Glamour and Mischief


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Michael Woulfe was a starstruck Brooklyn boy when he stepped off a Greyhound bus in Hollywood in 1943. In his memoir, Glamour and Mischief!, he takes us on the roller coaster ride of an out-of-the-ordinary costume design career in the Golden Age of Hollywood.Michael encounters nastiness under the glittery surface of Hollywood, experiences the exhilaration of designing gowns for Judy Garland's gala film premiere of A Star Is Born, and tries to stay sane working under the heavy-handed direction of Howard Hughes. The meddling owner of RKO Radio Pictures encourages him to maximize nudity in his costume designs, leading to the censorship of The French Line, Son of Sinbad, and The Conqueror. Hughes involves Michael in a series of madcap adventures and preposterous requests, and even charges Michael with relaying orders to RKO's production chiefs. At 27, Michael Woulfe was one of the youngest costume designers in history to receive screen credit as Gown Designer. As head designer on more than sixty films, including Blood on the Sun, Tycoon, My Forbidden Past, and Clash by Night, Michael worked with Hollywood stars such as Claudette Colbert, Laraine Day, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Susan Hayward, Janet Leigh, Marilyn Monroe, Terry Moore, Debbie Reynolds, Jane Russell, Jean Simmons, and Loretta Young.The glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood comes alive once again in "Glamour and Mischief!" Co-author David V. Jervis, Michael's close friend and confidante, unearthed a treasure trove of memorabilia and an unpublished memoir that allows him to lovingly pay tribute to his dear friend. Through engaging stories, humorous recollections, and more than 200 never-before-published images that include original costume sketches, photographs, and personal letters, he painstakingly pieces together a comprehensive legacy of a man who deeply loved Hollywood.




White Mischief


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The riveting true story of decadence, deception, and murder among British aristocrats in colonial Kenya In 1941, with London burning in the Blitz, a group of hedonistic English nobles partied shamelessly in Kenya. Far removed from falling bombs, the wealthy elites of “Happy Valley” indulged in morphine, alcohol, and unrestricted sex, often with their friends’ spouses. But the party turned sinister in the early hours of a January morning for Josslyn Hay, Lord Erroll, who had been enjoying the favors of the beautiful young wife of a middle-aged neighbor. Hay was found dead, a bullet in his brain. The murder shocked the close-knit community of wealthy expatriates in Nairobi and shined a harsh light on their louche lifestyle. Three decades later, author James Fox researched the slaying of Lord Erroll, an unsolved crime still sheathed in a thick cloud of rumor and innuendo. What he discovered was both unsettling and luridly compelling. White Mischief is a spellbinding true-crime classic, a tale of privileged excess and the wages of sin, and an account of one writer’s determined effort to crack a cold and craven killing.




Gentlemen Prefer Mischief


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When Adversaries Clash, Mischief Ignites Passion... If it hadn't been for the crazy rumors, Lily Teagarden would never have approached her neighbor, Hal, Viscount Roxham—the careless rogue who broke her fledgling heart. But strange noises and lights on his property are causing serious problems for her, and she needs his help. Trouble is oh-so-diverting for Viscount Roxham, and what could be more amusing than investigating what's plaguing his prim, beautiful neighbor—haunted sheep, of all things. Every time he seems to make progress, though, she throws mischief in his path, and his attraction to her is becoming extremely distracting...too bad Lily's the only woman in England who doesn't think he's Lord Perfect. Regency Mischief Series: A Little Night Mischief (Book 1) Gentleman Prefer Mischief (Book 2) Mischief by Moonlight (Book 3) Praise for A Little Night Mischief: "The hero is quite devastatingly gorgeous, and the writing is well-crafted."—All About Romance "Lovely, lighthearted historical romance."—Imagine A World "Fun, lighthearted, engaging, and will grab you from the first page. A must-read!" —My Book Addiction Reviews "Ms. Greenwood delights...Great entertainment!" —Long and Short Reviews




Mischief


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A couple makes the mistake of trusting their child to the wrong babysitter Bunny’s parents should not have brought her to New York City, but her father has an important speech to make in the city, and her mother couldn’t bear to be away from the darling nine-year-old girl. When Mommy and Daddy leave for the speech, Bunny will stay in the hotel with a babysitter, sound asleep and perfectly safe. What could possibly go wrong? The sitter is Nell, a plain young woman from Indiana whose dull expression conceals madness. She puts Bunny to bed and amuses herself in the other room, making prank calls and trying on the mother’s jewelry. So far all is well, but something is broken inside Nell’s mind. As long she is in charge, the child will not be safe.




Sister Mischief


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Esme Rockett, also known as MC Ferocious, rocks her suburban Minnesota Christian high school with more than the hip-hop music she makes with best friends Marcy ( DJ SheStorm) and Tess (The ConTessa) when she develops feelings for her co-MC, Rowie (MC Rohini).




Mean...Moody...Magnificent!


