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11/16/2014 - 3:00 pm
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Olimpia Zagnoli presents and signs The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ( Classics Reimagined )

Retold with illustrations by artist Olimpia Zagnoli, this edition of the Classics Reimagined series sweeps you into a colorful and inspiring world that you can only dream of! (Rockport Publishers)

ISBN: 9781592538997
Price: $25.00

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11/17/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Cary Elwes presents and signs As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.  The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.  Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.
With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film. (Touchstone Books)

ISBN: 9781476764023
Price: $26.00

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11/18/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Book Soup at the Skirball! Book Soup presents an evening with Diane von Furstenberg in support of her memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be

Location: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

One of the most influential, admired, and innovative women of our time: fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, and grandmother, Diane von Furstenberg offers a book about becoming the woman she wanted to be. Diane von Furstenberg started out with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be--in her words, "the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn't rely on a man to pay her bills." She has since become that woman, establishing herself as a global brand and a major force in the fashion industry, all the while raising a family and maintaining "my children are my greatest creation." In The Woman I Wanted to Be, von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life--from childhood in Brussels to her days as a young, jet-set princess, to creating the dress that came to symbolize independence and power for an entire generation of women. With remarkable honesty and wisdom, von Furstenberg mines the rich territory of what it means to be a woman. She opens up about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting herself to empowering other women, writing, "I want every woman to know that she can be the woman she wants to be." (Simon and Schuster)

This evening Diane von Furstenberg will be in conversation with an interviewer TBA about her life and career. A book signing will follow the event.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $30.00 + tax and include one ticket and one copy of The Woman I Wanted to Be. We are now accepting paid reservations. You may purchase your tickets online at booksoup.com or by calling the store at 310-659-3110. Tickets and books will be available for pick-up from the store location beginning the date of the book's release, Tuesday, October 28. Reserved tickets and books may also be picked up at the Will Call tables at the venue the evening of the event. The venue is the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Tickets and books may be available for purchase at the venue before the event begins, while supplies last.

ISBN: 11-99-49953-6
Price: $30.00

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11/18/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Meline Toumani presents and signs There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond

Meline Toumani grew up in a close-knit Armenian community in New Jersey where Turkish restaurants were shunned and products made in Turkey were boycotted. The source of this enmity was the Armenian genocide of 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government, and Turkey's refusal to acknowledge it. A century onward, Armenian and Turkish lobbies spend hundreds of millions of dollars to convince governments, courts and scholars of their clashing versions of history.  Frustrated by her community's all-consuming campaigns for genocide recognition, Toumani leaves a promising job at The New York Times and moves to Istanbul. Instead of demonizing Turks, she sets out to understand them, and in a series of extraordinary encounters over the course of four years, she tries to talk about the Armenian issue, finding her way into conversations that are taboo and sometimes illegal. Along the way, we get a snapshot of Turkish society in the throes of change, and an intimate portrait of a writer coming to terms with the issues that drove her halfway across the world.  In this far-reaching quest, told with eloquence and power, Toumani probes universal questions: how to belong to a community without conforming to it, how to acknowledge a tragedy without exploiting it, and most importantly how to remember genocide without perpetuating the kind of hatred that gave rise to it in the first place. (Metropolitan Books)

ISBN: 9780805097627
Price: $28.00

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11/19/2014 - 7:00 pm
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James Gavin III presents and signs Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee

From the author of the “definitive” (Vanity Fair) biography of Lena Horne, Stormy Weather, comes a brilliantly written portrait of recording artist and musical legend Peggy Lee.  Miss Peggy Lee cast a spell when she sang. She purred so intimately in nightclubs that couples clasped hands and huddled closer. She hypnotized, even on television. Lee epitomized cool, but her trademark song, “Fever”—covered by Beyoncé and Madonna—is the essence of sizzling sexual heat. Her jazz sense dazzled Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. She was the voice of swing, the voice of blues, and she provided four of the voices for Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, whose score she co-wrote. But who was the woman behind the Mona Lisa smile?  With elegant writing and impeccable research, including interviews with hundreds who knew Lee, acclaimed music journalist James Gavin offers the most revealing look yet at an artist of infinite contradictions and layers. Lee was a North Dakota prairie girl who became a temptress of enduring mystique. She was a singer-songwriter before the term existed. Lee “had incredible confidence onstage,” observed the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop; yet inner turmoil wracked her. She spun a romantic nirvana in her songs, but couldn’t sustain one in reality. As she passed middle age, Lee dwelled increasingly in a bizarre dreamland. She died in 2002 at the age of eighty-one, but Lee’s fascination has only grown since.  This masterful account of Peggy Lee’s strange and enchanting life is a long overdue portrait of an artist who redefined popular singing.  (Atria Books)

ISBN: 9781451641684
Price: $32.00

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11/21/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Carine McCandless presents and signs The Wild Truth

The spellbinding story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. Krakauer's book, Into the Wild, became an international bestseller, translated into thirty-one languages, and Sean Penn's inspirational film by the same name further skyrocketed Chris McCandless to global fame. But the real story of Chris's life and his journey has not yet been told - until now. The missing pieces are finally revealed in The Wild Truth, written by Carine McCandless, Chris's beloved and trusted sister. Featured in both the book and film, Carine has wrestled for more than twenty years with the legacy of her brother's journey to self-discovery, and now tells her own story while filling in the blanks of his. Carine was Chris's best friend, the person with whom he had the closest bond, and who witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Growing up in the same troubled household, Carine speaks candidly about the deeper reality of life in the McCandless family. In the many years since the tragedy of Chris's death, Carine has searched for some kind of redemption. In this touching and deeply personal memoir, she reveals how she has learned that real redemption can only come from speaking the truth. (Harper One)

