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Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family

Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family
$28.99

Happy Days, The Andy Griffith Show, Gentle Ben--these shows captivated millions of TV viewers in the '60s and '70s. Join award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard and audience-favorite actor Clint Howard as they frankly and fondly share their unusual family story of navigating and surviving life as sibling child actors.

"What was it like to grow up on TV?" Ron Howard has been asked this question throughout his adult life. in The Boys, he and his younger brother, Clint, examine their childhoods in detail for the first time. For Ron, playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham on Happy Days offered fame, joy, and opportunity--but also invited stress and bullying. For Clint, a fast start on such programs as Gentle Ben and Star Trek petered out in adolescence, with some tough consequences and lessons.

With the perspective of time and success--Ron as a filmmaker, producer, and Hollywood A-lister, Clint as a busy character actor--the Howard brothers delve deep into an upbringing that seemed normal to them yet was anything but. Their Midwestern parents, Rance and Jean, moved to California to pursue their own showbiz dreams. But it was their young sons who found steady employment as actors. Rance put aside his ego and ambition to become Ron and Clint's teacher, sage, and moral compass. Jean became their loving protector--sometimes over-protector--from the snares and traps of Hollywood.

By turns confessional, nostalgic, heartwarming, and harrowing, THE BOYS is a dual narrative that lifts the lid on the Howard brothers' closely held lives. It's the journey of a tight four-person family unit that held fast in an unforgiving business and of two brothers who survived "child-actor syndrome" to become fulfilled adults.

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9780063065246
Publication Date: 
2021-10-12
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Doctor Who: The Whoniverse

Doctor Who: The Whoniverse
$45.00

Complete with full-color illustrations, maps, charts, and artifacts, the definitive, essential companion to the Doctor's world--and many more.

Doctor Who: The Whoniverse is a never-before-seen history of the Human Race--from the formation of the Earth around the Racnoss eggs, and the creation of life by the destruction of the last Jagaroth spaceship, through to the eventual expansion of the sun and end of the world and beyond to the New Earth, and Utopia.

Along the way, the book explores the untold histories of other planets and other lifeforms as they have interacted with humanity. We examine the Daleks and Cybermen, the Time Lords and the Sontarans, the Ice Warriors, Silurians, Weeping Angels, and many, many more. Additionally, we visit Gallifrey and Skaro, Mondas and Telos, Mars and Sontar.

Filled with full-color illustrations, maps, charts, and artifacts throughout, Doctor Who: The Whoniverse is a treasury of accumulated knowledge, scholarly erudition and accumulated folk wisdom from the worlds of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who: The Whoniverse explores:

  • Early History--From 10,000 BC and the discovery of the secret of fire, through the Roman Empire;
  • Gallifrey--The rise of the Time Lords;
  • The UNIT Era--Earth under attack from alien invasions;
  • The Cyberwars--The Wheel in Space and Revenge of the Cybermen;
  • Earth's Galactic Empire--Starting in present day through the rise of Earth's Empire as seen in Frontier in Space;
  • And much more!
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    9780062470201
    Publication Date: 
    2016-10-25
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    Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook

    Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook
    $25.00
    A world-renowned media and cultural critic offers an insightful analysis of serial TV drama and the modern art of the small screen

    Television and TV viewing are not what they once were--and that's a good thing, according to award-winning author and critic Clive James. Since serving as television columnist for the London Observer from 1972 to 1982, James has witnessed a radical change in content, format, and programming, and in the very manner in which TV is watched. Here he examines this unique cultural revolution, providing a brilliant, eminently entertaining analysis of many of the medium's most notable twenty-first-century accomplishments and their not always subtle impact on modern society--including such acclaimed serial dramas as Breaking Bad, The West Wing, Mad Men, and The Sopranos, as well as the comedy 30 Rock. With intelligence and wit, James explores a television landscape expanded by cable and broadband and profoundly altered by the advent of Netflix, Amazon, and other "cord-cutting" platforms that have helped to usher in a golden age of unabashed binge-watching.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780300218091
    Publication Date: 
    2016-08-30
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    Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood

    Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood
    $27.00
    "Danny Trejo is an American Treasure... If you're a fan like I am this is definitely the book for you." --Pete Davidson, actor, producer, and cast member on Saturday Night Live

    "From ex-con to icon. Danny's incredible life story shows that even though we may fall down at some point in our lives, it's what we do when we stand back up that really counts." --Robert Rodriguez, creator of Spy Kids, Desperado, and Machete

    In this "celebration of a life fully lived" (Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us), discover the full, fascinating, and inspirational true story of Danny Trejo's journey from crime, prison, addiction, and loss--it's "enough to make you believe in the possibility of a Hollywood ending" (The New York Times Book Review).

    On screen, Danny Trejo the actor is a baddie who has been killed at least a hundred times. He's been shot, stabbed, hanged, chopped up, squished by an elevator, and once, was even melted into a bloody goo. Off screen, he's a hero beloved by recovery communities and obsessed fans alike. But the real Danny Trejo is much more complicated than the legend.

    Raised in an abusive home, Danny struggled with heroin addiction and stints in some of the country's most notorious state prisons--including San Quentin and Folsom--from an early age, before starring in such modern classics as Heat, From Dusk till Dawn, and Machete. Now, in this funny, painful, and suspenseful memoir, Danny takes us through the incredible ups and downs of his life, including meeting one of the world's most notorious serial killers in prison and working with legends like Charles Bronson and Robert De Niro.

    An honest, unflinching, and "inspirational study in the definition of character" (Kevin Smith, director and actor), Trejo reveals how he managed the horrors of prison, rebuilt himself after finding sobriety and spirituality in solitary confinement, and draws inspiration from the adrenaline-fueled robbing heists of his past for the film roles that made him a household name. He also shares the painful contradictions in his personal life. Although he speaks everywhere from prison yards to NPR about his past to inspire countless others on their own road to recovery and redemption, he struggles to help his children with their personal battles with addiction, and to build relationships that last.

    Redemptive and painful, poignant and real, Trejo is a portrait of a magnificent life and an unforgettable and exceptional journey.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781982150822
    Publication Date: 
    2021-07-06
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