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  • Grunge Is Dead weaves together the definitive story of the Seattle music scene through a series of interviews with the people who were there. Taking the form of an "oral" history, this books contains over 130 interviews, along with essential background information from acclaimed music writer Greg Prato.

    The early '90s grunge movement may have last only a few years, but it spawned some of the greatest rock music of all time: Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden. This book contains the first-ever interview in which Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder was willing to discuss the group's history in great detail; Alice in Chains' band members and Layne Staley's mom on Staley's drug addiction and death; insights into the Riot Grrrl movement and oft-overlooked but highly influential Seattle bands like Mother Love Bone/Andy Wood, the Melvins, Screaming Trees, and Mudhoney; and much more.

    Grunge Is Dead digs deeper than the average grunge history, starting in the early '60s, and explaining the chain of events that gave way to the grunge movement. The end result is a book that includes a wealth of previously untold stories and insight for the longtime fan, as well as its renowned story for the newcomer. Grunge Is Dead collects the whole truth of grunge music in one comprehensive volume.

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    The truth behind Johnny Depp's bad-boy image in this definitive biography. Accidental actor? Bratty bad boy? Consummate craftsman? Take a little of each, and a whole lot more, and you've got Johnny Depp. Delectably dreamy, dramatically dynamic, and Depp-endably dedicated, this young actor is one of Hollywood's most popular leading men. Depp takes us on a wild ride through Johnny's life, its ups and its downs, its pinnacles and its depths. Join author Christopher Heard, an ardent fan and host of TV's Reel to Real, as he follows Depp's turbulent childhood in Kentucky, his leap into the limelight on TV's 21 Jump Street, and, finally, his extraordinary success in some of his generation's best films. Edward Scissorhands, What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Donnie Brasco, Ed Wood, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - no other actor his age has such an incredibly diverse résumé. Depp explores his roles in these films and his relationships with their directors. Heard also provides as context the details of Depp's personal life - from his young marriage, through his years as tattooed Winona Ryder escort and as Kate Moss paramour to his current status as proud Parisian papa and Paradis lover. Scrutinizing Johnny's shifts as media darling and tabloid target and sifting the truth from the trash in what's been said about him, Depp is the definitive biography of one of this generation's most important, most impassioned, and most independent stars.

  • A tongue-in-cheek odyssey through the sex capitals of the world. The applause is near-deafening as crowd favourite Tristan Taormino makes her way to the podium to pick up her award. "Oh my God! This is so wonderful," she gushes, all the while trying to hold back tears. "Buttman, you gave me a chance when no one else would, and the next thing I knew I was the subject of a gang-bang, and now this? I just want to thank Mom and Dad." Welcome to the world of Sex Carnival - a whimsical, eye-opening record of one man's travels into the bold new world of porn. Bill Brownstein provides a guide for the uninitiated and the bewildered, a hands-on intro for anyone who wonders why the porno biz has become so mainstream in just the last few years.
    Brownstein's global travels take him from watching Tristan and other sex superstars accept their trophies at the annual porn awards ceremony in Las Vegas to witnessing the weekend shopping sprees of Dutch families as the kids push their grocery carts through the biggest sex supermarkets on earth. He takes us from dungeons and dragons pleasure chambers in New York to a different kind of pleasure - the rough trade in Hamburg. And along the way, he stops off to catch some lap-dancing in Montreal and all kinds of unexpected action at the sex bars of Paris.  Sex Carnival is no definitive history of porn. Instead, this book is fun. Brownstein gives us a lively account of our obsession with the business of sex, an odyssey of one man's encounters with a universe of titillation that is fresh, original, naughty, and very bizarre.

  • Gone to Hell

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    Theft, extortion, embezzlement, mafia ties, drunk driving and even murder - these are the true stories of priests gone bad.

    It's a dark and windy Easter in Toledo, Ohio when Sister Margaret is found murdered in the chapel, the victim of a Satanic ritual. Twenty years later her murderer is revealed to be the parish priest Father Gerald. Monsignor Skehan and Father Guinan embezzled 8.1 million dollars from their affluent Palm Beach, Florida, church, Guinan fleeing to Ireland and leaving Skehan to face the music. Father Fink of Texas crashed his car into a restaurant while driving drunk, injuring ten people. The civil lawsuits that ensued featured innovative - and shady - defense tactics.

    Radic dramatically retells these stories and many others, drawing on his personal trials as a pastor convicted of embezzlement, forgery, and fraud.

