A New York Times best seller Winner of the GoodReads Choice Awards 2017 for Humour In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again. In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits ´pause´ for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, ´Did you, um, make it?´ She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (´Strangers were worried about me; that´s how long I was single!´), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (´It´s like I had a fashion-induced blackout´). In ´What It Was Like, Part One´, Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay ´What It Was Like, Part Two´ reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later and what doing so has meant to her. Some more things you will learn about Lauren: she once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres; she´s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (´If you´re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you´ve already set the bar too high´); and she´s a card-carrying REI shopper (´My bungee cords now earn points!´). Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cosy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and - of course - talking as fast a... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lauren Graham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/001260/bk_twuk_001260_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An edgy yet accessible ´´bad bitch´´ guide to life, love, and success from Amber Rose, renowned model, entrepreneur, and pop culture personality. Bad Bitch (n.): a self-respecting, strong female who has everything together. This consists of body, mind, finances, and attitude; a woman who gets her way by any means necessary. Amber Rose didn´t let her early years in the tough neighborhood of South Philly keep her from achieving her star-studded goals. From the sets of music videos to high fashion runways and magazines to life at home with her beautiful son, Amber doesn´t hesitate to command her personal stage with confidence, edge, attitude, and her own form of grace. For the first time, this renowned model, actress, socialite, pop culture maven, and self-proclaimed ´´bad bitch´´ is sharing her secrets on how to lead a powerful life in this edgy yet accessible guide to life, love, and success. With unparalleled candor, ´´Muva´´ pulls back the curtain on her roller coaster of a journey from a young trailblazer to a worldwide phenomenon - and it´s this evolution that has influenced her intoxicating, authoritative outlook on life and love. Filled with expert advice and personal anecdotes, How to Be a Bad Bitch covers finances, career, love, beauty, and fashion while emphasizing confidence, positive self-acceptance, and authenticity. Above all, Amber delivers a message to all women in this fiercely fearless guide: work hard, love yourself, embrace your femininity and sexuality, and, most importantly, chase the best vision of you possible. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amber Rose. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007261/bk_sans_007261_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When the nurturing nature of women meets the loyalty and unguarded affection of dogs, remarkable connections ensue. You´ll be entertained, inspired, and moved by this anthology of true stories from women around the world. They each share a mini-memoir about their relationships with shelter dogs, police K-9s, dogs rescued from hurricanes and dog fighting, service dogs helping returning veterans, prison inmates who train service dogs, and everyday mutts who transform lives just by providing an exuberant welcome at the end of the day.This book was featured in O Magazine and on Oprah.com as one of top 16 dogs books of 2010.´´The rescuing works both ways again in Allen and Linda Anderson´s collection,´´Dogs and the Women Who Love Them: Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing, and Inspiration,as canines who´ve suffered abuse, neglect or misfortune seek and comfort humans who´ve endured the same. (Karen Holt, O Magazine)´´When asked, ´Betty, you never remarried! How can you live alone?´ my answer is simple: my golden retriever, Pontiac, is my saving grace.´´ (Betty White, actress and author)´´Perhaps because my older sister was a collie, I am never more myself than when in the presence of a dog. Kudos to Allen and Linda for sharing the myriad ways dogs bring joy, healing, and gratitude into our lives.´´ (Wendie Malick, actor and advocate)´´These heartwarming stories of dogs and the women who love them solidify the fact that the animal-human bond is so unique and necessary for enhancing one´s life. You´ll find a bit of yourself in each tale.´´ (Vanessa Williams, actress and singer)´´Once again the Andersons have produced an inspiring book for women who love dogs, this time packed with stories and meditations that will make you smile, weep and be moved by scenes from Katrina rescues to the dog that dazzled David Letterman on his Late Night show. If you have a special relationship with your dogs, this b... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeannine Jersey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/007821/bk_acx0_007821_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, written by Oscar Wilde, tells the story of a handsome young man who is befriended by a painter, Basil Hallward, and becomes the inspiration for his work. The young man is also introduced to one of Basil´s friends, the hedonistic aristocrat Lord Henry Wotton, who enthralls Dorian by sharing with him his philosophies and ideals about life, including his belief that youth is the most precious and important thing in the world. When Dorian is given a painting of himself by Basil he is suddenly struck by his own beauty and with the words of Lord Henry still fresh in his ears he wishes that the painting would be the one to grow old while he retained his youth. He falls in love with a young actress, but when her life is tragically cut short he decides to follow Lord Henry´s advice and spends the next several years in pursuit of every sordid pleasure he can find, inspired by a book which was given to him by his older friend. But while he remains young, his portrait, now hidden away from the world, collects the scars of every sin he commits. The book was written in 1891 and was the only novel written by Wilde, it was originally serialized in Lippincott´s Monthly Magazine but was considered morally indecent by the editors who censored several parts without consulting the author. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David McCallion. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/031837/bk_acx0_031837_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An actress turns Hotwife. On the big screen! A group of hackers gain access to a prominent young actress’s cloud account and leaks explicit images of her Online. Lisa Hudson finds herself suddenly thrust into a new limelight basking under the glow of never-ending male attention. The attention intensifies leading up to her week-long tour for a movie shoot. Jared is stunned that his gorgeous wife is managing to handle the violation of her privacy so calmly. At first furious and disgusted at the leak, he finds himself intrigued and curious at his wife’s willingness to entertain the spotlight. The couple’s thoughts and desires cross paths as Lisa butt-dials her husband while engaging in a naughty extramarital affair. Jared and Lisa confess their innermost secret desires with each other, sharing a rare golden moment as they learn of each other’s hotwife fantasy. And so when the married woman is due on her week-long movie tour to play an intimate scene with the actor... the couple finds their relationship taking a path they never thought they would take… A sizzling hot 32,000 word romance novella featuring an actress finding her naughty pictures leaked Online, a husband curious about his addiction to other men fantasizing over his wife, and a couple who suddenly find their hotwife fantasies stepped up several notches as a wife explores her fantasy on the big screen with the lead actor. Sign up to Karly’s mailing list to get the free epilogue to The Hotwife Adventure! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Veronica Harder. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/116269/bk_acx0_116269_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When you pick up a memoir - particularly a celebrity memoir - part of the inherent appeal is that you can safely be a voyeur at arm´s reach. But when that celebrity memoir falls short on sharing names and intimate details, well, that’s not a great listen. Because if you just wanted to hear how swell everybody is and how perfect a celebrity’s life is, you could just tune in to Ellen. So, in this interview, when I tell you that actress Charlotte Stewart´s autobiography delivers on both boldface names and remarkably personal details, trust me, I’m underselling her book. Like who? Well, she had a long getaway weekend with singer Jim Morrison of The Doors shortly before his fateful final trip to Paris. She was married to actor Tim Considine, one of the sons in the CBS hit comedy My Three Sons - although that didn’t keep her from leading a wild life of sex and drugs of which her husband knew nothing. One of the few men she turned down was her boss for four years as she played the reserved schoolmarm Miss Beadle on Little House on the Prairie. The boss’s name? Pa Ingalls himself, Michael Landon. A few more names in her life’s story: Elvis Presley. Kevin Bacon. Kyle McLachlan. Neil Young. Joni Mitchell. Jimmy Stewart. Oh, and she inspired a scene in Tom Wolfe’s novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities. She also co-starred in David Lynch´s breakthrough cult film Eraserhead as Mary X. And while she and the director never got together off the set, she did live on and off through the years with Eraserhead himself, Jack Nance. (And Lynch gave her the recurring role of Betsy Briggs on his legendary TV show Twin Peaks, a role she returned to in the show´s third season in early 2017 on Showtime.) During today’s conversation, Charlotte will also read a short passage from Little House in the Hollywood Hills, which she co-wrote with Andy Demsky. Her book will blow your mind. Promise. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Andelman, Charlotte Stewart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/001371/bk_bigh_001371_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For the first time ever, Jennie Garth is putting it all out there, sharing her joys and her sorrows, her successes and her failures, with candor and a surprising, even bawdy, sense of humor. From her sudden rise to fame as a golden-haired teen beauty, to recently redefining herself as a single working mother to three growing girls, Jennie Garth has defied the odds and thrived in a town that can be more than a little tough on its blondes. Since Jennie landed in Hollywood at just 16, she has built an enduring career as a television and film actress, producer, and director, beginning with her iconic turn as Kelly Taylor on Aaron Spelling’s smash hit Beverly Hills 90210, a show that ran for a decade and which cemented Jennie’s place in American pop culture. Recently, Jennie found herself facing her 40s from a place she never expected to be in: newly single, in demand again as an actress after years spent focusing on her family, and all over the tabloids. So she decided to do what surprised many - including herself: She decided to write about it, to tell her own story, in her own words. And now, in this intimate memoir, she explores the highs and lows of her life, both in front of the camera and behind closed doors, revealing the real Jennie Garth - smart, funny, and stronger than she ever realized. This is one unforgettable, utterly loveable Hollywood Blonde, and these are her deep thoughts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennie Garth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002318/bk_peng_002318_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jim Vilatzer was going nowhere - working in his parents´ restaurant, sleeping in his childhood bedroom - until he ran up gambling debts that forced him to go somewhere far away...fast. He uses his Russian-language skills (learned from his emigre grandparents) to cadge a job in Moscow finding and interviewing survivors of the Gulag. At first, he only finds that they are well hidden and leery of sharing their horrific stories, but he also discovers that he´s falling in love with their homeland. He is intoxicated by Moscow´s brooding, ironic atmosphere, its vast reservoir of entrepreneurial energy, its otherworldly churches and majestic subways. On any given day, petty indignities are more than offset by random acts of kindness. Jim´s taste for gambling is satisfied merely by living in a city that teems with risk and promise. So he blithely accepts a big win when a chance meeting with a lovely aspiring actress leads not only to romance but also to her grandfather, a concentration camp survivor who does actually want to share his story. Soon Jim is on a roll, scoring interviews with other survivors, learning harrowing and fascinating things about bygone atrocities and feeling like he has finally found where he belongs. But his apparent success has earned him the attention of Russia´s Interior Ministry and CIA. Jim has become an unwitting cog in a scheme to spirit Soviet scientists and their deadly secrets out of Russia and into the hands of the highest bidder. Pursued ruthlessly by both sides, he must flee again, this time to the lawless border country, where an economist-cum-mobster is preparing to peddle the world´s most dangerous technologies to whichever terrorists can muster the cash first. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Farrage. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/live/000305/bk_live_000305_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the spirit of Amy Poehler´s Yes Please, Lena Dunham´s Not That Kind of Girl, and Roxane Gay´s Bad Feminist, a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman. One month before the release of the highly anticipated film The Birth of a Nation, actress Gabrielle Union shook the world with a vulnerable and impassioned editorial in which she urged our society to have compassion for victims of sexual violence. In the wake of rape allegations made against director and actor Nate Parker, Union - a 44-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic ´90s movies - instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting. With honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: ´´It is for you that I am speaking. This is real. We are real.´´ In this moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gabrielle Union. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006298/bk_harp_006298_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Amy´s got your back. She´s in your corner. She´s an honesty bomb. And she´s coming for you.´´ (Actress Tilda Swinton, Trainwreck costar) The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays. In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Down to earth and relatable, frank and unapologetic, Amy Schumer is one of us: She relies on her sister for advice, still hangs out with her high school pals, and continues to navigate the ever-changing boundaries in love, work, and life. Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friend - an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she´s experiencing lust at first sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor´s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably - but only because it´s over. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amy Schumer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007438/bk_sans_007438_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.