Selling Nostalgia

As with so many members of his generation, down-on-his-luck writer-filmmaker Milton Siegel has what some might call an unhealthy fixation on the TV shows, movies, books, music, and celebrities from his childhood that spanned the 1980s and 1990s. Unlike many of his generation, Milt has spent most of his life as an adult (so to speak) chronicling this same pop culture of his youth. Hey, it's a living...sometimes.After quitting his job at a regional newspaper (or after having been fired, depending on who you ask), Milt finds himself on what becomes a quixotic quest to promote his latest pop culture history project around the country over one progressively insane and hilarious month. Throughout his many misadventures to come, Milt must contend with: a horde of salivating manic nerds, an inexplicable rash of natural disasters, clickbait-concocting media pundits, overly ambitious pseudo-celebrities, bafflingly incompetent event coordinators, a desperately hemorrhaging bank...
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Becoming Dr. Seuss

The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. SeussDr. Seuss is a classic American icon. His work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. More than twenty-five years after his death, his books continue to find new readers, now grossing over half a billion dollars in sales. His whimsical illustrations and silly, simple rhymes are timeless favorites because, quite simply, he makes us laugh. Theodor Geisel, however, led a life that goes much deeper than the prolific and beloved children's book author. In fact, the allure and fascination of Dr. Seuss begins with this second, more radical side. He had a successful career as a political cartoonist, and his political leanings can be felt throughout his books—remember the environmentalist of The Lorax? Geisel was a complicated man, who introduced generations to the wonders of reading while teaching young people about empathy and how to treat others well. Coming right...
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Golden Girls Forever

The complete, first-ever Golden Girls retrospective, packed with hundreds of exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes and never-before-revealed stories, more than seventy color and black-and-white photos, commentary, and more.They were four women of a certain age, living together under one roof in Miami—smart and strong Dorothy, airhead Rose, man-hungry belle Blanche, and smart-mouthed matriarch Sophia. They were the Golden Girls, and for six seasons, this hilarious quartet enchanted millions of viewers with their witty banter, verve, sass, and love, and reaffirmed the power of friendship and family.Nearly twenty-five years after it first aired, The Golden Girls has become a cult classic, thanks to fan fiction, arts and crafts, podcasts, hundreds of fan blogs and websites, and syndication. Now, Golden Girls Forever pays homage to this wildly popular, acclaimed, and award-winning sitcom. Drawing on interviews with the show's creators, actors, guest stars,...
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Home Alone for Christmas

New York Single Mom April Sommers finds herself home alone for Christmas when her college-age daughter spends the holiday with her boyfriend. She heads to the supermarket for some Christmas Cheer, when what to her wondering eyes appears than the man of her dreams.
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Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age

SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age tells the surprisingly complex, wonderfully nostalgic, and impressively compelling story of how Nickelodeon -- the First Kids' Network -- began as a DIY startup in the late 70s, and forged ahead through the early eighties with a tiny band of young artists and filmmakers who would go on to change everything about cable television, television in general, animation, and children's entertainment, proving just what can be done if the indie spirit is kept alive in the corporate world of contemporary media... All from those who made it happen!**
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Nemesis

John Purkiss, the Ratcatcher, returns in book six of the bestselling spy thriller series In a remote location on the Scottish coast, a prisoner exchange is taking place in the dead of night. An exchange so secret and so politically sensitive that only a handful of people know about it. The exchange is sabotaged in an armed attack, and both prisoners disappear. One is a Russian professor of physics. The other is one of Britain’s most notorious captives. A traitor who, almost three years earlier, came close to triggering war between Russia and NATO. His name is Richard Rossiter. John Purkiss is sent to hunt Rossiter down. For him, the mission has a personal element. Rossiter corrupted Purkiss’s fiancee, Claire, more than half a decade earlier. And he was instrumental in her death. Once before, Purkiss spared Rossiter’s life. This time he won’t make the same mistake. Purkiss finds himself in an uneasy alliance with a CIA agent and a Russian FSB operative, neither of whose motives he can fully trust. As they close in on Rossiter, it becomes clear that his escape was made possible only by leaked information from an insider. And that Rossiter’s intentions will, once again, have catastrophic consequences for the world. By turns harrowing, shocking and fraught with nerve-shredding suspense, NEMESIS is the latest and most thrilling novel in the John Purkiss series. Praise for the John Purkiss novels by Tim Stevens * "Superb spy thriller...The prose is so vivid you can almost feel the action as it takes place..." - Jeremy Duns, author of The Dark Chronicles * "A high octane, fast-paced spy thriller... superb and captivating story... a great, heart-pounding read!" James Masters, Goodreads reviewer * "[J]oins Lee Child, David Baldacci and John D. MacDonald on my list of great spinners of thrillers." Edward F. Corbin, Amazon reviewer * “This innovative thinking man’s thriller will become a classic...” D. V. Kokkinos, Amazon reviewer * "A classic page-turner... I consider Stevens one of the best writers of spy thrillers working today." - William E. Wallace, Amazon reviewer * "Outstanding spy thriller...The action is fabulous, well worthy of a blockbuster movie." - Jackie, Amazon reviewer * "The story... was riveting...[T]he ending was very surprising and one I truly did not expect." - RAC, Amazon reviewer * "An amazing tale... twists, turns and leaves you breathless... A fabulous read" - Darren Oliver-Jones, Amazon reviewer * "Excellent plot, deep character development, unanticipated twist, high paced action. What more could the reader ask?" - Preston Cox, Amazon reviewer * "[T]he new master of the genre." Fly Guy, Amazon reviewer
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Jokerman

