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Screenwriting in The Land of Oz: The Wizard on Writing, Living, and Making It In Hollywood

by Richard Krevolin

Set your sights on a screenwriting career-and you know you're not in Kansas anymore. With some 100,000 original screenplays vying to be among the 7,000 few made into movies every year, craft is key and competition is fierce. Enter the Wizard: Award-winning screenwriter and playwright and acclaimed writing instructor Richard Krevolin, who shows you the way to turn your good ideas into great stories, and your great stories into compelling scripts.With the writer's gift for storytelling and the professor's gift for teaching, Krevolin gives you the brains, heart, and courage you need to make it in the Emerald City of Hollywood-one yellow brick at a time.

The Penis Name Book: A Guide to Naming Man's Best Friend

by David Rosenthal

Boy, oh, boy, it's a difficult decision when it comes to naming a guy's manhood. Does one go respectable with Peter O'Toole? Or hip with the Big Lebowski? Or choose one with a little more flavor, like Charleston Chew? With so many possibilities, it could really drive a person nuts!Lucky for those looking to nail down the perfect name for their (partner's) favorite body part, there's this book. It's a long, hard process coming up with an original name for a man's member, so this book doesn't beat around the bush. It pulls together 500 options, sizes them up, and helps you get down to business and choose the perfect fit.At the end of the naming process, you will think your choice is a stroke of genius--and be relieved you're not just calling it Harry or Dick.

Toss, Keep, Sell!: The Suddenly Frugal Guide to Cleaning Out the Clutter and Cashing In

by Leah Ingram

The American house is one cluttered place. Frugal folks need to get their homes in order and find ways to make money from the junk they no longer need or want. That's where this book comes in!Organized by rooms of the house and tasks of the day, this book becomes a veritable clutter checklist. Each chapter in this reader-friendly guide features:Cashing In: A profile of everyday people who have earned big while clearing outQuick Clutter Challenge: Easy ways for you to declutter a space in thirty minutes or lessA Keep, Toss, Sell Chart: A visual organizer to help get every room of the house under controlCash Back in This Chapter: What better way to motivate you than to point out potential earnings from one chapter's worth of tips?You can forget paying big bucks for a professional organizer. With Leah Ingram as your guide, you'll have extra money--and a home you can be proud of--in no time!

Teenage as a Second Language: A Parent's Guide to Becoming Bilingual

by Barbara R Greenberg

What are you to do when your cheerful, friendly family members morph overnight into sarcastic, sullen, teens? How can you get through to these hormonally challenged strangers when all you get in return are sighs and eyerolls?Thankfully, this book reveals the groundbreaking strategies you can use to maintain good communication, healthy interaction, and strong connections to your teen, no matter how rocky the road to puberty becomes. You'll learn how to:Let your teens help set the rules--and the consequences for breaking themRealize that "me, me, me!" is actually age-appropriatePut honesty above all elseTry not to criticize, judge, or become angry Based on the latest research, this book works as a Rosetta Stone to help you hear what your kids are really saying--and makes sure nothing is lost in translation!

Dr. Seth's Love Prescription: Overcome Relationship Repetition Syndrome and Find the Love You Deserve

by Dr Seth Meyers

The landscape of love is littered with people injured by love time and time again. And so they hobble from one bad relationship to another. But it doesn't have to be that way. Noted psychologist Seth Meyers, PsyD--aka Dr. Seth--has developed a foolproof four-step cure for Relationship Repetition Syndrome (RRS). With this book, you can avoid making the same mistakes in your love life over and over again. With behavioral exercises and questionnaires designed to reveal the RRS behaviors that sabotage love, you'll learn why your relationships have failed, and how you can love more wisely--and happily--the next time.Armed with Dr. Seth's unique love action plan, you can put the pain of dead-end relationships behind you and find true love that lasts--forever cured of RRS!

Toxic Men: 10 Ways to Identify, Deal with, and Heal from the Men Who Make Your Life Miserable

by Lillian Glass

Know Thine Toxic Man.Toxic men come in all shapes, sizes, and dysfunctions. The trick is to know one when you see one--and how to deal with him. In this book, bestselling author and therapist Dr.Lillian Glass shows you how to identify toxic men, and gives you the specific tools you need to avoid them when you can--and handle them effectively when you cannot. This groundbreaking look at toxic men and the women who are involved with them offers a three-part approach:Part One: 10 types of toxic men, from the "Sneaky Passive Aggressive Silent But Deadly Erupting Volcano" to the "Instigating Backstabbing Meddler"Part Two: 10 ways to deal with toxic men, including the "Blow Out, Let It Go Technique" and the "Give Them Hell and Yell Technique"Part Three: How to heal after a toxic relationship, from getting professional help to making amendsWith Dr. Glass's profound yet practical advice, you can take charge of your life--and rid your relationships of toxic men once and for all. Whether you're struggling to date a decent guy or are already trapped in a toxic relationship, Dr. Glass gives you the answers you need to leave dysfunction behind--and find a man capable of a health, loving relationship.

