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1. Graham Norton Laid Bare (Large Print 16pt) - Alison Bowyer

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Since being spotted on Channel 5, Graham Norton's career has gone from strength to strength. His unique blend of camp comedy, cosy chattiness, and brilliant bitchiness has earned Graham a place in the nation's hearts. Warm and witty with a wicked sense of humour, Graham Norton can attract just about any of the big names onto his show for a natter and a laugh. Yet not too much is known about his private life, and so biographer and journalist Alison Bowyer travelled to his native Ireland, where she talked to friends and relatives to discover more. Packed with revealing interviews with friends, lovers and associates and fully up - to - date, ''Graham Norton - Laid Bare'' is a fascinating picture of this irrepressibly likeable man.

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2. Cosi Insight Text Guide (Large Print 16pt) - Anica Boulanger-Mashberg

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Cosi is designed to help secondary English students understand and analyse the text. This comprehensive study guide to Louis Nowra's play contains detailed character and chapter analysis and explores genre, structure, themes and language. Essay questions and sample answers help to prepare students for creating written responses to the text.

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3. Down the Tube The Diary of My Week in TV Hell. 200 Channels. No Escape. (Large Print 16pt) - Bill Brownstein

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A couch potato's downward spiral. Imagine yourself at home on your couch, contractually obligated to remain in front of your satellite - rigged television for a period of seven days, at the end of which you will produce a funny but penetrating account of your journey - a virtual one - through the strange and culturally revealing landscape of the 200 - channel universe. Bill Brownstein did just that and Down the Tube is his hilarious survival guide, complete with the expert testimony of a psychologist who kept tabs on the couch potato's mental state. The author of the riotous Sex Carnival charts his week on the couch in this latest odyssey with a cynical eye and relentless wit. Brownstein meditates on such important questions as: Should Pamela Anderson sue the doctor who botched her breast reduction? Are those people on Springer for real? Hey, do they still play reruns of The Waltons? Nobody is immune to Brownstein's wry wit, not even big - name celebrities like Oprah, Regis, and Jerry Seinfeld.

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4. Anyone Who Had a Heart LP - Burt Bacharach

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5. Elton The Biography (Large Print 16pt) - David Buckley

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One of music's true global superstars and most admired figures, Elton John has sold over an estimated 200 million albums worldwide to date, but is loved as much for his outrageous personality and witty outspokenness as for his music. Drawing on many first - hand interviews with his associates and musical collaborators, alongside exhaustive secondary research, this page - turning story of high drama and prodigious, enduring talent provides a fascinating and revealing portrait of the Queen Mum of Pop, and offers a new perspective on this extraordinary man.

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6. Don't Stop Believin' The Unofficial Guide to Glee (Large Print 16pt) - Erin Balser

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The kids in McKinley High School's glee club, New Directions, might not be the most popular, but Gleeis unquestionably a runaway hit. Since its premiere in May 2009, Glee has exploded as one of the most popular hours on TV, earning an astounding 19 Emmy nominations in its first season. In addition to the show's staggering success, Glee's songs have been heating up the music charts, with 25 tracks on the 2009 hot 100 list, a hit - rate topped only by the Beatles when they had 31 hits in 1964.Don't Stop Believin' pays tribute to the glorious mash - up of music, comedy, drama and social commentary that has put Glee and its band of misfits in the spotlight. Written by gleeks extraordinaire Erin Balser and Suzanne Gardner, the book is jam - packed with:
an in - depth episode - by - episode exploration of the show, focusing on themes, storylines and main characters
all the details on the hit songs in every episode, behind - the - scenes happenings and the show's entertainment and cultural references
exclusive interviews with Glee actors including Stephen Tobolowsky (Sandy Ryerson), Heather Morris (Brittany), and Ken Avenido (Howard Bamboo)
personal stories from fellow gleeks about what the show means to them
biographies of the principal players and guest stars
the story of the making of Glee and how it was brought to life by creator Ryan Murphy
fun and informative sidebars
terrific on - and off - set photos of the cast
Capturing all the highs and lows of this ground - breaking series, Don't Stop Believin' is a show - stopping guide to Glee's journey - the perfect companion for fans who demand an encore once the curtain falls.