  • How to implement proven techniques to take advantage of business opportunities. Here is a master plan for leaders who want to know the dynamic, proven techniques any business leader - from the fruit stand owner to the Fortune 500 chairman - must use to build a successful entrepreneurial enterprise. At the heart of this program is a fundamental belief in the continuous work necessary to improve all activities - a constant quest to improve the conduct of business, from mission statements to the simplest of action plans. Each principle, or "bite," is a business fundamental that every business leader needs to understand. They are simple, proven leadership principles of successful people. Each bite moves the reader one step ahead, and each bite combines with others that work together to create a building block toward total leadership. Each bite represents a stepping stone towards sound business practice that, if applied with patience, discipline, consistency, and ethics, will result in success.

  • Use My Name

    Jim Jones

    With this fascinating new book, Jim Jones debunks many of the myths surrounding the life and times of Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road. Jones concentrates on those whose lives were most affected by Kerouac: daughter Jan Kerouac, wives Edie Parker, Joan Haverty, and Stella Sampac, as well as nephew Paul Blake Jr.' Use My Name: Jack Kerouac's Forgotten Families takes its title from advice given to Jan during her second and final meeting with Jack, who encouraged her to profit from the surname she shared with the famous author of On the Road. Sadly, not one of these individuals so closely tied to Kerouac seems to have benefited from the connection, as Jones discovers in his in-depth interview with Jan. She discusses at length her fifteen months as a prostitute, her own divorces, her hospitalization, and her life as an author, including a wild European book tour for Baby Driver.
    Although Kerouac is one of the most "biographied" American writers of our time, Jones offers a new perspective on the "King of the Beats" and his generation, one from which formerly marginalized figures in the Kerouac story -- particularly women -- become strong, central characters. He also exposes the cut-throat wheeling and dealing that has plagued the Kerouac estate, and which continues today as the various players do battle over the legacy of one of the counterculture's biggest idols.

  • Thirteen-year-old October Schwartz is new in town, short on friends, and the child of a clinically depressed science teacher. Naturally, she spends most of her time in the Sticksville Cemetery, which just happens to border her backyard. And that backyard

  • Claire Danes

    Richard Crouse

    The first biography of the beautiful young star of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Brokedown Palace and My So-Called Life (the critically acclaimed television show). Claire Danes may be only twenty years old but she is one of the most respected and

  • Real Estate Salespeople say that buying a home is all about location, but for the salespeople themselves, real estate is all about disclosure.

    Now, in his expanded and updated guide, real estate lecturer and lawyer Mark Weisleder shows real estate professionals how to serve their clients in a manner that protects their deals, increases their success, and keeps them liability free. Using real life examples, Weisleder covers a wide range of important topics, including key disclosure issues, new Internet brokerage models, multiple offers, identity theft and mortgage fraud, Canada's Privacy Act, how to handle disciplinary hearings, and much more!

  • Trouble in the Camera Club

    Don Pyle

    ?Trouble in the Camera Club features over 300 photographs by Don Pyle and another 200 images of related ephemera from the earliest days of Toronto's punk music scene, featuring early gigs by Toronto bands like The Viletones, Teenage Head, The Curse, The Diodes, and The Ugly, and visiting punks the Ramones, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, The Clash, Vibrators, The Stranglers, and other artists influential to the punk movement including Bryan Ferry, David Bowie, and Cheap Trick.

    Starting in 1976, at age 14, Don Pyle witnessed and photographed some of the earliest gigs of Toronto punk acts and many of the artists whose sensibilities aligned with this new, festering subculture. According to Steven Leckie of The Viletones, Pyle's photographs "made everyone look heroic, as good as Annie Leibovitz and Linda McCartney." In 1977, Pyle bought a 35mm camera and joined his high school's camera club to learn how to develop and print, and to get free chemicals for processing. His trial-and-error education in photography resulted in a collection of images that, 30-something years later, are as much historic document as they are pictures of an under-represented and significant period in Toronto's musical cultural development. Scratched, water-marked, and dusty negatives were restored to reveal his hidden history of the revolution. Numerous artists that have since passed away are captured in this book in their creative prime, frozen in youthful self-absorbed beauty. These are photos taken by a kid in awe of what he was seeing and who was pressed against the stage at every gig, not by a "professional" who observed from the sidelines.

    Trouble in the Camera Club is a one-of-a-kind photo-documentary of this golden moment - the birth of punk.

  • Tim Moore's summer job in the moving business led to the creation of the largest, coast-to-coast moving company in Canada - AMJ Campbell Van Lines. With 48 offices, Tim's company generated $125 million in sales.

