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My poetry is a reflection on love, connection, and the time and space those things live in. it's not a world of accepting, it's a world of wonder, and finding moments between one another, that bring out the real in each other. - Christian James Madsen
Nine women from around the globe unite to create this extraordinary international book project that presents the multifaceted issues of migration and relocation, the challenges the authors encountered, as well as how they journeyed on in this life with humor and strength of spirit.
The tale of the legendary punk band The Orifice Of The Oracle is a roller coaster ride into Hollywood’s dark side. It plunges through Tinsel Town’s underbelly immersing you in behind-the scenes experiences with music, film, concert tours, sibling rivalry and scandal – from someone who’s seen it all live.
WINNER OF TWO NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS: 2020 Nautilus Awards and 2020 National Indie Book Awards: "The essential L.A. travel reference book" - The Prairies Book Review. “"... a free-wheeling tour of New Age and other spiritual sites in and around L.A.” Kirkus Reviews.
"Robbins went on the art ride and threw up!" -- Jerry Saltz
"In the tradition of Oscar Wilde’s 'Critic as Artist,' Accrochage delivers shrewd and biting commentary as well as charming fun. Robbins remains an important original thinker in our sea of boilerplate groupthink. Before you drink the Kool-Aid, read David Robbins." -- Matt Cook
Imagined Travels to Places I’ve Never Been or Care to See is a parody of travel books during a time when people who don’t care to travel aren’t allowed to anyway. Go on imagined trips without leaving home! Some is true, but a lot isn’t. I hope you laugh!
- John Johnson
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The Wonderful Wizards of Art: An Illustrated Odyssey Through The Land of Oz is an 11x17” book capturing art from the original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Culminating with MGM’s, The Wizard of Oz. Copies numbered (001 to 515) and signed by Judy Garland’s stand-in: centenarian Caren Marsh-Doll.
PRELUDE is the first of four volumes. It is a Conte de fée of Zoë on a promenade, in France, set in 1913, from the South of France near Montpellier to Boulogne-sur-Mer in the North and all the persons she meets during her travels who address the philosophy, theories and mores of Religion, Humanity, Mythology, Myth, and Fey with the beginning of the Great War lurking, and la Belle Époque and the Second Age of Enlightenment soon to vanish.
ENTR’ACTE is the Second volume of Zoë, on her promenade, in France, set in 1913, from Saint-Étienne, Lyon and Clermont, and of those she meets from Humanity and Faery during her travels who address philosophy, theories and mores of Religion, Myth, Reality, Humanity, Dreams, the Arcane and Fey in the state of Existence
ESCAPADE is the Third volume of Zoë, on her promenade, in France, set in 1913, and all of the persons she meets during her travels, in Hookland, Mâcon, and Bucarest, who address the philosophy, theories and mores of Reality, Dreams, Myth, and Fey.
INTERMÈDE is the Final volume of this Histoire des fées of Zoë on her promenade, in France during the last months of 1913, and all of the persons she meets during her travels, in Avallon and Les Ardennes, who address the philosophy, theories and mores of Reality, Dreams, Myth, and Fate.
Author Margaret Seven Wellman is the daughter of iconic filmmaker William A. Wellman. “Falling into the Silence” is her collection of short stories that explore themes of memory and self-discovery, illustrating how home doesn’t end when we leave. Home is a place we hold inside us forever.
Take a year off, pack everything you need on your bicycle, and pedal around the world. Then watch the adventure unfold. Told with vivid observations about the world and the people in it, “Bicycle Odyssey” documents a rich and enlightening pilgrimage to magical, hidden places and a challenging bicycling adventure.
Where Compassion Begins
is an invitation to build the muscle of compassion, through exercises and practices that enhance our capacity to listen from the heart and, in so doing, take care of ourselves and those around us. Such deep, heartfelt listening, without judging, creates the conditions for compassion to arise.
“Loosely Based Stories on a Life Loosely Lived,” is an unbridled romp that spans 70 years in 62 pages. It’s about growing up Leslie and how she survived a hanging, spankings, hitchhiking, touring, marryingx3, hunting, advertising...you get the idea, right?
Writer-actor-artist Max Barrie chronicles his struggles with addiction and depression and women in a series of autobiographical articles that first ran in the arts magazine Autre. Two previously unpublished pieces, fiction and nonfiction, round out this candid and witty collection by the LA born author. Barrie also illustrates the book.
Growing up means learning loss and love are like songs from the same record. In this YA Fiction novel, seventeen-year-old Paisley confronts the impact of grief on her mental health, relationships, and future. In the original accompanying soundtrack you get to hear the record that got her through it all.
