Superhero Ethics: 10 Comic Book Heroes; 10 Ways to Save the World; Which One Do We Need Most Now?
by Travis Smith
published by Templeton Press
Whether in comic books or on movie screens, superhero stories are where many people first encounter questions about how they should conduct their lives. Although these outlandish figures—in their capes, masks, and tights, with their unbelievable origins and preternatural powers—are often dismissed as juvenile amusements, they really are profound metaphors for different approaches to shaping one's character and facing the challenges of life.
Start a Successful Business: Expert Advice to Take Your Startup from Idea to Empire (Inc. Magazine)
by Colleen DeBaise
published by AMACOM
Let Inc. help launch your dreams! Makers, doers, and dreamers—for decades they have turned to Inc. for help in getting their businesses off the ground. The publication's keen advice clarifies the process, while startup stories fuel aspirations and spark action.
The Napkin Art of Tim Burton: Things You Think About in a Bar
by Tim Burton
published by Steeles Publishing
From the creative genius Tim Burton comes a book that conveys his thoughts, ideas and memories with simple sketches on the most convenient surface available - a napkin
Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly
by Mark Ulriksen
published by Goff Books
An illustrated book highlighting the art of renowned artist Mark Ulriksen. A humorous waggling tale about the life of dogs, drawing from Mark’s personal observations of his own dogs over his lifetime. From early puppy training to dog walking to caring for aging dogs, Mark provides a light-hearted commentary about the bonding relationship between man and man’s best friend.
The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti
by Rafael Schacter; Foreword by John Fekner
published by Yale University Press
An authoritative guide to the most significant artists, schools, and styles of street art and graffiti around the world. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti emphasizes urban art’s powerful commitment to a spontaneous creativity that is inherently connected to the architecture of the metropolis.
How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart
by Robert M Greenberg, Ph. D.
published by Plume
Whether you're attending the latest performance of Tosca at the Opera, or rocking out to Lady Gaga on an Ipod, the act of listening to music can lift and inspire us. However, there is far more at work than just the notes we hear. No matter the genre music is not only the vision of an artist, but a living, breathing expression of its time. Revealing the history and hidden language of over two thousand years of great music, Greenberg helps readers finally hear what they’ve been missing in How to Listen to Great Music.
The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers
by Donald Maass
published by Writers Digest Books
Fiction writers of all levels and genres who want solid craft advice and writers ready to send their manuscripts out to agents and editors, but aren't sure of the next steps will value this comprehensive writing reference by top New York literary agent Donald Maass.
The Quilter's Bible
by Linda Clements
published by David & Charles (F&W Media)
The Quilter's Bible presents essential know-how together with a wide range of inspirational projects, tips and ideas collected from international top-name quilters.
Amazing Crayon Drawing With Lee Hammond: Create Lifelike Portraits, Pets, Landscapes and More
by Lee Hammond
published by North Light Books
Combine the familiar charm of crayons with "grown-up" art techniques for surprisingly realistic results.
American Idol: The Untold Story
by Richard Rushfield
published by Hyperion
Each season American Idol delivers on a promise whose epic scope is unparalleled in the annals of competition: to take an unknown dreamer from the middle of America and turn him or her into a genuine star. It has become not only the biggest show on television, but the biggest force in all of entertainment; its alumni dominate the recording charts and Broadway, win Academy Awards, and sweep up Grammys.
John Lennon: Life Is What Happens
by John Borack
published by Krause Publications
John Lennon -- Life is What Happens celebrates the life and times of one of the most influential musicians in pop music history. A singer, songwriter, artist, social activist, husband and father, Lennon's genius inspired a generation -- and continues to do so today some 30 years after his death.
The Basic Book of Digital Photography: How to Shoot, Enhance, and Share Your Digital Pictures
by Tom Grimm and Michele Grimm
published by Plume
With its lively text, more than four hundred basic photos and illustrations, and an extensive glossary, The Basic Book of Digital Photography is an indispensable reference for amateur and professional photographers alike.
The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts
by Tom Farley, Jr. and Tanner Colby
published by Penguin Books
After his star-making turn on Saturday Night Live and three straight number-one hit movies, Chris Farley's overdose at the age of thirty-three seemed like just another sad Hollywood story of indulgence and excess -- and an eerie parallel to the fate of his idol, John Belushi.
Burn This Book: PEN Writers Speak Out on the Power of the Word
by Toni Morrison
published by HarperStudio
Why protect free speech? What is the power of the word? The approaches they all take to these questions are as varied as their works of literature. Here, the personal and the political mingle and collide; philosophical reflection is partnered with the conundrums of experience. Across the pages there is a rush of ideas, emotions and perspectives that disallow assumptions to stand or acquiesce to any force, whether external or internal.
Either You're In Or You're In the Way: Two Brothers, Twelve Months, and One Filmmaking Hell-Ride to a First Feature
by Logan Miller and Noah Miller
published by Collins
When identical twin brothers Logan and Noah Miller's homeless father died alone in a jail cell, they vowed come hell or high water that their film, Touching Home, would be made as a dedication to their love for him.
Acting Class: Take A Seat
by Milton Katselas
published by Phoenix
Previously only available to Katselas' students at the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse, Acting Class presents the concepts and methods that have helped lead a generation of actors to success on stage, in cinema, and on television. Now for the first time, this all-encompassing book is available to the general public, taking readers and sitting them in the legendary acting class of Milton Katselas, where he not only covers techniques and methods, but also includes valuable discussions on the attitude any artist needs to fulfill his or her dream.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion
by Ernie Malik
published by HarperOne
Inside this ultimate visual companion to the making of the second film in C. S. Lewis's beloved Narnia series, discover lavish photos and behind the scenes stories that give you a front-row seat of how movie magic is made.
The Tokyo Look Book: Stylish to Spectacular, Goth to Gyaru, Sidewalk to Catwalk
by Philomena Keet and Yuri Manabe
published by Kodansha International
Come with us on a stroll through Tokyo's fashion neighborhoods and meet the city's trendy teens and twenty-somethings captured as they work and play.
A Star Is Found: Our Adventures Casting Some of Hollywood's Biggest Movies
by Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins with Rachel Kranz
published by Harcourt
For anyone who's ever wondered how the Princess Bride ended up with an English accent or what Julia Roberts wore to the audition for her first major role -- or for anyone who's ever walked out of a movie saying "I would never have put that guy in that part" -- here is a first-of-its-kind look at how actors are chosen and careers are born.
Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson
by Peter Ames Carlin
published by Rodale
Their sound registers in a wave crashing on an empty beach; in the four-on-the-floor squeal of a tricked-out roadster; in a prom-night kiss. For more than four decades, their music has defined what it means to be young, to be ambitious, to be American. But how well do you really know the Beach Boys?
Secrets of the Widow's Son: The Mysteries Surrounding the Sequel to The Da Vinci Code
by David A. Shugarts
published by Sterling Publishing
This book is not a spoiler; it gives away no plot lines from Dan Brown's much-awaited sequel to The DaVinci Code. Rather, Secrets of the Widow's Son reveals a fascinating and ultimately shocking trail of historical details and mythic clues, rummaging through the raw materials from which Dan Brown has indicated his new novel will be constructed.
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