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The Joy Luck Club


Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s “saying” the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. “To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable.” Forty years later the stories and history continue.

With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s “saying” the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. “To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable.” Forty years later the stories and history continue.

With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

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The Hundred Secret Senses: A Novel


The “wisest and most captivating novel” (Boston Globe) from the author of the bestselling The Valley of Amazement

Set in San Francisco and in a remote village of Southwestern China, Amy Tan’s The Hundred Secret Senses is a tale of American assumptions shaken by Chinese ghosts and broadened with hope. In 1962, five-year-old Olivia meets the half-sister she never knew existed, eighteen-year-old Kwan from China, who sees ghosts with her “yin eyes.” Decades later, Olivia describes her complicated relationship with her sister and her failing marriage, as Kwan reveals her story, sweeping the reader into the splendor and violence of mid-nineteenth century China. With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, Tan conjures up a story of the inheritance of love, its secrets and senses, its illusions and truths.
 

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: London


Newly revised, updated, and redesigned for 2014.

Experience the best of London with DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: London. This newly updated travel guide for London will lead you straight to the best attractions this city has to offer, whether you are looking for the “real” London Bridge, planning to ride the London Eye, or want to take in the best of theater performances.

Expert travel writers have fully revised this edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: London.

  • Themed itineraries help plan trips to London by length of stay or by interest.
  • Improved neighborhood walking maps now include restaurant locations by area.
  • Completely new hotel and restaurant listings now include DK Choice special recommendations.
  • New typography and fresh layout throughout.

You’ll still find DK’s famous cutaway illustrations of major architectural and historic sights, museum floor plans, and 3-D aerial views of key districts to explore on foot, along with in-depth coverage of the city’s history and culture. A pull-out city map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index, a London Underground map, and a chart showing the walking distances between major sights.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: London truly shows you this city as no one else can.

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4 Film Favorites: Ice Cube (All About the Benjamins, Friday, Next Friday, Friday After Next)


Titles include: Friday, Next Friday, Friday After Next, All About The Benjamins Friday
Friday
is the rarest specimen of African American cinema: a ‘hood movie refreshingly free of the semiseriousness and moralism of shoot ’em up soaps such as Boyz N the Hood, yet still true to the inner-city experience. Scripted by rapper Ice Cube, Friday is a no-frills tale of a typical day in the life of a pair of African American youth in South Central. Cube plays Craig, a frustrated teen who endures the ultimate humiliation: getting fired on his day off. Then unknown Chris Tucker plays Smokey, a marijuana-worshipping homeboy whose love for the green stuff lands him in predicament after predicament. Sitting on the stoop of Craig’s rundown home, the two hilariously confront a kaleidoscopic array of gangbangers, weed dealers, crack heads, prostitutes, scheming girlfriends, and neighborhood bullies–all of whom, it should be noted, come off as sympathetic even as they are being caricatured, a true achievement in the crass, “booty call” environment of ’90s African American comedy. –Ethan Brown

Next Friday
Ice Cube wrote and stars as Craig in this sequel to Friday, which he also wrote. His nemesis from that film, neighborhood bully Debo (Tommy “Tiny” Lister Jr.), has just escaped from county jail and is out to get revenge. To protect Craig, Craig’s father (John Witherspoon) sends his son to stay with his Uncle Elroy (Don “DC” Curry), who won the lottery and bought a house in Rancho Cucamonga. Craig expects the suburbs to be dull, but no sooner has he arrived than conflicts arise: The neighbors are hostile hoods, his cousin’s girlfriend is out for blood and child support, and the house is about to be seized because of unpaid taxes. It’s up to Craig and his cousin Day-Day (Mike Epps) to solve these problems before the day is over. It’s a rambling, loose movie, but a genuinely entertaining one. Ice Cube doesn’t write punch lines–though funny lines abound. He writes richly comic characters that speak in virtual arias of bragging, complaining, and scamming. Sure, some of the characters are stereotypes and many of the jokes are about drugs and scatology–but that’s been the basis of humor since Plautus and Molière. The rhythmic energy of Ice Cube’s dialogue and the easy charisma of his performance make Next Friday thoroughly enjoyable. –Bret Fetzer

