In a smart and funny new novel by the author of the critically acclaimed, “big-hearted, charming” (The Washington Post) Small Admissions, a family’s move to New York City brings surprises and humor as their lives merge with the captivating world of Broadway. Allison Brinkley - wife, mother, and former unflappable optimist - discovers that a carefully weighed decision to pack up and move her family from suburban Dallas to the glittery chaos of Manhattan may have been more complicated than she and her husband initially thought. Allison learns that New York is unruly and bewildering, defying the notions she developed from romantic movies and a memorable childhood visit. After a humiliating call from the principal’s office and the loss of the job she was counting on, Allison begins to accept that New York may not suit her after all. When Allison has a fender bender, witnessed by a flock of mothers at her son’s new school, she is led to the penthouse apartment of a luxurious Central Park West building and encounters a spoiled, hungover, unsupervised teenager who looks familiar. It doesn’t take long to recognize him as Carter Reid - a famous pop star who has been cast in a new Broadway musical. Through this brush with stardom, Allison embraces a unique and unexpected opportunity that helps her find her way in the heart of Manhattan. In an audiobook that delivers laughs, warmth, and delightful wish fulfillment, Poeppel dives into celebrity culture and modern motherhood with her trademark “quick-witted and razor-sharp” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Maybe in Another Life) style. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carly Robins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008761/bk_sans_008761_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
T-Bar-V Ranch went off the air in 1970, but ask any Louisville baby boomer to sing the theme song and you'll instantly hear, 'Brush your teeth each morning / Get lots of sleep at night / Mind your mom and daddy / Cause they know what is right.' Such is the power of homegrown television. This book is a look at Louisville television history over the last 50 years, from T-Bar-V to Tom Wills's retirement. Along the way, you will catch a glimpse of Diane Sawyer (as the WLKY 'weather girl') and dozens of images of locally produced musical shows, game shows, talk shows, children's shows, and newscasts--not to mention all the lyrics to the T-Bar-V Ranch opening and closing theme song.
The landmark novel that inspired Verdi's opera La Traviata, in a sparkling new translation 'One of the greatest love stories of all time,' according to Henry James, and the inspiration for Verdi's opera La Traviata, the Oscar-winning musical Moulin Rouge!, and numerous ballets, stage plays (starring Lillian Gish, Eleonora Duse, Tallulah Bankhead, and Sarah Bernhardt, and films (starring Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Rudolph Valentino, Isabelle Huppert, and Colin Firth), The Lady of the Camellias itself was inspired by the real-life nineteeth-century courtesan Marie Duplessis, the lover of the novel's author, Alexander Dumas fils. Known to all as 'the Lady of the Camellias' because she is never seen without her favorite flowers, Marguerite Gautier, the most beautiful, brazen, and expensive courtesan in all of Paris. But despite having many lovers, she has never really loved-until she meets Armand Duval, young, handsome, and hopelessly in love with her. 'Marguerite and Armand are the kind of bright, self-destructive young things we still read about in magazines, watch on-screen, or brush up against today.' -Liesl Schillinger, from the Note on the Translation For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
'A hilarious, charming, book by this incredible, i&#822;n&#822;s&#822;u&#822;f&#822;f&#822;e&#822;r&#822;a&#822;b&#822;l&#822;e&#822; genius.&#8221; &#8212;Steve Martin 'A gentle, sane man has lived a turbulent, crazy life and he's written a gorgeous book about it. Eric Idle joyously recounts his existence in these pages. Did I say 'joyously'? I meant 'ruefully.'' &#8212;Patton Oswalt &#8220;On the last day, when the last human beings look out at the blackened cinders of their world, I can only hope that one of them will sing, &#8216;Some things in life are bad, they can really make you mad,&#8217; and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life will ring out as humanity's final words. I loved this biography of a song and the man who made it, and the picture he paints of his life, his friends, his passions, five Pythons, and a Beatle.&#8221; &#8212;Neil Gaiman &#8220;Charming. . . . A treasure trove of comedy insights.&#8221; &#8212;Rolling Stone &#8220;Powerful. . . .There is plenty here that all fans, causal and otherwise, will appreciate.&#8221; &#8212;New York Times Book Review &#8220;When you have a tour guide as engaging as Eric Idle, you&#8217;ll gladly go wherever he takes you. The writer and comedian best known as a member of the British sketch troupe Monty Python has curated an intimate journey of what it was like to be a writer who suddenly found himself a massively famous actor. . . . It&#8217;s also the kind of book you&#8217;ll want to read twice&#8212;once when the genius of Python sketches are fresh in your memory, and once when those scenes have faded so you can be reminded how these comedy rebels shook up an art form that was due for a dose of surreal silliness.&#8221; &#8212;Washington Post &#8220;In this very funny account (as if that should come as a surprise). . . . The multitalented Englishman takes a colorful, broad brush to his very eventful life.&#8221; &#8212;San Francisco Chronicle &#8220;If I could go back in time and observe any comedian&#8217;s journey, I think it would be a terrible waste of time travel. That said, I&#8217;d want to see just how Eric Idle and a few friends changed comedy forever. This is the book I have been waiting for most of my life.&#8221; &#8212;Conan O'Brien &#8220;This tell-all from my comedy hero Eric Idle is brilliant, hilarious, touching, enlightening, filled with swashbuckling adventure, edge-of-your-seat suspense, heart-pounding romance, and contained several typos and one inaccurate fact about the Spanish-American war. I expected more out of Mr. Idle&#8217;s proofreading skills, quite frankly.&#8221; &#8212;Paul Feig &#8220;I read Always Look On the Bright Side of Life from cover to cover. My next mission is to read what&#8217;s between the covers. It&#8217;s a joy to read his fully transparent personal stories of what got him to the present from birth. Any Monty Python lover or lover of honesty and the crafting of a hilarious comedian and musical genius will love this book. And love Eric as I do. Not to spoil alert, but his stating that &#8216;Laughter is still the best revenge&#8217; sums it up. Read every word of this book or I will hunt you down and read it to you. And you don&#8217;t want me in your house.&#8221; &#8212;Bob Saget &#8220;As funny, wicked, naughty, eye-popping and compulsively, joyously brilliant as the genius who wrote it.&#8221; &#8212;Stephen Fry &#8220;An affable, leisurely and occasionally enlightening tour of a full and, generally, happy life.&#8221; &#8212;USA Today &#8220;It&#8217;s a fascinating, warmly told, often zany memoir of a life fully lived so far&#8212;with more fun sure to come.&#8221; &#8212;BookPage
Anne Waldman's Dream Book of Fez is a musical genome, the architecture of a landscape between language and beyond it. In the photopoetic distance between the tomb and womb of Waldman's 'invisible family' we brush up against the fabric of unconsciousness and hear the spectral voice of Jean Genet say: 'dreaming is nursed in darkness.' Dream Book of Fez offers 'gateways to power going both ways' while reaching for the 'impossibly verbal' overlap of cultures. Waldman holds us in language as poet and mother; we return to Earth by her 'mystical time,' slowly bound and bonded by love.
