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The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad
The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad
By Birbiglia, Mike
Supplement by Stein, J. Hope
2020-06 - Grand Central Publishing
9781538701515 Check Our Catalog

 

With laugh-out-loud funny parenting observations, the New York Times bestselling author and award-winning comedian delivers a book that is perfect for anyone who has ever raised a child, been a child, or refuses to stop acting like one.

In 2016 comedian Mike Birbiglia and poet Jennifer Hope Stein took their fourteen-month-old daughter Oona to the Nantucket Film Festival. …More
 

The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm
The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm
By Burton, Hilarie
2020-05 - HarperOne
9780062862754 Check Our Catalog

 

 

New York Times Bestseller

The beloved actress and star of One Tree Hill, White Collar, and Lethal Weapon, Hilarie Burton Morgan, tells the story of leaving Hollywood for a radically different kind of life in upstate New York with her husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan--a celebration of community, family, and the value of hard work in small …More
 

Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television's Groundbreaking Sitcoms
Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television's Groundbreaking Sitcoms
By Freeman, Marc
2020-05 - St. Martin's Press
9781250260031 Check Our Catalog

 

 

An oral history, with the full participation of cast and crew, of one of the most popular sitcoms in television history.

Since premiering in 2009, the groundbreaking television sitcom Modern Family has garnered tens of millions of devoted fans, earning 75 Emmy nominations and 22 Emmy Awards, including five in a row for Outstanding Comedy Series (one of only two sitcoms to ever …More
 

Sunny Days: Sesame Street, Mister Rogers, and the Children's Television Revolution
Sunny Days: Sesame Street, Mister Rogers, and the Children's Television Revolution
By Kamp, David
2020-05 - Simon & Schuster
9781501137808 Check Our Catalog

 

From bestselling writer David Kamp, the engrossing, behind-the-scenes story of the cultural heroes who created the beloved children's TV programs Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Free to Be...You and Me, and Schoolhouse Rock --which collectively transformed American childhood for the better, teaching kids about …More
 

Laugh Lines: Forty Years Trying to Make Funny People Funnier
Laugh Lines: Forty Years Trying to Make Funny People Funnier
By Zweibel, Alan
Foreword by Crystal, Billy
2020-04 - Abrams Press
9781419735288 Check Our Catalog

 

With his tender, funny memoir of four decades in the business, Alan Zweibel traces the history of American comedy

Alan Zweibel started his comedy career selling jokes for seven dollars apiece to the last of the Borscht Belt standups. Then one night, despite bombing on stage, he caught the attention of Lorne Michaels and became one of the first writers at Saturday Night Live, …More
 

Nothing General about It: How Love (and Lithium) Saved Me on and Off General Hospital
Nothing General about It: How Love (and Lithium) Saved Me on and Off General Hospital
By Benard, Maurice
2020-04 - William Morrow & Company
9780062973375 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Instant New York Times bestseller

This shocking true story is General Hospital on anabolic steroids. -- Mehmet Oz, M.D., Emmy Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show

The Emmy Award-winning star of General Hospital chronicles his astonishing and emotional life journey in this powerful memoir--an …More
 

The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History
The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History
By Greene, Andy
2020-03 - Dutton Books
9781524744977 Check Our Catalog

 

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors.

When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael, and the rest of Dunder Mifflin? It might have been back in 2013, when the series finale aired...or it might have been …More
 

The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood
The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood
By Wasson, Sam
2020-02 - Flatiron Books
9781250301826 Check Our Catalog

 

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of Fifth Avenue, Five A.M. and Fosse comes the revelatory account of the making of a modern American masterpiece

Chinatown is the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting. Here for the first time is the incredible true …More
 

Brother & Sister: A Memoir
Brother & Sister: A Memoir
By Keaton, Diane
2020-02 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780451494504 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the beloved film star and best-selling author of Then Again--a heartfelt memoir about Diane Keaton's relationship with her younger brother, and a poignant exploration of the divergent paths siblings' lives can take.

When they were children in the suburbs of Los Angeles in the 1950s, Diane Keaton and her younger brother, Randy, were …More
 

Living in Color: What's Funny about Me
Living in Color: What's Funny about Me
By Davidson, Tommy
Author Teicholz, Tom
2020-01 - Kensington Publishing Corporation
9781496712943 Check Our Catalog

 

In 1990, Tommy Davidson burst onto the scene in the Emmy Award-winning show In Living Color, a pioneering sketch comedy show, featuring a multi-racial cast of actors and dancers who spoke to an underrepresented new generation created by Hip Hop Nation.

