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by Michael RaysMichael Rays takes you on a guitar-oriented tour through the history of Billboard's American Number One hits, starting in 1955 with "Rock Around the Clock" and proceeding through Frankie Avalon's "Why"--the final #1 song of 1959. Rays writes brief commentaries on each song. Lots of nostalgia, lots of fun!
by Diane Drake
In this step-by-step guide, writers learn:
- Essential elements and principles of screenwriting with examples from popular films
- Keys to creating a hero your audience will really care about
- How to structure your story into three compelling acts
- The secret to making your scenes and story build as they progress
- Insider tips on the business of showbiz and how best to try to break in
- How to keep going when the muse is fickle, and much more
by Charlton JamesThrough happenstance, Kelly; the wife of another relationship finds a letter while walking her dog. Enthralled by the expressive content, she takes the letter home with the intent of using it as a tool to rekindle the spontaneity in her marriage; from there the story unfolds into a series of destructive episodes. The words and expressions intended for one relationship are read and conveyed in another. As consequence of becoming involved in Somebody Else's Business, the trust and fidelity in K... more
by Mike Smallcombe
Making Michael delves deep inside the career of one of the most successful, enigmatic and controversial entertainers of all time: Michael Jackson.
Side-stepping sensationalism, journalist Mike Smallcombe paints a vivid portrait of a man few people truly knew, the Michael Jackson who made making music his life’s work rather than the one portrayed on the front pages of the tabloids.
Interviewing over sixty of Jackson's associates ... more
by Lauren Fertitta
Lessons learned while riding a bike in New York City are words to live by. This is Wheel Life: Thoughts on Bikes is a wry collection of hard-earned bike lessons that are also excellent life lessons. Includes insights such as “Having the right of way is not the same as not getting hit by a car,” “Don’t ride a bike you know is broken” and “Sometimes what looks like a deep pothole from a distance is actually just a shadow.” This pocket-sized b... more
by Jordan Goldman, ACEGo inside the cutting room with Emmy-winning editor Jordan Goldman, A.C.E. (Homeland, 24: Live Another Day, Masters of Sex, The Shield) as he explains the key things professional actors should — and shouldn't do – to ensure their performance makes it to the screen. He’ll show you how and why directors, showrunners, and editors decide whether your performance stays in the show – or gets cut out. Acting for the camera can be challenging. Arm yourself with the best tips and advice you can get, fr... more
by Kathy Lockwood
Kathy Lockwood spent the summer of 1990 dressed in polyester and living in the pastel-colored world of the enchanting film Edward Scissorhands. As one of the neighborhood hair ladies, she recounts an honest and amusing story of her work on the film.
by Margaret Meps Schulte2015 Winner of the Bookseller Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year. Researchers have proven that talking to strangers is good for us. But how do you get people to talk to strangers? Strangers Have the Best Candy is the book that answers that question. Margaret Meps Schulte shares her own stories of chance encounters with strangers, illustrating how such encounters lead to adventure, friendship, and serendipity. Most readers say that when they finish the book, they have an uncanny urge ... more
by Manuel S. CervantesWhat Tennis Pros Don't Teach encompasses a World of information threading Tennis and life at work. It talks about the forces of Tennis under all different scenarios. This book is based on the love of Tennis as the foundation to tackle philosophy, mental toughness, discipline, strategy, the meaning of momentum, technique, player development, politics in sports, etc… What Tennis Pros Don't Teach also shows us how to make Tennis a special friend and use it to help forge our lives and destiny. What ... more
by Debra Picchi; Thomas DesrosiersA chance sailing trip with a friend from work led me to wonder if I could learn to sail. After all, I’m a woman, and the sailing world seems to favor men. I am not athletic; I didn’t grow up in a family where we learned about boating; I would be starting late, since I was in my thirties; and I suffer from seasickness. What I discovered over the next twenty-five years is that I could indeed learn to be a competent sailor. But I didn’t expect to be an expert overnight. Instead, as a novice, I laye... more
by angela frankLonnie the lobster has always dreamt of becoming a knight and somewhat of a Don Quixote. He wants to travel and help and protect the sea and its life. Regina the little herring from Santa Marina is a prima ballerina. She writes to him that she will love only the one who will dare to be adventurous and she will not wait because the son of the Sea Bream is very polite, brings her silky seaweed ribbons every day and is sure to be daring to impress her. This is how Lonnie begins his adventures at se... more
by Lill HawkinsI've lived in Maine for almost 30 years, almost as long as I've been married to the geek. I love Maine, really I do, even if I do hate it. Maine has given me so much to complain, er, write about. The ME in HUMOR ME is the two letter abbreviation for my adopted state. The HUMOR is what I use to survive the brutal winters, sticky mud seasons, the perils of hunting season and the vampiric Black Fly seasons. As I did in my first book, I mostly write about family and homeschooling in this book an... more
by Lill HawkinsAs I did in my first two books, I mostly write about family and homeschooling in this book and continue to try to be a writer who uses humor in a positive way even when the wheels fall off almost every wagon I climb aboard. Like Erma Bombeck, I mention a few times that my family is driving me crazy. But I go on to say that I know that I drive them crazy too. I don't mind telling my readers that I love my family and friends and think they're awesome. I'm not big on f-bombs in my writing or re... more
by Lill HawkinsBeing secular homeschoolers in a small town in Maine isn't easy. Drifts of doom. Frost heaves from Hades. Maine isn't for the fainthearted, but it can be hilarious, almost hysterical at times. Luckily, Lill, Geekdaddy, Son, and Daughter are usually able to overcome almost anything - even lovesick porcupines and hunters that shoot at anything with four legs, including lawn furniture - without losing their senses of humor.
by Chris BarsantiWho has the time to waste on a bad movie? Hundreds of new movies opened in 2015. Nobody has time to see them all. To help you maximize your movie-going opportunities, critic Chris Barsanti runs down the best movies of 2015 that you should make sure to see--and those you shouldn't bother with. In this year's edition of Eyes Wide Open, you'll find answers to these questions: Was Star Wars: The Force Awakens worth the wait? Does The Big Short tell the truth about what caused the Great Rec... more
by Noeline LongThe little cumbers live in a place punda munda in a large forest, they care for all the animals, they also look after the forest, they love all the animals that live there and each other. They can comumicate with all the animals, they in turn can talk to the cute little cumbers. Children dont like been preached at, my books teach them how to respect the forest and each other with a gentle approach.