On Friday, we shared with you just a few new movies that we got in. Today, we have a whole list of new books and movies for your enjoyment! Check out some of our titles below and see if you find something that strikes your fancy!
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes Standing on the stage for the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Princess Bride, I felt an almost overwhelming sense of gratitude and nostalgia. It was a remarkable night and it brought back vivid memories of being part of what appears to have become a cult classic film about pirates and princesses, giants and jester, cliffs of insanity, and of course rodents of unusual size.
It truly was as fun to make the movie as it was to watch it, from getting to work on William Goldman’s brilliant screenplay to being directed by the inimitable Rob Reiner. It is not an exaggeration to say that most days on set were exhilarating, from wrestling Andre the Giant, to the impossibility of playing mostly dead with Billy Crystal cracking jokes above me, to choreographing the Greatest Sword Fight in Modern Times with Mandy Patinkin, to being par of the Kiss That Left All the Others Behind with Robin Wright.
In this book I’ve gathered many more behind-the-scenes stories and hopefully answers to many of the questions we’ve all received over the years from fans. Additionally, Robin, Billy, Rob, and Mandy, as well as Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Fred Savage, Chis Sarandon, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, and William Goldman graciously share their own memories and stories from making this treasured film.
If you’d like to know a little bit more about the making of The Princess Bride as seen through the eyes of a young actor who got much more than he bargained for, along with the rest of this brilliant cast, then all I can say is as you wish.
Prince Lestat by Anne Rice From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of teh vampire universe beginning with the now iconic Interview With a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and The Queen of the Damned – a stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return . . . a new, exhilarating novel that deepens Rice’s vampire mythology and gives us a chillingly hypnotic, rich mystery-thriller.
In Prince Lestat, the long-awaited return to the all-encompassing realm of the Vampire Chronicles, Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit world of the oldest and most powerful forces between Heaven and Earth, including the indomitable and invisible Amel, whose thirst for human blood gave birth to the horror of the immortal Undead. Rice picks up where she left off more than a quarter of a century ago with the uniquely seductive The Queen of the Damned (“Mesmerizing” – San Francisco Chronicle) and The Vampire Lestat (“Brilliant . . . Its undead characters are utterly alive” – The New York Times) to create an extraordinary new sphere of spirits and forces – the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles.
The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis . . . vampires have been proliferating out of control: burnings have commenced across teh globe, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned . . . Old vampires, roused from slumber in teh earth, are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.
As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, third-century Carthage, fourteenth-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles – Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Botticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet; Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true child of the Millennia, along with all the other new, seductive supernatural creatures – come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who (or what) the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why . . .
And, at the book’s center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dangerous rebel-outlaw – the hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat . . .
Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane,and they want nothing more than to rip out Charley Davidson’s jugular and serve her body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than just a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and as she retraces his last steps, she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that have authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiance who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. But all of that barely scratches the surface of her problems. Recent developments have forced her to become a responsible adult. To conquer such a monumental task, she’s decided to start small. Really small. She gets a pet. But how can she save the world against the forces of evil when she can’t even keep a goldfish alive?
A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.
Redeemed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast Zoey Redbird is in trouble. Having released the Seer Stone to Aphrodite and surrendered herself to the Tulsa Police, she has isolated herself from her friends and mentors, determined to face the punishment she deserves – even if that means her body will reject the change and begin to die. Only the love of those closest to her can save her from the Darkness in her spirit, but a terrible evil has emerged from the shadows, more powerful than ever.
Nefeet has finally made herself known to mortals. Crowning herself a Dark Goddess, she is evil unleashed, enslaving the citizens of Tulsa. The vampyres of teh House of Night have banded with the police and are gathering every last resource they have, but they know that no single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her – unless that vampyre has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey is heir to such power . . . but because of teh consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help.
In the final electrifying novel in the House of Night series, an epic battle of Light versus Darkness will decide who is redeemed . . . and who is forever lost.
