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A Deficit of Decency
Zell Miller
0974537632
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
In February of 2004, Senator Zell Miller delivered the speech "A Deficit of Decency" on the Senate floor. The speech considered the very soul of America and generated an unexpectedly massive response from people across the nation. Expanding on this theme in his new book by the same title, former U.S. Senator and Georgia Governor Zell Miller identifies a wide range of issues—from media and sports role models, to the judiciary, to the decline of traditional Christian values of the family, responsibility and sacrifice—where an absence of decency is threatening the heart of America. "A Deficit of Decency" addresses specific issues where Miller sees a need to return to a basic sense of duty. Miller writes in the preface, "There have been ten generations of Americans since this nation was founded….Each left...


How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie
0671027034
October 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. How to Win Friends and Influence People is just as useful today as it was when it was first published, because Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature that will never be outdated. Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to "the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people." He teaches these skills through underlying principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. He also emphasizes fundamental techniques for handling people without making them feel manipulated. Carnegie says you can make someone want to do what you want them to by seeing the...


Suntanning in 20th Century America

0786423943


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Book Description
The suntan experienced a profound change in the last century. Considered a mark of the lower class for hundreds of years, tanning became a fad in the early 1920s and remains popular today. The tan, though, was much more thana matter of fashion,enjoying at first a boost from the medical establishment. Opinions ranging from hard science to quackery lauded the suntan as something of a panacea. Near the end of World War II, however, researchers increasingly warned against the hazards of overexposure to the sun, and a large new industry developed—sunscreen. Americans’ current paradoxical obsession with the tan developed almost entirely from the conflicting rays of twentieth century thought. This history examines the twentieth century suntan as a social and scientific phenomenon. Beginning with the years...


Orange Sunshine : The Party that Lasted a Decade

0946719888


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Book Description

"Until now the only true record we had of this amazing time was the music, the photos and our memories. Jeremy Reed's Orange Sunshine takes a giant leap of faith that has succeeded in imaginatively recreating the times, and as such is an educative marvel. He's very brave and honest, deeply talented and he takes you there . . . a true keeper of the flame."-Andrew Loog Oldham

A recreation of the shape-shifting extravaganza of the 1960s in the form of an epic verse-documentary, Orange Sunshine reads as a dynamic series of mini-biographies of the period's major rock stars, cult icons, and leaders of fashion.

About the Author
Jeremy Reed, called 'The British Rimbaud' by Edmund White, is an award-winning poet and novelist.



How to Stay Christian in College
J. Budziszewski
1576835103
Apr 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Going away to college can be exciting, scary, wild, or all of the above. And don't think Christian colleges are always a failsafe alternative. As students trade home life for dorm life, they leave behind their church, their friends, their families--their major networks of support. What should they expect when they arrive on campus? How to Stay Christian in College is an interactive guide that lets students know what to expect and reassures them that they can attend school and still maintain their faith. Filled with anecdotes, resources, and much more, it prepares, equips, and encourages high school and college students to meet the challenge of living out their faith at school. It examines different worldviews and myths that students encounter at college, giving them the tools they need to meet the challenges ahead. ...


A Family Guide to Narnia: Biblical Truths in C. S. Lewis's the Chronicles of Narnia
Christin Ditchfield
1581345151
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Hear the echoes of the Bible in Narnia... Do you read The Chronicles of Narnia sensing that the stories are full of biblical parallels, even if you're not always sure what they are or where to find them? This user-friendly companion to The Chronicles of Narnia is written for C.S. Lewis readers like you who want to discover the books' biblical and Christian roots. Read it, and you'll find that this chapter-by-chapter, book-by-book examination of The Chronicles will widen your spiritual vision.

About the Author
Christin Ditchfield is the host of a nationally syndicated radio program, Take It To Heart!, an accomplished educator, a conference speaker, and author of over thirty-five books for children. Her articles have appeared in numerous national and international magazines,...


University of Destruction
David Wheaton
0764200534
Apr 2005
Paperback
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The Diet of Bookworms
"A gift for any student who is planning on attending college.... I definitely recommend it."

Christian Book Previews.com
"If colleges came with warning labels, they would probably look something like this book..."

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The Stanley Kubrick Archives
Alison Castle (Editor)
3822822841
April 30, 2005
Hardcover
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Playboy, April 2005
"First print-run buyers get a 12-frame filmstrip from the 70-millimeter print of 2001, the Kubrickian equivalent of precious bodily fluids."

HoBO Magazine, Vancouver, Issue 4
"the first book to explore his meticulous archives.. the most comprehensive study of the filmaker to date."