Digging deep within ourselves can be daunting and divine. It takes courage to reconnect with our innermost knowing. This collection of melodic prose provides you with emotional guidance and offers you the tools to hold yourself accountable to embarking upon your journey back to you.
Dennis Wilson and Charlie Manson by Jack Skelley (Fred and Barney Press) depicts the life and death of Beach Boys Drummer Dennis Wilson and his relationship with cult killer Manson. Jack recently discussed it on KCRW’s Bookworm, Book Musik, and Dennis Cooper blog. Reviews have appeared in Big Other and Filthy Dreams. Book Soup has copies of the first printing.
BECAUSE THEY’RE YOUNG, blockbuster urban crime novel by rock star Joey Bauer, is a young adult/new adult ride or die Amazon bestseller: framed and fearless teens at Los Angeles' notorious Juvenile Hall, led by a charismatic young social worker, fighting the Law to the finish. Based on a true story.
Punch- a pompous, jowly, elderly fish- recounts his glorious past when he perceived himself to be the center of attention at Madame Rothschild’s beloved villa in the south of France. He tells his story with a delight of fantasy and curiosity, seeking answers to why he’s where he is and how he got there. A beautiful read for all ages, the book is a unique approach at learning French history and is complete with a glossary to expand the reader's vocabulary. Visit us online at www.JerrySingerBooks.com where you can check out Leap In: an interactive part of our site for children to learn about French culture, geography, receive at-home science projects, and more! Happy Reading!!
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A blue monster living in the Brown Woods meets with the last caterpillar left in the forest. Known as “Blueboo “the caterpillar eater, he will discover the true meaning of love when he realizes that she is different from the others.
What happens when Myles, the messiest 8-year-old boy in the world, meets Moxley, the messiest circus bear in the world? Well, a lifelong friendship begins, of course.
In PORN AGAIN: A MEMOIR, Josh Sabarra throws open the proverbial closet -- and bedroom --doors, taking readers on a Hollywood thrill-ride through growing up, coming out, coming of age and finally finding himself at 40. Despite being a high-level entertainment executive, Josh was still a virgin at 31. Uncomfortable in his own skin, haunted by painful childhood memories, he kept laser-focused on building an unparalleled career trajectory at the expense of his personal life.
Tormented by schoolmates for being "different," Josh clung to his aberrantly close relationships with a small circle of adult females. But, even with that support, the shame and contempt that grew from his sexuality locked him in a prison of self-hate that robbed him of an emotional and sexual identity for more than three decades. Movie studio jobs, through which he met celebrity idols, led to friendships and relationships with some of the industry's most notable characters. Those intimacies created a false sense of acceptance and approval, requiring that he continue to up the stakes - celebrity lovers, the crazy world of online dating, sexual fetishists and porn stars-for-hire.
The gay best friend you always wanted, Josh Sabarra delivers a whip-smart, poignant memoir set against a glittering backdrop that is at once heartbreaking, glamorous, sexy and hilariously honest.
Original, outrageous, refreshing, brutally honest, raw humor, in-your-face stream of consciousness and genuine depth of thought. Written with great passion for life and people: good, bad, indifferent.
Manning writes in the first person, speaking directly to you! 32 unique pieces make an exceptionally captivating and compelling read, page after page, leaving you intellectually challenged, entertained, aching from belly laughs.
Intelligence and a sense of humor preferred.
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A TRUE STORY OF HOW ENVIRONMENTAL HYPNOSIS TRAPPED A WOMAN, MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY, FOR FIFTY YEARS!
“For Fifty Years, I Just Thought I Was Just Forgetful, Addicted and Phobic. Turns Out, I Was In a State of Hypnosis!”
I spent my entire life feeling less than adequate. As a young black girl growing up in Seattle in the 1960’s, my self esteem and self image was conceived during a trauma of racism and abuse. As I grew from a terrified child, to a rebellious teenager into an overwhelmed adult, I noticed I would often drift off into my own dreamworld, not remembering what I had been doing for hours at a time. I either became hyper focused on a single task, or wandering from room to room accomplishing nothing. I would lose important documents, tickets and jewelry and have no earthly idea where I left them. I was not able to stay awake in movies, at concerts, or while riding in a car. I began to feel overwhelmed and over burdened by my own life, which led to excessive drinking and overeating, evolving into unusual fears and phobias. Antidepressants and antianxiety medications did not work on me. Nothing worked. Until I discovered hypnotherapy.