Planning Your Wedding Sucks: What to do when place cards, plus ones, and paying two grand for a cake make you miserable

by Joanne Kimes

Bling. Flowers. Tulle.The three things that every little girl dreams of when she pictures her wedding day.What she doesn't consider is the stuff of nightmares: Overdrawn checking accounts. Drunk relatives. The seating chart that looks like a road map.In this book, Joanne Kimes and Elena Donovan Mauer expose the tedious (and often traumatic) tasks that really go into pulling off a wedding. From dealing with overbearing mothers-in-law and making time for their lovable, but clueless, fiancés to suffering through endless alterations and meetings with the con artists known as "vendors," there's a lot that you need to know. After all, a wedding is supposed to be something you look forward to-not something you have to endure before the honeymoon!Armed with Kimes' trademark, no-holds-barred humor, Donovan Mauer's bridal industry know-how, and copious amounts of wine, you'll get through the stress of planning your weddings with style, humor, and grace. Or, at the very least, without beating members of the wedding party with that $500 bouquet.

La Bella Vita: Live and Love the Italian Way

by Aminda Leigh

Carla Bruni. Giorgio Armani. Luciano Pavarotti.Giada De Laurentiis. Sophia Loren. The Leonardos (Da Vinci e DiCaprio).From fettucine to fashion and back again, nobody does La Bella Vita like the Italians. Whether preparing a meal or sculpting the David, singing an aria or seducing a lover, Italians take their time, and do it right--adagio! In this bellissimo primer, Romans Aminda Leigh and Pietro Pesce show you how to achieve that sensual perfection in everything you do, leading you on a smolderingly hot journey through each of the five senses:Sight (vista): Toss the shabby, shapeless clothes and dress up! Italians take meticulous care of their appearance and are always fashionable. Sound (udito): Act like an Italian and emphasize the positive whenever possible.Touch (tatto): Touch like all Italians do--double-kiss, hold hands, touch other people's arms, and gesticulate!Smell (olfatto): Take a ride on an Italian motorbike and pay attention to the scents of your environment--the sea air, a coffee shop, a flower garden . . .Taste (gusto): Forget inhaling a heavy dinner--eat like Italians and savor a long, leisurely home-cooked meal!From fashion and film to food and language, this book is the crash course in Italian living every Italophile should indulge in, pronto!

On Gratitude: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, Alicia Keys, Daryl Hall, Ray Bradbury, Anna Kendrick, B.B. King, Elmore Leonard, Deepak Chopra, and 42 More Celebrities Share What They're Most Thankful For

by Todd Aaron Jensen

What Are You Most Grateful For?Ricky Gervais says...Pajamas.I've started wearing pajamas out, because they're more comfortable than trousers. (Laughs) I started out with jeans, then went to sweatpants about ten years ago. Now it's just pajamas. I wore them to the White House. I've gone whole hog.Dolly Parton says...Humble Roots.I think being brought up dirt poor left with me with a feeling of what it was like to go without, so I can relate when people are having a hard time. In my case, being a songwriter, I'm able to write not only for and about myself, but for what I know other people are feeling, even if they don't always have the means to get their voices heard.Anne Rice says...Clackety-Clack.My stepmother, who was a very practical, wonderful woman, took me into Dallas before I went into college to buy me a typewriter. She picked out this wonderful little portable one, black and white keys, and it was real fast. I still have it. I won't give it up.In this enlightening and engaging collection, celebrities from Seth Rogen and Sheryl Crowe to Joyce Carol Oates and B.B. King share the people, places, and things for which they are most grateful. Alternately sentimental and surprising, wise and wacky, these heartfelt "gratitude bucket lists" as described by some of our most beloved artists are sure to inspire readers everywhere to make their own lists--and live their own lives with more love, affection, and thanksgiving.