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Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter
Steven Johnson
1573223077
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
In his fourth book, Everything Bad Is Good for You, iconoclastic science writer Steven Johnson (who used himself as a test subject for the latest neurological technology in his last book, Mind Wide Open) takes on one of the most widely held preconceptions of the postmodern world--the belief that video games, television shows, and other forms of popular entertainment are detrimental to Americans' cognitive and moral development. Everything Good builds a case to the contrary that is engaging, thorough, and ultimately convincing.

The heart of Johnson's argument is something called the Sleeper Curve--a universe of popular entertainment that trends, intellectually speaking, ever upward, so that today's pop-culture consumer has to do more "cognitive work"--making snap decisions and coming up with long-term...



Battle Cry for a Generation
Ron Luce
0781442672
June 2005
Hardcover
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Uncle John's 4-Ply Bathroom Reader
Bathroom Readers Institute
0760738092
February 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Originally published in 4 separate volumes at a cost of $40.00. Now in one hardcover edition.


The Complete New Yorker: Eighty Years of the Nation's Greatest Magazine (Book & 8 DVD-ROMs)
David Remnick (Introduction)
1400064740
September 20, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
EVERY PAGE OF EVERY ISSUE
ON 8 DVD-ROMS, WITH A COMPANION BOOK OF HIGHLIGHTS.

A cultural monument, a journalistic gold mine, an essential research tool, an amazing time machine.


What has the New Yorker said about Prohibition, Duke Ellington, the Second World War, Bette Davis, boxing, Winston Churchill, Citizen Kane, the invention of television, the Cold War, baseball, the lunar landing, Willem de Kooning, Madonna, the internet, and 9/11?

Eighty years of The New Yorker offers a detailed, entertaining history of the life of the city, the nation, and the world since 1925.

Every article, every cartoon, every illustration, every advertisement, exactly as it appeared on the printed page, in full color. Flip through full spreads of the magazine to browse...


Trivial Pursuit Pop Culture 2 DVD Game
Hasbro
0641642229
March 2005
Other Format
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Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters
Dick Staub
0787978949
Jan 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Dick Staub starts his book by describing the key difference between the Christian faith and the Force of the Star Wars films. In Star Wars, the Force itself is the energy field that "surrounds and penetrates us… [and] binds the galaxy together." But in our world, Staub points out that a Christian believes in one true Lord over all things - including the Force itself, a Lord of the Force, if you will. So with this subtle but important point made, the rest of the book takes a journey of exploration, looking in detail at how a Jedi learning the ways of The Force can be readily compared to a Christian learning the ways of the Lord of the Force. The interesting aspect of this book though, is not the primary conceit of using the Jedi mythology to explore Christianity. Instead it is the wealth of ideas Staub...


Serenity: Those Left Behind (Serenity)
Joss Whedon, et al
1593074492
January 25, 2006
Paperback
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From Booklist
With the war between the Alliance and the independent Browncoats over, Mal Reynolds, captain of the Serenity, and his crew of misfits, fugitives, and would-be outlaws work the frontier. Defeated and directionless, their goal has become simply to keep flying, and Mal is willing to take any job, in- or outside the law, to achieve it. Although their willingness to flout rules has occasionally played to their favor, they may be in over their heads in taking aboard Simon and his damaged sister, River, secretive fugitives from the Alliance. Mal and his crew may not know it, but the hunt is on, and the Alliance is right behind them. Whedon elaborates on his Firefly universe in this small prequel to the movie Serenity. If this story doesn't have much in the way of plot or background, an aura of character study...


The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss
James W. Kemp
0817014578
Jan 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The stories of one of the world's most beloved children's authors are both imaginative and entertaining. But a closer look at Dr. Seuss's stories reveals that many are inspirational as well as instructive. James Kemp has identified as his favorite theologian not Barth or Pannenberg, but the inimitable Dr. Seuss. In this readily accessible resource, Kemp finds parallels between the actions of cats in hats, Grinches, Snitches, Sneetches, and other Creachas and lessons found in Scripture. Thus, as the author shares his enthusiasm for the creativity and wisdom of Dr. Seuss, both the meaning and the relevance of many Bible passages come to life.

About the Author
James W. Kemp received a Master of Divinity degree from Duke in 1979. He served for fifteen years as a United Methodist...


Truth behind the Da Vinci Code: A Challenging Response to the Bestselling Novel
Richard Abanes
0736914390
April 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Nationally recognized researcher Richard Abanes, author of Harry Potter and the Bible, looks at three of the most fascinating people in history: Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, and Leonardo Da Vinci. Based on his extensive research, Abanes explores the answers to many of the questions that Dan Brown’s fictional thriller, The Da Vinci Code, raises The Truth About the Da Vinci Code by bestselling author Richard Abanes is a user-friendly and easy-to-understood reference source for anyone wanting to make an informed decision about the claims made in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Unlike other books that may appear in response to Brown's riveting novel, Abanes' book will be concise (96-pages), inexpensive, and formated in such as way as to help Christians and non-Christians alike find the facts they need in order to...