The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching For My Father . . . And Finding The Zodiac Killer by Gary L. Stewart with Susan Mustafa Soon after his birth mother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His quest would lead him to a horrifying truth, and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world.
Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues – including forensic evidence – that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history.
For decades, the Zodiac Killer has captivated America’s imagination. His ability to evade capture while taunting authorities made him infamous. The vicious specificity of his crimes terrified Californians before the Manson murders and after, and shocked a culture enamored with the ideals of the dawning Age of Aquarius. To this day, his ciphers have baffled detectives and amateur sleuths, and his identity remains one of the twentieth century’s great unsolved mysteries.
The Most Dangerous Animal of All reveals the name of the Zodiac Killer for the very first time. Stewart and Mustafa construct a chilling psychological profile of Stewart’s father: as a boy with disturbing fixations, a frustrated intellectual with pretensions to high culture and an inappropriate suitor and then jilted lover unable to process his rage. At last, all the questions that have surrounded the case for almost fifty years are answered in this riveting narrative. The result is a singular work of true crime at its finest – a compelling, unbelievable true story told with the pacing of a page-turning novel – as well as a sensational and powerful memoir.
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott In Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, bestselling author Karen Abbott tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything – their homes, their families, and their very lives – during the Civil War.
Seventeen-year-old Belle Boyd, an avowed rebel with a dangerous temper, shot a Union soldier in her home and became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her considerable charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds disguised herself as a man to enlist as a Union private named Frank Thompson, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the war and infiltrating enemy lines, all the while fearing that he r past would catch up with her. The beautiful widow Rose O’Neal Greenhow engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians, used her young daughter to send infomation to Southern generals, and sailed abroad to lobby for the Confederacy, a journey that cost her more than she ever imagined. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring – even placing a former slave inside the Confederate White House – right under the noses of increasingly suspicious rebel detectives.
Abbott’s pulse-quickening narrative weaves the adventures of these four forgotten daredevils into the tumultuous landscape of a broken America, evoking a secret world that will surprise ven the most avid enthusiasts of Civil War-era history. With a cast of real-life characters, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, Detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoleon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy shines a dramatic new light on these daring – and, until now, unsung – heroines.
Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs Nobody tells a chilling story like international bestselling author Kathy Reichs, whose “most valuable tool is her expertise . . . she’s the real thing” (New York Newsday). Drawing on her years as a top forensic anthropologist, Reichs brings her cutting-edge scientific know-how to this poignant, terrifying new tour de force.
Nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussaint is shot dead on a Montreal street. A North Carolina teenager disappears from her home and parts of what may be her skeleton are found hundreds of miles away. For Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist in both Montreal and North Carolina, the deaths kindle deep emotions that propel her on a harrowing journey into the world of outlaw motorcycle gangs.
As a scientist, Tempe should remain dispassionate. As a caring individual, she yearns to take the killers off the streets. Emily Anne was cut down in a biker crossfire. The North Carolina victim, Savannah Osprey, was last seen hitching a ride with a transient biker. Tempe’s nephew, Kit, is intrigued by motorcycles. Does he understand the difference between legitimate riders and gangs, or is he too mesmerized to comprehend that outlaw bikers are big trouble?
With her boss Pierre LaManche in the hospital, and her friend Andrew Ryan disturbingly unavailable, Tempe begins a perilous investigation into a culture where evil often wears a mask. From blood-splatter patterns and ground-penetrating radar to bone-sample analysis, Deadly Decisions triumphantly combines the authenticity of a world-class forensic professional with the narrative power of a brilliant new crime-writing star. This richly nuanced thriller is sure to catapult a uniquely gifted author to even greater heights.
Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan hears the news on her car radio. An Air TransSouth flight has gone down in the mountains of western North Carolina, taking with it eighty-eight passengers and crew. As a forensic anthropologist and a member of the regional DMORT team, Tempe rushes to the scene to assist in body recovery and identification.
