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05/19/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Steve Spill presents and signs I Lie for Money: Candid, Outrageous Stories from a Magician's Misadventures

In this funny, irreverent, unique, eccentric memoir, magician Steve Spill reveals how he managed to survive decades inside a rarely profitable, sometimes maddening, but often deliciously rewarding offbeat showbiz profession--magic!  Spill tells of how his tailor grandfather sewed secret pockets in a magician's tuxedo back in 1910, which started his childhood dream to become a magician. This dream took Spill on a journey that started with him performing, as a young boy, at a "Beauty on a Budget" neighborhood house party to engagements in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean, to today in Santa Monica, California, where he's been starring in his own shows since 1998 at Magicopolis, the theater he designed and built himself.  Being a magician has given Spill the opportunity to interact with the world's most famous and fascinating people. In his memoir, Spill reveals the many unique encounters that his profession has led him to enjoy and endure: hosting Sting as his opening act one night, spending two days on camera with Joan Rivers, and selling tricks to Bob Dylan, as well as encounters with Adam Sandler, Stephen King, and other celebrities.  I Lie for Money . . . is a literary magic show that captures the highs and lows of an extraordinary life that will delight and amaze you with wit and wickedness. This book should be an obligatory read for anyone considering a creative career, and it serves as an inspiration to those who desire to craft an independent life. (Skyhorse Publishing)

ISBN: 9781632204929
Price: $24.99

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05/20/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Janis Heaphy Durham presents and signs The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death

An unbelievably believable story about the afterlife, with documenting photographs from the former publisher of a major metropolitan newspaper.  In 2004, Janis Heaphy Durham's husband, Max Besler, died of cancer at age 56. The daughter of a Presbyterian minister, she practiced her faith as she struggled with her loss. Soon she began encountering phenomena unlike anything she'd ever experienced: lights flickering, doors opening and closing, clocks stopping at 12:44, the exact time of Max's death. But then something startling happened that changed Heaphy Durham's life forever. A powdery handprint appeared on her bathroom mirror on the first anniversary of Max's death. 
This launched Heaphy Durham on a journey that transformed her spiritually and altered her view of reality forever. She interviewed scientists and spiritual practitioners along the way, as she discovered that the veil between this world and the next is thin and its love that bridges the two worlds. (Grand Central Publishing)

ISBN: 9781455531301
Price: $26.00

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05/21/2015 - 7:00 pm
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CANCELLED! James Ellroy & Glynn Martin present and sign LAPD '53

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

James Ellroy, the undisputed master of crime writing, has teamed up with Glynn Martin with the Los Angeles Police Museum to present a stunning text on 1953 LA. While combing the museum's photo archives, Ellroy discovered that the year featured a wide array of stark and unusual imagery--and he has written 25,000 words that illuminate the crimes and law enforcement of the era. Ellroy offers context and layers on wild and rich atmosphere--this is the cauldron that was police work in the city of the tarnished angels more than six decades ago. More than 80 duotone photos are spread throughout the book in the manner of hard-edged police evidence. (Abrams Image)

ISBN: 9781419715853
Price: $24.95

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05/21/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Duff McKagan presents and signs How to Be a Man: (And Other Illusions)

Duff McKagan is one of the most respected survivors in hard rock. In How to Be a Man, he shares the wisdom he gained on the path to superstardom--from his time with Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver to getting sober after a life of hard living to achieving his personal American Dream of marrying a supermodel, raising a family, and experiencing what it's like to be winked at by Prince. 
An interviewer's favorite, McKagan's wisdom has been sought out on everything from financial planning and relationships to surviving the summer festival circuit and escaping a military coup. Expanding on his popular weekly columns in Seattle Weekly, Playboy.com, and ESPN.com, McKagan equips readers with the knowledge they need to rock fatherhood, manage their money, and remain a good dude in spite of it all. (Da Capo Press)

ISBN: 9780306823879
Price: $25.99

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05/22/2015 - 7:00 pm
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D. McKinney discusses and signs Morrissey FAQ: All That's Left to Know about This Charming Man

