My Wonderful World 3

My Wonderful World 3

Author: Mizuho Aimoto

Publisher: Kodansha America LLC

ISBN: 9781684914630

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 177

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Shinobu is dyslexic, which makes it hard for him to read and write. But a chance meeting has led to him writing the script for a play. Members of the theater troupe help him as he wrestles with words, and he manages to finish the script. But the star of the play, Ru, seems cold to Shinobu for some reason...? Shinobu's struggles move hearts in volume 3!

My Wonderful World

My Wonderful World

Author: Mizuho Aimoto

Publisher: Kodansha America LLC

ISBN: 9781684913817

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 175

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Shinobu is dyslexic, which makes it hard for him to read and write. In his first few years of school, that didn't matter. But as he grew older and moved up to junior high and high school, his sense of inferiority grew as he discovered all of the things he couldn't do. In the midst of all that, a girl at his new cram school caught his attention... Volume 2 delves into the days of Shinobu's youth!

My Wonderful World 1

My Wonderful World 1

Author: Mizuho Aimoto

Publisher: Kodansha America LLC

ISBN: 9781684913329

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 187

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Shinobu Asakura has never been able to read or write—and not for lack of trying. It's made getting and holding down jobs difficult, and he's constantly berated by people who think he's simply slacking off when he's just trying to keep up. But a chance meeting with a café worker who introduces a new word to Shinobu's vocabulary—dyslexia—may just change the course of Shinobu's life forever.

Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton

Author: James Curtis

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 9780385354226

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 832

View: 169

From acclaimed cultural and film historian James Curtis—a major biography, the first in more than two decades, of the legendary comedian and filmmaker who elevated physical comedy to the highest of arts and whose ingenious films remain as startling, innovative, modern—and irresistible—today as they were when they beguiled audiences almost a century ago. "It is brilliant—I was totally absorbed, couldn't stop reading it and was very sorry when it ended."—Kevin Brownlow It was James Agee who christened Buster Keaton “The Great Stone Face.” Keaton’s face, Agee wrote, "ranked almost with Lincoln’s as an early American archetype; it was haunting, handsome, almost beautiful, yet it was also irreducibly funny. Keaton was the only major comedian who kept sentiment almost entirely out of his work and . . . he brought pure physical comedy to its greatest heights.” Mel Brooks: “A lot of my daring came from Keaton.” Martin Scorsese, influenced by Keaton’s pictures in the making of Raging Bull: “The only person who had the right attitude about boxing in the movies for me,” Scorsese said, “was Buster Keaton.” Keaton’s deadpan stare in a porkpie hat was as recognizable as Charlie Chaplin’s tramp and Harold Lloyd’s straw boater and spectacles, and, with W. C. Fields, the four were each considered a comedy king--but Keaton was, and still is, considered to be the greatest of them all. His iconic look and acrobatic brilliance obscured the fact that behind the camera Keaton was one of our most gifted filmmakers. Through nineteen short comedies and twelve magnificent features, he distinguished himself with such seminal works as Sherlock Jr., The Navigator, Steamboat Bill, Jr., The Cameraman, and his masterpiece, The General. Now James Curtis, admired biographer of Preston Sturges (“definitive”—Variety), W. C. Fields (“by far the fullest, fairest and most touching account we have yet had. Or are likely to have”—Richard Schickel, front page of The New York Times Book Review), and Spencer Tracy (“monumental; definitive”—Kirkus Reviews), gives us the richest, most comprehensive life to date of the legendary actor, stunt artist, screenwriter, director—master.

My Wonderful World 4

My Wonderful World 4

Author: Mizuho Aimoto

Publisher: Kodansha America LLC

ISBN: 9781684915125

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 176

View: 844

Shinobu is dyslexic, which makes it hard for him to read and write. Writing a script for a small theatre troupe ended up reconnecting him with Mamiya, a girl from his past. The two of them gradually grow closer, but then Shinobu discovers a secret of Mamiya's... Their tender, sincere feelings for each other will touch your heart in volume 4!

What a Wonderful World

What a Wonderful World

Author: Ricky Riccardi

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307379238

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 417

View: 227

In this richly detailed and prodigiously researched book, jazz scholar and musician Ricky Riccardi reveals for the first time the genius and remarkable achievements of the last 25 years of Louis Armstrong’s life, providing along the way a comprehensive study of one of the best-known and most accomplished jazz stars of our time. Much has been written about Armstrong, but the majority of it focuses on the early and middle stages of his career. During the last third of his career, Armstrong was often dismissed as a buffoonish if popular entertainer. Riccardi shows us instead the inventiveness and depth of his music during this time. These are the years of his highest-charting hits, including “Mack the Knife” and “Hello, Dolly"; the famed collaborations with Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington; and his legendary recordings with the All Stars. An eminently readable and insightful book, What a Wonderful World completes and enlarges our understanding of one of America’s greatest and most beloved musical icons.

