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Jon Setter - The Urban Text Cover Image
By Jon Setter (Photographer)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780980701852
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Published: Emblem Books - November 1st, 2019
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Sydney-based Jon Setter (b. 1989, Detroit) makes photographs that attempt to reveal the unseen aspects of urban spaces and architecture. Often working with subjects discovered by chance on unprescribed walks, he documents cities from peculiar viewpoints. Colours, patterns, materials and textures of the urban vernacular are methodically developed into an abstracted expression of space to expand our reading of the cityscape.

Taking French sociologist Michel de Certeau’s notion of the urban text as a starting point, Jon Setter uses his photography to reveal the often overlooked aspects of urban spaces; ambiguous fragments hidden in plain sight among the dense narratives of the built environment. Acting as a modern day flâneur he seeks out what we take for granted, uncovering hidden truths and detailing the unexplored. Preferring formal concerns over identity politics, he examines a space’s essential grammar through its colours, patterns, textures and materials; elements which form the basis of any city’s character and speak to the uniqueness of its culture and history. Through precise and methodical composing, these aspects are reduced to almost unrecognisable detail. Thus, defamiliarising the everydayness of urban architecture and offering us a closer reading of the micro-level intimacy of the street beyond the artificial busyness of urban life.

By abstracting the urban text, Setter attempts to create a kind of universality of vision, a simplified network of ‘writings’ that encourage us to slow down and start observing the uniqueness of everything in the urban landscape. So, no matter where we are in the world, we can all begin to observe and experience the spaces in which we live more completely.


Hollywood's Victory Lap: The Films of 1940 Cover Image
$36.95
ISBN: 9781432734008
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Published: Outskirts Press - September 5th, 2019
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It is the general consensus that in the history of motion pictures, the year 1939 was undoubtedly Hollywood's greatest triumph during its Golden Era. However, much of the same winning confluence of circumstances and events that made 1939 such a monumental and productive year for Hollywood continued into 1940. Despite this fact, the overwhelming and enduring popularity of the movies of 1939 have often overshadowed the importance of cinema's superlative productions, creative strides and technical advances realized in 1940. The viewing public, as in earlier years, were given the opportunity to experience "the total movie experience" which meant that the bill consisted of at least one full length feature motion picture, and if not, than a short feature film, but always a cartoon and a serial along with upcoming attractions. Not only did the same seismic synergy of talent, artistic vision, opportunity, risk and pure luck that made 1939 such a prolific year for Hollywood continue mightily into 1940, but in a good number of instances, 1940's harvest of remarkable cinematic triumphs surpassed 1939's fabled cornucopia of celluloid treasures. As America freed itself from the shackles of economic misery, the rest of the world was struggling against the brutality and inhumanity of a world war raging in Europe, Asia and the Pacific. With this as a backdrop, millions of movie goers across the country looked for any form of escapism in their never-ending quest to forget the harsh realities of their dismal and disheartened existence. Hollywood was more than willing to satisfy this hunger, at least for a brief moment in time, by providing them with a stream of uplifting, spirited and entertaining films.


Until the Sun Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781950259168
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Published: James Palkovic - October 31st, 2019
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Responsibility.Authority.Mortality.If you could liberate yourself of these burdens, would any cost be too great?On a hot August night, a troubled fifteen-year-old boy with a tragic past wakes to find his tyrannical foster parents murdered by a trio of nocturnal, blood-drinking heathens. The killers give him the opportunity for a new life, one where he can be relieved of traditional hardships, vanquish his enemies, and attain a sense of true belonging…at the cost of what little remains of his humanity. The life he is offered is one of eternal darkness, but the promise of undying acceptance, freedom, and power gives it an appeal that his current dreaded existence is lacking.Fraught with resentment over his catastrophic adolescence and confronted by ambiguous notions of good and evil, he is forced to explore a dark world on the fringe between bliss and oblivion. As he edges ever closer to a climactic encounter with the demons that plague his soul, he discovers just how dangerous it is to be young and alienated in modern society.


Happy Tunes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643789316
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Published: Austin Macauley - November 29th, 2019
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The beloved, mild-mannered Ms. Sady Kara Oke, music teacher at Lakeview Middle School in New Orleans and daughter of the belated American Blues trumpeter Happy, faces two major battles that will either mean defeat or success: a historic middle school band competition win with her selected student musicians, and the discovery of the love of her life.


Porn Again Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780990754619
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Published: JBS Books - November 4th, 2014
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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.


