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An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era
Hardcover( Sep, 2019 )
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Friends, published for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the show’s premiere, including brand-new interviews with the series creators
In September 1994, six friends sat down in their favorite coffee shop and began bantering. A quarter of a century later, new fans are still finding their way into the lives of Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe, and thanks to a combination of talented creators, its intimate understanding of its youthful audience, and its reign during network television’s last moment of dominance, Friends has become the most influential and beloved show of its era.
Noted pop culture historian Saul Austerlitz is here to tell us how it happened. Utilizing exclusive interviews with creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, executive producer Kevin Bright, director James Burrows, and many other producers, writers, and cast members, Generation Friends tells the story of Friends’ creation, its remarkable decade-long run, and its astonishing Netflix-fueled afterlife. Readers will learn how the show was developed and cast, written and filmed. They’ll be reminded of episodes like the one about the trivia contest, the prom video, and the London trip. And, of course, the saga of Ross and Rachel. They’ll also discover surprising details—that Monica and Joey were the show’s original romantic couple, how Danielle Steel probably saved Jennifer Aniston’s career, and why Friends is still so popular that if it was a new show, its over-the-air broadcast reruns would be the ninth-highest-rated program on TV.
The show that defined the 1990s remains wildly popular today and has a legacy that has endured beyond wildest expectations. And in this hilarious, informative, and entertaining book, readers will now understand why.
The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction
Hardcover( Sep, 2019 )
Frankenstein was just the beginning- horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn't exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumored to keep her late husband's heart in her desk drawer. But have you heard of Margaret "Mad Madge" Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier (and liked to wear topless gowns to the theater)? If you know the astounding work of Shirley Jackson, whose novel The Haunting of Hill House was reinvented as a Netflix series, then try the psychological hauntings of Violet Paget, who was openly involved in long-term romantic relationships with women in the Victorian era. You'll meet celebrated icons (Ann Radcliffe, V. C. Andrews), forgotten wordsmiths (Eli Coltor, Ruby Jean Jensen), and today's vanguard (Helen Oyeyemi). Curated reading lists point you to their most spine-chilling tales. Part biography, part reader's guide, the engaging write-ups and detailed reading lists will introduce you to more than a hundred authors and over two hundred of their mysterious and spooky novels, novellas, and stories.
Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
Hardcover( Sep, 2019 )
Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? If we did, surely we would be roused to act on what we know. Will future generations distinguish between those who didn't believe in the science of global warming and those who said they accepted the science but failed to change their lives in response?
In We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way. The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves--with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat--and don't eat--for breakfast.
Classic Australian Icons Made Edible by One Kool Kat
Hardcover( Oct, 2019 )
This mad-cap collection of edible Australiana will win over anyone with a love for the land of the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House and Big Banana. Style maven Katherine Sabbath's deliciously witty cakes range from kitsch and cute, to stylish and sophisticated.
Start at Chapter One, Easy As, for beginner baking heaven. Enter stage left: the giant Fairy Bread Cake, Flamin' Galah Cupcakes and Opal Cookies.
Progress to Chapter Two, She'll Be Right, to create a Jaw-some man-eater from a dark chocolate sea salt cake. Engineer your own Sydney Opera House Pavlova or decorate a Dame Edna Koala.
Chapter Three, Advanced Australian Fare, is where you bust out a Mining Magnate (it's rich!), build your own Great Aussie Dream Home or knock everyone's socks off with Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert.
Sydney cake queen Katherine Sabbath is one of the coolest creatives around, loved for her cutting-edge cake designs and quirky personal style. This baking legend will teach you the tips and techniques to create maximum effect with every cake. Go ahead: bake her day.
The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth
Hardcover( Oct, 2019 )
'If Australia were a child, she would be traumatised by a past that she is told to forget. She has witnessed her custodians being murdered and raped, scattered to the margins of society. She suffers for what she has seen. She cannot forget. Her heart beat is fading. On 26 May 2017, a historic moment at Uluru gave this country hope. Those custodians came together, reached in to their own hearts, and gifted us with a roadmap to find the heart of the nation - The Uluru Statement from the Heart. When you read this book, you will be feeling the pulse of this beautiful country, Australia. Finding the Heart of the Nation is a book full of stories about extraordinary people who will take you on an unforgettable journey to a place where we can start a new beginning. This book is a call to action that you will never forget.' tdash; Thomas Mayor, 2018 Two years ago, a gathering of around 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders signed the Uluru Statement from the Heart. It is a proposal to commit Australia to a process of truth-telling about its colonial history and treaty making through the establishment of a Makarrata commission, and to enshrine a First Nations representative body in the Constitution. Since the convention, Thomas Mayor has travelled the country, meeting with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to talk with them about the hopes and aims that come with Uluru Statement. Thomas, along with many Australians, believes that we will never find the heart of our nation until the First peoples edash; the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders ldash; are recognised in the Australian Constitution. In this book, Thomas shares the stories of people he has met all around the country. They are Indigenous leaders in their communities and they attended the Convention. Through these 20 interviews and Thomas;squo; own story, readers will gain unique and thoughtful insights into the important place Indigenous people have in our country, and the road map gifted to the whole community to find a fuller expression of Australialsquo;s nationhood. This is a journey for Thomas ydash; he travels from the capital cities, to towns, remote communities and back to the heart of the continent, Uluru. And he brings readers with him with his words, the interviews and the stunning photos that illustrate his travels.
Paperback( Sep, 2019 )
Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government's system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.
In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it.
Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online - a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet's conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, Permanent Record is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.
Paperback( Oct, 2019 )
488 Rules for Life is not a self-help book, because it's not you who needs help, it's other people. Whether they're walking and texting, asphyxiating you on public transport with their noxious perfume cloud, or leaving one useless square of toilet paper on the roll, a lot of people just don't know the rules. But thanks to Kitty Flanagan's comprehensive guide to modern behaviour, our world will soon be a much better place. A place where people don't ruin the fruit salad by putting banana in it … where your co-workers respect your olfactory system and don't reheat their fish curry in the office microwave ... where middle aged men don't have ponytails …What started as a joke on Kitty Flanagan's popular segment on ABC TV's The Weekly, is now a quintessential reference book with the power to change society. (Or, at least, make it a bit less irritating.) What people are (Kitty Flanagan is) saying about this book: 'You're welcome everyone.''Thank god for me.''I'd rather be sad and lonely, but right.''There's not actually 488 rules in here but it sure feels like it'.