Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters

b b Hilariously imagined text conversations the passive aggressive the clever and the strange from classic and modern literary figures from Scarlett O Hara to Jessica Wakefield br br Mallory Ortberg the co creator of the cult favorite website i The Toast i presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters Everyone knows that if Scarlett O Hara had an unlimited text and data plan she d constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages If Mr Rochester could text Jane Eyre his ardent missives would obviously be in all caps And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving she d text you to pick her up after she totaled her car Based on the popular web feature i Texts from Jane Eyre i is a witty irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty first century

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror

From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales Adapted from her beloved Children s Stories Made Horrific series The Merry Spinster takes up the trademark wit that endeared Ortberg to readers of both The Toast and her best selling debut Texts From Jane Eyre The feature become among the most popular on the site with each entry bringing in tens of thousands of views as the stories proved a perfect vehicle for Ortberg s eye for deconstruction and destabilization Sinister and inviting familiar and alien all at the same time The Merry Spinster updates traditional children s stories and fairy tales with elements of psychological horror emotional clarity and a keen sense of feminist mischief br br Readers of The Toast will instantly recognize Ortberg s boisterous good humor and uber nerd swagger those new to Ortberg s oeuvre will delight in her unique spin on fiction where something a bit mischievous and unsettling is always at work just beneath the surface br br Unfalteringly faithful to its beloved source material The Merry Spinster also illuminates the unsuspected and frequently alarming emotional complexities at play in the stories we tell ourselves and each other as we tuck ourselves in for the night br br Bed time will never be the same

From a Certain Point of View

Experience Star Wars A New Hope from a whole new point of view br br On May the world was introduced to Han Solo Luke Skywalker Princess Leia C PO R D Chewbacca Obi Wan Kenobi Darth Vader and a galaxy full of possibilities In honor of the th anniversary more than contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars Each of the short stories reimagines a moment from the original film but through the eyes of a supporting character From a Certain Point of View features contributions by best selling authors trendsetting artists and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars br br Gary Whitta bridges the gap from Rogue One to A New Hope through the eyes of Captain Antilles br Aunt Beru finds her voice in an intimate character study by Meg Cabot br Nnedi Okorofor brings dignity and depth to a most unlikely character the monster in the trash compactor br Pablo Hidalgo provides a chilling glimpse inside the mind of Grand Moff Tarkin br Pierce Brown chronicles Biggs Darklighter s final flight during the Rebellion s harrowing attack on the Death Star br Wil Wheaton spins a poignant tale of the rebels left behind on Yavin br Plus more hilarious heartbreaking and astonishing tales from Ben Acker Ren e Ahdieh Tom Angleberger Ben Blacker Jeffrey Brown Rae Carson Adam Christopher Zoraida C rdova Delilah S Dawson Kelly Sue DeConnick Paul Dini Ian Doescher Ashley Eckstein Matt Fraction Alexander Freed Jason Fry Kieron Gillen Christie Golden Claudia Gray E K Johnston Paul S Kemp Mur Lafferty Ken Liu Griffin McElroy John Jackson Miller Daniel Jos Older Mallory Ortberg Beth Revis Madeleine Roux Greg Rucka Gary D Schmidt Cavan Scott Charles Soule Sabaa Tahir Elizabeth Wein Glen Weldon Chuck Wendig br br Narrated by a full cast including br br Jonathan Davis br Ashley Eckstein br Janina Gavankar br Jon Hamm br Neil Patrick Harris br January LaVoy br Saskia Maarleveld br Carol Monda br Daniel Jos Older br Marc Thompson br All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories Instead their proceeds will be donated to First Book a leading nonprofit that provides new books learning materials and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies longstanding relationships with First Book Penguin Random House has donated to First Book and Disney Lucasfilm has donated children s books valued at million to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education Over the past years Disney and Penguin Random House combined have donated more than million books to First Book br br Ren e Ahdieh P Random House Audio