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  • Feck Perfuction

    Feck Perfuction

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Victore, James; LaPorte, Danielle

    \"James Victore is a dangerous man. His ideas on optimizing your creativity, doing wow work and building a life that inspires will devastate your limits. And show you how to win. Read this book fast.\"
    —Robin Sharma, #1 bestselling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

    Begin before you're ready.

    Renowned designer and professional hell-raiser James Victore wants to drag you off your couch and throw you headfirst into a life of bold creativity. He'll guide you through all the twists, trials, and triumphs of starting your creative career, from finding your voice to picking the right moment to start a project (hint: It's now).

    Bring your biggest, craziest, most revolutionary ideas, and he will give you the kick in the pants you need to make them real. No matter what industry or medium you work in, this book will help you live, work, and create freely and fearlessly.

    Here are some dangerous ideas:
    • The things that made you weird as a kid make you great today.
    • Work is serious play.
    • Your ego can't dance.
    • The struggle is everything.
    • Freedom is something you take.
    • There ain't no rules.

    Take a risk. Try them out. Live dangerously.

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  • Ink

    Ink

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Bishop, Ted

    A rich and imaginative discovery of how ink has shaped culture and why it is here to stay.

    Ink is so much a part of daily life that we take it for granted, yet its invention was as significant as the wheel. Ink not only recorded culture, it bought political power, divided peoples, and led to murderous rivalries. Ancient letters on a page were revered as divine light, and precious ink recipes were held secret for centuries. And, when it first hit markets not so long ago, the excitement over the disposable ballpoint pen equalled that for a new smartphone--with similar complaints to the manufacturers.     

    Curious about its impact on culture, literature, and the course of history, Ted Bishop sets out to explore the story of ink. From Budapest to Buenos Aires, he traces the lives of the innovators who created the ballpoint pen--revolutionary technology that still requires exact engineering today. Bishop visits a ranch in Utah to meet a master ink-maker who relishes igniting linseed oil to make traditional printers' ink. In China, he learns that ink can be an exquisite object, the subject of poetry, and a means of strengthening (or straining) family bonds. And in the Middle East, he sees the world's oldest Qur'an, stained with the blood of the caliph who was... more

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  • Steal Like an Artist Audio Trilogy, The

    Steal Like an Artist Audio Trilogy, The

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kleon, Austin

    An audio compilation of Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work and Keep Going.  

    Read by the author, it’s the bestselling and transformative series on how to unlock your creativity, find community and an audience in the digital age, and stay focused, creative and true to yourself—for life.  Includes full text from:

    Steal Like an Artist: The New York Times bestselling book on the ten things nobody ever told you about being creative. Including nothing is original, so embrace influence. School yourself through the work of others. Remix and reimagine to discover your own path. And forget the old cliché about writing what you know: Instead, write the book you want to read, make the movie you want to watch.

    Show Your Work: How to take that critical next step on a creative journey―getting known and finding your people. A user’s manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity, this inspiring manifesto is a blueprint for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.

    Keep Going: Timeless, practical, and ethical principles for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life. Worry less about getting things done, and more about the worth of... more

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  • Colorization

    Colorization

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Haygood, Wil

    “At once a film book, a history book, and a civil rights book … without a doubt, not only the very best film book … but it is also one of the best books of the year in any genre. An absolutely essential read.” —Shondaland

    This unprecedented history of Black cinema examines 100 years of Black movies—from Gone with the Wind to Blaxploitation films to Black Panther—using the struggles and triumphs of the artists, and the films themselves, as a prism to explore Black culture, civil rights, and racism in America. From the acclaimed author of The Butler and Showdown.

    Beginning in 1915 with D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation—which glorified the Ku Klux Klan and became Hollywood's first blockbuster—Wil Haygood gives us an incisive, fascinating, little-known history, spanning more than a century, of Black artists in the film business, on-screen and behind the scenes.
     
    He makes clear the effects of changing social realities and events on the business of making movies and on what was represented on the screen: from Jim Crow and segregation to white flight and interracial relationships, from the assassination of Malcolm X, to the O. J. Simpson trial, to the Black Lives Matter movement. He... more

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  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Miranda, Lin-Manuel; Hudes, Quiara Alegría; McCarter, Jeremy

    The eagerly awaited follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda's new book gives listeners an extraordinary inside look at In the Heights, his breakout Broadway debut, written with Quiara Alegría Hudes, now a Hollywood blockbuster.

