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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>
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.
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 BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE WASHINGTON POST </i>AND <i>THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS</i></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.
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.
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 Show Won't Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic De...
by , Burt Kearns

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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There has never been a show business book quite like <i>The Show Won't Go On</i>, the first comprehensive study of a bizarre phenomenon: performers who died onstage. From the comedy magician who dropped dead on live television to the amateur thespian who expired during a play called <i>The Art of Murder</i>, the book is a celebration of lives both famous and obscure, as well as a dramatic and accurate recounting of events leading to the moments they died "doing what they loved." <i>The Show Won't Go On</i> covers almost every genre of entertainment and is full of unearthed anecdotes, exclusive interviews, colorful characters, and ironic twists. With dozens of heart-stopping stories, it's the perfect book to dip into on any page.
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>
I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend
by Martin Short

Language

English

Pages

357

Publication Date

November 04, 2014

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<p>In this engagingly witty, wise, and heartfelt memoir, Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz- obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood's favorite funnymen, known to his famous peers as the "comedian's comedian."</p><p>Short takes the reader on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of <em>Saturday Night Live</em>, and from memorable roles in such movies as <em>隆Three Amigos!</em> and <em>Father of the Bride</em> to Broadway stardom in <em>Fame Becomes Me</em> and the Tony-winning <em>Little Me</em>.</p><p>He reveals how he created his most indelible comedic characters, among them the manic man-child Ed Grimley, the slimy corporate lawyer Nathan Thurm, and the bizarrely insensitive interviewer Jiminy Glick. Throughout, Short freely shares the spotlight with friends, colleagues, and collaborators, among them Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Gilda Radner, Mel Brooks, Nora Ephron, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Paul Shaffer, and David Letterman.</p><p>But there is another side to Short's life that he has long kept private. He lost his eldest brother and both parents by the time he turned twenty, and, more recently, he lost his wife of thirty years to cancer. In <em>I Must Say</em>, Short talks for the first time about the pain that these losses inflicted and the upbeat life philosophy that has kept him resilient and carried him through.</p><p>In the grand tradition of comedy legends, Martin Short offers a show-business memoir densely populated with boldface names and rife with retellable tales: a hugely entertaining yet surprisingly moving self-portrait that will keep you laughing鈥攁nd crying鈥攆rom the first page to the last.</p>
Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling
by Philip Pullman

Language

English

Pages

489

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>From the internationally best-selling author of the <i>His Dark Materials</i> trilogy, a spellbinding journey into the secrets of his art--the narratives that have shaped his vision, his experience of writing, and the keys to mastering the art of storytelling.</b><br /><br />One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling authors of our time now gives us a book that charts the history of his own enchantment with story--from his own books to those of Blake, Milton, Dickens, and the Brothers Grimm, among others--and delves into the role of story in education, religion, and science. At once personal and wide-ranging, <i>Daemon Voices</i> is both a revelation of the writing mind and the methods of a great contemporary master, and a fascinating exploration of storytelling itself.
What Are You Laughing At?: How to Write Humor for Screenplays, St...
by Brad Schreiber

Language

English

Pages

280

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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鈥淧eople have forgotten how to be funny,鈥?says Chris Vogler in his foreword to <i>What Are You Laughing at?</i> Luckily, experienced and award-winning humor writer Brad Schreiber is here to remind us all how it鈥檚 done. If laughter is the best medicine, be prepared to feel fit as a fiddle after perusing these pages. Brad鈥檚 clever wit and well-timed punch lines are sure to leave you grasping your sides, while his wise advice will ensure that you鈥檙e able to follow in his comedic footsteps.<br /><br />With more than seventy excerpts from such expert prose and screenwriters as Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., as well as unique writing exercises for all situations, this comprehensive tutorial will teach you how to write humor prose for any literary form, including screenwriting, story writing, theater, television, and audio/radio. Additionally, readers are given sage advice on different tactics for writing comedic fiction versus comedic nonfiction. Some of the topics discussed include:<br /><br /><li>Life experience versus imagination<br /></li><li>How to use humor to develop theme/setting, character, and dialogue<br /></li><li>Rhythm and sound of words<br /></li><li>Vulgarity and bad taste<br /></li><li>How to market your humor prose in the digital market</li><br />Thoroughly revised and updated, and with new information on writing short, humorous films, <i>What Are You Laughing at?</i> is your endless source to learning the art of comedy.

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