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An Affair to Remember

By Karen Hawkins
  • ISBN Code: : 0061895954
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
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An arrogant earl looking for the perfect wife; a strong-minded governess determined to transform him into the perfect man--who will win?

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  • Pdf File: a-fare-to-remember.pdf

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“Opal Carew gives readers a taste of the forbidden.” –Romance Reviews Today A chance encounter leads to a passion they can’t forget in Opal Carew's newest erotic romance! Stevie has given up on love and just wants a simple life driving her taxi. But her plans are turned upside down when gorgeous billionaire Reid Jacobs steps into the back of her cab. Commanding and mysterious, he’s a temptation she can't resist—and soon their torrid one night stand leads to an intoxicating affair. In Reid’s strong arms, Stevie finds herself falling harder than she ever imagined. But is she ready to trust again? And when his business partner falls for Stevie, will it change everything? One thing is clear: she’s about to take the ride of her life.... “Carew brings erotic romance to a whole new level...she sets your senses on fire!” – Reader to Reader A Fare to Remember by Opal Carew is one sexy ride!

Brokeback Mountain

By Annie Proulx
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1439130973
  • Total of Pages : 64
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 202
  • Pdf File: brokeback-mountain.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A stand alone edition of Annie Proulx’s beloved story “Brokeback Mountain” (in the collection Close Range)—the basis for the major motion picture directed by Ang Lee, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, screenplay by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. Annie Proulx has written some of the most original and brilliant short stories in contemporary literature, and for many readers and reviewers, “Brokeback Mountain” is her masterpiece. Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they’re working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer. Both men work hard, marry, and have kids because that’s what cowboys do. But over the course of many years and frequent separations this relationship becomes the most important thing in their lives, and they do anything they can to preserve it. The New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for Fiction for its publication of “Brokeback Mountain,” and the story was included in Prize Stories 1998: The O. Henry Awards. In gorgeous and haunting prose, Proulx limns the difficult, dangerous affair between two cowboys that survives everything but the world’s violent intolerance.

Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend

By Mark Glancy
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0190053143
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 696
  • Pdf File: cary-grant-the-making-of-a-hollywood-legend.pdf

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A definitive new account of the professional and personal life of one of Hollywood's most unforgettable, influential stars. Archie Leach was a poorly educated, working-class boy from a troubled family living in the backstreets of Bristol. Cary Grant was Hollywood's most debonair film star--the embodiment of worldly sophistication. Cary Grant: The Making of a Hollywood Legend tells the incredible story of how a sad, neglected boy became the suave, glamorous star many know and idolize. The first biography to be based on Grant's own personal papers, this book takes us on a fascinating journey from the actor's difficult childhood through years of struggle in music halls and vaudeville, a hit-and-miss career in Broadway musicals, and three decades of film stardom during Hollywood's golden age. Leaving no stone unturned, Cary Grant delves into all aspects of Grant's life, from the bitter realities of his impoverished childhood to his trailblazing role in Hollywood as a film star who defied the studio system and took control of his own career. Highlighting Grant's genius as an actor and a filmmaker, author Mark Glancy examines the crucial contributions Grant made to such classic films as Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Notorious (1946), An Affair to Remember (1957), North by Northwest (1959), Charade (1963) and Father Goose (1964). Glancy also explores Grant's private life with new candor and insight throughout the book's nine sections, illuminating how Grant's search for happiness and fulfillment lead him to having his first child at the age of 62 and embarking on his fifth marriage at the age of 77. With this biography--complete with a chronological filmography of the actor's work--Glancy provides a definitive account of the professional and personal life of one of Hollywood's most unforgettable, influential stars.

Adultery

By Deborah L. Rhode
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  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Book Code : 0674969774
  • Total of Pages : 270
  • Category : Law
  • Members : 961
  • Pdf File: adultery.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Despite declining prohibitions on sexual relationships, Americans are nearly unanimous in condemning marital infidelity. Deborah Rhode explores why. She exposes the harms that criminalizing adultery inflicts—including civil lawsuits, job termination, and loss of child custody—and makes a case for repealing laws against adultery and polygamy.

Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2009

By Roger Ebert
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  • Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Book Code : 0740792164
  • Total of Pages : 944
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 592
  • Pdf File: roger-ebert-s-movie-yearbook-2009.pdf

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Nobody has been more important in telling Americans why we should love film than Roger Ebert. --Michael Shamberg, Editor and Publisher Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert presents more than 650 full-length critical movie reviews, along with interviews, essays, tributes, film festival reports, and Q and As from Questions for the Movie Answer Man. Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2009 collects more than two years' worth of his engaging film critiques. From Bee Movie to Darfur Now to No Country for Old Men, and from Juno to Persepolis to La Vie en Rose, Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2009 includes every review Ebert has written from January 2006 to June 2008. Also included in the Yearbook, which boasts 65 percent new content, are: * Interviews with newsmakers, such as Juno director Jason Reitman and Jerry Seinfeld, a touching tribute to Deborah Kerr, and an emotional letter of appreciation to Werner Herzog. * Essays on film issues, and tributes to actors and directors who died during the year. * Daily film festival reports from Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, and Telluride. * All-new questions and answers from his Questions for the Movie Answer Man columns.