ISBN: 9780062325143
Price: $27.99

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11/23/2014 - 3:00 pm
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J. Dylan Yates presents and signs The Belief in Angels

Growing up in her parents' crazy hippie household on a tiny island off the coast of Boston, Jules's imaginative sense of humor is the weapon she wields to dodge household chaos. But somewhere between routine discipline with horsewhips, gun-waving gambling debt collectors, and LSD-laced breakfast cereal adventures, tragedy strikes with the death of her younger brother--a blow from which Jules may never fully recover.
Jules' story alternates with that of her Grandfather Samuel, a man with a sad story of his own. Samuel, once called Szaja, is an orthodox Jew who lived through the murderous Ukranian pogroms of the 1920s and the Majdanek Death Camp--but whose survival came at a price that's haunted him for years.

ISBN: 978193831464
Price: $16.95

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11/24/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Beulah Sanchez presents and signs Really?!!?!: One Woman's Adventures of Dating in the Digital Age

Dating - You either love it or hate it. Blind dating can be heaven or hell. Internet dating is a world all its own. Explore that crazy, dangerous, hilarious world with one woman (let s call her Beulah!) on her two-year journey to find Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now. You won t believe the characters she met (often not recognizing them from their profile pic ), the situations she got herself into (she s lucky to be alive) and the joy she found knowing she can now look back and laugh and you will, too! And it’s all true. Most online dating books are how-to or self-help guides teaching you the ins and outs of navigating the system. Really?!!! shows the reader, first hand, the pitfalls and true-life adventures of looking for love in the digital era, one debacle at a time (well, some did overlap!). (Tallfellow Press)

ISBN: 9781931290951
Price: $15.95

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11/25/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Patty Farmer presents and signs Playboy on Stage: A History of the World's Sexiest Nightclubs

Anyone who hears the word Playboy probably thinks immediately of a scantily clad co-ed reclining across the staples of one of the most successful magazines of all time. But Playboy is more than a magazine or even a corporate empire; since its start in Hugh Hefner’s apartment in 1953, it has become one of the world’s best-known brands and an entire lifestyle unto itself.  When Hefner opened the first Playboy Club in downtown Chicago in 1960, he quite literally gave regular guys the key to participate in his own personal dream. The original Chicago club was quickly followed by venues in Miami, New Orleans, and New York, and eventually all over the United States and the world. And right from the start, world-class entertainment was as much a part of his groundbreaking formula for success as pretty girls or sirloin steaks.  Each club was designed as a veritable showbiz multiplex, including a variety of bars and dining rooms as well as several stages on which veterans and up-and-coming entertainers performed. Although Hefner was primarily a jazz fan, the range of acts presented in the club was, by any standards, amazingly diverse. There were all manner of singers, from traditional headliners like Tony Bennett and world-class superstars like Liza Minnelli, Diahann Carroll, and Ann-Margaret, to nascent pop and rock stars including Sonny & Cher and Ike and Tina Turner. Jazz artists and instrumental superstars abounded as well. And the comedians…was there anyone who didn’t play the Clubs?  At the height of their popularity in the mid 1960s and early 1970s, the Playboy Clubs were, collectively, the largest employers of talent in the United States. As such, they exerted a powerful influence on the culture and on politics, too. As the pioneering African-American humorist Dick Gregory recalls, Hefner and his staff were not only colorblind in their hiring of talent, but used the clubs, no less than the magazine, as a means of furthering an agenda of civil rights and gender equality.  While many books have been written about the Playboy Empire, the Bunny experience, and the ultimate Playboy himself, Hugh Hefner, until now, no book has covered Playboy’s impact on popular entertainment and the fabulous cadre of performers who took to the stages of the mythic Playboy Clubs.  Playboy on Stage tells this story from myriad points of view, in the words of dozens of musicians, singers, and comedians, as well as those involved behind the scenes. (Beaufort Books)

ISBN: 9780825307393
Price: $24.95

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01/13/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Melissa Carroll, Neal Pollack, Elizabeth Kadetsky, Gloria Munoz, & Emily Rapp discuss and sign Going Om: Real-Life Stories on and Off the Yoga Mat

With candid, witty, and compelling experiences of yoga from renowned memoirists, including Cheryl Strayed (Wild), Claire Dederer (Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses), Dinty W. Moore (The Accidental Buddhist), Neal Pollack (Stretch: The Making of a Yoga Dude) and many others, Going Om shares a range of observations about this popular practice. Unlike books on yoga that provide instruction on technique, Going Om is a unique collection of personal narratives from celebrated authors. This anthology of original material values the quality of writing over the authors' flexibility. Ira Sukrungruang shares his heartbreaking struggle as a 375 pound yoga student discovering self-worth on his mat; Gloria Munoz explores the practice of stillness with lyrical elegance in the midst of her busy mind; Neal Pollack's signature sarcasm leads to surprising turns at yoga class with his dad; Elizabeth Kadetsky uses yogic wisdom while coping with her mother's devastating Alzheimer's. (Viva Editions)

ISBN: 9781936740864
Price: $16.95

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