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Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service
by Gary Sinise

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller: The moving, entertaining, never-before-told story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.</strong></p><p><strong>"The book is called <em>Grateful American</em>, and I promise you after you read it you will be grateful for what Gary has accomplished and contributed to our country." -- Clint Eastwood</strong></p><p>As a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock 'n' roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of <em>West Side Story</em>, he found his purpose--or so it seemed. </p><p>Within a few years Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary's career along with those of John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, John Mahoney, and others. Television and film came calling soon after, and Gary starred in <em>Of Mice and Men</em> (which he also directed) and <em>The Stand</em> before taking the role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways: Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award–winning <em>Forrest Gump</em>.</p><p>The military community's embrace of the character of the disabled veteran was matched only by the depth of Gary's realization that America's defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary's mission. While starring in hits like <em>Apollo 13</em>, <em>Ransom</em>, <em>Truman</em>, <em>George Wallace</em>, <em>CSI:NY</em>, and <em>Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders</em>, Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.</p><p><em>Grateful American</em> is the moving, entertaining, profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.</p>
To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make ...
by Lawrence Levy

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

November 01, 2016

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<DIV>“Lovely and surprising . . . This delightful book is about finance, creative genius, workplace harmony, and luck.”—<B><I>Fortune</I></B><BR /><BR /> ”Enchanting,”—<B><I>New York Times</I></B><BR /><BR /> “I love this book! I think it is brilliant.”—<B>Ed Catmull,</B> cofounder and president of Pixar Animation, president of Disney Animation, and coauthor of the bestseller <I>Creativity Inc.</I><BR /><BR /><B>The revelatory saga of Pixar’s rocky start and improbable success</B><BR /><BR /> After Steve Jobs was dismissed from Apple in the early 1990s, he turned his attention to a little‑known graphics company he owned called Pixar. One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard‑trained lawyer and executive to whom he had never spoken before. He hoped to persuade Levy to help him pull Pixar back from the brink of failure. <BR /><BR /> This is the extraordinary story of what happened next: how Jobs and Levy concocted and pulled off a highly improbable plan that transformed Pixar into one of Hollywood’s greatest success stories. Levy offers a masterful, firsthand account of how Pixar rose from humble beginnings, what it was like to work so closely with Jobs, and how Pixar’s story offers profound lessons that can apply to many aspects of our lives. <BR /><BR />  “Part business book and part thriller—a tale that’s every bit as compelling as the ones Pixar tells in its blockbuster movies. It’s also incredibly inspirational, a story about a team that took big risks and reaped the rewards . . . I loved this book and could not put it down.”—<B>Dan Lyons</B>, best-selling author of <I>Disrupted</I><BR /><BR /> “A natural storyteller, Levy offers an inside look at the business and a fresh, sympathetic view of Jobs.”<B><I>—Success Magazine</I></B><BR /><BR /><B>An Amazon Best Book of 2016 in Business & Leadership</B> • <B>A top pick on <I>Fortune</I>’s Favorite Booksof 2016 • A 2017 Axiom Business Book Award winner in Memoir/Biography</B></DIV>
Living Like Audrey: Life Lessons from the Fairest Lady of All
by Victoria Loustalot

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

September 01, 2017

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<span><span style="font-style:italic;">Living Like Audrey</span><span> is a captivating and insightful look at an iconic woman who was an inspiration to many and whose style, personality, and uniqueness inspires generation after generation. Victoria Loustalot (author of </span><span style="font-style:italic;">This Is How You Say Goodbye</span><span>) offers a fresh spin on what made Audrey Hepburn so popular on film and off, what she had to say about life and living it fully, and why we still have such a strong emotional connection with her. With seldom-seen photos and quotes from Audrey and those who loved her throughout, </span><span style="font-style:italic;">Living Like Audrey</span><span> turns the spotlight on this remarkable woman's defining characteristics and contains lessons on how we all can be a little “more Audrey” in our daily lives. </span></span>
The Science of Harry Potter: The Spellbinding Science Behind the ...
by , Jon Chase

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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<B>How does magic in J. K. Rowling’s universe work? Finally, the scientific secrets are revealed!</B><BR><BR>The story of <I>the boy who lived</I> has brought the idea of magic and sorcery into mainstream fruition more than any other book series in history. Modern muggle scientists have uncovered explanations to the seemingly impossible, including answers to such questions as:<BR><BR><li> Will we ever see an invisibility cloak?<BR><li> How hazardous is a flying broomstick like the <I>Nimbus 2000</I>?<BR><li> How has medicine made powerful potions from peculiar plants? (<I>Felix Felicis</I>, anyone?)<BR><li> Can scientists ever demonstrate <I>Wingardium Leviosa</I>, or the flying power of a Golden Snitch?<BR><li> Is it possible to stupefy someone?<BR><li> And many more!<BR><BR>Often perceived as a supernatural force, magic captivates and delights its audience because of its seeming ability to defy physics and logic. But did you ever wonder if science has any explanation for these fantastic feats? <BR><BR><B><I>The Science of Harry Potter</I></B> examines the scientific principles—behind some of your favorite characters, spells, items, scenes, and even games like Quidditch and Wizard’s Chess—from boy wizard Harry Potter’s world, providing in-depth analysis and scientific facts to support its theories. Author Mark Brake, whose <I>The Science of Star Wars</I> was a knockout success, has found the answers to satisfy the curious spirits of muggles everywhere…<BR><BR>A perfect Harry Potter gift for anyone obsessed enough to stand in line to be the first to see <I>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child</I> or <I>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them</I>, <B>witches and wizards alike will be fascinated by the merging of this improbable realm and real science!</B>
Black Dahlia Avenger: One of the Most Notorious Murders of the Tw...
by Steve Hodel