Friday After Next
Ice Cube (Barbershop) uses his relaxed, raffish charm to glide through the third movie in his Friday series. As Craig (Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps) sleep in the wee hours of Christmas Eve, a burglar dressed like Santa Claus breaks in and steals their presents and rent. Thus begins a classically bad day full of unsympathetic family members, obnoxious neighbors, squealing pimps, pot smoking, and sexy babes. No one’s going to win any awards for this sloppy installment, loaded with preening stereotypes and half-hearted low humor; Cube generally plays straight man and lets the rest of the cast screech, yowl, and contort their faces, their performances as ornate and ritualized as a Japanese Noh play. But if you’re a fan, Friday After Next will give you a modest dose of Cube’s goofy humor. John Witherspoon and Don “D.C.” Curry return as Craig’s eternally disgruntled father and uncle. –Bret Fetzer

All About the Benjamins
Ice Cube cowrote, produced, and stars in this action caper. Bucum (Cube) is a bounty hunter (get it?) with dreams of big money. Reggie (Mike Epps) is a small-time grifter who also has dreams of big money and is at the top of Bucum’s list to boot. Yep, you guessed it: tough guy/funny guy buddy flick. All About the Benjamins is pretty much a by-the-numbers piece of work. There’s plenty of macho posturing, gunfire, big-ticket items exploding, and curse words inserted into the script in lieu of actual punch lines. The plot has holes big enough to drive a locomotive through, but then again the plot isn’t really the point. Epps’s attempts at wacky comedy wear thin early on, but Ice Cube does a fine job, and together they do make quite a few moments hit. Best recommended for when you want turn-your-brain-off excitement. –Ali Davis

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Love and Basketball (New Line Platinum Series)


From the playground to the pro leagues, Monica and Quincy taught each other how to play the game. Now, their commitment to the sport will force them to make a choice between each other and the game…between family and team…between Love and Basketball.Gina Prince-Bythewood, a former college athlete, puts a spin on this one-on-one tale of Love and Basketball. Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man) is the fiercely driven, hot-tempered Monica, a tomboy who gives her all for basketball. Omar Epps (The Mod Squad) is Quincy, an NBA player’s son who has pro dreams of his own. Next-door neighbors since first grade, they start as rivals (she flabbergasts the boy by outplaying him in a game of driveway pickup) and age into best friends and lovers. The romantic complications follow a familiar game plan, but the film throws a fascinating spotlight onto the contrast between men’s and women’s basketball. While Quincy plays college ball on huge courts to cheering, sold-out crowds, we see Monica’s sweat, tears, and sheer physical dedication in front of tiny audiences in small gyms and second-rate auditoriums.

The story is pointedly set in the late 1980s, years before the establishment of the WNBA, so Monica’s prospects for pro ball lie exclusively in Europe, while Quincy steps into the pros at home. It’s a pleasure to see a character as passionate and fully developed as Monica, and Lathan gives a fiery portrayal (she had never played ball before the film, but you’d never tell from her performance). Prince-Bythewood favors her struggle over Quincy’s and opens our eyes to her unique challenges with a sharp, savvy contrast. Alfre Woodard costars as Monica’s harping mom (always trying to get her to be more ladylike) and Dennis Haysbert is Quincy’s philandering father. Hoops fan Spike Lee produced. –Sean Axmaker

