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  1. 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Part manual, part manifesto, a humorous yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work—a pocketbook Lean In for the Buzzfeed generation that provides real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women. It was a fight club—but without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called them a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify—and harder to prove—than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the fight club was born. Hard-hitting and entertaining, Feminist Fight Club blends personal stories with research, statistics, and no-bullsh*t expert advice. Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist workplace archetypes women encounter everyday—such as the Manterrupter who talks over female colleagues in meetings or the Himitator who appropriates their ideas—and provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in today’s working world. With Feminist Mad Libs, a Negotiation Cheat Sheet, and fascinating historical research, Feminist Fight Club tackles both the external (sexist) and internal (self-sabotaging) behaviors that plague women in the workplace—as well as the system that perpetuates them.

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  2. 12.3 hrs • 11/15/2015 • Unabridged

    Sketches New and Old is a compilation of fictional stories written by Mark Twain. Among them is “A Ghost Story.” In each story, one can catch a great sense of Twain’s humor and creativity. These classic sketches from Twain are no longer than ten minutes, but all show his quick witted humor in response to the events of the day. A real storyteller can make a great story out of anything, even the most trivial occurrence. Composed between 1863 and 1875, the sixty-three often outrageous sketches in Sketches, New and Old contain, for instance, a piece about the difficulty of getting a pocket watch repaired properly; complaints about barbers and office bores; and satirical comments on bureaucrats, courts of law, the profession of journalism, the claims of science, and the workings of government. In Mark Twain’s hands, all these potentially dry and dull topics bristle with vitality and interest. “What fascinates Twain,” Lee Smith writes in her introduction, is how people “react to the things that happen to them.” Twain “lets them speak in their own voices by and large, in a chorus ranging from high-flown oratory to the plain speech of working people… It seems generally true that the more elevated the speech, the likelier that person is to be an idiot; words of wisdom and common sense are invariably voiced by the common man”—or woman. “The most profound and moving sketch in this whole collection” Smith writes, is one “told by a freed slave.” The candid, ironic, playful, and petulant sketches in this volume are indispensable to our understanding of a harried genius during thirteen quite amazing years.

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    12.3 hrs • 11/15/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 4.2 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    Before he got a job at Esquire and before he became the etiquette columnist at Entrepreneur magazine, Ross McCammon was staring out a second ­floor window at a parking lot in suburban Dallas wondering if it was five o’clock yet. One phone call from Esquire changed everything. This is McCammon’s honest, funny, and entertaining journey from impostor to authority—a story that begins with periods of debilitating workplace anxiety but leads to rich insights and practical advice from a guy who still remembers what it’s like to feel entirely ill-equipped for professional success. McCammon points out the workplace for what it is: an often absurd landscape of ego and fear guided by social rules that no one ever talks about. He offers a mix of enlightening and often self­-deprecating personal stories about his experience and clear, practical advice on getting the small things right—skills that often go unacknowledged—from shaking a hand to conducting a business meeting in a bar to navigating a work party. Works Well with Others is an inspirational new way of looking at your job, your career, and success itself. It is an accessible guide for those of us who are smart, talented, and ambitious but don’t quite feel prepared for success … or know what to do once we’ve made it.

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    Works Well with Others

    4.2 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 4.5 hrs • 4/21/2015 • Unabridged

    From seven-time Emmy nominee Jon Macks comes this entertaining and hilarious look into late-night show monologues and how they’ve affected the nation. Ever since Johnny Carson first popularized the late-night talk show in 1962 with the Tonight Show, the 11:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m. comedy time slot on network television has remained an indelible part of our national culture. More than five popular late-night shows air every night of the week, and with recent major shake-ups in the industry, late-night television has never been more relevant to our public consciousness than it is today. Jon Macks, a veteran writer for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, takes us behind the scenes of this world for an in-depth, colorful look at what really makes these hosts the arbiters of public opinion. From the opening monologue—what’s funny, what’s dangerous, what’s untouchable—to the best versus worst guests, Macks covers the landscape of late-night comedy and punctuates the narrative with hysterical personal anecdotes, shining the spotlight on some of the very best late-night jokes. With an insider’s expertise and a laugh-out-loud voice, Macks explains how late-night television redefines the news and events of any given day, reshapes public opinion, and even creates our national zeitgeist.

