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Invention: A Life (James Dyson)


Dyson has become a byword for high-performing products, technology, design, and invention. Now, James Dyson, the inventor and entrepreneur who made it all happen, tells his remarkable and inspirational story in Invention: A Life.

Famously, over a four-year period, James Dyson made 5,127 prototypes of the cyclonic vacuum cleaner that would transform the way houses are cleaned around the world. In devoting all his resources to iteratively developing the technology, he risked it all, but out of many failures and setbacks came hard-fought success. His products—including vacuum cleaners, hair dryers and hair stylers, and fans and purifiers—are not only revolutionary technologies, but design classics. This was a legacy of his time studying at the Royal College of Art in the 1960s, when he was inspired by some of the most famous artists, designers, and inventors of the era, as well as his engineering heroes such as Frank Whittle and Alex Issigonis.

In Invention: A Life, Dyson reveals how he came to set up his own company and led it to become one of the most inventive technology companies in the world. It is a compelling and dramatic tale, with many obstacles overcome. Dyson has always looked to the future, even setting up his own university to help provide the next generation of engineers and designers. For, as he says, “everything changes all the time, so experience is of little use.”

Whether you are someone who has an idea for a better product, an aspiring entrepreneur, whether you appreciate great design or a page-turning read, Invention: A Life offers you inspiration, hope, and much more.

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Norman Rockwell – 332 Magazine Covers

There are few more satisfying sights on a city street than a well-stocked newsstand, hung with a hundred or more magazines and periodicals, each competing for the attention of the potential customer. The American magazine cover enjoyed a Golden Age during the period that opened with the high-speed color press, and ended when subscription sales grew to paramount importance. Dozens of gifted artists made their reputations in this field. None of them, however, achieved the immense and sustained popular success enjoyed by Norman Rockwell.

Although technically he was an academic painter, he had the eye of a photographer and, as he became a mature artist, he used this eye to give us a picture of America that was familiar—astonishingly so—and at the same time unique. The picture seemed familiar because it was everyone’s dream of America; it was unique because only Rockwell managed to bring it to life with such authority. Rockwell held up a friendly mirror to the society he lived in, and Americans have looked into this glass and seen themselves as warm, decent, hard-working citizens of a country bountiful enough to accommodate their boundless optimism.

Rockwell best expressed this vision of America in his justly famous cover illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post, painted between 1916 and 1963. All of his Post covers are reproduced in splendid full color in this oversized volume, with commentaries by Christopher Finch, the noted writer on art and popular culture.

In this latest printing of332 Magazine Covers, the thumbnail images accompanying Finch’s descriptive captions are printed in full color for the convenience of the reader, and the typography has been refreshed.

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Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow #1 on Amazon

New York Times Bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

An addictively readable, encyclopedic history of pop music in chapters as short and adrenaline-fueled as the best pop songs themselves.

As much fun to argue with as to quote, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is a monumental work of musical history, tracing the story of pop music through individual songs, bands, musical scenes, and styles from Bill Haley and the Comets’ “Rock around the Clock” (1954) to Beyoncé’s first megahit, “Crazy in Love” (2003). It covers the birth of rock, soul, R&B, punk, hip hop, indie, house, techno, and more, and it will remind you why you fell in love with pop music in the first place.

Bob Stanley—musician, music critic, and unabashed fan—recounts the progression from the Beach Boys to the Pet Shop Boys to the Beastie Boys; explores what connects doo wop to the sock hop; and reveals how technological changes have affected pop production. Working with a broad definition of “pop”—one that includes country and metal, disco and Dylan, skiffle and glam—Stanley teases out the connections and tensions that animate the pop charts and argues that the charts are vital social history.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is like the world’s best and most eclectic jukebox in book form. All the hits are here: the Monkees, Metallica, Patsy Cline, Patti Smith, new wave, New Order, “It’s the Same Old Song,” The Song Remains the Same, Aretha, Bowie, Madonna, Prince, Sgt. Pepper, A Tribe Called Quest, the Big Bopper, Fleetwood Mac, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” Bikini Kill, the Kinks, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, and on and on and on. This book will have you reaching for your records (or CDs or MP3s) and discovering countless others.

For anyone who has ever thrilled to the opening chord of the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” or fallen crazy in love for Beyoncé, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is a vital guide to the rich soundtrack of the second half of the twentieth century.

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Mexico From The Inside Out

The debut book from Mexico’s greatest chef, Enrique Olvera, pioneer of contemporary Mexican food and global gourmet influencer.
Olvera’s restaurant Pujol was ranked best in Mexico and 16th best in the world at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards this year.

