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The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together

Ty Burr

The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together by Ty BurrIf a child can watch Barney, can't that same child also enjoy watching Charlie Chaplin or the Marx Brothers? And as they get older, wouldn't they grow to like screwball comedies (His Girl Friday), women's weepies (Imitation of Life), and westerns (The Searchers)?

The answer is that they'll follow because they'll have learned that 'old' does not necessarily mean 'next channel, please.'

Here is an impassioned and eminently readable guide that introduces the delights of the golden age of movies. Ty Burr has come up with a winning prescription for children brought up on Hollywood junk food.

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The Actor's Art and Craft

William Esper

The Actor's Art and Craft by William EsperWilliam Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor.

Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds a solid foundation of acting skills from the ground up, and that is flexible enough to be applied to any challenge an actor faces, from soap operas to Shakespeare. Co-writer Damon DiMarco, a former student...

2008 / 12 / 13
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The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy

Stewart O'Nan

The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy by Stewart O'NanThe acclaimed author of A Prayer for the Dying brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of tragedy and heroism - the great Hartford circus fire of 1944.

Halfway through a midsummer afternoon performance, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus's big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control, and more than 8,000 people were trapped inside. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, O'Nan skillfully re-creates the horrific events and illuminates the psychological oddities of human...

2008 / 12 / 13
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From Midnight to Dawn: The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad

Jacqueline L. Tobin

From Midnight to Dawn: The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad by Jacqueline L. TobinFrom Midnight to Dawn presents compelling portraits of the men and women who established the Underground Railroad and traveled it to find new lives in Canada. Evoking the turmoil and controversies of the time, Tobin illuminates the historic events that forever connected American and Canadian history by giving us the true stories behind well-known figures such as Harriet Tubman and John Brown. She also profiles lesser-known but equally heroic figures such as Mary Ann Shadd, who became the first black female newspaper editor in North America, and Osborne Perry Anderson, the only black survivor...
2008 / 12 / 13
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I Saw Ramallah

Mourid Barghouti

I Saw Ramallah by Mourid BarghoutiWinner of the prestigious Naguib Mahfouz Medal, this fierce and moving work is an unparalleled rendering of the human aspects of the Palestinian predicament.

Barred from his homeland after 1967's Six-Day War, the poet Mourid Barghouti spent thirty years in exile - shuttling among the world's cities, yet secure in none of them; separated from his family for years at a time; never certain whether he was a visitor, a refugee, a citizen, or a guest. As he returns home for the first time since the Israeli occupation, Barghouti crosses a wooden bridge over the Jordan River into Ramallah and is unable...

2008 / 12 / 13
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A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII

Sarah Helm

A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII by Sarah HelmFrom an award-winning journalist comes this real-life cloak-and-dagger tale of Vera Atkins, one of Britain's premiere secret agents during World War II.

As the head of the French Section of the British Special Operations Executive, Vera Atkins recruited, trained, and mentored special operatives whose job was to organize and arm the resistance in Nazi-occupied France. After the war, Atkins courageously committed herself to a dangerous search for twelve of her most cherished women spies who had gone missing in action. Drawing on previously unavailable sources, Sarah Helm chronicles Atkins's extraordinary...

2008 / 12 / 13
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Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King

Antonia Fraser

Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King by Antonia FraserLouis XIV, the highly-feted 'Sun King', was renowned for his political and cultural influence and for raising France to a new level of prominence in seventeenth-century Europe. And yet, as Antonia Fraser keenly describes, he was equally legendary in the domestic sphere. Indeed, a panoply of women - his wife Anne; mistresses such as Louise de la Vallière, Athénaïs de Montespan, and the puritanical Madame de Maintenon; and an array of courtesans - moved in and out of the court. The highly visible presence of these women raises many questions about their position in both Louis XIV's life and...
2008 / 12 / 13
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Feather in the Storm

Emily Wu

Feather in the Storm by Emily WuEmily WuÂ's account of her childhood under Mao opens on her third birthday, as she meets her father for the first time in a concentration camp. A well-known academic, her father had been designated an Â"ultra-rightistÂ" and class enemy. As a result, WuÂ's family would be torn apart and subjected to unending humiliation and abuse. Wu recounts this hidden holocaust in which millions of children and their families died. Feather in the Storm is an unforgettable story of the courage of one child in a quicksand world of endless ter
2009 / 3 / 28
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How to Make Black America Better

Tavis Smiley

How to Make Black America Better by Tavis SmileyOne of America's most celebrated and respected commentators, BET talk-show host Tavis Smiley brings together the voices of countless widely admired African Americans in a rich, provocative, and solutions-oriented exploration of the challenges facing Black America. How to Make Black America Better opens with Tavis Smiley's twelve "challenges" to the African American community. Among the issues that Smiley addresses are getting Black Americans to "think Black first," insisting that Black Americans-including those in entertainment and the media-consider the consequences of their actions with regard...
2009 / 4 / 27
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The Whole Woman

Germaine Greer

The Whole Woman by Germaine GreerThirty years after the publication of The Female Eunuch, Germaine Greer is back with the sequel she vowed never to write. "A marvelous performance--. No feminist writer can match her for eloquence or energy; none makes [us] laugh the way she does."--The Washington Post In this thoroughly engaging new book, the fervent, rollicking, straight-shooting Greer, is, as ever, "the ultimate agent provocateur" (Mirabella).  With passionate rhetoric, outrageous humor, and the authority of a lifetime of thought and observation, she trains a sharp eye on the issues women face at the turn of the century....
2009 / 4 / 27
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Letters to a Young Artist

