Legendary founding KISS drummer Peter “Catman” Criss has lived an incredible life in music, from the streets of Brooklyn to the social clubs of New York City to the ultimate heights of rock ’n’ roll success and excess.
KISS formed in 1973 and broke new ground with their elaborate makeup, live theatrics, and powerful sound. The band emerged as one of the most iconic hard rock acts in music history. Peter Criss, the Catman, was the heartbeat of the group. From an elevated perch on his pyrotechnic drum riser, he had a unique vantage point on the greatest rock show of all time, with the KISS Army looking back at him night after night.
Makeup to Breakup is Peter Criss’s eye-opening journey from the pledge to his ma that he’d one day play Madison Square Garden to doing just that. He conquered the rock world—composing and singing his band’s all-time biggest hit, “Beth” (1976)—but he also faced the perils of stardom and his own mortality, including drug abuse, treatment in 1982, near-suicides, two broken marriages, and a hard-won battle with breast cancer.
Criss opens up with a level of honesty and emotion previously unseen in any musician’s memoir. Makeup to Breakup is the definitive and heartfelt account of one of rock’s most iconic figures, and the importance of faith and family. Rock ’n’ roll has been chronicled many times, but never quite like this. Buy this memoir today for $2.99.
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One spring break location obviously isn’t enough for Serge, so he must hit them all, traveling through various historic locales, spewing nuggets of history at anyone who won’t run away and dispensing his own signature brand of Sunshine State justice.
Along the way he and his sidekick, Coleman, attract a growing following of the nation’s top college students . . . and a mysterious gang that leaves a trail of young bodies in their wake.
Are the kids safer under Serge’s protection? Or does being with him put them in more peril? The classroom and the pot brownies never prepared them for this.
Then there are the coke smugglers gone legit and a pair of the most dangerously sexy bartenders to ever mix a rum runner. Throw in some dirty dancing contests, illicit drugs, rockin’ tunes, screamin’ sports cars, bungee rides, pawned class rings, and church breakfasts, and you’ve got a potent concoction that keeps the hotel’s concierge up all night stopping people from falling off the balconies.
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In 1960, Barbra Streisand was just a seventeen-year-old Brooklyn kid with plenty of talent but no connections and certainly no money; her mother brought her soup to make sure she stayed fed as she took acting classes and scraped out a living. Just four years later, she was the top-selling female recording artist in America and the star of one of Broadway’s biggest hits.
In Hello, Gorgeous, the acclaimed Hollywood biographer William Mann chronicles that dizzying ascent, telling the riveting behind-the-scenes story of how Streisand and her team transformed her from an unknown dreamer into one of the world’s most beloved superstars.
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Former actress Meg Barnes used to have it all: tony Beverly Hills address, Amex Black card, Manolos for every day of the month. Not to mention a career as a popular TV detective that made her glittering life possible. But her lifestyle of the rich and famous has turned into a reality show for d-listed starlets. Lost in her Louboutins, she has one man to thank: her con man of a husband.
Handsome FBI agent Jack Mitchell knows a suspect when he sees one—even if she’s as beautiful and gutsy as Meg. Meg’s ex “made off” with half of Hollywood’s wealth in an epic real estate scam. And Jack thinks Meg may have been involved.
Determined to prove her innocence Meg teams up with her quirky, movie-mad best friend to track down her fugitive husband and exact justice. But getting her life, and her career, back on track is harder than auditioning for Spielberg. Especially when her life is threatened. Meg has to trust Jack, the man who may want her behind bars…or as his leading lady for life.
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Nanna, nanna, nanna!
When Scrabble Kindle Table Edition was offered for only 99 cents last week (now $4.99) I downloaded it in anticipation of a bit of friendly competition between my husband and me.
Tiger was a champion speller in his younger days and he has only gotten better as an adult. On second thought, I probably understated the atmosphere when I said “friendly competition.”
I chose the Pass ‘N’ Play option for the game where 2 – 4 players use the same device, passing it among the participants.
We spelled, strategized and scored the choice squares on the Scrabble board. We bemoaned the letters we were given and still posted words during every turn.
Tiger won three out of the four games. He would have gone undefeated expect for my lucky game with the words TUX, WIZ, and QUARTS – all on triple words scores.
In addition to Pass ‘n’ Play, options include playing with friends via social media, playing a random opponent or playing the computer (I call that Scrabble suicide). You can activate the Teacher – an annoying screen that tells you what word you could have played from your tiles to have scored more points. I disabled it. Who needs that kind of helpful advice?
