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by M.E. CHIDIACAfter years of carrying around endless travel guides and puzzle books on safari, savvy M.E. Chidiac decided to combine both important information and recreational fun in her creation of The Savvy Puzzle series, the first of which is about her favourite subject – Africa. In Safari Savvy, M.E. puts two decades of African game experience to use in her 2-in-1 guidebook that incorporates useful advice about planning and going on safari with beautiful wildlife photographs, and an exciting new style... more
by James BurnsThe Butthole Surfers remain one of the most misunderstood and enigmatic bands in the history of rock music. Their records contain no pictures of the band; no recording information, and often with the suggestion that one play the record at 69 RPM. They lived like nomads through most of the 1980’s, with any home they had on paper merely used as a storage shed for the vast amount of equipment they amassed to create their often awe-inspiring live performances. In a time when the PMRC, the Rea... more
by Thomas DimopoulosFifteen stories, dozens of images and an exclusive timeline of Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center are woven together to tell the story of an extraordinary American city in New York.
by Michael K. SmithWhat is the origin of the idiom "playing fast and loose"? a juggling trick using ropes performed in Roman times; a Medieval cheating game involving sticks and belts; or the sordid sale of indulgences in the Catholic Church. Playing Fast and Loose invites the reader to guess the correct origin of common idioms. For each of the fifty idioms, three scenarios have been constructed. One scenario contains a short description of the likely origin of the phrase with some selected historical contex... more
by Adam CaressAt once a groundbreaking cultural history of rock music and an impassioned defense of the unique value of art, The Day Alternative Music Died is a timely and essential addition to the cultural discourse. Featuring a meticulously researched and eminently readable narrative that will appeal to both casual and diehard music fans, The Day Alternative Music Died tells the fascinating story of the tensions between artistic and commercial aspirations throughout the history of rock music. Author Adam Ca... more
by Mike CyraMike Cyra takes us on another hilarious grand tour of the strange medical humor in the real-life world of emergency medicine and surgery. Whether he's assisting trauma surgeons who are singing “Take me out to the ballgame” while removing a well-placed iconic symbol of America’s greatest past time, learning how fast he can run after being shot at by an angry couple who called for an ambulance, working with a prankster-loving urologist who demonstrates how bladder problems were diagnosed before ... more
by Rick FriedbergHollywood War Stories: How to Survive in the Trenches is an often funny, always enlightening, insider's view on how to navigate the shark-infested waters of “The Biz.” Filled with anecdotal "war stories," working with Academy-award winning talent, each short chapter explains a rule to follow like "Good Ideas Don't Just Fall Off a Turnip Truck," Humility is a Highly Over-rated Virtue" and many more. This is a candid tale for anyone who would relish a compatriot-in-arms’ joy and pain, whil... more
by Mike Cyra
Real life medical drama is OK… but true stories of emergency medicine that make you laugh out loud are better!
Mike Cyra's comedic storytelling style of writing is hilarious. Experience what it's like to drive an Emergency Vehicle through traffic. Learn how not to deliver a baby; how to fake unconsciousness; fun ways to chop your fingers off and why controlling your imagination is so crucial, when you find yourself alone in a morgue refrigerator, and the lights go out. St... more
by Steven M. Levine
Steven M. Levine, a 39 year veteran Hollywood prop master, takes the reader behind the scenes of the mystique and glamor of Hollywood to reveal the ‘in-the-trenches' role of the on-set life of a crew member. His unique, rarely written about perspective is told through informative, entertaining, poignant and humorous recollections. HOLLYWOOD From Below the Line begins with a description of the job of a prop master with an interesting story of his father’s caree... more
by Alexander KaufmanWhy buy this book? I haven't got the faintest idea, when you can buy any book around, written by known and famous authors. What's this book about? - The wisdom and folly of man probably. But before you shell out your money, it's not about sex, it's got no murder in it, no car chases and nobody finds a horse's head in his bed in the morning. This is merely a collection of stories, telling of a few little adventures that befell me while traipsing through this planet. It's a pretty good planet ac... more
by Daniel BoanDaniel Boan loves to use his Facebook page as an outlet to makes his whopping 242 friends laugh out loud. He sometimes gets upwards of an astounding 25 likes per status. That's right, count em, 2-5! Now some of his best statuses have been collected here in "LMS: A Collection of Status Updates from Your New Best Friend" along with some wonderfully ridiculous photographs taken by the wonderfully talented Ashely Noel Johnson. Daniel Boan fully expects this title to appeal to only a very niche audie... more
by Lynny PrinceIn Talking to Ghosts, author Lynny Prince shares her personal experiences with the paranormal from childhood to present day. Included are details of spiritual activity that occurred while writing her blockbuster novel, "Scattered Leaves: The Legend of Ghostkiller", a visit from psychic James Van Praagh, along with photos of her paranormal encounters. Things that go bump in the night just got real.
by Jason SchneiderIn the mid-1970s, after a decade as the undisputed “greatest rock and roll band in the world,” The Rolling Stones were forced to confront not only the cold reality of the new punk rock era, but how guitarist Keith Richards’ mounting personal problems were threatening the band’s very existence. Keith’s glorified image as rock’s ultimate outlaw, as a counterpoint to singer Mick Jagger’s image as rock’s ultimate sex symbol, was the basis of the Stones’ mystique. But at the start of 1977, as the ... more
by Otis Lambous
by André Akinyele
Meshell Ndegeocello is a rare breed in the music industry. She has survived and weathered the ups and downs of the business by evolving musically, even against fans' expectations. But, even more, she has also evolved spiritually. From her first album "Plantation Lullabies" to her current "Comet, Come to Me," authors Andre Akinyele and Jon O'Bergh explore her music from two complementary angles: first from a fan's point of view reflecting how the music has ... more
by Alex Sheremet
"Woody Allen: Reel To Real" is the most comprehensive discussion of Woody's film art to date, covering everything he's ever written, directed, or otherwise acted in. It also responds to five decades of Woody-related criticism -- both in print and online -- before turning the tables on the director, himself, to dissect his opinions on art, life, and philosophy, and what they mean for his films.
Hailed as a "seminal" and "revolutionary" work (Dan Schn... more