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Colorstrology

The bright and insightful guide to birthday colors is back with an all-new cover inspired by the iconic Pantone color system. Discover every vibrant aspect of your personality with Colorstrology, a fascinating blend of astrology, numerology, and color theory that offers exciting new insights about our lives and relationships. Written by renowned astrologer Michele Bernhardt using the numbers and color schemes of Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color, the system features 366 “birthday colors” that illustrate who we are and how we behave. Using Colorstrology, you’ll quickly understand how to enhance your best personality traits with your birthday color. This full-color book features detailed profiles of everyone you know, plus 366 perforated swatches so you can take your birthday color wherever you go.

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Christopher Walken A to Z

The Complete Guide To All Things Walken
 
He’s been a dancer, a baker, a lion tamer, an award-winning actor, and a Hollywood legend. But Christopher Walken has never been the subject of a comprehensive biographical reference—until now.
 
Here at last is a complete A-to-Z guide to this one-of-a-kind performer, featuring entries on everything from the Actors Studio (the legendary theatrical workshop where Walken spent eleven years as a janitor) to Zombie Movies (one of Walken’s favorite film genres). Along the way, readers will discover:
 
     •  Acting secrets and behind-the-scenes trivia from each of Walken’s 100+ films—everything
        from Annie Hall to Hairspray and beyond.
     •  Recipes and kitchen tips from “Chef Walken”—including a look at his short-lived TV show,
        Cooking with Chris.
     •  Walken’s music videos for Madonna, Duran Duran, and Fatboy Slim.
     •  The secrets of maintaining his extraordinary hair.
     •  Observations and reminiscences from Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton,
        Woody Allen, Dennis Hopper, and countless others.
 
Plus more bizarre B movies and Saturday Night Live appearances than you can shake a cowbell at! Complete with fascinating trivia and dozens of photographs, Christopher Walken A to Z offers the definitive look at a pop culture phenomenon.

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Christmas List

Forget visions of sugarplums and turkeys with trimmings. In this strange, surreal collection of full-color images, acclaimed photographer David Graham shows how Americans really experience Christmas-complete with tacky blinking lights, demented decorations, and the mess in the living room after all the presents are opened. Each offbeat image is accompanied by a quirky and unusual fact about Christmas; readers will learn that 28 percent of Americans admit to “regifting” their presents, that 22 million turkeys are consumed every year on December 25, and much more. The Christmas List is a hilarious, fresh look at classic American traditions.

DAVID GRAHAM works regularly for magazines such as the New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and Forbes. His photographs are included in the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

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Casino Confidential

There are plenty of books about M.I.T. whiz kids who have beaten blackjack and won big money–but those math geeks don’t have a clue about the business of running a casino or how Las Vegas coaxes guests into gambling away more than $7.6 billion every year.

A good pit boss, on the other hand, can tell you exactly why the house always wins. Pit bosses supervise the dealers, identify con artists, approve insanely high wagers, and (more than anything else) protect the casino’s money. In Casino Confidential, a licensed pit boss reveals how casinos stack the odds in their favor and how you can improve your own chances of winning. You’ll discover tricks and traps used to disorient players (there’s a reason why you won’t find any 90-degree angles in modern Las Vegas casinos) as well as essential strategies of blackjack, poker, roulette, craps, baccarat, pai gow, slot machines, and video poker. Plus you’ll learn why many of the most popular gambling systems (like counting cards) are barely worth the effort. Casino Confidential is filled with information that Las Vegas doesn’t want you to know.

ANONYMOUS would face serious consequences if he had published this book under his own name. He has worked as a dealer and pit boss for most of his adult life, and he lives in Nevada.

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Mysterio’s Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring

Quirk’s Amazing Magical Wonder Deck charmed amateur and professional magicians with its gorgeous aesthetic and fiendishly clever card tricks. Now these same readers can experience a complete course in magic with Mysterio’s Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring—a giant compilation of more than 300 tricks and variations.

Here are illustrated step-by-step instructions for rope tricks, money magic, mind-reading effects, stage illusions, everyday magic, and plenty of all-new card tricks. Readers will learn how to bend spoons, stretch handkerchiefs, levitate glassware, make small children disappear, shuffle playing cards with aplomb, and much more—everything from simple street-magic effects to epic on-stage illusions. Mysterio’s Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring is a beautifully designed reference for magicians of all ages and abilities.

GABE FAJURI is an associate editor of Magic, the world’s leading trade journal for magicians. He also publishes scholarly titles on the subject of conjuring. He lives in Chicago.

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Pardon My Spanglish

Forget Yinglish. Put aside Franglais. It’s time to brush up on Spanglish—the Latino Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of languages that’s sweeping the nation!

In Pardon My Spanglish, stand-up comic Bill Santiago chronicles the quintessentially American joys of his mother tongue: the quirky, often hilarious fusion of Latino Spanish and American English spoken everywhere from the barrio to the local mall.

Readers will learn:
• The pseudo-syntax of Spanglish (as observed by a comedian with no formal training in
linguistics whatsoever)
• The Top Ten Best Things About Spanglish (#7: Gives you a competitive edge in Spanglish Scrabble)
• Why People en Español is not simply called Gente
• Classic gaffes every Spanglish-speaking gringo should avoid (“Estoy embarasado” does not mean you’re embarrassed—it means you’re pregnant)

Full of indispensable tips and witty observations, Pardon My Spanglish is a hilarious celebration of Latino culture.

BILL SANTIAGO is a stand-up comedian who debuted nationally on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and appears regularly on The Late Show with Conan O’Brien. He lives in New York City.

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