On a summer’s morning in the leafy, well-to-do English county of Surrey, the Home Secretary is conducting a highly secret meeting with a member of MI5, the British Security Service. A sniper takes aim, hits his target, and a chain of events is set in motion that will have momentous repercussions.John Purkiss is tasked with hunting down rogue spies within SIS, Britain’s overseas intelligence service. So when he’s asked to investigate an assassination suspected to have been the work of an agent within MI5, he refuses. The Security Service can catch its own rats.Then Purkiss is subject to a violent attack in his own home, an attack which leaves his closest friend near to death. And suddenly he has a personal reason for becoming involved.Gradually his pursuit of the truth exposes a tortuous conspiracy which reaches deep into the very heart of British counterintelligence and the body politic. Forced to enlist the help of an old enemy, a man he’d sworn to kill, and in an atmosphere of increasing paranoia and distrust, Purkiss finds himself doubting the motives of the very people closest to him, as he nears the final, climactic showdown with the killer known as the Jokerman...
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The Worlds of Farscape

Reversing a common science fiction cliche, Farscape follows the adventures of the human astronaut John Crichton after he is shot through a wormhole into another part of the universe. Here Crichton is the only human being, going from being a member of the most intelligent species on our planet to being frequently considered mentally deficient by the beings he encounters in his new environment. Crichton befriends a group of beings from various species attempting to escape from imprisonment aboard a living spaceship. The series, which broke many of the so-called "rules" of science fiction, follows Crichton's attempts to survive in worlds that are often hostile to him and his friends. Their adventures center on each being's attempt to find a way home. The essays in this volume explore themes running throughout the series, such as good and evil, love and sex, and what it means to be a hero, as well as the various characters populating the series, including the villains and even the...
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Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey

E. L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy has fascinated and seduced millions of readers. In bedrooms, in book clubs, and in the media, people can’t stop talking about it!In Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, 50 writers—from romance and erotica authors, to real-world BDSM practitioners, to adult entertainment industry professionals—continue the conversation.Fifty Shades as Erotic FictionErotic romance writer Sylvia Day speaks to the new opportunities the Fifty Shades trilogy has opened up for writers (and readers!) of eroticaFifty Shades as Sexual EmpowermentRomance novelist Heather Graham praises the way the books encourage women to celebrate their own sexual shades of greyFifty Shades as FanfictionEditor Tish Beaty relates the process behind turning Twilight fanfic Master of the Universe into Fifty Shades of GreyFifty Shades as Pop CultureFifty Shames of Earl Grey author Andrew...
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Rules of the Game

If you want to play the Game, you've got to know the Rules.In his international bestseller The Game, Neil Strauss delved into the secret world of pickup artists—men who have made a science out of the art of seduction. Now, in this bestselling companion book, Strauss breaks down the knowledge he learned and techniques he invented into simple step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow to have success with women. This expanded one-volume edition of Rules of the Game includes a new preface and a whole new book of powerful, field-tested word-for-word routines, published here for the first time. You don't need money, looks, or fame to succeed with women. All you need is an understanding of how attraction works—and this thirty-day workout program for your social skills, which has already guided tens of thousands of men from frustration to fulfillment.
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