No one can argue that Morrissey is one of the best lyricists and charismatic front men in music history. But people love to argue about other things his mysterious personal life, his pompous attitude, and the history and meaning behind his biggest hits. Morrissey FAQ will put to rest any questions and doubts about the singer known around the world for his meaningful lyrics and biting wit. Readers will also learn about his passions, his weaknesses, the people who love him, the people who hate him, and the people who want to be him. Not since Elvis have fans been so obsessed with a singer; they fight with each other at concerts, they rush and tackle him onstage, they dress and act like him, and they even build shrines dedicated to him. Liking Morrissey isn't just liking his music it's a way of life. Morrissey is known for his over-the-top lyrics, his stage antics, his philosophies, and his whining. But after reading this book and digging deeper into the brooding mystique that is Morrissey, you'll also start whining... for more Moz! (Backbeat Books)

ISBN: 9781480394483
Price: $24.99

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05/26/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Anastasia Higginbotham with Abraham Higginbotham & Jill Soloway present and sign Divorce Is the Worst ( Ordinary Terrible Things )

Kids are told, "It’s for the best"--and one day, it may be. But right now, divorce is the "worst." With honesty and humor, Anastasia Higginbotham beautifully conveys the challenge of staying whole when your entire world, and the people in it, split apart. Exceptional in its child-centered portrayal, "Divorce Is the Worst" is an invaluable tool for families, therapeutic professionals, and divorce mediators struggling to address this common and complex experience.  Divorce Is the Worst is the first book in a series of feminist children's books, Ordinary Terrible Things, which deals with common childhood crises and how children themselves find their own way to cope and grow. (Feminist Press)

"How can you not love a children's author who sees so clearly from her reader's point of view?"--Julie Bowen, actress, "Modern Family"

"This book provides, through honest language and evocative imagery, a uniquely realistic view of how children experience divorce. While neither softening or white-washing this difficult topic, Higginbotham offers an ultimately comforting message to parents and children experiencing separation and divorce."--Lisa Spiegel, LMHC, "Soho Parenting"

ISBN: 9781558618800
Price: $16.95

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05/27/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Audrey Shulman presents and signs Sitting in Bars with Cake: Lessons and Recipes from One Year of Trying to Bake My Way to a Boyfriend

It's hard to meet people in a big city, let alone any city. And after living in LA for several years as a single lady, Audrey Shulman turned to baking. But rather than eating her cakes solo over the sink, she brought them to bars, luring guys with a heady dose of butter and sugar.  Sitting in Bars with Cake recounts Audrey's year spent baking, bar-hopping, and offering slices of cake to men in the hope of finding her boyfriend (or, at the very least, a date). With 35 inventive recipes based on her interactions with guys from all walks of life, from a Sticky Maple Kiss Cake to a Bitter Chocolate Dump Cake, this charming book pairs each cake with a short essay and tongue-in-cheek lesson about picking up boys in bars. (Harry N. Abrams)
 

ISBN: 9781419715822
Price: $24.95

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05/31/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Jennifer Arnold & Bill Klein present and sign Life Is Short (No Pun Intended): Love, Laughter, and Learning to Enjoy Every Moment

From the beloved stars of TLC's "The Little Couple" comes an uplifting and moving behind-the-scenes account of how the pair met, fell in love, and overcame huge obstacles to become successful professionals and parents.   Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein have inspired millions as stars of TLC's hit show "The Little Couple." Though they both have dwarfism, they have knocked down every obstacle they have encountered together with a positive, can-do attitude. The show has featured the lives of Jennifer (a respected neonatologist) and Bill (a successful entrepreneur) from their marriage in 2009, to the launch of their pet shop, to the adoption of their children, to Jen's overcoming cancer.   Now, for the first time Jen and Bill are letting readers into their private lives with behind-the-scenes, never-before-told stories about how they fell in love, what inspires them, and the passions that drive their success.  Jen and Bill have a simple purpose in life: make the world a better place through encouragement and education.  (Howard Books)
 

ISBN: 9781476794709
Price: $25.00

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