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    Monologue

    4.5 hrs • 4/21/15 • Unabridged
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    6.6 hrs • 4/14/2015 • Unabridged

    In Brokenomics, author Dina Gachman shares the lessons she’s learned about how to live large in the cheap seats. Through stories both painfully honest and laugh-out-loud funny that anyone can relate to, Dina reveals all the tricks you need to live the good life without spending a ton of money. Brokenomics covers the place where economics and everyday life collide. It includes: rules for changing your mind-set (There will always be someone richer, taller, smarter, and better looking than you);wise words about making big decisions, like raising children—or not (Why have a baby when you can just get a nice potted plant?);clear-eyed relationship advice (Do not date anyone who loves their bong more than they love you);solid guidance for renters (The freeloader’s guide to housesitting); andstrategies for talking to your honey about money … without breaking up. This helpful and hilarious handbook has the answers for crafting your own version of the glamorous life without breaking the bank. Dina shares advice on every page while keeping things fresh, light, and fun. Written with the wisdom afforded by hindsight, Brokenomics will appeal to recent college grads, newly committed couples, and those facing career crises alike.

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    Brokenomics by Dina Gachman

    Brokenomics

    6.6 hrs • 4/14/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 7.9 hrs • 6/3/2014 • Unabridged

    We live in a world that’s very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say “f*ck”) are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the increasing onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us out of the miasma of modern mannerlessness, science-based and bitingly funny syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon rips the doily off the manners genre and gives us a new set of rules for our twenty-first-century lives. With wit, style, and a dash of snark, Alkon explains that we now live in societies too big for our brains, lacking the constraints on bad behavior that we had in the small bands we evolved in. Alkon shows us how we can reimpose those constraints, how we can avoid being one of the rude, and how to stand up to those who are. Foregoing prissy advice on which utensil to use, Alkon answers the twenty-first century’s most burning questions about manners, including: Why do many people, especially those under forty, now find spontaneous phone calls rude? What can you tape to your mailbox to stop dog walkers from letting their pooch violate your lawn? How do you shut up the guy in the pharmacy line with his cellphone on speaker? What small gift to your new neighbors might make them think twice about playing Metallica at 3 a.m.? Combining science with more than a touch of humor, Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck is destined to give good old Emily a shove off the etiquette shelf (if that’s not too rude to say).

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  7. 8.1 hrs • 11/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Jacob Tomsky never intended to go into the hotel business. As a new college graduate, armed only with a philosophy degree and a singular lack of career direction, he became a valet parker for a large luxury hotel in New Orleans. Yet, rising fast through the ranks, he ended up working in “hospitality” for more than a decade, doing everything from supervising the housekeeping department to manning the front desk at an upscale Manhattan hotel. He’s checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room-service meals, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late checkout, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your minibar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. In Heads in Beds he pulls back the curtain to expose the crazy and compelling reality of a multibillion dollar industry we think we know. Heads in Beds is a funny, authentic, and irreverent chronicle of the highs and lows of hotel life, told by a keenly observant insider who’s seen it all. Prepare to be amused, shocked, and amazed as he spills the unwritten code of the bellhops, the antics that go on in the valet parking garage, the housekeeping department’s dirty little secrets, not to mention the shameless activities of the guests, who are rarely on their best behavior. Prepare to be moved, too, by his candor about what it’s like to toil in a highly demanding service industry at the luxury level, where people expect to get what they pay for (and often a whole lot more). Employees are poorly paid and frequently abused by coworkers and guests alike, and maintaining a semblance of sanity is a daily challenge. Along his journey Tomsky also reveals the secrets of the industry, offering easy ways to get what you need from your hotel without any hassle. This book (and a timely proffered twenty-dollar bill) will help you score late checkouts and upgrades, get free stuff galore, and make that pay-per-view charge magically disappear. Thanks to him you’ll know how to get the very best service from any business that makes its money from putting heads in beds. Or, at the very least, you will keep the bellmen from taking your luggage into the camera-free back office and bashing it against the wall repeatedly.

