The Book of Fame


Author: Lloyd Jones
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307363848
Category: Fiction
Page: 176
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A glorious novel from the award-winning author of Mister Pip, now available as a trade paperback original from Vintage Canada. The Book of Fame is a lyrical semi-fictional account of the 1905 All Black rugby tour of Europe - a tour that shaped New Zealand's identity, from which the players returned to find themselves accorded almost god-like status. This remarkable, award-winning novel is both a tribute to some of the world's first sporting celebrities and an investigation into the curious workings of fame. Not just a book for lovers of sport, The Book of Fame is essentially a story about friendship and loyalty, and about a group of astonishing young men at the peak of their abilities. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Book of Fame


Author: Lloyd Jones
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1848544995
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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In August 1905 a party of young men set sail for England. Amongst them were ordinary farmers and bootmakers, a miner and a bank clerk. Together they made up the All Blacks, an unknown rugby team from Auckland, New Zealand. And they had come to show the world what they could do. What they didn't know was that they were bound for fame. The first game was in Devon, 'played in golden farm light, a surprising victory'. By December they had become the 'wonderful All Blacks' who had beaten Yorkshire 40-0, England 15-0 and Ireland 15-0. People stopped them in the streets. In this melding of true history and imagination, Lloyd Jones has recreated an unforgettable journey from innocence to celebrity.

The Book of Fame


Author: Lloyd Jones
Publisher: Text Publishing
ISBN: 1921776242
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
View: 1996

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Winner of the Tasmania Prize and the Deutz Medal for fiction this is a singular melding of history and imagination. In August 1905 a party of young men boarded a ship for England. Among them were four farmers, two bootmakers and a boatbuilder. By December they were the 'wonderful All Blacks' who had beaten Yorkshire, England and Ireland.

Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame


Author: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451676727
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 224
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Featuring more than 200 full-color photographs, Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame brings to vivid life the greatest treasures of baseball’s shrine, most of them rarely if ever displayed to visitors. For any baseball fan, a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, is the thrill of a lifetime—no matter how many times you visit. But whether you go only once in your lifetime or make the pilgrimage annually, you’ll never be able to see every treasure in the museum’s collections. With Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame, readers can go behind the scenes to see seldom- or never-displayed items from among the 40,000 treasures in Cooperstown, in addition to some of the most important and popular items on exhibit at the museum—all gorgeously photographed in color. Captions written by Hall of Fame experts explain each object’s significance and relate unique stories associated with it. Here are just a few highlights from the nearly 200 objects in this beautiful book: -An 1887 ball-strike indicator from the only season when it took five balls to walk and four strikes to strike out -Pitcher Harvey Haddix’s glove from the 1959 game when he pitched 12 perfect innings—and lost 1–0 in the 13th -Shoeless Joe Jackson’s shoes -The Wonderboy bat and trombone case that Robert Redford used in The Natural -Rube Waddell’s glove from his 4–2, 20-inning victory over Cy Young on July 4, 1905 -A promissory note from the sale of Babe Ruth by Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee to New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert -The bat Joe Carter used to hit his 1993 World Series–ending home run -The oldest known photograph of two baseball teams, the New York Knickerbockers and the Brooklyn Excelsiors, taken on a ball field in 1859 Whether you’re a dedicated student of the game’s history or a newcomer to our National Pastime, Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame will fascinate you. You’ll find a surprising photograph or a story you didn’t know, complete with new insight into America’s game and culture. Take the trip of a lifetime inside baseball’s national museum and discover the game’s fabulous history—or reawaken beloved memories.

Fame Junkies

The Hidden Truths Behind America's Favorite Addiction
Author: Jake Halpern
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 061891871X
Category: Psychology
Page: 226
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An analytical study of America's rabid fascination with the lives of celebrities draws on numerous personal interviews--with fans, Hollywood insiders, and would-be celebrities--to examine the psychological, sociological, and biological roots of the obsession, as well as its implications for modern life. By the author of Braving Home. Reprint.

The Baseball Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book


Author: Gerald Astor
Publisher: Fireside
ISBN: 9780671761707
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 356
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Presents historical photographs and original essays on Hall of Fame players by nine of the country's finest baseball writers.

Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players


Author: Steve Cameron
Publisher: Hockey Hall of Fame
ISBN: 9780228101376
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 512
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"A must-have for hockey lovers." -- Library Journal Profiles, stories, artifacts and archival images of every player in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The greatest individual honor that can be bestowed upon a professional hockey player is to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players celebrates each and every one of the 276 players who have been so honored since the Hall of Fame's first class in 1945. Here are just a few of the Hockey Hall of Fame's most famous inductees: Wayne Gretzky Gordie Howe Bobby Orr Maurice Richard Guy Lafleur Patrick Roy Tim Horton Johnny Bower Ken Dryden Mark Messier Brett Hull Steve Yzerman Joe Sakic Scott Niedermayer Eric Lindros Teemu Selanne Dominik Hasek. Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players also features artifacts and memorabilia from the Hockey Hall of Fame's extensive archive, including Wayne Gretzky's record setting 802nd goal puck, Jacques Plante's game-changing mask, and Mario Lemieux's 1987 Canada Cup jersey. Complete with more than 450 photos and full of artifacts, stats, facts, quotes and other interesting stories and snapshots from each star's career -- Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players is the definitive book on the stars who have been awarded hockey's most prestigious honor.

15 Minutes of Fame

Becoming A Star In The Youtube Revolution
Author: Frederick Levy
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1436243238
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 192
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How ordinary people become famous. Everyone gets a shot at the spotlight. Since its launch in 2005, YouTube has been a hub for users to upload and share their most interesting, intimate, exciting, or embarrassing moments with viewers all over the world. But how does one take advantage of YouTube's far-reaching resources and get a video seen? Here, Hollywood producer Frederick Levy addresses the interests and needs of the casual YouTube user as well as the serious web enthusiasts and video-makers who are looking to explore YouTube and its social and networking aspects in greater depth. Loaded with advice from established Hollywood gurus who've "been there, done that," this is the must-have guide for the wired and connected audiences of YouTube, MySpace, and Metacafe. Readers will learn how to: * Upload videos from a mobile phone * Capture video directly to the site from a Webcam * Embed videos into personal web pages or blogs, and much, much more!

Legends of Hockey

The Official Book of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Author: N.A
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
ISBN: N.A
Category: Hockey
Page: 192
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This large format, pictorial book explores the history of North American ice hockey. Includes rare classic photographs from The Hockey Hall of Fame, private collections, and noted NHL photographers. A companion to the five-part television documentary series of the same name.

Fame Us

Celebrity Impersonators and the Cult(ure) of Fame
Author: Brian Howell
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458778940
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 164
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In this stunning book, photographer Brian Howell takes us into the world of celebrity impersonators--the faux famous people who make a living at pretending to be someone else. Taken at various impersonator conventions and stage shows throughout North America, the photographs are both startling and poignant--for all of the frivolity and double takes (''Isn't that Paris Hilton?'') there is also a sense of the real person beneath the makeup and the artifice. Accompanying the portraits are first-person narratives by many of the subjects, many of whom feel personally close to those they are impersonating, even if they have never met them. In addition, in two essays, cultural critic Norbert Ruebsaat looks at the history of celebrity culture, and Geist magazine editor Stephen Osborne delves into the nature of photographing impersonators. As such, the book investigates the nature of fame in this era of celebrity blogs, stalkerazzi, and reality television-and how our obsession with famous people says as much about us as it does about them.

Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame


Author: Bill James
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439108374
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 464
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Arguing about the merits of players is the baseball fan's second favorite pastime and every year the Hall of Fame elections spark heated controversy. In a book that's sure to thrill--and infuriate--countless fans, Bill James takes a hard look at the Hall, probing its history, its politics and, most of all, its decisions.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book

Where Greatness Lives
Author: John Thorn,Joe Horrigan
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 9780446583961
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 320
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There is no question that football is indeed America's most popular sport, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 50th Anniversary book totally captures our passion for the game. Having opened its doors in Canton, Ohio on September 7, 1963, the Hall will be celebrating its 50th anniversary year from 2012 to 2013, commencing with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, a ten-day period in early August which culminates in the annual Hall of Fame Game. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival draws close to a million fans each year. The book has been crafted by Joe Horrigan, the Hall's VP of Communications/Exhibits, along with John Thorn, creator of Total Football, and the end result is a beautifully bound keepsake for any serious football fan. The 50th Anniversary Book features essays by football writers, broadcasters, and celebrated players. Every living Hall of Famer will contribute a commentary on some aspect of the game and its history; each deceased member will be represented in a sidebar or pullout quote. In addition, the book features rarely seen photos and artifacts of some of the Hall's greatest treasures.

