This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection
With a sharp eye and her trademark self-deprecating humour, Carol Burnett tells the story of her rise in show business and the people she met along the way, from such Hollywood greats as Jimmy Stewart, Marlon Brando, and Cary Grant, to the family, cast and audience members who motivated her. The anecdotes range from the hilarious to the heartbreaking. Throughout these reminiscences, a portrait emerges of a totally down-to-earth, richly talented, and amusingly spunky woman whose life and career are moving, insightful, and ultimately inspiring. Hardcover, 267 pp. $29.95.
Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
Michael J. Fox
In Always Looking Up, Michael J. Fox writes about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities. Instead of building walls around himself, he developed a personal policy of engagement and discovery. Hardcover, 279 pp. $33.99.
It's Only Temporary
Picking up ten years after his first book, Time on Fire, Evan Handler again uses his laceratingly funny and revealing storytelling skills to weave twenty-one new tales into a defiantly unconventional memoir. Consistently witty and insightful, Handler's stories shift effortlessly from the comedic to the profound, musing with equal intensity on the existence of God and his experiences with TV stardom. Hardcover, 223 pp. $27.50.
The Encyclopedia Shatnerica
This updated edtion of the Encyclopedia Shatnerica is your complete guide to the life and work of William Shatner -- actor, singer, writer, director, horseman, game show host, and legendary Hollywood lothario. Hop aboard the Starship Irreverent as certified "Shatnerologist" Robert Schnakenberg documents every aspect of The Great One's career. Softcover, 288 pp. $18.95.
The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts
Tom Farley Jr. & Tanner Colby
The Chris Farley Show is a deeply moving biography feauturing more than 100 exclusive interviews from industry professionals, family, and friends that knew him best. It charts his rise through the ranks of Chicago's ImprovOlympic and Second City, takes us behind the scenes for his dramatic tenure at Saturday Night Live, and follows his harrowing descent into years of insecurity and addiction. Hardcover, 348 pp. $29.50.
Audition: A Memoir
After more than forty years of interviewing heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, and celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life. Hardcover, 600 pp. $34.00.
Sit, Ubu, Sit
Gary David Goldberg
In Sit, Ubu, Sit, award-winning writer/producer Gary David Goldberg tells the mostly upbeat, sometimes difficult, and frequently hilarious tale of his improbable career and the people who have filled it. A love story and a rare behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry, Sit, Ubu, Sit proves that it is possible to be creative and successful while holding on to your integrity, your family, and your sense of humor. Softcover, 256 pp. $15.95.
George Clooney: The Last Great Movie Star
In this long awaited and only up-to-date biography of one of Hollywood's most colorful leading men, pop culture expert Kimberly Potts traces Clooney's life from smalltown boy to big-screen idol. Potts also recounts how Clooney has gained success and acclaim with his shrewd strategy of alternating blockbuster movie roles with les lucrative "passion" projects -- such as Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck -- that reflect his personal ethics. Including essential Clooney photographs, a filmography, timeline and a list of his favorite 100 films, this is the book no Clooney fan will want to be without. Softcover, 256 pp. $22.95.
Starring Brian Linehan
The elegant host of talk shows City Lights and then Linehan, Brian Linehan interviewed mmmore than two thousand stars over three decades - eventually becoming as famous as the people he spoke with. George Anthony, one of Linehan's oldest friends and colleagues, reveals all: the wit, the infighting, the insecurity, the famous friends, and the groundbreaking interviews. Deeply personal, Starring Brian Linehan is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, as it traces Linehan's rise to fame, his troubled private life, and his death by cancer in 2004. Hardcover, 342 pp. $34.99.
A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body
A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body is about the nightmare of ending up being nothing like the woman you had intended on being. Writer and performer Lauren Weedman's stories are comical and painfully cringeworthy. Softcover, 242 pp. $19.95.
A revealing behind-the-scenes portrait of the award-winning TV show Inside the Actor's Studio and its creator and host, James Lipton. Softcover, 492 pp. $16.50.
Get Smashed. The Story of the Men Who Made the Adverts that Changed Our Lives
Between the 1960s and the 1980s some of the most influential men in the country spent most of the day in the pub and got paid more than the Prime Minister. They were responsible for transforming a lifeless advertising industry into something exciting and extravagant--they came up with the idea of selling lifestyles. Get Smashed is their story, a story of ambition, obsession and excess which illustrates how the ads that began reflecting British culture came to define it. Softcover, 214 pp. $34.95.
