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By Kathleen Varn. 2013
At the age of forty-eight, happily remarried and retired from her legal assistant, gerbil wheel, Kat decides to break out… of her shell and try her hand at belly dancing. What begins as a hobby leads her to filling a coveted spot in Palmetto Oasis Middle Eastern Dance Troupe. With less than eight weeks to prepare, Kat's thrown into a world of performing she is terrified to face, all leading to a week of giving lessons and performing in Jamaica. Traveling with eight glittery strangers, she forges deep bonds under outrageous circumstances at what they'd soon all discover was a clothing-optional resort. Struggling with paralyzing stage fright and searching for the deeper root of her fears, Kat feverishly seeks a way to release Ameera, her inner dance queen. By the end of the week, the audience is mesmerized by the powerful presence and synchronicity of women joined at the hip by scares and some glitter. Kat soon knows, with the help of eight sisters in dance, that she is finally part of a tribe, discovering an oasis to refresh her thirst to be a part of a circle of wome
By Nancy Krulik. 2002
"Dreams are hopeless aspirations, inhopes of coming true, believe in yourself, the rest is up to me and you." --… "Waterfalls" Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas came together in Atlanta, Georgia, in the early 1990s to form TLC, a group that blended hip-hop, dance, and R&B music so successfully that it went on to be one of the bestselling female groups of all time. This is the story of how Lisa Lopes, the self-proclaimed "crazy" member of TLC, rose above her difficult childhood to attain superstardom. With her funky raps and her vivacious personality, Lisa pursued her dreams and became known as the most energetic member of TLC, who went on to pave the way for many female groups that followed.
By David Macaulay. 2010
A nomad fashion's a home that's meant to be built and rebuilt. A family tears down an old house and… erects a new one in its place. Even the Eiffel Tower wasn't meant to be anything more than temporary. As humans, we don't always build things to endure the test of time. Built to Last brings together the award-winning author and artist David Macaulay's creative, exacting thinking about buildings and designs that were crafted with a strength of structure and purpose that defy the everyday: Castle, Cathedral, and Mosque. This gorgeous volume includes newly researched information about each building and how it was built. And, for the first time ever, the Caldecott Honor-winning Castle and Cathedral appear in full color--with stunning new drawings that enrich the reader's understanding of these structures, and capture intriguing new perspectives and details. Just as the buildings themselves were created to last, our interest in the structures themselves, the people who created them, and the purposes for which they were made endures as well. This impeccably researched volume--a necessary addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in architecture--celebrates this spirit of endurance and serves as a reminder that building well and leaving something of consequence behind, whether a building, a design, or an idea, is still of the utmost importance.
By Charles Margerison. 2011
In this unique collection of audio stories about some of the world's most amazing artists, meet Michelangelo in 1485, when… he was born in a small village in Tuscany. You'll travel with him to Rome at the age of 21 and understand how he came to complete some of the world's most influential pieces of art, including the Statue of David and the awe-inspiring ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which took him four years to complete. Meet also another Italian - the fascinating Rosalba Carriera, who from lowly beginnings went on to become an influential Rococo painter. Samuel Morse is of course known for developing Morse code however, few people realize that he was actually an artist. He painted influential figures including President John Adams and was the artist of pieces including Dying Hercules. Finally you'll get a unique insight to the amazing life of Leonardo da Vinci, who many believe to be the most diversely talented man to have lived. Understand his major works, including The Last Supper and Virgin of the Rocks within the context of his real life. Each story comes to life through BioViews®. These are short biographical narratives, similar to interviews. They provide an easy way of learning about amazing people who made major contributions and changed our world.