The Book of Skulls


Author: Robert Silverberg
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504051351
Category: Fiction
Page: 232
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How far will four friends go for immortality? This novel is Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author “Robert Silverberg at his very best” (George R. R. Martin). After Eli, a scholarly college student, finds and translates an ancient manuscript called The Book of Skulls, he and his friends embark on a cross-country trip to Arizona in search of a legendary monastery where they hope to find the secret of immortality. On the journey with Eli, there’s Timothy, an upper-class WASP with a trust fund and a solid sense of entitlement; Ned, a cynical poet and alienated gay man; and Oliver, a Kansas farm boy who escaped his rural origins and now wants to escape death. If they can find the House of Skulls where immortal monks allegedly reside, they’ll undergo a rigorous initiation. But do those eight grinning skulls mean the joke will be on them? For a sacrifice will be required. Two must die so that two may live forever . . . Stretching the boundary between science fiction and horror, Robert Silverberg masterfully probes deeper existential questions of morality, brotherhood, and self-determined destiny in what Harlan Ellison refers to as “one of my favorite nightmare novels.” This ebook features an illustrated biography of Robert Silverberg including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

The Book of Ice


Author: Paul D. Miller
Publisher: Subliminal Kid Inc
ISBN: 1935613146
Category: Nature
Page: 127
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Antarctica, the only uninhabited continent, belongs to no single country and has no government. While certain countries lay claim to portions of the landmass, it is the only solid land on the planet with no unified national affiliation. Drawing on the continent's rich history of inspiring exploration and artistic endeavors, Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky has put together his own multimedia, multidisciplinary study of Antactica. Book of Ice is one aspect of this ongoing project. In light of climate change and tireless human enterprise to be present everywhere on the planet, Miller uses Antarctica as a point on entry for contemplating humanity's relationship with the natural world. Using photographs and film stills from his journey to the bottom of the world, along with original artworks and re-appropriated archival materials, Miller ponders how Antarctica could liberate itself from the rest of the world. Part fictional manifesto, part history and part science book, Book of Ice furthers Miller's reputation as an innovative artist capable of making the old look new. The Book of Ice contains an introduction by celebrated physicist Brian Greene, author of the bestselling Fabric of the Cosmos. "This is not cool, this is freezing. I still have frostbite." --Stefan Sagmeister "A rare mind encounters a rare place--this is an entirely new take on the bottom of the world, very cool (but getting warmer)." --Bill McKibben, American environmentalist, journalist, and author "Antarctica is full of wonder. Paul D Miller has visited and returned with treasure. You hold in your hand interviews, photographs, histories, architectural plans, propaganda, sheet music, hyperlinks and a manifesto demanding that you never set foot there. This is work as unbounded and untameable as the continent itself. Read it and feel dislocated in the best possible way." --Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing

The Book of Essie

A novel
Author: Meghan MacLean Weir
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0525520325
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NEW ENGLAND BOOK AWARD "Both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely."—Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant A captivating novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart. Esther Ann Hicks--Essie--is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She's grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family's fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie's mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show's producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia's? Or do they try to arrange a marriage--and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media--through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell--Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?

The Book of Basketball

The NBA According to the Sports Guy
Author: Bill Simmons,Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Espn Books
ISBN: 0345520106
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 734
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An opinionated tour of the past, present, and future of pro basketball, written by ESPN's "Sports Guy" columnist, shares insights on everything from major NBA events and underrated players to how Hall of Famers should be selected.

Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Jerseys


Author: Steve Milton
Publisher: Firefly Books Limited
ISBN: 9781770851030
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 192
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Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Jerseys is a celebration of the Hockey Hall of Fame's collection of the best jerseys and sweaters worn by the premier players of the game. The brand-new, never-before-seen photographs of each jersey are paired with in-game action images and player profiles detailing the significance of the jersey and the impact of the player on the league. The selection of more than 100 jerseys from star players ranges from the rare and seldom seen, like Hall of Famer Rod Langway's high school championship jersey, to the most famous of garments, like the No. 9 of Montreal Canadiens' star Maurice the Rocket Richard. Hockey fans will be thrilled with this collection and will enjoy the crests, patches, logos, colors, and designs -- not to mention the game-worn wear-and-tear -- of hockey's most distinguishing feature. As an addition to the jerseys of hockey's superstars, readers will be treated to a selection of some of the most unique and rare jerseys from around the hockey world, like Bob Gainey's Epinal Squirrels jersey from the France pro league, or the 1939 Cambridge University Ice Hockey Club sweater worn by captain Geoffrey Hallowes. A few of the players and jerseys featured are: Ray Bourque: 2001 Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup Mario Lemieux: 1987 Canada Cup Frank Nighbor: 1921 Ottawa Senators Stanley Cup Mark Messier: 1990 Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup Valeri Kharlamov: 1980s CSKA Red Army Doug Gilmour: 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs Busher Jackson: 1940 New York Americans Clint Benedict: 1931 Windsor Bulldogs Bobby Hull: 1969 Chicago Black Hawks. Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Jerseys is a fantastic examination of hockey's most enduing symbol and is the only book on the subject.

The Book of Maleki

Some Had Fortune, Others Had Fame, We Had Insanity
Author: Peter Walker
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781479251001
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 224
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The Book of Maleki is the story of 3 years of my life in the 80's playing bass for a low budget touring heavy metal band. In all the years since that I have worked in the music business, I have never heard anybody tell any stories of life on the road that is anywhere near as insane as this was. We had no record company, no management, no credit cards, no cell phones, no fax machines, no e-mail, and certainly no adult supervision. Never again will wild rock bands roam the country off the grid and under the radar. In comparison to the national acts that travel in jets, tour bus, and nice hotels; we were the covered wagons of heavy metal. If you're easily offended by sexual situations, alcohol and drug abuse, or random acts of vandalism and mayhem, then don't read this book!

The Bling Ring

How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World
Author: Nancy Jo Sales
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062245279
Category: True Crime
Page: 288
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The Bling Ring by Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales is an in-depth expose of a band of beautiful, privileged teenagers who were caught breaking into celebrity homes and stealing millions of dollars worth of valuables. With a list of victims that reads like a "Who's Who" of young Hollywood, including Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, and Rachel Bilson, The Bling Ring is the stuff of writers' imaginations—with one exception—it's a true story. The media asked: Why would a group of kids who already had designer clothes, money, cars, and status take such risks? Award-winning journalist Nancy Jo Sales found the answer: They did it because they could. And because it was easy. The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World is a shocking look at the seedy world of the real young Hollywood.

Still Lives

A Novel
Author: Maria Hummel
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 1619021765
Category: Fiction
Page: 277
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"It’s a thrilling mystery that will leave you wondering which characters you can and can’t trust... There’s a twist at the end that still keeps us up at night, it's THAT good." —Reese Witherspoon (A Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Selection) A REESE'S BOOK CLUB x HELLO SUNSHINE Selection A BOOK OF THE MONTH Selection 1 of 22 New Books to Read This Summer (TIME) 1 of 20 New Books to Read in June (Entertainment Weekly) 1 of 30 Exciting New Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List (Buzzfeed) Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered women—the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others—and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women. As the city’s richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum’s opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution’s flailing finances. Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala. Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls on the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie’s ex. A rogue’s gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord’s disappearance, she’ll come to suspect all of those closest to her. Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world’s hall of mirrors, and one woman’s journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets. "A suspenseful, splashy story about fame, sex, and how our culture views women’s bodies . . . I also loved that it tackled the sticky subject of how women are portrayed in art, culture, and the media—and the consequences of those portrayals. This is a thrilling book, and a much-needed one. Read it and you’ll see what I mean." —Book of the Month