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The Way I Heard It
by Mike Rowe

Language

English

Pages

271

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>Executive producer and host Mike Rowe presents a delightfully entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America’s #1 short-form podcast, <i>The Way I Heard It</i>, along with a host of personal memories, ruminations, and insights. It’s a captivating must-read.</b><br /><br /><i>The Way I Heard It</i> presents thirty-five mysteries “for the curious mind with a short attention span.” Every one is a trueish tale about someone you know, filled with facts that you don’t. Movie stars, presidents, bloody do-gooders, and villains—they’re all here, waiting to shake your hand, hoping you’ll remember them. Delivered with Mike’s signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, their stories are part of a larger mosaic—a memoir full of surprising revelations, sharp observations, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike’s own remarkable life and career.
The Hero
by Lee Child

Language

English

Pages

76

Publication Date

November 26, 2019

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<p><strong>WHAT MAKES A HERO? WHO BETTER TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION THAN LEE CHILD…</strong></p><p><strong>‘It’s Lee Child. Why would you not read it?’ Karin Slaughter</strong></p><p><strong>‘I don't know another author so skilled at making me turn the page’ <em>The Times</em></strong></p><p><strong>In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world – arguing that we need them now more than ever.</strong></p><p>From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling?</p><p>Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, <em>The Hero</em> is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we’ll always need heroes.</p>
The Beautiful Ones
by Prince

Language

English

Pages

278

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • </b>The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words—featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST MUSIC BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW </i>AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE WASHINGTON POST </i>AND <i>THE GUARDIAN </i>• <b>NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD </b></b><br /><br /> Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of “Uptown” to the mythical landscape of <i>Purple Rain</i> to the psychedelia of “Paisley Park.” But his most ambitious creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, one of the greatest pop stars of any era.<br /><br /> <i>The Beautiful Ones</i> is the story of how Prince became Prince—a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince’s early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince’s evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book’s fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for <i>Purple Rain</i>—the final stage in Prince’s self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey.<br /><br /> The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring’s riveting and moving introduction about his profound collaboration with Prince in his final months—a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he’d so carefully cultivated—and annotations that provide context to the book’s images.<br /><br /> This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original and energizing literary work in its own right, full of Prince’s ideas and vision, his voice and image—his undying gift to the world.
Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenw...
by Robert McKee

Language

English

Pages

490

Publication Date

September 28, 2010

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Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience. <p> In <em>Story</em>, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.</p>
How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Build...
by Ari Herstand

Language

English

Pages

523

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<p><strong>Hailed as an “indispensable” guide (<em>Forbes</em>), <em>How to Make It in the New Music Business</em> returns in this extensively revised and expanded edition.</strong></p><br /><p>When <em>How to Make It in the New Music Business</em> hit shelves in 2016, it instantly became the go-to resource for musicians eager to make a living in a turbulent industry. Widely adopted by music schools everywhere and considered “the best how- to book of its kind” (<em>Music Connection</em>), it inspired thousands to stop waiting around for that “big break.” Now trusted as the leading expert for “do it yourself” artists, Ari Herstand returns with this second edition, maintaining that a stable career can be built by taking advantage of the many tools at our fi ngertips: conquering social media, mastering the art of merchandising, embracing authentic fan connection, and simply learning how to persevere. Comprehensively updated to include the latest online trends and developments, it offers inspiring success stories across media such as Spotify and Instagram. The result is a must- have for anyone hoping to navigate the increasingly complex yet advantageous landscape that is the modern music industry.</p>
Plotman to the Rescue: A Troubleshooting Guide to Fixing Your Tou...
by James Scott Bell

