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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

Language

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 Hero
by Lee Child

Language

English

Pages

76

Publication Date

November 26, 2019

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<p><strong>WHAT MAKES A HERO? WHO BETTER TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION THAN LEE CHILD鈥?lt;/strong></p><p><strong>鈥業t鈥檚 Lee Child.聽Why would you聽not聽read it?鈥?Karin Slaughter</strong></p><p><strong>鈥業 don't know another author so聽skilled聽at making me turn the page鈥?<em>The Times</em></strong></p><p><strong>In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world 鈥?arguing that we need them now more than ever.</strong></p><p>From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling?</p><p>Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, <em>The Hero</em> is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we鈥檒l always need heroes.</p>
Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenw...
by Robert McKee

Language

English

Pages

490

Publication Date

September 28, 2010

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Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience. <p> In <em>Story</em>, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.</p>
Star Trek Cats
by Jenny Parks

Language

English

Pages

64

Publication Date

February 28, 2017

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Captain's log: We have entered a galaxy where beloved illustrator Jenny Parks has conjured an astonishingly vivid homage to the original <em>Star Trek</em> series with an unexpected twist: a cast of cats. Featuring a hilarious new take on iconic characters and scenes鈥攆rom Kirk in the Captain's chair to Spock offering his Vulcan wisdom鈥攖his eye-opening adventure stays true to the tone of the classic TV show. Playful, loving, and from a strange new world, <em>Star Trek Cats</em> is the perfect gift for fans of, well, <em>Star Trek</em> and cats.<br /><br />TM & 漏 2017 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Build...
by Ari Herstand

Language

English

Pages

523

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<p><strong>Hailed as an 鈥渋ndispensable鈥?guide (<em>Forbes</em>), <em>How to Make It in the New Music Business</em> returns in this extensively revised and expanded edition.</strong></p><br /><p>When <em>How to Make It in the New Music Business</em> hit shelves in 2016, it instantly became the go-to resource for musicians eager to make a living in a turbulent industry. Widely adopted by music schools everywhere and considered 鈥渢he best how- to book of its kind鈥?(<em>Music Connection</em>), it inspired thousands to stop waiting around for that 鈥渂ig break.鈥?Now trusted as the leading expert for 鈥渄o it yourself鈥?artists, Ari Herstand returns with this second edition, maintaining that a stable career can be built by taking advantage of the many tools at our fi ngertips: conquering social media, mastering the art of merchandising, embracing authentic fan connection, and simply learning how to persevere. Comprehensively updated to include the latest online trends and developments, it offers inspiring success stories across media such as Spotify and Instagram. The result is a must- have for anyone hoping to navigate the increasingly complex yet advantageous landscape that is the modern music industry.</p>
The Beautiful Ones
by Prince

Language

English

Pages

278

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;/b>The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words鈥攆eaturing never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST MUSIC BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW </i>AND ONE聽OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE WASHINGTON POST </i>AND <i>THE GUARDIAN </i>鈥⒙?lt;b>NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD聽</b></b><br /><br /> Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of 鈥淯ptown鈥?to the mythical landscape of <i>Purple Rain</i> to the psychedelia of 鈥淧aisley Park.鈥?But his most ambitious creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, one of the greatest pop stars of any era.<br /><br /> <i>The Beautiful Ones</i> is the story of how Prince became Prince鈥攁 first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince鈥檚 early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince鈥檚 evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book鈥檚 fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for <i>Purple Rain</i>鈥攖he final stage in Prince鈥檚 self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey.<br /><br /> The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring鈥檚 riveting and moving introduction about his profound collaboration with Prince in his final months鈥攁 time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he鈥檇 so carefully cultivated鈥攁nd annotations that provide context to the book鈥檚 images.<br /><br /> This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original and energizing literary work in its own right, full of Prince鈥檚 ideas and vision, his voice and image鈥攈is undying gift to the world.
The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing th...
by Crown Archetype

