The kids in McKinley High School's glee club, New Directions, might not be the most popular, but Glee is unquestionably a runaway hit. Since its premiere in May 2009, Glee has exploded as one of the most popular hours on TV, earning an astounding 19 Emmy nominations in its first season. In addition to the show's staggering success, Glee's songs have been heating up the music charts, with 25 tracks on the 2009 hot 100 list, a hit-rate topped only by the Beatles when they had 31 hits in 1964.
Don't Stop Believin' pays tribute to the glorious mash-up of music, comedy, drama and social commentary that has put Glee and its band of misfits in the spotlight. Written by gleeks extraordinaire Erin Balser and Suzanne Gardner, the book is jam-packed with:
- an in-depth episode-by-episode exploration of the show, focusing on themes, storylines and main characters
- all the details on the hit songs in every episode, behind-the-scenes happenings and the show's entertainment and cultural references
- exclusive interviews with Glee actors including Stephen Tobolowsky (Sandy Ryerson), Heather Morris (Brittany), and Ken Avenido (Howard Bamboo)
- personal stories from fellow gleeks about what the show means to them
- biographies of the principal players and guest stars
- the story of the making of Glee and how it was brought to life by creator Ryan Murphy
- fun and informative sidebars
- terrific on- and off-set photos of the cast
Capturing all the highs and lows of this ground-breaking series, Don't Stop Believin' is a show-stopping guide to Glee's journey - the perfect companion for fans who demand an encore once the curtain falls.
It's difficult to describe A Nice Place to Visit. Some will say it's not a book of poetry at all - but that's just because it's funny and has reviews of bad movies and advice on things like love. Also, it's a kind of travelogue: you get to go to Costa Rica and look at plants and and stuff and think more about love. And oh yeah, the book tells you who not to sleep with - that's very important. And have you ever heard of John Wildman, the guy who starred in the Canadian hit movie My American Cousin? Well, there's an ode to him. There are memorable lines like "Lois and Fran gave me a frying pan." (But you probably won't like it if you haven't heard of Parker Posey. You have heard of Parker Posey, right?) Mostly it's about things you'll always remember - like that summer when the boys in Montreal were all wearing underwear that said "Home Of The Brave." You know . . . It's a nice place to visit - but I wouldn't want to live there.
America lies in ruins during an age of decline, despair, and death. The year is 1975 and a radical far-left group has kidnapped a young woman from one of America's richest families. She will later join their cause and will eventually be arrested and convicted of armed robbery. She will claim it was a "different personality" that robbed the bank. The jury didn't buy it, but author Brian Joseph Davis did. The important difference is: Davis thought her "different personality" was more interesting and deserved her own fake memoir. Welcome to I, Tania, a book that uses the memoir format just enough to spin off into a crazed, bawdy, and seditious charge through pop culture, politics, and the meaning of fiction itself. I, Tania begins by recounting the highly fictionalized true story of the rise and fall of the Symbianese Liberation Army, as it never happened. Brainwashing will never be as much fun as when Tania takes you on an armed-to-the-teeth trip through one of the strangest episodes in history while writing her memoirs in the year 2005.
Tania may have survived bank heists and open relationships, but will she be able to survive the savage world of contemporary book publishing and promotion? More than just a run-of-the-mill fake memoir, I, Tania will blast you into a million little pieces with:
-The hidden Marxist meanings behind Cujo
-Why John McEnroe is scarier than Ian Curtis
-How Don DeLillo can kill . . . with his mind
Do violent debutantes have a place in political struggle? After Tania and Katie Couric's climactic talk show, you'll know the shocking, surprisingly funny answer.