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Obama: An Intimate Portrait
by Pete Souza

Language

English

Pages

327

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<div><div><b>Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza's behind-the-scenes images and stories--some published here for the first time--with a foreword from the President himself.</b></div><div><br /></div><div>During Barack Obama's two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else--and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid.</div><div><br /></div><div><i>Obama: An Intimate Portrait</i> reproduces more than 300 of Souza's most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format. Together they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency--including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission--alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more.</div><div><br /></div><div>Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters.</div><div><br /></div><div>This book puts you in the White House with President Obama, and will be a treasured record of a landmark era in American history.</div></div><div><br /></div><div>* * *</div><div><b><i><br /></i></b></div><div><b><i>A deluxe limited slipcase edition is also available. </i></b></div>
On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You C...
by Gene Simmons

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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<p>YOU DESERVE TO HAVE POWER.</p><p>IT IS YOURS FOR THE TAKING.</p><p>GENE SIMMONS IS HERE TO UNLOCK THE DOORS TO THE TEMPLE.</p><p>Gene Simmons, KISS front-man, multi-hyphenate entrepreneur, and master of self-invention, shares his philosophy on power—how to attain it, how to keep it, and how to harness it as a driving force in business and in life.</p><p>As co-founder of KISS, America's #1 gold record-award-winning group of all time, Simmons knows the thrill and seduction of power firsthand. But gold records alone don’t equal power. The decisions you make once you attain a certain level of success are what separate the pretenders from the pantheon.</p><p>Inspired by Niccolo Machiavelli’s <em>The Prince</em>, Simmons offers his unique take on the dynamics of power in every realm of life, from the bedroom to the boardroom, to the world of rock, celebrity, and social media, to politics. With one-of-a-kind anecdotes from his life and career, as well as stories from historical and contemporary masters of power, including Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte, Warren Buffett, Michael Jordon, Oprah, and Elon Musk, Simmons crafts a persuasive and provocative theory on how the pursuit of power drives civilization and defines our lives.</p><p>The rules of power are changing in today’s fast-paced, hyper-connected world in a way that Machiavelli never could have imagined, and we all need to learn to adapt. Simmons tells readers: Ignore the negatives. Be unrelenting. Rise above the rest. You are the architect of your success.</p><p> </p>
The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide
by Jenna Fischer

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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<p>Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong?</p><br /><p>Uh, basically everything.  The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she’d imagined.  It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on <em>The Office</em>, nearly a decade of frustration, struggle, rejection and doubt.</p><br /><p>If only she’d had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way—an established actor who could educate her about the business, manage her expectations, and reassure her in those moments of despair.</p><br /><p>Jenna wants to be that person for you.   </p><br /><p>With amusing candor and wit, Fischer spells out the nuts and bolts of getting established in the profession, based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences.  She tells you how to get the right headshot, what to look for in representation, and the importance of joining forces with other like-minded artists and creating your own work—invaluable advice personally acquired from her many years of struggle.  She provides helpful hints on how to be gutsy and take risks, the tricks to good auditioning and callbacks, and how not to fall for certain scams (auditions in a guy’s apartment are probably not legit—or at least not for the kind of part you’re looking for!).</p><br /><p>Her inspiring, helpful guidance feels like a trusted friend who’s made the journey, and has now returned to walk beside you, pointing out the pitfalls as you blaze your own path towards the life of a professional actor.  </p>
Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Sto...
by Joe Hagan

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English

Pages

594

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<b>A delicious romp through the heyday of rock and roll and a revealing portrait of the man at the helm of the iconic magazine that made it all possible, with candid look backs at the era from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elton John, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and others.</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> The story of Jann Wenner, <i>Rolling Stone</i>'s founder, editor, and publisher, and the pioneering era he helped curate, is told here for the first time in glittering, glorious detail. Joe Hagan provides readers with a backstage pass to storied concert venues and rock-star hotel rooms; he tells never before heard stories about the lives of rock stars and their handlers; he details the daring journalism (Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, P.J. O’Rourke) and internecine office politics that accompanied the start-up; he animates the drug and sexual appetites of the era; and he reports on the politics of the last fifty years that were often chronicled in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine. <br />  <br /> Supplemented by a cache of extraordinary documents and letters from Wenner's personal archives, <i>Sticky Fingers </i>depicts an ambitious, mercurial, wide-eyed rock and roll fan of who exalts in youth and beauty and learns how to package it, marketing late sixties counterculture as a testament to the power of American youth. The result is a fascinating and complex portrait of man and era, and an irresistible biography of popular culture, celebrity, music, and politics in America. <b> </b>
What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography
by Bruce Dickinson

