Let s Play Ball

Author: Marty Allen
Publisher: Kids Pub
ISBN: 0967297206
Release Date: 1999-10-01
Genre: Balls (Sporting goods)

A sports-loving little boy plays with the special balls used for a variety of games and pastimes.

Sock Puppet Madness

Author: Marty Allen
Publisher: Cico
ISBN: 190886267X
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

It's a simple equation: old sock + craft foam x glue = a collection of the most amazing incredible, outrageous, awe-inspiring sock puppets you've ever seen. Sock Puppet Madness includes 35 of the most fun, outlandish, off-the-wall and enchanting characters on the planet, and by following the simple step-by-step instructions, you'll be able to put together your own puppet in no time. Take Bawston the ornery cat puppet, for example. He's a baseball fan with a questionable temper, so watch what you say to him. A more friendly guy is Sebastian Metaphor. He may seem aloof with his hipster appearance but behind those sleepy eyes lies a heart of gold. If you're a sophisticated sort why not have a crack at Penelope Durtlinger, an heiress to a small fortune with an insatiable thirst for power. All the puppets are so simple to create, using just a few readily available materials that cost next to nothing - plus everyone has an old sock they can use, right? So what are you waiting for? Buy this now and make your own collection of sock puppets and join in the fun. And once you've made all the projects, why not create your own characters based on friends and family, too.

50 Knots You Need to Know

Author: Marty Allen
Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small
ISBN: 9781911026310
Release Date: 2015-04-09
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Essential rope-and-string tying advice for the nerdily inclined. Includes two lengths of rope to help you practice tying knots. Attention all nerds, put down that laptop and pick up this brilliant guide to tying 50 must-know knots. If you're unaware of the difference between a Cow Hitch and a Marlinspike Hoop or a Running Bowline and a Square Lashing, all will be revealed in "50 Knots You Need to Know." Packed with step-by-step instructions, discover how to tie knots to get you through any situation, whether it's nautical knots for sailing adventures or shanks and hitches for camping or climbing weekends. You will learn simple knot-making techniques that can be used for all your nerdly pursuits. And once you've graduated from the easy stuff you can move on to the more serious examples, such as a make-shift rope halter to you can use to tame a wild beast or strong knots for securing and tying things together. Also included are a couple of pieces of rope, so you can start tying knows right away. But be warned, it's VERY addictive!

Right Here on Our Stage Tonight

Author: Gerald Nachman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520944862
Release Date: 2009-11-05
Genre: Performing Arts

Before the advent of cable and its hundreds of channels, before iPods and the Internet, three television networks ruled America's evenings. And for twenty-three years, Ed Sullivan, the Broadway gossip columnist turned awkward emcee, ruled Sunday nights. It was Sullivan's genius to take a worn-out stage genre-vaudeville-and transform it into the TV variety show, a format that was to dominate for decades. Right Here on Our Stage Tonight! tells the complete saga of The Ed Sullivan Show and, through the voices of some 60 stars interviewed for the book, brings to life the most beloved, diverse, multi-cultural, and influential variety hour ever to air. Gerald Nachman takes us through those years, from the earliest dog acts and jugglers to Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and beyond. Sullivan was the first TV impresario to feature black performers on a regular basis-including Nat King Cole, Pearl Bailey, James Brown, and Richard Pryor-challenging his conservative audience and his own traditional tastes, and changing the face of American popular culture along the way. No other TV show ever cut such a broad swath through our national life or cast such a long shadow, nor has there ever been another show like it. Nachman's compulsively readable history, illustrated with classic photographs and chocked with colorful anecdotes, reanimates The Ed Sullivan Show for a new generation.

Retro Games

Author: Marty Allen
Publisher: Dog n Bone
ISBN: 1911026623
Release Date: 2018-11-13
Genre: Computers

Discover 50 of the best-loved video games ever from the 80s and 90s and relive some of the best moments of your childhood. With their creativity, charm, and memories, retro games are never far from our hearts. We all love to plug in old consoles and relive a bit of our childhoods for a couple of hours. But what are the best games from that era? Were you a Nintendo die-hard and Mario loyalist or seduced by Sonic and Sega? Did you always pick Ryu from Street Fighter or was Kazuya Mishima from Tekken more of your scene? This celebration of some of the greatest shoot-em-ups, platform games, role-players, and more from the 80s and 90s profiles 50 classic games. It’s a must read for anyone who grew up or has fallen in love with this golden age of gaming. How many have you completed?

