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Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Brené Brown, Karen White
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Maggie Stiefvater
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Neil Patrick Harris
Last of the Curlews
Fred Bodsworth, T.M. Shortt
Recovering for Psychological Injuries 2nd Edition 0941916510
William A. Barton Arnett J. Holloway
Garner on Language & Writing
Bryan A. Garner
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov, Diana Burgin, Katherine Tiernan O'Connor The story I am about to tell is made approximately 70% less funny by the fact that it is associated with this book, so if you've read the book, the part that I think is the punch line will probably be obvious before I tell you. Oh well, though.

When I lived in Ukraine, there was a volunteer who was a pilates instructor, so my friend, Margarita (real name), and I were talking about going to a pilates class. One of our gentleman friends overheard us, came up to us hesitantly, and asked, "Is that how you say that word? P-I-L-A-T-E-S? Pill-AH-tees?"

"Yes," said Margarita. "Wait, how do YOU say it?"

"PIE-lets?"

Margarita burst out laughing and laughed for a good fifteen minutes.

A few months later, when everyone was reading The Master and Margarita, I ran into our gentleman friend again. "Have you read Master and Margarita yet?" He asked me.

"Yes," I said, "I don't think I love it as much as a lot of other people."

"I like the parts with pon-TEE-us pill-AH-tees," he said.

"WITH WHO???" I asked.

"pon-TEE-us pill-AH-tees."

"You mean Pontius Pilate?!" I asked, and laughed for another good fifteen minutes. Sometimes, you can't win.

I don't have much to say about this book. I thought the beginning was solid and then it wandered, but I get, in theory, how it is somehow associated with Soviet national spirit, and that seems cool.