Have Your Dog Stuffed and Other Things I've Learned
A star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and, for
eleven years, the inimitable Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H -- during
which time he became the only person ever to win Emmys for acting, writing, and
directing -- Alan Alda has now written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting
as his greatest performances. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed is
the touching story of Alda's professional and personal development, but surprisingly
it is the story of a life more filled with turbulence and laughter than any he
has ever played on stage or screen. Readers will be moved by this candid autobiography.
Hardcover 224 pp. $33.95.
In the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures
Helen Mirren has been working in stage, film and television for over forty years and is one of the world’s most admired actors. Her early beginnings were not always glamorous, as she reveals in this delightful memoir. Beginning with the story of her Russian antecedents stranded in England by the Bolshevik revolution, Mirren takes us through a life story that is richly documented with photographs and memorabilia collected from her earliest days to the present. A memoir and a life to savour from one of the great personalities of our age. Hardcover. $37.95. Coming in October.
Considering Doris Day
The biggest female box-office attraction in Hollywood history, Doris Day remains unequaled as the only entertainer who has ever triumphed in movies, radio, recordings, and a multi-year weekly television series. Tom Santopietro uncovers the unexpected facets of Day's surprisingly sexy acting and singing style. Considering Doris Day is a book that grants Doris Day her rightful place as a singular American artist. Hardcover, 388 pp. $31.95.
Everybody's Daughter: Nobody's Child
A memoir written by one of Britain's most outstanding actors, Everybody's Daughter, Nobody's Child is a vivid chronicle of childhood, evoking the England of the fifties and the confusions of growing up illegitimate. Softcover, 369 pp. $18.00.
Calcium Made Interesting
Graham Chapman & Jim Yoakum
This unique anthology shows there was far more to Graham then a belief in the absurd. Calcium Made Interesting includes previously unpublished essays and teleplays, unperformed sketches, transcripts of Graham's lecture tours, letters to his bank manager, serious articles petitioning for gay rights, and reflections on his fellow Pythons. Softcover, 332 pp. $17.99.
The Two of Us: My Life With John Thaw
When John Thaw, star of The Sweeney, Inspector Morse and Goodnight Mister Tom, died in 2002, a nation lost one of its finest actors. Sheila Hancock lost a beloved husband. The Two of Us is a biography of a born actor and the complex man behind the roles; a portrait of a passionate marriage that weathered drink, separation and cancer. Softcover, 301 pp. $15.95.
Moss Hart: A Prince of the Theatre
This long-awaited biography -- the first to be written with the full
support and cooperation of Moss Hart's family and friends -- is more
than just an assessment of Hart's magnificent Broadway career; it is
a thoughtfully written portrait of the man behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning
legend. Hardcover, 452 pp. $36.95.
On The Couch
In this engaging memoir, Lorraine Bracco opens up about her career,
her marriages, her determination to be a good mother, and her refusal
to be marginalized as an actress and a woman in a society obsessed
with youth and beauty. On the Couch delivers with all the force of
woman's marvelous personality. Hardcover, 292 pp. $34.00.
There are Worse Things I Could Do
Adrienne Barbeau never set out to be a sex symbol and she never planned
on giving birth to twins when she was fifty-one, but both those stories
and a lot more are detailed in this witty, revealing memoir. With
humour and fearlessness, she shares her romance with a superstar,
to a famous film director, her marriage to a much younger man, and
her successful battle with infertility. Hardcover, $32.50.
One Fine Stooge: Larry Fine's Frizzy Life in Pictures
Steve Cox & Jim Terry
Certainly one of the most famous trios in the history of show business,
The Three Stooges are genuine icons of comedy. This is their story
as revealed by Larry Fine, in his own words, augmented by fascinating
from family members and friends. This tumultuous trip is based on Larry's
memoirs, now published for the first time, along with his astonishing
collection of rare photographs -- including 50 images in full colour.
Hardcover, 241 pp. $37.95.
Judith Belushi Pisano & Tanner Colby
On the day he turned thirty, John Belushi starred in America's number-one movie
(Animal House), starred in the number-one late-night show (SNL)
and had recorded a number-one album (Briefcase Full of Blues).
This biography shows how this Albanian immigrant's son captured the nation's
imagination during his high-priced, high-speed, short-lived career. Filled with
never-before-seen photos and provocative, intensely personal testimonials by
just about every major comedic figure of the last half century this remarkable
and raucous story of a larger-than-life figure provides an eye-opening glimpse
into the life of a pop culture legend. Hardcover, 288 pp. $42.00.