Emojis

Author: Marty Allen
Publisher: Dog N Bone
ISBN: 1909313734
Release Date: 2015-10-08
Genre:

Emojis--we've all seen then and we've all most likely used them at one time or another, but in reality we know very little about them... until now! Emojis are everywhere, from Facebook and Twitter to the desperate texts from your mom asking again how to log into the Netflix account you set up for her. We're all familiar with the smiley face laughing hysterically, the grinning cat, and the guy with the dodgy 'stache, but what's the story behind these ubiquitous pictograms? Over the following pages, EMOJIS reveals all with a series of hilarious interviews and exposs with some of the most popular icons from the social media scene. Did you know, for example, that the couple in love emoji is now actually embroiled in a bitter divorce after he cheated on her with the princess icon? Or that in a past life the smiley with the crosses for eyes was the model for the famous Nirvana smiley face logo of the early 90s? You do now! Along with these eye-opening tales, you will also meet the pictograms that the developers never wanted you to see, like the emoji who's drunk too much and is now throwing up, the punk cat with the Mohican, or the bearded hipster smiley with thick-rimmed glasses. And if that's not enough, there's a hilarious section on misunderstanding emojis plus a guide to the best films, books, albums, and more described for you only in the language of the emoticon.

Jackie Janet Lee

Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250128034
Release Date: 2018-01-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

*THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* *CURRENTLY BEING DEVELOPED FOR TELEVISION BY TOMORROW STUDIOS* A dazzling biography of three of the most glamorous women of the 20th Century: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, her mother Janet Lee Auchincloss, and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill. “Do you know what the secret to happily-ever-after is?” Janet Bouvier Auchincloss would ask her daughters Jackie and Lee during their tea time. “Money and Power,” she would say. It was a lesson neither would ever forget. They followed in their mother’s footsteps after her marriages to the philandering socialite “Black Jack” Bouvier and the fabulously rich Standard Oil heir Hugh D. Auchincloss. Jacqueline Bouvier would marry John F. Kennedy and the story of their marriage is legendary, as is the story of her second marriage to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Less well known is the story of her love affair with a world renowned architect and a British peer. Her sister, Lee, had liaisons with one and possibly both of Jackie's husbands, in addition to her own three marriages—to an illegitimate royal, a Polish prince and a Hollywood director. If the Bouvier women personified beauty, style and fashion, it was their lust for money and status that drove them to seek out powerful men, no matter what the cost to themselves or to those they stepped on in their ruthless climb to the top. Based on hundreds of new interviews with friends and family of the Bouviers, among them their own half-brother, as well as letters and journals, J. Randy Taraborrelli paints an extraordinary psychological portrait of two famous sisters and their ferociously ambitious mother.

Global Warming Militarism and Nonviolence

Author: M. Branagan
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137010100
Release Date: 2013-06-28
Genre: Political Science

Militarism is the elephant in the room of global warming. Of all government sectors, 'Defence' has the highest carbon footprint and expenditure, yet has largely been exempt from international scrutiny and regulation. Marty Branagan uses Australian and international case studies to show that nonviolence is a viable alternative to militarism for national defence and regime change. 'Active resistance', initiated in Australian environmental blockades and now adopted globally, makes the song 'We Shall Not Be Moved' much more realistic, as activists erect tripod villages, bury, chain and cement themselves into the ground, and 'lock-on' to machinery and gates. Active resistance, 'artistic activism', and use of new information and communication technologies in movements such as the Arab Spring and 'Occupy' demonstrate that nonviolence is an effective, evolving praxis.

The Haunted Smile

Author: Lawrence J. Epstein
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9780786724925
Release Date: 2008-08-05
Genre: Performing Arts

Lawrence Epstein's The Haunted Smile tackles a subject both poignant and delightful: the story of Jewish comedians in America. For the past century and more, American comedy has drawn its strength and soul from the comic genius of Jewish performers and writers. An incomplete listing of names makes the point: The Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, Fanny Brice, George Burns, Milton Berle, Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Brooks, Alan King, Mort Sahl, Buddy Hackett, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Andy Kaufman, Richard Belzer, Jerry Seinfeld. These men and women, among others, form the canon of Jewish-American comedy. In the words of the Detroit Jewish News, The Haunted Smile "offers us a deep and subtle understanding of how Jewish culture and American openness gave birth to a new style of entertainment." Often the best way to illuminate a point is to recount some of these comedians' own brilliant routines, and Epstein uses the comedian's work to great effect, making for a book that is both a thoughtful work of history and a great deal of fun.

