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Hi, this is Jordan O'Kelley. I'm 10 years old, and this is my first book. I wrote it over my 4th grade year to get out of doing homework. That may sound counter-intuitive, but that's the way it happened. "O'Kelley Legendary Legends of Legend" is a book of funny (slightly embellished) real-life stories that happened to my family. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I hope you will have fun reading it. And I just want to say... if you have a kid that hates homework, maybe give them a break and let them write something that they want to write about instead. It worked for me! Thanks! -- Jordan
A collection of the painting, prints and drawings of Christina Hale 1994-2017. This is a selection of work from a more complete edition. Examples of oil painting from San Francisco Art Institute 1991-1992 as well as figurative pencil drawings from New York City 1996-1998. Also included is some of my recent hand screened print work on T shirts, paper and shop rags. There is an advert for a short story I wrote "The Poison Cake" which was published via Exit Here Media Spring 2017.
Dilby R. Dixon was no ordinary 10-year-old boy. He was an outcast, the odd kid in school. Growing up as an only child, he had gotten accustomed to a life of solitude. In fact, he had no friends at all, which made him question whether or not he fit in with others in school or in this world. To occupy his time, Dilby turned to his wild imagination as he would dream of the most unbelievable places and have the most amazing adventures. From these dreams, he created a secret journal of weird words that he called, the Dilbonary, which he took it everywhere he went, guarding it with his life. No one knew the Dilbonary existed, that was until the 6th grade when Riley Rogers, the school bully, got a hold of it, setting off a chain of events that would alter Dilby's life forever. Then, just after his 11th Birthday, something extraordinary happened, leading him to embark on the biggest adventure of his life and finding the truth behind who he really is.
¡OUT! Las Transformistas of Havana" is a limited edition fine art photography book celebrating the performers in Havana’s gay cabarets. These are transgender women, men in transition, female impersonators, and men who identify primarily as women. The gay cabarets historically have been the equivalent of community centers for the LGBTQ community in Cuba.
Beverly Hills Concentration Camp: A Healing Journey and Memoir is a riveting story in which Alix, a married woman and mom, is suddenly overcome by incorrigible physical pain and tries every alternative method that comes her way to resolve the issue without surgery. Through flashbacks, she unblocks a tortuous past, going from dysfunction to recovery, peeling away layer upon layer of stuck energy in her body with wit and a surprising sense of humor. She discovers her problems stemmed from the Holocaust family dynamics with which she had grown up. Neglected and ignored after her father died, Alix lived with her brothers in a Spanish house in a wealthy neighborhood with a mother who acted as if she were still a Jewish prisoner in a Concentration Camp and re-creating a trans-generational pattern within the household.
Aix diligently and courageously breaks free from the negative traumas and abuse she had experienced by remembering, re-experiencing and releasing that awful energy while, at the same time, tapping further into her own power. As she tries alternative healing methods, we watch her change before our eyes becoming the woman she was meant to be, turning her life around and living pain-free with heightened intuition, a psychic gift, and in a state of freedom and spiritual well-being.
Her goal now is to help others heal themselves and their their lineages as she did, changing those trajectories forever. This story shows us the impossible is possible if we hold on to our goal of listening to that inner voice that tells us the true direction in which to go, no matter what others think. When we achieve that, we are free. Leading others to take risks, focusing on gratitude, taking alternate healing routes, and opening her heart to love, nature and wholeness, Alix transmutes not only herself, but also the lives of future family generations.
Stefania Magidson invites readers to join her on a journey of exploration and rediscovery of that inner place that holds the lens of mystery, through which life filters if we allow it. She invites them to find that magic wand that transforms inner worlds into realities, whose potential is only temporarily dormant.
Brandon R. Burdette, the author of the 2016 poetry anthology "Saturnian Tonsure," has given us this larger collection, "Poems of a Prodigal," in 2017. As before, he confesses himself, his struggles, his love for beauty, his spirituality, and his speculations for all to see, in hopes that he might encourage and awaken readers everywhere.