The tradition of Rebetika song is at the root of all that is most vibrant and subversive in the popular music of modern Greece. In its origins it is the music of the poor, the dispossessed, the refugees and the migrants who came to Greece from Asia Minor before and after the First World War. The Greek edition of this book is entitled 'Rebetology, thus according this musical and social subculture its rightful place in the academic study of Greek culture. Written as a broad-brush introduction to Rebetika song, this concise and well-argued book details the everyday life of the rebetes--who they were, where they came from, how they dressed, their weapons and styles of fighting, their sexual preferences, their culture of hashish and of prison life, all of which form the substance of their songs.
The package (ISBN 978-0-415-73036-5) contains the second edition of Theory for Today&#8217;s Musician (ISBN: 978-0-415-66332-8) and the Theory for Today&#8217;s Musician Workbook (ISBN: 978-0-415-66333-5). The package is available for print books only. Theory for Today&#8217;s Musician, Second Edition, recasts the scope of the traditional music theory course to meet the demands of the professional music world, in a style that speaks directly and engagingly to today&#8217;s music student. It uses classical, folk, popular, and jazz repertoires with clear explanations that link music theory to musical applications. The authors help prepare students by not only exploring how music theory works in art music, but how it functions within modern music, and why this knowledge will help them become better composers, music teachers, performers, and recording engineers. This broadly comprehensive text merges traditional topics such as part-writing and harmony (diatonic, chromatic, neo-tonal and atonal), with less traditional topics such as counterpoint and musical process, and includes the non-traditional topics of popular music songwriting, jazz harmony and the blues. Written by an experienced textbook author and new co-author, both active classroom teachers for many years, Theory for Today&#8217;s Musician is the complete and ideal theory text to enable today&#8217;s student to accomplish their musical goals tomorrow. New Features to the Second Edition: An expanded unit on form that includes introductory chapters on sonata & rondo, to prepare students for learning form New 'Back to Basics' online drills, keyed to the text, allowing students to brush up their fundamentals as needed New musical examples, including over 80 new musical excerpts from both art and popular music repertoires Expanded in-chapter exercises to promote and facilitate classroom interaction Carefully edited in response to market demands to create a more streamlined, flexible text New audio of musical examples (for both text and workbook), 50% re-recorded for improved audio quality An updated and relocated Chapter 33 on song composition in the jazz and popular folk styles, applying principles of text setting, melody composition/harmonization Companion website that houses online tutorial with drills of basic concepts
The fast and easy way to play this popular woodwind instrument Saxophone For Dummies offers the ideal introduction to this popular and versatile instrument, whether you lack any musical experience or are picking up the sax again after a hiatus. Covering both the alto and tenor sax, this friendly guide explains how to get a good sound, how to read music, and how to play songs in a variety of styles, including classical, pop, and jazz, all accompanied by the audio samples on the enclosed CD. With tips on how to buy or rent the best saxophone, and information on how to care for the instrument, Saxophone For Dummies is a comprehensive guide to playing this popular woodwind alone or in a group setting. Includes tips on buying or renting a new or used saxophone Audio samples of classical, pop, and jazz music are available on the bonus CD Advice on cleaning and maintaining a saxophone If you're picking up a saxophone for the first time or are looking to brush up on your skills, Saxophone For Dummies gives you everything you need to appreciate, understand, and excel at playing this popular instrument.
Hoping It Might Be So brings together all of Kit Wright's previous collections for adults as well as three dozen new poems. The collection, first published in 2000, was described by Christina Patterson in the Sunday Times as 'funny and profoundly humane' and by Sophie Hannah in the PN Review as 'full of verve and energy, with a strong musical quality that makes you want to read on and hear more'. Sean O'Brien in the Times Literary Supplement described Kit Wright as 'a masterly yet modest poet' while Ruth Padel in the Independent on Sunday said that 'all through his work there is that poignancy, darkness, brush with despair, which marks great comic work.' The poet Anthony Wilson said that Wright 'can be funny, serious and moving, and sometimes all three in the space of a single poem'. Hoping It Might Be So is a rewarding collection from an interesting, prolific and lively poet whose poems range from ribald to grief-stricken, elegiac to rambunctious