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The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1: Elizabeth II, Winsto...
by Robert Lacey

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<b>The official companion to the Emmy-winning Netflix drama chronicling the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and starring Claire Foy and John Lithgow,聽<i>The Crown</i>聽by Peter Morgan, featuring additional historical background and beautifully reproduced archival photos and show stills</b><br /> 聽<br /> Elizabeth Mountbatten never expected her father to die so suddenly, so young, leaving her with a throne to fill and a global institution to govern. Crowned at twenty-five, she was already a wife and mother as she began her journey towards becoming a queen.<br /> 聽<br /> As Britain lifted itself out of the shadow of war, the new monarch faced her own challenges. Her mother doubted her marriage; her uncle-in-exile derided her abilities; her husband resented the sacrifice of his career and family name; and her rebellious sister embarked on a love affair that threatened the centuries-old links between the Church and the Crown. This is the story of how Elizabeth II drew on every ounce of resolve to ensure that the Crown always came out on top.<br /> 聽<br /> Written by the show鈥檚 historical consultant, royal biographer Robert Lacey, and filled with beautifully reproduced archival photos and show stills, <i>The Crown: The Official Companion: Volume 1 </i>adds expert and in-depth detail to the events of the series, painting an intimate portrait of life inside Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street. Here is Elizabeth II as we鈥檝e never seen her before.
Robin
by Dave Itzkoff

Language

English

Pages

527

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<p><b>From </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams 鈥?a compelling portrait of one of America鈥檚 most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in <i>Mork & Mindy</i> and his Academy Award-winning performance in <i>Good Will Hunting</i>, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations 鈥?all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. </p><p>But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams鈥檚 comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like <i>Dead Poets Society</i>; <i>Good Morning, Vietnam</i>; <i>The Fisher King</i>; <i>Aladdin</i>; and <i>Mrs. Doubtfire</i>, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in <i>Good Will Hunting </i>he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent.</p><p>Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression 鈥?topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews 鈥?and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, <i>Robin</i> is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.</p>
Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of ...
by James Poniewozik

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English

Pages

349

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<p><strong>One of the Top 10 Politics and Current Events Books of Fall 2019 (<em>Publishers Weekly</em>)</strong></p><br /><strong>An incisive cultural history that captures a fractious nation through the prism of television and the rattled mind of a celebrity president.</strong><br /><p>Television has entertained America, television has ensorcelled America, and with the election of Donald J. Trump, television has conquered America. In <em>Audience of One</em>, <em>New York Times</em> chief television critic James Poniewozik traces the history of TV and mass media from the Reagan era to today, explaining how a volcanic, camera-hogging antihero merged with America鈥檚 most powerful medium to become our forty-fifth president.</p><br /><p>In the tradition of Neil Postman鈥檚 masterpiece <em>Amusing Ourselves to Death</em>, <em>Audience of One</em> shows how American media have shaped American society and politics, by interweaving two crucial stories. The first story follows the evolution of television from the three-network era of the 20th century, which joined millions of Americans in a shared monoculture, into today鈥檚 zillion-channel, Internet-atomized universe, which sliced and diced them into fractious, alienated subcultures. The second story is a cultural critique of Donald Trump, the chameleonic celebrity who courted fame, achieved a mind-meld with the media beast, and rode it to ultimate power.</p><br /><p>Braiding together these disparate threads, Poniewozik combines a cultural history of modern America with a revelatory portrait of the most public American who has ever lived. Reaching back to the 1940s, when Trump and commercial television were born, Poniewozik illustrates how Donald became 鈥渁 character that wrote itself, a brand mascot that jumped off the cereal box and entered the world, a simulacrum that replaced the thing it represented.鈥?Viscerally attuned to the media, Trump shape-shifted into a boastful tabloid playboy in the 1980s; a self-parodic sitcom fixture in the 1990s; a reality-TV 鈥淵ou鈥檙e Fired鈥?machine in the 2000s; and finally, the biggest role of his career, a Fox News鈥搊bsessed, Twitter-mad, culture-warring demagogue in the White House.</p><br /><p>Poniewozik deconstructs the chaotic Age of Trump as the 24-hour TV production that it is, decoding an era when politics has become pop culture, and vice versa. Trenchant and often slyly hilarious, Audience of One is a penetrating and sobering review of the raucous, raging, farcical reality show鈥攑erformed for the benefit of an insomniac, cable-news-junkie 鈥渁udience of one鈥濃€攖hat we all came to live in, whether we liked it or not.</p>
Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Tel...
by Saul Austerlitz

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English

Pages

367

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b>A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at聽<i>Friends</i>, published for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the show's premiere. <i>Howyoudoin鈥?</i></b><br /><br /> In September 1994, six friends sat down in their favorite coffee shop and began bantering about sex, relationships, jobs, and just about everything else. A quarter of a century later, new fans are still finding their way into the lives of Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe, and thanks to the show鈥檚 immensely talented creators, its intimate understanding of its youthful audience, and its reign during network television鈥檚 last moment of dominance,聽<i>Friends</i>聽has become the most influential and beloved show of its era.聽<i>Friends</i> has never gone on a break, and this is the story of how it all happened.<br /><br /> Noted pop culture historian Saul Austerlitz utilizes exclusive interviews with creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, executive producer Kevin Bright, director James Burrows, and many other producers, writers, and cast members to tell the story of聽<i>Friends</i>鈥?creation, its remarkable decade-long run, and its astonishing Netflix-fueled afterlife. Readers will go behind the scenes to hear from the people who were present as the show was developed and cast, written and filmed. There will be talk of trivia contests, prom videos, trips to London, Super Bowls, lesbian weddings, wildly popular hairstyles, superstar cameos, mad dashes to the airport, and million-dollar contracts. They鈥檒l also discover surprising details鈥攖hat Monica and Joey were the show鈥檚 original romantic couple, how Danielle Steel probably saved Jennifer Aniston鈥檚 career, and why聽<i>Friends</i>聽is still so popular that if it was a new show, its over-the-air broadcast reruns would be the ninth-highest-rated program on TV. 聽<br /> 聽<br /> The show that defined the 1990s has a legacy that has endured beyond wildest expectations. And in this hilarious, informative, and entertaining book, readers will now understand why.
Naturally Tan: A Memoir
by Tan France