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Carnival Ride


Carrie Underwood has chosen Carnival Ride as the title of her new album. It’s the follow-up to her debut CD, Some Hearts, which has been certified sextuple platinum by the RIAA for shipments of more than 6 million copies. Carnival Ride gets its title from the lyrics of one of the new songs she has recorded. “You step onto this ride called life, and it’s a crazy thing you don’t know anything about, but you get on it anyway,” the American Idol winner said. “You do what you can to lean different directions to try and get it to go where you want it to go, but you can’t stop it — it just keeps moving. That’s why Carnival Ride works as my album title. It describes the wonderful craziness that I’ve been through over the past couple years.” Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts, hastily made and released some five months after she won the 2005 American Idol crown, was surprisingly solid and tuneful. For her follow-up, producer Mark Bright steers her toward the big Martina McBride skies, with a plethora of strings and huge emotional crescendos. Underwood co-wrote four songs, mostly with the tried-and-true tunesmiths who made Some Hearts soar. On the torchy heartache ballad “I Know You Won’t,” she gives a beautifully nuanced and controlled performance, but if that song would suit any number of lush female pop stars from Celine Dion on down, “Flat on the Floor” rocks hard while preserving co-writer Ashley Monroe’s Appalachian angst. Still, there are missteps: the easy tears of the unlikely war ballad “Just a Dream,” a too-obvious attempt to repeat the sass of “Before He Cheats” (“The More Boys I Meet”), and the Shania-ish bad-girl-on-Cuervo stomp of “Last Name.” The big payoff, then, is how much 24-year old Underwood has improved as a vocalist. How often listeners line up for this Carnival Ride depends on their attitude about country music’s continual melding with pop, and how they feel about a princess upstart taking home the awards that used to go to her heroes. –Alanna Nash

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Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965, Second Edition


An updated guide to classic movies from the leading authority on film

From the author of the bestselling annual Movie Guide comes this ultimate guide for fans of classic films both familiar and obscure. The Classic Movie Guide covers thousands of films, from the silent era to the 1960s, including The Birth of a Nation, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Grand Illusion, and The Maltese Falcon (all three versions: 1931, 1936, and 1941), Singin’ in the Rain, and Godzilla, King of the Monsters! With entries spanning across the decades, this comprehensive guide has expanded star and director indexes, and capsule reviews of obscure and forgotten-the sort that turn up on Turner Classic Movies in the wee hours of the morning. This is the perfect companion for anyone who loves the thrill of discovering vintage movies on DVD or cable.

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Dog Day Afternoon


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Dog Day Afternoon [Blu-ray]


Al Pacino, John Cazale, Chris Sarandon. A New York man creates a citywide spectacle when he holds up a Brooklyn bank to secure the funds for his lover’s sex-change operation. Includes original theatrical trailer and bonus making-of” footage. 1975/color/124 min/R. A gripping true crime yarn, a juicy slice of overheated New York atmosphere, and a splendid showcase for its young actors, Dog Day Afternoon is a minor classic of the 1970s. The opening montage of New York street life (set to Elton John’s lazy “Amoreena”) establishes the oppressive mood of a scorching afternoon in the city with such immediacy that you can almost smell the garbage baking in the sun and the water from the hydrants evaporating from the sizzling pavement. Al Pacino plays Sonny, who, along with his rather slow-witted accomplice Sal (John Cazale, familiar as Pacino’s Godfather brother Fredo), holds hostages after a botched a bank robbery. Sonny finds himself transformed into a rebel celebrity when his standoff with police (including lead negotiator Charles Durning) is covered live on local television. The movie doesn’t appear to be about anything in particular, but it really conveys the feel of wild and unpredictable events unfolding before your eyes, and the whole picture is so convincing and involving that you’re glued to the screen. An Oscar winner for original screenplay, Dog Day Afternoon was also nominated for best picture, actor, supporting actor (Chris Sarandon, as a surprise figure from Sonny’s past), editing, and director (Sidney Lumet of Serpico, Prince of the City, The Verdict, and Running on Empty). –Jim Emerson

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The Meryl Streep Movie Club by March, Mia (2012) Paperback


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Mondo Nude Movie Poster 1979


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Pokemon: All Stars Box Set 2


Pokemon: All Stars box set 2 (GFT/DVD)

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Nick Jr. Favorites – Holiday


Nick Jr. Favorites will be the fifth title in the Nick Jr. Favorites compilation series and the first that will have a holiday theme across all the episodes. This title will only be released on DVD only. The main program of the DVD will include 6 episodes, each approximately 24 minutes in length, for a total approximate runtime of 150 minutes. This release contains an Oswald episode- never before released on DVD.

