The Booklovers' Guide To Wine

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#1 Best Seller in Wine & Spirits Buying Guides ─ Great Wines and Great Writers are a Wonderful Blend

A fact-filled, jargon free guide to wine, bursting with entertaining anecdotes, literary quotes and compelling humor that will teach you everything you always wanted to learn about wine but were too scared to ask.

Pure delight. "This book would be a highly recommendable primer on wine without the literary references as Alexander guides us through regions and grapes, plus how to truly appreciate this nectar. But the hefty chapter matching grapes with authors is pure delight: albariño and J.R.R. Tolkien, chardonnay and Jane Austen, and his personal favorite, gewürztraminer and Marcel Proust." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

The pleasures of great wine and great writers. Under the careful guidance of his father, Patrick Alexander began drinking wine with his meals at the age of five. At the same age, encouraged by his mother, he began a lifelong love-affair with books. The twin pleasures of wine and writing remained his passion for the next sixty-five years. He has raised his own children in many of the world’s great wine growing regions, from Bordeaux and Piedmont in Europe to the Santa Cruz mountains of California while researching and writing his definitive guide to the novels of Marcel Proust.

History of wine and some of the best wines. For the past six years, Patrick has been teaching a sold-out wine appreciation class at the nation’s No.1 independent bookstore, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. The Booklovers' Guide to Wine is based on this very successful class and blends Patrick’s passion for the culture and history of wine and his love of literature for the world's great writers. A literary twist on traditional food and wine pairings, this book explores how great wines and great writers can be combined to enhance the enjoyment of both. The book describes the history of wine from the time of Noah to the birth of two-buck Chuck.

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Plant-Powered Cooking

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• Forks Over Knives has become a worldwide movement encouraging people to eat more plants and forego meat; the book selling over a million copies with a popular film viewed by over 20 million • Much more than a cookbook, Alvrez’s book offers readers insight into why we eat the way we do • Filled with tips, tricks and secrets for a sustainable lifestyle so readers can go green • Starter garden tips for readers at any level so ditch the high-maintenance lawn and grow veggies, fresh herbs and eat food with the highest nutrient levels

 

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Coyote Peterson’s Brave Adventures

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#1 Bookscan in Juvenile Non-fiction! ─ Be Brave… Stay Wild!

Animal Stories for Kids: Coyote Peterson's Brave Adventures: Wild Animals in a Wild World chronicles some of the wildest encounters Coyote Peterson has had over the course of his travels. The stories begin with his first snapping turtle catch as a kid and lead down a trail of incredible moments he and his camera crew have had while filming their Brave Wilderness shows. From a giant alligator that nearly caught Coyote in its bone crushing jaws, to an 800 pound Grizzly Bear that helped him teach the audience what to do and NOT do if you ever encounter one of these enormous predators in the wild, every tale is laced with fast paced action and daring adventure. With the presence of danger often looming for Coyote, each story reminds the reader that animals rule the wild places of this planet, and if we respect them from a safe distance, even the most frightening creatures are more likely to be afraid of us than we should ever be of them.

Exciting animal stories for kids of all ages: This collection of short stories aims to give the reader a first-person perspective into some of Coyote’s most harrowing and heartwarming adventures.

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Saigon Kids

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#1 New Release in Military & Wars ─ Follow the Coming of Age Adventures of a U.S. Military Brat During the Early Vietnam War Years in Saigon.

The early Vietnam war years through the eyes of a U.S. military brat: In May of 1962, Naval Chief Petty Officer Bryant Arbuckle flew to Saigon to establish a new Armed Forces radio station. Next to follow were his wife and three boys, Leslie among them. Saigon Kids is the candid, recondite slice of fourteen-year-old military brat Les Arbuckle’s experience at the American Community School (ACS) during the critical months of the Vietnam War when events would, quite literally, ignite in downtown Saigon. In 1963, Saigon was beautiful, violent, and dirty−and the most exciting place a fourteen-year-old American boy could live. Saigon offered a rich array of activities, and much to the consternation of their parents and teachers, Les and his fellow military brats explored the dangers with reckless abandon running from machine gun fire, watching a Buddhist monk burn to death, visiting brothels late at night or, trading currency on the black market.

Coming of age in the streets of Vietnam War torn Saigon: When Les first arrives in Vietnam, he is a stranger in a strange land, expecting boredom in a country he doesn’t know. But the American social scene is more vibrant than he expected. The American Community School is a blend of kids from all over the globe who arrived in Saigon as the fuse on Saigon was about to ignite. As the ACS students continue their American lifestyle behind barbed wire, Saigon unravels in chaos and destruction. In spite of this ugliness−an ever-present feature of everyday life−Les tells his story of teenage angst with humor and precocity.

