In A CURIOUS INVITATION, Suzette Field, who co-runs London’s premier party promoters The Last Tuesday Society --- casts her professional eye over some famous fictional festivities: taking place everywhere from ancient Babylon in 500 BC to outer space in the distant future.
Now, the Academy Award-winning actress shares the story of her unconventional life. Living with her glamorous/artistic mother, educated by tutors and nuns, intrepid on a horse, Huston was raised on an Irish estate to which—between movies—her father brought his array of extraordinary friends, from Carson McCullers and John Steinbeck to Peter O’Toole and Marlon Brando.
One day, Pops's inventions falter and this lovably eccentric family loses every penny. They wake up to find that they and the entire contents of their penthouse have been transported to Central Park. Aided by their two loyal housekeepers and fed by the maitre d' from their favorite restaurant, the family makes Central Park into a surprisingly comfortable home. But soon the strains of life --- and weather --- tear apart the parents' relationship. As Christmas approaches, the children must find a way to reunite them.
Spanning the years 2008-2011, James becomes Cartoonist Laureate, celebrates AMERICAN ELF's 10th year, pitches a TV show to Hollywood, releases a GameBoy album, travels to France, creates his own video game, considers quitting the strip, plays everything from Lego Star Wars to Skyrim, digs deeper into his psyche, and kind of causes himself to have a nervous breakdown. Meanwhile, Eli starts elementary school - and a band, Oliver learns to walk and talk (and sing), James & Amy celebrate 15 years of marriage, and the family adopts a new cat, Nooko!
On an unassuming morning, endearingly bitter writer Amy Gallup trips in her backyard in her slippers and goes head-over-heels into the side of a birdbath. The next thing she knows Amy is on radio shows, keynoting a major publishing event, and guiding a local writers’ retreat, with the public taking her every word as the rambling of a true genius. But strangest and most surprising of all; Amy starts to write again. A scathingly funny and wickedly humorous roman-a-clef by one of our most acclaimed literary humorists --- about a bitterly uninspired writer who decides to change her life after a freak accident.
Angelman's powers (which include empathy and the ability to be a good listener) prove less than adequate to deal with the sinister threat of the insane plastic-surgeon villain Gender Bender. ANGELMAN is easily the funniest super-hero comic since Harvey Kurtzman and Wally Wood's SUPERDUPERMAN!
Austin McAdoo is a 347-pound man with a dry sense of humor and an affinity for canned ham. Emily Dooley is a tempestuous bombshell with an unpredictable temper and a simple worldview. These unlikely star-crossed lovers set out to Los Angeles on a quest to find eternal bliss along the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Created by five year-old Malachai Nicolle and illustrated by his older brother, Ethan Nicolle, Axe Cop Volume One collects the entire run of the hit that has captured the world's attention. Whether he's fighting gun-toting dinosaurs, teaming up with Ninja Moon Warriors, or answering questions via "Ask Axe Cop," the adventures of Axe Cop will delight and perplex even the most stoic of readers.
Andrew Yancy has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig. But first, he must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.
Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she is alone at age 32 and weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she’s met her goals --- and other men are noticing?
At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on “Saturday Night Live,” Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
Bridget Jones's Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton on a permanent doomed quest for self-improvement. Caught between the joys of Singleton fun, and the fear of dying alone and being found three weeks later half eaten by an Alsatian; tortured by Smug Married friends asking, "How's your love life" with lascivious, yet patronizing leers, Bridget resolves to reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult and learn to program the VCR. With a blend of flighty charm, existential gloom, and endearing self-deprecation, the diary has touched a raw nerve with millions of readers the world round. Read it, laugh and crash your head onto the table before you cry, "Bridget Jones is me!"
With so many pieces combining to form one long-form story, it’s easy to get lost inside Building Stories. Where does it begin? Where does it end? That’s all up to you, and that’s just the beginning of its brilliance.
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Thanksgiving marked the official start of the holiday season, which means we won’t be short on cheer or great movies and television shows to watch this month. Much like the chicken and the egg, we don’t know which came first, but quality entertainment and holiday spirit certainly have always had a long, happy and interdependent relationship. So, as with our spiral hams, let’s dig right in and unravel this month’s books on screen.