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

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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></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 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.</p><p>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 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.</p>
Box Set: Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabet...
by Grace May Carter

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English

Pages

906

Publication Date

October 11, 2018

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Here, from New York Times bestselling biographer Grace May Carter, are the extraordinary lives of Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor.<br /><br />Ingrid Bergman emerges as a devoted artist whose refusal to be a caricature caused her endless trouble - but also produced brilliant performances, from her early role opposite Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca to her profound and final appearance as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. In between, there were four children (including actress Isabella Rossellini), three husbands, and passionate affairs with war photographer Robert Capa, Wizard of Oz director Victor Fleming, and Spellbound co-star Gregory Peck. She was perhaps the most international star in the history of entertainment, and, without a doubt, one of the most misunderstood.<br /><br />In a career that spanned six decades, two Academy Awards, and ten Oscar nominations, Bette Davis became one of the greatest screen legends of all time. But, as her epitaph says, "She did it the hard way." She was in constant battles with co-stars, directors, and studios and struggled with addictions to alcohol and cigarettes. She had four stormy marriages, and even her three children brought pain and controversy - one wrote a scathing tell-all book, another had a severe mental disability, and a third was the subject of a prolonged custody battle. But in her iconic film roles, Davis transcended her troubles to leave an indelible mark on American cinema. Possessing none of the glamorous beauty of Greta Garbo, she had something more powerful and lasting: a restless, incandescent energy that made her mesmerizing to watch on the big screen.<br /><br />Katharine Hepburn was far more than an iconic movie star who won four Academy Awards for best actress and made classic films that still rank among the greatest of all time. She also exerted a unique influence on American popular culture, challenging rigid assumptions about how women should behave - and almost single-handedly gave them permission to wear pants. The list of adjectives used to describe Hepburn - bold, stubborn, witty, beautiful - only begin to hint at the complex woman who entranced audiences around the world. So here is the full, epic story of "the patron saint of the independent American female," as one critic described her. Hepburn always lived life strictly on her own terms. And oh, what a life it was.<br /><br />For a time, Elizabeth Taylor was the world's biggest star, but it was her off-screen life - eight stormy marriages, a jewel-encrusted lifestyle, and struggles with weight and various addictions - that provided the most riveting drama. Long before the age of reality television, Taylor showed how fame could take on a volatile life of its own, obscuring the real person behind the media fa莽ade. Now, in this compelling biography, we meet the real Elizabeth Taylor as she grows from precocious child star to "the most beautiful woman in the world" to serious actress to pop-culture punch line, and finally, successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, and HIV/AIDS activist. Along the way, she is vilified by fans for stealing singer Eddie Fischer from Debbie Reynolds, becomes trapped in a cycle of destructive affairs with Richard Burton, and desperately tries to recapture the childhood she never had with the eccentric pop star Michael Jackson. "I've always admitted that I'm ruled by my passions," she once said - and those passions make for a gripping, epic tale of tribulation and triumph.
Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke
by Patty Duke

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English

Pages

338

Publication Date

April 13, 2011

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<b>The Star:</b> The public saw her as a gifted child聽聽star: the youngest actor to win an Oscar for her role聽聽as Helen Keller in <i>The Miracle Worker</i> and the聽聽youngest actor to have a prime-time television series聽聽bearing her own name. <br /><br /><b>The Nightmare: </b>What the public did not see was Anna Marie Duke, a young girl whose life changed forever at age seven when tyrannical mangers stripped her of nearly all that was聽聽familiar, beginning with her name. She was deprived of family and friends. Her every word was聽聽programmed, her every action monitored and criticized. She was fed liquor and prescription drugs, taught to lie to get work, and relentlessly drilled to win roles. <br /><br /><b>The Legend:</b> Out of this nightmare emerged聽聽Patty Duke, a show business legend still searching for the child, Anna. She won three Emmy Awards and divorced three husbands. A starring role in聽<i>Valley of the Dolls</i> nearly ruined her career. She was notorious for wild spending sprees, turbulent liaisons, and an uncontrollable temper. Until a long hidden illness was diagnosed, and her amazing recovery recovery began. <br /><br /><b>The Triumph:聽</b><i>Call Me Anna</i> is an American success story that grew out of a bizarre and desperate struggle for survival. A harrowing, ultimately triumphant story told by Patty Duke herself鈥攚ife, mother, political activist, President of the Screen Actors Guild, and at last, a happy, fulfilled woman whose miracle is her own life.
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.
Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend
by Michael Munn

