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The names Pavlova, Tchaikovsky, Giselle, and Copeland are part of a special and magical world to which very few belong. Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story (DK, $40) brings these names, and more, together and chronicles more than 450 years of the poetic and dreamy art form. From its extravagant beginnings in the courts of Italy and France, to the lavishly decorated Russian stages of the classical era and the sparse experimental scenes of modern American dance, ballet spans decades and cultures and deserves to be memorialized. Using a pleasant and eye-catching mix of storytelling, quotations, and stunning photographs, Ballet is packed with facts and historical anecdotes and showcases a spectacular timeline of dancers, dances, and companies. This DK collection is an exceptional and timeless gift for art lovers and history buffs alike and is sure to be a cherished addition to any library. 

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By DK, Viviana Durante (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781465474780
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: DK - September 4th, 2018

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Primarily known for her hilarious roles in The Office, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Bridesmaids, Ellie Kemper has come a long way since her days as a starry-eyed adolescent staging plays in her living room and attempting to communicate with the squirrels that hung out in her tree house. Her journey is an entertaining one, the ups and downs chronicled for readers in her relatable and chuckle-worthy memoir, My Squirrel Days (Scribner, $26). Focusing primarily on life transitions, Kemper shares the hardships and glories of Midwestern life, breaking into showbiz, and being a redhead. What does it take to make it in improvisational comedy? How does one persuade rodents to chat? What are Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, and Melissa McCarthy really like? Expertly written, these stories of joke-telling, growing up, and figuring things out are perfect for fans of Kemper’s work or those just looking for a female role model and a laugh.

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ISBN: 9781501163340
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner - October 9th, 2018

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Diana is a witch, though she prefers to live her life without magic. A professor of history, she wants to conduct her research in peace and is successful until a lost alchemical text finds its way into her hands. The tome is clearly enchanted, so Diana sends it back into the bowels of the library in order to keep up with her personal “no magic” rule. But the trouble has just begun. Soon, hoards of witches, daemons, and vampires join her in the library, hoping that she will once again uncover the lost manuscript. To defend herself, Diana must learn to accept and wield her inhuman gift and she quickly discovers that not all creatures are considered equal.

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ISBN: 9780143119685
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2011