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|Author||: Norm Macdonald|
Wild, dangerous, and flat-out unbelievable, here is the incredible #1 bestselling memoir of the Canadian actor, gambler, and raconteur, and one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time. A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year As this book’s title suggests, Norm Macdonald tells the story of his life—more or less—from his origins on a farm in the backwoods of Ontario and an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search to his account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live—until he was fired because a corporate executive didn’t think he was funny. But Based on a True Story is much more than just a memoir; it’s the hilarious, inspired epic of Norm’s life. In dispatches from a road trip to Las Vegas (part of a plan hatched to regain the fortune he’d lost to sports betting and other vices) with his sidekick and enabler, Adam Eget, Norm recounts the milestone moments, the regrets, the love affairs, the times fortune smiled on his life, and the times it refused to smile. As the clock ticks down, Norm’s debt reaches record heights, and he must find a way to evade the hefty price that’s been placed on his head by one of the most dangerous loan sharks in the country. As a comedy legend should, Norm peppers these pages with classic jokes and long-mythologized Hollywood stories. This wildly adventurous, totally original, and absurdly funny saga turns the conventional “comic’s memoir” on its head and gives the reader an exclusive pass inside the mad, glorious mind of Norm Macdonald.
|Author||: Elizabeth Renzetti|
|Editor||: House of Anansi|
A delectable satirical novel about celebrity culture, journalism, truth, lies, consequences — about the fictions we tell ourselves and the fictions we tell others. Augusta Price (not her real name) is famous in England for playing a slatternly barmaid on a nighttime soap opera and for falling down drunk in public. Now, she has no job, no relationship with her long-lost son, and a sad shortage of tranquilizers — but she has had an improbable hit with her memoir (which is based on a true story, but only very loosely). But when Frances Bleeker — an insecure and not very successful American tabloid journalist — tells Augusta that a man she once loved has written a book, Augusta becomes terrified that her life story will be revealed as the web of lies it really is. She sets out on a trans-Atlantic journey from London to California to seek revenge on her former lover — a journey that will require the reluctant help of Frances.
|Author||: Delphine de Vigan|
|Editor||: Bloomsbury Publishing|
'A wonderful literary trompe l'oeil: a book about friendship, writing and the boundary between reality and fantasy ... Dark, smart, strange, compelling' Harriet Lane, bestselling author of Her Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and suffering from a crippling inability to write, Delphine meets L. L. embodies everything Delphine admires; sophisticated and unusually intuitive, she slowly but deliberately carves herself a niche in the writer's life. However, as she makes herself indispensable to Delphine, the intensity of this unexpected friendship manifests itself in increasingly sinister ways. And as their lives become further entwined, L. begins to threaten Delphine's identity and her safety.
|Author||: Anthony Holden|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
From poker to poetry, poisoners to princes, opera to the Oscars, Shakespeare to Olivier, Mozart to Murdoch, Anthony Holden seems to have rolled many writers’ lives into one. Author of 35 books on a ‘crazy’ range of subjects, this cocky Lancashire lad-turned-bohemian citizen of the world has led an apparently charmed life from Merseyside to Buckingham Palace, the White House and beyond. As he turns 70, the award-winning journalist and biographer – grandson of an England footballer, son of a seaside shopkeeper, friend of the famous from Princess Diana to Peter O'Toole, Mick Jagger to Salman Rushdie – spills the beans on showbiz names to literary sophisticates, rock stars to royals as he looks back whimsically and wittily on a richly varied, anecdote- and action-packed career – concluding, in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, that ‘Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well’.
|Author||: Hannah Cheng|
|Editor||: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform|
Based on a True Story In the fall of 1975, they took everything from us. In the summer of 1978, we planned our escape to freedom. A month later, we took a leap of faith and found the light shining at the end of the tunnel. This is a story of anguish and suffering. The government has taken the concept of the country they loved and crushed it-taking everything they owned along with it. What seemed like their only chance of survival was a boat. A boat that would take them away from Vietnam and the War, but they would have never imagined to be stranded on it, pleading for any chance of survival. When freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. When small victories occurs, an unfortunate event occurs. When they think they have hope, it is crushed with tribulations and misfortune.
|Author||: Jennifer Clement|
|Editor||: Canongate Books|
A True Story Based on Lies is a remarkable and original novel that addresses the universal issues of class discrimination, male oppression and female servitude through dual narratives ofspellbinding power. Set in contemporary Mexico, the book charts the consequences of a sexual relationship between Leonora, a servant in the wealthy O'Connor home, and her master. When a child, Aura Olivia, is born from this union she is brought up as the daughter of the house. As the novel unfolds, the 'true' story gradually emerges.
