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The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life

Delve into the stories from Amy Tan’s life that inspired bestselling novels like The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement

Amy Tan has touched millions of readers with haunting and sympathetic novels of cultural complexity and profound empathy. With the same spirit and humor that characterize her acclaimed novels, she now shares her insight into her own life and how she escaped the curses of her past to make a future of her own. She takes us on a journey from her childhood of tragedy and comedy to the present day and her arrival as one of the world’s best-loved novelists. Whether recalling arguments with her mother in suburban California or introducing us to the ghosts that inhabit her computer, The Opposite of Fate offers vivid portraits of choices, attitudes, charms, and luck in action–a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we all face today.Amy Tan begins The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, a collection of essays that spans her literary career, on a humorous note; she is troubled that her life and novels have become the subject of a “Cliff’s Notes” abridgement. Reading the little yellow booklet, she discovers that her work is seen as complex and rich with symbolism. However, Tan assures her readers that she has no lofty, literary intentions in writing her novels–she writes for herself, and insists that the recurring patterns and themes that critics find in them are entirely their own making. This self-deprecating stance, coupled with Tan’s own clarification of her intentions, makes The Opposite of Fate feel like an extended, private conversation with the author.

Tan manages to find grace and frequent comedy in her sometimes painful life, and she takes great pleasure in being a celebrity. “Midlife Confidential” brings readers on tour with Tan and the rest of the leather-clad writers’ rock band, the Rock-Bottom Remainders. And “Angst and the Second Book” is a brutally honest, frequently hysterical reflection on Tan’s self-conscious attempts to follow the success of The Joy Luck Club.

In a collection so diverse and spanning such a long period of time, inevitably some of the pieces feel dated or repetitious. Yet, Tan comes off as a remarkably humble and sane woman, and the book works well both to fill in her biography and to clarify the boundaries between her life and her fiction. In her final, title essay, Tan juxtaposes her personal struggles against a persistent disease with the nation’s struggles against terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11. She declares her transformative, artistic power over tragedy, reflecting: “As a storyteller, I know that if I don’t like the ending, I can write a better one.” –Patrick O’Kelley

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The Kitchen God’s Wife

Winnie and Helen have kept each other’s worst secrets for more than fifty years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose everything. And Winnie angrily determines that she must be the one to tell her daughter, Pearl, about the past—including the terible truth even Helen does not know. And so begins Winnie’s story of her life on a small island outside Shanghai in the 1920s, and other places in China during World War II, and traces the happy and desperate events tha led to Winnie’s coming to America in 1949.

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Look Inside Space (Look Inside (Usborne))

This is a great fun flap book packed with interesting information about space, and the amazing things that float through it – stars, moons, comets, and the planets of our solar system. Each double-page spread has a stunning colour illustration, and several flaps to lift to find out more about what’s going on in the scene – such as what goes inside the International Space Station, how astronauts visited the Moon and what they did there, as well as the history of astronomy, from Galileo to the Hubble Space Telescope.

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The Players Club

Players Club, The (DVD)

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Baby Boy (Special Edition)

BABY BOY is the powerful urban drama directed by John Singleton (Shaft and Boyz N the Hood) starring rap music superstars TYRESE GIBSON and SNOOP DOGG (Half Baked, I Got the Hook Up). With knockout performances from VING RHAMES (Mission: Impossible II, Pulp Fiction, Con Air) and A.J. Johnson (Friday House Party, The Players Club), BABY BOY is a tough, honest and unflinching look at modern urban life. Jody (Gibson) is a 20-year-old African American in South Central L.A. who is trying to live large but doesn’t have a job. He’s got two babies by two different women and still lives at home with his mother (Johnson). Growing up is tough on Jody, but a series of events involving his mother’s new boyfriend Melvin (Rhames), his girfriend Yvette (Taraji P. Henson) and her ex-con ex-boyfriend Rodney (Snoop Dogg), force him to learn lessons about living, loving and surviving as a man in the hood.