Anna Deavere Smith

Letters to a Young Artist by Anna Deavere SmithFrom the most exciting individual in American theaterÂ" (Newsweek), here is Anna Deavere SmithÂ's brass tacks advice to aspiring artists of all stripes. In vividly anecdotal letters to the young BZ, she addresses the full spectrum of issues that people starting out will face: from questions of confidence, discipline, and self-esteem, to fame, failure, and fear, to staying healthy, presenting yourself effectively, building a diverse social and professional network, and using your art to promote social change. At once inspiring and no-nonsense, Letters to a Young Artist will challenge you, motivate...
2009 / 5 / 2
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The End of Blackness

Debra J. Dickerson

The End of Blackness by Debra J. DickersonDebra Dickerson pulls no punches in this electrifying manifesto. Outspoken journalist and author of the critically acclaimed memoir An American Story, she challenges black Americans to stop obsessing about racism and start focusing on problems they can fix. The way out of the ghetto, she asserts, is to take a good, hard look in the mirror. Get angry, Dickerson says, but use that anger to fuel excellence and civic participation rather than crime or drug addiction. Drawing richly on black history and thought, as well as her own hard-won wisdom, she urges blacks to let go of the past and claim...
2009 / 5 / 2
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The Brightening Glance

Ellen Handler Spitz

The Brightening Glance by Ellen Handler SpitzIn this remarkable book, Ellen Handler Spitz shows how to promote childrenÂ's creative and emotional growth by making the most of the unlimited possibilities of everyday experiences.

Through delightful anecdotes about real children and their treasures, bedrooms, play spaces, music, scary things, and birthday parties, The Brightening Glance will inspire you to create a life of wonder, inventiveness, and cultural enrichment for your child

2009 / 5 / 2
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Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste

Lester Bangs

Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste by Lester BangsBefore his untimely death in 1982, Lester Bangs was inarguably the most influential critic of rock and roll. Writing in hyper-intelligent Benzedrine prose that calls to mind Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson, he eschewed all conventional thinking as he discussed everything from Black Sabbath being the first truly Catholic band to Anne MurrayÂ's smoldering sexuality. In Mainlines, Blood Feasts, Bad Taste fellow rock critic John Morthland has compiled a companion volume to Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, the first, now classic collection of BangsÂ's work. Here are excerpts from an...
2009 / 5 / 2
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Waterfront

Phillip Lopate

Waterfront by Phillip LopateEast Side, West Side, from the Little Red Lighthouse to Battery Park City, the wonders of ManhattanÂ's waterfront are both celebrated and secret–hidden in plain sight. In his brilliant exploration of this defining yet neglected shoreline, personal essayist Philip Lopate also recovers a part of the cityÂ's soul. A native New Yorker, Lopate has embraced Manhattan by walking every inch of its perimeter, telling stories on the way of pirates (Captain Kidd) and power brokers (Robert Moses), the lowly shipworm and Typhoid Mary, public housing in Harlem and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge....
2009 / 5 / 2
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The Age of Gold

H. W. Brands

The Age of Gold by H. W. BrandsÂ"I have found it.Â" These words, uttered by the man who first discovered gold on the American River in 1848, triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. CaliforniaÂ's gold drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth. It accelerated AmericaÂ's imperial expansion and exacerbated the tensions that exploded in the Civil War. And, as H. W. Brands makes clear in this spellbinding book, the Gold Rush inspired a new American dream—the Â"dream of instant wealth, won by audacity and good luck.Â"Brands tells his epic story from multiple perspectives: of adventurers...
2009 / 5 / 2
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The Tyrannicide Brief

Geoffrey Robertson

The Tyrannicide Brief by Geoffrey RobertsonCharles I waged civil wars that cost one in ten Englishmen their lives. But in 1649 Parliament was hard put to find a lawyer with the skill and daring to prosecute a king who claimed to be above the law. In the end, they chose the radical lawyer John Cooke, whose Puritan conscience, political vision, and love of civil liberties gave him the courage to bring the king to trial. As a result, Charles I was beheaded, but eleven years later Cooke himself was arrested, tried, and executed at the hands of Charles II.Geoffrey Robertson, a renowned human rights lawyer, provides a vivid new reading of...
2009 / 5 / 2
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Unbowed

Wangari Maathai

Unbowed by Wangari MaathaiIn Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor peopleÂ's environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through run-ins with the Kenyan government and personal losses, and jailed and beaten on numerous occasions, Maathai continued to fight tirelessly to save KenyaÂ's forests and to restore democracy to her beloved country. Infused with her unique luminosity of spirit, Wangari...
2009 / 5 / 10
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The Book of Firsts: 150 World-Changing People and Events, from Caesar Augustus to the Internet

Peter D'Epiro

The Book of Firsts: 150 World-Changing People and Events, from Caesar Augustus to the Internet by Peter D'EpiroPeter D'Epiro received a B.A. and M.A. from Queens College and his Ph.

D. in English from Yale University. He has taught English at the secondary and college levels and worked as an editor and writer for thirty years. He has written (with Mary Desmon

2010 / 3 / 9
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Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter

Thomas Cahill

Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas CahillIn the fourth volume of the acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill brings his characteristic wit and style to a fascinating tour of ancient Greece.
The Greeks invented everything from Western warfare to mystical prayer, from logic to statecraft. Many of their achievements, particularly in art and philosophy, are widely celebrated; other important innovations and accomplishments, however, are unknown or underappreciated. In Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Thomas Cahill explores the legacy, good and bad, of the ancient Greeks. From the origins of Greek culture in the migrations of armed Indo-European...
2010 / 5 / 13
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