• Twitterature: The World’s Greatest Books Retold Through Twitter

    Everything from Beowulf to Brontë rewritten/ruined in twenty Tweets or less in Twitterature, the hilarious expression of every book-lovers’ fear of the digital age, by Alexander Acima and Emmett Rensin.

    From Oedipus: PARTY IN THEBES!!! Nobody cares I killed the old dude, plus this woman is all over me. Total MILF.

    From Paradise Lose: OH MY GOD I’M IN HELL.

    Perhaps you once asked yourself, ‘What exactly is Hamlet trying to tell me? Why must he mince his words, muse in lyricism and, in short, whack about the shrub?’
    No doubt such troubling questions would have been swiftly resolved were the Prince of Denmark a registered user on Twitter.com. This, in essence, is Twitterature.

    From Hamlet: WFT IS POLONIUS DOING BEHIND THE CURTAIN???

    Here you will find over sixty of the greatest works of western literature – from Beowulf to Brontë, from Kafka to Kerouac, and from Dostoevsky to Dickens – each distilled through the voice of Twitter to its purest, pithiest essence.

    Including a full glossary of online acronyms and Twitterary terms to aid the amateur, Twitterature provides everything you need to master the literature of the civilized world, while relieving you of the burdensome task of reading it.

    From Dante’s Inferno: I’m havin’ a midlife crisis. Lost in the woods. Shoulda brought by iPhone.

    ‘Hilarious’ Sunday Times

    ‘Wittily irreverent, scandalous, but sure to inspire a cult following’ Daily Mail

    ‘An irreverent, profane and sometimes brilliant collection’ Reuters

    ‘The trouble with Twitter is, I think, that too many twits might make a tw*t’ David Cameron

    ‘A tool to aid the digestion of great literature’ Guardian

    ‘This is exactly the kind of thing you’d expect University of Chicago students to come up with’ Professor W J T Mitchell

    Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin are undergraduates at the University of Chicago. Alexander’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times and New York Sun and Emmett is a contributor to the Huffington Post.

  • 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

    NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • Newsday • Esquire • NPR • Booklist

    One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his focus inward, giving readers a deeply personal, heartfelt and humorous look at the world that shaped him.

    Noah was born a crime, son of 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 first 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, take him away.

    A collection of eighteen personal stories, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing into a restless young man as he struggles to find his place in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man's fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother – a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life.

    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, Noah illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and an unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a personal portrait of an unlikely childhood in a dangerous time, as moving and unforgettable as the very best memoirs and as funny as Noah's own hilarious stand-up. Born a Crime is a must read.

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