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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the S...
by Scott Adams

Language

English

Pages

247

Publication Date

October 22, 2013

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<b>Blasting clichéd career advice, the contrarian pundit and creator of <i>Dilbert</i> recounts the humorous ups and downs of his career, revealing the outsized role of luck in our lives and how best to play the system. </b><br /><br /> Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of <i>Dilbert</i>, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In<i> How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big</i>, Adams shares the game plan he’s followed since he was a teen: invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket.<br /><br /> No career guide can offer advice that works for everyone. As Adams explains, your best bet is to study the ways of others who made it big and try to glean some tricks and strategies that make sense for you. Adams pulls back the covers on his own unusual life and shares how he turned one failure after another—including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants—into something good and lasting. There’s a lot to learn from his personal story, and a lot of entertainment along the way. Adams discovered some unlikely truths that helped to propel him forward. For instance:<br /><br /> • Goals are for losers. Systems are for winners.<br /> • “Passion” is bull. What you need is personal energy.<br /> • A combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable.<br /> • You can manage your odds in a way that makes you look lucky to others.<br /><br /> Adams hopes you can laugh at his failures while discovering some unique and helpful ideas on your own path to personal victory. As he writes: “This is a story of one person’s unlikely success within the context of scores of embarrassing failures. Was my eventual success primarily a result of talent, luck, hard work, or an accidental just-right balance of each? All I know for sure is that I pursued a conscious strategy of managing my opportunities in a way that would make it easier for luck to find me.”
Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir
by Daniel R. Day

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • “Dapper Dan is a legend, an icon, a beacon of inspiration to many in the Black community. His story isn’t just about fashion. It’s about tenacity, curiosity, artistry, hustle, love, and a singular determination to live our dreams out loud.”—Ava DuVernay, director of <i>Selma</i>, <i>13th</i>, and <i>A Wrinkle in Time</i></b><br /><br /> With his now-legendary store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s, remixing classic luxury-brand logos into his own innovative, glamorous designs. But before he reinvented haute couture, he was a hungry boy with holes in his shoes, a teen who daringly gambled drug dealers out of their money, and a young man in a prison cell who found nourishment in books. In this remarkable memoir, he tells his full story for the first time.<br /><br /> Decade after decade, Dapper Dan discovered creative ways to flourish in a country designed to privilege certain Americans over others. He witnessed, profited from, and despised the rise of two drug epidemics. He invented stunningly bold credit card frauds that took him around the world. He paid neighborhood kids to jog with him in an effort to keep them out of the drug game. And when he turned his attention to fashion, he did so with the energy and curiosity with which he approaches all things: learning how to treat fur himself when no one would sell finished fur coats to a Black man; finding the best dressed hustler in the neighborhood and converting him into  a customer; staying open twenty-four hours a day for nine years straight to meet demand; and, finally, emerging as a world-famous designer whose looks went on to define an era, dressing cultural icons including Eric B. and Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa, Big Daddy Kane, Mike Tyson, Alpo Martinez, LL Cool J, Jam Master Jay, Diddy, Naomi Campbell, and Jay-Z.<br /><br /> By turns playful, poignant, thrilling, and inspiring, <i>Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem</i> is a high-stakes coming-of-age story spanning more than seventy years and set against the backdrop of an America where, as in the life of its narrator, the only constant is change.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem</i></b><br /><br />“Dapper Dan is a true one of a kind, self-made, self-liberated, and the sharpest man you will <i>ever</i> see. He is couture himself.”<b>—Marcus Samuelsson, <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of<i> Yes, Chef</i></b><br /><br />“What James Baldwin is to American literature, Dapper Dan is to American fashion. He is the ultimate success saga, an iconic fashion hero to multiple generations, fusing street with high sartorial elegance. He is pure American style.”<b>—André Leon Talley, <i>Vogue</i> contributing editor and author</b>
Stripped
by Piper Lawson

