One of America´s best-loved novels by PBS´s The Great American Read and a highly touted Hulu series directed by and starring George Clooney. One of the funniest books ever written, Joseph Heller´s masterpiece about a bomber squadron in the Second World War´s Italian theater features a gallery of magnificently strange characters seething with comic energy. The malingering hero, Yossarian, is endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war, and his story is studded with incidents and devices (including the Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade and the hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule that gives the book its title) that propel the narrative in a headlong satiric rush. But the reason Catch-22´s satire never weakens and its jokes never date stems not from the comedy itself but from the savage, unerring, Swiftian indignation out of which that comedy springs. This fractured anti-epic, with all its aggrieved humanity, has given us the most enduring image we have of modern warfare. This hardcover Everyman´s Library edition includes an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury, a chronology of the author´s life and times, and a select bibliography. It is printed on acid-free paper, with sewn bindings, full-cloth covers, foil stamping, and a silk ribbon marker.
The definitive visual biography of Grace Kelly´s unforgettable Hollywood career, chronicled in 400 extraordinary black-and white and color photographs, including many never-before-seen. ´´Mr. Hitchcock taught me everything about cinema. It was thanks to him that I understood that murder scenes should be shot like love scenes and love scenes like murder scenes.´´-Grace Kelly No movie star of the 1950s was more beautiful, sophisticated, or glamorous than Grace Kelly. The epitome of elegance, the patrician young blonde from Philadelphia conquered Hollywood and won an Academy Award for Best Actress in just six years, then married a prince in a storybook royal wedding. Today, more than thirty years after her death, Grace Kelly remains an inspiring fashion icon. Filled with a dazzling array of photographs, many from original negatives, Grace Kelly showcases the legend´s brief yet significant acting career as never before. Blending pictures and memorabilia, this breathtaking compendium traces every step of her artistic journey, including her early television appearances, her breakout role opposite Gary Cooper in High Noon (1952), her exceptional collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock on her most indelible films-Dial M for Murder with Ray Milland (1954), Rear Window with Jimmy Stewart (1954), and To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant (1955)-and her performance in the musical High Society (1956) alongside Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. A stunning gallery of more than 400 prized and rare photographs and illustrations-precious childhood snapshots, previously unpublished Edith Head and Helen Rose wardrobe sketches, original portraits, scene stills, on-set candids, wardrobe test shots, vintage magazine covers, and rare reproductions of exhibitor´s showmanship manuals showing how film studios marketed Grace Kelly as a star-Grace Kelly captures this beloved luminary´s eternal beauty as never before, and is a fresh, celebratory look at her remarkable career and her enduring cultural influence.
From syndicated humor columnist Marc Acito comes a wildly inventive and hysterically funny novel that is equal parts Ferris Bueller´s Day Off, Fame, Risky Business, Dead Poets Society, and The Catcher in the Rye. It´s 1983, and 17-year-old Edward Zanni wants to study acting at Juilliard, but his newly remarried father, who earns too much for Edward to claim scholarship money, refuses to pay. So, Edward enlists the aid of his creative theater pals to swindle the money from his father. Posing as nuns and priests, the troupe concocts embezzlement and money laundering schemes to get Edward his badly needed cash.How I Paid for College is a hilarious coming-of-age story that rings true with anyone who´s ever dared to dream big. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Woodman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000468/bk_reco_000468_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here is New York Times best-selling author Iris Johansen´s novel of unforgettable romance and unrelenting suspense; a ravishing thriller of a woman with a secret irresistibly drawn into the glittering world of a famous man whose past may be murder. Taking the stage that evening, Daisy Justine had no idea that she was auditioning for her life. Watching from the darkness beyond the footlights was the world-famous composer Jason Hayes. The reclusive genius was seeking a new star to play the tragic heroine in his latest work, an adaptation of Shakespeare´s Othello. From the moment he heard her sing, Jason knew he´d found the star he´d been searching for his whole life. But coaxing her from Geneva to the bright lights of Broadway wasn´t going to be easy. For she´d made a promise to another man that she couldn´t break, nor disclose to anyone, not even Jason. Jason has only two weeks to change Daisy´s mind. But the closer he gets to her, the closer danger comes. For there´s more than just artistic temperament behind Jason´s legendary seclusion. He, too, is harboring a secret, stalked by a killer who´s followed him for decades. Now he´ll do anything to protect Daisy from the greatest threat of all: herself. Daisy´s determined to catch the ruthless sociopath who´ll stop at nothing to ruin their lives. And she´s baiting the trap with the one victim the killer can´t resist. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pamela Dillman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000877/bk_rand_000877_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Life doesn´t always go according to plan. In fact, it has a nasty habit of veering off the map. So when my job led me to New York City, something extraordinary happened...her script merged with mine. Hadley Theater, New York City, New York - Night ENTER STAGE LEFT - Rowan Townsend, a 29-year-old Broadway starlet, strolls onto the dark, ominous stage. The bright spotlight finds her and she smiles broadly, her body buzzing in anticipation. Rowan Serendipity is a funny thing, isn´t it? It jumps out from behind the bushes and offers an unbelievable chance at happiness. It´s hopeful and intriguing, and maybe even a little terrifying. ENTER STAGE RIGHT-Lark Hawthorne, a striking 29-year-old FBI agent and self-proclaimed liar, marches to Rowan and grabs her arm, coaxing her off stage. Lark Rowan, what are you doing? We need to leave. It´s not safe here. Rowan and Lark look out into the audience and a menacing shadow in the back of the theater catches their attention. Her eyes expand in panic and he grips her hand tighter, offering reassurance. Lark It´s now or never. Are you ready? EXIT STAGE RIGHT. Fade to black. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Hope. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082223/bk_acx0_082223_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Camille couldn´t be having a better summer - she kills it as Ophelia in her community theater´s production of Hamlet, catches the eye of the cutest boy in the play, and nabs a spot in a prestigious theater program. But on the very night she learns she got into the program, she also finds out she´s pregnant. She definitely can´t tell her parents. And her best friend Bea doesn´t agree with the decision Camille has made. Camille is forced to try to solve her problem alone - and the system is very much working against her. At her most vulnerable, Camille reaches out to Annabelle Ponsonby, a girl she only barely knows from the theater. Happily, Annabelle agrees to drive her wherever she needs to go. And in a last minute change of heart, Bea decides to come with. Over the course of more than a thousand miles, friendships will be tested and dreams will be challenged. But ultimately, the girls will realize that friends are the real heroes in every story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sandy Rustin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/013172/bk_reco_013172_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Nikki Marlowe, a young theater actress, wakes up alone in her dressing room after the show, she knows that she´s missed the wrap party she´s been waiting for! But when Jason, the hot new set designer from New York, stops by the theater after hours and catches her in a compromising position, the night gets more exciting than she had even hoped for! Blindfolded Backstage is an erotic short story, and is intended only for mature audiences. It contains graphic sexual descriptions, and elements of (very) light BDSM, including verbal humiliation and blindfolding. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Delilah Marx. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/017661/bk_acx0_017661_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With a new Beauty and the Beast movie hitting theaters in spring 2017, it´s time to catch up on all things Beastly. Find out what it was like for the beast in Alex Flinn´s contemporary retelling of the classic tale. I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright-a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster. You think I´m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It´s no deformity, no disease. And I´ll stay this way forever-ruined-unless I can break the spell. Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I´ll tell you. I´ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I´ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.
Stanley’s life took a left turn at a knitting shop and hit a dead end. The closest thing he’s had to a relationship breaks things off to date a ´´nice boy,´´ and none of the pretty young things in Boulder’s limited gay scene do it for Stanley. He needs to reevaluate whether working as a floor designer for a series of craft stores is really where he wants to be. Then Stanley does a peculiar thing: he starts to live the life he fell into. Stitch by stitch, he knits his life into something meaningful. Just when he does, Johnny, the store’s new delivery boy, walks in. Johnny is like no one Stanley has ever met: he doesn’t believe in quickies in the bathroom and has a soft spot for theater and opera. There has to be a catch. When Johnny’s dark past comes back to haunt them, Stanley realizes how much he loves his cushy life in the yarn store - but he’ll give it all up to keep the man who makes his ordinary life extraordinary. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Philip Alces. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027411/bk_acx0_027411_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.