It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like F*ck This

8th Circle Press
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"If you're looking for something tart to cut the holiday sweetness, Shaffer offers a naughty little treat." -- The Gazette

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like F*ck This" is an off-beat collection of Christmas parodies, essays, poems, and cartoons by New York Times bestselling humorist Andrew Shaffer.

Previously published as "The Shelf on the Elf," this newly-expanded holiday cult classic has it all: holiday pickles, regret, talking lambs, and knife-wielding maniacs.
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Publisher
8th Circle Press
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Published on
Dec 7, 2014
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Pages
70
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ISBN
9781310297151
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Holidays
Fiction / Humorous
Humor / Form / Essays
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This content is DRM free.
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • USA Today • San Francisco Chronicle • NPR • Esquire • Newsday • 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

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Alan Zweibel dusts off some hilarious material written years ago that stand the test of time. An original Saturday Night Live writer, award winning author and playwright, Zweibel releases three never before published short stories: The Prize, The Ride Home, and Sexting with Alan Dershowitz pulled from Alan 's Bottom Drawer delivered directly to your eReader. You ll be laughing within seconds...Okay, minutes...Okay, the next day. But that's still good, right?

" One of the best comedy writers around, Alan Zweibel is my bounce guy. We ve been friends for so long we have our own comedic shorthand. We totally get each other 's sense of humor. " Larry David

" He 's wonderfully funny and very smart and he 's a big guy, but very sensitive. " Billy Crystal

" Alan Zweibel is the funniest writer in the world. " Dave Barry

" Read Alan Zweibel and you ll be reminded of the likes of Robert Benchley and S.J. Perelman. You can t help but be moved by his warmth and insight even as you laugh your ass off. " David Steinberg

About the Author

An original Saturday Night Live writer who the New York Times said has earned a place in the pantheon of American pop culture, Alan Zweibel has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild, and TV Critics awards for his work in television which also includes "It 's Garry Shandling 's Show," "Monk," PBS 's "Great Performances," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

A frequent guest on talk shows such as "The Late Show with David Letterman," Alan 's many theatrical contributions include the Tony Award winning play "700 Sundays" which he collaborated on with Billy Crystal, Martin Short 's Broadway hit "Fame Becomes Me," and the off-Broadway play "Bunny Bunny Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy" which he adapted from his best-selling book.

Alan has written the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel "The Other Shulman," the popular children 's book "Our Tree Named Steve," and a collection of short stories and essays titled "Clothing Optional." His humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as "Esquire," "The Atlantic Monthly," "The New York Times" Op-Ed page, "The Huffington Post," and "MAD Magazine."

The co-writer of the screenplays for the films "Dragnet," "North," and "The Story of Us," Alan recently received an honorary PhD. from the State University of New York and in 2010 the Writers Guild, East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alan is currently working with Billy Crystal on the feature film version of "700 Sundays" to be directed by Barry Levinson, executive producing a documentary mini-series for Showtime with Steve Carell and David Steinberg and writing a novel titled "Lunatics" with Dave Barry which Putnam is publishing in January. And on the TV screen he will be appearing as a new character in the upcoming season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and in a short film for "Funny or Die."

But the production that Alan is most proud of is the family he 's co-produced with his wife Robin, their children Lindsay, Sari, and Adam, Adam 's wife Cori, and grandchildren Zachary and Alexis.

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