Piazza Carousel is a novel by Jule Selbo. The story revolves around Lyn Bennett; she has arrived in historic Florence, Italy to discover details of her mother's past as one of the city's beloved Mud Angels - a group of volunteers who helped save Florence's art during the 1966 flood. When she is shocked by a betrayal of those closest to her, Lyn takes a hard look at her expectations of love and fidelity - and how she has made decisions in her life. New friend Matteo, a curator in the restoration office of the Uffizi Museum, becomes a conduit to uncovering secrets of her mother's past and the city of Florence, with its pride, strength, and beauty, inspire her to open her heart again.
Milton Katselas was one of LA’s most renowned acting teachers. In this book, Allen Barton, today an established teacher and playwright, writes of coming to age under Katselas at the famed Beverly Hills Playhouse, and offers his own take on the study and pursuit of acting in the 21st century.
Lincoln enjoyed a sweet four-legged life as an only child, until his Moms brought home a baby HOOMAN brother. Read about his frustrations with gaining a brother, how siblings can be fun (sometimes), and the shenanigans they partake in.
Star Bright is a story about a bright and happy star who holds the secret to life and happiness. She befriends a dark and gloomy star and teaches him that what you give out, you get back (and more). Together they learn how to help others. The story illustrates how one good deed can multiply into many, helping more than one ever thought possible.
Jerry D. Mathes' Fever and Guts is hard-hitting literary nonfiction. Reminiscent of the exacting sharpness found in Hemingway's bullfighting stories and as deeply reflective as Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, Mathes takes his readers to the fringes of American society, a subculture where war stories are handed down from fathers to sons and then are lived by those sons; where fathers brace against the weather of daughters' illnesses; where language and speech is music, poetry, and violence. Mathes journeys us to the mountains of Idaho, the deserts of the Southwest and of Desert Storm, the icy plains of Antarctica, and into the dark, gloomy backrooms of bars and hotels. Amidst storms and forests ablaze, he makes us feel the thunder's rumble, the smoke settled in our lungs. Although Mathes puts us into proximity of things most of us have been lucky to escape, he makes such existences seem amazingly and beautifully normal, makes it seem as if we have missed out. In this manner, Mathes turns his personal histories into works of mad, provocative art, so skillfully and innovatively turned that the reader will not let the stories go and, in the aftermath of reading, not turn them loose from memory. This is nonfiction of the best sort, real and ballsy as a life lived real and with bravado.
Sophie Hearn grows up hearing about the House Un-American Activities Committee's 1951 campaign to root out Communists in the film industry. Her father's impassioned testimony in defense of the First Amendment-and his refusal to answer questions about his political associations-leave him blacklisted for years, destroying his promising screenwriting career and putting his family on the edge of financial ruin. Unsurprisingly, his daughter becomes politically aware at an early age. The shadow of the blacklist follows Sophie to college and then into adulthood, affecting her politics, her career ambitions and her relationships. But it's not until she reunites with Steve Elwood, a long-lost childhood friend, that she's forced to face the full impact of her family's past. A powerful story about coming of age in California in the mid-twentieth century, The Wire Recorder explores how political paranoia, when allowed to spiral out of control, can leave a toxic residue that lasts for generations.
Confessional. Indictment. Devotional. Revelation.
Set in Los Angeles at the beginning of the AIDs pandemic, Hum of Our Blood is a fierce elegy for the unbearable loss of a son, a courageous witnessing to the public and private stages that hover over every devastating epidemic, and, strangely, an invitation to love.
Anne Frank wrote her diary. A yawn. Alex Haley wrote about his roots. A snooze. The Bible. What a bore But what do all these have in common? That's obvious. They re not funny and the people they wrote about aren t current. Where's Bieber? Jolie? Beyonce? That's who people want to read about and laugh about. Celebrities And not written by the celebrities themselves. What do they know? If they were smart, they wouldn t have become celebrities in the first place. Who really knows their stories?
