Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment

By Anita Elberse

Why the way forward for pop culture will revolve round ever higher bets on leisure items, by way of considered one of Harvard company School's preferred professors

What's at the back of the outstanding luck of leisure companies resembling Warner Bros., surprise leisure, and the NFL―along with such stars as Jay-Z, woman Gaga, and LeBron James? Which suggestions supply leaders in movie, tv, song, publishing, and activities an area over their rivals?

Anita Elberse, Harvard enterprise School's specialist at the leisure undefined, has performed pioneering learn at the worlds of media and activities for greater than a decade. Now, during this groundbreaking booklet, she explains a robust fact in regards to the fiercely aggressive international of leisure: development a company round blockbuster products―the video clips, tv indicates, songs, and books which are highly pricey to provide and market―is the most useful route to long term luck. alongside the way in which, she unearths why leisure executives usually spend outrageous quantities of cash looking for the subsequent blockbuster, why superstars are paid unbelievable sums, and the way electronic applied sciences are reworking the leisure landscape.

Full of inside of tales rising from Elberse's exceptional entry to a couple of the world's such a lot winning leisure manufacturers, Blockbusters is destined to turn into required studying for a person looking to know the way the leisure relatively works―and how one can navigate ultra-modern high-stakes enterprise global at large.

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Voodoo Tales (The Ghost Stories of Henry S Whitehead)

By David Stuart Davies, Henry S. Whitehead

And at the back of him, like a misshapen black frog, bounded the object, its purple tongue lolling out of its gash of a mouth, its diminutive blubbery lips drawn again in a murderous snarl...'

Let Henry S. Whitehead take you into the mysterious and macabre international of voodoo the place beasts invade the brain of guy and the place lives of the dwelling are racked by way of the spirits of the lifeless. during this number of infrequent and out of print tales you are going to come across the curses of the nice Guinea-Snake, the Sheen, the weredog whose very contact potential convinced loss of life, the curious story of the 'magicked' replicate, and fiendish manikins who make existence a dwelling hell. incorporated during this pageant of shivering worry is the striking narrative 'Williamson' which each editor who learn the tale shied clear of publishing.

With misleading simplicity and chilling realism, Whitehead's Voodoo stories are among the main scary ever written.

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Two Tears in a Bucket

By Traci Bee

Betrayed by means of her chilly, callous mom and abused via her alcoholic stepfather, eighteen-year-old Simone Woodard is kicked out of the home like a bag of trash and left to outlive on her personal. whereas suffering to create a lifestyles for herself, her good looks and innocence captivate Kevin Kennard, a good-looking, hazel-eyed felon with an habit to all issues unlawful. For the 1st time in Kevin's existence, true love has him rethinking his felony direction. however the motion in the street refuses to take a backseat and pull Kevin into his worse nightmare.

Simone's international crumbles yet an not going best friend refuses to permit her to wallow in self-pity. Slowly, she turns into the total, robust lady she used to be destined to be. yet is her newfound power adequate to get her via life's brutal unpredictability?

Two Tears in a Bucket
is a soulful novel that reminds us how robust and lasting the bonds of affection might be, even one of the harsh realities of city existence.

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Czas Pogardy

By Andrzej Sapkowski

Tom drugi sagi o wiedźminie

Świat Ciri i wiedźmina ogarniają płomienie. Nilfgaard najeżdża na sprzymierzone królestwa. Czy spełni się złowroga przepowiednia? Ta proza pójdzie dalej w świat, już tam wystartowała. Odwołuje się przecież do tęsknot, emocji i wartości wspólnych; w swojej klasie jest znakomita i niepowtarzalna...


Chandler zrobił z kryminału maralitet, powiść psychologiczną. Sapkowski podobnie - z opowieści o walkach ze smokami stworzył literaturę najwyższej klasy.

'Życie Warszawy'

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Waiting for Normal

By Leslie Connor

Addie is anticipating basic. yet Addie's mom has an all-or-nothing way of living: a foodstuff fiesta or an empty pantry, her approach or no means. All-or-nothing by no means provides as much as common, and it cannot convey Addie all to domestic, the place she desires to be together with her part sisters. yet Addie by no means stops hoping that someday, probably, she'll locate normal.

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More Than It Hurts You: A Novel

By Darin Strauss

Read Darin Strauss's posts at the Penguin Blog

Josh Goldin's satisfied but unexamined lifestyles is shattered one morning whilst his spouse, Dori, rushes their eight-month- outdated son to the emergency room in critical misery. Dr. Darlene Stokes, an African-American medical professional and unmarried mom, suspects Munchausen by means of proxy, a hardly clinically determined and arguable phenomenon the place a mom deliberately harms her child. As each one of them is compelled to confront a fact that has turn into a nightmare, Darlene, Dori, and Josh are driven to their breaking points.

Darin Strauss's impressive novel is determined in an international grew to become upside down-where medical professionals attempt to store infants from their mom and dad, police use the legislations to rip households aside, and the folks you're thinking that you recognize most sensible turn out amazing you the main.

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Sons of Fortune (Stevenson Family Saga)

By Malcolm Macdonald

The gripping 3rd novel within the vintage Stevenson relatives saga from epic grasp Malcolm Macdonald

After a dizzying upward push packed with ambition and fervour, the Stevensons are actually one of many richest households on the planet. John, recalling his lowly previous, desires his young children to obey to the letter and not placed a foot unsuitable. yet his 4 eldest young ones, younger John, Winifred, Caspar, and Abigail, have rules in their personal. As they try out the enticements of the grownup international, the trap of revenue and enjoyment brings the chance of catastrophe and shame, and the tensions threaten to tug the kinfolk apart...

The 3rd novel within the vintage Stevenson kin saga, Sons of Fortune is the epic tale of a Victorian family members on the peak of wealth and tool, and the alternatives and possibilities that pose the final word chance to their happiness and bond.

"Love and historical past as a residing unfolding landscape of Dickensian power."-Cleveland simple Dealer

" the simplest kinfolk saga tradition."-Publishers Weekly

"Intense drama...the so much accomplished novel the writer has written."-Spring box information and Leader

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The Woman in the Photograph

By Dana Gynther

Set within the romantic glow of Nineteen Twenties Paris, a charming novel of latest York socialite and version Lee Miller, whose glamorous seems to be and joie de vivre stuck the attention of guy Ray, one of many 20th century’s defining photographers.

1929, Montparnasse. version and lady approximately city Lee Miller strikes to Paris made up our minds to make herself recognized amidst the giddy circle of celebrated artists, authors, and photographers presently preserving court docket within the urban. She seeks out the fascinating, charismatic artist guy Ray to develop into his assistant yet quickly turns into even more than that: his version, his lover, his muse.

Coming into her personal extra totally on a daily basis, Lee types, starts off engaged on her personal tasks, or even stars in a movie, upsetting the jealousy of the older and possessive guy Ray. consuming and carousing is the order of the day, yet whereas hobnobbing with the likes of Picasso and Charlie Chaplin, she additionally falls in love with the artwork of images and unearths that her personal imaginative and prescient can now not come moment to her mentor’s.

The lady within the photo is the richly drawn, tempestuous novel a few proficient and fearless younger girl stuck up in a single of the main attention-grabbing instances of the 20th century.

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