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  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

    Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ed Catmull
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    Publisher:   Random House (2014, Apr 8th).
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    From Ed Catmull, co-founder (with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter) of Pixar Animation Studios, comes an incisive book about creativity in business—sure to appeal to readers of Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, and Chip and Dan Heath.Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible. more

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  • I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

    I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Judy Greer
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    Publisher:   Doubleday (2014, Apr 8th).
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    You know Judy Greer, right? Maybe from The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, Carrie, Arrested Development, or The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, you already feel like she’s your friend.  In her first book of essays, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From, Greer writes about everything you would hope to hear from your best friend: how a midnight shopping trip to CVS can cure all; what it’s like to wake up one day with stepchildren; and how she really feels about fans telling her that she’s prettier in person. Yes, it’s all here—from the hilarious moments to the  intimate confessions. But Judy Greer isn’t just a regular friend—she’s a celebrity friend. Want to know which celebs she’s peed next to? Or what the Academy Awards are actually like? Or which hot actor gave her father a Harley-Davidson? Don’t worry; Greer reveals all of that, too. more

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  • Love Life

    Love Life

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Rob Lowe
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    Publisher:   Simon & Schuster (2014, Apr 8th).
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    ROB LOWE IS BACK WITH STORIES HE ONLY TELLS HIS BEST FRIENDS. When Rob Lowe’s first book was published in 2011, he received the kind of rapturous reviews that writers dream of and rocketed to the top of the bestseller list. Now, in Love Life, he expands his scope, using stories and observations from his life in a poignant and humorous series of true tales about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and sons, addiction and recovery, and sex and love. In Love Life, you will find stories about: • KISSING UNEXPECTEDLY • THE SECRETS THEY DON’T TEACH YOU IN ACTING SCHOOL • HIS GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT GRANDFATHER’S ROLE IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION • PARKS AND RECREATION, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, AND CALIFORNICATION • TRYING TO COACH A KIDS’ BASKETBALL TEAM DOMINATED BY HELICOPTER PARENTS • THE HOT TUB AT THE PLAYBOY MANSION • STARRING IN AND PRODUCING A FLOP TV SERIES • CAMPING AT SEA WORLD • PLAYING SAXOPHONE FOR PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON • THE FIRST JOURNEY TO COLLEGE WITH HIS SON • WARREN BEATTY • THE BENEFITS OF MARRIAGE Throughout this entertaining book, you will find yourself in the presence of a master raconteur, a multi-talented performer whose love for life is as intriguing as his love life. more

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  • Stronger

    Stronger

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jeff Bauman
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    Publisher:   Grand Central Publishing (2014, Apr 1st).
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    When Jeff Bauman woke up on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 in the Boston Medical Center, groggy from a series of lifesaving surgeries and missing his legs, the first thing he did was try to speak. When he realized he couldn't, he asked for a pad and paper and wrote down seven words: "Saw the guy. Looked right at me," setting off one of the biggest manhunts in the country's history.Just thirty hours before, Jeff had been at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon cheering on his girlfriend, Erin, when the first bomb went off at his feet. As he was rushed to the hospital, he realized he was severely injured and that he might die, but he didn't know that a photograph of him in a wheelchair was circulating throughout the world, making him the human face of the Boston Marathon bombing victims, or that what he'd seen would give the Boston police their most important breakthrough. more

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  • Things I've Learned from Dying: A Book About Life

    Things I've Learned from Dying: A Book About Life

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   David R. Dow
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    Publisher:   Twelve (2014, Jan 7th).
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    "Every life is different, but every death is the same. We live with others. We die alone." In his riveting, artfully written memoir The Autobiography of an Execution, David Dow enraptured readers with a searing and frank exploration of his work defending inmates on death row. But when Dow's father-in-law receives his own death sentence in the form of terminal cancer, and his gentle dog Winona suffers acute liver failure, the author is forced to reconcile with death in a far more personal way, both as a son and as a father. Told through the disparate lenses of the legal battles he's spent a career fighting, and the intimate confrontations with death each family faces at home, THINGS I'VE LEARNED FROM DYING offers a poignant and lyrical account of how illness and loss can ravage a family. more