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Something in the Water

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I’m Gonna Let It Shine

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Dog Days

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Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

From Academy Award®-nominated director Lasse Hallström (2000, The Cider House Rules) comes HACHI: A DOG’S TALE, a film based on one of the most treasured and heartwarming true stories ever told. Golden Globe winner Richard Gere (2002, Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, Chicago) stars as Professor Parker Wilson, a distinguished scholar who discovers a lost Akita puppy on his way home from work. Despite initial objections from Wilson’s wife, Cate (Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen – 2000, Best Actress, The Contender), Hachi endears himself into the Wilson family and grows to be Parker’s loyal companion. As their bond grows deeper, a beautiful relationship unfolds embodying the true spirit of family and loyalty, while inspiring the hearts of an entire town.Based on a true story from Japan, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a moving film about loyalty and the rare, invincible bonds that occasionally form almost instantaneously in the most unlikely places. College professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) finds a young Akita puppy that’s been abandoned at the local train station, and he’s instantly captivated by the dog. Assuming the dog’s owner will return to the train station to claim him in the morning, Parker takes the puppy home overnight. But when no one comes to get the dog, Parker convinces his wife, Cate (Joan Allen), to welcome him as part of the family. He dubs the puppy Hachiko–Hachi, for short–because of the Japanese symbol for good luck that’s hanging from his collar. Hachi is a somewhat peculiar dog that refuses to learn to fetch or master other people-pleasing tricks, but he is a faithful companion and friend to Parker, alerting him of potential dangers and accompanying him to the train station each morning and meeting him there after his return trip each evening. An unforeseen event will continually test Hachi’s devotion. This film is neither overwrought nor sappy; it is heartfelt and immensely powerful despite its tendency to drag in a few places. Prepare to be moved to tears by this beautiful, seemingly simple film–it’s about so much more than just the relationship between a man and his dog. –Tami Horiuchi

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(27×40) Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla – Japanese Style Movie Poster

Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla Poster (27 x 40 Inches – 69cm x 102cm) (1994) Japanese reproduction poster print

CAST: Megumi Odaka, Jun Hashizume, Zenkichi Yoneyama, Akira Emoto; DIRECTED BY: Kensho Yamashita; PRODUCER: Shogo Tomiyama;

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Waking Up in Dreamland

It’s hard to believe that Katy Perry started her career in music as a Gospel Singer*following a strict*religious childhood during which she was barely exposed to any commercial pop music. So it’s all the more astonishing that this remarkable lady is now one of the world’s foremost pop talents and is regularly voted one of the sexiest women in the world. But Katy Perry appears to know exactly what she wants to do and where she wants to go and it’s looking certain that her enormous achievements.

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Katy Perry: Getting Intimate

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Secret Pleasures: Four Asian Films about Love, Longing and Fishhooks

Secret Pleasures: Four Asian Films about Love, Longing and Fishhooks

Isle, The
A Film by Kim Ki-Duk

The erotic arthouse thriller that caused a sensation at the Sundance, Toronto, and Venice Film Festivals, The Isle tells the tale of a beautiful woman who lives on an eerie, remote lake selling food to fisherman by day, and her body by night. When the woman becomes obsessed with a former police officer who is haunted by the murder of his unfaithful girlfriend, what develops is “a perversely intriguing (and intriguingly perverse) love story.” (San Francisco Examiner)

“A beautifully realized meditation on pain, pleasure and devotion, with a subtle dark sense of humor.” IndieWire

Korean with English subtitles
Starring: Suh Jung, Kim Yoo-suk, Park , Cho Jae-hyung, Jang Hang-Sun

A film by Monika Treut

German artist Sophie is trying to come to terms with the unsolved murder of her Taiwanese lover Ai-Ling. After a run-in with the seductive Mei-Li, a journalist investigating Ai-Ling’s death, Sophie flees back to Germany. But when Mei-Li turns up on her Hamburg doorstep, the mystery deepens.

“Thoughtful storytelling and a refreshingly matter-of-fact view of lesbian relationships.” – The New York Times

English, German and Mandarin w/English subtitles
Starring: Inga Busch, Huan-Ru Ke, Ting-Ting Hu

Electric Shadows
A Film by Xiao Jiang

{Special Jury Award, Marakesh International Film Festival 2004}
{Lotus Premiere Award at 7th Deauville Asian Film Festival}

From one of China’s newest cinematic voices comes a charming tale set into motion by a disastrous encounter: delivery man Dabing crashes his bike into the mysterious Ling Ling. From her hospital bed, Ling Ling asks Dabing to go to her home and feed her fish; while there, Dabing discovers an astonishing diary. In its pages he reads stories of a little girl’s passion for the movies, which re-ignites his own longing for the days when the cinema enchanted China’s masses, and audiences breathed and dreamed as one.

