My Trip Down the Pink Carpet

My Trip Down the Pink Carpet
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Author: Leslie Jordan
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781416960782
Release: 2008-06-03
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A hilarious romp from small-town USA to the pink carpet of Hollywood with the beloved Emmy Award–winning actor, playwright, popular and laugh-out-loud funny Instagram icon, and gay legend. Leslie Jordan is a small man with a giant propensity for scene stealing. Best known for his bravura recurring role as Karen’s nemesis, Beverley Leslie, on Will & Grace (for which he won a Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy in 2006), he has also made memorable appearances on Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Monk, and Murphy Brown. Raised in a conservative family in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Leslie—who describes himself as “the gayest man I know”—boarded a Greyhound bus bound for LA with $1,200 sewn into his underpants and never looked back. His pocket-sized physique and inescapable talent for high camp paved the way to a lucrative and varied career in commercials and on television. Along the way he immersed himself in writing for the stage, and his one-man testimonials have become cult off-Broadway hits. But with success came dangerous temptations: a self-proclaimed former substance abuser and sexaholic, Leslie has spent time in jail and struggled to overcome his addictions and self-loathing. My Trip Down the Pink Carpet is a rollicking, fast-paced collection of stories, served up with wit, panache, and plenty of biting asides. Filled with comically overwrought childhood agonies, offbeat observations, and revealing celebrity encounters—from Boy George to George Clooney—it delivers a fresh, laugh-out-loud take on Hollywood, fame, addiction, gay culture, and learning to love oneself.

My Trip Down the Pink Carpet

My Trip Down the Pink Carpet
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Author: Leslie Jordan
Pages: 260
ISBN: 9781416955559
Release: 2008-06-03
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The Emmy Award-winning actor, playwright, and gay icon shares his personal story from his childhood as a member of a conservative Tennessee family and his early commercial stints to his one-man testimonials off Broadway to his struggles with substance abuse and sex addiction.

Man Up

Man Up
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Author: Ross Mathews
Pages: 204
ISBN: 9781455501793
Release: 2013-05-07
Editor: Grand Central Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

As a young kid growing up in a farm town, Ross Mathews might as well have wished for a pet unicorn or a calorie-free cookie tree to grow in his front yard. Either of those far-fetched fantasies would have been more likely to come true than his real dream: working in television in Hollywood, California. Seriously, that stuff just doesn't happen to people like Ross. But guess what. It totally did. Now, with his first book, Ross takes us inside his journey as a super-fan, revealing the most embarrassing and hilarious moments of his small-town life and big-city adventures. From learning to swear like a hardened trucker to that time in high school when had to face down the most frightening opponent of all (his girlfriend's lady bits), Ross holds nothing back. Oh, then there's his surprisingly shady past involving the cutest pair of plus-sized women's pajama bottoms, deliciously dangerous pot butter, and embezzled sandwiches. And, of course, how he's managed to turn an obsession with pop-culture into one-on-one interactions with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Madonna, Michelle Kwan, and countless more without ever having a single restraining order issued against him. Infused with Ross's trademark humor, unique voice, and total honesty, MAN UP! is a mission statement for anyone who doesn't fit the mold. His hasn't been the most traditional way to build a career in Hollywood, but Ross has somehow managed to make his mark without ever compromising who he is. He is as serious about this as he is about Golden Girls trivia: You don't need to change who you are to achieve your dreams (although there's nothing wrong with a makeover every now and then). You just need to Man Up!

Dead Boys Can t Dance

Dead Boys Can t Dance
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Author: Michel Dorais,Simon Louis Lajeunesse
Pages: 127
ISBN: 0773526544
Release: 2004
Editor: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Presents a thought-provoking examination of the links between homosexuality and suicide among North American males ages fourteen to twenty-five, arguing that there is a definitive link between the social stigmatization of homosexuality and a high level of suicide attempts. Simultaneous.