Coming of age tale with a twist: The events leading up to the Vietnam War provide an unusual backdrop for this coming-of-age tale with a twist. Saigon Kids will also make a perfect companion to the documentary film (sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts) currently in production. The film chronicles the lives of “military brats” living in Saigon in the volatile years from 1958 to 1964.

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Fighting for Our Lives

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True story of survival

Mother and unborn child beat cancer through faith and determination

One of the truly remarkable stories of faith and determination: At age 29, Heather Choate was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was ten weeks pregnant with her sixth child. Her unborn baby became victim to the fast-spreading and highly dangerous cancer in Heather’s body that already spread to her lymph nodes. Doctors told her she needed to abort her baby to save her life. Heather told them, “I’d rather die than take the life of my baby.” Heather and her husband set out to find a way to save both mother and baby. The journey pushed them to the fringes of their stamina, tested the strength of their familial relationships and found them clinging to their faith like it was the last bit of thread on a lifeline.

Reading true stories of survival may change your life: We all have unexpected adversity in life. It’s those things that we think “will never happen to us.” It could be the loss of job, the birth of a special needs child, the downturn of the economy or an unexpected health challenge. Most of us would easily crumble under such circumstances, but Heather found that its not about what happens to you, its about what you do with it. You don’t have to almost die, to learn how to live and Heather shows us how. Despite adversity, nearly impossible challenges can be met, families can be strengthened and faith can sustain even the most desperate souls on their journey. She brings her role as cancer warrior into the real lives of readers, addressing topics that affect them most: dealing with doubt and insecurity, discovering who they really are, renewing their passion, negotiating family strife, releasing relentless regrets, succeeding against temptation, weathering their worst fears, pressing on against fatigue and illness, uprooting bitterness and more. Fighting for Our Lives will take you on a journey of self-examination and appreciation of the beauties of today, and the book could actually change your life.

What you'll learn in Fighting for Our Lives:

  • Don’t just survive challenges, thrive through them
  • How to use your power of choice, because it’s not what happens to you that matters, its what you do about it
  • Practical ways that faith sustains and strengthens
  • How to deal with doubt and insecurity
  • Best ways to release negativity and find forgiveness
  • How to trust your inner voice
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Tiny Buddha

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Timeless Wisdom of the Universe

A little book with a big impact. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Why are relationships so hard? What does it take to be happy? The answers to these and other life questions are explored in author Lori Deschene’s Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions.

We all have something to teach and something to learn. Tiny Buddha began as a Lori Deschene quote-a-day tweet in 2008. As popularity grew, Lori asked her Twitter followers to contribute their thoughts and perspectives on the difficult questions that influence how we live our everyday lives: thoughts about purpose, pain, happiness, fate, and more. Lori's daily wisdom posts about mindfulness, non-attachment, and happiness became so popular that she now has more than 300,000 social media followers who share quotes and stories about letting go of pain and opening up to joy. Her inspirational site has grown into one of the most popular on the web.

Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions is a combination of the amazing responses that Lori received along with her own insightful essays, and lessons from wise teachers around the world and throughout time. In this book she shares her own experience overcoming depression, isolation, self-loathing, and a sense of meaninglessness. This inspirational book explores how issues have played out in Lori’s own life and offers action-oriented recommendations to help people empower themselves in our world of uncertainty. The result is a guide that helps readers discover the endless possibilities for a life lived mindfully in the present, connected to others.

If you liked Lori Deschene’s other books such as, Tiny Buddha's Guide to Loving Yourself and Tiny Buddha's Worry Journal, or are a fan of Matthew Sockolov’s Practicing Mindfulness, Gabrielle Bernstein’s The Universe Has Your Back, or Patricia Collard’s Little Book of Mindfulness; you’ll love Lori Deschene's Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions.

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Vegans Save the World

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Clean Eating Lifestyle

Plant based diet and nutrition: Millions of people have turned to a plant-based diet for the sake of both themselves and the planet. Now, tens of thousands of people have put down their knives in favor of a vegan or vegetarian diet for weight loss or to control blood pressure and cholesterol.