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English

Pages

594

Publication Date

February 03, 2015

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<DIV><B>The <I>New York Times</I>–bestselling reveal of the Black Dahlia killer. “Completely convincing . . . As far as I’m concerned, the case is closed” (Michael Connelly).</B><BR />  <BR /> In 1947, the brutal slaying of twenty-two-year-old Elizabeth Short resulted in the largest manhunt in Los Angeles history. The killer’s identity remained a mystery. Decades later, private investigator and former LAPD homicide detective Steve Hodel launched his own investigation into the most tantalizing unsolved case of the last century. It led to a shockingly unexpected perpetrator: Hodel’s own father. Next came an equally blindsiding discovery. The Black Dahlia was not a standalone crime. Between 1943 and 1949, the cold-case “Lone Woman” serial murders haunted the Southern California area. All of them, Hodel believes, committed again by a one real-life Jekyll and Hyde: Dr. George Hill Hodel.<BR />  <BR /> In <I>Black Dahlia Avenger</I>, Steve Hodel “paints a chilling, detailed, week-by-week, year-by-year portrait of his father as an intellectual giant driven to serial killing by his arrested emotional development, his hatred of women and his obsessions with money, power and sex” (<I>Los Angeles Times</I>). Including never-before-published forensic evidence, photographs, previously unreleased documents, and the author’s own intimate perspective of a terrifying family psychodrama, Hodel “has written one of the most compelling true-crime books of all time . . . the most noir of noir stories” (<I>Seattle Weekly</I>).</DIV>
The Last Fifty Pages: The Art and Craft of Unforgettable Endings
by James Scott Bell

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English

Pages

110

Publication Date

February 18, 2019

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<b>“The first page of a book sells that book. The last page sells your next book.”</b> –– Mickey Spillane<br /><br />What are the secrets for writing a great ending for your novel? How do you leave readers so satisfied that they'll want another book by you—right now? What tools and techniques can shape your last fifty pages into a powerful, unforgettable experience?<br /><br />In this book, International Thriller Writers Award winner and #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell reveals:<br /><br />• The five types of endings.<br /><br />• What needs to happen in Act 3.<br /><br />• How to use the Ah and Uh-Oh emotional wallops.<br /><br />• A simple technique for crafting twist endings. <br /><br />• The most important secret of all—resonance. <br /><br />• The Stew, Brew, Accrue, Do brainstorming method.<br /><br />• The best way to tie up loose ends.<br /><br />• The most common ending mistakes, and how to avoid them.<br /><br />And more. Read this book and you will come away with a thorough knowledge of why great endings work and how to create them for every novel you write.
Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
by Blake Snyder

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English

Pages

215

Publication Date

May 25, 2005

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This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the ...
by , Amy Wallace

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

April 08, 2014

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<b><b><b>From a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios—the Academy Award–winning studio behind <i>Coco, Inside Out, </i>and <i>Toy Story</i>—comes an incisive book about creativity in business and leadership for readers of Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, and Chip and Dan Heath.</b></b><br /><br /> <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Huffington Post</i> • <i>Financial Times</i> • <i>Success</i> • <i>Inc.</i> • <i>Library Journal</i></b><br /><br /></b><i>Creativity, Inc.</i> is a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about creativity—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”<br /><br /> For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the <i>Toy Story</i> trilogy, <i>Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, WALL-E, </i>and <i>Inside Out, </i>which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards. The joyousness of the storytelling, the inventive plots, the emotional authenticity: In some ways, Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really <i>is</i>. Here, in this book, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired—and so profitable.<br /><br /> As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his co-founding Pixar in 1986. Nine years later, <i>Toy Story</i> was released, changing animation forever. The essential ingredient in that movie’s success—and in the thirteen movies that followed—was the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar, based on leadership and management philosophies that protect the creative process and defy convention, such as:<br /><br /> • Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better.<br /> • If you don’t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead. <br /> • It’s not the manager’s job to prevent risks. It’s the manager’s job to make it safe for others to take them.<br /> • The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them. <br /> • A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure. Everybody should be able to talk to anybody.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screen...
by J.K. Rowling

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English

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Publication Date

November 16, 2018

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<p>At the end of <em>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them</em>, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.</p><p>In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.</p><p>This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shaped the Wizarding World, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.</p>
YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Following and...
by , Benji Travis

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English

Pages

196

Publication Date

September 25, 2018

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YouTube has changed our world—from how we view video to how we connect and market—opening a new entrepreneurial landscape to ambitious individuals. Thousands of people generate six to seven figures annually from online video content. And, with the right roadmap, you too could be en route to real influence and income.<br /><br />In YouTube Secrets, online video experts Sean Cannell and Benji Travis draw on a decade of experience as well as interviews with more than one hundred top creators to give you a step-by-step YouTube success playbook. You’ll learn<br /><br />• The seven essential ingredients for a profitable channel<br />• New strategies for getting views and subscribers<br />• Ten ways to make money on YouTube<br />• And much more<br /><br />Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, this book will show you how to use YouTube to build a following, create a lucrative business, and make a massive impact in people’s lives.

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