Lost Pigeons Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781095716229
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Published: Independently Published - April 24th, 2019
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Lost Pigeons follows the lives of two brothers, Chris and Michael, growing up in the San Fernando Valley in the late 1970's. One brother goes off to war, while the other goes into sales. The soldier comes back and finds luck winning the lottery, falling in love, and getting married. Luck, however, suddenly turns its back on him as he finds himself irreparably damaged in his personal life and the tours of duty, leading him to ultimately devise his own end. His brother is left behind, forever wracked with guilt and painful confusion, questioning his own capacity to have helped his brother before fate took full control of his will to live. This sense of helplessness and grief persists until he meets Ricky, a real estate agent turned homeless, who is in need of a brother. The novel brings to light the themes that plague our human experience: the fleeting quality of our own luck, the loss of a loved one, the loneliness engraved in our grief, and the redemption we often find in the most unexpected of places. Among the greatest underlying messages of Lost Pigeons is a deeper reminder to all to treat those who are lost as family and to not let your comfort zone dictate your reality. There is a wealth of hope to be found outside the realm of familiarity, once we step outside of ourselves and lend a helping hand to others. Our brothers and sisters are out there struggling with demons greater than themselves.


1962: The Crimson Journal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781082220821
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Published: Independently Published - August 15th, 2019
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The last true Hollywood blonde bombshell and international sex symbol is found dead in her bedroom ... naked and alone. It is quickly ruled a suicide. Why the rush to judgment? The most famous murder of a Hollywood icon is brought to life in this fictionalized retelling of the event and the characters involved.A case that drew worldwide attention is explored in this new and very controversial book. No punches are pulled as the unflinching examination of the facts are revealed.The impact this story had on those close to the investigation are examined until the final ugly truth, and its consequences, are exposed for all to see.Set against the backdrop of the workings behind the camera in the Hollywood dream factories, not only the business of Hollywood is revealed but the dirty processes that make it happen for the enjoyment of the audience. And you thought you didn't want to see how hot dogs were made.


Voodoo Ball Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781733335300
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Published: Chris Mortensen Inc. - August 20th, 2019
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Charley Cotter never should have lied to his wife. He tells her he has a business meeting in San Diego but, instead, flies off with some pals for a golf spree in Palm Springs. When their small plane crashes in a wind-turbine field during an electrical storm, Charley survives - but arrives home to a town now obsessed with golf, where marauding gangs of night-golfers - called snoggers - run wildly through streets and public parks. Even more baffling, Charley's co-workers don't recognize him, and his wife has somehow transformed from a soccer mom to a biker's fantasy, with the hots for a belligerent driving-range attendant named Floyd.

To make his world right again, Charley must win back the affections of his wife, and prevail in an 'impossible' overland golf match against the world's number one player, while rediscovering his long-abandoned dreams.

Voodoo Ball is a madcap, screwball golf adventure, guaranteed to keep you guessing--and laughing--(and possibly improve your swing).


Shock Wave Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781974668991
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 17th, 2017
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After Cuba detonates an atomic bomb in the Caribbean, an ever-worsening series of global disasters have authorities and scientists baffled. The world is coming apart, literally. The catastrophe is unstoppable, and Scott DeSantis will do anything to save his wife Linda and their children. But Linda has a secret she has never revealed to anyone. While the world's population is helpless in the face of this escalating Armageddon, Linda sees history repeating itself. To save everything that they love, Linda and Scott must return to the place of her birth and confront the man who once before destroyed a world in his quest for power. The stakes couldn't be higher and the odds against them are a million to one. Fighting ancient armies, a nuclear holocaust and even time itself, the deciding battle for the future of the world will be fought five thousand years in the past, in a place called... Atlantis.


Shock Wave 2: The Book of Vallora Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781727835021
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 10th, 2018
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The truth is a lie. Honesty is rebellion. Privacy is deception. Conformity is salvation. Those are the four pillars which hold up an empire that was founded in blood and death and is maintained by the continuous garroting of the human spirit. Martin Black, formerly Karras of the Atlantian Senate and now calling himself Martin Schwartz, did it. His escape into the future just a hair's breadth ahead of the destruction of Atlantis allowed him to create a new world order where he is the undisputed leader. It is into this alternate 21st century world that Linda and Scott are thrown by the Vortex after they escaped from Atlantis. And while the world looks familiar to them, the future is not what it used to be. They are strangers in a dangerous land, relentlessly pursued by Martin Schwartz and his forces who will stop at nothing to get the Book of Vallora which Linda brought into the future. The Book is essential to fulfill Martin's primary ambition, to keep his stranglehold on the world forever. For Linda and Scott it's their last chance to get back home... if they can stay alive. It's impossible to know who can be trusted or who will betray them and one false move will get them killed. Their perilous journey will take them right back to where it all began. The final battle for the future of mankind will once more be fought in a place called... Atlantis.