Not-so-healthy carnivore to healthy clean eating vegan: Author Alice Mary Alvrez shares her journey from not-so-healthy carnivore to urban homesteader who turned her health around and contributes to a healthier planet as well. This utterly unique vegan cookbook offers over 100 easy-to-make vegan recipes and many basic woman eco-warrior and plant-powered cook recipes. Alvrez shares her green-living methods and cooking techniques as well as sage advice about food and nutrition. Eating your veggies is essential to good health, especially for families and children. Growing the organic veggies you eat is even better!

Living vegan and going green tips and tricks: As instructive as it is inspiring, this book is brimming with excellent information about avoiding unhealthy food additives and the importance of eating clean and getting educated about your diet. It is also packed with tips and tricks for living vegan and making sure your home and clothing are cruelty-free. Going green and vegan is easier than you think and this book offers a year's worth of ideas, yummy recipes and ways you can create a sustainable life. More than just a cookbook, Vegans Save the World is necessary

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Writing Ourselves Whole

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#1 Best Seller in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Study Aids ─ A Book That Will Change Your Life

Healing victims of sexual assault through transformative journaling. One in six women is the victim of sexual assault. Using her own hard-won wisdom, author Jen Cross shows how to heal through journaling and personal writing

Rape victims and victims of other sexual abuse. Writing Ourselves Whole is a collection of essays and creative writing encouragements for sexual trauma survivors who want to risk writing a different story. Each short chapter offers encouragement, experience, and exercises.

How to change your life. When you can find language for the stories that are locked inside, you can change your life. Talk therapy can only go so far for the millions of Americans struggling in the aftermath of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Sexual assault survivors can heal themselves. Sexual trauma survivor communities (and their allies) have the capacity to hold and hear one another's stories–we do not have to relegate ourselves solely to the individual isolation of the therapist's office.

What You'll Learn Inside Writing Ourselves Whole:

  • How to reconnect with your creative instinct through freewriting
  • How freewriting can help you reclaim the parts of yourself and your history
  • How "restorying" the old myths about sexual trauma survivors can set you free

If you have read books such as Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones, or Louise DeSalvo's Writing as a Way of Healing, your will want to read Writing Ourselves Whole.

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Backwards and in Heels

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Women in Filmmaking and Their Struggle Against Bias

"After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels" –Ann Richards

#1 Bestseller in Acting & Auditioning, Performing Arts, and Guides & Reviews

Women in filmmaking since the beginning. Women have been instrumental in the success of American cinema since its very beginning. One of the first people to ever pick up a motion picture camera was a woman; as was the first screenwriter to win two Academy Awards, the inventor of the boom microphone, and the first person to be credited with the title Film Editor. Throughout the history of Hollywood, women have been revolutionizing, innovating, and shaping filmmaking. Yet their stories are rarely shared. This is what film reporter Alicia Malone wants to change. 

The first female directors. Backwards & In Heels tells the history of women in film in a different way, with stories about incredible women who made their mark in each Hollywood era. Every story is inspiring, detailing the accomplishments of extraordinary women and the obstacles they faced. Backwards & In Heels combines research and exclusive interviews with influential women and men working in Hollywood today, including Geena Davis, J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Octavia Spencer, America Ferrera, Paul Feig, and many more; as well as film professors, historians and experts.

Time to level the playing field. Think of Backwards & In Heels as a guidebook, your entry into the complex world of women in film. Join Alicia Malone as she champions Hollywood women of the past and present and looks to the future.

Learn little known facts about:

  • The first females in film direction
  • Iconic movie stars
  • Present day activists

If you enjoyed books such as Renegade Women in Film and TV or The Purple Diaries, you’ll love Alicia Malone’s Backwards & In Heels. Also, don’t miss Alicia’s #1 Bestseller in Movies & Video Guides & Reviews, The Female Gaze: Essential Movies Made by Women.

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Deep Breaths

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Millennial Moms. You've Survived Pregnancy and Now You Have a Newborn Baby. What's next?

Deep Breaths: The New Mom’s Handbook to Your Baby's First Year is Michelle Pearson's debut book. In her newborn baby book, this YouTube mom of 5 details:

  • What to expect during pregnancy
  • What to expect during the first year
  • The importance of finding your mother tribe
  • How to embrace motherhood with all of its ups and downs
  • How to continue managing your career
  • How to continue your social life

Millennial moms: This isn’t your grandma’s parenting book. YouTube parenting vlogger, Michelle Pearson, brings her inspiring and motivating parenting stories, tips and tricks for the modern millennial mom. From what to expect as the pregnancy develops to the milestones within the first 12 months, Michelle knows that the journey will have highs, lows and the occasional unexpected surprise.

