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Open Book
by Jessica Simpson

Language

English

Pages

416

Publication Date

February 04, 2020

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<p><strong>Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she's kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity,聽<em>Open Book</em>聽is as inspiring as it is entertaining.</strong></p><p>This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn鈥檛 want to lie.</p><p>Jessica couldn鈥檛 be authentic with her readers if she wasn鈥檛 fully honest with herself first.</p><p>Now America鈥檚 Sweetheart, preacher鈥檚 daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please.聽<em>Open Book聽</em>is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she鈥檚 never shared before.</p><p>First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being聽<em>talked</em>聽<em>about</em>, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations she鈥檚 learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture clich茅鈥檚 鈥?鈥渃hicken or fish,鈥?鈥淒aisy Duke,鈥?"football jinx," 鈥渕om jeans,鈥?鈥渟exual napalm鈥︹€?and more.聽<em>Open Book</em>聽is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.</p>
Boys in the Trees: A Memoir
by Carly Simon

Language

English

Pages

385

Publication Date

November 24, 2015

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<p>Carly Simon's <i>New York Times</i> bestselling memoir, <i>Boys in the Trees</i>, reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song "You're So Vain." She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, for her song "Let the River Run" from the movie <i>Working Girl</i>. </p><p>The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture, but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing "Anticipation" and "We Have No Secrets" among many others. Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics, as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.</p>
Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

Language

English

Pages

503

Publication Date

February 20, 2020

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Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there鈥檚 tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there鈥檚 Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Together they are the March sisters. Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures 鈥?including Laurie, the boy next door. And through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.<br />Based on Louisa May Alcott鈥檚 childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.<br /><br />A wonderful story... As a child, I strongly identified with Jo because she is a writer. 鈥擩acqueline Wilson<br />The American female myth. 鈥擬adelon Bedell<br />It is an essential American novel, perhaps the essential American novel for girls鈥?Girls come to it on their own. 鈥擩ane Smiley<br />In 鈥淟ittle Women鈥? Alcott anticipated realism by twenty or thirty years. 鈥擥. K. Chesterton
Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
by Elton John

Language

English

Pages

376

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<p><b>INSTANT #1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film <i>Rocketman</i>, to becoming a living legend.</b></p><p>Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.</p><p>His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with <i>Aida</i>, <i>The Lion King</i>, and <i>Billy Elliot the Musical</i>. All the while Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade.</p><p>In <i>Me</i>, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you by a living legend.</p>
The Way I Heard It
by Mike Rowe

Language

English

Pages

271

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>Executive producer and host Mike Rowe presents a delightfully entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America鈥檚 #1 short-form podcast, <i>The Way I Heard It</i>, along with a host of personal memories, ruminations, and insights. It鈥檚 a captivating must-read.</b><br /><br /><i>The Way I Heard It</i> presents thirty-five mysteries 鈥渇or the curious mind with a short attention span.鈥?Every one is a trueish tale about someone you know, filled with facts that you don鈥檛. Movie stars, presidents, bloody do-gooders, and villains鈥攖hey鈥檙e all here, waiting to shake your hand, hoping you鈥檒l remember them. Delivered with Mike鈥檚 signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, their stories are part of a larger mosaic鈥攁 memoir full of surprising revelations, sharp observations, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike鈥檚 own remarkable life and career.
Name Drop: The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell ...
by Ross Mathews

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English

Pages

237

Publication Date

February 04, 2020

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<b>From Ross Mathews, the nationally bestselling author of <i>Man Up!</i>, judge on <i>RuPaul鈥檚 Drag Race</i>, and alum of <i>Chelsea Lately</i>, a collection of hilarious and irreverent essays about his experience with Hollywood鈥檚 most talked-about celebrities.</b><br /><br /><i>Pretend it鈥檚 happy hour and you and I are sitting at the bar. I look amazing and, I agree with you, much thinner in person. You look good, too. Maybe it鈥檚 the candlelight, maybe it鈥檚 the booze. Either way, let鈥檚 just go with it. Keep this all between you and me, and do me a favor? Don鈥檛 judge me if I name drop just a little.</i><br /> <br />Television personality Ross Mathews likes telling stories. He was always outrageous and hilariously honest, even when the biggest celebrity he knew was his favorite lunch lady in the school cafeteria. Now that he has Hollywood experience鈥攆rom interning behind the scenes at <i>The Tonight Show with Jay Leno</i> to judging <i>RuPaul鈥檚 Drag Race</i>鈥攈e has a lot to talk about.<br /> <br />In <i>Name Drop</i>, Ross dishes about being an unlikely insider in the alternate reality that is showbiz, like that time he was invited by Barbara Walters to host <i>The View鈥?lt;/i>only to learn his hero did <i>not</i> suffer fools; his Christmas with the Kardashians, which should be its own holiday special; and his news-making talk with Omarosa on <i>Celebrity Big Brother</i>, which, as it turns out, was <i>just </i>the tip of the iceberg. Holding nothing back, Ross shares the most treasured and surprising moments in his celebrity-filled career, and proves that while exposure may have made him a little bit famous, he is still as much a fanboy as ever.<br /> <br />Filled with tales ranging from the horrifying to the hilarious鈥攁nd with just the right 鈥淩ossipes鈥?and cocktails to go along with them鈥?lt;i>Name Drop </i>is every pop culture lover鈥檚 dream come true.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Declut...
by Marie Kond艒

