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Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accident...
by Franchesca Ramsey

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

May 22, 2018

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<b>In this sharp, funny, and timely collection of personal essays, veteran video blogger and star of MTV's <i>Decoded</i> Franchesca Ramsey explores race, identity, online activism, and the downfall of real communication in the age of social media rants, trolls, and call-out wars. </b><br /><br />Franchesca Ramsey didn't set out to be an activist. Or a comedian. Or a commentator on identity, race, and culture, really. But then her YouTube video "What White Girls Say . . . to Black Girls" went viral. Twelve million views viral. Faced with an avalanche of media requests, fan letters, and hate mail, she had two choices: Jump in and make her voice heard or step back and let others frame the conversation. After a crash course in social justice and more than a few foot-in-mouth moments, she realized she had a unique talent and passion for breaking down injustice in America in ways that could make people listen and engage. <br /><br />In her first book, Ramsey uses her own experiences as an accidental activist to explore the many ways we communicate with each other--from the highs of bridging gaps and making connections to the many pitfalls that accompany talking about race, power, sexuality, and gender in an unpredictable public space...the internet. <br /><br />WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY includes Ramsey's advice on dealing with internet trolls and low-key racists, confessions about being a former online hater herself, and her personal hits and misses in activist debates with everyone from bigoted Facebook friends and misguided relatives to mainstream celebrities and YouTube influencers. With sharp humor and her trademark candor, Ramsey shows readers we can have tough conversations that move the dialogue forward, rather than backward, if we just approach them in the right way.
Robin
by Dave Itzkoff

Language

English

Pages

527

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<p><b>From </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in <i>Mork & Mindy</i> and his Academy Award-winning performance in <i>Good Will Hunting</i>, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations – all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. </p><p>But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’s comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like <i>Dead Poets Society</i>; <i>Good Morning, Vietnam</i>; <i>The Fisher King</i>; <i>Aladdin</i>; and <i>Mrs. Doubtfire</i>, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in <i>Good Will Hunting </i>he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent.</p><p>Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression – topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews – and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, <i>Robin</i> is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.</p>
Paul Simon: The Life
by Robert Hilburn

Language

English

Pages

449

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b>A publishing event from music legend Paul Simon: an intimate, candid, and definitive biography written with Simon’s full participation—but without his editorial control—by acclaimed biographer and music writer Robert Hilburn.</b><BR><BR>For more than fifty years, Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs about alienation, doubt, resilience, and empathy in ways that have established him as one of the most beloved artists in American pop music history. Songs like “The Sound of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” and “Graceland” have moved beyond the sales charts and into our cultural consciousness. But Simon is a deeply private person who has resisted speaking to us outside of his music. He has said he will not write an autobiography or memoir, and he has refused to talk to previous biographers.<BR> <BR>Finally, Simon has opened up—for more than one hundred hours of interviews—to Robert Hilburn, whose biography of Johnny Cash was named by Michiko Kakutani of the <i>New York Times</i> as one of her ten favorite books of 2013. The result is a landmark book that will take its place as the defining biography of one of America’s greatest artists.<BR> <BR>It begins in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, where, raised by a bandleader father and schoolteacher mother, Simon grew up with the twin passions of baseball and music. The latter took over at age twelve when he and schoolboy chum Art Garfunkel became infatuated with the alluring harmonies of doo-wop. Together, they became international icons, and then Simon went on to even greater artistic heights on his own. But beneath the surface of his storied five-decade career is a roller coaster of tumultuous personal and professional ups and downs. From his remarkable early success with Garfunkel to their painfully acrimonious split; from his massive early hits as a solo artist to the wrenching commercial failures of <i>One-Trick Pony</i> and <i>Hearts and Bones</i>; from the historic comeback success of <i>Graceland</i> and <i>The Rhythm of the Saints</i> to the star-crossed foray into theater with <i>The Capeman</i> and a late-career creative resurgence—his is a musical life unlike any other.<BR> <BR>Over the past three years, Hilburn has conducted in-depth interviews with scores of Paul Simon’s friends, family, colleagues, and others—including ex-wives Carrie Fisher and Peggy Harper, who spoke for the first time—and even penetrated the inner circle of Simon’s long-reclusive muse, Kathy Chitty. The result is a deeply human account of the challenges and sacrifices of a life in music at the highest level. In the process, Hilburn documents Simon’s search for artistry and his constant struggle to protect that artistry against distractions—fame, marriage, divorce, drugs, record company interference, rejection, and insecurity—that have derailed so many great pop figures.<BR> <BR><i>Paul Simon</i> is an intimate and inspiring narrative that helps us finally understand Paul Simon the person and the artist. “With train-wreck moments and tender interludes alike, it delivers a sharply detailed Kodachrome of a brilliant musician” (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>).
Kind Is the New Classy: The Power of Living Graciously
by Candace Cameron Bure

