A delightful introduction for children to Mary Blair, Walt Disney's favorite artist, who contributed color styling and inspirational artwork for many of the classic Disney animated films of the 40's and 50's and then returned to the studio in the 60's as an Imagineer. Walt said Mary used colors he didn't know existed. This book's charming illustrations capture not only Mary's color sense but her evolving fashion sense as well.
The Turner prize winner issues a call to lay down arms and discard a masculine gender role that has outlived its usefulness. When is the last time you had to kill a saber-toothed tiger? Though he covers much of the ground previously explored in greater depth by John Stoltenberg in Refusing to Be A Man and other works, Perry revisits these ideas with such wit, grace, and soul-searching honesty to deserve our time and attention. In an age when the evening news would be better titled "What Disgusting and Dangerous Things Did Men Do Today?", this work is urgently necessary.
The latest book from the always fearless, Emmy and Grammy winning comedian is a collection of brutally honest tales of her encounters with the famous and the infamous, from Barbra Streisand to Donald Trump. By turns hilarious and surreal, these anecdotes prove once again that life inside the bubble of celebrity is often ridiculous, occasionally touching, and sometimes just repellent. If you think you know who is a nicer guy, Simon Cowell or Ashton Kutcher, you're wrong and you need to read this book.
This Disney Comics version of Dante's Inferno starring Mickey Mouse as Dante and Goofy as Virgil was first serialized in Italy in 1949-50 and is now being published in English in its entirety in North America for the first time. Part of what makes this surreal oddity so charming and hilarious is that this is an actual Disney product and not a piece of cultural cannibalism. like the Air Pirates. Co-starring characters from Dumbo, Pinocchio, The Three Caballeros, and Song of the South. Bizarre and delightful.
Finally, Dave Smith, founder and Chief Archivist Emeritus of the Disney archives, columnist, and author of multiple volumes of Disney trivia has brought us the long-awaited 5th edition of Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia, arriving in time for holiday gift-giving. This edition has been even more eagerly anticipated since many fans missed out on the last edition which was not widely distributed. This exhaustively comprehensive guide to the entire Disney universe includes coverage of feature films, short subjects, parks and park attractions, television, Imagineers and performers, as well as coverage of recent additions to the Disney family including the Muppets, Star Wars, and Marvel. With more than 800 B/W illustrations.
This gorgeously produced collection of maps, brochures, posters, and conceptual art of all the Disney Parks worldwide traces not only the evolution of each park, but the evolution of Disney graphic design as well. Lingering over the souvenir maps of the past will jog many happy memories and perhaps settle a few family arguments. A must gift for any Disney fan. -David's November Staff Pick, 2016
E. B. White (Elements of Style, Charlotte's Web) was not only one of the greatest American humourists of the 20th century, but also one of its greatest dog lovers. Together here in one volume for the first time are all his essays, letters, poems, and sketches about dogs including many previously uncollected shorter pieces from The New Yorker and previously unpublished photographs of his many canine friends. A great gift for dog lovers and a terrific reminder of the Golden Age of New Yorker humour. -David's August Staff Pick, 2016
For well over two centuries, the Indian captivity narrative was one of the most popular American literary genres, and one of the few dominated by female voices and experiences. These tales ranged from authentic autobiographies containing accurate ethnographic information to purely, and sensationally, fictitious accounts, and covered captivities that lasted a few days to those that lasted a lifetime. This comprehensive and thoughtfully introduced collection reprints ten narratives including those of Mary Jemison and Mary Rowlandson, arguably the most widely read. -David's June Staff Pick, 2016
One of the great lost classics of American naturalism. A naive young minister falls in with a group of artists, scientists, and Catholics who shake his faith and moral resolve, and he proceeds to make a fool of himself on a gigantic scale. Watching him spiral out of control is either hilarious or unbearably uncomfortable depending on one's mood. -David's May Staff Pick 2016
Due to the steady Amish population growth and therefore necessary migration into new rural areas, more Americans than ever before have Amish neighbors, whether they know it or not. And due to the silly and often grotesque misrepresentations of reality TV, Christian Romance, and the tourist industry, more Americans than ever before have been fed stereotypes, urban myths, and outright lies about the Amish. As a corrective, Steven Nolt, Senior Scholar of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, has written a comprehensive yet brief, readable yet scholarly, account of Amish culture, beliefs, and history. A perfect introduction for the curious and misinformed, rarely has a book packed so much solid information into such a small package. -David's April Staff Pick, 2016
Although Powers is best known for his short stories about the daily lives of Catholic priests, monks, and nuns, a dozen of which appeared in the New Yorker over four decades and one of which won the O. Henry Award, he also wrote two novels. Morte D'Urban, his first novel, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1963. Admired for his elegant prose and gentle wit, his portraits were never either hagiographic on the one hand nor mean-spirited on the other, and are probably the most realistic depictions of Catholic clergy in American literature. -David's February Staff Pick, 2016
