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Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
“Rock is alive and rolling like thunder in “Next to Normal.” It’s the best musical of the season by a mile…an emotional powerhouse with a fire in its soul and a wicked wit that burns just as fiercely.”–“Rolling Stone”
“No show on Broadway right now makes as a direct grab for the heart–or wrings it as thoroughly–as “Next to Normal” does. . . . [It] focuses squarely on the pain that cripples the members of a suburban family, and never for a minute does it let you escape the anguish at the core of their lives. “Next to Normal” does not, in other words, qualify as your standard feel-good musical. Instead this portrait of a manic-depressive mother and the people she loves and damages is something much more: a feel-everything musical, which asks you, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts.”–Ben Brantley, “The New York Times”
Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, “Next to Normal” is also available in an original cast recording. It was named Best Musical of the Season by “Rolling Stone,” “The Washington Post,” “Los Angeles Times,” and “The New York Times.”
Brian Yorkey received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Original Score for his work on “Next to Normal” and was also nominated for Best Book of a Musical. His other credits include “Making Tracks” and “Time After Time.”
Tom Kitt received two 2009 Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations for “Next to Normal.” He also composed the music for “High Fidelity” and “From Up Here.” His string arrangements appear on the new Green Day album “21st Century Breakdown,” and he is the leader of the Tom Kitt Band.
Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.
Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.
All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?
Filled with magic and fierce emotion, Lisa Jensen’s multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever after.
They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier’s cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was. Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell.
Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .
Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…
With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.
And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.
As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.
This definitive retrospective of Friends incorporates interviews, history and behind-the-scenes anecdotes to offer a critical analysis of how a sitcom about six twentysomethings changed television forever
When Friends debuted in 1994, no one expected it to become a mainstay of NBC’s Must See TV lineup, let alone a global phenomenon. In the years since, Friends has gone through many phases of cultural relevancy, from prime-time hit to 90s novelty item to certified classic. Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe have entered the pantheon of great television characters, and millions of people around the globe continue to tune in or stream their stories every day.
I’ll Be There for You is the definitive retrospective of Friends, exploring all aspects of the show from its unlikely origins to the elusive reasons why we still watch it. Journalist and pop culture expert Kelsey Miller relives the show’s most iconic moments, analyzes the ways in which Friends is occasionally problematic and examines the many trends it inspired, from the rise of coffee-shop culture to Friendsgivings to the ultimate 90s haircut, the Rachel.
Weaving incisive commentary, revelatory interviews and behind-the-scenes anecdotes involving high-profile guest stars, I’ll Be There for You is the most comprehensive take on Friends, and the ultimate book for fans everywhere.
A comprehensive collection of all short stories, deleted scenes, and special features from the Knitting in the City series.
**Janie and Quinn**
-Deleted (love) Scene from ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ (new)
-Interview with Janie and Quinn (shared on a blog 2014)
-Short entitled, ‘Neanderthal Seeks Honeymoon’ (shared in ‘Scenes from the City,’ free or $.99 limited release 2015)
-Short entitled, ‘Neanderthal Seeks Baby, part 1’ (shared in newsletter, 2016)
-Short entitled, ‘Neanderthal Seeks Baby, part 2’ (shared in newsletter, 2017)
**Elizabeth and Nico**
-Deleted Scene from ‘Friends Without Benefits,’ Original Opening (new)
-Deleted Scene from ‘Friends Without Benefits,’ Not so nice Nico (new)
-Deleted Scene from ‘Friends Without Benefits,’ Hunting an Elk (new)
-Deleted Scene from ‘Friends Without Benefits,’ Original Confrontation (new)
-Short entitled, ‘Most-Definitely-With Benefits’ (shared in ‘Scenes from the City,’ free or $.99 limited release 2015)
**Sandra and Alex**
-Short entitled, ‘Hacking the Hacker’ (shared in ‘Scenes from the City,’ free or $.99 limited release 2015)
-Short entitled, ‘The Junior Hackers Society’ (new)
**Ashley and Drew**
-Deleted Scene from ‘Beauty and the Mustache’ Furry Purse (shared on a blog 2014)
-Deleted Scene from ‘Beauty and the Mustache’ Eavesdropping (shared on a blog 2014)
-Short entitled, ‘A Winston Christmas’ (shared in newsletter 2015)
-Short entitled, ‘Beauty and the Beard’ (shared in ‘Scenes from the City,’ free or $.99 limited release 2015)
**Fiona and Greg**
-Deleted Scene from ‘Ninja at First Sight’ Greg’s Point of View (new)
-Extra feature, Greg’s Valentine’s letter to Fiona (shared on a blog 2016)
**Marie and Matt**
-Short entitled, ‘Dirty Talk is for Parties’ (shared on a blog 2017)
**Kat and Dan**
-Extra feature, Dan’s Creative Curse Words (new)
-Novella entitled, ‘Scenes from the Hallway’ (shared 2018, free limited release)
-Extra feature, Dan’s Valentines Letter to Kat (shared on a blog 2018)
-Deleted Scene from ‘Marriage of Inconvenience’ Crying Material (shared on a blog 2018)
-Deleted Scene from ‘Marriage of Inconvenience’ Astronaut Specialist (new)
A Christmas story that packs a punch…
It’s Shelby Yule’s job to make sure the office Christmas party was a success. That means no dodgy Kris Kringle presents, no one gets too sloshed, and there are definitely no dance floor injuries. Never did she think she’d have to worry about the shy new guy, her inappropriate crush, starting a fight.
Adam Tide can’t help it if his job as the lead coder means he has a better relationship with his project management software than his human colleagues, but that doesn’t mean he’s unaware of Felix, head of HR, and the way he treats Shelby. Adam has suffered a whole twelve months of Felix being a dick and after one over–warm beer he just can’t take it anymore.
Decking Felix lands Adam in the Emergency Room, and likely the unemployment line, but since Shelby’s New Year’s resolution is to go after what she wants most, there’s still a chance this season will be jolly.
Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.
Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.
Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?
With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of TheChicSite.com founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.
Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.
Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.
From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.