    Today, as one of Canada's most successful

  • Jerry Seinfeld

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    Jerry Seinfeld is the master of observational humour. Pointing at the small absurdities of daily life, Seinfeld makes his audience laugh with recognition. For many years a stand-up comic, Seinfeld was also the star of his own phenomenally successful television show, Seinfeld. But the road hasn't always been easy; at his first stand-up performance, he froze. This first unauthorized biography follows his rise to stardom. Also included is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Seinfeld.

  • ?"This is a great book. It became a popular table game in the summer holidays with two teams competing with all your questions. It makes an excellent change from celebrity trivia." - Peter Gabriel, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, on What Does the Mo

  • Imagine it's 1965, and you've just fulfilled a boyhood ambition and graduated from the vet college in Glasgow, Scotland. The very next week you find yourself in Kenya, treating wild animals. This is what happened to Dr. Jerry Haigh, who in Wrestling with

  • From The Ground Up

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    "I always believed that women could do anything men could, if they were just prepared to put their minds to it and get down to work." She was the first successful woman miner in Canada, probably in the world. She transformed the Prospectors and Developers Association from a ragtag crew of rock enthusiasts into a nationwide organization of geologists, engineers, and other mining professionals. She rose from her humble beginnings near Bracebridge, Ontario, to become one of the country's wealthiest female entrepreneurs and a member of the Order of Canada. And she was a key player in the Windfall scandal of the 1960s and suffered its side effects behind bars. Viola MacMillan was a mining dynamo, a legend in the testosterone-driven, wheeling-dealing venture that is Canadian mining. In this rags-to-riches autobiography, MacMillan offers a passionate account of her life in the bush, her rise to fame, and the setbacks she endured along the way. To put the story in context, Virginia Heffernan provides a snapshot of the Canadian mining industry during MacMillan's heyday, including the events that led to her jail sentence and eventual pardon. Through extensive interviews and research, Heffernan pieces together the backdrop to Macmillan's entertaining life story.

  • Portland, the secret gem of the West coast, is almost too good to be true. Imagine a city where a bookstore occupies an entire city block. A city where brewing beer has been elevated to an art form; a city containing both the world's smallest dedicated park and largest forested city wilderness. No sales tax, old-fashioned gas stations, the only volcano within city limits, and a world-renowned transit system. You would have to be imagining Portland, and you wouldn't be dreaming. Secret?Portland is the only guide that takes the time to explore the city's scores of lesser-known treasures - the secrets that make it a place worth dreaming about. Leading you to the spots that only locals know, Secret?Portland is readable, quirky and intimate, exposing little-known histories and legends, the best ethnic eateries, chicest cheap hotels, and locally favored nightspots.
    Don't miss the opportunity to watch the weather machine in Pioneer Courthouse Square, choose a favorite blossom at the International Rose Test Garden, ride the only three-door elevator west of the Mississippi, or embark on an epic pub-crawl to the city's celebrated microbreweries. Let Secret?Portland show you a side of the city you'll never forget.
    Secret?Portland is the latest in the acclaimed and award-winning Secret Guides series. To date, we've unlocked the secrets to New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Providence and Newport, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montréal.

  • In this memoir, the former president of the National Wrestling Alliance, Howard Brody gives a first hand account of how he's been able to survive the world of pro wrestling politics, despite getting a few bloody noses along the way. Brody delves into the

  • Joe's Toronto

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    Mendelson Joe was born in Toronto at the Western Hospital less than a year before Canada joined the Allies in ending World War II. Although Joe grew up in Maple, a feedmill town twenty miles north of Toronto, the city of Toronto was always his home - even during his itinerant years in London and Los Angeles as an electric troubadour.

    When Joe fell into painting and loved it like music, it was inevitable that he would document his friends, colleagues, neighbours, and others. For years, he painted portraits of Torontonians known and unknown, including: Robert Fulford, Robert Priest, Irshad Manji, Margaret Atwood, Bernie Finkelstein, Stan the Fan, and Babydoll Grandma. Over thirty years later, his portraits of Torontonians amount to a significant body of work, and here, in Joe's Toronto, he exhibits fifty portraits from the experience. It tells both his story and the story of those he portrayed. Along with faithful reproductions of the original paintings, Joe has added his own brand of particular comments about the subjects and the sessions.