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English

Pages

266

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<p><strong>“The world has a way of defining you if you don’t know who you are before you get out there.” —Candace Cameron Bure</strong></p><p>As a woman in today’s world, you know what it’s like to feel pressure on all sides from clashing cultural expectations. How can you stay true to who God has uniquely created you to be in the face of the script you’ve been given? What’s more, how can you stand your ground with grace?</p><p>The classy confidence you know and love—whether it’s on set at <em>Full House</em> or <em>Fuller House</em>, <em>Dancing with the Stars</em>, <em>The View</em>, or Candace’s Hallmark films—is no act. But it hasn’t come easy. In fact, learning to stay true to herself with grace has been one of the biggest fights of Candace’s life.</p><p>The secret, she has learned, is kindness: it’s classy, unexpected, even counter-cultural, and ultimately wins the day.</p><p>In <em>Kind Is the New Classy, </em>Candace reveals the thought patterns and practices that have empowered her to stay centered in who she is while practicing radical graciousness toward others. Whether you’re navigating major life choices, questions of calling and career, relationships, or personal goals, this book will show you how to:</p><ul><li>Keep your cool under pressure</li><li>Respond to criticism with grace</li><li>Stay grounded yet go places in life</li><li>Stay true to who you are despite the expectations of others</li><li>Stay centered in what ultimately matters the most</li></ul><p><em>Kind Is the New Classy </em>is your permission to go off-script, to say goodbye to society’s “should’s”, and to step into a new way to flourish as a woman today.</p><p>.</p>
Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolutio...
by Todd S. Purdum

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<p><b>A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership that transformed musical theater and provided the soundtrack to the American Century</b></p><p>They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals <i>Oklahoma!</i>, <i>Carousel</i>,<i> South Pacific</i>, <i>The King and I</i>, and <i>The Sound of Music</i>, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power. Even before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play. Their songs and dance numbers served to advance the drama and reveal character, a sharp break from the past and the template on which all future musicals would be built.</p><br /><p>Though different in personality and often emotionally distant from each other, Rodgers and Hammerstein presented an unbroken front to the world and forged much more than a songwriting team; their partnership was also one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of their era. They were cultural powerhouses whose work came to define postwar America on stage, screen, television, and radio. But they also had their failures and flops, and more than once they feared they had lost their touch.</p><br /><p>Todd S. Purdum’s portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and young lovers wherever they are. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful.</p>
Mark Twain: A Life From Beginning to End
by Hourly History

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English

Pages

46

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<h1>Mark Twain</h1><br /><b>* * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * *<br /><br />Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet.</b><br /><br />Mark Twain is best known as the author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. His authentic voice, humor, and use of vernacular language undeniably changed American literature—some have called him the Father of American Literature. <br /><br /><h2>Inside you will read about...</h2><br />✓ The Mississippi Steamboat Pilot<br />✓ Westward to Fame and Fortune<br />✓ Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn<br />✓ Debts and Bankruptcy<br />✓ Family Travels and Deaths<br />✓ The Last Years<br /><b>And much more!</b><br /><br />Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Clemens, a man whose adventures carried him from his boyhood home in Hannibal, Missouri—the memories of which inspired Tom Sawyer—to the American West, and eventually around the world. While his story is a fascinating one in itself, containing happiness and success as well as sorrow and bitterness, it also places the writings of Mark Twain in context, offering greater understanding of works that are still impacting the world today.
Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir
by H. Jon Benjamin

