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  • Bird by Birdby Anne Lamott

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    "Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at ourfamily cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized... more...

  • The Art of Dramatic Writingby Lajos Egri

    Touchstone 1972; US$ 16.99

    Amid the hundreds of "how-to" books that have appeared in recent years, there have been very few which attempted to analyze the mysteries of play-construction. This book does that -- and its principles are so valid that they apply equally well to the short story, novel and screenplay. Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the... more...

  • Movie-Made Americaby Robert Sklar

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 21.95

    Hailed as the definitive work upon its original publication in 1975 and now extensively revised and updated by the author, this vastly absorbing and richly illustrated book examines film as an art form, technological innovation, big business, and shaper of American values. 80 black-and-white photos. From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • The Writing Bookby Kate Grenville

    Allen & Unwin 2010; US$ 24.53

    A completely practical workbook that offers down-to-earth ideas and suggestions for writers or aspiring writers to get you started and to keep you going. more...

  • Worlds Apartby Jean-Christophe Agnew

    Cambridge University Press 1986; US$ 36.00 US$ 29.52

    Focusing on Britain and America in the years 1550 to 1750, the book discusses the forms and conventions that structured both commerce and theatre. more...

  • The Making of a Stand-Up Guyby Charlie Murphy

    Gallery Books 2009; US$ 15.99

    As one of the most popular performers on Comedy Central?s mega-hit The Chappelle Show, Charlie Murphy?older brother of comedy legend Eddie Murphy?shares his passion for comedy and tells his true Hollywood stories in this juicy and highly entertaining memoir. Once described by Chris Rock as ?Eddie Murphy on acid,? Charlie Murphy has achieved fame as... more...

  • Max the Movie Directorby Trina Wiebe

    ReadHowYouWant 2010; US$ 9.99

    Lights ... Camera ... Action! One night, Max is watching his favorite movie for the trillionth time when a spotlight goes on in his head: he could make a brilliant movie and all his dreams of fame and fortune would be solved! After borrowing his father's video equipment, he convinces Sid to be his leading lady, and his dreams of a box office hit... more...

  • Right Turnsby Michael Medved

    The Crown Publishing Group 2004; US$ 14.95

    Nationally syndicated talk-radio host and noted film critic Michael Medved has taken an extraordinary journey from liberal activist to outspoken conservative. Along the way he has earned millions of admirers?and more than his share of enemies?by advancing controversial, often counterintuitive arguments, including: ? Liberals love losing because it... more...

  • Do Ants Have Assholes?by Jon Butler; Bruno Vincent

    Sourcebooks, Inc. 2009; US$ 9.99

    Do Ants Have Assholes? is a hilarious, over-the-top parody of bestsellers like Do Men Have Nipples? John Butler and Bruno Vincent have dreamed up a venerable, historic (and imaginary) newspaper. more...

  • Into the Storyby David Maraniss

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 16.00

    INTO THE STORY is the first collection of the work of David Maraniss, one of the most honored and versatile writers of his generation. The thirty-two stories here cover a rich array of topics, ranging from seminal moments in modern history to intimate personal reflections, each piece illuminated by the author?s deep reporting and singular sensibility. more...