Tempe has seen death many times, working with the medical examiners in North Carolina and Montreal, but never has tragedy struck with such devastation. She finds a field of carnage: torsos in trees, limbs strewn among bursting suitcases and smoldering debris. Many of the dead are members of a university soccer team. Is Tempe’s daughter, Katy, among them?
Frantic with worry, Tempe joins colleagues from the FBI, the NTSB, and other agencies to search for explanations. Was the plane brought down by a bomb, and insurance plot, a political assassination, or simple mechanical failure? And what about the prisoner on the plane who was being extradited to Canada? Did someone want him silenced forever?
Even more puzzling for Tempe is a disembodied foot found near the debris field. Tempe’s microscopic analysis suggests it could not have belonged to any passenger. Whose foot is it, and where is the rest of the body? And what about the disturbing evidence Tempe discovers in the soil outside a remote mountain enclave? What secrets lie hidden there, and why are certain people eager to stop Tempe’s investigation? Is she learning too much? Coming too close?
With help from Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, who has his own sad reason for being at the crash, and from a very special dog named Boyd, Tempe calls upon deep reserves of courage and upon her forensic skill to uncover a shocking, multilayered tale of deceit and depravity.
Written with the riveting authenticity that only world-class forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs can provide, Fatal Voyage pairs witty, elegant prose with pulse-pounding storytelling in a tour de force worthy of crime writing’s new superstar.
Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs It was a summer morning in 1982 when soldiers ravaged the village of Chupan Ya, raping and killing women and children. Twenty-three victims are said to lie in the well where, twenty years later, Dr. Temperance Brennan and a team from the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation now dig. No records were kept. To their families, the dead are “the disappeared.”
Forensic anthropologist for the medical examiners in NOrth Carolina and Monteral, Tempe is in Guatemala for a month’s service to help some families identify and bury their dead. She digs in a cold, damp pit where she finds ha hair clip, a fragment of cloth, a tiny sneaker. Her trowel touches something hard: the hip of a child no more than two years old.
It’s heartbreaking work. Something savage happened here twenty years ago. The violence continues today. The team is packing up for the day when an urgent satellite call comes in. Two colleagues are under attack. Shots ring out, and Tempe listens in horror to a woman’s screams. Then there is silence. Dead silence.
With this new violence, everything changes, both for the team and for Tempe, who’s asked by the Guatemalan police for her expertise on another case. Four privileged young women have vanished from Guatemala City in recent months. One is the Canadian ambassador’s daughter. Some remains have turned up in a septic tank, and Tempe unfortunately knows septic tanks.
Teaming with Special Crimes Investigator Bartolome Galiano, and with Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, who may have more than just professional reasons to join her on the case, Temperance finds herself in a dangerous web that stretches far beyond Guatemala’s borders. The stakes are huge. As power, money, greed, and science converge, Tempe must make life-altering choices.
From cutting-edge science in the lab, where Tempe studies fetal bones and cat hair DNA, to a chilling encounter in a lonely morgue, Grave Secrets is powerful, page-turning entertainment from a crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose.
Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs It’s a summer of sizzling heat in Charlotte where Dr. Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for the North Carolina medical examiner, looks forward to her first vacation in years. A romantic vacation. She’s almost out the door when the bones start appearing.
A newborn’s charred remains turn up in a woodstove. The mother, Tamela Banks, hardly more than a child herself, has disappeared. Did she kill her infant, or is an innocent teenager also about to become a victim?
A small plane crashes in a North Carolina cornfield on a sunny afternoon. Both pilot and passenger are burned beyond recognition. Was it pilot error? Something more sinister? And what is the mysterious black substance covering the bodies?
Most puzzling of all are the bones discovered at a remote farm outside Charlotte. What has Tempe’s dog, Boyd, unearthed? The remains seem to be that of animal origin, but Tempe is shocked when she gets them to her lab.
With help from a special detective friend, Tempe must investigate a poignant and terrifying case tha tcomes at the worst possible moment. Daughter Katy has a new boyfriend who Tempe fears may have something to hide. And important personal decisions face Tempe. Is it time for emotional commitment? Will she have the chance to find out?