Language

English

Pages

360

Publication Date

December 10, 2015

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<b>I'm homeless. <br />Behind on the spring line. <br />And getting sued by the one man in New York who's seen me naked.</b><br /><br />Moving to NYC to launch a fashion label with my best friend was supposed to be everything. The cherry on top of the tiara on top of a dream come true.<br /><br />Until Nate Townsend crashed my coronation.<br /><br />Nate might be the golden boy of Manhattan, but under the surface his scars run deep. <br /><br />He’s made it crystal clear...if he can't screw me one way, he'll do it another. <br /><br />And I need to save my business. Not get dragged into the gutter by one sexy, arrogant lawyer I was never supposed to see again...<br /><br />If only he didn't make the gutter look so damned good.<br /><br /><i>Stripped is a 2-POV standalone, second chance, enemies to lovers romance in the Travesty series--now with more than 50,000 reads! (WARNING: This book contains graphic, toe-curling sexy times. Not into that? You won’t like Stripped. But if that sounds like you...click Buy Now to start enjoying!) </i><br />
Lanny: A Novel
by Max Porter

Language

English

Pages

160

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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<p><b>Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>An entrancing new novel by the author of the prizewinning <i>Grief Is the Thing with Feathers</i></b></p><p>There’s a village an hour from London. It’s no different from many others today: one pub, one church, redbrick cottages, some public housing, and a few larger houses dotted about. Voices rise up, as they might anywhere, speaking of loving and needing and working and dying and walking the dogs. This village belongs to the people who live in it, to the land and to the land’s past.</p><p>It also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, a mythical figure local schoolchildren used to draw as green and leafy, choked by tendrils growing out of his mouth, who awakens after a glorious nap. He is listening to this twenty-first-century village, to its symphony of talk: drunken confessions, gossip traded on the street corner, fretful conversations in living rooms. He is listening, intently, for a mischievous, ethereal boy whose parents have recently made the village their home. Lanny.</p><p>With <i>Lanny</i>, Max Porter extends the potent and magical space he created in <i>Grief Is the Thing with Feathers</i>. This brilliant novel will ensorcell readers with its anarchic energy, with its bewitching tapestry of fabulism and domestic drama. <i>Lanny</i> is a ringing defense of creativity, spirit, and the generative forces that often seem under assault in the contemporary world, and it solidifies Porter’s reputation as one of the most daring and sensitive writers of his generation.</p>
Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraor...
by Ingrid Fetell Lee

Language

English

Pages

346

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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<b>Next Big Idea Club selection -- chosen by Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink, and Adam Grant as one of the "two most groundbreaking new nonfiction reads of the season!"</b><b> </b><b><i><br /></i></b><b><i>Inc</i>'s "10 Most Inspiring Books of 2018"</b><b><i>Real Simple</i>'s "Best Books of 2018"</b><b><i>Elle</i>'s "29 Best Books of 2018" </b><b><i>TechCrunch</i>'s "Favorite Things of 2018"</b><b><br /></b><b>"This book has the power to change everything! Writing with depth, wit, and insight, Ingrid Fetell Lee shares all you need to know in order to create external environments that give rise to inner joy."--Susan Cain, author of <i>Quiet</i> and founder of Quiet Revolution</b> <b><br />Designer and TED star Ingrid Fetell Lee presents groundbreaking research to explain how making small changes to your surroundings can create extraordinary happiness in your life.</b><br /> <br />Have you ever wondered why we stop to watch the orange glow that arrives before sunset, or why we flock to see cherry blossoms bloom in spring? Is there a reason that people -- regardless of gender, age, culture, or ethnicity -- are mesmerized by baby animals, and can't help but smile when they see a burst of confetti or a cluster of colorful balloons. <br /><br />We are often made to feel that the physical world has little or no impact on our inner joy. Increasingly, experts urge us to find balance and calm by looking inward -- through mindfulness or meditation -- and muting the outside world. But what if the natural vibrancy of our surroundings is actually our most renewable and easily accessible source of joy? <br /><br />In <i>Joyful</i>, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores how the seemingly mundane spaces and objects we interact with every day have surprising and powerful effects on our mood. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, she explains why one setting makes us feel anxious or competitive, while another fosters acceptance and delight -- and, most importantly, she reveals how we can harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives. <br />
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discove...
by Austin Kleon

