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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Declut...
by Marie Kondō

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

October 14, 2014

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<b>This #1 <i>New York Times</i> best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.</b><br /><br />Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?<br /><br />Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). <br /><br /> With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Offici...
by , Jack Thorne

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

July 25, 2017

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<p><b>The official playscript of the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.</b></p><p>It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.</p><p>While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.</p><p>The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a 'special rehearsal edition' alongside the opening of Jack Thorne's play in London's West End in summer 2016. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller.</p><p>This definitive and final playscript updates the 'special rehearsal edition' with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.</p>
Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
by Jamie Bernstein

Language

English

Pages

400

Publication Date

June 12, 2018

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<p>The oldest daughter of revered composer Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centenary of his birth—illuminating a man, a city, and an era that defined modern culture—in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir reminiscent of Alexandra Styron’s <em>Reading My Father</em> and Richard Ford’s <em>Between Them.</em></p><p>The composer of <em>On the Town</em> and <em>West Side Story</em>, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and inveterate partygoer Leonard Bernstein was a massive celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, and perhaps the most talented musician in American history.</p><p>To his eldest daughter, Jamie, he was all that and more; he was the man in the scratchy brown bathrobe that smelled of cigarettes, who sat late at night at the piano when he couldn’t sleep (he could never sleep). An incredible jokester, an incessant teacher, he taught her to love the world in all its beauty and complexity. In public and private, Lenny was larger than life.</p><p>In <em>Famous Father Girl</em>, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family’s private world. A fantastic set of characters populate the Bernsteins’ lives, including: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall.</p><p>An intoxicating tale, <em>Famous Father Girl</em> is an intimate meditation on a deeply complex and sometimes troubled man and the beautiful music that was the soundtrack to his life. Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein’s beautifully written memoir is great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.</p>
Confessions Of an Art Addict
by Peggy Guggenheim

Language

English

Pages

192

Publication Date

April 16, 2013

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<p>A patron of art since the 1930s, Peggy Guggenheim, in a candid self-portrait, provides an insider's view of the early days of modern art, with revealing accounts of her eccentric wealthy family, her personal and professional relationships, and often surprising portrayals of the artists themselves. Here is a book that captures a valuable chapter in the history of modern art, as well as the spirit of one of its greatest advocates.</p>
The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide
by Jenna Fischer

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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<p>Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong?</p><br /><br /><p>Uh, basically everything.  The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she’d imagined.  It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on <em>The Office</em>, nearly a decade of frustration, struggle, rejection and doubt.</p><br /><br /><p>If only she’d had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way—an established actor who could educate her about the business, manage her expectations, and reassure her in those moments of despair.</p><br /><br /><p>Jenna wants to be that person for you.   </p><br /><br /><p>With amusing candor and wit, Fischer spells out the nuts and bolts of getting established in the profession, based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences.  She tells you how to get the right headshot, what to look for in representation, and the importance of joining forces with other like-minded artists and creating your own work—invaluable advice personally acquired from her many years of struggle.  She provides helpful hints on how to be gutsy and take risks, the tricks to good auditioning and callbacks, and how not to fall for certain scams (auditions in a guy’s apartment are probably not legit—or at least not for the kind of part you’re looking for!).</p><br /><br /><p>Her inspiring, helpful guidance feels like a trusted friend who’s made the journey, and has now returned to walk beside you, pointing out the pitfalls as you blaze your own path towards the life of a professional actor.  </p>
How to Create Stunning Digital Photography
by Tony Northrup