Starting a family and caring for your new baby: “Reading Michelle's journey as both a mom and a millennial woman, with hopes and admirations of her own, I couldn't help but feel like I was sitting down to coffee with a close friend, sharing some of our hardest and most beautiful struggles. Michelle's depiction of both the blessings and the challenges that every millennial mom faces is raw, refreshing, and shows truly how unique the millennial generation is. Sharing her high moments, as well as the low, you get an intimate look into her life as both a young woman and also a mom who is passionate about everything she does. Millennials have both the advantage and the curse of social media, and Michelle so candidly speaks life and hope into a generation of moms who just want someone to tell them they're doing it "right". Jaimie Kight, YouTube Vlogger.

If you liked reading books like The Sh!t No One Tells You or What to Expect the First Year, you will love Michelle Pearson’s Deep Breaths.

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Happy Healthy You

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A Health and Wellness Toolkit

Health and wellness: Happy Healthy You is a multidisciplinary approach to reclaiming ultimate wellness. We are all so busy nowadays, and tackling all those to-do lists can leave us drained, worn down, and lacking energy. When you take a deeper look inside, you will also discover patterns, old habits, and past events blocking self-growth. Life coach extraordinaire KJ Landis helps identify how, why, and where we got stuck in the first place, and how we can utilize past trauma and drama as a springboard to becoming our most authentic, vibrant selves. As one of KJ's students enthuses, "She has taught me several tangible strategies to cope with stress...I am using KJ's simple techniques to achieve my lifelong health goals.'"

Stress relievers: Learn to lose the baggage and blame once and for all and step into your better self. KJ Landis herself is an exemplar of the practices she espouses. In her early career as a model, she masked years of abuse behind her beauty. Her journey to health and happiness is remarkable and truly inspiring. So many of us bury pieces of ourselves, never daring to become whole. Landis' work offers a path to wholeness for all. The variety of healing therapies and practices makes this book unique in its contribution to the self-help and wellness world. Each day, we are faced with an immense amount of daily stress. Over time, those stressors may build up to a really big deal in our lives, causing us to go into survival mode. When you are only surviving, you are not thriving. In addition to the day-to-day sources of stress, many of us are exposed to major issues such as neglect, loneliness, abandonment issues, sexual abuse, grieving after loss, breakups, workplace challenges, environmental disasters, hormonal imbalances, and nutritional deficiencies. KJ Landis tackles all the blocks to wellness with excellent practical tools for overcoming and recovering.

Inside this book you will learn:

  • the origin of how we remain "stuck" in our lives
  • how to use The Negative Thought Pot to rid ourselves of self-deprecating beliefs
  • how hormones and epigenetics affect mental and physical wellness
  • the role of nutrition in every aspect of our health
  • therapeutic movement as a modality in healing
  • the power of self-care through restorative practices
  • and much, much more!
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La Première Grandeur

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Dans ce travail posthume, Covey expose clairement les 12 leviers de succès qui mèneront à une vie de grandeur primaire: l'intégrité, la contribution, la priorité, le sacrifice, le service, la responsabilité, la loyauté, la réciprocité, la diversité, l'apprentissage, l'enseignement et le renouvellement. Pour la première fois, Covey définit chacune de ces 12 qualités et comment elles peuvent être mises en valeur et adoptées dans votre vie quotidienne pour vous guider vers le succès et le bonheur. Donnant sa sagesse trademarked qui est aimé et a inspiré d'innombrables lecteurs et leaders, la grandeur primaire offre de nouveau les conseils classiques de Covey d'une manière concise et amicale.
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Les 7 Habitudes des Enfants Heureux

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Un best-seller du grand auteur américain, Sean Covey : Pour l’estime de soi, la motivation, et la réussite des enfants

Éveil et éducation: Dans Les 7 habitudes des enfants heureux, Sean Covey raconte des histoires joyeusement illustrées pour partager une philosophie et une pédagogie positive qui ont fait leurs preuves dans l’éveil et l’éducation des jeunes enfants de sa famille.

Vivre dans le bonheur: Les amis des Sept Chênes ne s’ennuient jamais. Que ce soit en chantant accompagné de l’harmonica de Pic-Pic "Pokey" Hérisson or en jouant au football avec Gambado "Jumper" Lapin, tout le monde s’amuse en apprenant des astuces de la vie quotidienne pour l’estime de soi, la motivation, et la réussite. Ces sept histoires montrent comment la pratique des 7 habitudes permet aux enfants de devenir très doués et à la communauté des Sept Chênes de vivre dans le bonheur.