Along the Heavenly Highway

Along the Heavenly Highway
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Author: Leslie Jordan
Pages: 108
ISBN: 1410792404
Release: 2003-11
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The unexpected, intrigue and suspense; all laced with proper amounts of tension coming at unwarranted times are what propels the reader to carry on. WHY ME is the question our protagonist LEE CAVILIER will continually ask of himself as he continues on his journey, which began oh so innocently' when he has taken an early morning call from an acquaintance. As he points out numerous times to himself, to call him a friend would be stretching the point. Lee always prided in the fact that he's glib. And most times, if not all times, to use humor to deflect any situation. Except he soon finds he is hardly prepared to deal with all the ramifications he is placed in. In an unassuming, benign and devious fashion he comes to realize that not being content and a bit bored with his lack of productivity can and IS more dangerous than he could ever imagine. Ironic that, because to meet his caller that morning would furnish him with some needed cash, he's cast amongst individuals that will place his life in grave jeopardy. As he will mull over and over to himself: how and for what purpose is he there and more to the point, why? Is it any wonder he also musses, WHY ME ?!

The Moon Dragon The Secrets of Droon 26

The Moon Dragon  The Secrets of Droon  26
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Author: Tony Abbott
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9780545418393
Release: 2016-02-23
Editor: Scholastic Inc.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

With nearly 2 million books in print, this Little Apple series is H-O-T, hot. The SECRET is out -- DROON is the series that kids, parents, and teachers are talking about! There's no place like home! Eric and his friends have finally restored the Rainbow Stairs, but that was the easy part. Now Gethwing is loose in the Upper World, and the Moon Dragon is causing big trouble. Eric, Julie, and Neal have to protect their town, but they're up against mysterious creatures, strangely-behaving parents, and powerful magic. Can the kids stop Gethwing before he destroys the Upper World -- for good?

Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind
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Author: Sharon M. Draper
Pages: 295
ISBN: 9781416971719
Release: 2012-05
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Name Drop

Name Drop
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Author: Ross Mathews
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781982116491
Release: 2021-02-09
Editor: Atria Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

From Ross Mathews, the nationally bestselling author of Man Up!, judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and alum of Chelsea Lately, comes “a delightful mix of sweet and sour celebrity experiences” (Shelf Awareness) in this hilarious and irreverent collection of essays. Pretend it’s happy hour and you and I are sitting at the bar. I look amazing and, I agree with you, much thinner in person. You look good, too. Maybe it’s the candlelight, maybe it’s the booze. Either way, let’s just go with it. Keep this all between you and me, and do me a favor? Don’t judge me if I name drop just a little. Television personality Ross Mathews likes telling stories. He was always outrageous and hilariously honest, even when the biggest celebrity he knew was his favorite lunch lady in the school cafeteria. Now that he has Hollywood experience—from interning behind the scenes at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to judging RuPaul’s Drag Race—he has a lot to talk about. In Name Drop, Ross dishes about being an unlikely insider in the alternate reality that is showbiz, like that time he was invited by Barbara Walters to host The View—only to learn his hero did not suffer fools; his Christmas with the Kardashians, which should be its own holiday special; and his news-making talk with Omarosa on Celebrity Big Brother, which, as it turns out, was just the tip of the iceberg. Holding nothing back, Ross shares the most treasured and surprising moments in his celebrity-filled career, and proves that while exposure may have made him a little bit famous, he is still as much a fanboy as ever. Filled with “charmingly told” (Booklist) tales ranging from the horrifying to the hilarious—and with just the right “Rossipes” and cocktails to go along with them—Name Drop is every pop culture lover’s dream come true.

The Phoenix and the Carpet

The Phoenix and the Carpet
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Author: Edith Nesbit
Pages: 148
ISBN: EAN:4064066402402
Release: 2020-12-08
Editor: Good Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"The Phoenix and the Carpet" by Edith Nesbit. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Fulfillment

