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Around the Way Girl
An inspiring and humorous memoir by Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe winner, and star of Hidden Figures, Taraji P. Henson. She shares stories about family, the hustle from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth. With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she reflects on her experiences as a single mother and a black actress in Hollywood. Through it all, she remains authentic and true to herself, reminding us that dreams are worth pursuing.
I’m only a chapter in and I already love it. – source
Explore the wisdom of a great Stoic philosopher with this pocket-sized classic. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library, this beautifully-crafted edition features personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius on how to live virtuously in an unpredictable world. Translated by A. S. L. Farquharson and with an introduction by John Sellars, this book showcases the clarity of writing and uprightness that made Aurelius one of Stoicism's finest advocates. Discover his aphorisms on keeping a calm and rational mind even in the face of life's vicissitudes.
I kind of thrive on stress, so I’m almost embarrassed by how comforting I find this book. I don’t even agree with everything in it, but when philosophy is described in such practical language, it’s soothing. – source
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The Gift of Fear
Discover how to protect yourself and trust your instincts with this empowering and life-saving guide. Personal safety expert Gavin de Becker shares his expertise on predicting violent behavior and offers real-life examples and advice on restraining orders, self-defense, and more. Learn how to identify danger and feel safer in any situation. Trust your intuition and stay safe with this essential read for anyone who's ever felt threatened.
I don’t read a lot of self-help books, but I buy a lot of them. I usually give up when the first chapter hasn’t magically transformed me into someone wonderful. The one exception is Gavin de Becker’s “The Gift of Fear.” It should be required reading for all women, and men for that matter. Maybe men would then get why we reject their advances in poorly lit parking lots — it’s not because we’re bitches, it’s because we don’t want to get murdered. – source
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Writing Movies for Fun and Profit
How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!
Learn how to conquer the Hollywood studio system with insider tips from two screenwriting pros who have made over a billion dollars at the box office. This guide is full of priceless information on pitching, getting your foot in the door, taking notes from movie stars, and even how to get fired and rehired. With this book, you too can start turning your words into stacks of money and learn the highs and lows of life as a professional screenwriter. Plus, a portion of the authors’ proceeds are being contributed to a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving active duty military members and their families.
Writing Movies for Fun and Profit, by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, is hilarious, but more than that, it’s insanely accurate — right down to what your parking assignment when visiting a studio really means. – source