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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>
Robin
by Dave Itzkoff

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English

Pages

544

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>
Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pl...
by Amy Kaufman

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

March 06, 2018

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<b><b>INSTANT </b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i></b><b> BESTSELLER</b><br /><br /><b>The first definitive, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, America's favorite guilty pleasure</b>.</b><br /><br />For fifteen years and thirty-five seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in American TV viewers' lives. Since it premiered in 2002, the show's popularity and relevance has only grown--more than eight million viewers tuned in to see the conclusion of the most recent season of<i> The Bachelor</i>.<br /><br />The iconic reality television show's reach and influence into the cultural zeitgeist is undeniable. Bestselling writers and famous actors live tweet about it. Die-hard fans--dubbed "Bachelor Nation"--come together every week during each season to participate in fantasy leagues and viewing parties. <br /><br /><i>Bachelor Nation</i> is the first behind-the-scenes, unauthorized look into the reality television phenomenon. <i>Los Angeles Times</i> journalist Amy Kaufman is a proud member of Bachelor Nation and has a long history with the franchise--ABC even banned her from attending show events after her coverage of the program got a little too real for its liking. She has interviewed dozens of producers, contestants, and celebrity fans to give readers never-before-told details of the show's inner workings: what it's like to be trapped in the mansion "bubble"; dark, juicy tales of producer manipulation; and revelations about the alcohol-fueled debauchery that occurs long before the fantasy suite. <br /><br />Kaufman also explores what our fascination means, culturally: what the show says about the way we view so-called ideal suitors, our subconscious yearning for fairy-tale romance, and how this enduring television show has shaped society's feelings about love, marriage, and feminism by appealing to a marriage plot that's as old as Jane Austen.
Just the Funny Parts: … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking in...
by Nell Scovell

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English

Pages

341

Publication Date

March 20, 2018

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<p>FOREWORD BY SHERYL SANDBERG</p><p><strong>You’ve almost certainly laughed at Scovell’s jokes—you just didn’t know it until now.<em></em></strong></p><p><em>Just the Funny Parts</em> is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than thirty years, writer, producer and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows, including <em>The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown,</em> <em>NCIS,</em> <em>The Muppets,</em> and <em>Sabrina, the Teenage Witch</em>, which she created and executive produced.  </p><p>In 2009, Scovell gave up her behind-the-scenes status when the David Letterman sex scandal broke. Only the second woman ever to write for his show, Scovell used the moment to publicly call out the lack of gender diversity in late-night TV writers’ rooms. “One of the boys” came out hard for “all of the girls.” Her criticisms fueled a cultural debate. Two years later, Scovell was collaborating with Sheryl Sandberg on speeches and later on<em> Lean In</em>, which resulted in a worldwide movement. </p><p>Now Scovell is opening up with this fun, honest, and often shocking account. Scovell knows what it’s like to put words in the mouths of President Barack Obama, Mark Harmon, Candice Bergen, Bob Newhart, Conan O’Brien, Alyssa Milano, and Kermit the Frog, among many others. Through her eyes, you’ll sit in the Simpson writers’ room… stand on the Oscar red carpet… pin a tail on Miss Piggy…bond with <em>Star Trek</em>’s Leonard Nimoy… and experience a Stephen King-like encounter with Stephen King. </p><p><em>Just the Funny Parts</em> is a fast-paced account of a nerdy girl from New England who fought her way to the top of the highly-competitive, male-dominated entertainment field. The book delivers invaluable insights into the creative process and tricks for navigating a difficult workplace. It's part memoir, part how-to, and part survival story. Or, as Scovell puts it, “It’s like <em>Unbroken</em>, but funnier and with slightly less torture.” </p><p> </p>
All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire®
by Jonathan Abrams

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English

Pages

335

Publication Date

February 13, 2018

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<b>The definitive oral history of the iconic and beloved TV show <i>The Wire,</i> as told by the actors, writers, directors, and others involved in its creation</b><br /><br />Since its final episode aired in 2008, HBO's acclaimed crime drama <i>The Wire</i> has only become more popular and influential. The issues it tackled, from the failures of the drug war and criminal justice system to systemic bias in law enforcement and other social institutions, have become more urgent and central to the national conversation. The show's actors, such as Idris Elba, Dominic West, and Michael B. Jordan, have gone on to become major stars. Its creators and writers, including David Simon and Richard Price, have developed dedicated cult followings of their own. Universities use the show to teach everything from film theory to criminal justice to sociology. Politicians and activists reference it when discussing policy. When critics compile lists of the Greatest TV Shows of All Time, <i>The Wire</i> routinely takes the top spot. It is arguably one of the great works of art America has produced in the 20th century.<br /><br />But while there has been a great deal of critical analysis of the show and its themes, until now there has never been a definitive, behind-the-scenes take on how it came to be made. With unparalleled access to all the key actors and writers involved in its creation, Jonathan Abrams tells the astonishing, compelling, and complete account of <i>The Wire,</i> from its inception and creation through its end and powerful legacy.
Johnny Carson
by Henry Bushkin