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By the early 1950s, Jane Russell (1921–2011) should have been forgotten. Her career was launched on what is arguably the most notorious advertising campaign in cinema history, which invited filmgoers to see Howard Hughes's The Outlaw (1943) and to "tussle with Russell." Throughout the 1940s, she was nicknamed the "motionless picture actress" and had only three films in theaters. With such a slow, inauspicious start, most aspiring actresses would have given up or faded away. Instead, Russell carved out a place for herself in Hollywood and became a memorable and enduring star. Christina Rice offers the first biography of the actress and activist perhaps most well-known for her role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Despite the fact that her movie career was stalled for nearly a decade, Russell's filmography is respectable. She worked with some of Hollywood's most talented directors—including Howard Hawks, Raoul Walsh, Nicholas Ray, and Josef von Sternberg—and held her own alongside costars such as Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, Clark Gable, Vincent Price, and Bob Hope. She also learned how to fight back against Howard Hughes, her boss for more than thirty-five years, and his marketing campaigns that exploited her physical appearance. Beyond the screen, Rice reveals Russell as a complex and confident woman. She explores the star's years as a spokeswoman for Playtex as well as her deep faith and work as a Christian vocalist. Rice also discusses Russell's leadership and patronage of the WAIF foundation, which for many years served as the fundraising arm of the International Social Service (ISS) agency. WAIF raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, successfully lobbied Congress to change laws, and resulted in the adoption of tens of thousands of orphaned children. For Russell, the work she did to help unite families overshadowed any of her onscreen achievements. On the surface, Jane Russell seemed to live a charmed life, but Rice illuminates her darker moments and her personal struggles, including her empowered reactions to the controversies surrounding her films and her feelings about being portrayed as a sex symbol. This stunning first biography offers a fresh perspective on a star whose legacy endures not simply because she forged a notable film career, but also because she effectively used her celebrity to benefit others.




The Rural Diaries


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New York Times Bestseller The beloved actress and star of One Tree Hill, White Collar, and Lethal Weapon, Hilarie Burton Morgan, tells the story of leaving Hollywood for a radically different kind of life in upstate New York with her husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan—a celebration of community, family, and the value of hard work in small town America. While Hilarie Burton Morgan's hectic lifestyle as an actress in New York and Los Angeles gave her a comfortable life, it did not fulfill her spiritually or emotionally. After the birth of their first son, she and her husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the star of The Walking Dead, decided to make a major change: they bought a working farm in Rhinebeck, New York, and began a new chapter in their lives. The Rural Diaries chronicles her inspiring story of farm life: chopping wood, making dandelion wine, building chicken coops. Burton looks back at her transition from urban to country living—discovering how to manage a farm while raising her son and making friends with her new neighbors. She mixes charming stories of learning to raise alpacas and buying and revitalizing the town’s beloved candy store, Samuel’s Sweet Shop, with raw observations on the ups and downs of marriage and her struggles with secondary infertility. Burton also includes delicious recipes that can be made with fresh ingredients at home, as well as home renovation and gardening tips. Burton’s charisma, wide eyed attitude, and fortitude—both internal and physical—propels this moving story of transformation and self-discovery. The Rural Diaries honors the values and lifestyle of small-town America and offers inspiration for anyone longing to embark on their own unconventional journey.




Glamour


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How do we understand glamour? Has it empowered women or turned them into objects? Once associated with modernity and the cutting edge, is it entirely bound up with nostalgia and tradition? This unique and fascinating book tells the story of glamour. It explores the changing meanings of the word, its relationship to femininity and fashion, and its place in twentieth century social history. Using a rich variety of sources - from women's magazines and film to social surveys and life histories - Carol Dyhouse examines with wit and insight the history and meaning of costume, cosmetics, perfume and fur. Dyhouse disentangles some of the arguments surrounding femininity, appearance and power, directly addressing feminist concerns. The book explores historical contexts in which glamour served as an expression of desire in women and an assertion of entitlement to the pleasures of affluence, finally arguing that glamour can't simply be dismissed as oppressive, or as male fantasy, but can carry celebratory meanings for women.




Elements of Mischief


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WARNING: This is a sexy, steamy reverse harem paranormal romance (one girl, four guys) with loads of humor, plumber puns, and group sex. Read with a glass of wine and a smile! Four hunky, supernatural plumbers.One reluctant, slightly drunk human.A match made in heaven ... or in the bathroom, rather. My name is Arizona Smoke, and I'm the proud owner of a house haunted by my dead Gram, best friend to a cocktail dress loving werewolf, and apparent soul mate to four plumbers who also happen to be elemental dragons. Besides rippling pectorals, tattoos, and ... uh, nice, long pipes, the guys also have control of the elements. Supernatural law (whoever heard of such a thing anyway?) dictates that since I stumbled upon the guys in their alternate forms, I have to marry them. All four of them. Oh, and apparently one lousy (okay, awesome) night of sex means that I'm an elemental, too-and no amount of magical penicillin can cure this disease. All I wanted was hot running water and toilets that flushed, but now I'm dealing with monsters lurking in the sewers, supernatural politics, and four penniless (but totally hot) plumbers living in my crumbling old Victorian. I'm Ari Smoke, wine aficionado, ex-barista, and a girl who is completely out of her element.Having four hot husbands is nice ... but the death threats, not so much.




Fairies


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Awaken the mystery of the old ways and restore balance and harmony in your life by connecting with the magical world of the nature spirits.Fairies are nature spirits and the guardian angels of the natural world. Flavia Kate Peters has been communing with them since childhood and is a wisdom keeper of the fairy realm. In this book, she introduces readers to the mysterious fairy world and explains how fairies can work with those who have a love of nature, an affinity to healing or a belief in a world beyond our own.You will discover: •Where to find fairies and how to communicate with them •Spells, meditations, invocations and exercises for connecting to fairy energy •The different types of fairies –gnomes, sylphs, salamanders and undines – and their roles •Rituals for receiving help and healing from the fairies •Ceremonies to strengthen your connection to the natural world