|Author||: Linda Sue Park|
|Editor||: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, 11-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan. By a Newbery Medal-winning author.
|Author||: Mark Kelly|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
A #1 New York Times bestseller “This little mouse may well inspire some big dreams.” —Kirkus Reviews “In this picture book based on the space shuttle Endeavor…Meteor is one of the smallest mice, but the most hardworking…the values of being small, useful, solving problems, and working hard—as opposed to being big and strong—will inspire young readers.” —School Library Journal “Inspired by this real-life mouse, Kelly’s first children’s book tells the story of Meteor, a lightly anthropomorphized rodent who turns his tininess into an advantage when an important key gets stuck in a crack between two monitors…textured images and vivid portraits that make it absolutely clear that space travel is a larger-than-life adventure.” —Publishers Weekly A heartwarming picture book tale of the power of the small, from bestselling author and retired NASA astronaut Commander Mark Kelly. Astronaut Mark Kelly flew with “mice-tronauts” on his first spaceflight aboard space shuttle Endeavour in 2001. Mousetronaut tells the story of a small mouse that wants nothing more than to travel to outer space. The little mouse works as hard as the bigger mice to show readiness for the mission . . . and is chosen for the flight! While in space, the astronauts are busy with their mission when disaster strikes—and only the smallest member of the crew can save the day. With lively illustrations by award-winning artist C. F. Payne, Mousetronaut is a charming tale of perseverance, courage, and the importance of the small!
|Author||: Jonathan Vankin,John Whalen|
|Editor||: Turtleback Books|
Reveals how Hollywood alters history for movies, examines the facts behind some well-known films, and shows alterations to the "true story" such as concocted love affairs, character motivations, and trumped-up movie endings.
|Author||: Sahar Bahrawi|
Rola, a Saudi hermaphrodite, lives in agony. Scorned by family members and shunned by society for her masculine appearance, Rola is constantly obliged to defend herself. Trapped in her own body, she seeks support from Dr. Suhair, a Boston-educated Saudi psychologist. Throughout her struggle, Rola remains unaware that her battle against her authoritative mother to change her sex mirrors Suhair’s own struggle to escape a long confinement in a decaying marriage. Throughout a turbulent decade of unintentional mutual psychotherapy, Rola and Suhair both strive to break their chains and shape their own destinies. Based on a true story, Confined offers a moving novel that explores the complexities of sexuality, mental health and social judgment. “In the months and years after I cut my hair, not a day has passed without Mama making remarks about how provoking my appearance is to people, and how dangerous that is for me —and, more specifically, for her. As a result of her anxiety and her ire, as a teenager, I lived my life at home behind bars. Each night I prayed and pleaded to God to relieve me from the solitary confinement I’d been living in. The mental gap between Mama and me, brought by the generational gap and her volatile nature, led horror to be the cornerstone of our relationship.”
|Author||: Travis Walton|
The author recounts his abduction by a UFO in the mountains of Arizona in 1975, describing life aboard an alien spacecraft in an account that became the basis for the major motion picture of the same name. 25,000 first printing. IP.
|Author||: Donald F. Stevens|
|Editor||: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers|
Combining history with discussions of dramatic cinema, Based on a True Story: Latin American History at the Movies examines how film has portrayed Latin America from the late fifteenth century to the present. The book opens with an introduction on the visual presentation of the past in the movies, while the rest of the book consists of essays that explore the best feature films on Latin America from the professional historian's perspective.
|Author||: Eric Jager|
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • “A taut page-turner with all the hallmarks of a good historical thriller.”—Orlando Sentinel The gripping true story of the duel to end all duels in medieval France as a resolute knight defends his wife’s honor against the man she accuses of a heinous crime In the midst of the devastating Hundred Years’ War between France and England, Jean de Carrouges, a Norman knight fresh from combat in Scotland, returns home to yet another deadly threat. His wife, Marguerite, has accused squire Jacques Le Gris of rape. A deadlocked court decrees a trial by combat between the two men that will also leave Marguerite’s fate in the balance. For if her husband loses the duel, she will be put to death as a false accuser. While enemy troops pillage the land, and rebellion and plague threaten the lives of all, Carrouges and Le Gris meet in full armor on a walled field in Paris. What follows is the final duel ever authorized by the Parlement of Paris, a fierce fight with lance, sword, and dagger before a massive crowd that includes the teenage King Charles VI, during which both combatants are wounded—but only one fatally. Based on extensive research in Normandy and Paris, The Last Duel brings to life a colorful, turbulent age and three unforgettable characters caught in a fatal triangle of crime, scandal, and revenge. The Last Duel is at once a moving human drama, a captivating true crime story, and an engrossing work of historical intrigue with themes that echo powerfully centuries later.