Everything must wait on the bones. What story do they tell? Why are the X rays and DNA so perplexing? Who is trying to keep Tempe from the answers? Someone is following her. Someone is following Katy. That someone must be stopped before it’s too late.
With the rieveting authenticity that only world-class forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs can bring to her fiction, Bare Bones asks important questions and thrills us to its pulsating end. Fresh from the success of Grave Secrets, Reichs proves once again that she is the consummate crime-writing star.
Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs Following the tremendous success of Cross Bones, Kathy Reichs explores another high-profile topic in Break No Bones – a case that lands forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme.
Summoned to South Carolina to fill in for a negligent colleague, Tempe is stuck teaching a lack-luster archaeology field school in the ruins of a Native American burial ground on the Charleston shore. But when Tempe stumbles upon a fresh skeleton among the ancient bones, her old friend Emma Rousseau, the local coroner, persuades her to stay on and help with the investigation. When Emma reveals a disturbing secret, it becomes more important than ever for Tempe to help her friend close the case.
The body count begins to climb. An unidentified man is found hanging from a tree deep in the woods. Another corpse shows up in a barrel. There are mysterious nicks on bones in several bodies, and signs of strangulation. Tempe follows the trail to a free street clinic with a belligerent staff, a suspicious doctor, and a donor who is a charismatic televangelist. Clues abound in the most unlikely places as Tempe uses her unique knowledge and skills to build her case, even as the local sheriff remains dubious and her own life is threatened.
Tempe’s love life is also complicated. Ryan, her current flame, has come down to visit her from Montreal, and Pete, her former husband, is investigating the disappearance of a local woman0 and he and Tempe are staying in the same borrowed beach house. Ryan and Pete compete for her attentions, and Tempe finds herself more distracted by her feelings for both men than she expected.
Break No Bones is a smart, taut thriller featuring the kind of high-stakes crime that makes the headlines every week. Reichs, the inspiration for the hit FOX TV show Bones, is writing at the top of her form, and Tempe has never been more compelling.
Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. The girl’s body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse, police find an airline club card bearing the name of prominent local businessman John-Henry Story, who died in a horrible fire months earlier. How did Story and the girl know each other/ Was she an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered? Was he?
Tempe must also examine a bundle of Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs. A Desert Storm veteran named Dominick Rockett Stands accused of smuggling the objects into the country. Could there be some connection between the trafficking of antiquities and the trafficking of humans?
As the complications pile on, Tempe must also grapple with personal turmoil. Her daughter, katy, grieving the death of her boyfriend in Afghanistan, impulsively enlists in the army. Meanwhile, Kty’s father, Pete, is growing frustrated by Tempe’s reluctance to finalize their divorce. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America to Afghanistan and right to the center of Charlotte.
A tour de force of imagination, Bones of the Lost is a roller coaster of plot twists, puncutated by Tempe’s fierce wit and forensic know-how. “A genius at building suspense” (New York Daily News), Kathy Reichs is at her brilliant best in this sixteenth installment of the Temperance Brennan series. With the Fox series Bones in its ninth season, Kathy Reichs has reached new heights in suspenseful storytelling.
Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common – the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue – unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.
But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.
In Bones Never Lie, Kathy Reichs never fails to satisfy readers looking for psychological suspense that’s more than skin-deep.
The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams by Ben Bradlee, Jr. Ted Williams wanted to be an immortal. He arrived in Boston in 1939, a cocky twenty-year-old eager to become, in his own words, the “greatest hitter who ever lived.” During his twenty-two years, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate.
This acclaimed biography – drawing on previously untapped sources, the product of more than ten years of research and writing – finally reveals the real Ted Williams. The Kid is a thrilling and honest account of a legend in all his glory and human complexity.
