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B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-B

B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-B

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What kind of collection could possibly find common ground among The Son of Kong, Platoon, and Pink Flamingos? What kind of fevered minds could conceive of such a list? What are the unheard-of qualities that tie them all together?
BR> The answers: This book. The National Society of Film Critics. And the far-reaching enticements of the B movie itself.
BR> Once the B movie was the Hollywood stepchild, the underbelly of the double feature. Today it is a more inclusive category, embracing films that fall outside the mainstream by dint of their budgets, their visions, their grit, and occasionally -- sometimes essentially -- their lack of what the culture cops call good taste.
BR> The films in The B List are offbeat, unpredictable, and decidedly idiosyncratic. And that's why we love them.
Baby

Baby

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BABY: A Soppy Story focuses on the small, everyday moments of parenthood. From dreaming about the future baby and making plans, to actually being there with a real baby and bumbling through each precious day.

From a #1 New York Times best-selling graphic novelist comes BABY, a collection of all new comics and illustrations about the small, intimate moments of a couple expecting their first baby. In this sequel to Soppy: A Love Story, the couple experience many heartwarming moments, as well as challenges, while planning to have a baby, going through pregnancy, childbirth, and caring for a newborn.

Baby Boom

Baby Boom

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P.J. O'Rourke began writing funny things in 1960s "underground" newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world's only trouble spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other "Holidays in Hell" in more than 40 countries.
Now O'Rourke, born at the peak of the Baby Boom, turns his keen eye on himself and his 75 million accomplices in making America what it is today. With laughter as an analytical tool, he uses his own very average, if sometimes uproarious experiences as a key to his exceptional age cohort. He writes about the way the post-war generation somehow came of age by never quite growing up and created a better society by turning society upside down.
THE BABY BOOM: How it Got That Way... And It Wasn't My Fault... And I'll Never Do It Again is at once a social history, a group memoir of collectively impaired memory, a hilarious attempt to understand his generation's messy hilarity, and a celebration of the mess the Baby Boom has made.
Baby Do My Banking

Baby Do My Banking

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Are you a parent? Have your finances become a chore? Perhaps you should hand over those onerous fiscal responsibilities to someone with a little more time on their hands: your child. Let them wait in line at the bank. What else have they got to do? Thanks, Baby!
Baby Fix My Car

Baby Fix My Car

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Too many of us allow our infant sons and daughters to lay about idly--napping, drinking milk and sometimes turning over. Why not put them to work? Their small hands are perfect for those hard to reach plugs and caps found under car hoods. This instructional board book teaches your infant to be useful, at long last.

Watch your tots enjoy the shapes and colors, all the while learning how to change oil. Fabulous!

Baby Get Me Some Lovin'

Baby Get Me Some Lovin'

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If you're a new parent, you know how hard it is to get quality alone time with your partner. Instead of blaming the kid, put him to work! This handy manual will teach your baby how to set the mood for an intimate evening (and then make himself scarce -- thanks, baby!) Baby Get Me Some Lovin' is essential for expectant parents, harried mothers, tired fathers, and overly involved grandparents.
Baby on Board Mad Libs

Baby on Board Mad Libs

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Baby on Board Mad Libs features 21 original stories all about pregnancy and new babies. With 48 pages of fun, it makes the perfect baby shower gift or activity!
Baby Plan My Wedding

Baby Plan My Wedding

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Are your nuptials on the horizon? Why not use the baby as a wedding planner? After all, finding a caterer or booking a band isn't rocket science, and your little one is so much cheaper than hiring a professional. Watch her enjoy the shapes and colors, all while learning how to plan a wedding -- fabulous!
Baby, Make Me Breakfast

Baby, Make Me Breakfast

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Little ones learn to help out around the house with this humorous book from McSweeney's new Irregulars series.

Many people are parents, and many parents get hungry. It's time to show those infants how to concoct a simple breakfast! This instructional board book teaches precious little angels to be useful, at long last. It's a delicious way to start the day. Thanks, Baby!

Baby, Mix Me a Drink

Baby, Mix Me a Drink

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Many people are parents, and many parents are thirsty. Yet too many parents allow their infant sons and daughters to lie about idly: napping, drinking milk, and whatnot. Why not put them to work? Observe how tots enjoy the shapes and colors, all the while learning how to mix a variety of basic cocktails. Thanks, Baby!
Babys First Hashtag

Babys First Hashtag

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G is for #gluten, which Mom says is bad.

H is for #hipster, just look at your Dad.

With twenty-six Instagram-style photos accompanied by sharp and witty rhyming couplets, this sturdy abecedarian board book is baby's first glimpse at the world they will one day grow up to inhabit--a world of hashtags, memes, manbuns, quinoa and organically sourced plaid. Forget learning to count or differentiating between farm animals--what modern babies really need to develop is a strong sense of irony. And E is for #eyeglasses, prescription or fake.

Like the wildly popular publishing phenomenon Go the F*** to Sleep, this book is not really for tots (though they will still find the glossy cardboard pages a satisfying chew). Instead, Baby's First Hashtag makes a perfect shower gift to amuse soon-to-be and new parents as they make the painful-yet-rewarding transition from skinny jeans and flights of craft beer to burp cloths and puréed yams.