An Uncommon Heroine: Scarlett, Edna, Sula--and More Than 20 Other of the Most Remarkable Women in Literature

by Jamie Cox Robertson

One is not born a woman, one becomes one. -Simone de BeauvoirLiterature has provided us with some of the most unforgettable women in history. From wives and mothers to daughters and lovers, these women all have one thing in common--they're uncommon heroines. This unique collection includes more than twenty great novel excerpts depicting women young and old, wise and weary, flamboyant and cunning such as:Emma Woodhouse in Emma by Jane AustenJane Eyre in Jane Eyre by Charlotte BronteHolly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman CapoteEvelyn Couch in Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie FlaggCelie in The Color Purple by Alice WalkerThis book celebrates the women we envy, admire, and are inspired by--generation after generation.

Retail Hell: How I Sold My Soul to the Store

by Freeman Hall

From Act I:"I think you left these behind," I said, handing them to her. This happens all the time when women try to return bags they've used. Tampons, lipstick, coins, Tic Tacs, and condoms are the top treasures found."Greasy" let out a sigh as if I were the problem. "I really don't see what the problem is here. It's none of your business what I keep in my handbag."It is when my commission is at stake! I'm not your Designer Handbag Rental Service! My name is not BagBorrowOrSteal.com!This is a place Freeman Hall, a twenty-year veteran "on the floor," knows well. While delivering side-splitting stories alongside brutally cynical commentary, Freeman recounts his most shocking experiences in Retail Hell.From the time he was attacked by a customer's four-year-old, who grabbed onto his leg like a poodle and wouldn't let go, to the day he found the fitting room walls covered in s**t, Freeman has seen and heard (smelled and felt) it all! Horrifying and hilarious, this behind-the-scenes look at what really goes on at the Big Fancy Stores is rollicking, ready-to-wear wisdom for readers everywhere.

Aliens in America: A UFO Hunter's Guide to Extraterrestrial Hotpspots Across the U.S.

by William J Birnes

"You don't have to be an avid hunter to enjoy the many UFO hotspots in the United States. Nor do you have to have any special clearance to pull your car up along the "Alien Highway" outside of Area 51 to watch the UFOs dance in the nighttime sky. Enthusiasts and vacationers looking for out-of-the-ordinary excursions just need this unique user's guide to the most historic UFO hotspots around. Inside is classified information from across the nation, such as:The Hudson Valley Triangle-New York The Kokomo Lights-Indiana The Great Lakes UFOs-Michigan The Maury Island Incident-Washington The Gulf Breeze Sightings-Florida Whether they're driving, camping, or flying, this book is the only guide readers will need to learn the story behind the hotspot, find the best hotel or campsite-and catch a glimpse of our friends in the sky."

My Dog Is My Hero: Tributes to the Companions Who Give Us Love, Loyalty, and a New Leash on Life

by Susan Reynolds

The heroic friends who save us--one bark at a time.Our dogs rescue us every day--whether theyÆre pulling our children out of wells or standing by our side during tough times. In this moving collection, youÆll meet fifty unforgettable dogs who have earned the love, respect, and admiration of their humans, including:Widget, a wiry little terrier who alerted her master that a poisonous snake was coiled to strike her daughterGeorge, an abandoned, oversized, loopy white dog with no particular talents beyond graciously mentoring brother and sister foster dogs, including an annoying litter of six coonhoundsSkip and Obie, two abused dogs whose former owners poured lye down their throats but who now bestow their rescuers with daily kisses and hugsThis book reminds you that every dog has his day--and that courage canine-style comes in all colors, shapes, sizes--and breeds.

My Best Friend is a Wookie: One Boy's Journey to Find His Place in the Galaxy

by Tony Pacitti

In a galaxy far, far away a geek was born.So begins the real-life hero's journey of Jedi Knight wannabe Tony Pacitti. In this hilarious coming-of-age memoir, Tony shows how Star Wars has served as a source of comfort, guidance, and wisdom in his life. From the first thunderous boom of John William's score, seven-year-old Tony takes on Star Wars as his moral compass, his mentor, even his psychologist. Like his hero Luke Skywalker, Tony must then overcome Stormtrooper bullies, Lando turncoats, and Emperor Palpatine authority figures and embrace his own geekiness to grow into a man worthy of riding shotgun with Chewie.With the sense of humor of Han Solo, the willpower of Luke Skywalker, and the wisdom of a (much younger) Yoda, Pacitti uses the Force to follow his heart, overcome obstacles, and live a life worthy of a Jedi knight, endearing Star Wars fans everywhere in the process!

