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Keep Your Head to the Sky

Keep Your Head to the Sky
A Book

by Maurice White,Herb Powell

  • Publisher : Amistad
  • Release : 2016-06-07
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9780062329158
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Foreword by Steve Harvey and afterword by David Foster The Grammy-winning founder of the legendary pop/R&B/soul/funk/disco group tells his story and charts the rise of his legendary band in this sincere memoir that captures the heart and soul of an artist whose groundbreaking sound continues to influence music today. With its dynamic horns, contrasting vocals, and vivid stage shows, Earth, Wind & Fire was one of the most popular acts of the late twentieth century—the band “that changed the sound of black pop” (Rolling Stone)—and its music continues to inspire modern artists including Usher, Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green, and Outkast. At last, the band’s founder, Maurice White, shares the story of his success. Now in his seventies, White reflects on the great blessings music has brought to his life and the struggles he’s endured: his mother leaving him behind in Memphis when he was four; learning to play the drums with Booker T. Jones; moving to Chicago at eighteen and later Los Angeles after leaving the Ramsey Lewis Trio; forming EWF, only to have the original group fall apart; working with Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond; his diagnosis of Parkinson’s; and his final public performance with the group at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges. Keep Your Head to the Sky is an intimate, moving, and beautiful memoir from a man whose creativity and determination carried him to great success, and whose faith enabled him to savor every moment.

My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire

My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire
A Book

by Maurice White,Herb Powell

  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2016-09-13
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 0062329170
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Foreword by Steve Harvey and afterword by David Foster The Grammy-winning founder of the legendary pop/R&B/soul/funk/disco group tells his story and charts the rise of his legendary band in this sincere memoir that captures the heart and soul of an artist whose groundbreaking sound continues to influence music today. With its dynamic horns, contrasting vocals, and vivid stage shows, Earth, Wind & Fire was one of the most popular acts of the late twentieth century—the band “that changed the sound of black pop” (Rolling Stone)—and its music continues to inspire modern artists including Usher, Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green, and Outkast. At last, the band’s founder, Maurice White, shares the story of his success. Now in his seventies, White reflects on the great blessings music has brought to his life and the struggles he’s endured: his mother leaving him behind in Memphis when he was four; learning to play the drums with Booker T. Jones; moving to Chicago at eighteen and later Los Angeles after leaving the Ramsey Lewis Trio; forming EWF, only to have the original group fall apart; working with Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond; his diagnosis of Parkinson’s; and his final public performance with the group at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges. Keep Your Head to the Sky is an intimate, moving, and beautiful memoir from a man whose creativity and determination carried him to great success, and whose faith enabled him to savor every moment.

The Best of Earth, Wind and Fire

The Best of Earth, Wind and Fire
A Book

by Earth, Wind & Fire

  • Publisher : Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
  • Release : 1988
  • Pages : 87
  • ISBN : 9780793533237
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Includes 18 top hits by this soulful supergroup: After the Love Has Gone • Boogie Wonderland • Devotion • Fantasy • Getaway • Got to Get You into My Life • In the Stone • Let's Groove • Mighty Mighty • Reasons

The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Songbook

The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Songbook
A Book

by Wind & Fire Earth

  • Publisher : Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Release : 1989-01-01
  • Pages : 88
  • ISBN : 1495083713
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). Includes 18 top hits by this soulful supergroup arranged for piano, voice and guitar: After the Love Has Gone * Boogie Wonderland * Devotion * Fantasy * Getaway * Got to Get You into My Life * In the Stone * Let's Groove * Mighty Mighty * Reasons * September * Serpentine Fire * Shining Star * Sing a Song * System of Survival * Thinking of You * and more.

