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Bestsellers of '99

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1.
Our Dumb Century : The Onion Presents 100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source
by The Onion, et al

Three Rivers Pr
Paperback - 164 pages
(April 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Every Wednesday, work at Amazon.com--along with just about every other company connected to the fantastical "information superhighway" invented by Vice President Al Gore and actress Hedy Lamarr--grinds to a halt as employees hasten to read the latest issue of The Onion, America's most popular... Read more

 


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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Darth Maul Cover)
by Terry Brooks

Ballantine Books (Mm)
Hardcover - 352 pages

(May 2, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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When casting about for an author to novelize the script for The Phantom Menace--the first in a series of three prequels to the eternally popular Star Wars saga--it's no surprise that creator George Lucas called on Terry Brooks to novelize the biggest science fiction movie of all time. After all,... Read more

 


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The Blair Witch Project
by Dave Stern

Onyx Books
Paperback - 191 pages
(September 1999)
(August 6, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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In the fall of 1994, three student filmmakers, Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael Williams, ventured into the Black Hills of Maryland to investigate the legend of the Blair Witch. They never returned and to this day are still considered missing. However, one year after their disappearance,... Read more

 


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Cinderella Story : My Life in Golf
by Bill Murray, George Peper

Doubleday
Hardcover - 211 pages
1 Ed edition (June 1999)


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3 out of 5 stars
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To many, Bill Murray is the star of movies like Ghostbusters (reissued with certain scenes deleted and a Mystery Science Theatre-style commentary in 1999). But to golf aficionados, Murray is the clown in godawful "Hee-Haw-aiian" golf garb who plays shamelessly to the crowds at charity tee-offs from... Read more

 


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Wake Up, I'm Fat!
by Camryn Manheim, Rosie O'Donnell

Broadway Books
Hardcover - 289 pages
(June 1999)
(May 11, 1999)

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5 out of 5 stars
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You already know Camryn Manheim can act. She won the Emmy Award as the don't-mess-with-me attorney Ellenor Frutt on The Practice. Manheim made the ceremony itself entertaining by hoisting her trophy and hollering, "This is for all the fat girls!"

But can she write? Yes. This memoir is by turns funny... Read more

 


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Careless Love : The Unmaking of Elvis Presley
by Peter Guralnick, Peter Gurainick

Little Brown & Company
Hardcover - 767 pages
(January 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Until Peter Guralnick came out with Last Train to Memphis in 1994, most biographies of Elvis Presley--especially those written by people with varying degrees of access to his "inner circle"--were filled with starstruck adulation, and those that weren't in awe of their subject invariably went out of... Read more

 


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Little Green Men
by Christopher Buckley

Random House
Hardcover - 300 pages
(April 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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In Christopher Buckley's hilarious fourth novel, Washington, D.C., is naturally enough a place of sex, lies, and videotape. Unfortunately for Little Green Men's pundit protagonist, John Oliver Banion, it is also the HQ of Majestic Twelve, a very, very covert government project. Since "that golden... Read more

 


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Why Not Me? : The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency
by Al Franken

Delacorte Pr
Hardcover - 289 pages
(February 1999)
(January 12, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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In this hilarious political satire, Al Franken reveals how, by focusing relentlessly on the issue of ATM fees, he managed to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination away from Vice President Al Gore in the 2000 elections and become the 44th president of the United States. He then wound up... Read more

 


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The Million Dollar Mermaid
by Esther Williams, Digby Diehl (Contributor)

Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 416 pages
(September 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Her big movies are hard to find these days, and her name doesn't evoke the fan recognition awarded fellow MGM grads Lana Turner and Ava Gardner, yet for more than a decade during Hollywood's age d'or Esther Williams was one of the studio's most bankable leading ladies. An American beauty and... Read more

 


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Naked
by David Sedaris

Little Brown & Co (Pap)
Paperback - 291 pages
Reprint edition (June 1998)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Comedians, even prose comedians, are always thick on the ground. But the comedian who can make you laugh in that explosive, euphoric, tear-inducing way is a rare quantity, and David Sedaris is certainly one of them. The pieces collected in Naked are, according to the author, autobiographical. If so,... Read more

 


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Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
by Robert McKee

Harpercollins
Hardcover - 480 pages
1 Ed edition (October 1997)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Writing for the screen is quirky business. A writer must labor meticulously over his or her prose, yet very little of that prose is ever heard by filmgoers. The few words that do reach the audience, in the form of the characters' dialogue, are, according to Robert McKee, best left to last in the... Read more

 


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1999 Leonard Maltin Movie/Video Guide
by Leonard Maltin(Introduction)

BOOKS (AC)
Paperback - 1632 pages
(November 1998)


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3 out of 5 stars
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If you buy only one film book in your life, this should be it. Maltin is the filmgoer's guide--the most compact, intelligent, and informative reference available. Alphabetized by title, each of its more than 19,000 entries lists year of release, running time, director, principal cast, and... Read more

 


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The Star Wars Encyclopedia
by Stephen J. Sansweet, Timothy Zahn (Introduction)

Ballantine Books (T)
Hardcover - 354 pages
(November 1998)
(October 6, 1999)