Language

English

Pages

137

Publication Date

November 04, 2019

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<h1><b>"Help! My plot drags, sags, and has no heart!"</h1><p></b><br /><br /><h2><b>This looks like a job for Plotman!</b></h2><p></b><br /><br />Yes, solving your plot problems is why the superhero of story came to Earth. His mission? To give practical, easy-to-apply answers to the most vexing plot questions writers face, such as:<br /><br />• How do I plan a plot if I'm not a plot planner?<br />• Does my plot need a prologue?<br />• What if I hit a plot wall?<br />• What if my plot is getting away from me?<br />• Why ins't my plot more gripping at the start?<br />• Why is my overall plot dull?<br />• What should I do if my plot is implausible?<br />• Do I really need to think about plot structure?<br />• How do I deepen the emotional impact of my plot?<br />• What's the best way to plug a plot hole?<br />• How do I keep my plot from ending with a thud?<br /><br />And more! <br /><br />With bonus material on how to find and utilize beta readers; and several plot generating methods you can put to use at any time. <br /><br />Whether used as a reference guide or refresher course, this book will strengthen your storytelling muscles and help you elevate every novel you write. Because Plotman, along with his faithful sidekick Subplot Boy, has sworn to uphold plot, story, and the bestselling way.
Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical T...
by Penn Jillette

Language

English

Pages

369

Publication Date

August 02, 2016

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Penn Jillette’s <i>New York Times </i>bestselling account of his “extremely funny and somewhat profane journey to discovering a healthy lifestyle…that will motivate others to seek weight-loss solutions” (<i>The Washington Post</i>).<br /><br />More than three hundred and thirty pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading at dangerous heights, legendary magician Penn Jillette found himself at a crossroads. He needed a drastic lifestyle change if wanted to see his small children grow up. Enter Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise changed Penn Jillette’s life with his wild “potato diet.”<br /> <br />In <i>Presto</i>, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician’s body and mind. He describes the process in hilarious detail, as he performs his Las Vegas show, takes meetings with Hollywood executives, hangs out with his celebrity friends and fellow eccentric performers, all while remaining a dedicated husband and father. Throughout, he weaves in his views on sex, religion, and pop culture, making his story a refreshing, genre-busting account. Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, <i>Presto</i> is an incisive, rollicking read. In the end, it is “undeniably inspiring” (<i>Booklist</i>).
The Show Won't Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic De...
by , Burt Kearns

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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There has never been a show business book quite like <i>The Show Won't Go On</i>, the first comprehensive study of a bizarre phenomenon: performers who died onstage. From the comedy magician who dropped dead on live television to the amateur thespian who expired during a play called <i>The Art of Murder</i>, the book is a celebration of lives both famous and obscure, as well as a dramatic and accurate recounting of events leading to the moments they died "doing what they loved." <i>The Show Won't Go On</i> covers almost every genre of entertainment and is full of unearthed anecdotes, exclusive interviews, colorful characters, and ironic twists. With dozens of heart-stopping stories, it's the perfect book to dip into on any page.
Snowden
by , Oliver Stone

Language

English

Pages

192

Publication Date

September 16, 2016

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<b>The Oscar Award–winning director of <i>Wall Street</i> offers a “</b><b>crisply drawn portrait of the world’s most celebrated whistle-blower” in this original screenplay (<i>The New York Times</i>).</b><br />  <br /> From director and screenwriter Oliver Stone, <i>Snowden</i> examines the life and actions of one of the most polarizing figures in modern history. In 2013, Edward Snowden quietly leaves his job at the NSA and flies to Hong Kong to meet with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, as well as filmmaker Laura Poitras, to expose the US government’s secret—and shockingly extensive—cyber surveillance programs. A top security contractor with virtuoso programming skills, Snowden’s monumental act has been called heroic, treasonous, and the most far-reaching security breach in US intelligence history.<br />  <br /> This official motion picture screenplay edition, written by Kieran Fitzgerald and Oliver Stone, includes a foreword by David Talbot and dozens of photos from the film that features Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Melissa Leo, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden.<br />  
The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing th...
by Crown Archetype

Language

English

Pages

327

Publication Date

March 21, 2017

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<b><i>“</i>Wonderful." <b><i>—</i>Michiko Kakutani, <i>New York Times</i></b><br /><br />Celebrating the 20th anniversary of storytelling phenomenon The Moth, 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best ever told on their stages</b><br /><br />Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, <i>All These Wonders</i> features voices both familiar and new. Alongside Meg Wolitzer, John Turturro, Tig Notaro, and Hasan Minhaj, readers will encounter: an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, an Afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family, a hip-hop star coming to terms with being a “one-hit wonder,” a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill’s “secret army” during World War II, and more.<br /><br /> High-school student and neuroscientist alike, the storytellers share their ventures into uncharted territory—and how their lives were changed indelibly by what they discovered there. With passion, and humor, they encourage us all to be more open, vulnerable, and alive.

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