Building Predicates

By Justin Nuger
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 331928682X
  • Total of Pages : 330
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 224
  • Pdf File: building-predicates.pdf

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This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of the syntax of Palauan that will appeal to anyone interested in Austronesian languages or formal syntactic and morphological theory. This volume proposes that words in Palauan are not drawn directly from a mental lexicon, but are instead composed at least partially in the syntax. Using original data from syntactic constructions not previously explored in the language, the author entertains several competing theories of word formation and highlights the compatible and incompatible aspects of each, through an exploration into new corners of Palauan syntax and morphology.

Going to the Movies

By Syd Field
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  • Publisher : Delta
  • Book Code : 0307569578
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 888
  • Pdf File: going-to-the-movies.pdf

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Featuring insights ... analysis ... great films and filmmakers from “the most-sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world” (The Hollywood Reporter). A life in film. An extraordinary career. An unforgettable story — from noted lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author Syd Field. What makes a great movie great? ... An actor legendary? ... A screenplay extraordinary or just ordinary? Syd Field has spent a lifetime seeking answers to these questions. His bestselling books on the art and craft of screenwriting have become the film industry’s gold standard. Now Syd Field tells his own remarkable story, sharing the insight and experience gleaned from an extraordinary career. Using classic movies from the past and present — from Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane to Andy and Larry Wachowski’s The Matrix — Field provides a guided tour of the basic elements common to all great films. Learn what makes La Grande Illusion a groundbreaking, timeless classic ... how Casablanca teaches one of the most important elements of creating memorable characters for the screen ... why Pulp Fiction might be one of the most influential films of our time. Discover the legendary filmmakers, films, and stars who shaped Field’s understanding of the medium.... Meet Jean Renoir, the great French director who steered his young Berkeley protégé away from medicine into film.... Watch a dazzling young Francis Ford Coppola as he directs his thesis film at UCLA.... Spend an amazing summer with Sam Peckinpah as he shares the screenwriting techniques behind his classic western The Wild Bunch. Rich in anecdote and insight, Going to the Movies will both entertain and inform, deepening every moviegoer’s appreciation of the magic behind the silver screen.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Classic Movies

By Lee Pfeiffer
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1440696861
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 312
  • Pdf File: the-complete-idiot-s-guide-to-classic-movies.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Sit back, grab some popcorn, and let the credits roll. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Classic Movies provides comprehensive information on the best classic films from the silent era up through 1969, cross-referenced several different ways for easy access. Also contains fun, "insider" trivia and facts about the movies, the stars, and factors that influenced the movie or the audience at the time of the movie's release. * Written by a recognized name in the industry who has written books on movies and film for decades * Features only the best movies (3 and 4 stars) from the silent era up through 1969 * Offers several indexes, which are cross-referenced alphabetically by actor and director, in addition to the main text being indexed by film name and genre * Includes appendices that provide information on the top 100 films of all time, the greatest movie quotes, Academy Award winners, and Internet references for locating hard-to-find films

My Eight Innings of Baseball Joy

By David LeVine
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 1532058152
  • Total of Pages : 136
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 805
  • Pdf File: my-eight-innings-of-baseball-joy.pdf

Book Short Summary:

David LeVine has learned more from baseball than anything else, and he’s rubbed elbows with some of the game’s most colorful personalities as a broadcaster, businessman, and fan. This series of vignettes highlight his eight innings of life observing the game, beginning with his boyhood in the 1940s. He still recalls the 1946 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, when the Cardinals’ Enos Slaughter slid across home plate with the winning run, scoring from first. The next day on the playground, all anyone cared about was running the bases. The author never did play for his high school team, but he would have been its best outfielder. The problem was, he couldn’t hit – but his love for the game went beyond wearing a uniform. As a broadcaster, he had the chance to meet (and become friends with) some of the game’s most interesting characters, including Yankee icon Billy Martin. Join the author as he celebrates his love for the game and reveals glimpses of players that fans have rarely seen.

American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing

By Tom Stempel
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 081318875X
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 242
  • Pdf File: american-audiences-on-movies-and-moviegoing.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A unique perspective on half a century of American cinema—from the audience's point of view. Tom Stempel goes beyond the comments of professional reviewers, concentrating on the opinions of ordinary people. He traces shifting trends in genre and taste, examining and questioning the power films have in American society. Stempel blends audience response with his own observations and analyzes box office results that identify the movies people actually went to see, not just those praised by the critics. Avoiding statistical summary, he presents the results of a survey on movies and moviegoing in the respondents' own words—words that surprise, amuse, and irritate. The moviegoers respond: "Big bad plane, big bad motorcycle, and big bad Kelly McGillis."—On Top Gun "All I can recall were the slave girls and the Golden Calf sequence and how it got me excited. My parents must have been very pleased with my enthusiasm for the Bible."—On why a seven-year-old boy stayed up to watch The Ten Commandments "I learned the fine art of seduction by watching Faye Dunaway smolder."—A woman's reaction to seeing Bonnie and Clyde "At age fifteen Jesus said he would be back, he just didn't say what he would look like."—On E.T. "Quasimodo is every seventh grader."—On why The Hunchback of Notre Dame should play well with middle-schoolers "A moronic, very 'Hollywoody' script, and a bunch of dancing teddy bears."—On Return of the Jedi "I couldn't help but think how Mad magazine would lampoon this." —On The Exorcist