|Author||: David McCandless|
|Editor||: HarperCollins UK|
A visual guide to the way the world really works Every day, every hour, every minute we are bombarded by information - from television, from newspapers, from the internet, we're steeped in it, maybe even lost in it. We need a new way to relate to it, to discover the beauty and the fun of information for information's sake. No dry facts, theories or statistics. Instead, Information is Beautiful contains visually stunning displays of information that blend the facts with their connections, their context and their relationships - making information meaningful, entertaining and beautiful. This is information like you have never seen it before - keeping text to a minimum and using unique visuals that offer a blueprint of modern life - a map of beautiful colour illustrations that are tactile to hold and easy to flick through but intriguing and engaging enough to study for hours.
|Author||: Tiyhise Huddleston|
|Editor||: Xlibris Corporation|
Jonathan Williams, a straight “A” twelve-year-old, has grown up witnessing his mother be physically abused by her pimp. Seeking to escape the abuse, Joyce Williams moves the two of them from the outskirts of town into the inner city where Jonathan’s life becomes a living hell and he is dismissed as another statistic. But while searching for a job to meet his parole requirements, Jonathan meets a highly educated supervisor that encourages him to pursue an Ivy League education. Here, we follow him on a journey of honorable triumph against the odds.
|Author||: K. L. Randis|
Based on a true story, Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call about the escalating brutality in her home. When Social Services jeopardize her safety, condemning her to keep her father's secret, it's a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she's been hiding. In her pursuit for safety and justice Brooke battles a broken system that pushes to keep her father in the home. When jury members and a love interest congregate to inspire her to fight, she risks losing the support of family and comes to the realization that some people simply do not want to be saved. "Beautifully written, hauntingly real, Spilled Milk is a must read for any young adult today." - F.P Lione, Author
|Author||: Jagada K. Chambers|
|Editor||: Page Publishing Inc|
Have you experienced the deepest point of your life where you have nothing but your unwavering faith in God? For twenty-three-year-old Jagada Chambers, life took a turn for the worst when he, under the influence of alcohol, made a grave mistake during Spring Break vacation in Florida. He hit rock bottom facing twenty-plus years in prison and a violent-felony conviction. He was confronted with the reality of being stripped of his freedom and doomed to adjust to life behind bars. If you were faced with the same circumstances, how would you respond? In this book, you will gain a new perspective in life. You will know more of hope, love, life and justice. You will learn that, win or lose, God is with you always. Most of all, learn when to accept defeat and to wholeheartedly trust God, without questions, without doubts.
|Author||: Stefanie Patterson|
This heroic story is a tribute to a Heart Warrior who impacted a lot of people during her short time here with her bravery, determination and abundance of love. This story has so many important messages to ponder for all ages in this day of age. Let it evolve into a family favourite of yours.
|Author||: Michael Mehas|
From the associate producer of Alpha Dog starring Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis, and Sharon Stone with a Foreword by Nick Cassavetes, director of Alpha Dog, The Notebook, and John Q "If there was ever a true-life drama tailor-made for a celluloid adaptation, it's this one." -Matthew Singer, VCReporter In the privileged neighborhoods of Southern California, bored teenagers search for their next thrill-totally unaware of the dangers of living life without consequences. When pot dealer Mickey Youngblood kidnaps the kid brother of his hated nemesis, everyone's fate becomes sealed. Youngblood convinces his gang to hold young Bobby Leblanc "for ransom," but Bobby gets caught up in their world of drinking, drugs, and partying. Everyone forgets Bobby is a hostage-until the party turns bad and the rogue crew must face the tragic conclusion they never saw coming. Based on a true story still being played out in the California criminal court system and captivating nationwide audiences, author and screenwriter Michael Mehas brings us Stolen Boy, a gripping novel resulting from his unprecedented research and access to confidential case files.
|Author||: Elle Ness|
"This book offers a refreshing new outlook on life as we know it. My personal relationship with God has been forever changed." - Faigie Walter "Honest, thoughtful and extremely well written...very illuminating." -Anonymous Dear God gives new meaning to suffering, life, and happiness. Based on a true story, follow Shay's conversations with God as she stumbles through life. Understand how to heal, have faith, and persistence. Learn how to dance through life's ups and downs. and how to glow from the inside out.