“Movie love was never so engulfing, and rarely so sweet, as in this petite, elevating heart-warmer.” – Richard Corliss, Time Magazine

Mandarin w/English Subtitles
Starring: Jiang Yihong, Xia Yu, Li Haibin, Guan Xiaotong, Zhang Yijing, Qi Zhongyang, Wang Zhengjia, Zhang Haoqi, Xia Yuqing

Personals, The
A Film by Chen Kuo-fu

{Nominated, Best Actress, 35th Golden Horse Awards, 1998}
{Winner, Special Jury Award, 1999 Asia-Pacific Film Festival}
{Winner, Press Award, Best Actress, 2000 Paris Film Festival}
{Winner, Festival Prize, Best Actress, 1998 Taipei Film Festival}

An attractive and successful doctor places a personal ad in a newspaper to try to meet (and eventually marry) Mr. Right. From a tightfisted businessman to a shy writer who brings his mother to a shoe fetishist and a pimp looking for call girls, she meets them all and patiently listens to their stories. What they don’t know is that she has a mysterious ex-lover who may (or may not) be the man she truly seeks.

Honored at the Cannes Film Festival, The Personals’ Rene Liu gives a lustrous performance as the complicated, strong-willed woman navigating through a world of thwarted dreams and endless longing.

“Witty and poignant, Rene Liu is a delight!” – New York Post

Starring: Rene Liu, Wu Bai, Chin Shih-chieh, Chen Chao-jung, Gu Bao-ming
Mandarin Chinese w/English subtitles

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Honey and Cinnamon for Weight management By royal jelly benefits

Have you tried honey as well as cinnamon for weight-loss yet? While it’s no miracle drug for weight loss, it can be utilized along with a proper diet as well as exercise to speed up the rate of weight shed, and help you surpass meals desires quicker.

Honey alone has actually been shown to consist of anti-oxidants and also enzymes that have numerous healthy impacts on the body. Searchings for on cinnamon are similarly as encouraging, with study suggesting that it can do everything from enhancing your metabolic rate to decreasing your cholesterol. By themselves these 2 products should play a part in your regular diet.there have good items called royal jelly benefits that make by bee.

Combining the two creates a sort of Dynamic Duo and when taken at the beginning as well as end of your day has been peer proven to assist you in your weight reduction objectives.

The How-To

Mix 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon with Add a cup of very hot water to the cinnamon, let cool.
Add a complete tsp of raw, natural honey to the cinnamon/water mix after it has actually cooled.
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Always consult your doctor before starting any weight loss method.

1. In the Morning

Obtaining a good start to your day is key when you’re trying to lose weight because it sets the tone for how the remainder of the day goes. Beginning it off wrong and also you’re more likely to eat a fattening meal at lunch time and follow up with whatever you want at dinner.

Getting involved in the habit of making use of an all-natural weight-loss device like cinnamon as well as honey could assist guarantee you start factors off on the right foot.

Take the mixture right when you wake up and wait Thirty Minutes just before having your breakfast meal.

Why it’s effective: Honey and cinnamon when taken in the early morning can aid rev up your intestinal system, helping your metabolism and energy level through lunch.

2. Between Meals

When slimming down is your goal you may have found that between meals is when you are most vulnerable to cravings and meals temptations. This is frequently the times we discover ourselves at the workplace and also surrounded by vending machines and other goodies coworkers have brought in.

Cinnamon can help lessen your appetite, making it easier for you to make it from one meal to the next without the need to eat an unhealthy snack. Making much better meals selections is vital when trying weight loss, and a mixture of cinnamon and honey can assist in that department.

Cinnamon has been revealed to help lower your blood sugar levels, which will aid you remain sharp as well as focused throughout the day as well as avoid that after lunch collision that is so typical.

Why it’s effective: The combination of honey and lemon is an effective way to prevent snacking on junk between meals and is a better option than letting yourself go hungry.

3. Before Aerobic Workouts

When you’re getting ready for a cardio exercise there are a few things you can do to make it more effective. Stretching is one, but did you understand that it matter what you are placing right into your body before your workout?

If you consistently feel drained after a workout, or you really feel that you don’t have enough energy to have an efficient workout, you may notice that the honey and cinnamon blend assistance give you more energy to assist you push through it.

There are other ways to make your cardio exercises much more effective. Work out on an empty belly and make sure you don’t eat for a minimum of 30 minutes after you’ve done a cardiovascular workout, and also hour if you can make it that long. This helps your body burn even more calories since it isn’t focused on absorbing your next dish.

Why it works: The sugar in honey will give you energy to boost you through your workout, and the metabolism-boosting nature of cinnamon will amplify the impacts of your cardio.