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Since 1977, the Star Wars universe, conceived by George Lucas, has been explored by authors and artists eager to build on the foundation laid by the blockbuster movies. The Star Wars Encyclopedia is the essential guide to every detail of the history, planets, vehicles, politics, aliens, and weapons... Read more

 


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Been There, Done That
by Eddie Fisher, David Fisher (Contributor)

St Martins Pr (Trade)
Hardcover - 341 pages
(September 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Who would've thought that Eddie Fisher, cheesy pop singer, pipsqueak Mouseketeer to the Rat Pack, speed freak and coke fool, AWOL daddy, discarded Liz Taylor boy toy, and husband from hell could pen a memoir as entertaining as his talented daughter Carrie's? Granted, he has the help of... Read more

 


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The Writer's Journey : Mythic Structure for Writers
by Christopher Vogler

Michael Wiese Productions
Paperback - 326 pages
2nd edition (November 1998)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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At the beginning of The Writer's Journey, Christopher Vogler asserts that "all stories consist of a few common structural elements found universally in myths, fairy tales, dreams, and movies." Some may be hard-pressed to accept this idea (and will wonder how storytellers from Homer to Shakespeare to... Read more

 


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Shakespeare in Love : A Screenplay
by Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard

Hyperion (J)
Paperback - 169 pages
(March 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Tom Stoppard has always had an ear for the Bard, stretching back to his surreal and hilarious early plays Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Dogg's Hamlet, and Cahoots Macbeth. For those who have already seen the film Shakespeare in Love, this screenplay offers a chance to savor Stoppard's... Read more

 


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The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script
by David Trottier

Silman-James Press
Paperback - 314 pages
3rd edition (August 1998)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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How does a spec script differ from a shooting script? What kind of fasteners should one use to bind a script? How did the term MOS come to mean without sound? You'll find the answers to these pressing questions and much more in David Trottier's eminently usable Screenwriter's Bible. The avuncular... Read more

 


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Film Directing Shot by Shot : Visualizing from Concept to Screen
by Steven D. Katz

Focal Press
Paperback - 366 pages
(July 1991)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Film Directing Shot by Shot offers a good introduction to the rudiments of film production. Steven D. Katz walks his readers through the various stages of moviemaking, advising them at every turn to visualize the films they wish to produce. Katz believes that one of the chief tasks of filmmaking is... Read more

 


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Dave Barry Turns 50
by Dave Barry

Crown Pub
Hardcover - 219 pages
1 Ed edition (October 1998)


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4 out of 5 stars
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"Many bad things happen when you turn 50. You can't see; you can't hear; you can read the entire Oxford English Dictionary in the time it takes you to go to the bathroom; and you keep meeting people your own age who look like Grandpa Walton (and those are the women)." Yep, Dave Barry is getting old,... Read more

 


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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls : How the Sex-Drugs-And-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
by Peter Biskind

Simon & Schuster
Paperback - 512 pages
1 touchsto edition (April 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Not only is Peter Biskind's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls the best book in recent memory on turn-of-the-'70s film, it is beyond question the best book we'll ever get on the subject. Why? Because once the big names who spilled the beans to Biskind find out that other people spilled an equally piquant... Read more

 


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Letters from a Nut
by Ted L. Nancy, Jerry Seinfeld (Introduction)

Avon Books (Trd)
Hardcover - 224 pages
1 Ed edition (June 1997)
(October 5, 1999)

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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GOING POSTAL! What if you wrote to the Baseball Hall of Fame offering to donate a full set of Mickey Mantle's toenail clippings? Why, they'd be glad to have 'em--even if you are "a Level 4 bed-wetter." Cooperstown is only one of many institutions terrorized in Letters From a Nut, a... Read more

 


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Pure Drivel
by Steve Martin

Hyperion (J)
Hardcover - 104 pages
1 Ed edition (September 1998)
(September 16, 1998)

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Steve Martin has always been one of the most intelligent of comedians (you won't find Adam Sandler writing a play about Einstein and Picasso anytime soon), but this intelligence is manifested in gymnastically absurdist flights of fancy, rather than the politically informed riffs typical of... Read more

 


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Naked Pictures of Famous People
by Jon Stewart

Rob Weisbach Book
Hardcover - 159 pages
(October 1998)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Sometimes it seems like every standup comedian worth his or her salt just has to do the book thing, and you might feel that yet another warmed-over stage routine is the last thing you need taking up valuable bookshelf space. Jon Stewart's book will come as an extremely pleasant surprise. He eschews... Read more

 


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The Gross
by Peter Bart

St Martins Pr (Trade)
Hardcover - 311 pages
1 Ed edition (February 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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In the summer of 1998, as far as Hollywood was concerned, nothing went the way it was supposed to. As Peter Bart recaps that season:
A cheaply made gross-out comedy generated twice the revenues of a Steven Spielberg high-concept adventure; two pricey asteroid films collided, yet neither suffered... Read more

 


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Hitchcock's Notebooks : An Authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock
by Dan Auiler

Spike
Hardcover
(April 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Dan Auiler is undoubtedly the luckiest Alfred Hitchcock devotee alive. With the permission of the director's family, he sifted through the Hitchcock archives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create a multifaceted portrait of the artist at work. If this book has a fault, it's... Read more

 



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