The Soundtrack of My Life

The Soundtrack of My Life
A Book

by Clive Davis

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2013-02-19
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN : 1476714800
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In The Soundtrack of My Life, music legend Clive Davis recounts an extraordinary five-decade career in the music business, while also telling a remarkable personal story of triumphs, disappointments, and encounters with some of the greatest musical artists of our time, including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, the Grateful Dead, Patti Smith, Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, and Alicia Keys. Orphaned in his teens, Davis earned a full scholarship to New York University and another to Harvard Law School. He served as General Counsel of Columbia Records and, in a totally unexpected stroke of fate, became head of the company overnight. More surprisingly, he learned he had “ears,” a rare ability to spot special talent and hit records. Those ears contributed to the success of three companies—Columbia, Arista, and J—where Davis dis­covered and developed more unique artists than anyone in the history of the music industry. What began on the grass at the Monterey Pop Festival with the signing of Janis Joplin has evolved into a lifelong passion and calling, spanning genres, including rock, pop, R&B, country, jazz fusion, and hip-hop. His is the imprimatur that has helped shape contemporary music and, over the years, our popular culture. The Soundtrack of My Life is an essential book for anyone interested in the story of popular music, the fascinating ups and downs of the music business, the alchemy of hits, and the dramatic life of a brilliant leader...and listener. It is a riveting read from beginning to end.

How Running Changed My Life

How Running Changed My Life
True Stories of the Power of Running

by Garth Battista

  • Publisher : Breakaway Books
  • Release : 2014-06-11
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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THE POWER OF RUNNING. Every runner knows this, and marvels at it, and finds it hard to wholly describe: Running will change your life. These four dozen essays capture the power of running to change and shape our existence, to elevate us, to inspire and strengthen us in all our pursuits. They were selected for the fine quality of their writing, the emotional strength of the stories, and for their narrative drama. Collectively they are motivational, inspirational, and instructive, thus making a fascinating book for dewy beginners and grizzled veterans alike. In this book are personal tales of running to quit drinking or drugs, to escape a bad marriage, to lose weight, running out grief, developing self-esteem, running for the sheer joy of it. A daughter finally bonds with her distant father when she wins a local race. A man diagnosed with a tumor in his lung runs his way back to health. A teenage girl living in a crack-infested neighborhood of the Bronx takes up running and finds her strength, and a good side of life. One man, viciously attacked on a remote beach in Africa and bleeding profusely, runs miles to safety, saving his own life. One woman’s story tells us, "Everything I need to know I learned from cross-country running." A Pakistani man, as an orphaned child, was introduced to running by a kind teacher—and went on to become a national caliber marathoner. They are all here—every type of runner, and running in all its physical and spiritual glory. This is a book to inspire anyone to go run, and love every miserable, glorious second of it. Garth Battista is the editor of The Runner’s Literary Companion.

Into Earth, Wind and Fire

Into Earth, Wind and Fire
Poems on Love and the Universal Elements

by Soar

  • Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
  • Release : 2013-07-18
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN : 3732216373
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Soar makes her literary debut with a book of poems about emotions and love. Using multiple layers of metaphor and simple to complex language, the author renders a soulful presentation of the merging of passion with the eternal universal elements into a final expression of love. As deep forests, energetic rivers, whirling winds, and sun-drenched skies--feelings are depicted in fine detail, following the universal cycle of birth, rise, climax and fall to find rebirth in the light of hope and wisdom. The message of “soul and love” emanating from every page is what the author identifies with, in her long, crystalline “course towards the deep blue sea of eternity” until she finds within herself the gems of the values she has been seeking. A book to read. A book to feel.

My Life in Lists

My Life in Lists
A Book

by Guy Browning

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2017-06-01
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 1473548195
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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1. Everyone loves a list 2. And this is a novel, told entirely in lists. 3. Have you ever wondered what your life might look like in little lists? 4. It might look something like this This funny, surprisingly moving novel follows the everyday life of our list-making hero, from the very first bullet points at 10, through school days, first crushes, teenage kisses and first dates, clumsy sexual encounters and university, early career, serious falling-in-love and marriage, kids, divorce, professional meltdown and resurrection, frightening online dating, and miraculous new love again, aged 50. If you read more lists than books, then this might just be the novel for you. For fans of Adrian Mole and Nick Hornby and readers of all ages, MY LIFE IN LISTS is a novel for the listicle generation, a book to tickle funny bones and move hearts in equal measure.