The book includes over 65 recipes, each beautifully photographed, from the sophisticated dishes served at Pujol to the more accessible casual dishes that Olvera enjoys with his family at home.

His restaurant Cosme, opened in 2014 in New York, and has built a considerable following among discerning foodies and has been much celebrated by critics, recently receiving a 3-star rave review in The New York Times.

More than 100 atmospheric photographs capture the vivid mosaic of the Mexican landscape while tip-in pages bring the reader up close to Enrique’s vision and his philosophy around food.
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The Execumama: A sistah between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-five with established and clearly defined career goals. She’s focused, disciplined, and skilled, and she’s making a name for herself in her industry. How she manages to handle that AND raise a child or two at the same time is a feat worth exploring. Addressing the unique challenges of the young working mother, Execumama serves as an empowerment guide to playing that game and playing it well.

Conventional wisdom would have execumamas believe that they have to strike a perfect balance between work and life. Akilah S. Richards explodes that myth, telling us that we shouldn’t beat ourselves up when we encounter the inevitable imbalances that come with the life/work path. There will always be variables beyond our control, she says. The trick is to cope with the chaos while taking comfort in the things that are still within our control.

With candor and wit, Richards encourages the execumama in each of us to embrace the road we’ve chosen and to walk it with confidence.

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The Age of the Platform

Over the last five to seven years, four companies have ascended to absolutely astounding heights. They are Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Yes, these companies excel via their superior use of technology. They have built incredible ecosystems. Their understanding of the importance of data is second to none. They’ve embraced partnerships, external innovation, APIs, and SDKs.

Beyond all of this, The Gang of Four has embraced an entirely new way of doing business: the platform.

Author Phil Simon has penned an extraordinary business text, once essential to understanding today’s economy.

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Fit Evolution Steel Strong

Fit Evolution announced its national availability of its 15-minute workout DVD “Fit Evolution Steel Strong”. This no equipment needed program is tailored to busy lives but inspires one to work out 15 minutes a day, anywhere, allowing your body to create its own natural calorie burners, and lean muscle!

“You could lose up to 10 pounds in 6 weeks and it will stay off! With this 6 week program you will be given 12 workouts, all less than 15 minutes that will help you become more firm, toned, tightened, plus boost your metabolism! Best of all, this program can be done anywhere!” said fitness expert and trainer Reaghan Hayden.

All age groups and fitness levels from beginner all the way to the advanced will love this program, said Hayden. From those who just had a baby, those who want to lose a few pounds, those who need a fitness program they can fit into their busy schedule, to those who need to bust through plateaus in their current workout, she added.

“My number one complaint from new clients is gaining weight back from dieting. My advice is to strength train. Our bodies need lean muscle to boost our metabolism at rest. It we don’t have this, we will gain our hard earned weight loss back,” Hayden said.

This program is unlike any other workout DVD out there, this program not only gives you 12, 15 minute workouts with its 6 week program, but it is filmed outside of a boring gym like many fitness DVD’s are. This workout is pleasant to the eye as it is filmed in different outdoor locations along the Florida Gulf Coast to help show just how versatile the program really is! Hayden believes in the power of positive thinking so at the end of each workout you will receive a motivational quote to keep you inspired and keep you going. Hayden has risen up from some of her own personal lows to share her inspiring story and her positive and powerfully effective workout with others. Fit Evolution Steel Strong is available on Amazon and at for $39.99.

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Viniyogatherapy for low back scarum and hips

Live Back Pain Free– this acclaimed and best-selling 2 1/2 hour best-selling yoga DVD from renowned yoga expert Gary Kraftsow, offers gentle, simple, effective therapeutic yoga exercises to eliminate back pain and to restore vitality to your whole body. Join the many tens of thousands of people worldwide who were suffering from low back pain and were rewarded by a strong healthy back. Get started now– add these powerful and easy-to-learn yoga practices to your daily regimen for total well-being!
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The Explorers Club

It’s London, 1879, and the hapless members of the Explorers Club must confront their most lethal threat yet: the admission of a woman into their hermetically-sealed ranks. But the intrepid Phyllida Spotte-Hume turns out to be the least of their troubles, in this hilarious farce starring members of the original Broadway cast.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Jack Cutmore-Scott, Carson Elrod, David Furr, John Getz, Martin Jarvis, David Krumholtz, Lorenzo Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt, Matthew Wolf

Directed by Kate McAll. Music composed and orchestrated by Laurence O’Keefe. Recordings produced by Mike Croiter and Laurence O’Keefe at Yellow Sound Lab for L.A. Theatre Works.

Includes a conversation with essayist, novelist, and cultural critic Eileen Pollack.

The Explorers Club is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

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