It's the writer The guy who was there in the trenches, the guy who made them famous in the first place. Actors and actresses didn t write their lines. It was the writer
Who knew these stars before they became egomaniacs? Before they even knew the difference between Calistoga or Evian? The difference between dark chocolate or milk? Who told them what to say and how to say it? Writers, writers, writers
Kenny Solms has seen them all. He wrote and schmoozed with the best of them. Co-creating The Carol Burnett Show in the late 60s, he's written for practically all of them. (However, he has yet to meet Leonardo DiCaprio). Solms wrote their movies, their TV shows.even their spontaneous quotes. From the greats like Jack Benny and George Burns to Willard Scott and downwards. But then back up again. And that's quite a leap.
He's the one whose bits Lucille Ball uttered. He got Bill Cosby his laughs. Sure, he made millions doing it and garnered a few Emmys as well, but is he cocky? Not remotely. In this Hollywood tell-all book, he documents his rise from the Emmy award-winning Carol Burnett Show to his doldrums writing for Hugh Hefner's Roller Disco-Rama Plus a Preview of the Playmate of the 80s. From the booms to the boobs. From the genius of Michael Jackson to the hilarity of Joan Rivers, Solms seems to know everybody. Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr., Neil Diamond. He's written for them all. Even the Muppet, Miss Piggy, who he claims was a bitch.
Bits is not a vicious tell-all, but tell all, Kenny does. A funny romp that takes you from Philadelphia to Hollywood. A cruise behind the Hollywood scenes, down the freeways, up the canyons and then some. From variety shows to sitcoms, from big star specials to Broadway, he shares his roller coaster ride from writing tacky one-liners to creating TV classics. And what a ride Jump in the passenger seat and share it with him.
Z FOR ZOMBIE is a coming-of-age-story with epic inner conflict, set against an end-of-the-World backdrop in which the resurrection of Santa Claus plays a huge part. MAX, our hero, battles zombies AND fights through love, facing the end of Christmas and ultimately human extinction.
Just Bee is a children’s book encouraging children and readers to love who they are - to embrace their unique qualities and to be proud of what makes them, them! In the story, we are taken on a fun-filled adventure alongside a young boy and a talking French bee, on his unique journey to understanding self-confidence and learning to love what makes him the “ME-ist of Me”!
"It's about Francis Ford, his baby brother John, and the westward migration of the movies. It's about a particularly American type of screen acting that in Carducci's estimation slipped into pictures by way of the second unit through real-life cowboy/stuntman/performers.... It's also about the most fun I've had with a film book in about a million years. Carducci, once an integral player at the pioneering hardcore punk label, SST, now lives and writes in Wyoming, and he wears his status as an outsider removed from the "Culturati" as a badge of honor.... A large part of his 1991 opus Rock and the Pop Narcotic was dedicated to dismantling certain recurring political pieties that obscured the discussion of rock as an actual musical form. Appearing a quarter-century later, Stone Male may be taken as the second part of Carducci's epic treatise toward an aesthetics of American exceptionalism.... Carducci counts Manny Farber as one of his (few) critical heroes and in an era marked by extreme mannerly pussyfooting self-consciousness, he has managed to produce a genuinely untamed, totally termitic work." - Nick Pinkerton./ Film Comment
No life is ever ordinary and every life is purely subjective.
A unique collection of poetry, REBEL HEART takes readers off of the beaten path, through emotions, events, and characters which have either inhabited or traveled through the author's life.