Night Moves: Pop Music in the Late '70s

Night Moves: Pop Music in the Late '70s
A Book

by Don Breithaupt,Jeff Breithaupt

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release : 2014-05-13
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 1466871385
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The late 1970s brought us an eclectic mix of popular music--everything from big hits (and even bigger hair) to cult favorites, along with the dawn of disco and punk, the coming of corporate rock, the rise of reggae and new wave, and some of the most progressive, inventive songwriting of the century. Whether you cranked up your radio for Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Supertramp, the Bee Gees, Talking Heads, Rickie Lee Jones, or Earth, Wind and Fire, you'll relive those heady days with this compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes account of the "Frampton years," an era when pop became very big business. It's all here, from ABBA to Zevon. Night Moves by Don Breithaupt and Jeff Breithaupt is a feisty, funny volume that will leave pop fans of every stripe feeling Reunited, Afternoon Delight-ed, and Still Crazy After All These Years.

Move On Up

Move On Up
Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power

by Aaron Cohen

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2019-09-25
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 022665317X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Chicago Tribune Book of 2019, Notable Chicago Reads A Booklist Top 10 Arts Book of 2019 A No Depression Top Music Book of 2019 Curtis Mayfield. The Chi-Lites. Chaka Khan. Chicago’s place in the history of soul music is rock solid. But for Chicagoans, soul music in its heyday from the 1960s to the 1980s was more than just a series of hits: it was a marker and a source of black empowerment. In Move On Up, Aaron Cohen tells the remarkable story of the explosion of soul music in Chicago. Together, soul music and black-owned businesses thrived. Record producers and song-writers broadcast optimism for black America’s future through their sophisticated, jazz-inspired productions for the Dells and many others. Curtis Mayfield boldly sang of uplift with unmistakable grooves like “We’re a Winner” and “I Plan to Stay a Believer.” Musicians like Phil Cohran and the Pharaohs used their music to voice Afrocentric philosophies that challenged racism and segregation, while Maurice White of Earth, Wind, and Fire and Chaka Khan created music that inspired black consciousness. Soul music also accompanied the rise of African American advertisers and the campaign of Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington, in 1983. This empowerment was set in stark relief by the social unrest roiling in Chicago and across the nation: as Chicago’s homegrown record labels produced rising stars singing songs of progress and freedom, Chicago’s black middle class faced limited economic opportunities and deep-seated segregation, all against a backdrop of nationwide deindustrialization. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews and a music critic’s passion for the unmistakable Chicago soul sound, Cohen shows us how soul music became the voice of inspiration and change for a city in turmoil.

Between Cliffs and Airports

Between Cliffs and Airports
Causality in life or a life full of coincidences…

by Maximiliano Mills

  • Publisher : ebooks del sur
  • Release : 2015-07-23
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9563512308
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Life in Football: My Autobiography

A Life in Football: My Autobiography
A Book

by Ian Wright

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2016-09-22
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 1472123573
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Wrighty's characteristic honesty means his book is far more engrossing than most bland football memoirs' Sunday Times Ian Wright, Arsenal legend, England striker and TV pundit extraordinaire, is one of the most interesting and relevant figures in modern football. His journey from a South London council estate to national treasure is everybody's dream. From Sunday morning football directly to Crystal Palace; from 'boring, boring Arsenal' to inside the Wenger Revolution; from Saturday afternoons on the pitch to Saturday evenings on primetime television; from a week in prison to inspiring youth offenders, Ian will reveal all about his extraordinary life and career. Ian will also frankly discuss how retirement affects footballers, why George Graham deserves a statue, social media, why music matters, breaking Arsenal's goal-scoring record, racism, the unadulterated joy of playing alongside Dennis Bergkamp and, of course, what he thinks of Tottenham. Not a standard footballer's autobiography, Ian Wright's memoir is a thoughtful and gripping insight into a Highbury Hero and one of the greatest sports stars of recent years.

Colorado Rocks!