Fulfillment
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Author: Alec MacGillis
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780374720179
Release: 2021-03-16
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice "A grounded and expansive examination of the American economic divide . . . It takes a skillful journalist to weave data and anecdotes together so effectively." —Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times An award-winning journalist investigates Amazon’s impact on the wealth and poverty of towns and cities across the United States. In 1937, the famed writer and activist Upton Sinclair published a novel bearing the subtitle A Story of Ford-America. He blasted the callousness of a company worth “a billion dollars” that underpaid its workers while forcing them to engage in repetitive and sometimes dangerous assembly line labor. Eighty-three years later, the market capitalization of Amazon.com has exceeded one trillion dollars, while the value of the Ford Motor Company hovers around thirty billion. We have, it seems, entered the age of one-click America—and as the coronavirus makes Americans more dependent on online shopping, its sway will only intensify. Alec MacGillis’s Fulfillment is not another inside account or exposé of our most conspicuously dominant company. Rather, it is a literary investigation of the America that falls within that company’s growing shadow. As MacGillis shows, Amazon’s sprawling network of delivery hubs, data centers, and corporate campuses epitomizes a land where winner and loser cities and regions are drifting steadily apart, the civic fabric is unraveling, and work has become increasingly rudimentary and isolated. Ranging across the country, MacGillis tells the stories of those who’ve thrived and struggled to thrive in this rapidly changing environment. In Seattle, high-paid workers in new office towers displace a historic black neighborhood. In suburban Virginia, homeowners try to protect their neighborhood from the environmental impact of a new data center. Meanwhile, in El Paso, small office supply firms seek to weather Amazon’s takeover of government procurement, and in Baltimore a warehouse supplants a fabled steel plant. Fulfillment also shows how Amazon has become a force in Washington, D.C., ushering readers through a revolving door for lobbyists and government contractors and into CEO Jeff Bezos’s lavish Kalorama mansion. With empathy and breadth, MacGillis demonstrates the hidden human costs of the other inequality—not the growing gap between rich and poor, but the gap between the country’s winning and losing regions. The result is an intimate account of contemporary capitalism: its drive to innovate, its dark, pitiless magic, its remaking of America with every click.

Speak The Graphic Novel

Speak  The Graphic Novel
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Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781466897878
Release: 2018-02-06
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The critically acclaimed, award-winning, modern classic Speak is now a stunning graphic novel. "Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless—an outcast—because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. Through her work on an art project, she is finally able to face what really happened that night: She was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. With powerful illustrations by Emily Carroll, Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak: The Graphic Novel comes alive for new audiences and fans of the classic novel. This title has Common Core connections.

Beautiful Disaster Signed Limited Edition

Beautiful Disaster Signed Limited Edition
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Author: Jamie McGuire
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781476719078
Release: 2012-11-27
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Travis Maddox, Eastern University's playboy, makes a bet with good girl Abby that if he loses, he will remain abstinent for a month, but if he wins, Abby must live in his apartment for the same amount of time.

The Wisdom of Crowds

The Wisdom of Crowds
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Author: James Surowiecki
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780307275059
Release: 2005-08-16
Editor: Anchor

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In this fascinating book, New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea: Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant—better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future. With boundless erudition and in delightfully clear prose, Surowiecki ranges across fields as diverse as popular culture, psychology, ant biology, behavioral economics, artificial intelligence, military history, and politics to show how this simple idea offers important lessons for how we live our lives, select our leaders, run our companies, and think about our world.

Pod Castaway

Pod Castaway
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Author: Brandon Uttley
Pages: 88
ISBN: 1519693052
Release: 2015-12-28
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Podcasting is on fire, with millions of people tuning into shows. Both big, established firms and bootstrapped entrepreneurs alike are vying for their attention. High-quality audio or video podcasts can be an intimate way to build rapport with their audience, while potentially attracting lucrative advertising sponsors. Do you think you have what it takes to start a popular and profitable podcast? Pod Castaway chronicles entrepreneur Brandon Uttley's often misguided attempts to crack into the top ranks of podcasters. Both funny and revealing, the book describes how much effort it takes to launch and sustain a podcast-and attempt to make it stand out in a sea of competitors. Uttley describes his encounters with many top podcasters, including John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Jay Baer, Chris Brogan, Michael Stelzner, Daniel J. Lewis, Paul Colligan and more.

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle
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Author: Jeannette Walls
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781416544661
Release: 2006-01-02
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Journalist Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family. When the money ran out, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town Rex had tried to escape. As the dysfunction escalated, the children had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they found the resources and will to leave home. Yet Walls describes her parents with deep affection in this tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life. -- From publisher description.