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Muggles and Wizards

by Dinah Bucholz

Bangers and mash with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Hogwarts dining hall.A proper cuppa tea and rock cakes in Hagrid's hut.Cauldron cakes and pumpkin juice on the Hogwarts Express.With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie! With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly delicious meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories, such as:Treacle Tart--Harry's favorite dessertMolly's Meat Pies--Mrs. Weasley's classic dishKreacher's French Onion SoupPumpkin Pasties--a staple on the Hogwarts Express cartWith a dash of magic and a drop of creativity, you'll conjure up the entrees, desserts, snacks, and drinks you need to transform ordinary Muggle meals into magical culinary masterpieces, sure make even Mrs. Weasley proud!

The Everything Guide to Study Skills: Strategies, tips, and tools you need to succeed in school!

by Cynthia C Muchnick

Here's something worth learning: Studying doesn't have to be a chore! This fun and accessible resource provides the tools you need to develop better study habits, boost your grades, and position yourself for academic success.Educational consultant Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick uses a wide range of ideas taken from hundreds of students to help you find a unique, effective method suited for your individual learning style. You'll improve transcripts for college applications, ace standardized tests, and become a better student at any level of education.This indispensable guide shows you how to:Get the most out of class timeUse the best strategies for note-taking and memorizingImprove writing skillsPrepare completely for testsSafely and effectively conduct online researchUse Skype, iChat, or social media to form study groups With this guide in your backpack, you'll be able to balance school and activities, avoid pre-test panic, and achieve consistently better results.

The Party Bible: The Good Book for Great Times

by Connor Pritchard

Hallefrickinlujah, it’s here--your ultimate party-planning guide. Forget the stuffy dinner conversations. And the plates of cheese. And the wine (unless it’s boxed, or bottled three-buck Chuck). It’s time to tap into a powder keg of debauchery.Brought to you by Connor and Dominic, founders of The 5th Year and scholars in the art of the party, this book serves up dozens of out-of-the-box ideas, along with advice on throwing a successful shindig and plenty of suggestions on how to take the shenanigans to the next level. You’ll find ridiculously fun ways to get your drink on, like . . .Tour de Franzia: Spandex-clad partiers chant, ?Go, go, go? as their wine-mouthed friends race through boxes of the classy stuff.Brownbag Surprise: Guests have to MacGyver their own costumes out of whatever’s inside the brownbag they’re given.Fake Wake: It’s like a real Irish wake--except even the stiff’s drunk.Donkey Punch Dinner Party: Where placing your Cleveland Steamer Meatballs between a bowl of Dirty Sanchez Seven-Layer Dip and a tray of Dutch Oven Biscuits isn’t out of place.So ditch the popped-collar polos and wayfarers and move on from the played-out ’80s theme. It’s time to try something new. And as entertaining as it is instructive, this book is destined to become your gospel whenever you’re looking for a good time. The party’s on.

Four Word Film Reviews

by Benj Clews

In four words or less, this book brings together movies from across the multiplex. So whether you like the Coen brothers (Fargo: Chipper cop; chipped criminal) or the Farrelly brothers (Dumb & Dumber: Two guys, zero brains), you'll get a laugh from these online critics' witty review reductions.This book is your must-read guide to over 400 movies--brought to you in 3D so real you can flip the pages for less than the price of admission to Michael Bay's latest pyrotechnics display. Action! Adventure! Comedy! It's all inside for your viewing pleasure. And be sure to stay after the credits for the Four Word Film Review Quiz to see how well you really know your movies.Four Word Film Reviews: Condensed content, big laughs.

A Literary Paris: Hemingway, Colette, Sedaris, and Others on the Uncommon Lure of the City of Light

by Jamie Cox Robertson

You don’t have to live in Paris to experience her unique beauty, allure, and enchantment. With this dazzling literary celebration of the City of Light, you can stroll along the Seine with David Sedaris in Me Talk Pretty One Day, sample croissants in a patisserie with M.F.K. Fisher in As They Were, and savor Mona Lisa’s smile at the Louvre with Mark Twain in Innocents Abroad.With fascinating annotations on the works, the writers, and the wonders of one of the world’s most beautiful places, A Literary Paris takes you on a bon voyage through this incomparable city--one mot juste at a time!

Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15: An insider's guide to 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places

by Quentin Parker

Titz. Twatt. Turda.And those are just the Ts.The world is full of wonderful, weird, and wild places. From Point Stupid and Mount Dick to Lake Cock and the River Suck, there are hundreds of towns, cities, mountains, deserts, and bodies of water around the globe that defy description and explanation--until now. In this book, the secret histories, mysteries, and peccadilloes of the world’s most laudably laughable places are revealed for the very first time (that we know of) for your reading pleasure. With sidebars that explain the etymology and origin of the place names, along with each place’s most famous residents, titillating scandals, and claims to fame, you’ll find this one-of-a-kind tell-all guide as funny as it is fascinating.Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15--because no matter where you may find yourself right now, it’s good to know that there’s always somewhere worse!

