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release date: Nov 15, 2016
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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed

Michiko Kakutani, New York TimesNewsdayEsquire • NPR • Booklist

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

Praise for Born a Crime

 “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“[An] unforgettable memoir.”Parade

 “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”—USA Today

“[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—People

“[Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”Booklist (starred review)

“A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”Kirkus Reviews
release date: Feb 15, 2015
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DEFCON Darcy: Book 4 or the Darcy Walker Series (Volume 4)
Fisher Stanton, Valley High School's Nantucket wannabe, has a cheating girlfriend. When he hires Darcy Walker to chase her to a local club, in true Darcy fashion she stumbles upon a dead body. Thing is, this body has secrets...and Darcy's mysterious friend, Jaws, and the reporter, Tito Westbrook, have a vested interest. Both enlist Darcy to find the person responsible who has eluded them for years, but Darcy doesn't solve crimes for free anymore--especially where Jaws is concerned. Knowing Darcy's Achilles heel, Jaws blackmails Darcy into working for him. 

In a true test of wills, Darcy and Jaws battle head-to-head--Jaws needs Darcy to help him end a bitter grudge war; Darcy needs Jaws to divulge the mystery surrounding her mother's death. Haunted by a past that shapes her present, Darcy will stop at nothing to get answers. Even if it means breaking the law and being disloyal to her new boyfriend, Dylan Taylor, in the process. 

DEFCON DARCY gives Darcy's demons a name and ties up loose ends that make Darcy into the verb that she is. What she thinks she knows as truth, isn't. What she wishes wasn't 

The problem is, when your life goes DEFCON 1, not everyone lives to tell about it.
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release date: Mar 08, 2016
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Foolproof: Book 5 of the Darcy Walker Series (Volume 5)
Jon Bradshaw needs a girlfriend stat. When he convinces Darcy Walker to be his wingman at a speed-dating event, one debacle leads to another, and before you know it, they're the proud new owners of a dead body. Problem is, the body has a tie to Darcy...making her a person of interest in a murder. 

Things quickly jump from bad to worse when someone hijacks the name of Darcy's alter ego, framing "Jester" in a Hitchcock-like blend of crimes that leaves her head spinning. 

In FOOLPROOF, Darcy battles an adversary who tests her IQ while she navigates the daunting worries of a high school senior. Add on the emotional fallout of her latest caper, a cop breathing down her neck, and a hot but stubborn boyfriend, and she's at her wit's end. 

Can she find her zen and unmask the real murderer? Or get used to a life of prison orange?
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release date: Jun 28, 2016
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The Roommate Book: Sharing Lives and Slapping Fives
The Roommate Book is all about celebrating this short season of life. It’s the time between parental curfews and settling down with a significant other. It is for the single and proud, silly and crafty, witty and thrifty. It’s a non-serious look at how to live with a friend (or total stranger). Nuggets of wisdom are included, but so are comical pie charts, hypotheticals, illustrations, and brief essays. This book invites passersby to thumb through and stay a while.

Meet your roommate:  The Random, The BFF, The Bra-less & Lawless, The "I've never actually seen my roommate," The "We get along but we're not really friends," The Enemy, The Frenemy, The Platonic Opposite Sex, or The Faux Partner.  Use the "Should I Live with This Person" flow chart to help you choose. 

This fun and functional book also includes:  The "Should I eat this without asking?" flow chart, the top 10 reasons it's awesome to have a roommate, the pet peeve awareness illustrated guide, the Eisenhower matrix for chores (important, urgent, not important, not urgent), the guide to creating nicknames, party and prank ideas, and so much more!
release date: Jan 25, 2011
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Garfield Shovels It In: His 51st Book
Garfield believes in living life to the fullest. No easy task for a cat with a bottomless stomach. In this latest collection of comics, the fat cat with the legendary appetite treats himself to seconds, thirds, fourths, and fifths and proves that anything worth eating is worth overeating.
release date: Mar 11, 2017
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C-Case an Unlikely Journey from Transit Cop to Internal Affairs Bureau Squad Commander