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

October 31, 2017

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<p><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER</strong></p><p>A long-awaited memoir from the larger-than-life, multifaceted lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, one of the most successful, influential and enduring rock bands ever.</p><p>Pioneers of Britain’s nascent Rock & Metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style, and stage presence of its second, but twice-longest-serving, lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden’s front man—first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present—Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.</p><p>But OTT front man is just one of the many hats Bruce wears. In addition to being one of the world’s most storied and well-respected singers and songwriters, he is an airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, motivational speaker, beer brewer, novelist, radio presenter, and film scriptwriter. He has also competed as a world-class level fencer. Often credited as a genuine polymath Bruce, in his own words (and handwritten script in the first instance!), sets forth many personal observations guaranteed to inspire curious souls and hard-core fans alike. </p><p>Dickinson turns his unbridled creativity, passion, and anarchic humour to reveal some fascinating stories from his life, including his thirty years with Maiden, his solo career, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, his early bands, fatherhood and family, and his recent battle with cancer. </p><p>Bold, honest, intelligent and very funny, his memoir is an up-close look inside the life, heart, and mind of one of the most unique and interesting men in the world; a true icon of rock.</p>
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane
by , Neil Martinez-Belkin

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

September 19, 2017

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><BR> <BR><b>“As wild, unpredictable, and fascinating as the man himself. ” —<i>Complex</i></b><BR> <b>“A cautionary tale that ends in triumph.” —<i>GQ</i></b><BR> <b>“A revelation and a welcome addition to hip-hop’s literary legacy.” —<i>All Hip Hop</i> </b><BR> <BR> The highly anticipated memoir from Gucci Mane, “one of hip-hop’s most prolific and admired artists” (<i>The New York Times</i>).<BR><BR>For the first time Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth. Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive—a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past.<BR> <BR>Born in rural Bessemer, Alabama, Radric Delantic Davis became Gucci Mane in East Atlanta, where the rap scene is as vibrant as the dope game. His name was made as a drug dealer first, rapper second. His influential mixtapes and street anthems pioneered the sound of trap music. He inspired and mentored a new generation of artists and producers: Migos, Young Thug, Nicki Minaj, Zaytoven, Mike Will Made-It, Metro Boomin.<BR> <BR>Yet every success was followed by setback. Too often, his erratic behavior threatened to end it all. Incarceration, violence, rap beefs, drug addiction. But Gucci Mane has changed, and he’s decided to tell his story.<BR> <BR>In his extraordinary autobiography, the legend takes us to his roots in Alabama, the streets of East Atlanta, the trap house, and the studio where he found his voice as a peerless rapper. He reflects on his inimitable career and in the process confronts his dark past—years behind bars, the murder charge, drug addiction, career highs and lows—the making of a trap god. It is one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of music.<BR> <BR><i>The Autobiography of Gucci Mane</i> is a blunt and candid account—an instant classic.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Declut...
by Marie Kondo

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

October 14, 2014

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<b>This #1 <i>New York Times</i> best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.</b><br /><br />Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?<br /><br />Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). <br /><br /> With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Infamy (RiffRaff Records Book 3)
by L.P. Maxa