Pour les enfants: Ce livre est destiné aux enfants qui veulent être super heureux. A la découverte de la façon de prendre sa vie en main et de l’importance de l’équilibre, les amis des Sept Chênes vivent d’innombrables aventures et apprennent ce qui fait le bonheur de chaque enfant !

Pour les parents: Ce livre est recommandé aux parents efficaces, intéressés à la discipline et l’éducation positive de leurs enfants et à la méthode Montessori.

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Still I Rise

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Celebrating Women

#1 Bestseller in 21st Century U.S. History for Teens ─ Who are the Great Women Leaders in History? Who are the Women Heroes who Personify "Girl Power"?

Intrepid women heroes. When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa’s brutal Robben Prison, he tirelessly turned to the poem Invictus. The inspirational verse by the Victorian William Ernest Henley, penned on the occasion of the amputation of his leg. Still I Rise takes its title from a work by Maya Angelou and it resonates with the same spirit of an unconquerable soul, a woman who is captain of her fate. Just as Invictus brought solace to generations so does the contemporary classic. Still I Rise embodies the strength of character of the inspiring women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great women heroes who smashed all obstacles, rather than let all obstacles smash them. The book offers hope to those undergoing their own Sisyphean struggles. Intrepid women heroes are the antithesis of the traditional damsels in distress; rather than waiting for the prince, they took salvation into their own hands.

Celebrate girl power! Women leaders in history celebrated in this book include:

  • Madame C. J. Walker - first female American millionaire
  • Aung San Suu Kyi - Burma’s first lady of freedom
  • Betty Shabazz - civil rights activist
  • Nellie Sachs - Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize recipient
  • Selma Lagerlof - first woman Nobel Laureate
  • Fannie Lou Hamer - American voting rights activist
  • Bessie Coleman - first African-American female pilot
  • Wilma Rudolph - first woman to win three gold medals
  • Sonia Sotomayor - first Hispanic Supreme Court justice
  • Wangari Maathai - Nobel Prize winner
  • Winnifred Mandela - freedom fighter
  • Lois Wilson - founder of Al-Anon
  • Roxanne Quimby - co-founder of Burt’s Bees
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The Book of Awesome Women

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Get Inspired By The Powerful Sheroes In This Feminist Collection Of Short Biographies

"This book is an antidote to the erasure of women from our history.”―Vicki Leon, author of Uppity Women of Ancient Times

#1 Best Seller in Teen & Young Adult Social Activist Biographies, Sociology, and Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Discover some of the most awesome women in history. Now is the time to acknowledge the greatness of women!

Sheroes. Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world.

Super women as female role models. From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today's women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future.

Super women you will meet in The Book of Awesome Women include:

  • Dian Fossey
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Indira Ghandi
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Margaret Mead
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • Joan Baez
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Anita Hill
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai
  • And many more

If you liked books such as I Am MalalaWomen in Science, Book of Awesome Women Writers, or Teen Trailblazers, you will want to read The Book of Awesome Women.

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Pride & Joy

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Stories of success, happiness and hope from the LGBT community

Stories that comprise the best of LGBT history: Pride and Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons and Everyday Heroestells the stories of queer citizens of the world living OUT and proud happy, fulfilling, successful lives. Diverse and global. Famous and unsung. There is a story here for everyone in the LGBT community who has ever questioned their sexual orientation or gender identity, or discovered it.

Discover LGBT community stories that will stir you and reveal:

  • why Tony Kushner quit cello and how Colm Toibin found his voice.
  • why Emma Donoghue calls her experience a fluke and the best advice Bill T. Jones got was from his mother.
  • how being an inaugural poet changed Richard Blanco’s life and how Ugandan activist “LongJones” escaped death threats and gained asylum.

Award-winning writer and longtime LGBTQ activist Kathleen Archambeau tells the untold stories from diverse LGBT community voices around the corner or around the world. Not like the depressing, sinister, shadowy stories of the past, this book highlights queer people living open, happy, fulfilling and successful lives.

Be inspired by LGBT community stories that celebrate the human spirit:

  • Be emboldened by the bravery of a Uruguayan author who was rejected by her immediate family even as she began a family of her own.
  • Be inspired by the audacity to fight for justice that motivates National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, a Mormon who grew up in Utah.
  • Learn how two couples transcend time and distance to finally be together and how one NBA sports executive summoned the courage to come out.
  • Discover the message of love from the first openly lesbian United Methodist Church Bishop.
  • Learn the secrets of successful OUT IBM executive based in London and the rewards of Ballroom Basix founder in Harlem.
  • See how the Maori philosophy of whānau guided the MP who won marriage rights in New Zealand and how high expectations overcame disability and bullying for an acclaimed mezzo-soprano.
  • Know how the Armenian Genocide and family tensions impacted a professional violinist and composer.

