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Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984
by Duane Tudahl

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English

Pages

553

Publication Date

November 15, 2017

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<span><span style="font-weight:bold;">Featuring groundbreaking, never-before-heard stories, Duane Tudahl pulls back the paisley curtain to reveal the untold story of Prince’s rise from cult favorite to the biggest rock star on the planet.<br /><br /></span><span>His journey is meticulously documented through detailed accounts of his time secluded behind the doors of the recording studio as well as his days on tour.<br /><br />With unprecedented access to the musicians, singers, and studio engineers who knew Prince best, including members of the Revolution and the Time, Duane Tudahl weaves an intimate saga of an eccentric genius and the people and events who helped shape the groundbreaking music he created. From Sunset Sound Studios’ daily recording logs and the Warner Bros. vault of information, Tudahl uncovers hidden truths about the origins of songs such as “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Raspberry Beret” and also reveals never-before-published details about Prince’s unreleased outtakes. <br /><br />This definitive chronicle of Prince’s creative brilliance during 1983 and 1984 provides a new experience of the </span><span style="font-style:italic;">Purple Rain</span><span> album as an integral part of Prince’s life and the lives of those closest to him.</span></span>
My Undead Heart
by Kacey Shea

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English

Pages

334

Publication Date

November 09, 2017

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<b><i>From USA Today Bestseller Author Kacey Shea...</i></b><div>I'm not a woman interested in romance. Does that make me cold-hearted? Maybe. But how can any man live up to the fiction fantasy that consumes my mind?</div><div></div><div><b>Simple answer. <i>He can't.</i></b></div><div>So when Matt Haywood crashes into my life with his muscled chest, lack of imagination, and know-it-all attitude, I'm not impressed. I'd rather he stayed out of my life, but that doesn't happen. </div><div>It's almost as if this former UFC champ has made it his mission to prove me wrong. There might be more to Matt than I first assumed, but we're too different for this to work. Aren't we?</div><div></div><div><br /><i>**My Undead Heart is a full-length contemporary romance standalone novel previously published in the USA Today Bestselling multi-author boxed set, Hot & Sinful Nights.</i></div>
Marrying Miss Kringle: Lux
by Lucy McConnell

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English

Pages

243

Publication Date

October 30, 2017

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<b>Christmas Magic is changing and the Kringle Family scrambles to keep up in this fun and entertaining, sweet Christmas romance from Author Lucy McConnell.</b><br /><br />A normal electrical substation takes two years to build; but, Lux has 365 days to install one at the North Pole or Christmas Magic will overload the factory and send them back to the Dark Ages. <br /><br />The one man on the planet with the know-how, the education, and the time to help Lux finish the substation before her Noel deadline, is also the one man who sends sparks through her heart and surges through the power system.<br /><br />If Lux kisses Matthew Quik—again!—she could blow up Santa’s workshop before she has a chance to save it. If she doesn't kiss him, she may lose him forever.
The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You N...
by Jon Bonne

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English

Pages

152

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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There are few greater pleasures in life than enjoying a wonderful glass of wine. So why does finding and choosing one you like seem so stressful?<br /> <br />Now, becoming a happier, more confident wine drinker is easy. The first step is to forget all the useless, needlessly complicated stuff the “experts” have been telling you. In <i>The New Wine Rules</i>, acclaimed wine writer Jon Bonné explains everything you need to know in simple, beautifully illustrated, easy-to-digest tidbits. And the news is good! For example: A wine’s price rarely reflects its quality. You can drink rosé any time of year. Don’t save a great bottle for anything more than a rainy day.
The Road East (Epic LitRPG Adventure - Book 2) (Fayroll)
by Andrey Vasilyev