Exile in Global Literature and Culture

By Asher Z. Milbauer,James Sutton
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1000070018
  • Total of Pages : 264
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 122
  • Pdf File: exile-in-global-literature-and-culture.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Prompted by centuries of warfare, political oppression, natural disasters, and economic collapses, exile has had an enormous impact not only on individuals who have undergone transplantation from one culture to another but also on the host societies they have joined and those worlds they have left behind. Written by prominent literary critics, creative authors, and artists, the essays gathered within Exile in Global Literature and Culture: Homes Found and Lost meditate upon the painful journeys—geographic, spiritual, emotional, psychological—brought about due to exilic rupture, loss, and dislocation. Yet exile also fosters potential pleasures and rewards: to extend scholar Martin Tucker’s formulation, wherever the exile might land in flight, he bears with him the sweetness of survival, the triumph of transcendence, the luxury of liminality, and the invitation to innovate and invent in new lands. Indeed, exile embodies both blessing and curse, homes found and lost. Furthermore, this book adheres to (and tests) the premise that exile‘s deepest and innermost currents are manifested through writing and other artistic forms.

Movies as Politics

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
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  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Book Code : 9780520918108
  • Total of Pages : 350
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 897
  • Pdf File: movies-as-politics.pdf

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In this new collection of reviews and essays, Jonathan Rosenbaum focuses on the political and social dynamics of the contemporary movie scene. Rosenbaum, widely regarded as the most gifted contemporary American commentator on the cinema, explores the many links between film and our ideological identities as individuals and as a society. Readers will find revealing examinations of, for example, racial stereotyping in the debates surrounding Do the Right Thing, key films from Africa, China, Japan, and Taiwan, Hollywood musicals and French serials, and the cultural amnesia accompanying cinematic treatments of the Russian Revolution, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War. From Schindler's List, Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, The Piano, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective to the maverick careers of Orson Welles, Jacques Tati, Nicholas Ray, Chantal Akerman, Todd Haynes, and Andrei Tarkovsky, Rosenbaum offers a polemically pointed survey that makes clear the high stakes involved in every aspect of filmmaking and filmgoing.

Deborah Kerr

By Michelangelo Capua
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 9780786460021
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 609
  • Pdf File: deborah-kerr.pdf

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Blessed with a natural beauty, Scotland-born actress Deborah Kerr (1921–2007) provided the cinema with memorable studies of English gentility. A star in British pictures before she was 21 and a Hollywood fixture from 1946 on, she projected a cool reserve and stoic nobility, often hinting at passion and insecurity beneath the surface. Frequently portraying selfless, sympathetic women, she was brilliant in such roles as Anna Leonowens in The King and I (1956). And in a fascinating departure from her normal range, her portrayal of the sexually frustrated Army wife in From Here to Eternity (1953) resulted in the screen’s most famous “clinch”—the beach scene with Burt Lancaster. Though she never won an Academy Award despite six nominations, Deborah Kerr received an honorary Oscar in 1994.

Screen Couple Chemistry

By Martha P. Nochimson
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  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Book Code : 0292788002
  • Total of Pages : 408
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 294
  • Pdf File: screen-couple-chemistry.pdf

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Astaire and Rogers, Tracy and Hepburn. Just the mention of their names evokes the powerful chemistry between these screen couples, which utterly transcended the often formulaic films in which they appeared together. Indeed, watching the synergistic flow of energy between charismatic screen partners is one of the great pleasures of cinema and television, as well as an important vehicle for thinking through issues of intimacy and gender relations. In this book, Martha P. Nochimson engages in a groundbreaking study of screen couple chemistry. She begins by classifying various types of couples to define what sets the synergistic couple apart from other onscreen pairings. Then she moves into extended discussions of four enduring screen couples—Maureen O'Sullivan/Johnny Weissmuller, Myrna Loy/William Powell, Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers, and Katharine Hepburn/Spencer Tracy. Using theories of neuroscience, she demonstrates that their onscreen chemistry is a very real phenomenon, powerful enough to subvert conventional formulations of male/female relations. Material she has uncovered in the infamous Production Code Administration files illuminates the historical context of her contentions. Finally, Nochimson traces the screen couple to its present-day incarnation in such pairs as Woody Allen/Diane Keaton, Scully/Mulder of The X-Files, and Cliff/Claire Huxtable of The Cosby Show.