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Adventures in Odyssey Gift Set


#1 The Last Days of Eugene Meltsner—A supercharged show with a powerful lesson about trusting God.

#2 Escape from the Forbidden Matrix—Dylan learns about priorities and the dangers of wasting time when he and Eugene get stuck in a computer game.

#3 The Caves of Qumran—Find out why life’s greatest treasure is more valuable than gold in this high-action, adventure-filled episode.

#4 Race to Freedom—On a trip back to 1856 in the Imagination Station, Carter is mistaken for a runaway slave, and Dylan learns that every person is valuable to God.

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Original Sticker Book for Collecting and Trading Stickers Starter Kit with 75+ Puffy Stickers- Bright White


2014 Preferred Choice Award and 2014 Creative Play of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine. Our Original Sticker Books follow friends and animals from around the world. Starting in your own yard, each illustration takes you to a different environment, then brings you back to the Sticker Farm. Designed to be educational and entertaining, the illustrations contain animals authentic to their specific region or genre. Fun, timeless and perfect for all ages. Sticker Farm Sticker Books are crafted in small batches to maintain their collectibility. Sticker Farm is proud to be family grown and operated in the good land of North Carolina.

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The Valley of Amazement


Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement is a sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village.

Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II.

A deeply evocative narrative about the profound connections between mothers and daughters, The Valley of Amazement returns readers to the compelling territory of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic insight and humor, she conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and stubbornness of love.

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2013: For a hefty half of her gorgeous new novel, The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan instructs us in the finer points of life as a courtesan in early 20th century China: expect and revel in sensual descriptions of the clothes, the customs, even the not-so-niceties of catering to rich men in a very regimented society. Lulu Minturn is a white Californian who’d run away with a Chinese painter, established the best courtesan house in Shanghai and given birth to a beautiful “Eurasian” (in the parlance of the time) daughter, Violet. Soon, either because she was tricked or deceitful, Lulu abandons Violet and flees back to America; history soon is in danger of repeating itself when Violet gives birth to her own daughter. (Eventually, the scene shifts to California, where the family searches for redemption and reconciliation.) Nobody does mother-daughter angst and cross cultural conflict better than Tan, who has been literally writing the book(s) on these topics for years. What makes this novel special is its meticulous language–readers may be struck by the juxtaposition of poetry and Anglosaxon equivalents in descriptions of courtesans’ sex lives–and its elucidation of the cultural upheavals at the time. This is as much a historical novel as it is a family story, at once intimate and sweeping, personal and political. You’ll have learned something by the end–and you’ll probably also be weeping. —Sara Nelson

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Frommer’s EasyGuide to London 2014 (Easy Guides)


Selling for a lower price than any similar guidebook, and deliberately limited to a short 256 pages, this EasyGuide is an exercise in creating easily-absorbed travel information. It emphasizes the authentic experiences in each destination:the most important attractions, the classic method of approaching a particular destination; the best choices for accommodations and meals; the best ways to maximize the enjoyment of your stay. Because it is “quick to read, light to carry”, it is called an “EasyGuide”, and reflects Arthur Frommer’s lifetime of experience in presenting clear and concise travel advice.

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Wallpaper* City Guide London 2014 (Wallpaper City Guides)


Wallpaper* City Guides are a ruthlessly-researched, design-conscious guide, for the discerning traveller who wants to come away with a true taste of the best a city has to offer.

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