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  • The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray

    The man. The movies. The life. The legend. He’s played a deranged groundskeeper, a bellowing lounge singer, a paranormal exterminator, and a grouchy weatherman. He is William James “Bill” Murray, America’s greatest national treasure. From his childhood lugging golf bags at a country club to his first taste of success on Saturday Night Live, from his starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters to his reinvention as a hipster icon for the twenty-first century, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murraychronicles every aspect of his extraordinary life and career. 
     

  • The Encyclopedia Shatnerica

    THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM SHATNER IS BACK—IN A SUPER-EXPANDED MILLENNIUM EDITION!
     
    This updated edition of The Encyclopedia Shatnerica is your complete guide to the life and work of William Shatner—actor, singer, writer, director, horseman, game show host, and legendary Hollywood lothario. Hop aboard the Starship Irreverent as certified “Shatnerologist” Robert Schnakenberg documents every aspect of The Great One’s career, including:
     

  • Sci-fi Baby Names

    Babies are the courageous explorers of brave new worlds–so why not name them after the most memorable characters in science fiction? Sci-Fi Baby Names compiles more than 500 distinctive names from movies, books, and television shows into a handy illustrated reference. Choose “James” to honor the captain of the starship Enterprise. Choose “Leia” (or Leah) to honor the sister of Luke Skywalker. Choose “Neo” to salute the ultra-cool messiah from The Matrix. Hardcore fans can go even further with exotic names like “Barbarella,” “Beldar,” and “Tron” (just don’t send us the therapy bills).

  • Secret Lives of Great Authors

    In the tradition of Quirk’s bestselling Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents, here are outrageous and uncensored profiles of the world’s greatest writers, complete with hundreds of little-known, politically incorrect, and downright bizarre facts. Consider:

    –Edgar Allan Poe was kicked out of West Point Military Academy.
    –Louisa May Alcott was addicted to opium.
    –W. B. Yeats paid surgeons to transplant monkey glands into his scrotum.
    –J. R. R. Tolkien slept in his bathroom.
    –Kurt Vonnegut managed a Saab dealership before hitting the big time.

  • Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers

    On the heels of Secret Lives of Great Authors, Great Artists, and Great Composers comes Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers-an uncensored look at screen legends ranging from D. W. Griffi th and Frank Capra to Martin Scorsese and the Coen Brothers. Readers will discover that:

        * Charlie Chaplin’s corpse was stolen and held for a 400,000£ ransom.

        * Akira Kurosawa dreamed of making the ultimate Godzilla film.

        * Alfred Hitchcock “lost” his belly button during abdominal surgery-and often shocked his leading ladies by flashing his curiously smooth tummy.

  • Secret Lives of the Supreme Court

    It’s the perfect time for Secret Lives of the Supreme Court-an irreverent look at the lives, personalities, and history of this exclusive club, with profiles of everyone from John Jay and William Howard Taft to Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and John Roberts. Readers will learn about their most important cases and their most bizarre personality quirks: Thurgood Marshall was a soap opera junkie, Benjamin Cordozo died a virgin, Hugo Black was a Klansman, Sandra Day O’Connor started a Jazzercise class for fellow lawyers, and much more.

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