Colorado Rocks!
A Half-century of Music in Colorado

by G. Brown

  • Publisher : Pruett Publishing
  • Release : 2004
  • Pages : 179
  • ISBN : 9780871089304
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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My Life: Everything but BUY THE BOOK

My Life: Everything but BUY THE BOOK
Part 1 of 2

by Scott Ludwig

  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release : 2013-08-19
  • Pages : 474
  • ISBN : 1491701331
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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To: Editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution I believe your newspaper has been missing something for the last two decades. In fact it was the original reason I became a loyal subscriber in the fi rst place: the thriceweekly columns of my all-time favorite writer, the late, great Lewis Grizzard. Trust me when I say that as a loyal University of Florida graduate it’s diffi cult for me to admit there is actually something good that came out of the University of Georgia, and that something would be Lewis Grizzard. Born and raised in nearby Moreland (I reside in Peachtree City, Georgia), Grizzard had a major influence on my writing style. This is my sixth self-published book; one of them sold so well a publisher came a-calling tobuy the rights to it. Now I’d like to take my writing to the next level. That’s where you come in. Consider this book as both my job application and resume for a position on your editorial staff. Everything here on the back cover is my cover letter to you. I leave you with one simple question: When do I start?

Rock Stars Stole my Life!

Rock Stars Stole my Life!
A Big Bad Love Affair with Music

by Mark Ellen

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2014-05-08
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1444775529
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'The book is f***ing BRILLIANT! Just arrived NYC and wanked myself laughing. Literally tears. Irritated looks all around. What a great writer you are. It's a classic. You absolutely got the whole shite early 70s thing down precisely as it was. Names, smells, sounds, looks, the food, drink, girls, boys! Mega! Well done.' - Bob Geldof In a sodden tent at a '70s festival, the teenage Mark Ellen had a dream. He dreamt that music was a rich meadow of possibility, a liberating leap to a sparkling future, an industry of human happiness - and he wanted to be part of it. Thus began his 50-year love affair with rock and roll. From his time at the NME, Radio One, The Old Grey Whistle Test and Live aid, he has been at the molten core of pop's evolution, and watched its key figures from a unique perspective. This funny and touching personal memoir maps out his eventful journey in rock and roll. It tells stories and settles scores. It charts the peaks and disappointments. It flags up surprising heroes and barbecues the dull and self-deluded. It puts a chaotic world to rights and pours petrol on the embers of a glorious industry now in spiraling decline. For more exclusive pictures visit www.rockstarsstolemylife.com

My Life: Cursed or Blessed?

My Life: Cursed or Blessed?
A Book

by Karla Johnson

  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release : 2013-04-24
  • Pages : 482
  • ISBN : 1475979029
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Graduated High School in 1971, three months pregnant. I left my mother’s house with my Fiancé. The only thing I took with me were the clothes on my back, the things I read in books, the things my Grandmother taught me which mainly involved cooking and cleaning, the Bible quotes and old folks tales my Grandmother used to say over and over, the few things my mother taught me during her brief and few periods of time into my life, and also a very special gift from God, which was the ability to play any musical instrument I chose to play. I thought I was grown and knew everything. What I didn't know was although I was very smart, I was also very naive. I got married in 1972 and had another baby in 1974. I worked for a police department from 1977 to 1985. I was in the Army National Guard from 1979 to 1985. So many unbelievable things happened to me during that time, both good and bad. So many more bad things happened than good that I started to think my life was cursed for some reason. It started to happen so much that finally I did not want to live any longer.

The Time of My Life

The Time of My Life
A Book

by Patrick Swayze,Lisa Niemi

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2009-10-01
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 184737820X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In January 2008, movie star Patrick Swayze was given the worst news of his life. What he hoped was just a stomach ache was actually stage four pancreatic cancer, a diagnosis that is fatal within a year for 79% of the people to whom it is given. Remarkably, Patrick is not just alive a year later but continuing his treatment, and responding well. But this book isn't just the story of Patrick's fight against cancer. In the public eye from the early 1980s, this is the story of a remarkable life and career. Intended as a low budget, straight-to-video production, Dirty Dancingbecame a cult hit and remains one of the most enduring films of the 80s. Ghost cemented Patrick as a hugely bankable star, in a role that has had a considerable cultural impact. Most recently Patrick has returned to the public's adoring arms in TV's The Beast. This book will chronicle Patrick's personal life as well -- including his treatment for alcoholism following the death of his father and sister's sudden death. What has remained a constant in Patrick's life is his marriage and Patrick and Lisa's love story is inspiring, honest, heartfelt and transcends the typical celebrity marriage. This is a book that anyone who has faced cancer or a terminal illness can turn to: Lisa and Patrick have shown the world that cancer isn't just a diagnosis given to one individual, but a disease that can bring a household together or pull a family apart. Bold, honest and inspiring, Patrick Swayze's memoir is the story of a remarkable man's life and career and of his refusal to give in.