    \"[An] exuberant, unique, and invaluable record of dynamic, brilliant, and soulful creativity.\"-Booklist (starred review)

    In 2008, In the Heights, a new musical from up-and-coming young artists, electrified Broadway. The show's vibrant mix of Latin music and hip-hop captured life in Washington Heights, the Latino neighborhood in upper Manhattan. It won four Tony Awards and became an international hit, delighting audiences around the world. For the film version, director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) brought the story home, filming its spectacular dance numbers on location in Washington Heights. That's where Usnavi, Nina, and their neighbors chase their dreams and ask a universal question: Where do I belong?
     
    In the Heights: Finding Home reunites Miranda with Jeremy McCarter, co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution, and Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist of the Broadway musical and... more

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  • We Promised You a Great Main Event

    We Promised You a Great Main Event

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Hanstock, Bill

    Unauthorized. Unrestricted. No holds barred.

    In We Promised You a Great Main Event, longtime sports journalist Bill Hanstock pulls back the curtain to give a smart fan’s account of WWE and Vince McMahon’s journey to the top. Untangling the truth behind the official WWE storyline, Hanstock does a deep dive into key moments of the company’s history, from the behind-the-scenes drama at the Montreal Screwjob, to the company’s handling of the Jimmy Snuka scandal, to the real story of the Monday Night Wars.

    WWE is an extraordinary business success and an underappreciated pop cultural phenomenon. While WWE soared to prominence during the Hulk Hogan years, as the stakes grew more and more extreme, wrestlers faced steroid scandals and assault allegations. The whole story is here, good, bad, and ugly, from the heights of iconic cultural moments like Wrestlemania III to the arrival of global superstars like The Rock and John Cena.

    We Promised You a Great Main Event is an exhaustive, fun account of the McMahon family and WWE’s unprecedented rise. Drawing on a decade of covering wrestling, Bill Hanstock synthesizes insights from historians, journalists, and industry insiders with his own deep research to... more

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  • Okinum

    Okinum

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Monnet, Émilie

    Émilie a un barrage dans la gorge, un cimetière d’ossements d’arbres (okinum). Un castor géant lui apparaît en songe : c’est un guide offrant sa médecine. Comment dire « aide-moi à me guérir » en anishnaabemowin? Au centre d’une scénographie envoûtante, la jeune femme cherche à déchiffrer le message du castor. En remontant le courant de son ADN, elle fait émerger les voix et les savoirs enfouis à même son corps. Les rêves sont le langage qui permet de communiquer avec les ancêtres, qui affine l’intuition. Expérience immersive en trois langues, Okinum invite au théâtre un pouvoir cérémoniel. Émilie Monnet s’élève au-dessus du barrage pour célébrer ses ancêtres et la force du rêve qui l’habite. C’est par la mémoire que passe la guérison. Le texte est suivi d’une courte postface dans laquelle l’écrivaine et chercheuse Marie-Hélène Constant, en évoquant son expérience comme lectrice et enseignante non autochtone, engage un dialogue avec cette pièce où « s’érige la vie fragile et forte ». more

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  • Orbit: Phil Knight: Co-Founder of NIKE

    Orbit: Phil Knight: Co-Founder of NIKE

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Frizell, Michael; Suryo, Yudhi

    Phil Knight, a native of Oregon and the co-founder of Nike, Inc. is a business magnate and philanthropist who built an empire by selling a dream. By stepping into the shoes of a world-class athlete, we borrow some of their power, strength, and perseverance. Explore the life of the man behind the myth in this lavishly illustrated comic book. more

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  • Welcome to Waterbury #4

    Welcome to Waterbury #4

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Rafter, Daniel; Golden, Bryon L.

    Chapter 4: Sacrifice. We learn it all her not without a couple of huge sacrifices. Who will live and who will meet their bitter end at the hand of the scarecrows. It is a race to the finish line and will Audrey’s demons finally be at rest. This is a finale that will leave you guessing to the last page. more

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  • TidalWave Artist Showcase: Dave Ryan

    TidalWave Artist Showcase: Dave Ryan

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ryan, Dave

    Dave Ryan is an American comic book artist who runs Red Anvil Comics with creator owned titles such as “War of the Independents” and the upcoming “World Wide Warriors”. At TidalWave, Ryan’s cover art has been showcased on many biography comic books such as Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Dolly Parton and Stormy Daniels. His art has been showcased in mass media such as on CNN, The FOX News Channel and in Time Magazine. This 25-page gallery showcases never before seen images and covers from the legendary artist. more

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  • Harry Potter: Crafting Wizardry

    Harry Potter: Crafting Wizardry

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Insight Editions

    Over 25 official crafting activities inspired by the Harry Potter films.

