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The Way I Heard It
by Mike Rowe

Language

English

Pages

271

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>Executive producer and host Mike Rowe presents a delightfully entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America鈥檚 #1 short-form podcast, <i>The Way I Heard It</i>, along with a host of personal memories, ruminations, and insights. It鈥檚 a captivating must-read.</b><br /><br /><i>The Way I Heard It</i> presents thirty-five mysteries 鈥渇or the curious mind with a short attention span.鈥?Every one is a trueish tale about someone you know, filled with facts that you don鈥檛. Movie stars, presidents, bloody do-gooders, and villains鈥攖hey鈥檙e all here, waiting to shake your hand, hoping you鈥檒l remember them. Delivered with Mike鈥檚 signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, their stories are part of a larger mosaic鈥攁 memoir full of surprising revelations, sharp observations, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike鈥檚 own remarkable life and career.
The Hero
by Lee Child

Language

English

Pages

76

Publication Date

November 26, 2019

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<p><strong>WHAT MAKES A HERO? WHO BETTER TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION THAN LEE CHILD鈥?lt;/strong></p><p><strong>鈥業t鈥檚 Lee Child.聽Why would you聽not聽read it?鈥?Karin Slaughter</strong></p><p><strong>鈥業 don't know another author so聽skilled聽at making me turn the page鈥?<em>The Times</em></strong></p><p><strong>In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world 鈥?arguing that we need them now more than ever.</strong></p><p>From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling?</p><p>Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, <em>The Hero</em> is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we鈥檒l always need heroes.</p>
The Beautiful Ones
by Prince

Language

English

Pages

278

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;/b>The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words鈥攆eaturing never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST MUSIC BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW </i>AND ONE聽OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE WASHINGTON POST </i>AND <i>THE GUARDIAN</i></b><br /><br /> Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of 鈥淯ptown鈥?to the mythical landscape of <i>Purple Rain</i> to the psychedelia of 鈥淧aisley Park.鈥?But his most ambitious creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, one of the greatest pop stars of any era.<br /><br /> <i>The Beautiful Ones</i> is the story of how Prince became Prince鈥攁 first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince鈥檚 early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince鈥檚 evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book鈥檚 fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for <i>Purple Rain</i>鈥攖he final stage in Prince鈥檚 self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey.<br /><br /> The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring鈥檚 riveting and moving introduction about his profound collaboration with Prince in his final months鈥攁 time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he鈥檇 so carefully cultivated鈥攁nd annotations that provide context to the book鈥檚 images.<br /><br /> This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original and energizing literary work in its own right, full of Prince鈥檚 ideas and vision, his voice and image鈥攈is undying gift to the world.
Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences a...
by David Kwong

Language

English

Pages

277

Publication Date

May 09, 2017

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<p>A professional magician and illusionist鈥攖he head magic consultant for the hit film <em>Now You See Me</em>鈥攔eveals how to bridge the gap between perception and reality to increase your powers of persuasion and influence.</p><p>David Kwong has astounded corporate CEOs, TED talk audiences, and thousands of other hyper-rational people, making them see, believe, and even remember what he wants them to. Illusion is an ancient art that centers on control: commanding a room, building anticipation, and appearing to work wonders. Illusion works because the human brain is wired to fill the gap between seeing and believing. Successful leaders鈥攍ike Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, and Ted Turner鈥攁re masters of control and command who understand how to sway opinions and achieve goals.</p><p>In his years of research and practice, David has discovered seven fundamental principles of illusion. With these rules anyone can learn to:</p><ol><li>Mind the Gap鈥攔ecognize and employ the perceptual space between your audience鈥檚 ability to see and their impulse to believe.</li><li>Load Up鈥攑repare to amaze your audience.</li><li>Write the Script鈥攄iscover the importance of shaping the narrative that surrounds your illusion.</li><li>Control the Frame鈥攅xplore the real life value of a magician鈥檚 best friend: misdirection.</li><li>Design Free Choice鈥攃ommand your audience by giving them agency.</li><li>Employ the Familiar鈥攖ake secret advantage of habits, patterns, and audience expectations.</li><li>Conjure an Out鈥攄evelop backup plans that will keep you one, two, three, or more steps ahead of the competition.</li></ol><p>With <em>Spellbound</em> you鈥檒l discover a different way to sell your idea, product, or skills, and make your best shot better than everyone else鈥檚.</p>
Plotman to the Rescue: A Troubleshooting Guide to Fixing Your Tou...
by James Scott Bell

