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True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself

Posted by admin | Posted in Biographies & Memoirs-New, Health, Mind & Body-New, New Releases | Posted on 25-02-2011-05-2008

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1416587241 : True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself
ISBN: 1416587241

 
Author: Janet Jackson

ONE OF THE GREATEST ENTERTAINERS OF OUR TIME CANDIDLY REVEALS HER VERY PERSONAL STRUGGLE WITH AN ISSUE SO MANY OF US FACE EVERY DAY: SELF-ESTEEM

Janet Jackson emerged from the shadows of an already famous family to become one of the most beloved, recognizable, and influential performers in the world. But at what cost?

From the age of ten, when she made her acting debut on Good Times, Janet was told by Hollywood that she needed to slim down. Her well-meaning brothers, especially fun-loving Michael, teased her relentlessly until she began to believe that who she was wasn’t good enough. It was an idea that no amount of critical acclaim in television and film or, later, international platinum success in music could change.

Janet turned to food for comfort and escape. She developed a self-destructive pattern familiar to so many of us: fear and uncertainty led to bad feelings about herself and ultimately depression. The depression led to overeating. And her yo-yoing weight was painfully obvious in the bright lights of the entertainment world.

It has taken Janet most of her adult life to come to terms with who she is. But she has finally broken free of the attitudes that brought her down and has embraced realistic goals that help her eat better, exercise better, feel better, and ultimately be better. Read the rest of this entry »

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Denys Wortman’s New York: Portrait of the City in the 30s and 40s

Posted by admin | Posted in biography & memories, Comics-Graphic-Novels-Books | Posted on 28-11-2010-05-2008

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1770460136 : Denys Wortman's New York: Portrait of the City in the 30s and 40s
ISBN: 1770460136

 
Author: Denys Wortman

A rescued archive of vintage New York City from a forgotten ash can artist

After cartoonist, educator, and editor James Sturm discovered the vintage book Mopey Dick and the Duke, he set off to find out more about the author, the deceased and unknown cartoonist Denys Wortman. Sturm immediately took note of the masterful drawings?casual, confident, and brimming with personality?and wondered how this cartoonist escaped his radar. After some online sleuthing, Sturm connected with Wortman?s son, who relayed that an archive of more than five thousand illustrations was literally sitting in his shed in dire need of rescuing. For more than thirty-five years, the illustrations had been fighting such elements as hungry rodents, rusty paper clips, and even a blizzard. Wortman?s son also had drawers full of his father?s correspondence, including letters and holiday cards from William Steig and Walt Disney. Original artwork by artists and personal friends?including Peggy Bacon, Milt Gross, Isabel Bishop, and Reginald Marsh?were also saved. The fact that Wortman?s luminary peers held him in the highest regard, coupled with his artistic prowess, makes his absence from both fine art and comics history puzzling. So Sturm and Brandon Elston set out to create a beautiful tribute to the forgotten master.

Denys Wortman?s New York is not only a tribute to Wortman; it is a tribute to New York, the city that sparked Wortman?s voracious creative output. From coal cellars to rooftops, from opera houses to boardinghouses, Wortman recorded the sailors, dishwashers, con artists, entertainers, pushcart peddlers, construction workers, musicians, hoboes, society matrons, young mothers, secretaries, and students who collectively made the city what it was and is today.

Pages: 288
 
Binding: Paperback
 
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly Year: 2010

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