Angel Animals

Author: Allen Anderson
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1577318366
Release Date: 2010-09-04
Genre: Pets

The animals who hold a cherished place in our hearts and homes offer inspiring lessons of patience, trust, compassion, healing, and love. The extraordinary true stories in this revised and updated edition of Angel Animals celebrate the spiritual truths we learn from animals, and remind us that miracles do happen. These surprising, heartwarming stories — about dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, raccoons, bears, birds, dolphins, deer, insects, and more — help us rise to life's challenges, find comfort in the face of loss, witness the hand of the Divine, and recognize the interconnectedness of all living things.

Coyote

Author: Allen Steele
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101208163
Release Date: 2002-11-05
Genre: Fiction

Coyote marks a dramatic new turn in the career of Allen Steele, Hugo Award-winning author of Chronospace. Epic in scope, passionate in its conviction, and set against a backdrop of plausible events, it tells the brilliant story of Earth’s first interstellar colonists—and the mysterious planet that becomes their home…

Shiloh

Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439132005
Release Date: 2012-06-26
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Marty will do anything to save his new friend Shiloh in this Newbery Medal–winning novel from Phillis Reynolds Naylor. When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight—and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun—and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty's secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger. How far will Marty have to go to make Shiloh his?

Fingerboard Fun

Author: Marty Allen
Publisher: Dog & Bone
ISBN: 1909313246
Release Date: 2014-03-31
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

Great designs for ramps and rails to keep you entertained at school or in the office. Are you sat at your desk, bored out of your mind? Well get this cool kit and create your own fingerboard skate park using just a few bits of stationery, some tape, and some glue. Containing 16 different designs for quarter pipes, halfpipes, fun boxes, grind rails, and more, you can soon be creating some sick lines right there on your desktop. Every ramp comes with simple step-by-step instructions and uses readily available materials, meaning you can make a ramp out of just about anything. And every obstacle comes with a template to make sure your ramps have perfectly smooth curves and angles, which means you'll be busting out amazing tricks at your desk in no time. And the best thing about the book is it comes with your very own fingerboard and the book packaging can be turned into a handy first fun box to get you practicing tricks straight away. You will also get some card to start building ramps with, plus some cool stickers to decorate your board and your skate park. So what are you waiting for... get building! Comes with a skateboard in acetate cover!

Martyball

Author: Marty Schottenheimer
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781613213216
Release Date: 2012-09-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

No coach in National Football League history endured more playoff heartache than Marty Schottenheimer. Despite racking up two hundred regular-season victories (only five coaches in the entire ninety-year history of the NFL ever won more games), Marty never reached the Super Bowl during his coaching career. Martyball tells the story of a man who persevered through an avalanche of misfortune and playoff agony that would have brought most men to their knees. But Marty never lost sight of why he fell in love with coaching in the first place: he wanted to teach and mold men through the game of football. Based on more than one hundred hours of interviews with Marty, his players, assistants, family, and friends, this book will give readers a look into the mind of an exceptional coach, and explain why he never gave up or succumbed to self-pity despite a long streak of bad luck. Get the background on Schottenheimer’s life, from his childhood in rural Pennsylvania to his playing and coaching careers in pro football, and learn why he kept believing in the game he loved—and how he found valuable lessons about life and football beyond each and every loss.

Television Specials

Author: Vincent Terrace
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786474448
Release Date: 2013-06-19
Genre: Performing Arts

This is a complete revision of the author's 1993 McFarland book Television Specials that not only updates entries contained within that edition, but adds numerous programs not previously covered, including beauty pageants, parades, awards programs, Broadway and opera adaptations, musicals produced especially for television, holiday specials (e.g., Christmas and New Year's Eve), the early 1936-1947 experimental specials, honors specials. In short, this is a reference work to 5,336 programs--the most complete source for television specials ever published.