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Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
by Julie Andrews

Language

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.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Offici...
by , John Tiffany

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

July 25, 2017

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<p><b>The official playscript of the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.</b><br /><br />It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.<br /><br />While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.<br /><br />The playscript for <i>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child </i>was originally released as a 'special rehearsal edition' alongside the opening of Jack Thorne's play in London's West End in summer 2016. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller.<br /><br />This definitive and final playscript updates the 'special rehearsal edition' with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of <i>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child</i>.</p>
Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch
by Alexandra Jacobs

Language

English

Pages

337

Publication Date

October 22, 2019

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<p><b>"Compulsively readable . . . ravenously consuming . . . manna from heaven . . . If ever someone knew how to put a genuinely irresistible book together, it's Jacobs in <i>Still Here</i>." 鈥擩eff Simon, <i>The Buffalo News</i></b><br /><b></b><i></i><br /><i>Still Here</i> is the first full telling of Elaine Stritch鈥檚 life. Rollicking but intimate, it tracks one of Broadway鈥檚 great personalities from her upbringing in Detroit during the Great Depression to her fateful move to New York City, where she studied alongside Marlon Brando, Bea Arthur, and Harry Belafonte. We accompany Elaine through her jagged rise to fame, to Hollywood and London, and across her later years, when she enjoyed a stunning renaissance, punctuated by a turn on the popular television show <i>30 Rock</i>. We explore the influential鈥攁nd often fraught鈥攃ollaborations she developed with No毛l Coward, Tennessee Williams, and above all Stephen Sondheim, as well as her courageous yet flawed attempts to control a serious drinking problem. And we see the entertainer triumphing over personal turmoil with the development of her Tony Award鈥搘inning one-woman show,<i> Elaine Stritch at Liberty,</i> which established her as an emblem of spiky independence and Manhattan life for an entirely new generation of admirers.</p><p>In <i>Still Here,</i> Alexandra Jacobs conveys the full force of Stritch鈥檚 sardonic wit and brassy charm while acknowledging her many dark complexities. Following years of meticulous research and interviews, this is a portrait of a powerful, vulnerable, honest, and humorous figure who continues to reverberate in the public consciousness.</p>
The Hangman (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel)
by Louise Penny

Language

English

Pages

96

Publication Date

October 24, 2011

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On a cold November morning, a jogger runs through the woods in the peaceful Quebec village of Three Pines. On his run, he finds a dead man hanging from a tree.<br />The dead man was a guest at the local Inn and Spa. He might have been looking for peace and quiet, but something else found him. Something horrible.<br />Did the man take his own life? Or was he murdered? Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to the crime scene. As Gamache follows the trail of clues, he opens a door into the past. And he learns the true reason why the man came to Three Pines.<br />This book is a quick and easy read for people on the go.
The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide
by Jenna Fischer

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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<p>Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong?</p><br /><br /><p>Uh, basically everything. 聽The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she鈥檇 imagined. 聽It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on <em>The Office</em>, nearly a decade of frustration, struggle, rejection and doubt.</p><br /><br /><p>If only she鈥檇 had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way鈥攁n established actor who could educate her about the business, manage her expectations, and reassure her in those moments of despair.</p><br /><br /><p>Jenna wants to be that person for you. 聽聽</p><br /><br /><p>With amusing candor and wit, Fischer spells out the nuts and bolts of getting established in the profession, based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences. 聽She tells you how to get the right headshot, what to look for in representation, and the importance of joining forces with other like-minded artists and creating your own work鈥攊nvaluable advice personally acquired from her many years of struggle. 聽She provides helpful hints on how to be gutsy and take risks, the tricks to good auditioning and callbacks, and how not to fall for certain scams (auditions in a guy鈥檚 apartment are probably not legit鈥攐r at least not for the kind of part you鈥檙e looking for!).</p><br /><br /><p>Her inspiring, helpful guidance feels like a trusted friend who鈥檚 made the journey, and has now returned to walk beside you, pointing out the pitfalls as you blaze your own path towards the life of a professional actor. 聽</p>
The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage ...
by Erik Bork

Language

English

Pages

228

Publication Date

September 03, 2018

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Most screenwriting books tend to focus on story structure, scene writing, navigating the business, and other parts of the craft that come AFTER the initial choice of the central concept for a story. Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning writer/producer Erik Bork (HBO鈥檚 <strong><i>Band of Brothers</strong></i>) takes a different approach. His experience in the industry and as a screenwriting professor and coach have led him to recognize that it's the selection of the initial idea that is the most important part of the process -- with the most impact on the project's chance of success. And as Mr. Bork knows from experience, this choice takes a lot more understanding and work to get "right" than it might seem.<br /><br />Most screenwriters and fiction writers have difficulty getting their work read and accepted by agents, editors and producers mainly because their idea for a story presented in a query or pitch doesn't excite these "gatekeepers" like it would need to, for them to want to engage. And when they do read the whole story, their core reasons for "passing" are usually also about the basic idea (although lack of professional-level execution matters, too). But writers are usually in the dark about this, not realizing that the project they spent months or years on had fundamental flaws on a concept level, in the eyes of the people they most hoped to impress with it.<br /><br />But even the best fiction writing books and screenwriting experts tend to move quickly past the crucial step of choosing a viable idea, to get to the specific plotting and composition of it, because there is so much to master in those later parts of the process -- which feel a lot more like "writing" than developing and mulling over potential story concepts.<br /><br />Professionals, though, tend to understand the primacy of "the idea," and learn that there are certain key elements in story or series premises that really work, and which are worth investing time and energy in. And that's what <strong><i>The Idea</strong></i> focuses on -- laying out what those specific elements are, and how to master them.<br /><br />While its concepts originate from the author's screenwriting experiences, they apply equally to commercial fiction writing, playwriting and other forms of 鈥渟tory鈥?-- because the focus is on what makes an underlying concept compelling enough to appeal to a substantial audience or readership.<br /><br />The "Seven Elements of a Viable Story" in <strong><i>The Idea</strong></i> form an acronym for the word PROBLEM, since every story is really about one, at its core.<br /><br />Each chapter focuses on one of these seven deceptively simple-looking aspects of a strong story, which are anything but easy to master. Mr. Bork highlights his own struggles as a writer, and his arrival at an understanding of how each of these elements works -- and how to know if one's idea really succeeds at each of them. A special section devoted to television writing (and its unique attributes) ends each chapter.<br /><br />Whatever your education and background in writing or story, this book and its unique focus contributes foundationally useful information not covered elsewhere -- which may be the missing piece that leads to greater results, both on the page and in the marketplace.
A New History of Medieval Japanese Theatre: Noh and Ky艒gen from ...
by Noel John Pinnington

