit
I’ve incomprehensibly neglected to set up. I had a dozen varieties, and one
of them that let you scry someone through a reflective surface and pull
them out. It’s especially effective if you have a gigantic cursed mirror of
doom to use. Sadly I’d left mine hanging on the wall of my dorm room. But I
ran around the clearing and found a small puddle of water between two tree
roots. That wouldn’t have been good enough ordinarily, but I had endless
mana flowing into me, the supply line from graduation still open. I threw
power behind the spell and forced the muddy puddle smooth as glass and
staring down at it called, “Orion! Orion Lake! I call you in the—­” I took
a quick glance up at the first sunlight and sky I’d seen in four years of
longing for them, and the only thing I could feel was desperate frustration
that it wasn’t dawn or noon or midnight or anything helpful, “—­waxing
hours of the light, to come to me from the dark-shadowed halls, heeding my
word alone,” which would very likely mean he’d be under a spell of
obedience when he got here, but I’d worry about that later, later after he
was here—­ The spell did go through this time, and the water churned into a
cloud of silver-­black that slowly and grudgingly served up a ghostly image
that might have been Orion from the back, barely an outline against pitch
darkness. I shoved my arm into the dark anyway, reaching for him, and for a
moment, I thought—­I was sure—­I had him. The taste of frantic relief
swelled through me: I’d done it, I’d got hold of him—­and then I screamed,
because my fingers were sinking into the surface of a maw-­mouth, with its
sucking hunger turning on me. Every part of my body wanted to let go at
once. And then it got worse, as if there were any room for that to get
worse, because it wasn’t just one maw-­mouth, it was two, grabbing at me
from both sides, as if Patience hadn’t quite finished digesting Fortitude
yet: a whole century of students, a meal so large it would take a long
while eating, and meanwhile Fortitude was still groping around trying to
feed its own hunger even while it was being swallowed down. And it had been
blindingly obvious to me back there in the graduation hall that we couldn’t
possibly kill that monstrous agglomerated horror, not even with the mana of
four thousand living students fueling me. The only thing to do with
Patience was the only thing to do with the Scholomance: we could only push
them off into the void, and hope they vanished away forever. But apparently
Orion had disagreed, since he’d turned back to fight even with the school
teetering on the edge of the world behind him. As if he’d thought Patience
was going to get out, and in some part of his stupid brutalized brain
imagined that he could stop it getting out, and therefore he had to stay
behind and be a hero this one more time, one boy standing in front of a
tidal wave. That was the only possible reason I could imagine, and it had
been stupid enough without shoving me out the gates first, when I was the
only one of us who’d ever actually fought a maw-­mouth before. That made it
so unutterably stupid that I needed him out, needed him here, so I could
scream at him at length to impress upon him exactly how stupid he’d been. I
clung to that rage. Rage made it possible for me to keep holding on,
despite the heaving putrescence of maw-­mouth trying to envelop my fingers,
sucking on my skin and my shielding like a child trying to get through a
candy shell to the better sweetness inside, trying to get to me, trying to
get to every last bit of me so it could devour me down to staring eyes and
screaming mouth. Rage, and horror, because it was going to do that to
Orion, Orion who was still there in the hall with it. So I didn’t let go.
Staring down into the scrying puddle, I hurled murder at it past his
blurry, half-­seen shoulder, casting my best, quickest, killing spell over
and over, the feeling of a lake of rot sloughing away from around my hands
each time, until I was gulping down nausea with each breath I took, and
each casting of “À la mort!” went rolling off my tongue on the way out,
blurring until the sound of my breathing was death. All the while I kept
holding on, trying to pull Orion out. Even if it meant I’d heave Patience
out into the world with him and spill that devouring horror into the cool
green trees of Wales right at Mum’s feet, my place of peace I’d dreamt of
in every minute I’d been in the Scholomance. All I’d have to do was kill
it, after all. That had seemed utterly impossible five minutes before, so
impossible I’d just laughed at the idea, but now it was only a low and
trivial hurdle, when the alternative was letting it have Orion instead. I
was really good at killing things. I’d find a way. I even had a plan laying
itself out in my head, the clockwork machinery of strategy ticking coolly
away in the background of my mind where it never stopped after four years
in the Scholomance. We’d fight Patience together. I’d kill it a few dozen
lives at a time, and he could pull the mana out and feed it back to me, and
together we’d create an unending killing circle between us until the thing
was finally gone. It would work, it would work. I had myself convinced. I
didn’t let go. I didn’t let go. I was pushed off. Again. Read more