My Three Childhoods

My Three Childhoods

Author: Lucy Wu Mainer

Publisher: Archway Publishing

ISBN: 9781480867277

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 242

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My Three Childhoods takes readers on a journey of Lucy Wu Mainer’s riveting, one-of-a-kind experience that included her having to face adult responsibilities at a very young age, complete a challenging education while being torn from home to home, making it to America, facing language and school challenges, and eventually making it to retirement and recapturing the childhood she never had. Lucy says studying hard, working hard, and playing hard, while maintaining a positive attitude, is what helped her survive her harrowing childhood experiences. “I was born to escape the Japanese invasion of China,” Lucy says of her life. She and her family were forced to leave their beloved home and resettle in many cities in China, Vietnam, and Burma, always one step ahead of the atrocities of not one, but two wars. Through a strict upbringing, Lucy reveals her inner sense of justice, fairness and distinguishing right from wrong. Like a bird, predestined to fly, Lucy yearned for independence. In America, she worked for years at the United Nations, where she met some very influential and famous people. She received an Ed.D in the United States and taught for 30 years in the New York City public school system. She studied painting at the Art Student League in New York City under John Howard Sandon, Mario Cooper, and Edgar Whitney and others. Her paintings were shown at eight solo exhibits throughout New York and Staten Island. Lucy received many awards for her paintings in group exhibits. In My Three Childhood, Lucy shares the secret ingredient needed to overcome hardship, find passion, and overcome challenges. Retirement permits Lucy to brag about her age, for deep down she has kept a young-at-heart attitude throughout life, never allowing herself to believe that she’s “too old” or frail to try anything new. “This book will open the eyes of the world to the ambition, drive, and courage of international students like Lucy who contribute to America’s greatness.” —Virginia Castleman, Author, Sara Lost and Found

Buster Keaton's Crew

Buster Keaton's Crew

Author: Lisle Foote

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786496839

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 321

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Buster Keaton told an interviewer in 1965, "When I'm working alone, the cameraman, the prop man, the electrician, these are my eyes out there.... They knew what they were talking about." Drawn from film trade magazines, newspapers, interviews and public records, this book tells the previously unpublished stories of the behind-the-scenes crew who worked on Keaton's silent films--like Elgin Lessley, who went from department store clerk to chief cameraman, and Fred Gabourie, who served as an army private in the Spanish American War before he became Keaton's technical director. "I'd ask, 'Did that work the way I wanted it to?' and they'd say yes or no," Keaton said of his crew. He couldn't have made his films without them.

Russian Music at Home and Abroad

Russian Music at Home and Abroad

Author: Richard Taruskin

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520288096

Category: Music

Page: 556

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This new collection views Russian music through the Greek triad of “the Good, the True, and the Beautiful” to investigate how the idea of "nation" embeds itself in the public discourse about music and other arts with results at times invigorating, at times corrupting. In our divided, post–Cold War, and now post–9/11 world, Russian music, formerly a quiet corner on the margins of musicology, has become a site of noisy contention. Richard Taruskin assesses the political and cultural stakes that attach to it in the era of Pussy Riot and renewed international tensions, before turning to individual cases from the nineteenth century to the present. Much of the volume is devoted to the resolutely cosmopolitan but inveterately Russian Igor Stravinsky, one of the major forces in the music of the twentieth century and subject of particular interest to composers and music theorists all over the world. Taruskin here revisits him for the first time since the 1990s, when everything changed for Russia and its cultural products. Other essays are devoted to the cultural and social policies of the Soviet Union and their effect on the music produced there as those policies swung away from Communist internationalism to traditional Russian nationalism; to the musicians of the Russian postrevolutionary diaspora; and to the tension between the compelling artistic quality of works such as Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps or Prokofieff’s Zdravitsa and the antihumanistic or totalitarian messages they convey. Russian Music at Home and Abroad addresses these concerns in a personal and critical way, characteristically demonstrating Taruskin’s authority and ability to bring living history out of the shadows.

The Wonderful World of Om

The Wonderful World of Om

Author: Desmond E. Berghofer

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781490782348

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 148

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The Wonderful World of Om takes the young reader to an imaginary parallel world where the difficulties of our own world just do not exist, because no one ever created them by making bad choices. However, things are not perfect in Om, and the young hero of the story, Sam Warner (aged eleven) is called upon to use his skills as a champion bowler to save the land from serious danger. Sam has suffered the disillusionment of seeing his bowling alley in Vancouver demolished without any serious effort by those in authority to save it. It is never quite clear whether his journey to Om is no more than a dream or whether it arises from a mysterious combination of cosmic forces that have been set in motion to right the wrong that he has experienced. Guaranteed to touch the heart strings and bring smiles and many moments of laugh-out-loud enjoyment to readers of every age, but especially to those willing to travel in imagination to places of wonder where everyone is encouraged to be the best that they can be.