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Julie Rieger signs The Ghost Photographer

Julie Rieger

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The Ghost Photographer: A Hollywood Executive's True Story of Discovering the Real World of Make-Believe Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501158896
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Published: Atria/Enliven Books - October 9th, 2018

This inspirational memoir, told with uncensored Southern wit and guidance, recounts the story of a Hollywood film executive who journeys through the cosmic wilderness and, against all odds, discovers psychic superpowers that radically transform her life.

 

As a senior executive at one of the world's largest movie studios, Julie Rieger spent her days marketing the imaginary stories of ghosts, faeries, superheroes, aliens, and more fantastical creatures. But after the devastating loss of her mother, the world of make-believe became reality when Julie captured her first ghost in a photograph and blew open a door to the Other Side.

The Ghost Photographer chronicles Julie's wild ride down the spiritual rabbit hole. After a series of unexpected, mind-blowing, and sometimes frightening encounters with the spirit realm, Julie was forced to face this strange awakening, flying in the face of scientific dogma and her own die-hard skepticism. Ultimately, she discovered that what she thought she had lost with the death of her mother--unconditional love--was in fact the greatest superpower one can wield.

In a refreshing departure from traditional supernatural tales, Julie tells her story with bold humor and total candor. Her journey juxtaposes her down-home roots in rural America with the glam of Hollywood and her professional universe of hard, empirical data. As she fine-tunes her psychic abilities and comes to terms with the transformative power of grief, Julie is empowered to fearlessly tell her story, teach others, and invite them to share their own experiences of the paranormal and unexplained. She offers insights into our relationship with the spirit world, prayers and rituals for cleansing and protecting our homes from unwanted ghosts, and guidance on how to develop our intuition and sixth sense.


Shabnam Samuel signs A Fractured Life

Shabnam Samuel

 

A Fractured Life Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781732081598
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Published: Green Place Books - September 19th, 2018

Abandoned by her parents as a three-year-old, and ultimately leaving her home country India for a new life in America as a young mother of a three-year-old son, this is not only an immigrant's story, but a poignant and powerful memoir that is at first, one of sadness and continuing adversity, but ultimately one of strength, purpose, and the universal triumph of hope. It is a story of dislocation, disruption, and despair, and brings focus to the silencing of girlhood and womanhood and how with time, love, and support we can work our way out of that silence. Shabnam Samuel was twenty seven when she moved to the US, carrying with her a troubled marriage, an almost estranged husband, and a three-year-old son. Hoping to create a fresh start from everything that was holding her down, it took Shabnam twenty-five years of trials and tribulations to finally find her voice, her strength, and her place in this world.


The Writers Coffeehouse with Henry Herz

Writers Coffeehouse

Little Red Cuttlefish Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781455621460
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pel - September 12th, 2016

Mabel and the Queen of Dreams Cover Image
By Henry Herz, Lisa Woods (Illustrator), Joshua Herz
$16.99
ISBN: 9780764351372
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Published: Schiffer Publishing - July 28th, 2016

Cap'n Rex & His Clever Crew Cover Image
By Henry L. Herz, Benjamin Schipper (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454920885
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sterling Children's Books - August 1st, 2017

Things We Haven't Said Panel, with Larena Patrick, Laura Kelly, & Shanyn Kay

Things We Haven't Said


 

Things We Haven’t Said: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out is a powerful and timely nonfiction anthology addressing sexual violence toward children and adolescents. Join three of the contributors to this book – Laura H Kelly, Shanyn Kay, and Larena Patrick – as well as a representative from Center for Community Solutions, for a lively discussion about recovery, stigma, and their hopes for the future.

Things We Haven't Said: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out Cover Image
By Erin Moulton (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781942186342
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Published: Zest Books - March 13th, 2018

Things We Haven't Said is a powerful collection of poems, essays, letters, vignettes and interviews written by a diverse group of impressive adults who survived sexual violence as children and adolescents. Structured to incorporate creative writing to engage the reader and informative interviews to dig for context, this anthology is a valuable resource of hope, grit and honest conversation that will help teens tackle the topic of sexual violence, upend stigma and maintain hope for a better future. 


Jude Angelini signs in San Diego

Hummingbird: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945572593
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Published: Rare Bird Books - September 19th, 2017

Dark, deviant, and deliriously funny, Jude Angelini writes in the colloquial vein of Charles Bukowski, using his unique, natural voice to tell stories from his life. He writes about his sexual encounters--both strange and intimate--alongside stories from his childhood and his tell-all experiences with "science drugs." Throughout it all, Jude is critical of himself and his actions, proving himself to be vulnerable, lonely, and extremely relatable.


Hyena Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476789309
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Published: Gallery Books - September 23rd, 2014

Hyena is a collection of autobiographical stories by Jude Angelini, which takes the reader on his journey of heartbreak, depravity, and hilarity, deftly moving between his adult life and his childhood growing up in a factory town outside of Detroit. Each story is told with brutal honesty, yet maintains a gallows humor that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief.

 

Jude is one of the top hip-hop radio hosts on Sirius Satellite radio. His self-published, print-on-demand edition of Hyena has been an indie bestseller, despite having no ebook or physical distribution. Its exploration of drugs, sex, and the human condition compares to Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, Artie Lange, and Jim Norton. It also captures the hardscrabble culture, language, and landscape of post-industrial Detroit, from which came some of pop culture's most compelling artists.


Supernatural Psychology in San Diego

Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled Cover Image
By Travis Langley (Editor), Lynn S. Zubernis (Editor), Jonathan Maberry (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781454926610
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Published: Sterling - November 7th, 2017

A fascinating analysis of the psychology behind the popular TV series Supernatural. 
Following the adventures of two brothers who investigate deeply strange and paranormal mysteries in their never-ending road trip, the TV show Supernatural has many fans eager to better understand the psychology behind the series' themes and characters. Through 20 essays, this collection examines such issues as

  • The role grief and trauma play in the protagonists' lives
  • The importance of music to the narrative
  • What motivates someone to hunt monsters and why we want to believe in magic
  • The various archangels and archetypes depicted
  • How people can cope with tragedy, loss, addiction, and fear to become heroes who do the right thing
  • The dynamics of fandom: how fans relate to the narrative, characters, and actors, and continue to engage with series through fanfic, social media, and other practices


Superhero Therapy: Mindfulness Skills to Help Teens and Young Adults Deal with Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma Cover Image
By Janina Scarlet, Wellinton Alves (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781684030330
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Instant Help Publications - August 1st, 2017

Psychologist Scarlet and Marvel and DC Comics illustrator Alves join forces to offer teens a dynamic, illustrated introduction to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). With this fun, self-help guide, teens discover how to vanquish anxiety, depression, anger, or shame and become their own Superhero.


Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth Cover Image
By Travis Langley (Editor), Mara Wood (Editor), Trina Robbins (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781454923435
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Published: Sterling - April 4th, 2017

For 75 years, Wonder Woman has served as an inspiration to people everywhere. Wonder Woman Psychology examines this powerful superhero--who was created by famous psychologist William Moulton Marston--through 20 essays. This collection will analyze: 

  • Marston's important role in the history of forensic psychology
  • How Diana's relationship with her mother and Amazonian sisters shapes her to become a leader and the heroine called Wonder Woman
  • The ways differences in culture and gender can contribute to alienation but also to personal empowerment
  • What roles emotion, strengths, virtues, and culture shock play in heroic behavior


Bruce Campbell signs in San Diego

*Please note that all online orders must be submitted by 2:00pm on October 26th.*

Reading this after that time? Call a bookseller!

Hail to the Chin!

Roll film!

Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor Cover Image
By Bruce Campbell, Craig Sanborn, John Hodgman (Introduction by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250125606
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - August 15th, 2017

One of my dad's favorite jokes about getting older was: "I went out for coffee when I was twenty-one and when I got back I was fifty-eight!"

I get what he meant now. Time flies. My first book, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a "B" Movie Actor, was published back in 2001 and it chronicles the adventures of a "mid-grade, kind of hammy actor" (my words), cutting his teeth on exploitation movies far removed from mainstream Hollywood.

This next book, an "Act II" if you will, could be considered my "maturing years" in show business, when I began to say "no" more often and gravitated toward self-generated material. Taking stock in the overall quality of my life, I fled Los Angeles and moved to a remote part of Oregon to renew, regroup and reload.

If that sounds tame, the journey from Evil Dead to Spider-Man to Burn Notice was long, with plenty of adventures/mishaps along the way. I never pictured myself hovering above Baghdad in a Blackhawk helicopter, facing a pack of wild dogs in Bulgaria, or playing an aging Elvis Presley with cancer on his penis - how can you predict this stuff? The sheer lunacy of show business is part of the fun for me and I hope you'll come along for the ride.

- Bruce "Don't Call Me Ash" Campbell

 

* Purchase includes ticket to Hail to the Chin! signing line! Ticket is not available with the purchase of Bruce's other titles.


Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way: A Novel Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780312312619
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 22nd, 2006

 

"This approach generates some of the most witty showbiz lunacy since" This Is Spinal Tap.""
---"Sacramento News & Review"

What you're reading right now is known as the "flap copy." This is where the 72,444 words of my latest book are cooked down to fit this space. But how does one do that? Do you reveal pivotal plot points like the one at the end of the book where the little girl on crutches points an accusing finger and shouts, "The killer is Mr. Potter"?
I have too much respect for you as an attention-deficient consumer to attempt such an obvious ruse. But let's not play games here. You picked up the book already, so you either: 
A. Know who I am 
B. Liked the cool smoking jacket I'm wearing on the cover
C. Have just discovered that the bookstore restroom is out of toilet paper 
Is it a sequel to my autobiography If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor? Sadly, no, which made it much harder to write. According to my publisher, I haven't "done" enough since 2001 to warrant another memoir. 
Is it an "autobiographical novel"? Yes. I'm the lead character in the story, and I'm a real person, and everything in the book actually happened, except for the stuff that didn't. 
The action revolves around my preparations for a pivotal role in the A-list relationship film Let's Make Love But my Homeric attempt to break through the glass ceiling of B-grade genre fare is hampered by a vengeful studio executive and a production that becomes infected by something called the "B movie virus," symptoms of which include excessive use of cheesy special effects, slapstick, and projectile vomiting. 
From a violent fistfight with a Buddhist to a life-altering stint in federal prison, this novel has it all. And if the 72,444 words are too time-consuming, there are lots and lots of cool graphics.
Regards, 
Bruce "Don't Call Me Ash" Campbell


If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780312291457
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Published: L.A. Weekly Books - August 24th, 2002

Okay, so at least you're interested enough to pick up this book and look inside. I think you and I are going to get along just fine.

Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor.

Am I supposed to know this guy? you think to yourself.

No, and that's exactly the point. Bookstores are chock full of household name actors and their high stakes shenanigans. I don't want to be a spoilsport, but we've all been down that road before.

Case in point: look to your left - see that Judy Garland book? You don't need that, you know plenty about her already - great voice, crappy life. Now look to your right at the Charlton Heston book. You don't need to cough up hard-earned dough for that either. You know his story too - great voice, crappy toupee.

The truth is that though you might not have a clue who I am, there are countless working stiffs like me out there, grinding away every day at the wheel of fortune.

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor is my first book, and I invite you to ride with me through the choppy waters of blue collar Hollywood.

Okay, so buy the damned book already and read like the wind

Best, 
Bruce Campbell

P.S. If the book sucks, at least there are gobs of pictures, and they're not crammed in the middle like all those other actor books.


Dr. Janina Scarlet & Vince Alvendia sign in San Diego

Harry Potter Therapy: An Unauthorized Self-Help Book from the Restricted Section Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781548107154
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 29th, 2017

Dear witch or wizard, Have you read and reread the "Harry Potter" books? Are you someone who can quote the movies by heart? Do you still ever wonder when you will get your acceptance letter into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Me too. As a diehard and proud Potterhead, my heart warms every time I hear the main theme music, "Hedwig's theme." Like many of you, I have been sorted on Pottermore (House Slytherin) and I have my wand (Willow, 10-inch unicorn hair) and robes. And for me, like for so many of you, the "Harry Potter" series has been life changing. I always wanted to write a book specific to Harry Potter, my favorite fandom, and one, which undoubtedly has influenced me, the most. I decided that I would like to write a self-help book for you, my fellow Harry Potter fans to help you better manage you anxiety, depression, trauma, insecurity, and other difficulties. I hope that you will join me on an enchanting exploration how "Harry Potter" series can help us heal and find the magic in our own lives. The proceeds of this book will be donated to mental health charities, such as Crisis Text Line and RAINN, as well as Lumos and the Good Samaritan organization


Superhero Therapy: Mindfulness Skills to Help Teens and Young Adults Deal with Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma Cover Image
By Janina Scarlet, Wellinton Alves (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781684030330
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Instant Help Publications - August 1st, 2017

Psychologist Scarlet and Marvel and DC Comics illustrator Alves join forces to offer teens a dynamic, illustrated introduction to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). With this fun, self-help guide, teens discover how to vanquish anxiety, depression, anger, or shame and become their own Superhero.


Zoë Quinn signs in San Diego



Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781610398084
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Published: PublicAffairs - September 5th, 2017

You've heard the stories about the dark side of the internet--hackers, #gamergate, anonymous mobs attacking an unlucky victim, and revenge porn--but they remain just that: stories. Surely these things would never happen to you.

 

Zoe Quinn used to feel the same way. She is a video game developer whose ex-boyfriend published a crazed blog post cobbled together from private information, half-truths, and outright fictions, along with a rallying cry to the online hordes to go after her. They answered in the form of a so-called movement known as #gamergate--they hacked her accounts; stole nude photos of her; harassed her family, friends, and colleagues; and threatened to rape and murder her. But instead of shrinking into silence as the online mobs wanted her to, she raised her voice and spoke out against this vicious online culture and for making the internet a safer place for everyone.

 

In the years since #gamergate, Quinn has helped thousands of people with her advocacy and online-abuse crisis resource Crash Override Network. From locking down victims' personal accounts to working with tech companies and lawmakers to inform policy, she has firsthand knowledge about every angle of online abuse, what powerful institutions are (and aren't) doing about it, and how we can protect our digital spaces and selves.

 

Crash Override offers an up-close look inside the controversy, threats, and social and cultural battles that started in the far corners of the internet and have since permeated our online lives. Through her story--as target and as activist--Quinn provides a human look at the ways the internet impacts our lives and culture, along with practical advice for keeping yourself and others safe online. 


Loren Rhoads signs in San Diego



199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780316438438
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 3rd, 2017

More than 3.5 million tourists flock to Paris's Pre Lachaise cemetery each year. They are lured there, and to many cemeteries around the world, by a combination of natural beauty, ornate tombstones and crypts, notable residents, vivid history, and even wildlife. Many also visit Mount Koya cemetery in Japan, where 10,000 lanterns illuminate the forest setting, or graveside in Oaxaca, Mexico to witness Day of the Dead fiestas. Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery has gorgeous night tours of the Southern Gothic tombstones under moss-covered trees that is one of the most popular draws of the city. 
199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die features these unforgettable cemeteries, along with 196 more, seen in more than 300 photographs. In this bucket list of travel musts, author Loren Rhoads, who hosts the popular Cemetery Travel blog, details the history and features that make each destination unique. Throughout will be profiles of famous people buried there, striking memorials by noted artists, and unusual elements, such as the hand carved wood grave markers in the Merry Cemetery in Romania.


No More Heroes: In the Wake of the Templars, Book Three Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781597808309
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Published: Night Shade Books - November 10th, 2015

The multi-species crew of the Veracity are enjoying some well-deserved R&R after informing the galaxy about spread of the time-bending Messiah drug. Now that the galaxy has been saved again, the crew begin to see each other in a new light.

 

Unfortunately, in the Veracity's wake lie a string of crimes - and someone has got to pay. Former assassin Raena Zacari is hauled back to the weapons-free pleasure planet Kai to answer charges of kidnapping, murder, and the theft of an Imperial-era diplomatic transport: the Veracity itself.

 

In the meantime, something is moving in the undersea city Raena destroyed on the Thallian homeworld. Has the worst mass-murderer the galaxy has ever known been cloned back from the dead? Can the Veracity's crew lay the ghosts to rest without Raena's lethal skills?

 

No More Heroes mixes courtroom science fiction with sweeping space opera that features aliens, androids, drug dealers, journalists, and free-running media hackers. Following The Dangerous Type and Kill By NumbersNo More Heroes is the final book in Loren Rhoads's epic trilogy.


Kill by Numbers: In the Wake of the Templars, Book Two Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781597808316
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Published: Night Shade Books - September 1st, 2015

Former assassin Raena Zacari thinks she's left the past behind. The Imperial torturer who trained her is dead; the human empire is disbanded; and she is finally free. But Raena is troubled by a series of nightmares that always seem to end with her shooting an ex-lover in the head. She needs to get her mind clear because there's a flaw in the most commonly used starship drive--and the band of media-obsessed pirates she's fallen in with is right at the heart of the controversy. With humanity scattered across the galaxy, she's going to have to rely on the alien crew members of the Veracity to help her put the pieces together. It doesn't help that the Templars--wiped out in a genetic plague while Raena was imprisoned--have left booby-trapped biotechnology scattered across the galaxy.


The Dangerous Type: In the Wake of the Templars, Book One Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781597808149
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Published: Night Shade Books - July 7th, 2015

Set in the wake of a galaxy wide war and the destruction of a human empire, The Dangerous Type follows the awakening of one of the galaxies most dangerous assassins and her quest for vengeance. Entombed for twenty years, Reana has been found and released. Thallian has been on the lam for the last fifteen years; a wanted war criminal whose entire family has been hunted down and murdered for their role in the galaxy wide genocide of the Templars. His name is the first on Reana's list, as he's the one that enslaved her, made her his assassin, and ultimate put her in a tomb. But Thallian is willing to risk everything--including his army of cloned sons--to capture her. Now it's a race to see who kills who first. Alternatively, Gaven has spent the last twenty years trying to forget about Reana, who he once saved and then lost to the clutches of Thallian. Reana's adopted sister, Ariel, has been running from the truth: the one about Reana, about her and Gavin, and doesn't know if she'll be able to face either of them. The Dangerous Type, a mix of military science fiction and an adventurous space opera that grabs you from the first pages and doesn't let go. Along with a supporting cast of smugglers, black market doctors, and other ner-do-wells sprawled across a galaxy brimming with alien life, The Dangerous Type is a fantastic beginning to Loren Roads' epic trilogy.


Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780963679468
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Published: Automatism Press - July 21st, 2017

Nearly every tourist destination has a graveyard. You go to Yosemite National Park: there’s a graveyard. You go to Maui: graveyards everywhere you look. The ArizonaMemorial in Pearl Harbor and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park: both graveyards. The #1 tourist destination in Michigan has three cemeteries. America’s best-preserved Gold Rush ghost town has five. Gettysburg is a National Park because it has a graveyard. Some graveyards are even tourist destinations in themselves: the Old Jewish Cemetery of Prague, the colonial burying grounds of Boston, and Kennedy’s eternal flame in Arlington National Cemetery. Jim Morrison’s grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery ranks in the top five tourist sites of Paris.

Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel contains 35 travel essays, which visit more than 50 cemeteries, churchyards, and gravesites across the globe. The second edition is updated for 2017. The paperback version includes an index.


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