Finding God in the Lord of the Rings
Kurt D. Bruner
0842355715
Oct 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
There's more to Middle-earth than meets the eye, argue Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware in Finding God in The Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien, a devout Christian, helped bring C.S. Lewis into the faith and met weekly with Lewis and Charles Williams at an Oxford pub for heated religious and literary discussions that informed The Lord of the Rings. Although Bruner and Ware avoid any simplistic claim that Tolkien's saga is "a covert allegory of the Gospel," the authors assert that the books have evangelistic power because they "can open the heart's back door when the front door is locked." Twenty-one short chapters describe various scenes and themes from Tolkien's work in order to illustrate truths of Christian life. For instance, Frodo and Sam's awareness that their adventures are part of a larger story "reflects the...


Film Directing: Shot by Shot : Visualizing from Concept to Screen (Michael Wiese Productions)
Steven Katz
0941188108
January 25, 1991
Paperback
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Book Review
Film Directing Shot by Shot offers a good introduction to the rudiments of film production. Steven D. Katz walks his readers through the various stages of moviemaking, advising them at every turn to visualize the films they wish to produce. Katz believes that one of the chief tasks of filmmaking is to negotiate between our three-dimensional reality and the two-dimensionality of the screen. He covers the number of technical options filmmakers can use to create a satisfying flow of shots, a continuity that will make sense to viewers and aptly tell the film's story. Katz provides in-depth coverage of production design, storyboarding, spatial connections, editing, scene staging, depth of frame, camera angles, point of view, and the various types of stable compositions and moving camera shots.

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The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Book
Entertainment Weekly (Editor)
1416510575
September 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Do you know what's eating Gilbert Grape?Can you guess who's coming to dinner?Are you feeling lucky, punk?If so, step right up and test your pop culture mettle inThe Great American Pop Culture Quiz BookEvery year since its inception, the annual "Great American Pop Culture Quiz" issue of Entertainment Weekly has been a runaway reader favorite. Now, challenging you like never before, America's leading reporters of entertainment news present hundreds of new trivia questions to help determine whether you've got a steel-trap mind or a brain like a sieve.Do you know your Eliza Doolittle from your Doctor Doolittle, your Saturday Night Fever from your Saturday Night Live, your Breakfast at Tiffany's from your Breakfast Club? Can you distinguish the Chantels from the Chiffons, Barry Manilow from Barry White, Meathead from...


The Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture
Matt Groening
0060748214
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture is an all-new book from the ongoing series: The Simpsons Library of Wisdom. Allow the portly proprietor of 'The Android's Dungeon and Baseball Card Shop' to guide you through the ins and outs, the fast food takeouts, online dates, things he hates, Wonder Woman dreams, internet schemes, chick flicks, Kung Fu kicks, gaming freaks, fan boy geeks, comic books, condescending looks, Tolkien's Middle Earth, his own middle girth, and every other aspect of pop culture from his own expertly acerbic point of view. Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture - it's the worst, we mean . the best book ever! In The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Matt Groening, the creator of 'The Simpsons', offers an ongoing series of portable and quotable books that will eliminate the need for all religions and...


Can a Smart Person Believe in God
Michael Guillen
0785260242
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Guillen, science journalist and author of Five Equations that Changed the World, a PW best book of 1996, offers a brief and buoyant defense for believers encountering atheism in the culture of science. Drawing on his own story—as a Pentecostal preacher's son whose scientific aspirations and education shaped him into a "practical atheist" before life experiences helped him rediscover his faith—Guillen is able to speak to both sides with a minimum of "us vs. them" posturing. Although he now espouses a strong (and orthodox) Christian faith, he also concedes that "it's the rare person among us whose confidence in God is so utterly rock-solid it can't be secretly shaken by some overzealous humanist accusing him of being a bonehead." Guillen's key metaphor is "stereoscopic faith," a perspective that looks...


Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay
Annie Proulx, et al
0743294165
December 1, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
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.Brokeback Mountain was originally published in The New Yorker. It won the National Magazine Award. It also won an O. Henry Prize. Included in this volume is Annie Proulx's haunting story about the difficult, dangerous love affair between a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy. Also included is the celebrated screenplay for the major motion picture "Brokeback Mountain," written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. All three writers have contributed essays on the process of adapting this critically acclaimed story for film.