Pivotal Paths is the story of a teenaged basketball phenomenon growing up in Compton during the gang and drug explosions of the late 1980's. He comes from a single-parent home that, thanks to a limited income, is confined to poverty. Despite a commitment to ride his talents to a better life Quic chases instant gratification in the form of a fast buck and tries his hand at drug dealing. Though he excels in this area, Quic holds steadfast that the lifestyle that ushered his father, an early-generation Crip, into a premature grave is not for him. Quic rationalizes the contradiction that becomes his life with thoughts that drug dealing is temporary. Quic doesn't gang bang, but everyone around him, including his best friend, Lil Jay, does. His loyalty to his friends keeps him in the line of fire. Quic's relationship to the hood and its seductive allure places him at a crossroads that will determine whether he pursues his hoop dreams or sets them aside for the trap that is hood life.
A travel narrative, Atonia fits with a classic canon that includes Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road' and Ernest Hemingway's 'The Sun also Rises' -- fans of both are sure to enjoy this trip. The story follows an anonymous artist in travels across London, Paris and western France where he encounters inexplicable visions of ghosts and, nightly, interviews Ernest Hemingway, who visits from beyond the grave. What the book lacks in plot it more than makes up for in vivid, visual prose and furious philosophical asides. Throughout, George Crain paints the current anomie of the West with unexpected color, the author works in an Impressionists' bright palette keyed to a feverish Van Gogh-like pitch. It's a colorful ride, one even Ernest Hemingway might have included in his library ... were he still alive.
This book features color photos of unusual airlines and planes that flew from the 1960s through the 1990s, with over 200 views. The emphasis is on California, but there are also scenes from many other states and from Mexico, Australia and Papua New Guinea. The author is a retired professor of transportation.
Packed with excitement... A monster, a witch, trolls, fairies, elves, killer rats, nasty mice, magic...
Knock your eyes out reading.
A hop skip and a jump into adventure... a plunge into suspense... the young reader will love this story.
After being caught peeping in on his nubile young step-mom with his makeshift peeping contraption, 12 year-old Lenny Dushoff's abusive, gluttonous father sends him off to a mental hospital for a 72 hour psychiatric evaluation. In a year's time from the peeping incident, Lenny will suffer a great loss, one that will riddle him with guilt throughout his adolescence. Seven years later, Lenny, now quiet, insecure and sexually inexperienced, escaped the trauma of his upbringing to the campus of a major university, where as a sophomore psychology major he finally finds the love that he’s dreamed of since boyhood. But as boy meets girl, Lenny discovers Jane’s “dirty” secret, one that could destroy her entire life. In a dramatic, darkly comic, but often absurdist coming of age tale about college sexual mayhem, Lenny uncovers the childhood roots of Jane’s human condition, and in the process, comes to a deeper understanding of his own.
This book about life and relationships is based on my 47 years of research in the personal development field, plus lessons learned in my 50-year marriage to Bryna, often my active business partner. Bryna passed three weeks after our 50th anniversary following a courageous battle with ALS, with me as her 24-7 caregiver.
For you romantics, we met on a Friday at a singles dance at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, got engaged 3-days later on Valentine’s Day, and married 3-weeks later in Vegas.
Specifically, this checklist is structured around hundreds of stimulating, thought-provoking questions covering 21-categories of life, all designed to help you do four things:
Put simply, whether you’re in a relationship or not, or in the process of deciding, “is it time to move in, move out, or run for the hills,” this book will help you make decisions about your life and relationships with enlightened self-confidence.
- Interview and profile yourself. Know yourself before deciding if you're compatible with someone else.
- Rethink past relationships. Avoid ever again having to say, “If only I knew then what I know now.”
- Evaluate a potential relationship, without spending weeks, months, or even years dating and vetting a relationship that may be doomed from the start.
- Assess your current relationship. Are you on the same page regarding your attitudes about life and relationships? Or, is it time to discuss your compatibility, reconcile your differences, and make your relationship work even better?
A Breathed Yes is a compilation of poetry by Marsie Scharlatt and art by her sister, the iconic feminist artist Hannah Wilke (1940-1993.) In the 1970s, Wilke suggested that they collaborate, and now, in 2017, Scharlatt has finally realized this memorable book.