Paddle to the Amazon

Paddle to the Amazon
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Author: Don Starkell,Charles Wilkins
Pages: 336
ISBN: 0771082568
Release: 1994
Editor: McClelland and Stewart

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

It was crazy. It was unthinkable. It was the adventure of a lifetime. When Don and Dana Starkell left Winnipeg in a tiny three-seater canoe, they had no idea of the dangers that lay ahead. Two years and 12,180 miles later, father and son had each paddled nearly twenty million strokes, slept on beaches, in jungles and fields, dined on tapir, shark, and heaps of roasted ants. They encountered piranhas, wild pigs, and hungry alligators. They were arrested, shot at, taken for spies and drug smugglers, and set upon by pirates. They had lived through terrifying hurricanes, food poisoning, and near starvation. And at the same time they had set a record for a thrilling, unforgettable voyage of discovery and old-fashioned adventure. "Courageous . . . Exciting and always immediate." -- The New York Times Book Review From the Paperback edition.

O Taste and See That the Lord Is Good

O Taste and See That the Lord Is Good
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Author: Leslie Jordan
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1467052833
Release: 2008-12-15
Editor: AuthorHouse

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The Carpetbaggers

The Carpetbaggers
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Author: Harold Robbins
Pages: 688
ISBN: 9781466833715
Release: 2007-05-01
Editor: Forge Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A LEGENDARY MASTERPIECE A STORY OF MONEY AND POWER, SEX AND DEATH Jonas Cord coveted his father's fame, fortune, even his young, beautiful wife. When his father died, Jonas swore to possess them all. But Rina Marlow was the celebrated screen goddess no man could master. Her sizzling sensuality might inflame and enthrall millions, but her personal boudoir was no Hollywood fantasy. She consumed her lovers on the fiery rack of her burning desires. Rina and Jonas took Hollywood, the airplane industry, America itself by storm. From New York to LA they brawled, lusted, and carved out an empire, blazoned in banner headlines and their enemies' blood—only to learn that money and power, revenge and renown were not enough. Too much would never be enough—not for Jonas Cord and the relentless Rina Marlowe. The higher they soared, the more their ambition demanded . . . the darker and deadlier their fiery passions grew. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

There s a Wocket in my Pocket

There s a Wocket in my Pocket
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Author: Dr. Seuss
Pages: 36
ISBN: 9780385373623
Release: 2013-09-24
Editor: RH Childrens Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In this silly Bright and Early Book classic by Dr. Seuss, a young boy goes exploring in his house and finds an array of fun characters! Are you certain there’s a Jertain in the curtain? Or have you ever had a feeling there’s a Geeling on the ceiling? From the pesky Nooth Grush on a tooth brush to a sleepy Zelf up on the shelf, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket will have young readers eager to explore their homes and the wonders of rhyming and wordplay. Combining brief and funny stories, easy words, catchy rhythm, and lively illustrations, Bright and Early Books are an ideal way to introduce the joys of reading to children.

A Walker in the City

A Walker in the City
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Author: Alfred Kazin
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780547546360
Release: 1969-03-19
Editor: HMH

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A literary icon’s “singular and beautiful” memoir of growing up as a first-generation Jewish American in Brownsville, Brooklyn (The New Yorker). A classic portrait of immigrant life in the early decades of the twentieth century, A Walker in the City is a tour of tenements, subways, and synagogues—but also a universal story of the desires and fears we experience as we try to leave our small, familiar neighborhoods for something new. With vivid imagery and sensual detail—the smell of half-sour pickles, the dry rattle of newspapers, the women in their shapeless flowered housedresses—Alfred Kazin recounts his boyhood walks through this working-class community, and his eventual foray across the river to “the city,” the mysterious, compelling Manhattan, where treasures like the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum beckoned. Eventually, he would travel even farther, building a life around books and language and literature and exploring all that the world had to offer. “The whole texture, color, and sound of life in this tenement realm . . . is revealed as tapestried, as dazzling, as full of lush and varied richness as an Arabian bazaar.” —The New York Times