Cinema Speculation

The long-awaited first work of nonfiction from the author of the #1 New
York Times bestselling Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: a deliriously
entertaining, wickedly intelligent cinema book as unique and creative as
anything by Quentin Tarantino.In addition to being among the most
celebrated of contemporary filmmakers, Quentin Tarantino is possibly the
most joyously infectious movie lover alive. For years he has touted in
interviews his eventual turn to writing books about films. Now, with Cinema
Speculation, the time has come, and the results are everything his
passionate fans—and all movie lovers—could have hoped for. Organized around
key American films from the 1970s, all of which he first saw as a young
moviegoer at the time, this book is as intellectually rigorous and
insightful as it is rollicking and entertaining. At once film criticism,
film theory, a feat of reporting, and wonderful personal history, it is all
written in the singular voice recognizable immediately as QT’s and with the
rare perspective about cinema possible only from one of the greatest
practitioners of the artform ever. Read more

The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book

A celebration of and behind-the-scenes look at Jerry Seinfeld’s
groundbreaking streaming series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.In his
streaming show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld has
engaged with some of the funniest people in history in classic cars, coffee
shops, and diners. He has reminisced with Larry David; bantered with
legends Steve Martin, Tina Fey, and Eddie Murphy; reunited with the cast of
Seinfeld; and even paid a visit to President Barack Obama in the Oval
Office. These and dozens of other guests talked about the intricacies of
stand-up, the evolution of their careers and personal lives, and whatever
else popped into their brilliant minds. Seinfeld’s carefully crafted
episodes have reimagined the talk show format, each one a unique,
hilarious, and yet intimate conversation—a rare opportunity for viewers to
witness their favorite performers unscripted and unvarnished. But in
producing eighty-four episodes over eleven seasons, he has also created
arguably the most important historical archive about the art of comedy ever
amassed, with episodes featuring Garry Shandling, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles,
Carl Reiner, and Norm McDonald already serving as permanent shrines for
legendary comedians. Timed to the 10th anniversary of the show’s debut and
with an introduction from Jerry Seinfeld, this book isn’t just a record of
the show but instead an inventive tribute full of behind-the-scenes photos
and anecdotes. The book dives into the inspiration and creation of
segments, the most unforgettable lines from guests, an index of the cars,
and some of the most memorable moments from crew members. Originally
conceived as an “anti-talk show,” Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee earned
multiple Emmy nominations and helped lead the streaming revolution. Perfect
for gift giving season, The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book is a
beautifully designed book with iconic, never-before-seen production photos
which will appeal to comedy lovers, car aficionados, coffee connoisseurs,
and Jerry Seinfeld fans. Read more

You Owe You: Ignite Your Power, Your Purpose, and Your Why

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “You Owe You is full of insight and guidance
for those seeking their inner selves.”—MICHAEL B. JORDAN No matter your
story or your struggle, Eric Thomas—celebrated motivational guru, educator,
and problem-solver to many of the top athletes and business leaders—will
“help you work harder, discover your real motivation, and crack the code of
enduring success” (Ed Mylett, #1 bestselling author of The Power of One
More)If you feel like success is for others, that only certain people get
to have their dreams fulfilled, Eric Thomas’s You Owe You is your wake-up
call. His urgent message to stop waiting for inspiration to strike and take
control of your life is one he wishes someone had given him when he was a
teenager—lost, homeless, failing in school, and dealing with the challenges
of being a young Black man in America. Once he was able to break free from
thinking of himself as a victim and truly understand his strengths, he
switched the script. And now, with this book, Thomas reveals how you, too,
can rewrite your life’s script. With support, he recognized that his unique
gift is being able to capture the attention of all kinds of people in all
kinds of settings—boardrooms, locker rooms, churches, classrooms, even the
streets—thanks to his wealth of experiences and command of language. Today,
Thomas considers himself blessed to speak to an audience that is as large
as it is diverse, from the rich and famous to kids struggling in school to
young men in prison hoping for a new start. Thomas’s secrets of success
have already helped hundreds of thousands on their journey, but this is his
first guide to show you how to start today, right now. These critical first
steps include deeply understanding yourself and the world around you,
finding your why, accepting that you may have to give up something good for
something great, and constantly stretching toward your potential. No matter
where you are on your journey toward greatness, you owe it to yourself to
become fully, authentically you. And Eric Thomas’s You Owe You can help get
you there. Read more