The Cake and the Rain

An Autobiography

Author: Jimmy Webb

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1250058414

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 5752

Jimmy Webb’s words have been sung to his music by a rich and deep roster of pop artists, including Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer and Linda Ronstadt. He’s the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration, and his chart-topping career has, so far, lasted fifty years, most recently with a Kanye West rap hit and a new classical nocturne. Now, in his first memoir, Webb delivers a snapshot of his life from 1955 to 1970, from simple and sere Oklahoma to fast and fantastical Los Angeles, from the crucible of his family to the top of his longed-for profession. Webb was a preacher’s son whose father climbed off a tractor to receive his epiphany, and Jimmy, barely out of his teen age years, sank down into the driver’s seat of a Cobra to speed to Las Vegas to meet with Elvis. Classics such as “Up, Up and Away”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “The Worst that Could Happen”, “All I Know”, and “MacArthur Park” were all recorded by some of the most important voices in pop before Webb’s twenty-fifth birthday: he thought it was easy. The sixties were a supernova, and Webb was at their center, whipsawed from the proverbial humble beginnings into a moneyed and manic international world of beautiful women, drugs, cars and planes. That stew almost took him down—but Webb survived, his passion for music and work among his lifelines. The Cake and The Rain is a surprising and unusual book: Webb’s talent as a writer and storyteller is here on every page. His book is rich with a sense of time and place, and with the voices of characters, vanished and living, famous and not, but all intimately involved with him in his youth, when life seemed nothing more than a party and Webb the eternal guest of honor.
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Tunesmith

Inside the Art of Songwriting

Author: Jimmy Webb

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1401305687

Category: Music

Page: 448

View: 4645

Webb brings his insider's knowledge, experience, and star power to the ultimate guide for aspiring songwriters. With a combination of anecdotes, meditation, and advice, he breaks down the creative process from beginning to end--from coping with writer's block, to song construction, chords, and even self-promotion. Webb also gives readers a glimpse into the professional music world.
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The Cake and the Rain

A Memoir

Author: Jimmy Webb

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466862572

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 3902

"Novelistic, perfectly plotted and quite possibly the best pop-star autobiography yet written." - The Wall Street Journal Jimmy Webb’s words have been sung to his music by a rich and deep roster of pop artists, including Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer and Linda Ronstadt. He’s the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration, and his chart-topping career has, so far, lasted fifty years, most recently with a Kanye West rap hit and a new classical nocturne. Now, in his first memoir, Webb delivers a snapshot of his life from 1955 to 1970, from simple and sere Oklahoma to fast and fantastical Los Angeles, from the crucible of his family to the top of his longed-for profession. Webb was a preacher’s son whose father climbed off a tractor to receive his epiphany, and Jimmy, barely out of his teen age years, sank down into the driver’s seat of a Cobra to speed to Las Vegas to meet with Elvis. Classics such as “Up, Up and Away”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “The Worst that Could Happen”, “All I Know”, and “MacArthur Park” were all recorded by some of the most important voices in pop before Webb’s twenty-fifth birthday: he thought it was easy. The sixties were a supernova, and Webb was at their center, whipsawed from the proverbial humble beginnings into a moneyed and manic international world of beautiful women, drugs, cars and planes. That stew almost took him down—but Webb survived, his passion for music and work among his lifelines. The Cake and The Rain is a surprising and unusual book: Webb’s talent as a writer and storyteller is here on every page. His book is rich with a sense of time and place, and with the voices of characters, vanished and living, famous and not, but all intimately involved with him in his youth, when life seemed nothing more than a party and Webb the eternal guest of honor.
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The Honeytown Detectives and the Cake Caper

A Picture Book Mystery

Author: Anthony Curcio

Publisher: Icg Children's

ISBN: 9780692615324

Category:

Page: 32

View: 8100

There's not a cloud in the sky as Grammy Bear's famous gigantic cake is brought out for the grand opening of Grumpa's Grocery. Honeytown News 5 anchor, Mallory Mallard, is reporting live when suddenly it starts pouring rain from the clear sky above. Luckily, someone left a box of pink rain jackets for everyone to put on, but just as they do, the rain is gone...and so is Grammy's cake. "I saw someone wearing a pink rain jacket steal Grammy's cake!" Piggles shouts.The problem is, everyone in Honeytown is wearing a pink rain jacket. Follow the Honeytown Detectives as they search for clues, gather evidence, interview witnesses and narrow down suspects before discovering the true identity of the thieves along with the motive behind this cake caper that utilized a feather, red paint and an elephant to pull off. Entertaining: Page after page of detailed illustrations to search for hidden clues and suspects resulting in hours of mystery fun. Educational: Information boxes along the way explaining cool detective stuff (the history of the FBI, detective dogs, fingerprinting, Sherlock Holmes and more)! The Honeytown Detectives and the Cake Caper is the ultimate crime-solving, picture book mystery!
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Outstanding in the Rain