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English

Pages

225

Publication Date

February 21, 2019

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This book traces the history of noh and ky艒gen, the first major Japanese theatrical arts. Going beyond P. G. O'Neill's <i>Early N艒 Drama</i> of 1958, it covers the full period of noh's medieval development and includes a chapter dedicated to the comic art of ky艒gen, which has often been left in noh's shadow. It is based on contemporary research in Japan, Asia, Europe and America, and embraces current ideas of theatre history, providing a richly contextualized account which looks closely at theatrical forms and genres as they arose.聽<br /><br />The masked drama of noh, with its ghosts, chanting and music, and its use in Japanese films, has been the object of modern international interest. However, audiences are often confused as to what noh actually is. This book attempts to answer where noh came from, what it was like in its day, and what it was for.聽To that end, it contains sections which discuss a number of prominent noh plays in their period and challenges established approaches. It also contains the first detailed study in English of the ky艒gen repertoire of the sixteenth-century.
Instant Pot Cookbook: 550 Recipes for Beginners and Pros to Cook ...
by Marta Getty

Language

English

Pages

639

Publication Date

October 02, 2019

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<h3><strong>You will be amazed how simple and joyful can be cooking with Instant Pot!</strong></h3><br /><p>Our diet and way of cooking can influence not only our body health but also our level of energy and mental health. Sometimes we neglect the usefulness of food in favor of fast cooking. In modern business life, we simply don't have enough strength and time for everything. Of course, we can鈥檛 solve every issue but we can make some of them easier.</p><br /><p>With our Instant Pot recipes you won鈥檛 waste your energy in the kitchen. Moreover, with our Instant Pot cookbook you do not need any special cooking skills to make tasty meals for your family.</p><br /><p><strong>In this Instant Pot Cookbook you will find delicious meals for every taste. </strong></p><br /><p>There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, and snack time. You will find here vegetable and meat meals, delicious poultry meals, dessert, appetizers, and seafood meals. The clear and written in plain language recipes will be understandable even to people who have never cooked. You can combine recipes to create the perfect dinner or breakfast. Also, always be creative - changing just one ingredient can make different the taste of a familiar meal.</p><br /><p>Check out some of the recipes:</p><br /><ul><br /><li>Cottage Cheese Casserole</li><br /><li>Chickpeas&Noodles Soup</li><br /><li>Appetizer Chicken Sliders</li><br /><li>Catfish in Coconut Gravy</li><br /><li>Rosemary Lamb Chops</li><br /></ul><br /><h3><strong>Get your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook and enjoy cooking!</strong></h3><br />
Listening for America: Inside the Great American Songbook from Ge...
by Rob Kapilow

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English

Pages

472

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<p><strong>鈥淣ot since the late Leonard Bernstein has classical music had a combination salesman-teacher as irresistible as Kapilow.鈥?鈥?lt;em>Kansas City Star</em></strong></p><br /><p>Few people in recent memory have dedicated themselves as devotedly to the story of twentieth- century American music as Rob Kapilow, the composer, conductor, and host of the hit NPR music radio program, <em>What Makes It Great?</em> Now, in <em>Listening for America</em>, he turns his keen ear to the Great American Songbook, bringing many of our favorite classics to life through the songs and stories of eight of the twentieth century鈥檚 most treasured American composers鈥擪ern, Porter, Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin, Rodgers, Bernstein, and Sondheim. Hardly confi ning himself to celebrating what makes these catchy melodies so unforgettable, Kapilow delves deeply into how issues of race, immigration, sexuality, and appropriation intertwine in masterpieces like <em>Show Boat</em> and <em>West Side Story</em>. A book not just about musical theater but about America itself, <em>Listening for America</em> is equally for the devotee, the singer, the music student, or for anyone intrigued by how popular music has shaped the larger culture, and promises to be the ideal gift book for years to come.</p>
Hamilton: The Revolution
by , Jeremy McCarter

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

April 12, 2016

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<b>A backstage pass to the groundbreaking, hit musical <i>Hamilton, </i>winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including the award-winning libretto, behind-the-scenes photos and interviews, and exclusive footnotes from composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda.</b><br />Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical <i>Hamilton</i> is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation.<br /> <br />HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages--"since before this was even a show," according to Miranda--traces its development from an improbable perfor顱mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.<br /> <br />Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sond顱heim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by Presi顱dent Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shot.<br />

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