4. Before Bedtime

The stretch of time between dinner and sleep can be the hardest to obtain via when you’re trying to lose weight. Late night snacking and midnight travels to the refrigerator will only establish you back on your goals and also are typically not authorized on the majority of diet programs.

You can use cinnamon and honey as your ally during this time around. Since it’s not a solid meals it won’t be weighing on your stomach or with your digestive system a wrench right before you retire for the evening.

The honey will certainly assist any late evening cravings for sweets like that nightly bowl of ice cream. The cinnamon will act upon your digestive system, helping it as it resets itself during the night.

Why it works: Curbs nighttime cravings and make certain you could fall asleep without food cravings pangs keeping you up during the night.


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Burn calories, increase your metabolism, and lose weight!

This program provides everything you need to lose weight–and have fun while you do it. High-energy kickboxing moves keep your heart rate in the fat-burning zone, while the interval format maximizes calorie burn, increases your metabolism, and gives you the results you want–fast.

Define your arms, shoulders, and back using light hand weights and a variety of punches. Kicks target the inner and outer thighs and lift and tighten the glutes. The moves engage the core, so you’ll be working your abs, too. Pick one of the 20-minute programs or do both together for a full, calorie-blasting workout.

You don’t have to be a black belt to perform the moves–we’ve broken them down in a tutorial segment to teach the proper technique. Plus, since healthy eating boosts weight loss, we’ve included tips and recipes from Cooking Light, the magazine dedicated to helping you eat smart, be fit, and live well. You CAN finally lose weight–starting today!

Equipment needed: light hand weights

Violet Zaki, an international fitness expert and karate black belt, teaches at Equinox in New York City. Her emphasis on correct form and defined fitness goals–as well as having fun along the way–have earned her an enormous following.

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Rozalyn 6: The Finale

Rozalyn and Tamar are back for this final installment in the Rozalyn series.

Rozalyn is now facing the hardest time of her life after taking the life of her once best friend Latoya. If that isn’t enough, Tamar still isn’t ready to be the man that Rozalyn needs him to be and after all they’ve been through, she’s ready to give up.

Tamar has been hit with some of the greatest news of his life. He’s finally at a point where nothing or no one can stop him from staying on the top where he belongs. But what happens when Rozalyn, and the new woman in his life that he’s grown to care deeply about, pulls him in two different directions. With the demands they are giving him, Tamar knows that he has to make a choice. But will it be the right choice or will it be too late?

With everyone close to Tamar gone, he’s forced to build a new team; Kevin, Black, and Neek are ready to put in work and get money with Tamar.

But with Kayla on Kevin’s back about a new drama-filled situation that arises, Kevin is finding it hard to keep focused on everything that’s in front of him and is contemplating walking away for good.

Neek, Starr’s husband is doing everything possible to keep his wife happy. After catching Starr in a compromising position and breaking things off with her, they are now ready to patch things up and make their relationship work for the sake of their daughter. With this new opportunity in front of them, there is no way things couldn’t go right. But will all Neek’s efforts be too little too late?

The couple you love are have brought back some familiar faces you’ve seen before and the drama has never been this intense. Will Tamar and Rozalyn get their happily ever after and if so, will it be with each other? Will Kayla ever get the chance to walk down the aisle? And will Starr and Neek’s marriage be able to withstand everything that’s thrown at them?

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Remy and Rose’: A Hood Love Story

After serving four years of a five year prison sentence, Rose’ Richards is out and unsure of what the future holds for her and her daughter Heaven. Nothing seems bright after taking a charge for her daughter’s father Ace Black. He left her high and dry, rotting in a prison cell and pregnant with a daughter he doesn’t even know exists.

Being released back into society is hard with a prison record. Who wants to hire a Felon? Then enters the handsome yet mysterious Remy Ramirez. He’s young, black, and rich. Not to mention a businessman and entrepreneur. Remy has a heart of gold and loves helping those in need. A chance encounter causes Remy and Rose’ to cross paths.

Rose’ can’t deny her attraction to Remy. At the same time, she’s running scared from Ace. Remy is right there to protect her and Heaven. Remy is giving Rose’ a life she never thought possible.

The death of Remy’s father sends him to Mexico and pushes him right into his father’s position as Head of the Mexican Drug Cartel.

Rose’ is thrusted into a family full of deceit and treachery. She has to adjust to being the wife of a King Pin. At the same time fighting his mother who despises her and ex’s that won’t let go.

Remy and Rose’ are living a Hood Fairytale, but will they get their happy ending.

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Obsessed (2009)

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No Good Deed

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