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  • Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir

    Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Frances Mayes
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    Publisher:   Crown (2014, Apr 1st).
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    A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region’s powerful influence on her life.The author of three beloved books about her life in Italy, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family. From her years as a spirited, secretive child, through her university studies—a period of exquisite freedom that imbued her with a profound appreciation of friendship and a love of travel—to her escape to a new life in California, Mayes exuberantly recreates the intense relationships of her past, recounting the bitter and sweet stories of her complicated family: her beautiful yet fragile mother, Frankye; her unpredictable father, Garbert; Daddy Jack, whose life Garbert saved; grandmother Mother Mayes; and the family maid, Frances’s confidant Willie Bell. more

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  • My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope

    My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ellie Laks
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    Publisher:   Harmony (2014, Mar 25th).
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    “My Gentle Barn is a wonderful book. You'll love Ellie Laks and the animals she rescued--and who rescued her back.” –Sy Montgomery, The Good Good PigFounder Ellie Laks started The Gentle Barn after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999. Some two hundred animals later (including chickens, horses, pigs, cows, rabbits, emus, and more), The Gentle Barn has become an extraordinary nonprofit that brings together a volunteer staff of community members and at-risk teens to rehabilitate abandoned and/or abused animals. As Ellie teaches the volunteers to care for the animals, they learn a new language of healing that works wonders on the humans as well. My Gentle Barn weaves together the story of how the Barn came to be what it is today with Ellie's own journey. more

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  • Censoring Queen Victoria: How Two Gentlemen Edited a Queen and Created an Icon

    Censoring Queen Victoria: How Two Gentlemen Edited a Queen and Created an Icon

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Yvonne M. Ward
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    Publisher:   Oneworld Publications (2014, Apr 15th).
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    In 1901, two literary gentlemen were appointed a novel task: to preserve the memory of Queen Victoria in her own words. By the time they were finished, 460 volumes of the Queen’s correspondence had become just three; their decisions — and distortions — would influence perceptions of Victoria for generations to come. The editors chosen for the task were deeply eccentric and complicated men. Baron Esher was the consummate royal confidant who hid his obsession with Eton boys and incestuous relationship with his youngest son behind a persona of charm and discretion. Arthur Benson, an ex-Etonian master and closeted homosexual, struggled to fit in with the blue-blooded clubs and codes of the court while fighting bouts of severe depression. more

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  • The Medium Next Door: Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer

    The Medium Next Door: Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Maureen Hancock
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   HCI (2011, May 2nd).
    Pages:   288

    At just five years old, Maureen Hancock discovered her ability to communicate with the dead. Descended from a long line of legendary Irish mystics, she was no stranger to the spiritual realm, but for fear of being misunderstood by her friends and family she kept the otherworldly messages to herself, eventually suppressing them completely.Maureen wouldn't hear the spirits again until she was in a near-fatal car crash. Soon after, she had hundreds of voices in her head, many of which helped her crack cases and expose fraud in her role as a litigation paralegal at a large Boston law firm. Then, when tragedy struck on 9/11, Maureen was bombarded with messages from the spirit world. As each one made contact with her, she finally came to terms with her calling: to communicate with the deceased, assist the dying, search for missing children, and teach the living about life after death, all the while raising her children in her suburban home. more

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  • Twelve Years a Slave

    Twelve Years a Slave

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Solomon Northup
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Atria / 37 Ink (2013, Nov 19th).
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    The story that inspired the major motion picture, with an introduction by the bestselling author of Wench, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly unforgettable account of slavery.Solomon Northup was an entrepreneur and dedicated family man, father to three young children, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Alonzo. What little free time he had after long days of manual and farm labor he spent reading books and playing the violin. Though his father was born into slavery, Solomon was born and lived free.In March 1841, two strangers approached Northup, offering him employment as a violinist in a town hundreds of miles away from his home in Saratoga Springs, New York. Solomon bid his wife farewell until his return. more

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