The poet Marsie Scharlatt honors her calling with a lyric delicacy. Along with her sister’s probing, mercurial art, A Breathed Yes is a treasure trove by two American masters.—Aram Saroyan, author of Complete Minimal Poems
A Breathed Yes is one of the most moving books I’ve read, a breath not only of “quiet fire” but of strength and prayer, truth and beauty.--Gail Wronsky, author of So Quick Bright Things
Maybe you love Christmas, or maybe you want to love Christmas, but you feel like the time between the beginning of Fall and the start of the New Year flies by so fast that you can't stop to enjoy a moment of it.
Did you get a chance to sing Christmas songs together?
To cook your grandmother's secret recipes in your own kitchen?
To make a snow angel?
To sing "Happy Holidays" to your neighbors?
This year is your chance to take back your holidays. Not-your-typical Martha Stewart holiday planning, this book gives you insights to your favorite holiday traditions, practical tips for creating pockets of peace for your family, and ideas for sharing a stress-free Christmas with your loved ones. Bring the true Presence of Christmas into your home this year.
I was like most people, I was raised eating LOTS of MEAT and DAIRY. I ate like that for years, until I began a spiritual journey, that raised my awareness and brought me to the TRUTH: The Meat and Dairy industries are EVIL! They are cruel and inhumane to the animals, they don’t care about your health, or the health and well being of the planet. So I became a vegan. An animal activist and environmentalist. It is my passion for the vegan lifestyle that inspired this book. I hope you enjoy the recipes and “everything” else my first book has to offer you.
Here’s to your health and the health of the planet!
Rose Bruno Bailey, born on the Winter Solstice, blossomed into a poet deeply rooted in nature and the human experience. Camellia in Snow, the first anthology of her work, contains poems that reflect her love of nature, alongside intriguing poems with suggestions of mysticism, or a longing for transcendence. Rose also displays occasional flashes of a darker side to her sunny disposition, letting us explore with her the areas that poets sometimes shun, yet which grant all of us admittance to a shared humanity - scared, regretful, emotionally fragile. Rose uses her life experience to share, as only poets can, the deeply personal in a way that makes it truly universal and accessible to us all, crafted with beautiful, emotive, accessible language, and profound, stunning realism.
When the curious child goes to visit his dear friend Jojo the Elephant at the zoo, he finds that Jojo has curiously shrunk to a tiny size! The curious child learns that, as Jojo encountered other zoo animals, he compared himself to them. Because he did not feel good about himself, Jojo shrank with every encounter. In the end, Jojo learns to celebrate being his unique self, and returns to his right size.
"Through the growing and nurturing years there is no influence as important as the coaching a youngster receives. Those he selects as his heroes mold his character and create the fiber of the individual." So preached Dan Chandler the son of Happy Chandler, beloved two-time Kentucky governor and baseball commissioner, and the wildly eccentric father of Erin and Chan. Dan uprooted his kids from their southern aristocratic roots and the political world of the Governors mansion and deposited them into the gaudy yet glamorous life of 1970's Las Vegas, where debauchery and brutishness was respected and everyone practiced the Golden Rule.... "The guy with the gold makes the rule." After years of living a roller coaster life on his coattails, becoming adults proved to be their biggest challenge. Chan took the cowboy approach to life, on the road from one end of the country to the other, packing guns, breaking hearts and staying one step ahead of the law... usually. Erin followed the Vegas showgirls of her youth and found Hollywood. The brother and sister struggle to create balance. Author and playwright, Erin Chandler is candid in the telling of her life long difficulties with her loving, although overwhelming, alcoholic father, her heartbreaking challenges with her charming but dangerously self destructive brother, and her own relentless demons. Dark yet uplifting, filled with humor and insight, June Bug Versus Hurricane will leave audiences as haunted as its characters.