    Filled with imaginative projects, this official book of craft activities channels the magic of the Wizarding World into your home.

    Featuring over 25 crafts covering a range of skill levels, Crafting Wizardry includes clear, step-by-step, illustrated instructions so that the whole family can share in the magic. Inside you’ll learn how to craft your very own wand, decorate your home to showcase your Hogwarts house pride, create your own pop-ups, and so much more.

    Sprinkled with fun facts and behind-the-scenes insights, this book also features film stills, original concept art, and blueprints from the making of the Harry Potter films to take you deeper into the Wizarding World and further inspire your creativity. So get ready, it’s time for some crafting wizardry! more

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  • The New Oil Painting

    The New Oil Painting

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Brooks, Kimberly

    Here is everything you need to know about getting into oil painting—and maintaining a safe, solvent-free oil painting practice—in a slim, sophisticated guide.

    Oil painting is an exciting and adventurous medium, but aspiring artists can feel daunted by complex setups and the thought of using harsh chemicals. All of that changes now. The New Oil Painting walks you step-by-step through oil painting fundamentals—which materials you actually need, how to mix paint, how to set up your painting space—and, most revolutionary of all, how to eliminate harmful solvents from your work and replace them with safe, effective substitutes. This instructional handbook is organized into chapters with helpful diagrams throughout illustrating various techniques and tools. Whether you're a true beginner or have been painting with oils for years, you will find that this book has everything you need to build a new, thriving, toxin-free practice.

    • UNIQUE APPROACH: Not only does this book help aspiring artists build a repertoire of skills and materials, it also offers all artists, regardless of their experience levels, methods for eliminating solvents and other toxic substances from their oil painting practices. What was once a dangerous pastime is now a guilt-free,... more

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  • Listening Path, The

    Listening Path, The

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Cameron, Julia

    **An AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award-winning production**

    A 6-week Artist’s Way Program from legendary author Julia Cameron

    \"A book on better listening seems particularly suited for audio, and careful listeners will be rewarded.\" -- Booklist


    The newest audiobook from beloved author Julia Cameron, The Listening Path is a transformational journey to deeper, more profound listening and creativity. Over six weeks, listeners will be given the tools to become better listeners—to their environment, the people around them, and themselves. The reward for learning to truly listen is immense. As we learn to listen, our attention is heightened and we gain healing, insight, clarity. But above all, listening creates connections and ignites a creativity that will resonate through every aspect of our lives.

    Julia Cameron is the author of the explosively successful book The Artist’s Way, which has transformed the creative lives of millions of readers and listeners since it was first published. Incorporating tools from The Artist’s Way, The Listening Path offers a new method of creative and personal transformation.

    Each week, listeners will be challenged to expand their ability to listen in a new... more

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  • How to Doodle Year-Round

    How to Doodle Year-Round

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kamo,

    Create simple seasonal and holiday doodles using multicolored pens!

    Want to draw a jack-o'-lantern with a toothy smile? How about a silly Santa out cruising in his sleigh? How to Doodle Year-Round helps you create these sweet and sensational designs—no previous artistic training required!

    Kamo provides hundreds of examples, unlocking the simple secrets to drawing freewheeling, lively and amusing doodles. Unlike fine-art or manga, there are no rules and no art-school techniques to master. All you need is a free hand and a free spirit.

    This book encourages doodlers to pick up a pen and start artfully scribbling whenever and wherever they are. Doodles can be dashed off on a piece of scrap paper or permanently enshrined on a T-shirt, bookmark, invitation or gift.

    *Recommended for artists 16 & up* more

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  • Live Beautiful

    Live Beautiful

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Calderone, Athena

    From celebrated design expert and interior designer Athena Calderone, a look into how creatives decorate their spaces
     
    Beautiful design isn’t just pleasant to look at; it improves the quality of our lives. In Live Beautiful, the highly anticipated design book by Athena Calderone, the EyeSwoon creator taps into her international network of interior decorators, fashion designers, and tastemakers to reveal how carefully crafted interiors come together. She also opens the doors to two of her own residences.
     
