Best known for being an Oscar-winning filmmaker, a bestselling author, and one of the nation’s most outspoken malcontents, Michael Moore provides an in depth perspective of his life in, Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life ($26.99 Grand Central ISBN 9780446532242).
The book takes the reader on a humorous, and at times heartfelt, zigzagging timeline through Mr. Moore’s life: one moment, reliving the childhood games of ‘war’ (Americans vs. Nazis) where young Michael was particularly good at dying and a coveted playmate because of his collection of faux-grenades – and the next moment, remembering the experience of seeing real ‘War’ (Vietnam) for the first time on television. War, isn’t playtime; after seeing the aftermath in body counts and psychological damage, young Michael and his friends put away their toy guns … and started thinking about more serious things, like girls and the fact that they were eventually going to be of ‘draft’ age. Mr. Moore’s talent for evoking emotional responses (an extremely desirable trait when showcasing virtually every medium of art) is wielded without bias as he speaks of his own vulnerabilities, all the while his words cut with sharp wit and unexpected charm.
The Freewill Trilogy: We are not defined by the choices that are made for us; but by the choices we make when we believe that all other options have b...moreThe Freewill Trilogy: We are not defined by the choices that are made for us; but by the choices we make when we believe that all other options have been taken away.
The last book of the Freewill Trilogy, was written to explore freewill, consequences (because consequences, whether good or ill, always follow our choices,) and vindication (to be cleared of guilt, or doubt.) Life is magnificent and brutal; and within it, our being is changed indefinitely ... colors of emotions whip, and thus grace or scar our thoughts, marking us as survivors and giving each one of us a unique, and potentially grotesque, beauty. We have this affect on one another ... touching each other with random acts of kindness, unfounded defensiveness, or shallow judgments; we are responsible for shaping the world around us, even when the acts are unconscious. And we leave the deepest wounds on those closest to us. Ellie, a brilliant and beautifully damaged creature, wants nothing more in this world than to not be the source of someone else's pain. She finds out that, loving someone inherently contains pain … but in the act of loving two become one. Sometimes the only way to live is to understand bad things happen: we hurt each other; we heal each other; we grow and leave unintentional injuries on those we allow to be close; and then we help each other mend. In, Vindication, we find that, very often, we have no control; we are vulnerable and rely on one another … that now and again, we must allow ourselves to put everything we are, into the hands of the person who can take it all away. Standing on the edge, walking with one foot out in space … we find vindication for love and life by jumping: sometimes we fall, and break -- but then again, with a little unexpected help, sometimes we fly.
LOL is packed with short stories, tiny quips, and the occasion bout of toilet humor; but, surprisingly, it's also filled with moments of depth and pur...moreLOL is packed with short stories, tiny quips, and the occasion bout of toilet humor; but, surprisingly, it's also filled with moments of depth and pure unadulterated imagination. While reading, I found myself transported back to my youth, trapped in the shadow of a giant tree, or carried to the streets of New York city … only to have the fantasy dropped out from underneath me, as a snort and chuckle unexpectedly escaped my throat and left me looking around to make sure no one heard the decidedly unlady-like noises. (less)
My father actually gave me this book so it has special connotations for me through sentimentality. The simple story is spectacular and sweet; touchin...more My father actually gave me this book so it has special connotations for me through sentimentality. The simple story is spectacular and sweet; touching on concepts such as isolation, peer pressure, independence, fear of change, prejudice and many more...yes this little book really does all that. I've read it at least four times to my daughter and every time she can apply its simple storyline to what ever happens to be going on in her ever changing, ever growing life (less)
Have you ever wondered what would happen to Sesame Street, if it was set in the more risqué world of grownups? What if characters akin to, Ernie and Burt, came out of the closet? What if Cookie Monster’s immoral twin’s addiction was tilted toward on-line adult entertainment, rather than cookies? Welcome to the world of ‘Avenue Q’; set on a rundown New York street’s tenements, the characters’ are dark parodies of Jim Henson’s beloved children’s show. The Broadway production of ‘Avenue Q’ (following a run that has lasted seven years) ranks in the top 25 longest running shows in Broadway history.
The creators of ‘Avenue Q’, winners of the Tony Award “TRIPLE CROWN” for BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE and BEST BOOK are: Robert Lopez: (Music and Lyrics, Original Concept, Animation Design) 2004 Tony Award for Best Score for Avenue Q, Jeff Marx: (Music and Lyrics, Original Concept) 2004 Tony Award for Best Score for Avenue Q, and Jeff Whitty, who won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Avenue Q.
It’s not hard to see why, Whitty, was honored with a Tony Award, as his humor blends seamlessly with that of the musical’s personality. As an American playwright, who happens to be hilarious with random ironical thoughts, Jeff Whitty’s tongue and cheek perspective is sure to leave you with questioning expression, a smile on your face, and a snarky laugh in your throat. If you’re interested in reading more of his work, you can find him on Amazon: The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, and The Hiding Place (less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of honest to goodness horror. Dark fiction doesn't quite cover what lead me to my conclusion: the characters were a lit...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this tale of honest to goodness horror. Dark fiction doesn't quite cover what lead me to my conclusion: the characters were a little too real, the situation were happening ...or must have happened. Aside from the taste of speculative fiction, this plunges the reader into the world of kids looking for something spectacular to happen in a world where reality is just too scary (even if that means their fantasy is gazing into the eyes of drug addiction, rape, and murder ... but it's all good, as long as it's dressed up like a vampire.) This is brilliant and brutal, Mr. Hall ... Kudos! (less)
Denver author and Marine, Carron Barrella, has served her country as a Military Policeman (5811), a member of the Women Marines Association, as well as working with numerous veterans’ organizations. So when the opportunity arose to write a book about fellow Marines, and friends, from WWII, she took up the challenge with strength, heart, and an amazingly fresh perspective. Even now, serving her country with honor, charm, and grace, Barrella’s contribution in everlasting script is this homage to the greatest generation by retelling these men’s stories with respect and consideration.