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

March 06, 2014

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<p>In his <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Steal Like an Artist</i>, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by “stealing” from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey—getting known.<br /><br /><i> Show Your Work!</i> is about why generosity trumps genius. It’s about getting <i>findable</i>, about using the network instead of wasting time “networking.” It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, <i>Show Your Work!</i> offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.<br /><br /> In chapters such as<b> You Don’t Have to Be a Genius</b>; <b>Share Something Small Every Day</b>; and <b>Stick Around</b>, Kleon creates a user’s manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity— what he calls the “ecology of talent.” From broader life lessons about work (you can’t find your voice if you don’t use it) to the etiquette of sharing—and the dangers of oversharing—to the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it’s an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.</p>
Visual Communication: Images with Messages 7th Edition
by Paul Martin Lester

Language

English

Pages

977

Publication Date

July 15, 2017

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VISUAL COMMUNICATION: IMAGES WITH MESSAGES 7TH EDITION shows you how visual perception is used in all forms of communication, including typography, graphic design, data visualizations, cartoons, photography, motion pictures, television, computers, and the web. In addition there are chapters concerned with visual cues, theories, persuasion, stereotypes and analysis. You will not only learn why an image is memorable, but how to create images that others will remember.
The Heroin Diaries: Ten Year Anniversary Edition: A Year in the L...
by Nikki Sixx

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

September 18, 2007

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In honor of the ten-year anniversary of<i> The Heroin Diaries</i>, Nikki Sixx’s definitive and bestselling memoir on drug addiction is reissued with exclusive new content. This shocking, gripping, and at times darkly hilarious memoir explores Nikki’s yearlong war with a vicious heroin addiction. Now more than ever, with opioid addiction ravaging our country and rising by twenty percent in the past year alone, Nikki’s story of both his descent into drug-addled decay and subsequent recovery and transition into a rehabilitation advocate are now more relevant than ever.<br /><br />When Mötley Crüe was at the height of its fame, there wasn’t any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn’t do. He spent days—sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers—in a coke- and heroin-fueled daze.<br /> <br />The highs were high, and Nikki’s journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions.<br /> <br />Here, Nikki shares the diary entries—some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre—of those dark times. Joining him are Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Slash, Rick Nielsen, Bob Rock, and a host of ex-managers, ex-lovers, and more.<br /> <br />Brutally honest, utterly riveting, and surprisingly moving,<i> The Heroin Diaries </i>follows Nikki during the year he plunged to rock bottom—and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Editi...
by Betty Edwards

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

April 26, 2012

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<b>A revised edition of the classic bestselling how to draw book. A life-changing book, this fully revised and updated edition of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is destined to inspire generations of readers and artists to come.</b><br /><br /> Translated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used instructional drawing book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby, this book will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception, as well as foster a new appreciation of the world around you. This revised/updated fourth edition includes:<br /><br /> • a new introduction;<br /> • crucial updates based on recent research on the brain's plasticity and the enormous value of learning new skills/ utilizing the right hemisphere of the brain;<br /> • new focus on how the ability to draw on the strengths of the right hemisphere can serve as an antidote to the increasing left-brain emphasis in American life-the worship of all that is linear, analytic, digital, etc.;<br /> • an informative section that addresses recent research linking early childhood "scribbling" to later language development and the importance of parental encouragement of this activity;<br /> • and new reproductions of master drawings throughout
The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal...
by Anuschka Rees

Language

English

Pages

258

Publication Date

September 20, 2016

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<b>Is your closet jam-packed and yet you have absolutely nothing to wear? Can you describe your personal style in one sentence? If someone grabbed a random piece from your closet right now, how likely is it that it would be something you love and wear regularly?<br /></b><br /> With so many style and shopping options, it can be difficult to create a streamlined closet of pieces that can be worn easily and confidently. In <i>The Curated Closet</i>, style writer Anuschka Rees presents a fascinatingly strategic approach to identifying, refining, and expressing personal style and building the ideal wardrobe to match it, with style and shopping strategies that women can use every day. Using <i>The Curated Closet</i> method, you’ll learn to:<br /><br /> • Shop smarter and more selectively<br />• Make the most of your budget<br />• Master outfit formulas and color palettes<br />• Tweak your wardrobe for work<br />• Assess garment fit and quality like a pro<br />• Curate a closet of fewer, better pieces<br /><br /> Including useful infographics, charts, and activities, as well as beautiful fashion photography, <i>The Curated Closet</i> is the ultimate practical guide to authentic and unique style.

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