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English

Pages

323

Publication Date

October 15, 2013

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<DIV>“A close look at how show business power corrupts . . . The dishiest read of the year.” – Janet Maslin, “Ten Favorite Books of the Year,” <I>New York Times</I></DIV><BR /> “Here’s Johnny!” Probably everyone in America knows the phrase, whether they watched every episode of <I>The Tonight Show</I> or none because they had to go to bed early on school nights. From 1962 to 1992, Johnny Carson and his <I>Tonight Show</I> dominated the American consciousness.<BR /><BR /> Henry Bushkin was Carson’s best friend and lawyer during that period, and his book is a tautly rendered and remarkably nuanced portrait of Carson, revealing not only how he truly was, but why. Bushkin explains why Carson, a voracious (and very talented) womanizer, felt he always had to be married; why he couldn’t visit his son in the hospital and wouldn’t attend his mother’s funeral; and much more. <I>Johnny Carson</I> is by turns shocking, poignant, and uproarious — written with a novelist’s eye for detail, a screenwriter’s ear for dialogue, and a knack for comic timing that Carson himself would relish.<BR /><BR /> “A fascinating book about a complex man.” — <I>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</I><BR /><BR /> “Like <I>The Tonight Show</I>, the book has many a merry moment . . . [Johnny Carson] was also one of a kind, and is missed. This book brings a bit of him back.” — <I>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</I><BR /><BR /><DIV>A <I>People</I> magazine Top Ten Book of the Year</DIV>
The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1: Elizabeth II, Winsto...
by Robert Lacey

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English

Pages

370

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<b>The official companion to the Emmy-winning Netflix drama chronicling the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and starring Claire Foy and John Lithgow, <i>The Crown</i> by Peter Morgan, featuring additional historical background and beautifully reproduced archival photos and show stills</b><br />  <br /> Elizabeth Mountbatten never expected her father to die so suddenly, so young, leaving her with a throne to fill and a global institution to govern. Crowned at twenty-five, she was already a wife and mother as she began her journey towards becoming a queen.<br />  <br /> As Britain lifted itself out of the shadow of war, the new monarch faced her own challenges. Her mother doubted her marriage; her uncle-in-exile derided her abilities; her husband resented the sacrifice of his career and family name; and her rebellious sister embarked on a love affair that threatened the centuries-old links between the Church and the Crown. This is the story of how Elizabeth II drew on every ounce of resolve to ensure that the Crown always came out on top.<br />  <br /> Written by the show’s historical consultant, royal biographer Robert Lacey, and filled with beautifully reproduced archival photos and show stills, <i>The Crown: The Official Companion: Volume 1 </i>adds expert and in-depth detail to the events of the series, painting an intimate portrait of life inside Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street. Here is Elizabeth II as we’ve never seen her before.
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show B...
by Neil Postman

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

December 27, 2005

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<b>What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell's <i>1984</i>, Neil's Postman's essential guide to the modern media is more relevant than ever.<br /><br /></b>"It's unlikely that Trump has ever read <i>Amusing Ourselves to Death</i>, but his ascent would not have surprised Postman.” -<i>CNN</i><br /><br />Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater significance. <i>Amusing Ourselves to Death</i> is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of  entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals.<br /><br />“A brilliant, powerful, and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.” –Jonathan Yardley, <i>The Washington Post Book World</i>
Victoria & Albert: A Royal Love Affair
by , Sara Sheridan

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

November 21, 2017

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<p>The official companion to the second season of the PBS/Masterpiece drama <i>Victoria </i>by award-winning creator and screenwriter Daisy Goodwin.</p><p>Airing in the <i>Downton Abbey </i>slot on PBS/Masterpiece last January, <i>Victoria</i> captivated millions of viewers, eclipsing <i>Downton</i>'s first-season viewership and leaving its audience eager for the series's next season, which will focus on Victoria and Albert's passionate and tempestuous marriage.</p><p>This official tie-in to the show, by creator and screenwriter Daisy Goodwin, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show, featuring never-before-seen interviews, photos, diary entries, profiles on all major characters, and sumptuous detail on the costumes and props that bring Victoria and Albert's world to vivid life. <i>Victoria and Albert </i>follows this extraordinary relationship between two very different people—she impulsive, emotional, capricious; he cautious, self-controlled, and logical—whose devotion to each other was unparalleled in royal history. </p><p>Taking fans deeper into the world of <i>Victoria</i> than ever before, <i>Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair</i> is the ultimate gift for devotees of the show.</p>
Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday ...
by , Tom Shales

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English

Pages

760

Publication Date

September 09, 2014

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<strong>Just in time for the 40th anniversary of <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade.</strong><br /><br />When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed---and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.

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