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    Heads in Beds

    8.1 hrs • 11/20/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 0.1 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    This children’s book, filled with laugh-out-loud humor, follows the adventures of a young pole as he tries to find his purpose in life. “The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father’s Day. Also, other times.”—Stephen Colbert

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    I Am A Pole (And So Can You!)

    0.1 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.7 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    @font-face { font-family: "Times"; }@font-face { font-family: "Geneva"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; color: black; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } "We all know bad manners when we see them," NPR and Vanity Fair contributor Henry Alford observes at the beginning of his new book. But what, he asks, do good manners look like in our day and age? When someone answers their cell phone in the middle of dining with you, or runs you off the sidewalk with their doublewide stroller, or you enter a post-apocalyptic public restroom, the long-revered wisdom of Emily Post can seem downright prehistoric. Troubled by the absence of good manners in his day-to-day life-by the people who clip their toenails on the subway or give three-letter replies to one's laboriously crafted missives-Alford embarks on a journey to find out how things might look if people were on their best behavior a tad more often. He travels to Japan (the "Fort Knox Reserve" of good manners) to observe its culture of collective politesse. He interviews etiquette experts both likely (Judith Martin, Tim Gunn) and unlikely (a former prisoner, an army sergeant). He plays a game called Touch the Waiter. And he volunteers himself as a tour guide to foreigners visiting New York City in order to do ground-level reconnaissance on cultural manners divides. Along the way (in typical Alford style) he also finds time to teach Miss Manners how to steal a cab; designates the World's Most Annoying Bride; and tosses his own hat into the ring, volunteering as an online etiquette coach. Ultimately, by tackling the etiquette questions specific to our age-such as Why shouldn't you ask a cab driver where's he's from?, Why is posting baby pictures on Facebook a fraught activity? and What's the problem with "No problem"?-Alford finds a wry and warm way into a subject that has sometimes been seen as pedantic or elitist. And in this way, he looks past the standard "dos" and "don'ts" of good form to present an illuminating, seriously entertaining book about grace and civility, and how we can simply treat each other better.

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    Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That

    5.7 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  10. 1.3 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Step aside, Bill Gates! Here comes today’s real technology guru and his totally original, laugh-out-loud New York Times bestseller that looks at the coming years and boldly predicts: more stupidity ahead. In The Dilbert Principle and Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook, Scott Adams skewered the absurdities of the corporate world. Now he takes the next logical step, turning his keen analytical focus on how human greed, stupidity, and horniness will shape the future. Featuring the same irresistible amalgam of essays and cartoons that made Adams previous works so singularly entertaining, this uproariously funny, dead-on-target tome offers half-truthful, half-farcical predictions that push all of today’s hot buttons—from business and technology to society and government. Children – they are our future, so we’re pretty much hosed. Tip: Grab what you can while they’re still too little to stop us. Human Potential – we’ll finally learn to use the 90 percent of the brain we don’t use today and find out that there wasn’t anything in that part. Computers – technology and homeliness will combine to form a powerful type of birth control.

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    The Dilbert Future

    1.3 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  11. 6.2 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    The ancient Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu taught that readiness is all, that knowledge of oneself and the enemy is the foundation of strength, and that those who fight best are those wise enough not to fight at all. These people were revered and known as “warrior sages.” Now we refer to them as “suckers.” Crazy Bosses and Sun Tzu Was a Sissy teaches you how to wage war, win, and enjoy the plunder in the real world. Students of Master Stanley Bing will learn how to plan and execute battles that hurt other people a lot and advance the flags of themselves and their friends. Every other book on the “Art of War” bows low to Sun Tzu. This one tells him to get lost.

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    Crazy Bosses and Sun Tzu Was a Sissy

    6.2 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  12. 5.1 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    The scholarly discipline of Bullshit Studies has blossomed in the last several years, fertilized by a number of critical works on the subject and the growing importance of the issue. Now, bestselling author and lifelong practitioner Stanley Bing enters the field with a comprehensive look at the many attractive jobs now available to those who are serious about their bullshit and prepared to dedicate their working life to it. Across the globe, skillful bullshit artists have secured pleasant, lucrative employment, and are enjoying themselves more than you are. In virtually every occupation, from Advertising to Yoga Franchising, lucky individuals who "work" in these coveted positions enjoy the best lives imaginable -- they are paid well, they rarely break a sweat, and their professions are highly respected, because nobody really knows what they do. At once funny, useful, and tolerably philosophical, this groundbreaking work takes a close look at 100 bullshit jobs, which will provide the neophyte with inspiration. Most crucially, Bing goes on to offer a clear, concise strategy to help job-seekers reach for that brass ring, knowing full well that it may be attached to the nose of a bull.

