Complete? Pretty much. This heavy-duty hardcover contains more than 500 pages and hundreds of amazing never-before-seen photos and illustrations, which are among the highlights of this fabulous keepsake. Collecting and connecting mountains of material about the Potter books and films, this authentically weighty tome is crammed with enough images, anecdotes and secrets to fill, well, an entire chamber.
Jobs fashioned a fascinating life for himself, and his personal success story is one that many seem to feel connected to, whether through owning an iPhone or just aching with the desire to have one. Nobody did as much to integrate personal computing into our personal lives as Jobs, and this thorough, Jobs-involved bio rightly remembered as a giant among tiny computing devices.
What happens when X-Men's Wolverine becomes too domesticated and starts ripping up the furniture? Were the Brönte sisters man-hungry Sex and the City prototypes? Did Sherlock Holmes dump Watson for a dopier, funnier sidekick? New Yorker cartoonist Beaton draws comic strips that mix pop culture, history, literature and goofball humor that leaves you feeling smarter even as you laugh at her ridiculous set-ups.
Some of the most iconic movie images come from the inventive mind of Saul Bass, and this coffee table book collects his best work including The Man With the Golden Arm, Vertigo, Anatomy of a Murder and more. With a foreward by Martin Scorsese—who worked with Bass on Cape Fear and Casino—Saul Bass revels in the intelligence and beauty of his designs, such as the Arm's famously twisted limb, which not only proved eye-catching but helped circumvent censors who weren't too keen on a film about a junkie musician.
From a life embarassingly rich with memoir-ready moments, Lowe, bless him, delivers a great story, whether talking about growing up with Sean Penn, Charlie Sheen and their families, his sudden teen idol fame, the Brat Pack days, that sex tape scandal, his hard-won sobriety and the varying fortunes of having an exceedingly pretty face. If The West Wing and Parks and Recreation didn't make you appreciate Lowe, this book surely will.
Have you ever written a Facebook post that was just so funny and clever and awesome? Artist Lou Beach does it all the time; bored with typical offerings, he began writing tiny stories for his status updates and the results are, well, status symbols. Each 420-character vignette is a small world of its own, and worth a click of the Like button. Check out stars Jeff Bridges and Ian McShane reading some and be amazed.
Sure, this guy has written a few things before, some great (The Stand, Wizard and Glass) and some, um, less so (Tommyknockers, anyone?). But here all the very real strengths of this American original come together. In this story that hinges on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, King pieces together a national tragedy, a conveniently placed time-travel portal and the irresistible urge to pursue the question "What if?" to create a narrative that's as smart as it is totally gripping.
People with kids can relate: You just want your darlings to drift off to dreamland so you can watch a movie, do the bills or relax. But sometimes little ones refuse to slumber. Hence, this faux-children's book: A profanity-laden lullaby to parents who just need a break. Funny because it's real, this board book about little people and the big folks who swear at them comes from cool independent Akashic Books, the indie book brainchild of rocker Johnny Temple.
What a year for fans of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire saga. Not only did HBO's Game of Thrones introduce many to the delights and destruction found in Westeros and the lands beyond, but the author's long-awaited new installment of the series was like a gift from the Old Gods. After leaving a whole lot of beloved characters hanging in Storm of Swords, Martin finally got back to the adventures of Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and the literally hundreds of characters in his exceptional, wonderful, addictive tomes.
Tina Fey can do it all. As much as fans wondered whether she could write a book worthy of her reportedly quite healthy book contract, she did that and more. This funny sorta-memoir has everything diehard comedy geeks, crushing fanboys and even casual readers could hope for. She shares personal stories about her family, awkward teenage years, unrequited loves and the odd requited one as well, plus she spills plenty about her experiences on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock with Sarah Palin, Oprah Winfrey, Alec Baldwin, Amy Poehler and much more. Bossypants is hilarious and charming. And come on: Check out those guns.
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