The Book of Bastards: 101 Worst Scoundrels and Scandals from the World of Politics and Power

by Brian Thornton

Move over, Benedict Arnold . . .Oh to be sure, America's first traitor is one of the 101 bastards you will find in this one-of-a-kind account of bad guys in Washington. But compared to some of the gross misconduct in this frighteningly funny history book, well, let's just say he's in good company. This page-turner of a potboiler reveals all the dirtiest little secrets readers never learned in history class. From illegitimate children (we thought Grover Cleveland was too boring to have sex) and illicit trysts (Warren G. Harding in the White House phone booth with his secretary) to turncoats (make up your own mind about Daniel Ellsberg) and traitors (General Wilkinson, aka a Spanish secret agent), you will discover all the dirt worth dishing since the founding of Jamestown.The Book of Bastards - because what you don't know about the history of our great nation can make you laugh and cry!

Strategies for the C-Section Mom: A Complete Fitness, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Guide

by Mary Beth Knight

Whether your C-section is planned or you have one unexpectedly, you need to know about the risks, the recovery, and how to regain your fitness level postpartum--all while caring for a newborn. This book outlines exactly what a C-section entails, and offers you information, guidance, and advice on how to make your experience and recovery smooth and happy. Author Mary Beth Knight, one of the leading women’s fitness, health, and nutrition experts in the United States, has had two C-sections of her own and understands the unique physical conditioning requirements of C-section moms. The acclaimed founder of StrollerFit, Inc. has developed a program especially designed for women undergoing a C-section. She gives you the blueprint you need to be stronger, fitter, healthier, and sexier than ever, while enjoying everything that motherhood has to offer. Starting with the first day after the surgery and running through the end of the first eighteen months postpartum, this one-of-a-kind program shows you how to:Manage postoperative pain successfullyCope with emotional issuesExercise safely and effectively after the surgeryFocus on exercises and stretches that can actually speed up your recoveryMaintain a balanced workout that includes upper and lower body and core exercisesUnderstand how many calories you should eatLose weight when the time is rightAdopt a nutritionally sound dietComplete with photographs that show you exactly how to perform each stretch or exercise properly (and how to include your baby when it’s safe), this guide will have you looking and feeling great--in record time!

Fixing Freddie: A TRUE story about a Boy, a Single Mom, and the Very Bad Beagle Who Saved Them

by Paula Munier

There are bad dogs--and then there are bad beagles.In this hilarious and heartwarming memoir, single mother Paula Munier takes on the world’s worst beagle--and loses every time. She tries everything to fix Freddie--but nothing really works. As her youngest son grows up and prepares to leave her soon-to-be empty nest, Paula’s worst fear is that after more than thirty years of raising kids, she’ll be left all alone--with Freddie.

The Quotable Intellectual: 1,417 Bon Mots, Ripostes, and Witticisms for Aspiring Academics, Armchair Philosophers…And Anyone Else Who Wants to Sound Really Smart

by Peter Archer

Have you ever wanted to be an intellectual, without all that tedious work of getting an advanced college degree? Here’s your shortcut to the world of the well read. Just open this collection of 1,417 quotations from the mouths of the wildly famous to the painfully obscure, and voila!--instant erudition. It doesn’t take much to sound as if you know what you’re talking about. Just toss off some time-tested wisdom from Henry James or Plotinus . . . or, if you’re feeling daring, a line or two of poetry from Byron. In no time at all you’ll be sipping a glass of Madeira, sampling imported Gouda, and bragging about your collection of first edition Vonneguts.Just like an intellectual.

The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!

by Philip Athans

Science fiction and fantasy is one of the most challenging--and rewarding!--genres in the bookstore. But with New York Times bestselling author Philip Athans and fantasy giant R. A. Salvatore at your side, you’ll create worlds that draw your readers in--and keep them reading! Just as important, you’ll learn how to prepare your work for today’s market. Drawing on his years of experience as one of the most acclaimed professionals in publishing, Wizards of the Coast editor Athans explains how to set your novel apart--and break into this lucrative field. From devising clever plots and building complex characters to inventing original technologies and crafting alien civilizations, Athans gives you the techniques you need to write strong, saleable narratives.Plus! Athans applies all of these critical lessons together in an unprecedented deconstruction of a never-before-published tale by the one and only R. A. Salvatore!There are books on writing science fiction and fantasy, and then there’s this book--the only one you need to create strange, wonderful worlds for your own universe of readers!

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