A fun and humorous treasure trove of extremely rare, all-American beefcake pinups. From the author of Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom and Bettie Page comes Beefcake, a Herculean collection of male nudes culled from vintage magazines of men for men. A lighthearted celebration of the male physique at its best, this entertaining volume features sporty and wholesome specimens championing the ideal male figure. Beefcake includes photos selected from private collections of rare male pinups from the 1940s to pre-disco, but it also showcases images and layouts from physique magazines with titles like Muscle, Adonis, International Nudist Sun, Tomorrow’s Man, and Buck and Champ. Many of the photos featured are previously unseen—and highly collectible—works from the hugely influential photographer Bruce of Los Angeles, Kovert of Hollywood, Western Photography Guild, Don Whitman, and Kris Studio, as well as from the edgy and previously unpublished D. R. Parker and the covert Karoll of Havana.Arranged thematically with chapters such as Peak of Perfection, Swords & Sandals, Dare Devils, Locker Room, Demi Gods, Lonely Sailor, Rugged & Rough, and Gladiator, and celebrating the midcentury graphic design of the magazine covers and interiors, Beefcake is a fun and witty tribute to male physique photography.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Petra Mason cultural historian and creative director. As a founding partner of Books & Books Press and Motherland, she's published and produced numerous books, including Bettie Page Queen of Curves and Bunny Yeager's Darkroom with Rizzoli. Lady Bunny is a successful comedienne, emcee, singer, songwriter, actress, deejay, and, most famously, the founder, organizer and hostess of “Wigstock.”
Why we dream at night is still one of the greatest unanswered questions that scientists wrestle with. Although there are many theories as to why we dream, there are still no findings that give us a cohesive explanation. Even so, people all over the world continue to try to understand why they dream and to learn new insights from their nighttime reveries. Maria Palomino has always had strange dreams since she was a little girl. Dreams about being somewhere else, fighting or getting chased by monsters or people, or being in a situation where she has to escape. She found her dreams to be adventures because every time she went to sleep, she felt like she was wandering around the world, going back to her past, or into another dimension. Every time she opens doors in her dreams, she finds herself somewhere different or speaking another language. Although the journeys she takes are sometimes a little peculiar, she wants to share these experiences with her readers because she believes that many of us may have similar imaginings. Are you ready to step into Maria's lucid dream world?
About the Author:
Maria Palomino was born in the heart of Mexico City into a large family of fourteen siblings. They all moved to a small town and where she lived away from the city life at nine years old. After finishing high school, Maria relocated to Miami, FL. She now lives with her daughter and little dog as she enjoys all that South Florida has to offer her. After various jobs and many bad experiences, Maria discovered her true passion to write and entertain people with her real experiences, many of which are in the form of dreams.
During the course of living (mumble, mumble) years, Dave Barry has learned much of wisdom,* (*actual wisdom not guaranteed) and he is eager to pass it on—to the next generation, the generation after that, and to those idiots who make driving to the grocery store in Florida a death-defying experience.
In brilliant, brand-new, never-before-published pieces, Dave passes on home truths to his new grandson and to his daughter Sophie, who will be getting her learner’s permit in 2015 (“So you’re about to start driving! How exciting! I’m going to kill myself”). He explores the hometown of his youth, where the grown-ups were supposed to be uptight fifties conformists, but seemed to have a lot of un-Mad Men-like fun, unlike Dave’s own Baby Boomer generation, which was supposed to be wild and crazy, but somehow turned into neurotic hover-parents. He dives into everything from the inanity of cable news and the benefits of Google Glass (“You will look like a douchebag”) to the loneliness of high school nerds (“You will never hear a high school girl say about a boy, in a dreamy voice, ‘He’s so sarcastic!’”), from the perils of home repair to firsthand accounts of the soccer craziness of Brazil and the just plain crazy craziness of Vladimir Putin’s Russia (“He stares at the camera with the expression of a man who relaxes by strangling small furry animals”), and a lot more besides.
By the end, if you do not feel wiser, richer in knowledge, more attuned to the universe . . . we wouldn’t be at all surprised. But you’ll have had a lot to laugh about!
About the Author:
Dave Barry’s recent bestselling books include You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, and Insane City. He lives in Coral Gables, Florida.
Join Florida Grand Opera’s General Director Susan T. Danis and in-house opera expert Justin Moss for an insightful, behind the scenes look at Florida Grand Opera with an opportunity to ask questions and hear some delightful singing from the performers in the Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Program. Each musical selection with have a brief overview of the opera scene from which it is performed.
With the following members of the Young Artist Program:
Isaac Bray, Baritone
Hailey Clark, Soprano
Betsy Diaz, Soprano
Rebecca Henriques, Soprano
Carla Jablonski, Mezzo-Soprano
Kirsten Scott, Mezzo-Soprano
Tessa Hartle, Piano
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Mary Doria Russell, the bestselling, award-winning author ofThe Sparrow, returns withEpitaph. An AmericanIliad,this richly detailed and meticulously researched historical novel continues the story she began inDoc, following Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, and to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
A deeply divided nation. Vicious politics. A shamelessly partisan media. A president loathed by half the populace. Smuggling and gang warfare along the Mexican border. Armed citizens willing to stand their ground and take law into their own hands. . . .
That was America in 1881.
All those forces came to bear on the afternoon of October 26 when Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers faced off against the Clantons and the McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona. It should have been a simple misdemeanor arrest. Thirty seconds and thirty bullets later, three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt.
Wyatt Earp was the last man standing, the only one unscathed. The lies began before the smoke cleared, but the gunfight at the O.K. Corral would soon become central to American beliefs about the Old West.