Hope Springs Eternal

Hope Springs Eternal
A Book

by Armando

  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release : 2018-12-22
  • Pages : 166
  • ISBN : 1984573187
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The message here is if you’re worried about being taken advantage of, go to God, do what you do for him, let it be about him. As a Christian, the biggest win that can come out of all this is someone eventually saying that they want to give their life to Christ because of you, because of your kindness, your generosity, your heart, the example you set.

My Life in the Purple Kingdom

My Life in the Purple Kingdom
A Book

by BrownMark

  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Release : 2020-09-22
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 1452963576
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the young Black teenager who built a bass guitar in woodshop to the musician building a solo career with Motown Records—Prince’s bassist BrownMark on growing up in Minneapolis, joining Prince and The Revolution, and his life in the purple kingdom In the summer of 1981, Mark Brown was a teenager working at a 7-11 store when he wasn’t rehearsing with his high school band, Phantasy. Come fall, Brown, now called BrownMark, was onstage with Prince at the Los Angeles Coliseum, opening for the Rolling Stones in front of 90,000 people. My Life in the Purple Kingdom is BrownMark’s memoir of coming of age in the musical orbit of one of the most visionary artists of his generation. Raw, wry, real, this book takes us from his musical awakening as a boy in Minneapolis to the cold call from Prince at nineteen, from touring the world with The Revolution and performing in Purple Rain to inking his own contract with Motown. BrownMark’s story is that of a hometown kid, living for sunny days when his transistor would pick up KUXL, a solar-powered, shut-down-at-sundown station that was the only one that played R&B music in Minneapolis in 1968. But once he took up the bass guitar—and never looked back—he entered a whole new realm, and, literally at the right hand of Twin Cities musical royalty, he joined the funk revolution that integrated the Minneapolis music scene and catapulted him onto the international stage. BrownMark describes how his funky stylings earned him a reputation (leading to Prince’s call) and how he and Prince first played together at that night’s sudden audition—and never really stopped. He takes us behind the scenes as few can, into the confusing emotional and professional life among the denizens of Paisley Park, and offers a rare, intimate look into music at the heady heights that his childhood self could never have imagined. An inspiring memoir of making it against stacked odds, experiencing extreme highs and lows of success and pain, and breaking racial barriers, My Life in the Purple Kingdom is also the story of a young man learning his craft and honing his skill like any musician, but in a world like no other and in a way that only BrownMark could tell it.

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
The History of the Disc Jockey

by Bill Brewster,Frank Broughton

  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Release : 2014-05-13
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 0802194362
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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“A riveting look at record spinning from its beginnings to the present day . . . A grander and more fascinating story than one would think” (Time Out). This is the first comprehensive history of the disc jockey, a cult classic now updated with five new chapters and over a hundred pages of additional material. It’s the definitive account of DJ culture, from the first record played over airwaves to house, hip-hop, techno, and beyond. From the early development of recorded and transmitted sound, DJs have been shaping the way we listen to music and the record industry. This book tracks down the inside story on some of music’s most memorable moments. Focusing on the club DJ, the book gets first-hand accounts of the births of disco, hip-hop, house, and techno. Visiting legendary clubs like the Peppermint Lounge, Cheetah, the Loft, Sound Factory, and Ministry of Sound, and with interviews with legendary DJs, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life is a lively and entertaining account of musical history and some of the most legendary parties of the century. “Brewster and Broughton’s ardent history is one of barriers and sonic booms, spanning almost 100 years, including nods to pioneers Christopher Stone, Martin Block, Douglas ‘Jocko’ Henderson, Bob ‘Wolfman Jack’ Smith and Alan ‘Moondog’ Freed.” —Publishers Weekly