By Josh Frank, Black Francis. 2014
From legendary Pixies front man, Black Francis, in collaboration with writer Josh Frank and renowned illustrator Steven Appleby, comes The… Good Inn, a bold and visually arresting novel about art, conflict, and the origins of a certain type of cinemaIn 1907, the French battleship Iéna was destroyed when a nitrocellulose-based weapon propellant it was carrying became unstable with age and self-ignited, killing 120 people. A year later, La Bonne Auberge became the earliest-known pornographic film, depicting an intimate encounter between a French soldier and an innkeeper's daughter. Like all films at the time, and for decades afterward, it was made with a highly combustible nitrocellulose-based film stock.Loosely based on historical events, The Good Inn follows the lone survivor of the Iéna explosion as he makes his way through the French countryside. He falls into a strange love affair with an innkeeper's daughter and, even more deeply, into a volatile counteruniverse where war and art exist side by side.But The Good Inn is also the very real story of the people who made the world's first stag film, and Francis weaves together real historical facts to re-create this lost piece of history, as seen through the eyes of a shell-shocked soldier who finds himself that film's subject and star. Through his journey we explore the power of memory, the simultaneously destructive and restorative power of light, and how the early pioneers of pornography helped shape the film industry for generations to come.
By Raymond E. Feist. 2013
The world of Raymond E. Feist is brought to stunning life in this illustrated deluxe compendium, complete with maps, character… drawings, and first-person narrative text by the master of fantasy fiction. Part travel log/journal and part atlas, Midkemia: The Chronicles of Pug brings the fictional world of Midkemia to vivid, illustrative life, and gives readers a completely new look at the creative genius of Raymond E. Feist. Written in first-person--a first for veteran bestseller Raymond Feist--the book details the life and times of Pug of Stardock, the hero of Feist's The Chaoswar Trilogy. Beautiful hand-drawn maps illustrate the changes in Midkemia's geography as war ravages the land and physically alters the landscape; dedicated readers and fans can literally trace the changes made by each battle. Complete with thirty pieces of specially commissioned artwork, this book is a totally immersive look into the world of Midkemia as never experienced before.
By Nina Revoyr. 2008
"The Age of Dreaming is a masterpiece of the sort that doesn't just seduce the reader-it leaves you transformed. Nina… Revoyr deserves to be counted among the top ranks of novelists at work today."-Jerry Stahl, author of I, Fatty"This is a riveting, wise, and gorgeous novel."-Mary Yukari Waters"Brilliant and original. . . . The carefully restrained voice of its narrator recalls Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day."-Alison Lurie, Pulitzer Prize winnerJun Nakayama was a silent film star in the early days of Hollywood, but by 1964, he is living in complete obscurity-until a young writer, Nick Bellinger, reveals that he has written a screenplay with Nakayama in mind. Jun is intrigued by the possibility of returning to movies, but he begins to worry that someone might delve too deeply into the past and uncover the events that led to the abrupt end of his career in 1922. These events include the changing racial tides in California and the unsolved murder of his favorite director, Ashley Bennett Tyler.The Age of Dreaming is part historical novel, part mystery, and part unrequited love story.Nina Revoyr was born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and a Polish-American father, and grew up in Japan, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. She is the author of two previous novels, The Necessary Hunger and Southland, which was a Book Sense 76 pick, winner of the Ferro-Grumley and Lambda Literary awards, a finalist for an Edgar Award, and one of the Los Angeles Times' "Best Books of 2003." She lives and works in Los Angeles.