The Cinderella Homes of Jean Vandruff Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780578543321
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Published: Chris Lukather - October 1st, 2019
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Before Disneyland opened in Southern California, Jean Vandruff created iconic fairytale homes. New book examines life and work of Jean Vandruff — designer and builder of magical Cinderella Homes. In the 1950s, tract housing lacked imagination and quality. Vandruff’s homes skyrocketed to popularity, exemplifying a visionary translation of storybook magic into appealing new homes.


Don't Sleep with Him Yet: A Badass Guide to Dating in 10 Empowering Steps Cover Image
By Dr
$19.99
ISBN: 9781545651766
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Published: MCP Books - June 4th, 2019
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Any woman who's had her heart broken by a promising new partner or who has fumbled through a casual hookup will relate to Don't Sleep with Him Yet, a much-needed, groundbreaking book written by Beverly Hills clinical psychologist Dr. Nancy Lee. Having helped countless women with every dating and relationship issue imaginable (and then some), Dr. Lee clearly demonstrates how to let go of self-doubt to finally find the fulfilling romantic relationship you desire and deserve. Completely in step with today's oftentimes confusing sex culture, this no-nonsense, gripping guide is filled with intimate stories and thoroughly researched revelations including:

 

  • How to turn up the chemistry with someone you're interested in, including what flirting does for the brain        
  • How and where to meet ''good'' men, and exactly which men to avoid 
  • The real reasons guys bail on you from first date forward 
  • Why you and your male BFF may be predisposed to fall in love 
  • How to deal with the pressure to sleep with a guy you are dating before you're ready

 

Awaken your ''inner badass'': stand your ground while you do you. In the process you'll attract men, enjoy romance and ultimately realize true emotional intimacy. And that's just for starters.


Black Cherry Cover Image
$23.53
ISBN: 9781480829398
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Published: Archway Publishing - April 15th, 2016
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In the late 1970s, families of color began their transition into neighborhoods distinctly and traditionally new to them. The same was so for Berkeley Hills, a prim community that dwells outside Berkeley, California. It's where three young girls formed a steady friendship that was marked by devotion, trust, promises, secrets, and fire.

Mashé Boston, Rhial Curry, and Eila Wynston lived on the same block. In addition to race as their common thread, they shared many qualities that bonded them indefinitely-Mashé, the virtuous one; Rhial, characterized as unassuming; and Eila, moderately eccentric. From elementary school to college at the University of Miami, and into adulthood, nothing and no one cleaved their bond. Mashé pursued the humanities; Rhial had the aptitude for high-end marketing; and Eila sought an opportunity in city government. With the occasional challenges that come with life, coupled with their similarities and differences, their relationship was virtually invincible until it was time to plan a lavish wedding.

Mashé, Rhial, and Eila were tossed into an emotional whirlpool. The events that followed had all the makings for combustion. The biggest challenge was who was to blame. They preferred to empower themselves to resolve this flaring development without the intervention of outsiders.

In Black Cherry, author Henrietta D. Elmore-Smith has created a saga defining the true characteristics of friendship. When those characteristics are tested, who will withstand the trials?


Fuck Yeah: Get Real With Strong Language Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781633939134
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Published: Koehler Books - September 10th, 2019
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Have you ever wondered why so many people use strong language in private, but in public deny using it? What is it about strong language that prevents people from using it in a natural way? F*ck Yeah! Get Real With Strong Language uses the subject of strong language to powerfully challenge your personal values. It equips you with tools for self-exploration to support emotional growth, and will inspire you to live a more empowered life. Prepare to think creatively about how you want to live your life based on a value system that you can define, and live your life more fully. This book is about so much more than just "why" people use strong language. It will help you discover your uniqueness, question your adopted values, understand your emotions and will help aid you in developing a core set of values that align with your life in a way that you can embrace.


$20.00
SKU: 419420
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A blue monster living in the Brown Woods meets with the last caterpillar left in the forest. A transformation begins when he realizes that she is different than the others.