An entertaining and informative introduction to the world of the physical sciences draws on examples based on the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel to explain complex concepts and theories of biology, chemistry, and theoretical physics—from demons and interdimensional portals to black holes and string theory. Original. 50,000 first printing.
An interactive history of Irish immigrants in America offers an entertaining account of the stories, legends, and myths that they brought to America from their Irish homeland, in a volume accompanied by a CD containing eighteen Irish folksongs that capture various aspects of Irish life in America. 25,000 first printing.
A subversive, inside glimpse of the complex world of the film industry provides candid descriptions of every aspect of filmmaking, from initial concept, to script, to screen, covering topics that range from "How Scripts Got So Bad" to "Hollywood Manners," as well as his personal choices for favorite actor, favorite film, and more. 30,000 first printing.
An anecdotal history of radio, set against the backdrop of the rise of America's new youth culture from the 1950s through the 1970s, reveals how the older radio technology survived the onslaught of American television by becoming a key factor in the battle between generations.
The first violinist for the acclaimed Guarneri String Quartet recalls his lifelong obsession with the violin, from the perspective of his own forty-year musical career, discussing the quest for the perfect violin, the history of the renowned Italian violin makers, his musical pilgrimage into his family's past, and great music written for the violin, accompanied by a special CD recording.
In a poignant memoir of love, loss, and music, a rock and pop culture critic shares the story of his romance and marriage to Renée, a young woman with whom he had little in common except for the music that brought them together, and Renée's tragic early death, all viewed from the perspective of the mix tapes that the couple had compiled. 60,000 first printing.
A culinary, rock-and-roll odyssey around the world, written by the lead singer of the popular group Franz Ferdinand, describes a variety of gastronomic encounters, from a donut-shop in a Polish-speaking section of Brooklyn, to bull's testicles in Buenos Aires, to an almost-vegetarian buffet in Singapore. Original. 35,000 first printing.