By Viva. 1975
A former superstar of Andy Warhol s Factory offers an intimate tale of sex drugs art and… motherhood based on video recordings The Baby is not your average parenthood novel Viva a k a Viva Superstar--actor writer painter denizen of Andy Warhol s world-famous Factory and early pioneer in video arts--weaves a tale of childbirth and motherhood with often-shocking candor exploring a new mother s mixed emotions and her internal and external conflicts Based on filmed records created by Viva s husband Michael Auder of their daughter s difficult birth and early development and interspersed with stills from their life Viva s addictive video novel tells the story of a fictional couple Augustine and Frederick Marat whose unorthodox parenting takes them from New York to Paris to Casablanca to California In her own unique style Viva explores breast-feeding and breast pumps infidelity and incest while offering startlingly intimate details of a family s singular lifestyle An unabashedly autobiographical literary invention alternately outrageous and honest revelatory and touching The Baby is truly one of a kind
By Derek Stephen McPhail, Yubisnay Sanchez. 2018
INTRODUCCIÓN Las Guerras Tejano-Indias fueron una serie de conflictos del siglo XIX originalmente entre colonos en el estado español de… Texas y los indios de las Planicies del Sur, principalmente la Nación Comanche. La Declaración de Independencia de Texas de México se promulgó en 1836. Más tarde, Texas se unió a la Unión en 1845. El gobierno de la Unión en Washington estaba ansioso por absorber a Texas, pero no estaba contento con que este Estado tuviera su propio ejército privado, los Rangers de Texas. Posteriormente, Washington exigió que Texas desmantelara los Rangers, para ser reemplazado por la Caballería de los EE. UU. Las cosas se complicaron cuando Washington retiró más tarde la 2da Caballería, necesaria para defender a los colonos contra los comanches, debido a la inminente Guerra Civil estadounidense (1861-1865). Este fue un momento frustrante para los Rangers, que nunca supieron cuándo se disolvieron. El Comanche tampoco podría ser culpado por su hostilidad continua. A pesar de que Washington le otorgó tierras en un tratado, "Comanchería", en lo que ahora se llama Oklahoma, todavía estaban bajo la presión de un desfile interminable de: Texas Rangers, Milicia, otras tribus indígenas que luchan por su propio territorio y colonos extranjeros interminables, motivados por el mito del "Destino Manifiesto". Este mito de la batalla virtuosa de los colonos europeos contra las tribus salvajes de los nativos americanos fue impulsado por la ambición política, económica y religiosa. Ideado por primera vez en 1845, el "Destino Manifiesto" perpetúa la noción hipócrita de que el destino legítimo y excepcional de los Estados Unidos justifica su avaricia y su implacable expansión imperialista en toda América del Norte y más tarde en el mundo. Muchos estadounidenses todavía están atrapados en esta mentalidad de mediados del siglo XIX. Los relatos de este período de la mayoría de los historiadores
By Dina Anastasio, Tim Foley, Who Hq. 2019
Who HQ rolls out the red carpet for Where Is Hollywood?--the film capital of the world.Developed in the 1880s by… Midwesterners looking for a sunny winter getaway, Hollywood was a small housing development outside still-small Los Angeles. But everything changed in the early 1900s when filmmakers from New York flocked to the area, where they could make movies without having to pay Thomas Edison's patent fee. It didn't hurt that the weather was perfect, too. Readers will take a journey from the Golden Age of Hollywood to the present-day film industry, learning all about what turned lush farmland into Tinseltown.
By Stephanie Storey. 2020
Another Fabulous Art History Thriller by the Bestselling Author of Oil and Marble, Featuring the Master of Renaissance Perfection: Raphael!… Michelangelo&’s Sistine Chapel ceiling is one of the most iconic masterpieces of the Renaissance. Here, in Raphael, Painter in Rome, Storey tells of its creation as never before: through the eyes of Michelangelo&’s fiercest rival—the young, beautiful, brilliant painter of perfection, Raphael. Orphaned at age eleven, Raphael is determined to keep the deathbed promise he made to his father: become the greatest artist in history. But to be the best, he must beat the best, the legendary sculptor of the David, Michelangelo Buonarroti. When Pope Julius II calls both artists down to Rome, they are pitted against each other: Michelangelo painting the Sistine Ceiling, while Raphael decorates the pope's private apartments. As Raphael strives toward perfection in paint, he battles internal demons: his desperate ambition, crippling fear of imperfection, and unshakable loneliness. Along the way, he conspires with cardinals, scrambles through the ruins of ancient Rome, and falls in love with a baker&’s-daughter-turned-prostitute who becomes his muse. With its gorgeous writing, rich settings, endearing characters, and riveting plot, Raphael, Painter in Rome brings to vivid life these two Renaissance masters going head to head in the deadly halls of the Vatican.