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Cinema of the Present [Paperback]

Lisa Robertson: Poet and essayist Lisa Robertson’s book Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip (Coach House) was named one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010, and was longlisted for the 2011 Warwick Prize for Writing. Her other books include Debbie: An Epic (nominated for the Governor General’s Award in Canada), The Men and The Weather (poetry) and Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture (essays). Lisa Robertson’s most recent publication is R’s Boat, published by University of California Press. She is the Bain Swiggett Professor at Princeton University. She has held residencies at the California College of the Arts, Cambridge University; University of California, Berkeley; UC San Diego; and American University of Paris.

    • Paperback: 112 pages
    • Publisher: Coach House Books (October 7, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1552452972
    • ISBN-13: 978-1552452974
    • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches

Kate Moss by Mario Testino

Peruvian-born Mario Testino travels extensively shooting for Vanity Fair, American, British, and French Vogue. Other clients include Burberry, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors. His solo exhibitions have shown in galleries worldwide, and his work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery and V&A Museum in London, and others.

    • Paperback: 232 pages
    • Publisher: Taschen; Mul edition (April 15, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 3836550695
    • ISBN-13: 978-3836550697
    • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 9.9 x 0.8 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel – Gabrielle Zevin

In this sweet, uplifting homage to bookstores, Gabrielle Zevin perfectly captures the joy of connecting people and books. A. J. Fikry, the cantankerous owner of Island Books, is despondent after losing his beloved wife and witnessing the ever-declining number of sales at his small, quirky bookstore. In short order, he loses all patience with the new Knightly Press sales rep, his prized rare edition of Tamerlane is stolen, and someone leaves a baby at his store. That baby immediately steals A. J.’s heart and unleashes a dramatic transformation. Suddenly, the picture-book section is overflowing with new titles, and the bookstore becomes home to a burgeoning number of book clubs. With business on the uptick and love in his heart, A. J. finds himself becoming an essential new part of his longtime community, going so far as to woo the aforementioned sales rep (who loves drinking Queequeg cocktails at the Pequod Restaurant). Filled with interesting characters, a deep knowledge of bookselling, wonderful critiques of classic titles, and very funny depictions of book clubs and author events, this will prove irresistible to book lovers everywhere. –Joanne Wilkinso

“Gabrielle Zevin has done something old-fashioned and fairly rare these days. She has written an entertaining novel, modest in its scope, engaging and funny without being cloying or sentimental. On top of all that, it is marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.” —The Washington Post

“This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love–love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.” —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

“[A] jaunty little novel.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Wade into summer reading with this sweet yet soulful tale of love, loss, the power of friendship–and books. Like sunshine on a breezy spring day, you won’t want it to end.” —Family Circle

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us what saves us all from a life of loneliness and isolation: our sense of empathy; our ability to love and be loved; our willingness to care and be cared for. Gabrielle Zevin has written a wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time.” —Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“Readers who delighted in Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Jessica Brockmole’s Letters from Skye will be equally captivated by this adult novel by a popular YA author about a life of books, redemption, and second chances. Funny, tender, and moving, it reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.” —Library Journal, starred review

A beautiful story about getting a second chance at love. A-” —The A. V. Club

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is a breezy, big-hearted treat, especially if you’ve ever wondered about the inner workings of America’s national treasures–neighborhood bookstores.” —Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins

“In this sweet, uplifting homage to bookstores, Zevin perfectly captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Filled with interesting characters, a deep knowledge of bookselling, wonderful critiques of classic titles, and very funny depictions of book clubs and author events, this will prove irresistible to book lovers everywhere.” —Booklist

 

    • Paperback: 288 pages
    • Publisher: Algonquin Books (December 2, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1616204516
    • ISBN-13: 978-1616204518
    • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches

Sinner’s Creed – Scott Stapp Story


Sinner's Creed [Paperback]

Sinner’s Creed – Scott Stapp’ Life Story

Sinner’s Creed is the story of a small-town boy rocketing to fame only to lose it all in a flurry of drugs and alcohol is not a new one, especially in the world of rock ’n’ roll. Kudos then to Scott Stapp, who, with the help of veteran music writer and biographer Ritz, makes his own story a compelling one. The former singer of the once hugely popular rock band Creed, Scott Stapp is a devout Christian who was raised in a fundamentalist home ruled by an abusive stepfather. That background proved to be fertile ground for the creativity and complex relationship with faith that continues to define Stapp as a musician and songwriter to this day. His journey from musician on the rise to rock star spinning out of control is given depth when examined through the lens of his often less-than-perfect faith. Unfortunately, later chapters seem to lack that same close introspection, and readers may feel that Stapp glosses over certain events that could cast him in too critical a light. Nevertheless, those curious to discover what happened to the singer of a once ubiquitous band should be pleased with this offering.

“The story of my life is profoundly unclear. It is a rock-and-roll story and, at the same time, a story of my walk with Christ. The two are melded together in ways both unpredictable and unsure.”—Scott Stapp

Sinner’s Creed is the uncensored memoir of Scott Stapp, Grammy Award–winning lead vocalist of the multiplatinum rock band Creed.Throughout Creed’s decade of dominance, Scott struggled with the demons of his past—the internal battles that spilled over into his lyrics and eventually led him down a dark path of self-destruction and addiction, culminating with the disbanding of Creed in 2004.In the years that followed the band’s breakup, Scott slipped deeper and deeper into depression and self-medication, behavior that resulted in a near-fatal twenty-foot free fall from a hotel balcony in November of 2006. Now, clean, sober, and in the midst of a highly successful solo career—Scott has finally come full circle, a turnaround he credits to his renewed relationship with God and to his loving wife, Jaclyn.In Sinner’s Creed, Scott exposes all his inner demons. The result is not only a gripping memoir but also a rare and candid look at the dark and often turbulent world of rock and roll.