“More Than 36 Days Four Ordinary Men Face Extraordinary Circumstances” (ISBN-13: 978-0983572800, Publisher: Carron Barrella; 1ST edition (2011), available on Amazon,) is not your typical book on war, it’s a book about the men who found themselves fighting for their country; and the time they spent in battle on Iwo Jima (more than 36 days). Don Whipple (born: August 31, 1925), Joe Weinmeier (born: June 26, 1926), Max Brown (born: September 19, 1922), and Jim Blane (born: November 18, 1924), grew up immersed in a country that was no stranger to strife. Even in the midst of the great depression, these four men, from diverse backgrounds, all answered the call to duty, and proudly served their country as Marines.
Okay, as one of the formatters, I was given the extra special opportunity to read all of the stories before release, even before the other authors (wi...moreOkay, as one of the formatters, I was given the extra special opportunity to read all of the stories before release, even before the other authors (with the exception of the Marvelous Ms. Jennifer L. Miller)... And I have to say this is one of the funnest anthologies I've ever read. Aside from the amazing writing styles (and the variety of styles is spectacular), this book delves deep into just how varied and speculative the Horror genre can be. Love monsters, suspense, psychological screwiness, dark satire, poetry, titillating bits of yummy (and/or icky) naughtiness? I'd recommend giving it a look see... you won't be disappointed.
** Taken from the Publisher's foreword: "I can’t thank the writers involved in this anthology enough (and I have, repeatedly, ask them). They have essentially donated not only their work, but their time and dedication to make this anthology simply amazing. Remember, all the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. All the work in this volume was lovingly written for that cause.
In your hands you hold some fantastic stories. There is poetry, flash fiction, short stories and long stories. There are ghosts, werewolves, vampires, zombies, and much, much more. Some will scare you, some will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but they are all, each and every one, remarkable."(less)
In Colorado, we design Halloween costumes around long johns and heavy coats, seasonal fashion statements around woolen socks and winter boots, and hairstyles that fit nicely under a stocking cap. All year long, our cars have ski racks on the roof, bike racks on the back, and closets full of clothes for every season … because we can see every season in one day. Like any good novel, the weather here has its own absurd and mesmerizing character development: loved, respected, hated, and even cursed, we rarely allow her mood swings to deter us from enjoying her beauty and fresh air.
Winter here can be exhilarating, peaceful, dangerous, and breathtaking. Whether you like to ski or snowboard, relax by a cozy fire with a thrilling book in hand, shop, enjoy a local event in one of our resort towns, or trek through gorgeous terrain, Colorado’s frostier months are certain to beguile the senses. At altitude, the air becomes crisp, glistening with miniscule ice crystals. Sheer mountain bluffs are buried in powder, soft as sifted sugar. The trees wear winter white, and catch sunlight in the many icicles that decorate their branches. Trickling down between the boulders and dripping off boughs, water perpetually whispers of thaw. The most profound experience of winter in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is simply watching them be, and no one captures that better than John Fielder though his camera's lens.
Colorado wilderness conservationist, John Fielder, has traveled all over the state, taking enough pictures over the past 30 years to fill and publish 33 books. One of the most spectacular books in the collection, ‘A Colorado Winter’, spotlights the grandeur of the Rockies in winter. Skiing through Colorado’s backcountry, five to nine miles a day in order to make it from one remote mountain cabin to another, Fielder brings back views of a seldom seen Colorado. Aside from purchasing the book for yourself, you can stop by John Fielder’s Colorado gallery in Downtown Denver and find the perfect photograph for your living room wall. Or, you can plan your own 'seldom seen' winter escape with, John Fielder's Best of Colorado (2nd Edition), and The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas. (less)
"Outsider" by W. Freedreamer Tinkanesh, provides a fascinating ride through the minds of multiple abstract characters, and their interactions with one...more"Outsider" by W. Freedreamer Tinkanesh, provides a fascinating ride through the minds of multiple abstract characters, and their interactions with one another. Although, at times the characters' stray thoughts and actions are fierce, even terrifying, the penetrating glimpses into the world of alternative lifestyles and beautifully constructed obsessions make the story impossible to put down ... no matter how horrified the reader may be. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the world of 'so called' aberrant behaviours and desires; but beware, Tinkanesh, will take you to a place, where you will ultimately identify with her characters ... in ways that you never expected.(less)
What a fun little bit of scribe scribbles! Short stories for every genre ... Maria Savva puts a new definition to speculative, romantic fiction with t...moreWhat a fun little bit of scribe scribbles! Short stories for every genre ... Maria Savva puts a new definition to speculative, romantic fiction with this lovely little anthology!(less)