Is it anything like the ten Plagues of Egypt? Well, fairly close. 2020 was a year like no other in history both modern and "ancient" (that includes the much referenced 1918 Spanish flu pandemic). A cauldron of circumstances combined to make the kickoff year to a new decade one of the nadirs of the twenty-first century (which is really saying something, considering how many there have been thus far). Yet 2020 did not merely "end" on December 31st, but will persist for the foreseeable future with its ripple effect aftermath. In Corona(tion) Year, Vol. 1: Short Stories, the unfolding of the pandemic as it happened is explored through narrative fiction that both stylizes and accurately depicts a world gone stark-raving mad, having absolutely no idea how to function or treat one another when necessary restrictions vastly reined in everyday selfishness and frivolity.
The Mortal instruments meets Supernatural in this edge of your seat thriller. After crash landing on an island not known on any mortal maps, Mercy Hawke finds herself hunted by the Seven Deadly Sins, every demon known to man, a terrifying cult, and the strongest evil since the dawn of time. Can one woman defeat an evil so strong even Satan runs away?
In 2017, after a breakup and a funeral, Jake Jabbour took an Amtrak across the country to perform improv comedy and figure out who he was when he wasn’t himself. In the lineage of Chuck Klosterman’s Killing Yourself to Live, Jake chronicles his cross-country travels with an eye trained towards relationships, education and culture.
Intended to distract attention from something more important.
'Diversionary Fires' is more than a saga, mystery or thriller...it's an acrid journey through the ironic life of an uncompromising woman who always has a book of matches ready.
Where there's smoke, there's fire. And where there's fire, there's Tara Atwater.
Tara learned the art of the diversionary fire in 1970 from grandmother Beryl, her mentor in flame. She grows too quickly into a mother who never knew her own, raising a son who will never know his father, along Ohio's Fuego River. She mows yards, empties bedpans and presses shirts and, when she dreams, it's for her son Dare.
So, when Tara comes to hold the right combination of numbers to a record-breaking lottery, she has one problem before she can claim the winnings: what to do about the dead boyfriend, stabbed by her teenage son, on the kitchen floor?
It was, after all, his ticket.
A diversionary fire will again be the answer. From the most marginal means to material comforts never imagined, as variants of crimson swirl through five decades of the Atwater family, Tara will learn that good luck and bad luck can look dangerously alike.
A lurid account of how the socialite world became riddled with riffraff at the (allegedly) unwitting hands of Lindsay Lohan. This seemingly small butterfly effect, Tate Carmichael maintains, is the cause of all that is wrong post-00s. In her damning account, no celebrity is spared. Carmichael scorches the earth with what’s left of her wealth (because, it’s true, money can buy anything, including tailored natural disasters). It’s her turn, after all, to be a star. Since it seems like literally everyone else is.
Over half of the profit will go towards making this handbook available to those who are otherwise unable to access it.
Our biggest problem is one we don't know we have.
By solving problems, we progress. When we choose not to solve them, we choose not to progress and suffer unnecessarily. Often, however, it’s a choice we don't know we're making.
A DRAKE HAYNES SIZZLER!
“She stopped me in my tracks. Made me think twice about sitting at the bar and ordering that drink. Alcohol can make me stupid and sloppy. And, when drinking, I had a habit of falling in love. I didn’t want to fall in love with Frankie. I guessed she could break my heart.”
New York’s crime world and gay scene converge in this compulsively plotted mystery that’s equal parts thrilling and heart-felt.
The mystery is twisty enough to keep you guessing, but the crumbs are all there for a satisfying resolution. For anyone who loves a good mystery, delightful characters, and bustling New York in the background.
IRKSOME PARTICULARS is a collection of terse, forceful prose poems. Matt Cook’s fifth book explores a literary landscape that is at once comic, sad, outrageous, and quotidian. Finding inspiration every where (especially in history, philosophy, the workplace, and the neighborhood), Cook delivers a sensibility that is both surreal and every day, welcoming and expansive. This is a book to keep handy for re-reading and sharing.
La Femme des Rêves apparaît en sa Présence tangible dans le Purgatoire on that voyage which was trespassed over a 50-year tryst: a Rêverie in Existence and Existence entransed from which one was parted yet not in solitude for Logic and Reason shall never subvert Senses and Sense.
An invaluable resource for any filmmaker who wants to understand the important creative interplay between the director and screenplay in bringing a story to life. ‘I cherish my time as his student at AFI, and count myself fortunate to now have this comprehensive guide to refer to.’ (Ari Aster.)
Thirteen collections of my short stories and poems have been published. These books reflect on childhood and family, animals, nature and transition.
'Familiar’ is my first novel. The reader is taken from the U.K. across Europe to the USA in a supernatural adventure which blends horror and humour.
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At the tender age of 21, Destiny Jones had everything going for her: a promising acting career, a loving boyfriend who adored her, a scholarship to NYU. But it wasn't enough to quiet the self-doubt that plagued her. She'd have to lose it all to find herself.