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This first monograph by fashion photographer Aladdin Ishmael is an exquisite collection of 31 photographic stories of the world's most beautiful models, in luxurious hotel suites around the world. 'My Hotel Room' documents what it is like to embrace inhibitions and the comforts of luxury, captured in stunning imagery from around the globe.
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!
As adults, we understand that what we see on our smartphones is a facade. Those photos are retouched, that fashion spread is edited, and reality TV does not necessarily portray reality. Unfortunately, many young females joining the online community don't understand this truth. They begin to base their own self-worth by what appears in their news feeds. Parents worry about what their daughters will experience once they start seeing unrealistic images online, in print, and on TV. The pressure to be perfect, thin, and beautiful may be too much for their young and sensitive souls to bear.
Mommy Says I'm Beautiful is an educational children's book that teaches young girls (ages 5+) that the digital world they are about to enter doesn’t always depict reality. The book comes in 4 different versions so all girls will find one that they can relate to.
Children begin absorbing information at a very young age. What they are taught, what they see and what they hear become embedded in their developing minds and affect how they think in their teens and even into adulthood. Teaching them to love themselves and enlightening them to the truth about social media and cyberspace are essential during this pivotal time.
No one is perfect and they are beautiful just the way they are!
What happens when our beautiful fur friends leave this world and move to the next? Where the Dogs Go brings a new take on this age-old question. Explore how our animals bond with us while on earth and delight in their adventures in the next realm. Woof!
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.
This book is about family, loss and hope. "Every time we see balloons in the sky. We always know our loved ones are with us. We will continue to send balloons to our loved ones forever.”
This mime has a lot to say... Jeffrey A. Brick sets out on an adventure to transform not only his life, but also the lives of those around him. With a career in healthcare, and the Marketplace soon to open, Jeffrey decides it's now or never. A strange dream about a talented and bookish musician draws him into a creative infatuation. His fascination catapults past desire, giving Jeffrey the muse he's always needed for the mime within. These moments in time through the heart of the 2010’s lead to a fictional future where his wildest dream has come true, but there’s a ghost in the post-modernist-machine. Half memoir, half sci-fi epic, Mime Lung Music Festival is a reality-bending voyage and a must for fans of cinema, electronica, sci-fi, and anyone who has hoped for love.
Jeffrey A Brick is an artist, writer, thinker, and certified project manager. As a video performance artist, he has performed live in front of crowds of thousands. Jeffrey is also a member of SAG-AFTRA. He has over 10 years of experience working on healthcare projects with some of the most influential companies in America. He has brought change to medical practices in more than 15 states. He is the author of the soon-to-be released, part-fact/part-fiction book called Mime Lung Music Festival. Jeffrey inspired the creation of a character in the daily newspaper comic strip Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller. He graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio and has taken classes at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting Los Angeles. He enjoys hot yoga, bicycling, and dancing.
When Little Rosa gets on the bus each morning she discovers it's filled with wild animals who send her to the back just because she doesn't look or act like them! Will she find the strength and courage to stand up to these creatures before she confronts the king of all beasts? Only time will tell.
Little Rosa is a gentle introduction to concepts of discrimination, oppression, and equal rights written by Mr.E.
From the author of LORD VISHNU'S LOVE HANDLES comes a mind-bending mystery set in the city of New Orleans.
Corporate attorney, Duke Melançon, wrestles with twin emergencies that threaten his future. His employer, Mandala Worldwide, has unleashed a deepwater spill that could destroy the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, his crime boss mother, Madame Melançon, has disappeared into the syrupy night. These two seemingly unrelated events are somehow quantumly entangled. Moreover, Duke discovers just how entangled they truly are when he comes face-to-face with what his pet-psychic sister calls, "a tear in the brocade of time."
The year is 1918. The place is Winfield, Iowa. Colonel
Wallace Carson, the ruler of a vast agricultural empire,
asks Ann Hardy, his ten-year-old granddaughter and
eventual heir, to promise she will safeguard The
Northeast Quarter, the choice piece of land from which
the empire was founded. Ann readily accepts -- little
knowing what awaits her. When the Colonel is killed
unexpectedly the same afternoon, the world around Ann
and her family begins to fall apart. Against the
background of America sliding from a post war boom into
the Great Depression, "The Northeast Quarter" tells the
story of Ann's struggle to keep a promise no matter what.
She witnesses the remarriage of her grandmother to
Royce Chamberlin, the seemingly humble banker who
institutes a reign of terror over the household and
proceeds to corrupt the entire town. Over the next ten
years Ann matches wits with Chamberlin, enduring
betrayal, banishment, and even physical violence. She
grows from a precocious child into a tough-minded young
woman -- watching, observing her enemy, and waiting for
the moment to make her move. And when the moment
comes in July 1929, life in Winfield will never be the same.
An inherently riveting read from cover to cover, "The
Northeast Quarter" clearly demonstrates author S. M.
Harris as a truly gifted storyteller, and his many layered,
deftly crafted novel is certain to be a highly popular
addition to personal reading lists and community library
General Fiction collections.
Everything You’ve Ever Done is the rollicking true story of Amelia and Dave: two center-of-every-party types who lived hard and full, blasted through a life stranger than fiction, and discovered powerful cosmic truths! Funny and profound. Mesmerizing and beautiful. Amelia and Dave's story will inspire you! This is a book you won't want to put down.
The collaboration of writer Rhett Collier and photographer Sinden Collier has produced a conceptual museum quality book of original thoughts and images, aptly entitled: "TRAINS OF THOUGHT - WELCOME ABOARD!" The thoughts are visceral and stimulating, touching upon wisdom, reality, imagination and inspiring reflections. The images are ethereal, evoking mood and atmosphere in a painterly photographic style, each resonant to the thought with which it is paired. This pairing provides a central underscoring of the messages.
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!
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
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”!
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.
¡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.