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

March 01, 2013

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Many of the stars of the silver screen in twentieth-century Hollywood became national icons, larger-than-life figures held up as paragons of American virtues. Unfortunately, the private lives of actors such as John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Errol Flynn rarely lived up to the idealistic roles they portrayed. However, James Stewart was known as the underdog fighter in many of his films and in real life. He was highly decorated for his bravery during his time as a bomber pilot during World War II and was adored for his earnest and kindly persona.<br /><br />Here many unknown sides of Stewart are revealed: his explosive temper, his complex love affairs, his service as a secret agent for the FBI, his innate shyness, and his passionate patriotism. Munn鈥檚 personal touch shines through his writing, as he was a friend of Stewart and his wife, Gloria, and interviewed them as well as their colleagues and friends. This definitive biography reveals the childhood ups and downs that formed this cinema hero, explores the legendary Fonda鈥揝tewart relationship, and recounts Stewart鈥檚 experiences making acclaimed films that include The Philadelphia Story, Rear Window, Anatomy of a Murder, It鈥檚 a Wonderful Life, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
by Julie Andrews

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<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.
Slow Cooker Cookbook: 500 Recipes for Everyday Cooking
by Jeff Jones

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English

Pages

192

Publication Date

March 14, 2019

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<h3><strong>Discover the slow cooker cookbook that is geared toward convenience</strong></h3><br /><p>We know you are always looking for easier ways to cook your meals. We also know you are probably sick and tired of spending long hours in the kitchen cooking with so many pans and pots. Well, now your search is over! We found the perfect kitchen tool you can use from now on! We are talking about the slow cooker!</p><br /><h3><strong>Slow cooker allows you cooking some of the best dishes ever with minimum effort</strong></h3><br /><p>With our slow cooker cookbook you don鈥檛 need to be an expert in the kitchen to cook delicious, flavored, textured dishes! All you need is our slow cooker recipes and the right ingredients!</p><br /><h3><strong>This slow cooker cookbook you are about to discover consist of 500 best slow cooker recipes ever</strong></h3><br /><p>Enjoy amazing breakfasts, simple and sweet desserts, lunch dishes, side dishes, poultry, meat and fish recipes collected in one slow cooker cookbook. Every recipe is easy to cook and the directions are easy to follow. If you were looking for slow cooker cookbook for dummies - this one would be a great choice!</p><br /><p><strong>Check out some of the recipes from our slow cooker cookbook:</strong></p><br /><ul><br /><li>Banana and Coconut Oatmeal</li><br /><li>Hash Browns and Sausage Casserole</li><br /><li>Apple and Onion Lunch Roast</li><br /><li>Pork and Chorizo Lunch Mix</li><br /><li>Beans, Carrots and Spinach Salad</li><br /><li>Chicken Cordon Bleu Dip</li><br /><li>Chicken with Peach And Orange Sauce</li><br /><li>Poached Cod and Pineapple Mix</li><br /><li>Italian Barramundi and Tomato Relish</li><br /><li>Coconut and Macadamia Cream</li><br /></ul><br /><p>Get this slow cooker cookbook for beginners and start cooking in a new and innovative way! It will be the best culinary experience of your life!</p><br />
Hamilton: The Revolution
by , Jeremy McCarter

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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 />
Barnum: An American Life
by Robert Wilson

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

August 06, 2019

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<b>鈥淩obert Wilson鈥檚 <i>Barnum</i>, the first full-dress biography in twenty years, eschews clich茅s for a more nuanced story鈥t is a life for our times, and the biography Barnum deserves.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br />P.T. Barnum is the greatest showman the world has ever seen. As a creator of the Barnum & Baily Circus and a champion of wonder, joy, trickery, and 鈥渉umbug,鈥?he was the founding father of American entertainment鈥攁nd as Robert Wilson argues, one of the most important figures in American history.<br /> <br />Nearly 125 years after his death, the name P.T. Barnum still inspires wonder. Robert Wilson鈥檚 vivid new biography captures the full genius, infamy, and allure of the ebullient showman, who, from birth to death, repeatedly reinvented himself. He learned as a young man how to wow crowds, and built a fortune that placed him among the first millionaires in the United States. He also suffered tragedy, bankruptcy, and fires that destroyed his life鈥檚 work, yet willed himself to recover and succeed again. As an entertainer, Barnum courted controversy throughout his life鈥攜et he was also a man of strong convictions, guided in his work not by a desire to deceive, but an eagerness to thrill and bring joy to his audiences. He almost certainly never uttered the infamous line, 鈥淭here鈥檚 a sucker born every minute,鈥?instead taking pride in giving crowds their money鈥檚 worth and more.<br /> <br />Robert Wilson, editor of <i>The American Scholar</i>, tells a gripping story in <i>Barnum</i>, one that鈥檚 imbued with the same buoyant spirit as the man himself. In this 鈥渆ngaging, insightful, and richly researched new biography鈥?(<i>New York Journal of Books</i>), Wilson adeptly makes the case for P.T. Barnum鈥檚 place among the icons of American history, as a figure who represented, and indeed created, a distinctly American sense of optimism, industriousness, humor, and relentless energy.
The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage ...
by Erik Bork

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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.

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