A story of black excellence, in this revealing memoir, Tommy shares his unique perspective on …More
 

It's Garry Shandling's Book
It's Garry Shandling's Book
By Apatow, Judd
2019-11 - Random House
9780525510840 Check Our Catalog

 

From Judd Apatow comes an intimate portrait of his mentor, the legendary stand-up comic and star of The Larry Sanders Show, with never-before-seen journal entries and photos, as well as new contributions by fellow comedians and writers.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NEW YORK

Garry Shandling was a singular trailblazer in the …More
 

A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away: My Fifty Years Editing Hollywood Hits--Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Mission: Impossib
A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away: My Fifty Years Editing Hollywood Hits--Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Mission: Impossib
By Hirsch, Paul
2019-11 - Chicago Review Press
9781641602556 Check Our Catalog

 

A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most influential films of the last fifty years as seen through the eyes of Paul Hirsch, the Oscar-winning film editor who worked on such classics as George Lucas's Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, Brian De Palma's Carrie and Mission: Impossible, Herbert Ross's …More
 

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
By Schneider, Steven Jay
Editor Smith, Ian Haydn
2019-10 - B.E.S.
9781438050751 Check Our Catalog

 

With over 1.75 million copies sold worldwide, this book is a must-have for all movie lovers. This edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die covers more than a century of movie history. Selected and authored by a team of international film critics, every profile is packed with details, plot summaries and production notes, and little-known facts relating to the film's history. …More
 

The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History
The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History
By Holt, Nathalia
2019-10 - Little Brown and Company
9780316439152 Check Our Catalog

 

From the bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls comes the untold story of the women of Walt Disney Studios, who shaped the iconic films that have enthralled generations. …More
 

Where Do I Begin?: Stories from a Life Lived Out Loud
Where Do I Begin?: Stories from a Life Lived Out Loud
By Duran, Elvis
2019-10 - Atria Books
9781982106331 Check Our Catalog

 

In this New York Times bestseller, host of one of the nation's top morning shows Elvis Duran shares his wildest stories and hardest-learned lessons with his trademark honesty and "bighearted, deliciously warm" (Barbara Corcoran, star of ABC's Shark Tank) humor.

Elvis Duran's nationally syndicated radio program, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, is America's …More
 

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life
By Wong, Ali
2019-10 - Random House
9780525508830 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Ali Wong's heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.

"Knife-sharp . . . a genuine …More
 

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love
Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love
By Van Ness, Jonathan
2019-09 - HarperOne
9780062906373 Check Our Catalog

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NPR'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

INDIE BESTSELLER

GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER: BEST MEMOIR & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

 

 

A laugh-and-cry-out-loud memoir from the beloved star of Netflix's Queer Eye, Jonathan Van …More
 

Downton Abbey: The Making of the Movie
Downton Abbey: The Making of the Movie
By Focus Features
Foreword by Fellowes, Julian
2019-09 - St. Martin's Press
9781250256621 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The official tie-in book for Downton Abbey, the full-length feature film.

Downton Abbey: The Official Film Companion is a stunning memento, bringing the world and the characters of our favorite fictional country house to life. Featuring spectacular photographs from the production, interviews with the cast and crew, and a look into the historical and geographical …More
 

Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era
Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era
By Austerlitz, Saul
2019-09 - Dutton Books
9781524743352 Check Our Catalog

 

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Friends, published for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the show's premiere. Howyoudoin'?

In September 1994, six friends sat down in their favorite coffee shop and began bantering about sex, relationships, jobs, and just about everything else. A quarter of a century later, new fans are still finding their way into the lives of …More
 

I Like to Watch
I Like to Watch
By Nussbaum, Emily
2019-06 - Random House
9780525508960 Check Our Catalog

 

From The New Yorker's fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watch.

"Emily Nussbaum is the perfect critic--smart, engaging, funny, generous, and insightful."--David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST …More
 

The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation
The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation
By Salata, Sheri
2019-06 - Harper Wave
9780062743190 Check Our Catalog

 

 

"Thursday morning. One hundred pounds overweight, no man in sight, and rounding the bend to 57 years old--a full-blown catastrophe."

What happens when you realize you've had the career of your dreams, but you don't have the life of your dreams? This was the stark reality facing Sheri Salata when she left her twenty-year stint at The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo …More
 

Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever
Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever
By de Semlyen, Nick
2019-05 - Crown Archetype
9781984826640 Check Our Catalog

 

The behind-the-scenes story of the iconic funnymen who ruled '80s Hollywood--Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Eddie Murphy--and the beloved films that made them stars, including Animal House, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NEW YORK

"An enjoyable romp that vividly captures …More
 

The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont
The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont
By Levy, Shawn
2019-05 - Doubleday Books
9780385543163 Check Our Catalog

 

Since 1929, Hollywood's brightest stars have flocked to the Chateau Marmont as if it were a second home. An apartment building-turned-hotel, the Chateau has been the backdrop for generations of gossip and folklore: where director Nicholas Ray slept with his sixteen-year-old Rebel Without a Cause star Natalie Wood; Jim Morrison swung from the balconies; John Belushi suffered a fatal …More
 

Hollywood Black
Hollywood Black
By Bogle, Donald
Foreword by Singleton, John
2019-05 - Running Press Adult
9780762491414 Check Our Catalog

 

The films, the stars, the filmmakers-all get their due in Hollywood Black, a sweeping overview of blacks in film from the silent era through Black Panther, with striking photos and an engrossing history by award-winning author Donald Bogle.

The story opens in the silent film era, when white actors in blackface often played black …More
 

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope
Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope
By Brown, Karamo
2019-03 - Gallery Books
9781982111977 Check Our Catalog

 

An insightful, candid, and inspiring memoir from Karamo Brown--Queer Eye's beloved culture expert--as he shares his story for the first time, exploring how the challenges in his own life have allowed him to forever transform the lives of those in need.

When Karamo Brown first auditioned for the casting directors of Netflix's Queer Eye, he knew he wouldn't win the role of …More