Author: N.A

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780316366274

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 6333

Step right up! Step right up to the amusing amusement park! It's a whole story, and the pages have holes!Watch the holes transform pictures!Turn an umbrella into a cake and balloons into ice cream!See the holes transform words!Turn an ice man into a nice man and see fork handles turn into four candles!Outstanding in the Rain will turn any gray day into one that is Grade A! From the creator of New York Times Best-Illustrated book Along a Long Road and A Long Way Away, picture book master Frank Viva does it again, this time with astounding die-cuts that transform both words and pictures in delightful ways, while telling the story of a young boy spending his birthday at Coney Island, in search of his heart's desire.
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Eat Cake

A Novel

Author: Jeanne Ray

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307816354

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 3414

Ruth loves to bake cakes. When she is alone, she dreams up variations on recipes. When she meditates, she imagines herself in the warm, comforting center of a gigantic bundt cake. If there is a crisis, she bakes a cake; if there is a reason to celebrate, she bakes a cake. Ruth sees it as an outward manifestation of an inner need to nurture her family—which is a good thing, because all of a sudden that family is rapidly expanding. First, her mother moves in after robbers kick in her front door in broad daylight. Then Ruth’s father, a lounge singer, who she’s seen only occasionally throughout her life, shatters both wrists and, having nowhere else to go, moves in, too. Her mother and father just happen to hate each other with a deep and poisonous emotion reserved only for life-long enemies. Oh, yes indeed! Add to this mix two teenagers, a gainfully employed husband who is suddenly without a job, and a physical therapist with the instincts of a Cheryl Richardson and you’ve got a delightful and amusing concoction that comes with its own delicious icing. One of Jeanne Ray’s specialties is giving us believable, totally likable characters, engaged in the large and small dramas and amusements of life. Eat Cake is whimsical, warm, and satisfying. Eat Cake is Jeanne Ray at her best. Pull up a chair and eat cake!
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Thunder Cake

Author: Patricia Polacco

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698115813

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 2042

Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

Out of the Dust

Author: Karen Hesse

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545517125

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

View: 6013

Acclaimed author Karen Hesse's Newbery Medal-winning novel-in-verse explores the life of fourteen-year-old Billie Jo growing up in the dust bowls of Oklahoma.
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The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake

A Book about Kitchen Chemistry

Author: Linda Beech,Joanna Cole

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 9780590222952

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 513

When the class tries to bake a cake for Ms. Frizzle's birthday, they learn about reactions that occur when ingredients are combined
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Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book

More Than 375 Delectable Cookie Recipes That Begin with a Box of Cake Mix

Author: Camilla V Saulsbury

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 140226190X

Category: Cooking

Page: 368

View: 8249

Simple cookie recipes to treasure The age-old delight of homemade cookies just got easier. With The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book, you'll find that the secret to some of the tastiest, easiest, and most irresistible cookies imaginable begins with a convenient box of cake mix. With a few extra ingredients, turns of a spoon, and whirs of a mixer, a simple box of cake mix can transform anyone into a prize cookie baker. This mouthwatering collection features more than 375 drop, filled, and bar cookie options; all-American favorites along with classic European treats; and recipes perfect for baking novices, including: •Triple-chocolate gooey bars •Banana monkey bars •Strawberry cream cheese thumbprints •Pistachio-cherry biscotti •Carmel chocolate chip cookies •And much more... Praise for The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book: "Always a winner, Camilla Saulsbury scores again ... Her creativity turns convenience food products into treats that are so delectable no one would know they weren't baked from scratch." James McNair, cookbook author and head judge of Sutter Home Winery's Build a Better Burger annual recipe contest "Camilla is no stranger to the kitchen, and in her own easy breezy style, these recipes will inspire the shyest of bakers to try their hand." Daisy Martinez, Food Network star of Viva Daisy! and author of Daisy Cooks
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Me, the Mob, and the Music

One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & The Shondells

Author: Tommy James

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439142646

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 2455

Now in paperback, after five hardcover printings, Tommy James’s wild and entertaining true story of his career—part rock & roll fairytale, part valentine to a bygone era, and part mob epic—that “reads like a music-industry version of Goodfellas” (The Denver Post). Everyone knows the hits: “Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” All of these songs, which epitomize great pop music of the late 1960s, are now widely used in television and film and have been covered by a diverse group of artists from Billy Idol to Tiffany to R.E.M. Just as compelling as the music itself is the life Tommy James lived while making it. James tells the incredible story, revealing his complex and sometimes terrifying relationship with Roulette Records and Morris Levy, the legendary Godfather of the music business. Me, the Mob, and the Music is a fascinating portrait of this swaggering, wildly creative era of rock ’n’ roll, when the hits kept coming and payola and the strong-arm tactics of the Mob were the norm, and what it was like, for better or worse, to be in the middle of it.
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Perfect Cakes