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

October 14, 2014

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<b>The #1聽<i>New York Times</i>聽bestselling guide to decluttering your home and the inspiration for the hit Netflix show <i>Tidying Up with Marie Kondo</i>.</b><br /><br /><b><b><b><b>ONE OF CNN<b>鈥?lt;/b>S MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE</b></b></b></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鈥檒l 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鈥檚 clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).聽<br /><br /> With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house 鈥渟park joy鈥?(and which don鈥檛), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo鈥檚 newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home鈥攁nd the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History
by Robert Hughes

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English

Pages

512

Publication Date

November 01, 2011

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From Robert Hughes, one of the greatest art and cultural critics of our time, comes a sprawling, comprehensive, and deeply personal history of Rome鈥攁s city, as empire, and, crucially, as an origin of Western art and civilization, two subjects about which Hughes has spent his life writing and thinking.<br /><br />Starting on a personal note, Hughes takes us to the Rome he first encountered as a hungry twenty-one-year-old fresh from Australia in 1959. From that exhilarating portrait, he takes us back more than two thousand years to the city's foundation, one mired in mythologies and superstitions that would inform Rome's development for centuries.<br /><br />From the beginning, Rome was a hotbed of power, overweening ambition, desire, political genius, and corruption. Hughes details the turbulent years that saw the formation of empire and the establishment of the sociopolitical system, along the way providing colorful portraits of all the major figures, both political (Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, Nero, Caligula) and cultural (Cicero, Martial, Virgil), to name just a few. For almost a thousand years, Rome would remain the most politically important, richest, and largest city in the Western world.<br /><br />From the formation of empire, Hughes moves on to the rise of early Christianity, his own antipathy toward religion providing rich and lively context for the brutality of the early Church, and eventually the Crusades. The brutality had the desired effect鈥攖he Church consolidated and outlasted the power of empire, and Rome would be the capital of the Papal States until its annexation into the newly united kingdom of Italy in 1870.<br /><br />As one would expect, Hughes lavishes plenty of critical attention on the Renaissance, providing a full survey of the architecture, painting, and sculpture that blossomed in Rome over the course of the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries, and shedding new light on old masters in the process. Having established itself as the artistic and spiritual center of the world, Rome in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries saw artists (and, eventually, wealthy tourists) from all over Europe converging on the bustling city, even while it was caught up in the nationalistic turmoils of the Italian independence struggle and war against France.<br /><br />Hughes keeps the momentum going right into the twentieth century, when Rome witnessed the rise and fall of Italian Fascism and Mussolini, and took on yet another identity in the postwar years as the fashionable city of "La Dolce Vita." This is the Rome Hughes himself first encountered, and it's one he contends, perhaps controversially, has been lost in the half century since, as the cult of mass tourism has slowly ruined the dazzling city he loved so much. Equal parts idolizing, blasphemous, outraged, and awestruck, <i>Rome </i>is a portrait of the Eternal City as only Robert Hughes could paint it.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Di...
by Peter Wohlleben

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

September 13, 2016

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<p><strong>The first book in <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Peter Wohlleben鈥檚 The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy. Book two, <em>The Inner Life of Animals</em>, is available now, and the third book, <em>The Secret Wisdom of Nature</em>, is coming in Spring 2019.</strong></p><br /><p>Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.<br /><br />After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.<br /><br /><em>Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard</em></p><p><em>Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.</em></p>
Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
by Julie Andrews

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English

Pages

316

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><b><br /></b><b>In this follow-up to her critically acclaimed memoir, <i>Home</i>, Julie Andrews shares reflections on her astonishing career, including such classics as <i>Mary Poppins</i>, <i>The Sound of Music</i>, and <i>Victor/Victoria</i>.</b> <br /> In <i>Home</i>, the number one <i>New York Times</i> international bestseller, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed singer and performer on the stage. <br /> With this second memoir, <i>Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years</i>, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films--<i>Mary Poppins</i> and <i>The Sound of Music</i>. Andrews describes her years in the film industry -- from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including <i>Victor/Victoria</i>, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.<br /><br /> Cowritten with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, and told with Andrews's trademark charm and candor, <i>Home Work</i> takes us on a rare and intimate journey into an extraordinary life that is funny, heartrending, and inspiring.

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