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7. Beyond the Red Carpet The World of Entertainment Journalists (Large Print 16pt) - Francine Brokaw

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Ever wonder what really goes on behind the scenes of the Oscars? Want to know which actors are funny and which ones are just plain boring? What is it like to interview Madonna, Robin Williams, and Pierce Brosnan? All of these questions (and many more) are answered by veteran entertainment journalist Francine Brokaw. With a delightful mixture of wit and honesty, Francine gives readers an uncensored view of life as an entertainment journalist. In addition to her own perspective, Francine's colleagues across the country weigh in on questions like... What is the best swag you've ever received? What is the most memorable interview you've ever conducted? Have you ever had to interview someone rude? Perfect for a weekend read or as a companion text to an introductory course in mass media, Beyond the Red Carpet is an informative and entertaining book that covers every aspect of the business of entertainment journalism.

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8. The Colorful Apocalypse Journeys in Outsider Art (Large Print 16pt) - Greg Bottoms

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The Reverend Howard Finster was twenty feet tall, suspended in darkness. Or so he appeared in the documentary film that introduced a teenaged Greg Bottoms to the renowned outsider artist whose death would help inspire him, fourteen years later, to travel the country. Beginning in Georgia with a trip to Finster's famous Paradise Gardens, his journey-of which The Colorful Apocalypse is a masterly chronicle-is an unparalleled look into the lives and visionary works of some of Finster's contemporaries: the self-taught evangelical artists whose beliefs and oeuvres occupy the gray area between madness and Christian ecstasy.With his prodigious gift for conversation and quietly observant storytelling, Bottoms draws us into the worlds of such figures as William Thomas Thompson, a handicapped ex-millionaire who painted a 300-foot version of the book of Revelation; Norbert Kox, an ex-member of the Outlaws biker gang who now lives as a recluse in rural Wisconsin and paints apocalyptic visual parables; and Myrtice West, who began painting to express the revelatory visions she had after her daughter was brutally murdered. These artists' works are as wildly varied as their life stories, but without sensationalizing or patronizing them, Bottoms-one of today's finest young writers-gets at the heart of what they have in common: the struggle to make sense, through art, of their difficult personal histories.In doing so, he weaves a true narrative as powerful as the art of its subjects, a work that is at once an enthralling travelogue, a series of revealing biographical portraits, and a profound meditation on the chaos of despair and the ways in which creativity can help order our lives.

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9. The Lord of the Films The Unofficial Guide to Tolkien's Middle-Earth on the Big Screen (Large Print 16pt) - J. W. Braun

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First popularized in Tolkien's classic and bestselling series, The Lord of The Rings has garnered millions of fans around the world. The stunning film trilogy by Peter Jackson was groundbreaking, beautiful, and, as expected, hugely successful. The Lord of the Films is a unique scene - by - scene guide to all of the Lord of the Rings movies, with lots of games, puzzles, and interviews with the filmmakers tossed in.
In this book, each scene in each movie is tackled on four different fronts: a closer look at the plot and the action, a look behind the scenes, a reveal of mistakes that slipped through, and audiences' reactions. In addition to the famous live - action trilogy, other related films (such as the animated animated adaptations) are covered as well.
As an added bonus, the author reveals details about the prequel films currently in production and due out in theatres in 2011 and 2012.
After reading this book, fans will feel like they're watching The Lord of the Rings for the first time all over again!

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10. Rick Rubin In the Studio (Large Print 16pt) - Jake Brown

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There is no greater enigma than Rick Rubin working in record production today. As mysterious personally as the Buddhist religion he practices, Rubin has made one thing crystal clear: the records he produces are sonically and stylistically beyond reproach. MTV has called Rubin ''the most important producer of the last 20 years,'' while Rolling Stone ventured even further, deeming Rubin the most successful ''of any genre.'' Without a niche, Rubin has taken greater risks than any producer in the record industry over the past quarter century. Pushing his artists into new territory has garnered Rubin seven Grammys, including Producer of the Year in 2007, and made him the most in - demand record producer working today. Now for the first time, Rick Rubin: In the Studio offers the behind - the - scenes stories of how Rubin created hit albums with such diverse legends as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run DMC, Johnny Cash, the Beastie Boys, Audioslave, Tom Petty, Metallica, Danzig, Slayer, LL Cool J, The Cult, Weezer, the Dixie Chicks, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine, Jay Z, Neil Diamond, Sheryl Crow, and Slipknot. This book chronicles his meteoric rise, from his early days as DJ Double R in the early '80s, founding and running Def Jam Records alongside Russell Simmons from an NYU dorm room, discovering and producing the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, to his transition in the early '90s into a successful independent record executive, signing and producing the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Cash, to his role as the most influential producer of all time (currently as the co - head of Columbia Records), and his continued successes with rock/metal supergroups Audioslave, Linkin Park, and Metallica. This in - depth look at the life and times of Rick Rubin - in the studio and beyond - is a must - have for any music fan.