In the 60's, Imagineer and Disney Legend Rolly Crump developed ideas for a walk-through Museum of the Weird that would have been part of the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland, but after Walt's death the plans were abandoned. Now, thanks to Marvel, we can finally explore the Museum of the Weird. Included are many of Rolly's original creations: the Coffin Clock, the Mushroom People, and the Walking Chair. Quick, before the Candle Man burns out! -David's January Staff Pick, 2016
A revolution in home ice cream making; an easy fool-proof method for making creamy, smooth ice cream without an ice cream maker or any specialized equipment. With recipes for sorbets, sherbets, and gelatos as well. -David's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015
Lewis was one of the four masters (along with Walpole, Radcliffe, and Maturin) who invented the Gothic novel and established horror fiction as we know it today. Considered sacrilegious, profane, and obscene in its day, The Monk's combination of supernatural horror and human sadomasochism in an erotically charged, cloistered environment still has the power to shock and surprise, arouse and offend. -David's Halloween Staff Pick, 2015
This is the last of the six novels published between 1957 and 1962 by Ann Bannon, known informally, but respectfully, as the Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction. Though the last written, it is a prequel, which chronicles the arrival in Greenwich Village of Beebo Brinker, the much-loved, iconic butch. In these days of historic advancements, it is important to remember and pay tribute to our pre-Stonewall past, and it is impossible to overestimate the importance of Bannon's books to generations of queer women. -David's August Staff Pick, 2015
Thornton Wilder won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama (Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth) and one for Fiction (The Bridge of San Luis Rey), and yet his masterpiece is long forgotten. Ides of March is an epistolary novel about the months leading to the assassination of Julius Caesar. All the big historical figures are here (Caesar, Cleopatra, Catullus) and all the big topics (sex, religion, politics, philosophy) but the tone remains intimate and casual, like eavesdropping on private conversations. Endlessly fascinating and often quite surprisingly funny. A lost American classic. -David's July Staff Pick, 2015
This book is not about pigs! Really,it isn't. Really. A hilarious picture book, though probably funnier to adults than kids. A perfect gift for your foodie friend. -David's June Staff Pick, 2015
The first novel by an American author to sell a million copies on its initial release. The huge popularity of this book started the rush of tourism to the Ozarks that made Branson what it is today. Part mystery, part love story, part history lesson. Ever wonder what a Baldknobber is? -David's May Staff Pick, 2015
Charming illustrations and period photographs tell the story, unknown to most Americans, of a black bear's journey from Canada to the London Zoo to immortality in the pages of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh. A must for Pooh fans. -David's April Staff Pick, 2015
One of the greatest British detective stories of the Golden Age, an important feminist document, a witty comedy of manners, a complex and beautiful love story, and elegant prose all in one novel. -David's March Staff Pick, 2015
The third anthology of essays edited by Sycamore (That's Revolting and Nobody Passes) presents a wide range of queer voices of many races and many genders (yes, there are more than two) presenting an inclusive, sex-positive challenge to the narrow gay assimilationist agenda of marriage and militarism. By turns thoughtful, angry, and hilarious. -David's February Staff Pick, 2015
In the fall of 2011, a rogue Amish bishop and many of his adult children and their spouses carried out a series of violent attacks on Amish in other communities, forcibly shaving their heads and cutting their beards. Donald Kraybill, the leading living authority on the Amish, offers a detailed account of the attacks and the subsequent precedent-setting trial, the first in which Federal laws were used to prosecute religious hate crimes in which the victims and perpetrators were of the same religion. This is a fascinating and horrifying account. -David's January Staff Pick, 2015
A great family board game for those who want the adventure and wonder of Dungeons and Dragons, but do not want to play a role-playing game. There is much greater freedom in this game than in more linear board games; players choose when to explore deeper into the more dangerous, and profitable, levels of the dungeon. Easy to learn and the dungeon is different every time for great repeat play. -David's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015
Long out of print, this novel was the basis for the 1933 Frank Capra film starring Barbara Stanwyck, chosen in 2000 by British film critic Derek Malcolm as one of the 100 best films of all time. A naive young woman travels to war-torn China to marry a missionary but is kidnapped en route by a Chinese warlord. The culture clash between the General and the bride-to-be transforms what began as a whopping good adventure story into a stinging indictment of both the missionary and colonial impulses. -David's November Staff Pick, 2015
Nobel Prize winner Sigrid Undset's 1907 debut novel, never before available to English readers, has been given a graceful translation by Tiina Nunnally who recently translated Undset's Jenny. Written as a diary of a happily married woman who falls into an affair, this is an incisive and unsparing portrait of the devastating emotional and spiritual effects of adultery. -David's October Staff Pick, 2014
These are transcripts of lunch conversations between the great American director Henry Jaglom (Eating, Deja Vu) and some other dude who directed a handful of overrated movies. Filled with outrageous anecdotes you won't believe and outrageous opinions you won't accept. A must for film buffs. -David's September Staff Pick, 2014