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<p><b>A <i>USA Today </i>Hottest Book of the Summer for 2019!</b><br /><b>A Best Nonfiction Book for 2019 in<i> Women's Day</i>!</b><br /><b>One of Hello Giggles's "Most Anticipated Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List"!</b></p><p>鈥淛ust when I thought I knew everything about Tan, he hits me with this. His story is so heartwarming, and wickedly funny.鈥?鈥擜ntoni Porowski</p><p><b>In this heartfelt, funny, and touching memoir, one of the stars of Netflix鈥檚 Emmy Award-winning smash-hit <i>Queer Eye</i> reveals how an Englishman raised in a traditionally religious </b><b>home became a fashion icon鈥攁nd the first openly gay, South Asian man on </b><b>television鈥攕imply by being <i>Naturally Tan</i>.</b></p><p>In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and marrying the love of his life鈥攁 Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. </p><p>From one of the stars of Netflix鈥檚 runaway hit show Queer Eye, <i>Naturally Tan</i> is so much more than fashion dos and don鈥檛s鈥攖hough of course Tan can鈥檛 resist steering everyone away from bootcut jeans! Full of candid observations about U.S. and U.K. cultural differences, what he sees when you slide into his DMs, celebrity encounters, and the behind-the-scenes realities of 鈥渞eality TV,鈥?Naturally Tan gives us Tan鈥檚 unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself.</p><p>In Tan's own words, <b>鈥淭he book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.鈥?lt;/b></p>
Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of "The View"
by Ramin Setoodeh

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English

Pages

316

Publication Date

April 02, 2019

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<p><b><i>THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER </i></b></p><p><b>Like<i> Fire & Fury,</i> the gossipy real-life soap opera behind a serious show.</b></p><p> When Barbara Walters launched <i>The View</i>, network executives told her that hosting it would tarnish her reputation. Instead, within ten years, she鈥檇 revolutionized morning TV and made household names of her co-hosts: Joy Behar, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. But the daily chatfest didn鈥檛 just comment on the news. It became the news. And the headlines barely scratched the surface.</p><p>Based on unprecedented access, including stunning interviews with nearly every host, award-winning journalist Ramin Setoodeh takes you backstage where the stars really spoke their minds. Here's the full story of how Star, then Rosie, then Whoopi tried to take over the show, while Barbara struggled to maintain control of it all, a modern-day Lear with her media-savvy daughters. You'll read about how so many co-hosts had a tough time fitting in, suffered humiliations at the table, then pushed themselves away, feeling betrayed鈥攐ne nearly quitting during a commercial. Meanwhile, the director was being driven insane, especially by Rosie.</p><p>Setoodeh uncovers the truth about Star鈥檚 weight loss and wedding madness. Rosie鈥檚 feud with Trump. Whoopi鈥檚 toxic relationship with Rosie. Barbara鈥檚 difficulty stepping away. Plus, all the unseen hugs, snubs, tears鈥攁nd one dead rodent.</p><p><i>Ladies Who Punch</i> shows why <i>The View</i> can be mimicked and mocked, but it can never be matched.</p>
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
by Maxwell King

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English

Pages

434

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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Fred Rogers (1928鈥?003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of <i>Mister Rogers鈥?Neighborhood</i>, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously.<br /> 聽<br /><i>The Good Neighbor,</i> the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers鈥檚 personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, <i>The聽</i><i>Good N</i><i>eighbor</i> is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.
Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenw...
by Robert McKee

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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>
Bossypants
by Tina Fey

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English

Pages

283

Publication Date

April 05, 2011

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<b>Spirited and whip-smart, these laugh-out-loud autobiographical essays are "a masterpiece" from the Emmy Award-winning actress and comedy writer known for <i>30 Rock</i>, <i>Mean Girls</i>, and <i>SNL</i> (<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>).</b><b><br /></b>Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.<br />She has seen both these dreams come true.<br />At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on <i>Saturday Night Live</i>; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.<br />Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've always suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.<br />(<i>Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!</i>)
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show B...
by Neil Postman

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

December 27, 2005

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<b>What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell's <i>1984</i>, Neil's Postman's essential guide to the modern media is more relevant than ever.<br /><br /></b>"It's unlikely that Trump has ever read聽<i>Amusing Ourselves to Death</i>, but his ascent would not have surprised Postman.鈥?-<i>CNN</i><br /><br />Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman鈥檚 groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media鈥攆rom the Internet to cell phones to DVDs鈥攊t has taken on even greater significance. <i>Amusing Ourselves to Death</i> is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of聽 entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals.<br /><br />鈥淎 brilliant, powerful, and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.鈥?鈥揓onathan Yardley,聽<i>The Washington Post Book World</i>

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