    With each homeowner, Calderone explores the initial spark of inspiration that incited their design journey. She then breaks down the details of the rooms—like layered textures and patterns, collected pieces, and customized vignettes—and offers helpful tips on how to bring these elevated elements into your own space. Filled with gorgeous photography by Nicole Franzen, Live Beautiful is both a showpiece of exquisite design and a guide to creating a home that’s thoughtfully put together.
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  • Inside Comedy

    Inside Comedy

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Steinberg, David

    The world of comedy and comedians of the last five decades. By the man the New York Times calls \"a comic institution himself,\" the only comedian (twenty-six years in stand-up) to have made Elie Wiesel laugh, as well as having appeared on The Tonight Show (140 times, second only to Bob Hope, but who's counting). From the director of TV comedy series Mad About You, Seinfeld, Friends, Weeds and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    Larry David: \"I'm lucky. I know and love David Steinberg. You don't. Now's your chance. Don't blow it!\"

    \"David has always been a comedy hero to me. One of his many gifts is the ability to inspire funny people to be even funnier, as you will discover in this truly hilarious, insightful book.\" --Martin Short


    From David Steinberg, a rabbi's son from Winnipeg, Canada, who at age fifteen enrolled at Hebrew Theological College in Chicago (the rabbinate wasn't for him) and four years later, entered the master's program in English literature at the University of Chicago, until he saw Lenny Bruce, the \"Blue Boy\" of Comedy, the coolest guy Steinberg had ever seen, and joined Chicago's Second City improvisational group, becoming, instead, the comedian's comedian, director, actor, working with, inspired by,... more

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  • My Broken Language

    My Broken Language

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Hudes, Quiara Alegría

    GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK • The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and co-writer of In the Heights tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia barrio, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse.

    LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL • \"Quiara Alegría Hudes is in her own league. Her sentences will take your breath away. How lucky we are to have her telling our stories.\"-Lin-Manuel Miranda, award-winning creator of Hamilton and In the Heights
     
    Quiara Alegría Hudes was the sharp-eyed girl on the stairs while her family danced their defiance in a tight North Philly kitchen. She was awed by her mother and aunts and cousins, but haunted by the unspoken, untold stories of the barrio-even as she tried to find her own voice in the sea of language around her, written and spoken, English and Spanish, bodies and books, Western art and sacred altars. Her family became her private pantheon, a gathering circle of powerful orisha-like women with tragic real-world wounds, and she vowed to tell their stories-but first she'd have to get off the stairs and join the dance. She'd have to find her language.

    Weaving together Hudes's love of music with the... more

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  • Disney Raya and the Last Dragon Raya's World

    Disney Raya and the Last Dragon Raya's World

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   March, Julia

    Get the lowdown on Disney's epic new movie Raya and the Last Dragon in this perfect companion guide!

    Explore Raya's world - a land of dragons and heroes. Follow Raya's epic quest as it takes her through Kumandra. Discover curious creatures, friends, and foes along the way.

    Meet Raya, Sisu, Tuk Tuk, Namaari, and all your other favorite characters.

    Explore the different parts of Kumandra: Heart, Fang, Spine, Tail, and Talon.

    Find out about Sisu's special dragon powers and learn how to identify the Ongis.

    Featuring all the characters, key scenes, locations, and memorable moments from the new movie Raya and the Last Dragon, this entertaining guide is full of amazing facts and beautiful pictures.

    ©2021 Disney

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  • Notable Native People

    Notable Native People

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Keene, Adrienne; Sana, Ciara

    An accessible and educational illustrated book profiling 50 notable American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people, from NBA star Kyrie Irving of the Standing Rock Lakota to Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation

    Celebrate the lives, stories, and contributions of Indigenous artists, activists, scientists, athletes, and other changemakers in this beautifully illustrated collection. From luminaries of the past, like nineteenth-century sculptor Edmonia Lewis—the first Black and Native American female artist to achieve international fame—to contemporary figures like linguist jessie little doe baird, who revived the Wampanoag language, Notable Native People highlights the vital impact Indigenous dreamers and leaders have made on the world.

    This powerful and informative collection also offers accessible primers on important Indigenous issues, from the legacy of colonialism and cultural appropriation to food sovereignty, land and water rights, and more. An indispensable read for people of all backgrounds seeking to learn about Native American heritage, histories, and cultures, Notable Native People will educate and inspire readers of all ages. more

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  • Out of the Sun

    Out of the Sun

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Edugyan, Esi

    An insightful exploration and moving meditation on identity, art, and belonging from one of the most celebrated writers of the last decade.

     What happens when we begin to consider stories at the margins, when we grant them centrality? How does that complicate our certainties about who we are, as individuals, as nations, as human beings? Through the lens of visual art, literature, film, and the author’s lived experience, Out of the Sun examines Black histories in art, offering new perspectives to challenge us.

    In this groundbreaking, reflective, and erudite book, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and internationally bestselling author Esi Edugyan illuminates myriad varieties of Black experience in global culture and history. Edugyan combines storytelling with analyses of contemporary events and her own personal story in this dazzling first major work of non-fiction.

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