Small Steps
Louis Sachar
0385733143
January 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8–This sequel to Holes (Farrar, 1998) focuses on Armpit, an African-American former resident of Tent D at Camp Green Lake. It's two years after his release, and the 16-year-old is still digging holes, although now getting paid for it, working for a landscaper in his hometown of Austin, TX. He's trying to turn his life around, knowing that everyone expects the worst of him and that he must take small steps to keep moving forward. When X-Ray, his friend and fellow former detainee at the juvenile detention center, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme involving scalping tickets to a concert by teenage pop star Kaira DeLeon, Armpit fronts X-Ray the money. He takes his best friend and neighbor, Ginny, a 10-year-old with cerebral palsy, to the concert and ends up meeting Kaira, getting romantically...


Desperate Networks : Starring Katie Couric Les Moonves Simon Cowell Dan Rather Jeff Zucker Teri Hatcher Conan O'Brian Donald Trump and a Host of Other Movers and Shakers Who
Bill Carter
0385514409
May 2, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The power relationships of network television have turned topsy-turvy in the last five years. Carter, who covers the industry for the New York Times, reveals as one example how NBC was muscled out of its first-place standing as the other networks developed hit after hit. The shows he chooses to showcase are instantly recognizable—American Idol, Survivor, Desperate Housewives—and in every case, the show's path to the airwaves is at least as dramatic as its content. Though Carter is primarily concerned with prime-time hits, his reporting spreads out from the TodayShow to the nightly newscasts and, harking back to his bestselling The Late Shift, the negotiations that cemented Conan O'Brien as Jay Leno's successor on The Tonight Show. Despite multiple narrative threads, the story never gets confusing or...


Looking for God in Harry Potter
John Granger
1414300913
May 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Granger (no relation to fellow brainiac Hermione), a homeschooling Christian father of seven, initially resisted when a friend encouraged him to read the Harry Potter books. But Rowling's novels, sprinkled with literary allusions and strong biblical values, won the classicist over quickly, and he became an avid spokesperson for the series. This book transcends the responses of some other Christian writers (those in support, like Connie Neal, or in sloppy accusations, like Richard Abanes) to offer a serious literary and Christian appraisal of the first five books. Granger begins with the thesis that all humans are "wired" to respond to "stories that reflect the greatest story ever told," including that of Harry's struggle against evil. The best part of the book is Granger's lucid commentary on Rowling's use of...


The Gospel According to The Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of the World's Most Animated Family
Mark I. Pinsky
0664224199
September 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Religion journalist Pinsky offers a thoughtful and genuinely entertaining review of faith and morality as reflected through the irreverently sweet comedy of The Simpsons, drawing on a wide if not encyclopedic knowledge of key episodes and interviews with the series' creators. The animated series is unique in many ways, including its longevity and creative freshness, but no less remarkable is the show's attention to religious themes especially considering the prevalent invisibility or irrelevance of religion on TV. A recent convert to the show who only started watching in 2001, Pinsky had been repelled by controversy surrounding the series' edgier early seasons. But as the program and its characters have matured, many viewers have seen a fundamental affirmation of spirituality, family and community life that...


The Ultimate Visual Guide to Star Wars
Ryder Windham
0756614201
September 19, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Providing fans and newcomers everything they need to know about the highest-grossing movie saga ever, this is the first-ever visual guide to the entire Star Wars franchise


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Hunter S. Thompson
0679785892
May 12, 1998
Paperback
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Book Review Reviews
Heralded as the "best book on the dope decade" by the New York Times Book Review, Hunter S. Thompson's documented drug orgy through Las Vegas would no doubt leave Nancy Reagan blushing and D.A.R.E. founders rethinking their motto. Under the pseudonym of Raoul Duke, Thompson travels with his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in a souped-up convertible dubbed the "Great Red Shark." In its trunk, they stow "two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers.... A quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls," which they manage to consume during their short tour.

On assignment from a sports...



American Movie Critics: From the Silents Until Now
Phillip Lopate (Editor)
1931082928
March 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
A provocative and dynamic force in American culture since the early twentieth century, movies have presented several generations of American writers with a new, fascinating, and challenging subject. How writers rose to the challenge, and in the process created an extraordinary body of work-passionate, contentious, restlessly curious-makes for a dazzling and constantly entertaining volume. "I have focused," writes editor Phillip Lopate, "on film criticism as an art in itself-the magnet for strong, elegant, eloquent, enjoyable writing."

American Movie Critics is an anthology of unparalleled scope that charts the rise of movies as art, industry, and mass entertainment. Beginning in the silent era-with poets Vachel Lindsay and Carl Sandburg hailing the new medium and Edmund Wilson paying tribute to...

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