Language

English

Pages

327

Publication Date

March 21, 2017

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<b><i>鈥?lt;/i>Wonderful."聽<b><i>鈥?lt;/i>Michiko Kakutani,聽<i>New York Times</i></b><br /><br />Celebrating the 20th anniversary of storytelling phenomenon The Moth, 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best ever told on their stages</b><br /><br />Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, <i>All These Wonders</i> features voices both familiar and new. Alongside聽Meg Wolitzer,聽John Turturro, Tig Notaro, and Hasan Minhaj, readers will encounter: an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, an Afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family, a hip-hop star coming to terms with being a 鈥渙ne-hit wonder,鈥?a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill鈥檚 鈥渟ecret army鈥?during World War II, and more.<br /><br /> High-school student and neuroscientist聽alike, the storytellers share their ventures into uncharted territory鈥攁nd how their lives were changed indelibly by what they discovered there. With passion, and humor, they encourage us聽all to be聽more open, vulnerable, and alive.
Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agen...
by James Andrew Miller

Language

English

Pages

757

Publication Date

August 09, 2016

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<p><strong>A<em> New York Times </em>bestseller </strong></p><p><strong>An astonishing鈥攁nd astonishingly entertaining鈥攈istory of Hollywood鈥檚 transformation over the past five decades as seen through the agency at the heart of it all, from the #1 bestselling co-author of <em>Live from New York </em>and <em>Those Guys Have All the Fun.</em></strong></p><p>The movies you watch, the TV shows you adore, the concerts and sporting events you attend鈥攂ehind the curtain of nearly all of these is an immensely powerful and secretive corporation known as Creative Artists Agency. Started聽in 1975,聽when聽five bright and brash employees of a creaky William Morris office left to聽open聽their own, strikingly innovative talent agency,聽CAA聽would聽come聽to聽revolutionize the entertainment industry, and聽over the next several decades聽its tentacles would spread aggressively throughout the worlds of movies, television, music, advertising, and investment banking.聽</p><p><em>Powerhouse聽</em>is the fascinating, no-holds-barred saga of that ascent. Drawing on unprecedented and exclusive access to the men and women who built and battled with CAA, as well as financial information never before made public, author James Andrew Miller spins a tale of boundless ambition, ruthless egomania, ceaseless empire building, greed, and personal betrayal. It is also a story of prophetic brilliance, magnificent artistry, singular genius, entrepreneurial courage, strategic daring, foxhole brotherhood, and how one firm utterly transformed the entertainment business.</p><p>Here are the real Star Wars鈥攃omplete with a Death Star鈥攖old through the voices of those who were there. Packed with scores of stars from movies, television, music, and sports, as well as a tremendously compelling cast of agents, studio executives, network chiefs, league commissioners, private equity partners, tech CEOs, and media tycoons,聽<em>Powerhouse聽</em>is itself a Hollywood blockbuster of the most spectacular sort.</p>
Plotman to the Rescue: A Troubleshooting Guide to Fixing Your Tou...
by James Scott Bell

Language

English

Pages

137

Publication Date

November 04, 2019

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<h1><b>"Help! My plot drags, sags, and has no heart!"</h1><p></b><br /><br /><h2><b>This looks like a job for Plotman!</b></h2><p></b><br /><br />Yes, solving your plot problems is why the superhero of story came to Earth. His mission? To give practical, easy-to-apply answers to the most vexing plot questions writers face, such as:<br /><br />鈥?How do I plan a plot if I'm not a plot planner?<br />鈥?Does my plot need a prologue?<br />鈥?What if I hit a plot wall?<br />鈥?What if my plot is getting away from me?<br />鈥?Why ins't my plot more gripping at the start?<br />鈥?Why is my overall plot dull?<br />鈥?What should I do if my plot is implausible?<br />鈥?Do I really need to think about plot structure?<br />鈥?How do I deepen the emotional impact of my plot?<br />鈥?What's the best way to plug a plot hole?<br />鈥?How do I keep my plot from ending with a thud?<br /><br />And more! <br /><br />With bonus material on how to find and utilize beta readers; and several plot generating methods you can put to use at any time. <br /><br />Whether used as a reference guide or refresher course, this book will strengthen your storytelling muscles and help you elevate every novel you write. Because Plotman, along with his faithful sidekick Subplot Boy, has sworn to uphold plot, story, and the bestselling way.

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