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English

Pages

218

Publication Date

November 16, 2017

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ONLY FOR...<br /><br />Landry Cole's life began when she was nine. Until then the day-to-day turmoil of her early childhood was the stuff of nightmares. Her father, his wife, and all her aunts and uncles showed Landry unconditional love, and under their care, she bloomed. But she never forgot. Fast forward to the fifth year of her surgical residency, and from the outside, Landry's got it going on. Inside, loneliness and betrayal color her life until she meets the outrageous and daring Clashing Swell drummer, Brody Frost.<br /><br />THE SHORT TERM<br /><br />Brody's life was golden. He surfed every morning, his band, Clashing Swell, had just signed with RiffRaff records, and he was free from emotional attachments. Until he met Landry Cole. To say she took his breath away was an understatement. But she was a princess to rock royalty, and Brody was no one from no where. Sure, the tour the band was about to undertake would change all that, but he wanted Landry now. When she told him they were short term, she wasn't going to be a tour widow, he thought he'd take whatever she would give him. Little did he know she was about to give him everything.<br /><br />BONUS CHAPTERS INCLUDED
Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell
by David Yaffe

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English

Pages

430

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<p><b>"She was like a storm." —Leonard Cohen</b></p><p>Joni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In <i>Reckless Daughter</i>, the music critic David Yaffe tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blond girl with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the songwriter who spoke resonantly to, and for, audiences across the country. </p><p>A Canadian prairie girl, a free-spirited artist, Mitchell never wanted to be a pop star. She was nothing more than “a painter derailed by circumstances,” she would explain. And yet, she went on to become a talented self-taught musician and a brilliant bandleader, releasing album after album, each distinctly experimental, challenging, and revealing. Her lyrics captivated listeners with their perceptive language and naked emotion, born out of Mitchell’s life, loves, complaints, and prophecies. As an artist whose work deftly balances narrative and musical complexity, she has been admired by such legendary lyricists as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen and beloved by such groundbreaking jazz musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock. Her hits—from “Big Yellow Taxi” to “Both Sides, Now” to “A Case of You”—endure as timeless favorites, and her influence on the generations of singer-songwriters who would follow her, from her devoted fan Prince to Björk, is undeniable.</p><p>In this intimate biography, drawing on dozens of unprecedented in-person interviews with Mitchell, her childhood friends, and a cast of famous characters, Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from Mitchell’s youth in Canada, her bout with polio at age nine, and her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption, through the love affairs that inspired masterpieces, and up to the present—and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends. <i>Reckless Daughter </i>is the story of an artist and an era that have left an indelible mark on American music.</p>
Double Exposition (Songs and Sonatas Book 1)
by Jerica MacMillan

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

November 06, 2017

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The former pop star and the classical musician ...<br /><br /><b>"Double Exposition is a sinfully sweet and sexy rock star story that will have you swooning over your Kindles." -- USA Today bestselling author Lex Martin <br /><br />"One of the most romantic college stories I've read all year! Pure romance writing genius!" -- Mary Carr, Romazing Reader<br /><br />"Refreshing, creative, and smartly written, Double Exposition is so much more than your average rockstar romance!" -- Deb Markanton, Goodreads reviewer<br /><br />A former boyband star gets a little musical education from a sexy violinist. Will they stay in different keys or find a way to play in tune?</b><br /><br />The first time I saw her I knew I wanted her. And when she talked music with me? I didn’t stand a chance.<br /><br />When she found out my secret past—that I used to be a famous pop star—I expected her to fangirl all over me. Because even though it’s been years since people cared about us, a ton of girls who grew up with our music still go nuts when they find out who I am. <br /><br />Not Gabby. She was more interested in our future than my past.<br /><br />I tried to stay away at first. She’s so young, eighteen to my twenty-two. Just starting out in college while I’m getting ready to leave.<br /><br />But I couldn’t leave her alone. Her passion, her drive, her intoxicating combination of innocence and audacity. And that sexy little Texas twang. Damn. I was sunk from the start.<br /><br />With her help, I started writing better songs than ever. And when a video of me playing a new song landed on YouTube and went viral, my life exploded in a return to fame I never thought I wanted.<br /><br />How can I pass up this chance now that it’s being offered to me again? But if I take it, will Gabby and I be able to survive?<br /><br /><i>If you like rock star romances and sexy musicians, or you’ve ever been curious about what happens to a one hit wonder after the fame fades, don’t miss the first installment in this fresh take on a familiar trope. Full of sizzling chemistry and heartfelt emotion, grab this new adult pop star romance now!</i><br /><br />This book is part one in a three book story arc, with no cliffhangers.<br /><br />

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