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English

Pages

253

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<b><b>H. Jon Benjamin--the lead voice behind </b><b><i>Archer</i></b><b> and </b><b><i>Bob's Burgers</i></b><b>--helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure.</b></b><br /><br />Most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. And maybe the best option. In this book, he tells stories from his own life, from his early days ("wherein I'm unable to deliver a sizzling fajita") to his romantic life ("how I failed to quantify a threesome") to family ("wherein a trip to P.F. Chang's fractures a family") to career ("how I failed at launching a kid's show"). <br /><br />As Jon himself says, breaking down one's natural ability to succeed is not an easy task, but also not an insurmountable one. Society as we know it is, sadly, failure averse. But more acceptance of failure, as Jon sees it, will go a long way to making this world a different place . . . a kinder, gentler place, where gardens are overgrown and most people stay home with their pets. A vision of failure, but also a vision of freedom.<br /><br />With stories, examples of artistic and literary failure, and a powerful can't-do attitude,<i> Failure Is an Option</i> is the book the world doesn't need right now but will get regardless.
Leonardo da Vinci
by Walter Isaacson

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English

Pages

625

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<b>The #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller</b><BR> <BR> <b>“A powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life...a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it.” —<i>The New Yorker</i></b><BR> <BR> <b>“Vigorous, insightful.” —<i>The Washington Post</i></b><BR> <BR> <b>“A masterpiece.” —<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i></b><BR> <BR> <b>“Luminous.” —<i>The Daily Beast</i></b><BR> <BR> <b>He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us?</b><BR> <BR> The author of the acclaimed bestsellers <i>Steve Jobs</i>, <i>Einstein</i>, and <i>Benjamin Franklin</i> brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.<BR><BR>Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.<BR> <BR>He produced the two most famous paintings in history, <i>The Last Supper</i> and the <i>Mona Lisa</i>. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of <i>Vitruvian Man</i>, made him history’s most creative genius.<BR> <BR>His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in <i>The Last Supper</i>. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions.<BR> <BR>Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.
Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making ...
by Michael Benson

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English

Pages

513

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, this is the definitive story of the making of <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece.<BR><BR>Regarded as a masterpiece today, <i>2001: A Space Odyssey </i>received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of <i>Dr. Strangelove</i>, director Stanley Kubrick wasn’t yet recognized as a great filmmaker, and <i>2001 </i>was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. <i>2001</i>’s resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence.<BR> <BR>Author Michael Benson explains how <i>2001 </i>was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times, and has also spoken at length with Kubrick’s widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played <i>2001</i>’s leading man-ape; and many others.<BR> <BR>A colorful nonfiction narrative packed with memorable characters and remarkable incidents, <i>Space Odyssey</i> provides a 360-degree view of this extraordinary work, tracking the film from Kubrick and Clarke’s first meeting in New York in 1964 through its UK production from 1965-1968, during which some of the most complex sets ever made were merged with visual effects so innovative that they scarcely seem dated today. A concluding chapter examines the film’s legacy as it grew into it current justifiably exalted status.
A Marriage in Dog Years: A Memoir
by Nancy Balbirer

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English

Pages

205

Publication Date

June 01, 2018

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<p>When Nancy Balbirer learns her beloved eleven-year-old beagle has kidney failure, she’s devastated. She and her husband had gotten Ira as a puppy—a wedding gift to each other, and their first foray into “parenthood.” Now, her dog is terminal, her marriage is on life support, and Nancy is desperate to save them both (whether they want it or not). In a single year, she loses her two best friends, but Nancy’s life is about to take yet another unexpected turn.</p><p>With humor and heart, Nancy Balbirer shares her story of relationships, loss, and canine friendship in this illuminating memoir about the lengths people will go to keep love alive…and the power of finally letting go.</p>

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