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English

Pages

311

Publication Date

May 16, 2017

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Get ready for more epic battles, legendary artifacts, and incredible quests in the highly anticipated second Fayroll story. As Harriton’s Fayroll articles spark interest and his career picks up, he remains Hagen the Warrior, but still, a lucky newbie who stumbles across a highly coveted “hidden” quest. He must save the four Dryad sisters. Starting with Ogina in the East, he haphazardly begins his journey on the Long Road East, only to realize that the game is starting to affect his real life.<br />He manages to come out of many dangerous situations unscathed; happily switching between two worlds, making new friends and facing foes along the way. However, Harry is also forced to pursue a real-life mission inside the game world that shows that the thin line between the two worlds is becoming much thinner. It is only a matter of time before he starts asking himself some difficult questions. What if his luck runs out? Or, more importantly, is he playing his own game or is he being manipulated?<br />He is going to find abandoned temples, visit the Cursed Village, fight the Serpent King of the Nagas, and deal with epic monsters, all of which is accompanied by clashes of swords and sorcery and epic clan wars in this epic MMORPG. Action and adventure are hiding around every corner just waiting to be awakened.<br />After Andrey Vasilyev’s More Than a Game became an instant success with readers in Russia and worldwide, he continued developing the popular Fayroll series. According to many readers, The Road East, Vasilyev’s second LitRPG novel, is every bit as good as his first, if not better.<br />The Road East not only develops the virtual reality of Fayroll but also the real world parts of the story much more than the first novel. It’s not just about new assignments, new employers or even a new girlfriend. The depiction of the offline world is now on par with that of the gaming world – a rare find in a LitRPG book.<br />Vasilyev is certainly growing as a writer. His characters are becoming more and more rounded, dynamic and versatile – and even psychologically convincing. The author also continues his engaging detail and sharpness with almost cinematic clarity. The Road East is a gripping mix of dialogue and action, mixed with a characteristic sense of humor comprised of self-irony and mild mockery, never going too far, but adding color and flavor to the story.<br /><br />Andrey Vasilyev started writing in his late thirties, because, by his own admission, “he ran out of things to read.” However after his first two books gained nearly instant critical acclaim, he gave serious thought to giving up his banking career and went on to become one of the top authors in the relatively new, but instantly hugely popular, LitRPG genre.<br />
Reboot (Afterlife Online Book 1)
by Domino Finn

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English

Pages

470

Publication Date

June 02, 2017

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<h3><b>Rated E for Epic</b></h3>Tad Lonnerman is having a crappy day stuck in crappy traffic late to a crappy meeting. On the bright side, his game development career is the only non-crappy thing he has going for him, so life isn't all bad.<br /><br />At least until he dies.<br /><br />Now Tad finds himself uploaded to a beta test of Haven, an unannounced hyper-immersive MMO where the dead have a second chance at life. It's not virtual reality, it's digital reality. A true afterlife online.<br /><br />Except Haven isn't exactly blissful paradise. Tad bumbles into a pagan blood feud, crosses paths with fallen angels, and gets lied to by saints. His only allies? A frat boy with a penchant for dying and a pixie who won't give him the time of day.<br /><br />Second chances be damned. All Tad wants is to return to his old life, and he'll do anything for the opportunity. Even make a deal with the devil.
The Heroin Diaries: Ten Year Anniversary Edition: A Year in the L...
by Nikki Sixx

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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.
The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums
by Will Friedwald