I strongly recommend that you download the game today and have great fun with a classic.
BTW – NANNA is an acceptable word and used three of the four Ns in my tile pile.
In this wild, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the biggest rock bands in history, Jo Wood comes clean about her three decades as the girlfriend and eventually the wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. This startlingly honest, laugh-out-loud memoir vividly describes life on tour, in the studio, at the legendary parties—and every raucous moment in between.
From teenage model to hard-partying rock ‘n’ roll devotee, through motherhood, marriage, breakdown, and the challenge of starting over again, Jo Wood has had a roller-coaster ride of a life. At the age of sixteen, Jo burst onto the British modeling scene and became a fixture at London’s most glamorous parties. A few years later, just twenty-two years old and a single mom, she met Ronnie Wood and her life changed forever.
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll is a compelling piece of rock ‘n’ roll history from a woman with a backstage pass and front-row seat. Enchanting, candid, and moving, this page-turning fairy tale of fame and fortune has the best of the era’s many euphoric and reckless moments within its pages. Buy this memoir today for $1.99.
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Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief.
Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she’s met her goals—and other men are noticing?
This rollicking and poignant romantic comedy was yesterday’s B&N price match, but was not matched until late in the day. I hope this price holds through today. Normally this book is $10.99, but only $1.99 at the time of this post.
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With its corrugated iron siding and cramped interior the Cherico Mississippi library is no Antebellum gem. But for young librarian Maura Beth Mayhew it’s as essential to the community as the delicious desserts at the Twinkle Twinkle Café. It’s a place for neighbors to mingle and browse through the newest bestsellers for the indomitable Miss Voncille Nettles to host her “Who’s Who in Cherico?” meetings. The library may be underfunded and overlooked but it’s Maura Beth’s pride and she won’t let the good ole boys on the City Council close it down without a fight.
Which is why Maura Beth has founded the Cherry Cola Book Club–a last-ditch attempt to boost circulation and save her job. Over potluck dinners featuring treasured family recipes the booklovers of Cherico come together to talk about literary classics. But soon it’s not just Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee being discussed over chicken gumbo and homemade biscuits with green pepper jelly. Secrets are shared old dreams rekindled and new loves slowly blossom.
Southern charm wit and warmth combine in this delightful novel about great books true friends and the stories that give life its richest meaning on and off the page. This humorous novel is selling for
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He’s a geek – socially inept, funny when he doesn’t mean to be, and a literal guy. He’s also charming and endearing. He’s the unlikely hero in The Rosie Project.
Professor Don Tillman knows his academic subject (Asperger’s syndrome), schedules his life down to the minute (ninety-four minutes to clean the bathroom which he had to reschedule resulting in an 8-day period of compromised bathroom hygiene), and is totally clueless about women (the apricot ice cream experiment). In an inspired moment he decides to find a wife through questionnaires and interviews.
Rosie is a student who tends bar on the side. She not a wife applicant, but when Rosie visits Professor Tillman’s office, his life lessons begin. The process is hilarious, frustrating and heartwarming.
Told in first person by Professor Tillman, the story is a bit ribald in places. Written by Austrailian Graeme Simsion, the humor is droll and the characters are quirky. This romantic comedy from the man’s point of view is highly recommended. Buy it today for only $1.99.
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From star running back Bryon “Bam” Morris’s interesting (and totally illegal) sideline career to the 1950s Kansas City A’s sneaky relationship with the New York Yankees; from French golfer Jean Van de Velde’s epic choke on 18 at the 1999 British Open to the infamous Cleveland Ten-Cent Beer Night riot of 1974; from Hungary’s bloody 1956 Olympic water polo match with the Soviet Union to the definitive analysis of basketball coach Larry Brown’s sartorial evolution and hoops maven Mike Fratello’s hair devolution–if it’s bad and sports related, then it’s likely in The Worst of Sports.
An uproarious collection of the most controversial and regrettable moments in major pro and college athletics, with a sprinkling of the obscure, The Worst of Sports is a compendium of abject failure, harebrained decision-making, avarice, and rank stupidity–in other words, the stuff that some athletes, and fans, are best at.
Whether you’re a casual fan or a face-painting zealot, you’ll find plenty to root for (or against) in The Worst of Sports. Buy it today for only 99 cents. Audiobook: $3.99.