Bachelor Party Mad Libs

Bachelor Party Mad Libs

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Bachelor Party Mad Libs features 21 hilarious stories all about a guy's last hurrah before he takes the big plunge! This makes a great gift for all the almost-married guys in your life or an excellent bachelor party activity.
Bachelorette Bash Mad Libs

Bachelorette Bash Mad Libs

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Bachelorette Bash Mad Libs includes 21 hilarious stories all about a girl's last night as a single lady! At only $4.99, this makes a great gift for all the almost-married girls in your life or an excellent bachelorette party activity.
Backstage with Beth and Trina: A Scratch-And-Sniff Adventure

Backstage with Beth and Trina: A Scratch-And-Sniff Adventure

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Join Beth and Trina, two (slightly trashy) rocker chicks, as they go to rock concerts, drink and smoke way too much, and even hook-up with the band! This book features a scratch and sniff sticker on each spread so that the reader can experience the smelly bar that Beth and Trina visit, and the even smellier men that they meet.
Backwards and in Heels

Backwards and in Heels

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Women in Filmmaking and Their Struggle Against Bias

After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels -Ann Richards

#1 Bestseller in Acting & Auditioning, Performing Arts, and Guides & Reviews

Women in filmmaking since the beginning. Women have been instrumental in the success of American cinema since its very beginning. One of the first people to ever pick up a motion picture camera was a woman; as was the first screenwriter to win two Academy Awards, the inventor of the boom microphone, and the first person to be credited with the title Film Editor. Throughout the history of Hollywood, women have been revolutionizing, innovating, and shaping filmmaking. Yet their stories are rarely shared. This is what film reporter Alicia Malone wants to change.

The first female directors. Backwards & In Heels tells the history of women in film in a different way, with stories about incredible women who made their mark in each Hollywood era. Every story is inspiring, detailing the accomplishments of extraordinary women and the obstacles they faced. Backwards & In Heels combines research and exclusive interviews with influential women and men working in Hollywood today, including Geena Davis, J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Octavia Spencer, America Ferrera, Paul Feig, and many more; as well as film professors, historians and experts.

Time to level the playing field. Think of Backwards & In Heels as a guidebook, your entry into the complex world of women in film. Join Alicia Malone as she champions Hollywood women of the past and present and looks to the future.

Learn little known facts about:

  • The first females in film direction
  • Iconic movie stars
  • Present day activists
  • If you enjoyed books such as Renegade Women in Film and TV or The Purple Diaries, you'll love Alicia Malone's Backwards & In Heels. Also, don't miss Alicia's #1 Bestseller in Movies & Video Guides & Reviews, The Female Gaze: Essential Movies Made by Women.

    Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars and More Dynamite Devices

    Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars and More Dynamite Devices

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    Ordinary folks can construct 13 awesome ballistic devices in their garage or basement workshops using inexpensive household or hardware store materials and this step-by-step guide. Clear instructions, diagrams, and photographs show how to build projects ranging from the simple a match-powered rocket to the more complex a scale-model, table-top catapult to the offbeat a tennis ball cannon. With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives tips on troubleshooting, explains the physics behind the projects, and profiles scientists and extraordinary experimenters such as Alfred Nobel, Robert Goddard, and Isaac Newton. This book will be indispensable for the legions of backyard toy-rocket launchers and fireworks fanatics who wish every day was the fourth of July.
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    Bad Book

    Bad Book

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    In the world of kawaii (Japanese cute), little kitties, pandas, bunnies and the like are standard fare, but who ever heard of The Bad Buy, The Liar, or The Thief? Aranzi Aranzo takes the notorious cuteness of Japanese crafts and takes them to the next level with The Bad Book, full of mischief and fun! Each comics vignette acts as a companion guide to creatures they will teach you to make in easy steps that require little more than thread, needle and fabric!
    Bad Cat: 244 Not-so-Pretty Kitties and Cats Gone Bad

    Bad Cat: 244 Not-so-Pretty Kitties and Cats Gone Bad

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    Not since Kliban has there been a cat book this edgy. Edgy as in Bosco, the demonic Siamese with the out-of-focus eyes, razor-sharp fangs, and his own idea of Feng Shui. Or the half-shaved freak named Mr. Fliegel, who looks like a cross between a poodle and a lion. Mr. Fliegel shrugs and says, Chicks dig me. Or Kato, resplendent in his Three Musketeers outfit: One for all, blah blah blah . . . now just get me out of this @#%&ing costume! Or Clark, whose hobby is eating other cats' food. Tina, who somehow always just misses the litter box . . . sucker. And the guilty-looking Clarence, caught with a Barbie doll in flagrante delicto. Clarence's defiant defense: She was naked when I came in. . . .

    Just as Kliban got us to think about the cat as something far more interesting than an innocuous house pet, and Suzy Becker taught us that cats possess a Buddha-like wisdom (together Cat and All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat have more than 2.6 million copies in print), Jim Edgar reveals yet another facet of the ever-mesmerizing animal. Brooding, deranged, antisocial, these are kitties with attitude and borderline personality problems--ah, but what hilarious fun it is to read about them. All 244 photographed in terrifying full color in their most unflattering moments, with a quote plus vital stats: name, breed, age, and hobby. Get to know them. Then see if you can ever forget them.