Language

English

Pages

137

Publication Date

November 04, 2019

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<h1><b>"Help! My plot drags, sags, and has no heart!"</h1><p></b><br /><br /><h2><b>This looks like a job for Plotman!</b></h2><p></b><br /><br />Yes, solving your plot problems is why the superhero of story came to Earth. His mission? To give practical, easy-to-apply answers to the most vexing plot questions writers face, such as:<br /><br />鈥?How do I plan a plot if I'm not a plot planner?<br />鈥?Does my plot need a prologue?<br />鈥?What if I hit a plot wall?<br />鈥?What if my plot is getting away from me?<br />鈥?Why ins't my plot more gripping at the start?<br />鈥?Why is my overall plot dull?<br />鈥?What should I do if my plot is implausible?<br />鈥?Do I really need to think about plot structure?<br />鈥?How do I deepen the emotional impact of my plot?<br />鈥?What's the best way to plug a plot hole?<br />鈥?How do I keep my plot from ending with a thud?<br /><br />And more! <br /><br />With bonus material on how to find and utilize beta readers; and several plot generating methods you can put to use at any time. <br /><br />Whether used as a reference guide or refresher course, this book will strengthen your storytelling muscles and help you elevate every novel you write. Because Plotman, along with his faithful sidekick Subplot Boy, has sworn to uphold plot, story, and the bestselling way.
Snowden
by , Oliver Stone

Language

English

Pages

192

Publication Date

September 16, 2016

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<b>The Oscar Award鈥搘inning director of <i>Wall Street</i> offers a 鈥?lt;/b><b>crisply drawn portrait of the world鈥檚 most celebrated whistle-blower鈥?in this original screenplay (<i>The New York Times</i>).</b><br /> 聽<br /> From director and screenwriter Oliver Stone, <i>Snowden</i> examines the life and actions of one of the most polarizing figures in modern history. In 2013, Edward Snowden quietly leaves his job at the NSA and flies to Hong Kong to meet with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, as well as filmmaker Laura Poitras, to expose the US government鈥檚 secret鈥攁nd shockingly extensive鈥攃yber surveillance programs. A top security contractor with virtuoso programming skills, Snowden鈥檚 monumental act has been called heroic, treasonous, and the most far-reaching security breach in US intelligence history.<br /> 聽<br /> This official motion picture screenplay edition, written by Kieran Fitzgerald and Oliver Stone, includes a foreword by David Talbot and dozens of photos from the film that features Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Melissa Leo, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden.<br /> 聽
How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Build...
by Ari Herstand

Language

English

Pages

523

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<p><strong>Hailed as an 鈥渋ndispensable鈥?guide (<em>Forbes</em>), <em>How to Make It in the New Music Business</em> returns in this extensively revised and expanded edition.</strong></p><br /><p>When <em>How to Make It in the New Music Business</em> hit shelves in 2016, it instantly became the go-to resource for musicians eager to make a living in a turbulent industry. Widely adopted by music schools everywhere and considered 鈥渢he best how- to book of its kind鈥?(<em>Music Connection</em>), it inspired thousands to stop waiting around for that 鈥渂ig break.鈥?Now trusted as the leading expert for 鈥渄o it yourself鈥?artists, Ari Herstand returns with this second edition, maintaining that a stable career can be built by taking advantage of the many tools at our fi ngertips: conquering social media, mastering the art of merchandising, embracing authentic fan connection, and simply learning how to persevere. Comprehensively updated to include the latest online trends and developments, it offers inspiring success stories across media such as Spotify and Instagram. The result is a must- have for anyone hoping to navigate the increasingly complex yet advantageous landscape that is the modern music industry.</p>
Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenw...
by Robert McKee

Language

English

Pages

490

Publication Date

September 28, 2010

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Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience. <p> In <em>Story</em>, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.</p>
Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling
by Philip Pullman

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English

Pages

489

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>From the internationally best-selling author of the <i>His Dark Materials</i> trilogy, a spellbinding journey into the secrets of his art--the narratives that have shaped his vision, his experience of writing, and the keys to mastering the art of storytelling.</b><br /><br />One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling authors of our time now gives us a book that charts the history of his own enchantment with story--from his own books to those of Blake, Milton, Dickens, and the Brothers Grimm, among others--and delves into the role of story in education, religion, and science. At once personal and wide-ranging, <i>Daemon Voices</i> is both a revelation of the writing mind and the methods of a great contemporary master, and a fascinating exploration of storytelling itself.
The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying th...
by Crown Archetype

Language

English

Pages

354

Publication Date

March 19, 2019

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<b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;/b>From storytelling phenomenon and hit podcast The Moth鈥攁nd featuring contributions from Meg Wolitzer,聽Adam Gopnik, Krista Tippett, Andrew Solomon, Rosanne Cash, Ophira Eisenberg, Wang Ping, and more鈥攁 new collection of unforgettable true stories about finding the strength to face the impossible, drawn from the very best ever told on its stages</b><br /><br />Carefully selected by the creative minds at storytelling phenomenon The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of stories told live, onstage and without notes,<i> Occasional Magic</i> features voices familiar and new. Inside, storytellers from around the world share times when, in the face of seemingly impossible situations, they found moments of beauty, wonder, and clarity that shed light on their lives and helped them find a path forward.聽<br /><br />From a fifteen-year-old saving a life in Chicago to a mother of triplets trekking to the North Pole to a ninety-year-old Russian man recalling his standoff with the KGB, these storytellers attest to the variety and richness of the human experience, and the shared threads that connect us all. With honesty and humor, they stare down their fear, embrace uncertainty, and encourage us all to be more authentic, vulnerable, and alive.

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