Pride & Joy is a window into the LGBTQ community for straight friends, allies, parents and families of this finally emerging marginalized group. There’s hope that, in the words of Dan Savage, “It Gets Better” for:

  • the transgender choreographer and dancer who continues to break rules and enlighten audiences to the Dutch singer, songwriter and independent theater producer who breaks down stereotypes.
  • the Russian émigré award-winning computer scientist to the Chinese folk dancer.
  • the founder of an award-winning smoking cessation program to the California Political Director of the Obama re-election campaign.
  • and, for Entrepreneurs and gay dads, ballroom dancers and Hungarian activists on neo-Nazi “hit lists.”
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Banish Your Inner Critic

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Celebrating and Empowering Black Lives and Black Authors

Silence the Voice of Self Doubt

Banish Your Inner Critic provides knowledge, insight, tools and practice for getting unstuck and expressing full creative potential." ―Rebecca Stockley, Co-Founder of BATS Improv in San Francisco CA

Are you ready to boost your personal productivity—minus the fear and loathing? Are you ready to Banish Your Inner Critic and unleash the creative ideas and personal productivity within you? Help is on the way!

Blocked creative ideas. Everybody has one, an inner critic that tells you that others have more talent, you’re just faking it, and that you’ll never have those great creative ideas that seem just out of reach. This inner critic is a subconscious deterrent that stands between the seeds of great creative ideas and the fruits of achievement. It afflicts us with a mental block as deadlines approach, makes us so afraid of being judged that we hold ourselves back and don’t share our expertise, forces us to question our ability to learn ideas and technologies quickly; and makes us doubt, discount, and kill our ideas before they see the light of day.

Find a world of creative ideas. Denise Jacobs is a speaker, author and creativity evangelist who speaks at web conferences and consults with tech companies worldwide. As the Founder and Chief Creativity Evangelist of "The Creative Dose", she teaches techniques to make the creative process more fluid, how to make work environments more conducive to personal productivity, and practices for sparking innovation. Now, in Banish Your Inner Critic, Denise Jacobs shows you how to defeat barriers that are holding you back and achieve success through a positive mental attitude.

Banish Your Inner Critic and:

  • Identify and quiet the voice of self-doubt
  • Master three powerful practices to transform how you relate to yourself and your creativity
  • Generate more creative ideas than ever before

If you’re a fan of books such as The Artist’s Way or The War of Art, you should read Banish Your Inner Critic.

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Cheap Movie Tricks

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How to Make a Movie on a Tight Budget

Today’s indie film market is growing by leaps and bounds and filmmaker Rickey Bird and screenwriter and novelist Al Guevara are on a mission to help indie moviemakers everywhere.

Bird and Guevara want to show aspiring filmmakers how to overcome common movie and video production problems:

  • Not enough money for crews
  • Over budget and likely making the wrong movie
  • Can’t get the attention of an indie studio
  • Should have started with a short film to gain attention

Amateur Movie & Video Production. Thousands of aspiring filmmakers are learning how to use cheaper, widely available filmmaking technology, and the craft of making movies from books pulled from bookstore and library shelves. Their work is totally DIY and they are the most creative people you will ever meet. Rickey Bird’s Hectic Films is a Southern California enterprise building a filmmaking empire on a budget. His short films, feature films, micro docs and tutorials have landed in some of the biggest American film festivals and been seen online worldwide. The result? Millions of views worth of exposure from films online, in festivals and creative marketing literally on the street. His many projects have seen leading B actors like Hulk Hogan and Vernon Wells (Mad Max Road Warrior), make-up artists from the TV show Grimm, and stuntmen from the Call of Duty games.

What you’ll learn in this book:

  • How planning and shooting a short film today can lead to a feature-length project tomorrow
  • Everything you need to know about writing a movie project on a burger budget
  • Tips on how to find locations and not get arrested
  • Shooting tips galore for building exciting scenes
  • Sound and film editing tips and all kinds of special effects wizardry, including puppetry
  • Screenings, promotions, and juicy tips on film festival strategy

If you liked books such as How to Shoot Video That Doesn't SuckThe Filmmaker's Handbook, or Rebel Without a Crew, you’ll love Cheap Movie Tricks.

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