Against the backdrop of the 1995 merger of the NYC Transit and Housing Police Departments into the New York City Police Department, this is the story of a Transit Police Lieutenant who abruptly finds himself performing a job no cop wants to do; namely, investigating other cops. Complicating the situation is the fact that the Lieutenant has no prior investigative experience, but is thrust into command of a squad of seasoned NYPD investigators. The Lieutenant must deftly walk a tightrope of managing his squad while learning how to perform the wide range of investigations conducted by the Internal Affairs Bureau.

release date: Nov 07, 2017
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Betty's Burgled Bakery: An Alliteration Adventure
When the Gumshoe Zoo's alarm alerts them, they learn Betty's Bakery has been burgled! But how? Something isn't quite right—and it's up to these determined detectives to figure out what! Alliteration abounds in this comic book caper featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, a detective agency facing the craziest crime ever committed: pilfered pastries. Perfect for lovers of wordplay and sweet treats looking for an engaging story of alliteration, this multi-paneled early graphic novel is a raucous adventure. Detailed back matter discusses uses of alliteration and animal eating habits. Plus, this is the fixed format version, which looks almost identical to the print edition.
release date: Aug 01, 1999
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Pvt. Murphy's Law
Book by Baker, Mark V.
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release date: Jul 03, 2018
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Living on the Happy Edge of Anarchy
“Sex, money, & murder.” The words are tattooed on a cocaine cowboy’s arm. The cowboy is Jack Egan’s “cousin.” When Jack was 18, he’d often ask himself: is that all life is? One fateful night in L.A., Jack’s answer would change his life forever.

Discover how shady Sicilians, an Amsterdam transvestite, and a Brooklyn street pharmacist helped Jack understand that life changing decision. These unsavory characters – plus savory ones – are brought to life in this satirical crime thriller, an Amazon top 3 new hot comedy release in 2013.

If you let them, the most questionable of strangers can be your best friends. They can have better insights into your problems than your straight-laced friends. And, unlike a therapist who is on the clock, the stranger that fate puts in your path can call it like it is. Their seemingly rude objectivity can help you to better deal with your problems.

The rest is up to you.

Ryan was born and raised in Los Angeles. This is his first satirical crime thriller. Since it was released, he has written six more. To learn about the family histories of the characters featured in this book, please read Dirty Quiet Money, his second book. Currently, he is working on Bon Voyage Vietnam, in which a bandit steals a bride’s wedding ring to foil her disastrous marriage, due out summer of 2018. Find out more at
release date: Sep 01, 2011
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Inquests: Living With the Dead
Inquests: Living With the Dead is about forty dead people, a dog, and the one thing they all have in common: the life of Judge Thomas Mitchell Shamburger.

Judge Shamburger combines incidents from his life in rural East Texas with tales from his duties as coroner, with stories of murder, suicide, accidents, and some people who just “passed away.” Most people leave this world with an untold story. The judge brings their stories back to life by masterly infusing his reality, humor, and his own history.
Get some insights into how one Texas judge looks at the world, and why some Texans think the way they do. Meet his family and get a taste of old-time Winona, Texas (pop. 622).
Murders, suicides, and accidents happen in the country as well as in the city. The mysteries of death on television are solved using CSI technology, on-the-spot DNA testing, and all kinds of gimmicks, all within the hour. In real life, things are different, and some mysteries will never be solved. A few stories of death linger on, while others are buried on the lips of those in the grave.
Laugh, cry, wonder, and take a closer look at yourself through these memorable stories.
Death comes to us all. You may find it is time to start living—maybe even living with the dead!

Chapter 17
The Gunslingers
Inquest #1236:
Unhappy Birthday

“I bought him the shotgun for his birthday. I told him not to play with it. It was not a toy,” exclaims an emotional wife, crying her eyes out. “He had done this before. Like it was a game.”
“Don’t worry,” he would say, pointing the gun to his head and pulling the trigger. “It’s not loaded.”
The last time, it was.

“Through the words of this book you will see through my eyes what I have seen throughout the years.”
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