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    100 Bullshit Jobs...And How to Get Them

    5.1 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  13. 1.3 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    “I cried because I did not have an office with a door, until I met a man who had no cubicle.”—Dilbert “After your boss has taken away your door, your walls, and your storage areas, there aren’t many options left for the next revolution in office design. One of the following things is likely to go next: the floor; the ceiling; your happiness. I think the floor will stay, but only because your company would have to dig a huge hole all the way to the other side of the earth to get rid of it. As you can imagine, a huge hole through the earth would represent a serious threat to office productivity.” —from The Joy of Work If you work for a company that is sucking the life force out of your body, you have options for getting your life back while continuing to collect your pay. Full of tips for discovering workplace joy at the expense of co-workers, stockholders, and civilization in general, Scott Adams’ book is a blueprint for rediscovering your soul at the office.

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    The Joy of Work

    1.3 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  14. 1.2 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    The creator of Dilbert, the fastest-growing comic strip in the nation, takes a look at corporate America in all its glorious lunacy. These hilarious essays on incompetent bosses, rampant management fads, bewildering technological changes, and so much more, will make anyone who has ever worked in an office laugh out loud in recognition. The Dilbert Principle: The most ineffective workers will be systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage—management. Since 1989 Scott Adams has been illustrating this principle each day, lampooning the corporate world through Dilbert, his enormously popular comic strip. In Dilbert, the potato-shaped, abuse-absorbing hero of the strip, Adams has given voice to the millions of Americans buffeted by the many adversities of the work place. Now he takes the next step, attacking corporate culture head-on in this lighthearted series of essays. Adams explores the zeitgeist of ever-changing management trends, overbearing egos, management incompetence, bottomless bureaucracies, petrifying performance reviews, three-hour meetings, the confusion of the information super highway, and more. With sharp eyes and an even sharper wit, Adams exposes, and skewers, the bizarre absurdities of everyday corporate life. The Dilbert Principle rings so true that listeners will be convinced he has been spying on their bosses.

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    The Dilbert Principle

    1.2 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  15. 4.5 hrs • 1/23/2012 • Unabridged

    For the last twenty-five years, Jeff Silverman has been the President of Yuk Yuk's comedy club: one of the world's largest stand-up comedy chains. With a career spanning more than forty years, Jeff has helped launch the careers of Jim Carey, Howie Mandel and Russell Peters, and started his business career with the 99-cent Roxy Theatre back in the '70s, showcasing cult underground movie marathons. He went on to run the New Yorker Theatre and Horseshoe Tavern music venues, bringing in bands like The Police and The Ramones for the very first time. In the '80s, Jeff turned his attention to television production, and produced Canada's first all-night television show, The All-Night Show, which was a fusion of zany experimental television, old favorites and interactive programming never seen on the air before, or since.

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    Funny Business

    By Jeff Silverman with Drew Tapley
    4.5 hrs • 1/23/12 • Unabridged
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  16. 4.6 hrs • 6/17/2008 • Unabridged

    The central question of every hard-working person’s career is how to work less hard while still being able to buy a bottle of ninety-five-dollar Borolo without trembling. This is as true at age thirty as it is at more advanced ages. But by age forty, most of us are already thinking of exit strategies that will place us firmly off the grid for good. The question, then, is simple: how to retire while continuing to enjoy all the best things that haute-bourgeois life has to offer? The answer has been under our noses all along: retire while still working! This might seem like a difficult proposition, but close examination of the concept reveals that there are many among us who have been exploring this boundary between a nice nap and the long sleep for quite some time. They are called “senior management,” and we have a lot to learn from them.

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    Executricks

    4.6 hrs • 6/17/08 • Unabridged
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