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Robin
by Dave Itzkoff

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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>
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>
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.
Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from ...
by , Mathew Klickstein

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

June 12, 2018

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<p><strong>In celebration of <em>The Simpsons</em> thirtieth anniversary, the show’s longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.</strong></p><p>Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss—who has worked on<em> The Simpsons</em> continuously since episode one in 1989—shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created, and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors and celebrity guests. He answers a range of questions from <em>Simpsons</em> fans and die-hards, and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes.</p><p>In his freewheeling, irreverent comic style, Reiss reflects on his lifetime inside <em>The Simpsons</em>—a personal highlights reel of his achievements, observations, and favorite stories. <em>Springfield Confidential</em> exposes why Matt Groening decided to make all of the characters yellow; dishes on what it’s like to be crammed in a room full of funny writers sixty hours a week; and tells what Reiss learned after traveling to seventy-one countries where <em>The Simpsons</em> is watched (ironic note: there’s no electricity in many of these places); and even reveals where Springfield is located! He features unique interviews with Judd Apatow, who also provided the foreword, and Conan O'Brien, as well as with Simpsons legends Al Jean, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, and more. </p><p>Like Cary Elwes’ <em>As You Wish</em>, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s <em>Seinfeldia</em>, and Chris Smith’s <em>The Daily Show: An Oral History</em>, <em>Springfield Confidential</em> is a funny, informational, and exclusive look at one of the most beloved programs in all of television land.</p>
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
by Maxwell King

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

September 11, 2018

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<DIV>Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of <I>Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood</I>, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously.<BR />  <BR /><I>The Good Neighbor,</I> the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, <I>The </I><I>Good N</I><I>eighbor</I> is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.</DIV>
Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We...
by Jennifer Keishin Armstron...

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

June 05, 2018

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<b>By the bestselling author of <i>Seinfeldia</i>, a fascinating retrospective of the iconic and award-winning television series, <i>Sex and the City,</i> to coincide with the show’s twentieth anniversary.</b><BR><BR>This is the story of how a columnist, two gay men, and a writers’ room full of women used their own poignant, hilarious, and humiliating stories to launch a cultural phenomenon. They endured shock, slut-shaming, and a slew of nasty reviews on their way to eventual—if often begrudging—respect. The show wasn’t perfect, but it revolutionized television for women.<BR> <BR>When Candace Bushnell began writing for the <i>New York Observer</i>, she didn’t think anyone beyond the Upper East Side would care about her adventures among the Hamptons-hopping media elite. But her struggles with singlehood struck a chord. <i>Beverly Hills, 90210</i> creator Darren Star brought her vision to an even wider audience when he adapted the column for HBO. Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha launched a barrage of trends, forever branded the actresses that took on the roles, redefined women’s relationship to sex and elevated the perception of singlehood.<BR> <BR>Featuring exclusive new interviews with the cast and writers, including star Sarah Jessica Parker, creator Darren Star, executive producer Michael Patrick King, and author Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City and Us brings us a both a critical and nostalgic, behind-the-scenes look at a television series that changed the way women see themselves.
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>
Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN
by , Tom Shales

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English

Pages

790

Publication Date

May 24, 2011

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<b>The inside story of one of the most successful networks in modern television history: ESPN.</b><br />In 1979 it began as a mad idea of starting a cable channel to televise local sporting events, and now spans eight channels in the Unites States and around the world. Drawing upon over 500 interviews with the greatest names in ESPN's history and an All-Star collection of some of the world's finest athletes, bestselling authors James Miller and Tom Shales take us behind the cameras.<br />Now, in their own words, the men and women who made ESPN great reveal the secrets behind its success, as well as the many scandals, rivalries, off-screen battles and triumphs that have accompanied that ascent. From the unknown producers and business visionaries to the most famous faces on television, it's all here.
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.
I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show...
by Courtney Robertson

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

June 24, 2014

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<p>In <em>I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends </em>former <em>Bachelor</em> “villain” and season 16 winner Courtney Robertson shares her story of love and heartbreak, and the reality of appearing on reality TV. For the first time ever, a former <em>Bachelor</em> contestant takes us along on her journey to find love and reveals that “happily ever after” isn't always what it seems.</p>

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