Anne Lamott - Small Victories

Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. It’s an approach that has become her trademark. Now in Small Victories, Lamott offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, she writes, but they change us—our perceptions, our perspectives, and our lives. Lamott writes of forgiveness, restoration, and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found.

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

 

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$22.95
ISBN-13: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 11/2014

Victoria Tennant - Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo

Introduction by Peter Coyote

In conversation with Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine 

In the 1930s and '40s, the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo toured the United States and the world, introducing many to ballet as an art form, while spreading the enduring image of the ballerina as an embodiment of feminine grace and sophistication. Irina Baronova and the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo ($55.00) is a sumptuous, illustrated history that tells the story of the rise of modern ballet and its popularity through the life story of one of ballet's most glamorous stars, Irina Baronova (1919-2008), prima ballerina for the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo and later for Ballet Theatre in New York. 

Drawing on letters, correspondence, oral histories, and interviews, Baronova's daughter, the actress Victoria Tennant, warmly recounts Baronova's dramatic life, from her earliest aspirations to her grueling time on tour to her later years in Australia as a pioneer of the art. She begins with the Baronov family's flight from Russia during the Revolution, which led them to Romania and later Paris, where at the age of thirteen, Baronova became a star, chosen by the legendary George Balanchine to join the Ballets Russes, where she danced the lead in Swan Lake. Tennant provides an intimate account of Baronova's life as a dancer and rare behind-the-scenes stories of life on the road with the stars of the company. Spectacular photographs, a mix of archival images and family snapshots, offer many rare views of rehearsals, costumes, set designs, and the dancers themselves both at their most dazzling and in their most everyday. 

The story of Irina Baronova is also the story of the rise of ballet in America thanks to the Ballets Russes, who brought the magisterial beauty and star power of dance to big cities and small towns alike. "Irina Baronova and the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo "offers a unique perspective on this history, sure to be treasured by dance patrons and aspiring stars. 

For over twenty-five years, Emmy-award winning directors/producers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have jointly created critically-acclaimed multi-character documentary narratives that braid their characters' individual personal stories to form a larger portrait of the human experience. Geller and Goldfine first met Irina Baronova in June 2000 while filming the Ballets Russes Reunion in New Orleans during the production of their documentary Ballets Russes. A feature-length documentary covering more than fifty years in the lives of a group of revolutionary artists combines intimate interviews and verite documentary scenes with surviving members of the Ballets Russes companies, as well as rare motion picture performance footage, clips from Hollywood movies and "home movies," letters, diaries, journals and other archival materials, to trace the story of the companies and the lives of the individuals who danced with them. 

 

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$55.00
ISBN-13: 9780226167169
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Published: University of Chicago Press, 10/2014

Richard Blanco - The Prince of Los Cocuyos

Richard Blanco’s childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents’ nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on reruns of The Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver—an “exotic” life he yearned for as much as he yearned to see “la patria.” Navigating these worlds eventually led Blanco to question his cultural identity through words; in turn, his vision as a writer—as an artist—prompted the courage to accept himself as a gay man. In The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, Blanco traces his poignant, often hilarious, and quintessentially American coming-of-age and the people who helped influenced him.

Richard Blanco was born in Madrid in 1968 and immigrated as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to the United States. He was raised and educated in Miami, earning a B.S. in civil engineering and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. Blanco is practicing engineer, writer and poet, and has taught at Georgetown University, American University, Writer’s Center and Central Connecticut State University. In addition to his numerous honors and awards, in 2013 he was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay writer to hold the honor.

 

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$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062313768
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Published: Ecco Press, 9/2014

Barbara Rose Brooker - The Rise and Fall of a Jewish American Princess

Beginning in 1960, The Rise and Fall of a Jewish American Princess chronicles Dianne Roseman, who is programmed to be a Jewish Princes; to define herself by marriage, her struggle to become an artist in the brutal art world, her falll from a love affair with a famous dealer of contemporary art, and her rise in her true self. Asking questions of deception and redemption, Barbara Rose Brooker's newest novel explores women of all cultures.

Barbara Rose Brooker is the author of The Viagra Diaries and currently teaches at San Francisco State University. She has a Master's in Creative Writing. She has appeared on The Today Show and The Talk and has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, and more. 

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Allen Salkin - From Scratch

America has come a long way from the handful of “dump and stir” cooking shows of the 1970s and 80s to the vast and vibrant television food scene of today, when most of the population seems to be on a first-name basis with the likes of Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, and Mario Batali. Now out in paperback, From Scratch: The Uncensored History Of The Food Network is the first book about the network that covers the whole story from the beginning. It includes a brand new afterword with behind-the-scenes revelations about a bullying Robert Irvine as he confronts a rising rival, a never-say-die Paula Deen trying to rebuild her brand against all odds, and a not-ready-for-her-close-up Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, as she struggles to adapt to being a TV star. Illuminating one of the most notable cultural and media trends of recent decades, the rise of a food-obsessed culture, the book also tells a powerful business story, revealing how creativity, chance, technology, and money sometimes work together and sometimes at cross purposes when building a brand. In its paperback form, it will continue to be devoured by devoted fans of food shows, by media business junkies who want to know how an empire was created, and by everyone curious about what some of today’s best known pop culture personalities are really like behind the scenes.

Allen Salkin's journalism has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, and Details. He produces and stars in video interviews of food celebrities for a variety of websites. A well-known trend spotter, his article on the renewed popularity of monocles attracted worldwide attention in spring 2014. Allen was a featured player on the E! reality show #1 Single, has appeared in documentaries including True Hollywood Story: Chris Farley, and on numerous outlets to discuss his first book Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us, about the Seinfeld-inspired celebration.

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$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780399159329
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Published: Putnam Adult, 10/2013

Patricia Garfield - Schmoopie's Dream

When Schmoopie, the runt and sole survivor of a litter is rescued from the pound, her wish for a new family is fulfilled beyond her wildest dreams. Children’s therapy centers and humane societies use the entertaining and inspirational story of Schmoopie’s Dream: From Pound to Penthouse as an additional healing tool.

Patricia Garfield, Ph.D., is a worldwide authority on dreams.  She is one of the six co-founders of The Association for the Study of Dreams and was the 1998-99 President. Her bestseller Creative Dreaming is considered a classic, and is available in fourteen languages.

 

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$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780991617418
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Published: Dr. Patricia Garfield's Center for Creative D, 6/2014



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