Teaching Persons with Mental Retardation: A Model for Curriculum Development and Teaching by Dever Knapczyk What we teach is equally important to how we teach. Based on this idea, the Instructional Framework Model presents a systematic approach to curriculum development and instruction. Teaching Persons with Mental Retardation uses this model to show you how to develop effective curriculum and teach the functional skills that will help persons with mental retardation become more independent individuals. The text presents a solid theoretical framework for instruction, and provides many examples of methods to use in teaching learners of varying ages and abilities.
The Complete Guide to Alternative Home Building Materials & Methods by Jon Nunan The construction of more than one million new homes each year causes a very substantial drain on natural resources. Approximately 60 percent of timber cut down is used for building homes in the US. The solution is simple, and it is not building fewer homes. Using alternative materials can create environmentally friendly homes tha thave a healthier living environment and are less expensive in the long run. Unfortunately, many people are unfamiliar with alternative building materials and do not know the first thing about going green. However, The Complete Guide to Alternative Home Building Materials & Methods will teach you everything you need to know about this movement toward natural construction methods.
This book will show you how to identify, locate, and effectively use alternative bulding materials. It details a variety of materials, including straw bale, cordwood, cob, adobe, pise de terre, light clay, earthbag, earth-rimmed tires, cork, sod, earth plaster, compressed earth, beer cans, and bottles. You will even learn how to construct living roofs. In addition, you will learn the costs and performance characteristics of these materials and construction techniques for each, as well as how to integrate plumbing and electricity into these materials and substitutes for conventional approaches to building.
You will also learn about the structure, climate control, siting, foundations, and flooring options you have when using these materials. You will learn the benefits of alternative building materials and the key ecological design principles. Alternative materials give you the ability to build your home without depleting our natural resources. Complete with color photos of alternative structures from around the world, The Complete Guide to Alternative Home Building Materials & Methods will help you kick-start your eco-friendly endeavor of building a green home.
Cordwood Building: The State of the Art by Rob Roy Cordwood masonry is an ancient building technique where walls are constructed of short logs, called “log ends” laid transversely in the wall, in the same way that a cord of firewood is stacked. Buildings made of cordwood are strikingly beautiful and now, using modern techniques, they are more accessible to the owner-builder than ever before.
Cordwood Building collects over 25 of the world’s best practitioners to dscribe the long history of the method, showing how to build a cordwood home using state of the art techniques such as double walls, Lomax corners, paper-enhanced mortars, and ways of creating round, hexagonal, and other building shapes. Cordwood building s from all over the world are featured, including examples from Wales, Chile, and Sweden, and many from Canada and the US. With a special focus on building code issues, Cordwood Building outlines the “5-E” advantages of cordwood buildings: their Ease of construction; Economy; Esthetics; Energy Efficiency; and Ecological harmony.
The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney Hatshepsut – the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt’s throne and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty – was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father’s family. Her failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her improbable rule as a cross-dressing king. At just over twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to the rank of pharaoh in an elaborate coronation ceremony that set the tone for her spectacular reign as coregent with Thutmose III, the infant king whose mother Hatshepsut outmaneuvered for a place of real power. Hatshepsut was a master strategist, cloaking her political power plays in the veil of piety and gender reinvention. Just as women today face obstacles from a society that equates authority with masculinity, Hatshepsut shrewdly operated the levers of power to emerge as Egypt’s second documented female pharaoh.
Hatshepsut successfully negotiated a path from the royal nursery to the very pinnacle of authority, and her reign saw one of ancient Egypt’s most prolific building periods. Scholars have long speculated as to why her monuments were destroyed within a few decades of her death, all but erasing evidence of her unprecedented rule. Constructing a rich narrative history using the artifacts that remain, noted Egyptologist Kara Cooney offers a remarkable interpretation of how Hatshepsut rapidly but methodically consolidated power – and why she fell from public favor just as quickly. The Woman Who Would Be King traces the unconventional life of an almost-forgotten pharaoh and explores our complicated reactions to women in power.
Other new books available: Representative Speeches 2013-2014 and The 2015 World Almanac
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