Language

English

Pages

241

Publication Date

December 11, 2011

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Amazon's #1 rated and best-selling digital photography book, and the first ever Gold Honoree of the Benjamin Franklin Digital Award, gives you five innovations no other book offers:<br /><br />1. FREE VIDEO TRAINING. 100 videos totaling 14+ HOURS of video training integrated into the book’s content (requires Internet access). Travel around the world with Tony and Chelsea as they teach you hands-on. Appendix A lists the videos so you can use the book like an inexpensive video course.<br /><br />2. TEACHER AND PEER SUPPORT. After buying the book, you get access to the private Stunning Digital Photography Readers group on Facebook where you can ask the questions and post pictures for feedback from Tony, Chelsea, and other readers. It’s like being able to raise your hand in class and ask a question! Instructions are in the introduction.<br /><br />3. FREE LIFETIME UPDATES. This book is regularly updated with new content (including additional videos) that existing owners receive for free. Updates are added based on reader feedback and questions, as well as changing photography trends and new camera equipment. This is the last photography book you'll ever need.<br /><br />4. HANDS-ON PRACTICES. Complete the practices at the end of every chapter to get the real world experience you need.<br /><br />5. 100+ PRACTICE QUESTIONS. Ungraded tests teach you to apply what you've learned.<br /><br />6. 500+ ORIGINAL PICTURES. Detailed example pictures taken by the author and his wife in 15 countries demonstrate both good and bad technique. NO STOCK PHOTOS. Many pictures include links to the full-size image so you can zoom in to see every pixel. <br /><br />In this book, Tony Northrup (award-winning author of more than 30 how-to books and a professional portrait, wildlife, and landscape photographer) teaches the art and science of creating stunning pictures. First, beginner photographers will master:<br />* Composition<br />* Exposure<br />* Shutter speed<br />* Aperture<br />* Depth-of-field (blurring the background)<br />* ISO<br />* Natural light<br />* Flash<br />* Troubleshooting blurry, dark, and bad pictures<br />* Pet photography<br />* Wildlife photography (mammals, birds, insects, fish, and more)<br />* Sunrises and sunsets<br />* Landscapes<br />* Cityscapes<br />* Flowers<br />* Forests, waterfalls, and rivers<br />* Night photography<br />* Fireworks<br />* Raw files<br />* HDR<br />* Macro/close-up photography<br /><br />Advanced photographers can skip forward to learn the pro’s secrets for:<br />* Posing men and women. including corrective posing (checklists provided)<br />* Portraits (candid, casual, formal, and underwater)<br />* Group photos<br />* Remotely triggering flashes<br />* Using bounce flash and flash modifiers<br />* Using studio lighting on any budget<br />* Building a temporary or permanent studio at home<br />* Shooting your first wedding<br />* High speed photography<br />* Location scouting/finding the best spots and times<br />* Planning shoots around the sun and moon<br />* Star trails (via long exposure and image stacking)<br />* Light painting<br />* Eliminating noise<br />* Focus stacking for infinite depth-of-field<br />* Underwater photography<br />* Getting close to wildlife<br />* Using electronic shutter triggers
Van Gogh: The Life
by , Gregory White Smith

Language

English

Pages

976

Publication Date

October 18, 2011

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<i><b>NEW YORK TIMES </b></i><b>BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith galvanized readers with their astonishing <i>Jackson Pollock: An American Saga</i>, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography, a book acclaimed for its miraculous research and overwhelming narrative power. Now Naifeh and Smith have written another tour de force—an exquisitely detailed, compellingly readable, and ultimately heartbreaking portrait of creative genius Vincent van Gogh.<br /><br />Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth of previously untapped materials. While drawing liberally from the artist’s famously eloquent letters, they have also delved into hundreds of unpublished family correspondences, illuminating with poignancy the wanderings of Van Gogh’s troubled, restless soul. Naifeh and Smith bring a crucial understanding to the larger-than-life mythology of this great artist—his early struggles to find his place in the world; his intense relationship with his brother Theo; his impetus for turning to brush and canvas; and his move to Provence, where in a brief burst of incandescent productivity he painted some of the best-loved works in Western art.<br /><br />The authors also shed new light on many unexplored aspects of Van Gogh’s inner world: his deep immersion in literature and art; his erratic and tumultuous romantic life; and his bouts of depression and mental illness.<br /><br />Though countless books have been written about Van Gogh, and though the broad outlines of his tragedy have long inhabited popular culture, no serious, ambitious examination of his life has been attempted in more than seventy years. Naifeh and Smith have re-created Van Gogh’s life with an astounding vividness and psychological acuity that bring a completely new and sympathetic understanding to this unique artistic genius whose signature images of sunflowers and starry nights have won a permanent place in the human imagination.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Van Gogh</i></b><br /><br />“The definitive biography for decades to come.”<b>—Leo Jansen, curator, the Van Gogh Museum, and co-editor of </b><i><b>Vincent van Gogh: The Complete Letters</b><br /></i><br />“In their magisterial new biography, <i>Van Gogh: The Life, </i>Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith provide a guided tour through the personal world and work of that Dutch painter, shining a bright light on the evolution of his art. . . . What [the authors] capture so powerfully is Van Gogh’s extraordinary will to learn, to persevere against the odds.”<b><i>—</i>Michiko Kakutani, </b><i><b>The New York Times</b></i>
The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration
by Mindy Lighthipe

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English

Pages

144

Publication Date

October 31, 2017

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<DIV><B>Draw and paint beautiful, vibrant, and realistic birds and botanicals with <I>The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration</I>. Take a sketch and transform it into fine art!</B><BR /><BR /><I>The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration </I>is a guide for contemporary artists aspiring to<B> master shape</B>, <B>color</B>, and <B>texture </B>and render beautiful, realistic, and vibrant botanical artwork! An expert botanical artist educates you about the tools and materials<B> traditionally used in botanical illustration</B>, including pencils, colored pencils, watercolor, gouache, and pastels.<BR /><BR /> This thorough yet easily digestible guide includes overviews of key illustration techniques and basic color theory and mixing and is loaded with exercises designed to help you learn to see shape, value, and form. By learning to<B> understand plant life and anatomy</B>, you can craft elegant flowers, leaves, trees, and much more in no time!<BR /><BR /> To bring it all together, <I>The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration</I> includes <B>step-by-step demonstrations</B> to follow along with as you practice taking sketches and transforming them into fully rendered, colorful pieces of fine art.</DIV>
The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering
by Dina Rodriguez