Epitaph tells Wyatt’s real story, unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried under 130 years of mythology, misrepresentation, and sheer indifference to fact. Epic and intimate, this novel gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by those fatal thirty seconds in Tombstone. At its heart is the woman behind the myth: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved.
About the Author:
Mary Doria Russell is the author of five previous books, The Sparrow, Children of God, A Thread of Grace, Dreamers of the Day, and Doc, all critically acclaimed commercial successes. Dr. Russell holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology. She lives in Lyndhurst, Ohio.
Social Media Sucks!: (if you don't know what you're doing)
“This book is not just a complete overview of how to do social marketing, but how to swing for the fences and do it right! The power of what Sebastian has written is invaluable for all marketers as brands begin or continue their social journey. It’s an invaluable combination of critical strategic thinking and tactical advice.” @BryanKramer, author of Human to Human: #H2H
“Not only can Sebastian rock a bow tie, but he rocks the digital world with a hefty dose of reality. Social Media Sucks! is filled with real life and practical experience from a guy who knows what he’s talking about.” @ScottMonty, Global Digital Communications at Ford Motor Company
“What you’ll realize when reading Social Media Sucks! is how intuitively and effectively Sebastian utilizes offline, face-to-face exchanges to build and expand his platform. Whether it’s his extremely recognizable personal branding “hook” to get you to remember him, his use of video interviews to get him into your inner circle, or his ability to walk into a nail salon and sell the owner a framed Monet poster, Sebastian demonstrates the power of in-person, and shows you how to do it for yourself.” @JayBaer, New York Times bestselling author of Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is About Help Not Hype
About the Author:
Sebastian Rusk has developed a very unique approach to creating buzz and making noise for brands via social media. His role as an Author, Emcee, Speaker, Influencer, personality for brands and Social Media Strategist has enabled him to influence those around him. His forte of being able to make his crazy ideas a reality, are what make SocialBuzzTV.com a reality today. It is no mystery why Sebastian is referred to as "a walking billboard" and the "Creator of Buzz".
SocialBuzzTV.com was conceptualized and founded by Sebastian Rusk in March of 2010. With 12+ years of experience in Marketing and Online Ad space, Sebastian has a real knack for not only 'thinking outside the box', but showing there can be reasonable thinking INSIDE that box! He has a passion for Social Media, creating "buzz" for brands and spreading the word on the power behind though the digital space, which has been the driving force to launch SocialBuzzTV.com (bow tie and all).
Sebastian resides in Miami, FL, and is a full-time dad to 12 year old daughter Kayla
Set in the fanciful backdrop of a young girl’s imagination, Lauren's Kingdom empowers families to discuss the important, but often danced around topic of personal safety with their children.
The book tells the story of little Lauren, who lived with her loving family in a small stone house by the sea. Her radiant smile and sweet disposition warmed the hearts of everyone she met, and she loved to play pretend, but things changed the day a new babysitter came into little Lauren’s life. With the help of her best friend, Rodney, Lauren finds the courage to use her voice and face her fears. Together, Lauren and Rodney learn an important lesson for children everywhere:
“If you’re choking back tears and your heart’s filled with fears…You know very well, it’s OK to tell.”
About the Author:
Lauren Book, M.S. Ed, is an internationally respected and renowned child advocate, former classroom teacher and lover of children’s literature. Ms. Book has been named a PEOPLE All-Star Among Us, L’Oreal Woman of Worth and is the recipient of a Congressional Medal of Merit for her tireless work to protect childhood. She is an EMMY nominee and Gracie Award-winning television producer and has been featured by national media outlets including Cosmopolitan Magazine, the Huffington Post, USA Today, FOX News, CNN’s HLN, ABC’s Katie Couric Show, Our America with Lisa Ling and Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change. Ms. Book lives in South Florida where she serves as founder and CEO of the Lauren’s Kids foundation. This is Ms. Book’s first book for children.
Moderated by Dr. Donette Francis, with panelists include filmmaker Rachelle Salnave; fine artist and educator Meme Ferre; Mari Robles, Knight Curator of School Programs at PAMM; and visual artist Rodney Jackson.
International Thriller Writers award-winner and bestselling author Brian Freeman has established himself as a master of psychological thrillers. In his latest,A Season of Fear, Freeman returns to the sun-drenched beaches of Naples, Florida and the idiosyncratic world of Detective Cab Bolton.
Attractive and popular politician Diane Fairmont is running for the Florida governorship, but a chill is cast over the campaign when she receives an anonymous note announcing the return of the assassin who killed her husband ten years earlier. Because of complicated ties between Fairmont and his mother, movie actress Tarla Bolton, Detective Bolton is assigned to the case.
As Bolton struggles to penetrate the veil of secrecy surrounding the Fairmont campaign, he begins to realize that the death threat is not the only danger faced by the campaign staff. A desperate race against the clock ensues as Bolton tries to unlock the secrets of a poisonous conspiracy before nature provides the perfect cover for a long-dormant killer to strike again.
About the Author:
A native of Chicago and longtime resident of the Twin Cities, Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages and have appeared as Main Selections in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club. He is the author of The Cold Nowhere, a finalist for the 2014 Minnesota Book Award, and Spilled Blood, which won the 2013 International Thriller Writers' Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel. The Burying Place was a finalist for the 2011 Thriller Award. Also in 2011, The Bone House was a finalist for Best Audiobook of the Year in Thriller/Suspense as well as the Minnesota Book Award. Brian's debut thriller, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel.