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All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Ninth Edition


All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Ninth Edition



“The industry bible” (Los Angeles Times), now updated, essential for anyone in the music business—musicians, songwriters, lawyers, agents, promoters, publishers, executives, and managers—trying to navigate the rapid transformation of the industry.For more than twenty years, All You Need to Know About the Music Business has been universally regarded as the definitive guide to the music indu…


Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Board Books)


Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Board Books)


$2.32


Illus. in full color. A madcap band of dancing, prancing monkeys explain hands, fingers, and thumbs to beginning readers….

But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz


But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz


$8.05


“May be the best book ever written about jazz.”―David Thomson, Los Angeles TimesIn eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of some of the greats: Lester Young fading away in a hotel ro…

Playboy December 1977 John Denver Interview, Ray Russell on Buck Rogers, Bernard Malamud Fiction, Philip Jose Farmer Fiction, LIttle Annie Fanny by Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder, Bill Walton/Portland Trailblazer Profile


Playboy December 1977 John Denver Interview, Ray Russell on Buck Rogers, Bernard Malamud Fiction, Philip Jose Farmer Fiction, LIttle Annie Fanny by Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder, Bill Walton/Portland Trailblazer Profile


$49.95


PLAYMATE: Ashley Cox

COVER: Sondra Theodore

PICTORIALS: Sex Stars of 1977features Raquel Welch, Farrah Fawcett, John Travolta, Jodie Foster, Barbara Carrera, Jacqueline Bisset, Dominique Sanda, Susan Dey,Barbara Parkins, Barbra Streisand, Ann-Margret, Jennifer Welles, John Holmes and others; Playmate House Partyfeatures denise Michelle, Sheila Mullen, Sondra Theodore, Hope Olsen, Lisa Sohm, Laur…






































ADAGIA


ADAGIA


$9.99


If there is a labyrinth and a sphere, Proust’s memory as the minatory, then this book is genius. A flight out of that space and time. Icarus here is returned: precise, violent, and passionate. Alive. Geoff Waite German Studies and Comparative Literature, Cornell University: Scott Hartstein’s Adagia is a novel in that it is not a novel. Therein lies its novelty. It is a kaleidoscope, whose reflections-in both senses-shimmer about a plot, to be sure, but a plot that plays second fiddle to the author’s impressive erudition and his digressions into cultural, literary, religious, philosophical, musical, linguistic byways of all kinds and dimensions. These beckon the often challenged reader to follow along, unsure where he is eventually being led by the author-the work’s real protagonist-and wondering through what lush landscapes he will be able to return. Adagia will impress and astound many readers, perplex some, even intimidate-infuriate?others. But it will not leave many indifferent. Norm Shapiro Professor of Romance Languages and LIteratures, Wesleyan University Writer in residence Adams House Harvard University: The birth of a book is like the birth of a child-Joyce discovered this analogy when he composed the “Oxen of the Sun” episode of Ulysses. So did Proust as he toiled, spinning the huge amniotic web of his great Oeuvre. In a different key, Adagia makes us retrace similar steps: its tangled tale surveys the long history of the European novel while creating a music that echoes in us deeply and exhilaratingly. Jean-Michel Rabaté Vartan Gregorian Chair in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvannia Co-founder and senior curator of Slought foundation.

After


After


$3.99


One step will transform her life.” Sixty thousand people watched as Candace Rodriguez literally fell off the stage while performing the national anthem, wrecking more than her self-esteem. Is her music career over? Now, weighing 350 pounds and jilted by her fiancé after the shame of her public fall, can she find another chance at true love? Will her new Christian faith anchor her future hopes? Former highbrow stock trader, “JB” Patrickson has had enough of life making mockery of his best laid-out future plans. His father insisted he’d never make it more than selling ” chickn” stock in Kentucky. Proving him wrong, JB succeeded at the NY Stock Exchange, becoming one of the best US traders…until the market crashed in 2008. Seven years later and mired in debt, he can’t shake the urge that God is leading him down a different path. The path of accepting his grandmother’s request to come help manage her farm, couple hundred miles away, despite his little to nothing knowledge about farming. Has he fallen low enough to toil with his hands to eke out a single meal? What future could God plan for him on a farm? Twenty years after returning to the US from a fulfilling medical mission in Asia, Dr. and Dr. Mrs. Cantwell gratefully send off two sons to college, purchase a flourishing twenty-acre farm, and prepare to settle into their empty nest stage. But what will they do if God leads one more life into their path, one needing stitches of the soul not of the body? Can they answer His call to service, or will overlooked pain from the past threaten the fragile peace they’d so desperately coaxed into existence to survive together? Find out how these lives intersect at the Day Spring Farms, and watch what God can do to turn brokenness and shattered dreams into masterpieces. AFTER, an inspirational Novel by Contemporary Christian Fiction Author, Joy Ohagwu, is poised to spotlight the strength in transformation, courage in love and hope in times of despair. Other books by Joy Ohagwu y

All Adrift


All Adrift


$2.99


All Adrift William Taylor Adams, pseudonym Oliver Optic, was a noted academic and author (1822-1897) This ebook presents All Adrift, from William Taylor Adams. A dynamic table of contents enables to jump directly to the chapter selected. Table of Contents -01- About this book -02- DEDICATION -03- PREFACE -04- A GROWLING PASSENGER -05- A SHORT AND DECISIVE CONFLICT -06- A BRILLIANT SCHEME MADE POSSIBLE -07- IN THE CABIN OF THE GOLDWING -08- A BOAT WITH A BAD REPUTATION -09- THE ROBBERY AT THE HOTEL -10- THE MAN THAT LOOKED THROUGH THE KEYHOLE -11- THE COLCHESTER CLUB CHANGES ITS NAME -12- A WEATHER HELM AND A LEE HELM -13- THE MISSISQUOI IN PURSUIT -14- THE BEGINNING OF THE CHASE -15- A ROUGH TIME OF IT -16- SAFE UNDER A LEE -17- EARLY IN THE MORNING -18- THE STRATEGY OF THE CHASE -19- A GRAVE CHARGE AGAINST THE SKIPPER -20- DORY DORNWOOD DECIDES TO FACE THE MUSIC -21- DORY LOCKS HIS PASSENGERS INTO THE CABIN -22- PEARL HAWLINSHED RESORTS TO VIOLENCE -23- MR. PEPPERS FINDS THE TABLES TURNED -24- ANOTHER ELEMENT IN THE CONTEST -25- THE GAME AMONG THE SHALLOW -26- HEADED OFF ON BOTH SIDES -27- THROUGH VARIED STRIFE AND STRUGGLES -28- WIND SOUTH SOUTH WEST, BLOWING FRESH -29- DORY DORNWOOD MANEUVRES TO ESCAPE -30- DORY MAKES A HARBOR FOR THE NIGHT -31- TERRIBLE INTELLIGENCE PROM HOME -32- CAPTAIN GILDROCK HAS DECIDED OBJECTIONS -33- CAPTAIN GILDROCK DILATES UPON HIS NOTABLE SCHEME

Allegra


Allegra


$9.99


Allegra thinks being at a performing-arts high school will change her life and make her a better dancer. But high school is still high school, complete with cliques, competition and cruelty. Allegra’s refuge comes in the form of a class she doesn’t want to take-music theory, taught by a very young, very attractive male teacher. Soon all Allegra can think about is music composition-and Mr. Rochelli. But has she misunderstood his attention, or is he really her soul mate?

Androgyne


Androgyne


$1.99


This futuristic short story is set in 2133, after the Greed, after the Collapse, after the Great Dying when the human population has been reduced to less than 500 million and women outnumber men 4 to 1. The only ones capable of reproducing are male androgynes, unique beings who have been modified over 3 generations. A love story set in a challenging time for humankind, with an uncertain future. An unique short story set in a club where they play eighties music and in a society where technology allows you to change so much about yourself-About the author – Eero Tarik has published 400 works under a variety of pen names. Reviews of some of his other works include. OMG! That was the very best laugh ever! I laughed until the tears fell! This book is a classic Sci-fi tale of sex, loneliness and the human condition that will keep you turning pages – Highly recommended! This is a very clever sci-fi short story. It takes a bored and tired bachelor and puts him in an extremely strange and comedic position and we get to watch him struggle to get out of it. I love the way you published this book with Cyclone Sandy hitting the USA today. If human kind doesn’t stop, then Mother Nature will stop it for you. Good work and was interesting reading especially today with all the events taking place.

Arabesk


Arabesk


$14.08


Confined to his home on sick-leave (and prevented from sneaking his beloved brandy and cigars), Inspector Ikmen of the Istanbul police is forced to hand his latest case over to his protg, the newly promoted Suleyman. That’s too bad, because the aristocratic Suleyman knows nothing about Arabesk, the throbbing, deeply sentimental music that is adored by Turkey’s working classes, and the case is drenched in those mournful melodies. A secret marriage, a murdered bride, an aging beauty, a father driven mad with grief and guilt]]it’s all so melodramatic that Suleyman can barely keep his lip from curling. Ikmen, unashamed of his own plebeian tastes, is happy to weigh in from the sidelines, but both cops eventually come to one conclusion: At the real heart of this operatic catastrophe is the city itself.

Aurorarama


Aurorarama


$14.99


A startling, seductive literary novel that entwines suspense, science fiction, adventure, romance and history into an intoxicating new genre. 1908: New Venice-”the pearl of the Arctic”-a place of ice palaces and pneumatic tubes, of beautifully ornate carriage-sleds and elegant victorian garb, of long nights and vistas of ice. But as the city prepares for spring, it feels more like “qaartsiluni,” “the time when something is about to explode in the dark.” Local “poletics” are wracked by tensions with the Eskimos circling the city, with suffragette riots led by an underground music star, with drug round-ups by the secret police force known as the Gentlemen of the Night. An ominous black airship hovers over the city, and the Gentlemen are hunting for the author of a radical pamphlet calling for revolt. Their lead suspect is Brentford Orsini, one of the city’s most prominent figures. But as the Gentlemen of the Night tighten the net around him, Orsini receives a mysterious message from a long-lost love that compels him to act. What transpires is a literary adventure novel unlike anything you’ve ever read before. Brilliant in its conception, masterful in its prose, thrilling in its plot twists, and laced with humor, suspense, and intelligence, it marks the beginning of a great new series of books set in New Venice-and the launch of an astonishing new writer.

Ballroom


Ballroom


$3.99


Told in interconnecting stories, Ballroom is a beautifully crafted debut novel-reminiscent of the works of Elizabeth Strout and Jennifer Haigh-about a group of strangers united by a desire to escape their complicated lives, if only for a few hours each week, in a faded New York City dance hall. Time has eroded the glamour of the Ballroom, but at the end of the 1990s, a small crowd of loyal patrons still makes its way past the floor-to-ceiling columns which frame the once grand hall each Sunday evening. Sweeping across the worn parquet floor under a peeling indigo ceiling, these men and women succumb to the magic of the music, looking for love and connection, eager to erase the drab reality of their complicated lives. Nearly forty and still single, Sarah Dreyfus is desperate for love and sure she’ll find it with debonair Gabriel Katz, a dazzling peacock who dances to distract himself from his crumbling marriage. Tired of the bachelor life, Joseph believes that his yearning for a wife and family will be fulfilled-if only he can get Sarah to notice him. Besotted with beautiful young Maria Rodriguez, elderly dance instructor Harry Korn knows they can find happiness together. Maria, one of the Ballroom’s stars, has a dream of her own, a passion her broken-hearted father refuses to accept or understand. As the rhythms of the Ballroom ebb and flow through these characters’ hearts, their fates come together in touching, unexpected ways.

16 Bars


16 Bars


$5.99


HI! THANK YOU FOR BUYING THIS BOOK. THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS U WILL LOVE THIS BOOK OF FLOETRY. I SPEAK FROM THE HEART IN CATCHES MY FANS ATTENTION THROUGH MY LYRICAL FLOW. THIS BOOK CAN CHANGE THE WAY U FEEL ABOUT HIP-HOP MUSIC. MY TABLE OF CONTENTS TELLS U WHAT THIS BOOK DETAILS. THE REASON FOR PRODUCING THIS BOOK, WAS TO MAKE A NAME FOR MYSELF IN THE HIP-HOP INDUSTRY. WHILE BEFORE I GET STARTED ON MY FIRST ALBUM, TO ALSO BE ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE GAME. I WAS BORN IN 1986 AT THE HOLLYWOOD CA. HOSPITAL. WRITING THIS BOOK WAS THE BEST THING I EVER DONE I HOPE U ENJOY IT AS WHILE AS I DID. THE LYRICS FORM THIS BOOK WILL BE USED TO CREATE MY ALBUMS. I HAVE WRITNG MYSELF A FIVE ALBUM CAREER THAT I LOOK TO PURSUIT, SOON AS I BECOME A RESPECTABLE AUTHOR. MY NEXT PROJECT WILL COMPLIMENT THE BEGINNING PROJECT TO GIVE THE FANS A CHANGE TO READ OR LISTEN TO MY MUSIC LYRICS.I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE BUYERS OF THIS BOOK. WITHOUT YOU I CAN’T BE THE AUTHOR I DREAM TO BE. TO MY BUYERS I HOPE U ENJOY THIS BOOK ENOUGH TO BE A FAN AND BUY THE COMPLIMENTARY ALBUM COMING SOON. THANK YOU

Archform: Beauty


Archform: Beauty


$7.99


Most readers recognize L.E. Modesitt, Jr, as the author of a favorite fantasy series, be it The Magic of Recluce or The Spellsong Cycle. It’s always a special treat when he turns his hand again to SF and Archform: Beauty is no exception. Four centuries in the future, the world is rich-nanomachines watch the health of the wealthy and manufacture food and gadgets for everybody-but no Utopia, as we see in the lives of five very different people. A singing teacher suffers for her music and fights bureaucracy and apathy. A news researcher delivers the essential background details but can’t help looking deeper and wondering about the real story behind the grim incidents that make the headlines. A police investigator, assigned to study trends, begins to see a truly sinister pattern behind a series of seemingly unrelated crimes and deaths. A politician aids his constituents, fights the good fight, and tries to get reelected without compromising his principles. A ruthless businessman strives to make his family powerful, wealthy, and independent. Theirs is a society where technology takes care of everyone’s basic needs but leaves most people struggling to extract a meaningful life from a world crowded with wonders but empty of commitment and human connection. Alternating the voices and experiences of these five characters in a tour de force of imaginative creation, Modesitt overlaps, combines, and builds their disparate stories into a brilliant tale of future crime and investigation, esthetic challenge and personal triumph. In the same way that he has built fantasy landscapes of surpassing fascination, Modesitt creates a believable future, one imbued with a deep understanding of the way politics works and how people act and react when their sense of themselves, of justice and truth, is exploited by others for power and control. When there’s nothing left to need or want, will beauty live on in people’s lives or disappear forever? L.E. Modesitt, Jr. asks difficult questions

Belieber!


Belieber!


$0.99


Justin Bieber’s rise from “regular kid” to one of the most famous people on the planet has captivated a nation of devoted fans called “Beliebers.” With hit records, 33 million followers on Twitter and the third-largest grossing documentary film of all time, the 18-year-old Canadian pop star dubbed “Super Boy” on Rolling Stone’s recent cover has countless fans who hang on his every word. But is there more to this pop idol’s startling success than his legendary haircut and unusual talent? “The success I’ve achieved comes … from God,” Bieber says “I feel I have an obligation to plant little seeds with my fans. I’m not going to tell them, ‘You need Jesus,’ but I will say at the end of my show, ‘God loves you.’” The bold yet humble faith that grounds Bieber’s worldview may just be the key to his extraordinary appeal. Recognizing that music and film are the language of this new generation, author and religion journalist Cathleen Falsani’s hope is that this book will encourage faith leaders as well as parents to engage with popular culture in a different way so they can better talk to their kids about what matters most.

Above and Beyond


Above and Beyond


$43.01


From its launch 1965, “TV Century 21″ (later known simply as “TV 21″) was the smash-hit British comic of the 1960s. Its in-house tie-in with the science-fiction puppet series created by Gerry Anderson’s Century 21 Productions guaranteed success with young fans keen to read more about their TV heroes, in an era before video technology enabled viewers to relive favorite TV shows at will. “Thunderbirds,” “Lady Penelope,” “Fireball XL5,” “Stingray,” “Captain Scarlet,” and “Joe 90″ all burst forth in full color from the magazine’s packed pages, in stories illustrated by such giants of the comic industry as Frank Bellamy, Don Harley, Mike Noble, Ron and Gerry Embleton, and “Cervic,” the pen-name used by the team of Carlos Pino and Vicente Alcazar. In this acclaimed series of reprints, authorized and supervised by Gerry Anderson himself, Chris Bentley has assembled some of the most thrilling stories from the classic years of “TV21.” Featuring material never reprinted before, this superb showcase of Anderson’s most popular characters will be an essential purchase for all Anderson fans and all enthusiasts for classic British comics.

Bloodtest


Bloodtest


$9.99


Fleetwood takes us on an adventure of romance, passion, and a touch of suspense, set in one of the world’s most notorious locations – Oakland, California. After witnessing the ghetto mafia mob style murder of his mother from his kindergarten window, after sitting in a courtroom years later watching his brotha get 20 to life, after watching his hero – his father – crumble from cancer and die, after living day in and day out surrounded by the family business – which was selling dope, DeShawn James struggled to find his own way. All the pain he felt inside was caused by the Dope Game, the same Game which had provided for him all his life, the same Game that gave his family the name THE JAMES GANG. In his city, in Oakland, they ran the drug trade. For years THE JAMES GANG had controlled it – but DeShawn was never involved in it in any kinda way, no aspect at all. Now, he was older, and he was inheriting it, being pulled into it, and he wanted no part of it. Would DeShawn betray his family or pursue his passion of music, which he was good at, with the love of his life Amani? Or would he be forced into the family business? His family was already rich. They didn’t need more money. His life had become a Bloodtest. Bloodtest had me on the edge of my seat turning the pages to see what was about to happen next……………………HOOD BOOKS. COMThis is a Luscious, explosive, exhilarating fast paced and strong gritty timeless story from start to finish…….Urbanbooks Network

Borderlines


Borderlines


$0.99


Borderlines -3 long, hilarious and heart wrenching stories, written in cinematic prose. We see the real Ireland and the Irish: funny, zany, complicated, love-crazy and always entertaining. Carnival Cop gets officious when a raggle-taggle roadshow comes to a remote town. Bonzo is a local mystery man who everyone loves, but few know much about. One for the Rover is a tale of free spirits: Irish music in the slow lane, gurus from the East and lovers from the West. Novelist Willy Vlautin says: “Eddie Stack has a way of making you laugh and cry at the same time.a great Irish storyteller.” Eddie Stack is the author of 4 collections of short stories, a novel and 6 novellas. His fiction has received several awards and starred reviews. “Variously fantastic, comic, elegiac and nostalgic, Mr. Stack’s fiction is versatile and engaging.a vivid, compassionate, authentic voice. securing (him) a place in the celebrated tradition of his country’s storytelling.” New York Times Book Review “The fantastical and the everyday combine with wit, sharpness and brio. Never sentimental, often funny, always accurate, this is pithy, finely-tuned writing of a high order.” The Observer (UK) “Exceptionally fine tuned. an authentic voice of the migrant Irish.” San Francisco Chronicle

Breathe


Breathe


$9.99


‘Breathe’ is the story of the youngest girl in a quirky, out of the ordinary family in a small New Zealand town in the 1960s. They are a family driven by the mother’s flamboyant style and apparent lack of and disinterest for parenting. The children spend much of their time alone, making up games and adventures in their neighbourhood while the mother pursues her own interests – parties and dinners with extravagant, glamorous friends, and following her love for music. She dreams of being a famous pianist. The protagonist, unnamed throughout the novel, is a dreamer, fantasising about a ‘normal’ family. Her greatest desire is that her absent father will come home and live with them again. The story follows the life of the mother and her children through a period of several weeks from late spring through to summer. The family spend Christmas at home then holiday at a beach house where the promise of an idyllic week turns into a tragedy from which the family will never recover.A parallel story is told, of the protagonist as an adult, when she comes home for a family funeral. As she tries to make sense of the overwhelming loss she is experiencing, she realises that nothing has changed since she was a little girl. Breathe was first published by Penguin Books (NZ) Ltd in 2002.

Broadway Baby


Broadway Baby


$13.95


As a little girl growing up in Boston, Miriam Bluestein fantasized about a life lived on stage, specifically in a musical. Get married, have a family-sure, maybe she’d do those things, too, but first and foremost there was her career. As a woman, she is both tormented and consoled by those dreams in her day-to-day existence with her family, including a short-tempered husband, a cranky mother, and three demanding children, one of whom, Ethan, shows real talent for the stage. It is through Ethan that Miriam strives to realize her dreams. As she pushes him to make the most of his talent, the rest of her life gradually comes undone, with her husband becoming increasingly frustrated and her other two children-Sam, a mass of quirks and idiosyncrasies, and Julie, hostile and bitter-withdrawing into their own worlds. Still Miriam dreams, praying for that big finale, which, when it comes, is nothing that she ever could have imagined. Broadway Baby marks the fiction debut of a nationally acclaimed award-winning memoirist and poet, “an acute observer of moments, people, art and language [who] packs even seemingly simple stories with many layers of meaning” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Anthony Burgess


Anthony Burgess


$7.99


Interviewer: “On what occasions do you lie?” Anthony Burgess: “When I write, when I speak, when I sleep.”He was the last great modernist. Novelist, composer, librettist, essayist, semanticist, translator, critic, Anthony Burgess’s versatility and erudition found expression in more than fifty books and dozens of musical compositions, from operas, choral works and song cycles to symphonies and concertos. Here now is a kaleidoscope of a book-the culmination of twenty years of writing and research-about a man who remains best known for A Clockwork Orange, the source of Stanley Kubrick’s ground breaking, mind bending and prescient film. Tracking Burgess from Manchester to Malaya to Malta to Monte Carlo, Roger Lewis assesses Burgess’s struggles and uncovers the web of truth and illusion about the writer’s famous antic disposition. Burgess, the author argues, was just as much a literary confidence man and prankster as a consummate wordsmith. Outrageously funny, honest and touching, Anthony Burgess explores the divisions that characterize its irascible subject and his darkly comic, bleakly beautiful world of fiction.

Captive Audience


Captive Audience


$1.99


Captive Audience is wonderful. These stories-understated, honest and always touching-limn the many small perils that await a young man today on his way to settling in the world. This is an immensely rewarding book.”-Scott Turow Dave Reidy’s stories remind us that even when we’re composing our Song of Everyone Else, we’re creating a distinctive Song of Ourselves, and continually gathering others into us, in a way that Walt Whitman would recognize, and celebrate.”-Jim Shepard Dave Reidy’s matchless reports from the heart of twenty-first century America, a landscape of technological obsession and performance anxiety (in many forms), are elegant, precise, cool, and funny. Here is a young writer from whom we can expect much in the future.”-David LeavittFrancis Ford Coppola, REM, and Abe Vigoda are just a few of the many characters who populate the world of Captive Audience, Dave Reidy’s paean to the highs, lows, and everything in-between of being a performer. From the opening story, the award-winning The Regular,” where two lonely music fans bond over a most unusual kind of karaoke, to the final tale, “Dancing Man” about an organ player who gets his big break in the most unexpected way with the band REM, this bittersweet and humorous collection gives voice to those who are driven to perform, no matter the size of the audience. Dave Reidy’s fiction has been published by Granta and his story “The Regular” was chosen by Charles D’Ambrosio as winner of the Emerging Writers Network Short Fiction Contest. Captive Audience, a collection of short stories about performers and Reidy’s first book, has been named an Indie Next Notable Book by the American Booksellers Association and a New and Noteworthy Book by Poets & Writers magazine. Reidy lives in Chicago.

Captive Audience


Captive Audience


$1.99


Captive Audience is wonderful. These stories-understated, honest and always touching-limn the many small perils that await a young man today on his way to settling in the world. This is an immensely rewarding book.”-Scott Turow Dave Reidy’s stories remind us that even when we’re composing our Song of Everyone Else, we’re creating a distinctive Song of Ourselves, and continually gathering others into us, in a way that Walt Whitman would recognize, and celebrate.”-Jim Shepard Dave Reidy’s matchless reports from the heart of twenty-first century America, a landscape of technological obsession and performance anxiety (in many forms), are elegant, precise, cool, and funny. Here is a young writer from whom we can expect much in the future.”-David LeavittFrancis Ford Coppola, REM, and Abe Vigoda are just a few of the many characters who populate the world of Captive Audience, Dave Reidy’s paean to the highs, lows, and everything in-between of being a performer. From the opening story, the award-winning The Regular,” where two lonely music fans bond over a most unusual kind of karaoke, to the final tale, “Dancing Man” about an organ player who gets his big break in the most unexpected way with the band REM, this bittersweet and humorous collection gives voice to those who are driven to perform, no matter the size of the audience. Dave Reidy’s fiction has been published by Granta and his story “The Regular” was chosen by Charles D’Ambrosio as winner of the Emerging Writers Network Short Fiction Contest. Captive Audience, a collection of short stories about performers and Reidy’s first book, has been named an Indie Next Notable Book by the American Booksellers Association and a New and Noteworthy Book by Poets & Writers magazine. Reidy lives in Chicago.

7 1/2 Cents


7 1/2 Cents


$6.99


New superintendent, Sid Sorokin, arrives at the Sleep Tite Pajama Factor in Junction City, Iowa, to find himself knee deep in complaints about fans in the pants section, boiling over boilers, nutty letters demanding responses, uncooperative sewing machines, and disgruntled employees who are about to strike for a 7 ½ cent raise. In the midst of trying to cope with it all, one of the leaders of the strike movement, Babe Williams, catches Sid’s eye and an amorous romance unfolds. If you grew up in the Mid-West (and even if you didn’t) you’ll enjoy the small town talk and folkways and your attention will be, ah, sewed up, from the get go. Bissell’s wisecracking dialogue and dry wit turned 7 1/2 Cents into an instant success. It was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection in 1953 and was later adapted by Richard Bissell and George Abbott for the Broadway musical success The Pajama Game. The original production won a Tony for Best Musical in 1955 and another Tony in 2006 for Best Revival of a Musical. The book is where it all started, however, and it doesn’t disappoint.
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