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11. Tori Amos In the Studio (Large Print 16pt) - Jake Brown

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Featuring exclusive interviews with people who worked alongside Tori Amos in the studio - one of her producers, sound engineers, and backing band members - as well as in - depth research into the singer herself, Tori Amos: In the Studio explores this groundbreaking artist's career album by album. From a child prodigy pianist to her first band, her breakthrough album as a solo artist to her prolific years of recording and touring, Tori Amos has refused to play by the rules of the recording industry and instead fearlessly forged her own path and musical identity.
Amos achieved note early in her career by being one of the few alternative rock performers to use a piano for a primary instrument. Known for her emotionally intense songs that cover a wide range of subjects including sexuality, religion, and personal tragedy, Amos has sold over 12 million albums worldwide, and seven of her studio albums have debuted in the top ten on Billboard's Top 200 chart. In this book, Jake Brown goes behind the music to reveal Tori Amos's artistic process of creating 11 studio albums - from Little Earthquakes to Midwinter Graces - beloved by her devoted fan base and praised by music critics.
This is the third title in ECW's In the Studio series by music journalist Jake Brown. Other subjects of the series include Heart and producer Rick Rubin.

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12. Starmaker Life as a Hollywood Publicist with Farrah, the Rat Pack and 600 More Stars Who Fired Me (Large Print 16pt) - Jay Bernstein, David Rubini, Larry Cortez Hamm

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His women were tens, his guns were .38s, and his collection of jewel - encrusted walking canes numbered in the hundreds. For nearly 50 years, Jay Bernstein was a Hollywood fixture, owning one of the most powerful PR firms in Hollywood, making stars of Farrah Fawcett and Suzanne Somers, and producing dozens of television films and series. Future Hollywood insider Jay Bernstein was born outside - way outside - Tinseltown, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on June 7, 1937. But Bernstein, helped by his pals the Rat Pack, eventually found his way from the mailrooms of Hollywood to owning a top agency that represented over 600 A - List stars in the '60s and '70s. Bernstein's creative PR stunts made him as famous as his clients, such as paying women to throw hotel keys at Tom Jones and having Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart's legs insured by Lloyd's of London for one million dollars. Bernstein died, with Farrah Fawcett by his side, in 2006 after suffering a stroke. Starmaker is Bernstein's own behind - the - scenes look at his life - the life of an outrageous Hollywood personality, and the stars who surrounded him. It is a true Hollywood memoir, written in Bernstein's voice by his closest confidante Larry Cortez Hamm.

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13. Pigs Might Fly The Inside Story of Pink Floyd (Large Print 16pt) - Mark Blake

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Interest in Pink Floyd remains as intense as ever even 40 years after the release of Dark Side of the Moon, with lavish box - sets collecting demos and out - takes, and Roger Waters' world tours of The Wall playing to packed stadiums. Now, Mark Blake's superbly comprehensive and engrossing history of the group, rightly acclaimed as the definitive book on the band, has been fully revised and extended with new interviews to bring the story up to date with the recent appearances of David Gilmour and Nick Mason with Roger Waters at a London date on his The Wall tour.

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14. Have Not Been the Same The Canrock Renaissance 1985-1995 (Large Print 16pt) - Michael Barclay, Jason Schneider, Ian A. D. Jack

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Published in autumn 2001, Have Not Been the Same became the first book to comprehensively document the rise of Canadian underground rock between the years 1985 and 1995. It was a tumultuous decade that saw the arrival of Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, Sarah McLachlan, Sloan, Barenaked Ladies, Daniel Lanois, and many others who made an indelible mark not only on Canadian culture, but on the global stage as well. Have Not Been the Same tells all of their stories in rich detail through extensive first - person interviews, while at the same time capturing the spirit of Canada's homegrown music industry on the cusp of the digital age.
Ten years on, the 780 - page book is still regarded by critics and musicians as the definitive history of the era. To mark this milestone, the authors have updated many key areas of the book through new interviews, further illuminating the ongoing influence of this generation of artists. And with its treasure trove of rare photos intact, this revised edition of Have Not Been the Same is sure to maintain the book's status as one of the seminal works in the field of Canadian music writing, and a must - read for any Canadian music fan.

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15. Have Not Been The Same The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995 (Large Print 16pt) - Michael Barclay, Jason Schneider, Ian A. D. Jack

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Published in autumn 2001, Have Not Been the Same became the first book to comprehensively document the rise of Canadian underground rock between the years 1985 and 1995. It was a tumultuous decade that saw the arrival of Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, Sarah McLachlan, Sloan, Barenaked Ladies, Daniel Lanois, and many others who made an indelible mark not only on Canadian culture, but on the global stage as well. Have Not Been the Same tells all of their stories in rich detail through extensive first - person interviews, while at the same time capturing the spirit of Canada's homegrown music industry on the cusp of the digital age.
Ten years on, the 780 - page book is still regarded by critics and musicians as the definitive history of the era. To mark this milestone, the authors have updated many key areas of the book through new interviews, further illuminating the ongoing influence of this generation of artists. And with its treasure trove of rare photos intact, this revised edition of Have Not Been the Same is sure to maintain the book's status as one of the seminal works in the field of Canadian music writing, and a must - read for any Canadian music fan.

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16. The Soul of It All - Michael Bolton

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17. The Rebirth Of Suzzan Blac (Large Print 16pt) - Suzzan Blac Blac

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Suzzan Blac s early years were the stuff of the darkest nightmares: abject poverty and spirit-crushing abuse. The monster in her house was hardly imaginary, but her very real mother. In her tough urban neighborhood, even school did not offer a safe haven merely institutionalized mayhem. The only solace and release for Suzzan was in the art that allowed her to express her anguish: surreal drawings of monsters crying red tears. But the intensity of her drawings was too stark for those around her and so she suppressed her expression then stopped altogether. Adolescence brought a harrowing coercion into the horrific world of the sex trade where she was held prisoner. She escaped, but spiraled into depression. Eventual marriage to a kind man brought her the greatest joy two beautiful children and a sense of normalcy for the first time in her life. But the long buried memories of her past kept her an emotional hostage. She realized that to free herself and truly heal, she needed to release them in the best way she knew how through art. And so she began to paint 42 stunning, graphic pieces, done over four years, capturing the raw, unvarnished truth of a child neglected by those who were supposed to protect her. It would be a decade before she could summon the courage to show the artwork to anyone. When she did, she realized that bringing the paintings to light, enabled other victims to speak up and seek help. Not surprisingly, international acclaim has followed: her art is shown in galleries around the world. This spellbinding book is ultimately an inspirational story of resilience, healing and the power of unconditional love.

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18. John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me - Tony Barrow

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This is not merely a biography of The Beatles but a unique memoir by a Liverpool - born author who knew John, Paul, George and Ringo as friends throughout the height of their fame. As The Beatles' Press Officer, he worked within the group's closest circle for six breakneck years during the Beatlemania era of the Sixties. Few were closer to The Beatles than Tony Barrow, and in this highly acclaimed book, he holds a mirror up to the Fab Four and offers his own insider's perspective on that four - way dynamic that spawned the greatest pop group the world has ever seen.

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19. A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930-1960 - Jeanine Basinger

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20. The Trials And Triumphs Of Les Dawson (Large Print 16pt) - Louis Barfe

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Les Dawson was a Northern lad who climbed out of the slums thanks to an uncommonly brilliant mind. Married twice in real life, he had a third wife in his comic world - a fictional ogre built from spare parts left by fleeing Nazis at the end of World War II - and an equally frightening mother - in - law. He was down to earth, yet given to eloquent, absurd flights of fancy. He was endlessly generous with his time, but slow to buy a round of drinks. He was a mass of contradictions. In short, he was human, he was genuine, and that's why audiences loved him.

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