Between You and Me: A Memoir
Famous and infamous, they all have one confidant in common -- Mike
Wallace. Now, in this candid and revealing book, Wallace tells behind-the-scenes
stories from his remarkable sixty-year career. Here are intimate
off-camera antics, never-before-told tales, and, most important,
Wallace's insights about some unforgettable characters. Included
is a 82-minute DVD
of Wallace's most famous interviews. Hardcover, 292 pp.
It's Not Easy Being Green
Edited by Cheryl Henson
For millions of people, the name Jim Henson equals fun, creativity, compassion,
wackiness, and all the energy and joy of the Muppets. In It's Not
Easy Being Green, we read Jim's own words, as well as those of some
of his best-known
characters like Kermit the Frog and Ernie, and we get a generous
helping of the philosophy and humour that was so essential to Jim's
creations. Hardcover, 197 pp. $22.95.
Darling Judi: A Celebration of Judi Dench
Published: Dec 01, 2004Judi Dench is one of Britain's best-lover actors. Now,
to mark her seventieth birthday, her biographer John Miller has invited fellow
actors, writers, people of the theatre, film and television to illustrate her
genius and character from their own experience and perspective. Darling
Judi includes contributions from the likes of David Hare, Billy Connolly, and
Richard Eyre - among many others. Darling Judi offers a unique perspective
of one of the most fascinating actors of our time. Hardcover, 195 pp. $39.95.
This Hour Has Seven Decades
In This Hour Has Seven Decades, Patrick Watson gives a first-person
account of a sunny and adventurous childhood, the early days of broadcasting,
the troubled years of his chairmanship of the CBC, and the myriad projects
of the in-between and later years, in a frank, gossipy narrative that
reflects the story-telling skills that have made his novels and historical
books bestsellers. Hardcover, 614 pp. $34.95.
Prunella: The Authorized Biography of Prunella Scales
The characters Prunella Scales has played are some of the best-loved -- and most
diverse -- on stage or screen. To some she is Sybil Fawlty, the terror of Torquay;
to others a reincarnation of Queen Victoria -- or any other of a host of extraordinary
women. That she can assume so diverse a range of personalities and make them
her own is the cornerstone of a career that has spanned more than five decades.
But as Teresa Ransom discovers, it is her own story -- her memories and experiences
-- that makes these characters so memorable and real. Hardcover, 250 pp. $39.95.
Actor Nicholas Pennell: Risking Enchantment
Mary Z. Maher
Nicholas Pennell skyrocketed to fame in the BBC's 1967 television serial,
The Forsyte Saga, but was best known as a classical actor at the
Stratford festival. Before his untimely death at the age of 56, he
had played 250
parts in theatre, film, and television. Interviews with Pennell,
as well as with his friends and colleagues, inform this biography,
actors in mind and sparkling with Pennell's narrative gifts and teeming
with theatrical advice about performing for the stage and screen.
Softcover, 172 pp. $34.95.
Hollywood Causes Cancer: The Tom Green Story
For the first time, Tom Green -- the Canadian who shot to fame as host of MTV's The
Tom Green Show; starred in a hit movie; wrote and directed his own film,
which was soundly trashed by the critics; married and divorced Hollywood royalty;
and suffered a very public, poignant, and even darkly comic battle with testicular
cancer -- tells the wild story of his unlikely journey from media darling to
media punching bag and how he survived the Hollywood machine. Hardcover, 257
No Room For Secrets
In No Room For Secrets, Joanna Lumley uses the unique structure of a tour through
her house to tell the story of her life. Intimate, funny, intriguing and moving,
this is a more surprising and revealing autobiography than any sensationalist "kiss
and tell" memoir you will ever read. Inside you will find the real Joanna
Hardcover, 264 pp. $38.00.
A Portrait of the Artist as Australian
L'Oeuvre Bizzare de Barry Humphries
Paul Matthew St. Pierre
Best known for his flamboyant character Dame Edna Everage, Australian
actor and comedian Barry Humphries is also the critically acclaimed
author of twenty-nine books. Looking at Humphries within a social and
historical context, this is the first critical assessment of his entire
oeuvre, especially his career as an author. Hardcover, 363
Lucy & Desi: A Real Life Scrapbook of America's Favorite TV Couple
Drawing on more than 100 oversized personal scrapbooks kept by
Lucy and Desi, hundreds of original documents, rare photographs, unusual
correspondence and all manner of memorabilia have been selected for
this unique collection. Fans the world over will cherish this one-of-a-kind
glimpse behind-the-scenes and into the lives of these cherished icons.
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