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English

Pages

433

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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The author of the magisterial <i>A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers </i>now approaches the great singers and their greatest work in an innovative and revelatory way: through considering their finest <i>albums, </i>which is the format in which this music was most resonantly organized and presented to its public from the 1940s until the very recent decline of the CD. It is through their albums that Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, and the rest of the glorious honor roll of jazz and pop singers have been most tellingly and lastingly appreciated, and the history of the album itself, as Will Friedwald sketches it, can now be seen as a crucial part of musical history. We come to understand that, at their finest, albums have not been mere collections of individual songs strung together arbitrarily but organic phenomena in their own right. A Sinatra album, a Fitzgerald album, was planned and structured to show these artists at their best, at a specific moment in their artistic careers.<br /> <br />Yet the albums Friedwald has chosen to anatomize go about their work in a variety of ways. There are studio and solo albums: Lee’s <i>Black Coffee, </i>June Christy’s <i>Something Cool, </i>Cassandra Wilson’s <i>Belly of the Sun. </i>There are brilliant collaborations: famous ones—Tony Bennett and Bill Evans, Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson—and wonderful surprises like Doris Day and Robert Goulet singing <i>Annie Get Your Gun</i>. There are theme albums—Dinah Washington singing Fats Waller, Maxine Sullivan singing Andy Razaf, Margaret Whiting singing Jerome Kern, Barb Jungr singing Bob Dylan, and the sublime Jo Stafford singing American and Scottish folk songs. There are also stunning concert albums like Ella in Berlin, Sarah in Japan, Lena at the Waldorf, and, of course, <i>Judy at Carnegie Hall. </i>All the greats are on hand, from Kay Starr and Carmen McRae to Jimmy Scott and Della Reese (<i>Della Della Cha Cha Cha</i>). And, from out of left field, the astounding <i>God Bless Tiny Tim.</i><br /> <i> </i><br />Each of the fifty-seven albums discussed here captures the artist at a high point, if not at the expected moment, of her or his career. The individual cuts are evaluated, the sequencing explicated, the songs and songwriters heralded; anecdotes abound of how songs were born and how artists and producers collaborated. And in appraising each album, Friedwald balances his own opinions with those of musicians, listeners, and critics. A monumental achievement, <i>The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums </i>is an essential book for lovers of American jazz and popular music.
Waiter to the Rich and Shameless: Confessions of a Five-Star Beve...
by Paul Hartford

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

December 11, 2014

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A down-and-out musician chops off his hair to become a server at the top of the Hollywood food chain, discovering a cloistered world of money, fame, bad behavior and intrigue.<br /><br />Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary 5-star restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter's personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country's most elite, Hollywood-centric dining room while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.<br /><br />Of the many millions of food service workers around the globe, only a tiny number ever ascend to a top-level position at a world-renowned restaurant catering to iconic celebrities, moguls and politicians. As one of those select few, Paul ("Pauli") Hartford is the first waiter to open the door into a cloistered, coveted world of money, fame, bad behavior and intrigue. He peels back the veneer of civility and culture at the nation's most preeminent celebrity hangout, the Cricket Room, in Beverly Hills, California. He exposes the epic human foibles of its elite clientele, the dining room's corrupt corporate culture, its clandestine culinary practices, and the heartbreaking struggles of its beleaguered waitstaff.<br /><br /><br />This keenly-observed story also traverses Pauli's ten-year evolution from a jaded, party-hungry rock musician who moonlights as a bartender, into a snobbish and pretentious waiter, and finally into a polished and sophisticated server who takes his job so seriously that it drives him to the brink of illness. Pauli finds himself at first seduced by his famous guests' glamour and self-indulgence, then accustomed to it, and finally appalled by it.<br /><br /><br /><br />For obvious reasons, some details and specifics about the real Cricket Room have been cleverly disguised, but discerning readers will easily connect the dots.<br />
Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour
by Dita Von Teese

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

December 01, 2015

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<p>From burlesque show to fashion runway, magazine cover to Internet video, fashion icon and “burlesque superheroine” (<em>Vanity Fair</em>) Dita Von Teese has undergone more strokes of red lipstick, bursts of hair spray, boxes of blue-black hair dye and pats of powder in a month than a drag queen could dream of in a lifetime. Whether she’s dazzling audiences swirling in a towering martini glass in Swarovski-covered pasties and stilettos or sparking camera flashes on the red carpet, one reality is constant: for this self-styled star, beauty is an art. Now, for the first time in her Technicolor career, Dita divulges the beauty wisdom that keeps her on international best-dressed lists and high-profile fashion show rosters in this illustration and photography-filled opus.</p><p>In <em>Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour</em>, Dita and co-writer Rose Apodaca take you through every step of Dita’s glamour arsenal, and includes friends—masters in makeup, hair, medicine, and exercise as well as some of the world’s most eccentric beauties—for authoritative advice. This 400-page book is packed with sound nutrition and exercise guidance, skincare and scent insight, as well as accessible techniques for creating bombshell hairstyles and makeup looks. Among the hundreds of lavish color photographs, instructive step-by-step images and original illustrations by Adele Mildred, this inspiring resource shares the skills, history, and lessons you need to enhance your individual gifts and realize your own beauty mark.</p>

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