Claretta Street the first novel by Colette Barris is the story of Pacoima, a bustling little town in the sixties located in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. Claretta Street follows the lives of four young African American girls known as the Babies, growing up in the vortex of the turbulent change of the sixties becoming young adults in the decadent and destructive eighties. Today countless discussions on the peril of Black America proliferates the media, academia and social scientists in real time; propelling this continuous Greek tragedy into the main frame of America and the world. However, the incendiary foundation and epoch of this unfolding disaster must be told and the veil of destruction exposed-the eighties. Claretta Street by Colette Barris takes the reader on a ride of unbelievable clarity and cause, as Denise in ancient griot form becomes the voice of the diaspora both prophetic and naive. Stripping down in plain view the causes and emotions of a time of great hope and sadness to preserve through decadence and decline. Claretta Street is the story of hope and change coupled with the unfortunate forces and juxtaposition of man s inhumanity and struggle all the while seeking hope and love. Pacoima provides the foundation for Colette Barris s remarkable journey to author, she is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
Now more than ever people are seeking out new and unique ways to heal themselves mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. A Lover in the Land of Hell is quite unique in that it is not a typical poetry book, but rather a self-help book in poetic form. Hypnotic, rhythmic, therapeutic verses gently guide the reader, consciously and subconsciously, towards creating positive changes in all aspects of their life. A better understanding of oneself and the world we live in is achieved. A lover in the Land of Hell is the evolution of self-help books!
Charlie Becker sees life in pastels. His gentle poems and drawings in this book invite us to slow down; our eyes to linger and take a relaxed, better look. Whether he is reveling in the beauty of the human from, celebrating the nourishment of love, discovering what it is to be a gay man, or dissecting the mind of a bully, we are swept away by his poetry like a dandelion in the breeze and fortunate to catch the seeds of wisdom and beauty it disperses.
My Big C - Still Here After All These Years is a darkly comedic memoirabout a vibrant 40-something California teacher, wife and mother of two teens who is suddenly diagnosed with stage IV cancer and given an 18-month prognosis. As she tries to deal with the shock of her death sentence, search for the best doctors, unending treatments, her two teens' reactions and her crumbling 25-year marriage, she finds solace in her meditative swimming pool and through writing a screenplay about her life through a writing program. Blind-sided by even more shocking family events, she is stunned one day to find what appear to be many strange but obvious parallels to her screenplay and life in an acclaimed and popular new hit television series. Despite the myriad setbacks, she is supported throughout her epic struggle by her team of real-life "superheroes." Against overwhelming odds she ultimately survives to live through major life events she feared she would never see. Radin writes this ultimately optimistic and often humorous story about her miraculous long-term survival with the desire to give hope to millions of others fighting cancer or other difficulties.
“People think Alcoholics Anonymous is for drunks. It’s not. It’s for us, the real drinkers. The blood drinkers. All the rest of those meetings are just for show.” Los Angeles, 1948. Detective Jack Strayhorn is killed while chasing down a suspect in the Black Dahlia murders all by himself. Los Angeles, 2010. Jack Strayhorn is back in L.A. as a private investigator with a simple mission: catch the bad guys and try not to kill any innocent people along the way. To him and his kind, human blood is the strongest drug in the world. Fortunately for Jack, he found the secret group within AA dedicated to helping Vampires survive the madness and destruction of their disease. When a city councilmember with ties to a drug-dealing Fae clan is found dead in his home and the woman lying next to him is Jack’s current missing person’s case, tracking down the ghostlike hitman will test him like nothing before. But this time, Jack won’t be alone. With the help of his unique powers of investigation, his magically talented friends, and a Medical Examiner with a few secrets of her own, Jack will face down a gang of outlaw biker werewolves, spell-casting Fae high on pixie dust, and an underground order of Vampires intent on ruling the world. As Jack learned long ago, the only way to get through eternity is one death a time.