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

July 11, 2017

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<p>Get creative, express yourself, and add that personal touch with hand lettering! With illustrated step-by-step instructions, <i>The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering</i> shows the complete beginner how to master the art of hand lettering, the composition/design of phrases on the page, and flourishes to embellish the design. It also includes chalk lettering, fun prompts for writing, and 15 projects and gift ideas, ranging from gift tags to a lettered poster to chalk-lettered signs for special events. <i>The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering</i>covers 15 lettering styles-from Black Letter and "melting" to circus and Victorian, as well as serifs and scripts-along with numerous borders, corners, banners, bursts, frames and other accents.</p><p><b>Author Bio:</b></p><p>Dina Rodriguez is a freelance hand lettering artist. With an educational and professional background in digital arts, design, and marketing, she specializes in commercial illustration and branding for creative businesses. Dina has been hand lettering full time for four years, working with brands such as Invision, GE, American Greetings, and Wacom. She does both traditional ink and chalk lettering, as well as tablet lettering using digital tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Her teaching experience includes giving workshops and talks at universities and creative conferences such as Full Sail University and Creative South. She also teaches hand lettering on her blog for free to over 15,000 students and live streams her process on Twitch three times a week.</p>
ESCAPEMENT: An Exquisite Tale of Love and Passion
by Kristen Wolf

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English

Pages

481

Publication Date

July 30, 2018

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<strong>***WINNER — 2018 IndieReader DISCOVERY AWARD***</strong><br /><br /><b>From the bestselling Author of THE WAY, hailed by <em>O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE</em> as “A Title To Pick Up Now!”</b><br /><br />"Every now and then someone writes something that...leaves you shaking your head in wonder at the skillful storytelling, the use of language, and the depth of characters. This is one such book."<br /><b><em>—CURVE Magazine</em></b><br /><br />"A passionate, evocative and sensitive story that is hard to put down...very highly recommended."<br /><b><em>—Midwest Book Review</em></b><br /><br />“Wolf is a masterful storyteller who has created an enchanting novel…ESCAPEMENT will resonate with anyone who has ever felt passion.”<br /><b><em>—IndieReader</em></b><br /><br />“Tortured...emotional...passionate.”<br /><b><em>—Kirkus Reviews</em></b><br /><br />“Richly textured and emotionally absorbing...Wolf has crafted a novel with extraordinary sensitivity and no one will deny the pleasure of her seductive prose."<br /><b>—Book Pleasures</b><br /><br /><b>Prepare to be transported into a sensual world of possibility by this lush, heart-wrenching and gorgeously-written love story. Brimming with passion, intrigue, extraordinary characters and astonishing surprises, ESCAPEMENT will arouse the senses and seduce readers of every persuasion.</b><br /><br />Cristofer Vaughn's star is poised to rise. Everyone expects the dashing and gifted composer to soar to the heights of musical genius—an expectation that terrifies the young artist as much as it drives him.<br /><br />Walking into the fire with Cristofer is his housekeeper, Henri, a passionate and handsome young woman. Tending to her famed employer’s domestic needs, Henri crafts a carefree life of routine and diversion behind which she hides the truth of a dark and tragic past. Possessed herself of an extraordinary musical gift, she loyally steers her employer through the tempestuous trials of his artistic and romantic pursuits—while carefully guarding his most closely-held secret.<br /><br />But Henri’s deceptively simple life is ripped apart when a wealthy and ruthless patron grants Cristofer a spectacular commission, then unwittingly hires Henri—whom he believes to be male—to give piano lessons to his alluring wife, Ava.<br /><br />The tension intensifies as Cristofer struggles to create music of epic proportions while Henri’s heart is swept away by a love more powerful than any she has ever known. <br /><br />The ensuing entanglements rise to a dangerous pitch when Cristofer's patron catches wind of a duplicity and mobilizes his henchmen to target the threat. Soon the only hope for Cristofer and Henri’s survival depends on one publicly exposing the other’s hidden truth—an act that would defy the bonds of love and friendship and bring all their lives to ruin. <br /><br /><em>Will Henri sacrifice her heart to stop the oncoming tragedy? Or will she find a way to save both her friend—and her truest love? </em><br /><br /><b>Exploring the boundaries of love, beauty, artistic pursuit and the gaping wounds wrought by secrets, ESCAPEMENT delivers a breathtaking testament to the redemptive power of human creativity and the enduring light of our passions.</b><br /><br />"A symphony of words marked by lyrical phrases and exquisite rhythm...a testament to the artistic spirit...breathtaking."<br /><strong>—IndieReader</strong><br /> <br /><strong>PRAISE for Kristen Wolf's debut novel, THE WAY:</strong><br /><br />"This imaginative novel may make you a believer."<br /><em><strong>—O, The Oprah Magazine </strong></em><br /><br />“Wow, is all I can say. This novel blew me away!”<br /><strong>—Book Pleasures</strong><br /><br />“The Way is a daring and passionate debut from an author to watch in the future.”<br /><strong>—Historical Novel Society</strong><br /><br />“I don’t think I could rave anymore about this book…truly one of a kind.”<br /><b>—Chick Lit Plus</b><br />

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