  • Tainted

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    In an affluent city perched on Ontario's Niagara Escarpment, residents begin turning up on the pathologist's autopsy table with what looks like epidemic mad cow disease. Zol Szabo, a public-health doctor and former chef, and Hamish Wakefield, a young infectious-diseases specialist, must trace the epidemic to its source while dodging the deadly prions that appear to have contaminated almost everything in the supermarket. Things spin out of control and more lives are threatened when a government-appointed investigator pulls rank, hijacks the investigation, and allows his inflated ego to supersede common sense.

    Incidents of contamination of the food supply are featured almost weekly in the news. In Tainted, the clock is ticking to discover the source of the disease before it can spread, while navigating the political minefield of the hospital and the media.

    A suspenseful and vexing medical thriller, Tainted comments on the vagaries of modern medicine, and explores the complexities of relationships between men: fathers and sons, colleagues and subordinates, gay men and their lovers.

    Tainted is a medical thriller that illustrates the potential disastrous consequences of misplacing our trust in those who manufacture our food and our pharmaceuticals.

  • When Tim Horton died tragically in a car accident in 1974 at age 44, he left behind a legacy of love, respect, and goodwill from everyone who knew him. In Loving Memory traces the life and career of the legendary NHL defenceman, from his humble beginnings in small-town northern Ontario, to junior stardom at St. Mike's in Toronto, a Calder Cup championship with the AHL Pittsburgh Hornets, four Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and a distinguished late career with the expansion Buffalo Sabres. This book features dozens of vintage photos of Tim -- on the ice, in the locker room, and at home with his family -- as well as rare memorabilia, letters, and documents, many of which have been preserved by Tim's wife, Lori.

  • Jam Bands

    Bret Aita

    Jam Bands is the first comprehensive guide to the emerging wave of improvisational music now thriving in North America. The book spans the continent, identifying more than 175 of the most noteworthy jam bands. Each entry includes photos, biographies, discographies, personal insights from band members, web site listings, and descriptions and analyses of each group's distinctive musical styles and talents. Additionally, since all the profiled bands encourage live taping, Jam Bands offers a section devoted to the art of recording concerts and building a live-music library. Written by noted live-music fanatic and taper Dean Budnick, author of THE PHISHING MANUAL, Jam Bands is sure to please both long-time devotees of the jam band scene and new initiates as well. From Aquarium Rescue Unit to Zero, with stops along the way for moe., Medeski, Martin & Wood, Rusted Root, Strangefolk, and String Cheese Incident, Jam Bands will reacquaint readers with cherished groups and introduce new favourites, while unlocking the mysteries of taping.

  • Rip, The

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    Cash, booze, drugs, and sex: to the victor go the spoils. In The Rip, Bret Aita offers a candid insider's look into the corrupt and decadent culture of boiler-room brokerage. These are the all-too-true accounts of the coked-up winners and tragically conned losers in the world of high-stakes stock trading.

  • Thrilling but flawed, entertaining despite the swerves and double-crosses, captivating even when repugnant? professional wrestling has enjoyed the attention and loyalty of untold millions for nearly a century. How and why is precisely what Larry Matysik examines in his third book, Drawing Heat the Hard Way: How Wrestling Really Works.

    Wrestlers have their own private language, and in the unique world of wrestling "drawing heat" is a very good thing: the successful generation of crowd reaction and fan excitement. The Hard Way? That's both exactly what it sounds like and something no one in the industry plans for: a legitimate and unintentional wound suffered because something's gone awry. In Drawing Heat the Hard Way, Matysik explains what it takes to win the hearts and minds of wrestling fans, and how, at times, mistakes, controversy and unexpected turns of events have damaged the reputation or forever changed the business he loves.

    If anyone understands wrestling, the problem-child offspring of whatever "real" sport is, it's Matysik. Drawing Heat the Hard Way takes on the way wrestling is booked or planned; analyzes the roles of wrestlers and announcers, and explores steroids as an industry and fan issue. It also considers wrestling's power-brokers, from those who influence the business by reporting on it, like Dave Meltzer, to those who make the final decisions on what gets broadcast every week, like the omnipresent Vince McMahon, and even to those who influence the sport with their pocketbooks - the fans themselves.

    At times humorous, occasionally heartbreaking, always insightful, Drawing Heat the Hard Way is ultimately an objective take on what it means to be a wrestling fan, from someone who knows the business inside and out.

  • Glimpse

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    Glimpse is a book of 409 aphorisms, a form that straddles the line between poetry and philosophy, yet is likely more accessible to the general public than either. Each tiny, crafted piece is not simply a distilled poem or a pre- poem or a poem explained,

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