20th Anniversary Edition with a New Afterword Â Twenty years ago, Frances Mayes--widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer--introduced readers to a wondrous new world when she bought and restored an abandoned villa called Bramasole in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. Under the TuscanÂ inspired generations to embark on their own journeys--whether that be flying to a foreign country in search of themselves, savoring one of the book's dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, or simply being transported by Mayes's signature evocative, sensory language. Now, with a new afterword from the Bard of Tuscany herself, the 20th anniversary edition of Under the Tuscan Sun brings us up-to-date with the book's most beloved characters.
âBeth Raymerâs crackling, hilarious memoir ricochets through the gambling underworld in Las Vegas, and is peopled with all manner of lovable wack-jobs, none of whom is quite as wackyâor lovableâas Raymer herself.ââMarie Claire Â Beth Raymer waited tables at a dive in Las Vegas until a customer sent her to see Dink, of Dink Inc., one of the townâs biggest professional sports gamblers. Dink needed a right-hand manâsomeone who would show up on time, who had a head for numbers, and who didnât steal. Beth got the job. Â Lay the Favorite is the story of Bethâs years in the high-stakes, high-anxiety world of sports bettingâa period that saw the fall of the local bookie and the birth of the freewheeling, unregulated offshore sports book, and with it the elevation of sports betting in popular culture. As the business explodes, Beth rises from assistant to expert, running an offshore booking office in the Caribbean. As the men around her succumb to their vicesâmoney, sex, drugs, gamblingâBeth improbably emerges with her integrity intact, wiser, sharper, nobodyâs fool. A keen and compassionate observer of the adrenaline-addicted roguish types who become her mentors, her enemies, her family, Beth Raymer depicts an insanely colorful world teeming with pathos and ecstasy. Â NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Â âCandid, smart, funny, wild and crazy.ââElle Â âRaymer gleefully shatters the myth of the modern gambler. . . . Seduced by her stories, we long for this strange, sleazy and alluring landscape.ââLos Angeles Times Â â[Raymer depicts] a sordid, florid microworld lurching along the edge of society, not to mention legality. . . . She never condescends or indulges in reality-show caricature; she finds charm in the charmless, a point of light in the most lost of souls.ââThe New York Times Book Review Â âLay the Favorite reads more like a novel than a memoir. The rich characters are drawn in depth, yet simply and honestly.ââThe Wall Street Journal Â âEntertaining (and often quite funny) . . . a delight to read.ââThe New Yorker
Action! It's time to enter the world of movie magic! Readers are taken behind the scenes to find out what is needed to make a film. From the director to the actor, the director of photography to the costume designer, children will be fascinated to learn about the various aspects that go into motion pictures. With its vivid images, informational text, and impressive facts, this nonfiction title will have readers engaged through the entire book as they discover amazing facts about their favorite genre--whether it be comedy, drama, action, or horror!
About Shell Education Rachelle Cracchiolo started the company with a friend and fellow teacher. Both were eager to share their ideas and passion for education with other classroom leaders. What began as a hobby, selling lesson plans to local stores, became a part-time job after a full day of teaching, and eventually blossomed into Teacher Created Materials. The story continued in 2004 with the launch of Shell Education and the introduction of professional resources and classroom application books designed to support Teacher Created Materials curriculum resources. Today, Teacher Created Materials and Shell Education are two of the most recognized names in educational publishing around the world.
â¢ Fans love Paula Deen: Paula Deen: It Ainât About the Cookinâ spent over 3 months on the New York Times bestseller list: there are over 500,000 hardcovers in print..
â¢ A superstar author: Paula Deen is an American icon. She is one of the most popular hosts on the Food Network and with more than 6 million books in print, an expanding restaurant empire, her own line of furniture, cookware, and tableware, Paulaâs fame and retail power will only continue to grow..
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Exploring not just the extraordinary story of tobacco and cigars but also a history that has been instrumental in the foundations of societies and cultures, Cigars will take you on an astonishing journey through landscapes, scents, and an incredible roll call of the great, the good and the not-so good. The cigar has provided solace and a chance for worldly contemplation to generations of thinkers, businessmen, writers, entrepreneurs, and connoisseurs. In this elegiac offering to the pinnacles of hand-rolled tobacco, world-renowned expert Nicholas Foulkes guides you through the myths, legends, nuances, and delicious realities of the smoke-savoring universe, serving as an introduction for the neophyte and a reference for the connoisseur.
In Blueprint Your Bestseller, Stuart Horwitz offers a step-by-step process for revising your manuscript that has helped bestselling authors get from first draft to final draft. Whether youâre tinkering with your first one hundred pages or trying to wrestle a complete draft into shape, Horwitz helps you look at your writing with the fresh perspective you need to reach the finish line.
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