Author: Nick Malgieri

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060198796

Category: Cooking

Page: 352

View: 5787

When it's time to celebrate, it's time to bake a cake! When it's time to be creative, it's time to bake a cake! When it's time to find comfort in the kitchen, it's time to bake a cake. From weddings to birthdays to something nice for yourself and your family and guests, nothing marks a special occasion better than a freshly baked cake. Now renowned baking teacher Nick Malgieri, author of Cookies Unlimited, Chocolate, and How to Bake, shares his flawless recipes and professional techniques for creating a perfect cake every time. From simple to extravagant, the recipes are presented with the same clear, uncomplicated instructions that have made Nick a favorite among firsttime bakers and experts alike. You'll find more than two hundred recipes for all types of cakes, from homey favorites such as Sour Cream Coffee Cake and Classic Angel Food Cake to luscious classics such as Dark and White Chocolate Cheesecake to international showstoppers such as Zuppa Inglese and Chocolate Raspberry Bûche de Noël. Nick shows how to get the best results every time you bake, ensuring that your cheesecake will never crack, your pound cake batter will never separate, and your génoise will always be tender and light. When the time comes to decorate or fill your cake, there's a wealth of creative ideas, from working with marzipan to piping icing to flavoring ganache and buttercream. Also included are tips on selecting the most flavorful chocolates, fruits, liqueurs, and other ingredients. Tempting color photographs throughout the book will inspire anyone to head into the kitchen. Novice bakers will be reassured and experts challenged with Perfect Cakes, a comprehensive collection of perfect recipes and expert guidance.
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Bubbe Isabella and the Sukkot Cake

Author: Kelly Terwilliger

Publisher: Kar-Ben

ISBN: 1512487953

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 24

View: 959

In this charming folktale, Bubbe Isabella builds a sukkah to celebrate the harvest holiday. She bakes a special cake and hopes to share it with her animal friends only to find that they prefer to eat the fruits and vegetables that decorate the sukkahand finally the sukkah itself! Youll be surprised what finally happens to the cake.
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A Walk in the Rain with a Brain

Author: Edward Hallowell

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780060007317

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 3845

Each brain finds its own special way -- that's the message in this delightful, colorful story by America's foremost expert on learning and childhood development. Edward Hallowell, M.D., is a noted psychiatrist and teacher and a leading authority on attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. At many of his lectures worldwide he has read a story he wrote for children about how each person's brain is unique -- and it has resonated among the thousands of parents, teachers, and others who have heard it. A Walk in the Rain with a Brain is the illustrated version of that story. In it, a little girl named Lucy is making her way down a rainy sidewalk when she spies, of all things, a brain -- Manfred, called Fred -- sitting forlornly in a puddle. The courtly cerebrum asks Lucy for help getting home, and as they walk along she worries that she's not smart enough. "Everyone's smart!" explains Fred. "You just need to find out at what!" Fred reassures her that each child learns and thinks differently -- and that every child has special talents. Charming illustrations and a funny, whimsical story teach children to play and learn in order to find the strengths they have -- and a discussion guide at the end gives parents and educators the background support they need in order to help children understand and discover the sparkling individuality of their minds.
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Marigold Bakes a Cake

Author: Mike Malbrough

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1524737399

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 6164

For fans of Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon... series. Baking the perfect cake is how Marigold spends Mondays. Being messy, noisy, and disruptive in Marigold's kitchen are how one finch, two pigeons, and three loons spend their Mondays! Marigold the cat loves Mondays, for that is when he bakes cakes! With his favorite recipe in front of him, he rolls up his sleeves and gets down to it. He whips up egg whites . . . Easy. He adds a cup of milk . . . Peasy. Then he sprinkles in just a pinch of . . . of finch?! That's not right at all! Neither are the smidgeons of pigeons or the spoonsfull of loons. Clearly a chase is in order! Yet all that leads to is a spectacularly messy kitchen. And no cake. With a recipe comprised of equal parts humor and charm, author-illustrator Mike Malbrough has cooked up a scrumptious laugh-out-loud addition to the great tradition of interruption books. Perfect for fans of Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and David Ezra Stein's Interrupting Chicken. Praise for Marigold Bakes a Cake "This book contains the perfect recipe for fun. The watercolor illustrations are impeccable. . . This humorous book would be ideal for a storytime reading."--School Library Journal "Malbrough’s watercolor illustrations are full of charmingly zany details, from dapper Marigold’s polka-dot bow tie to the chocolate splatters after the birds take over the cake making, and the creatures’ over-the-top facial expressions amp up the comedy. Playful rhymes and surprising page turns make this a great pick for a group storytime, and the comical ending . . . will be a valuable one for kiddos."--Booklist "Debut talent Malbrough celebrates the act of culinary creation and the joy of being absorbed in a personal passion—and, like the best desserts, he doesn’t let his story get too sweet. In one of many lovely watercolor spreads, Marigold blends glossy curls of shaved chocolate and a ribbon of molasses into the batter. . . Doing what one loves, Malbrough shows, makes it possible to transcend even the basest instincts."--Publishers Weekly "Clever text follows the illustrations around the page, swirling with chocolate shavings and molasses as Marigold mixes his batter. The lush, textured watercolors match the energy of the story . . . Kids will giggle over the antics of both cat and birds during readalouds and will find plenty of humorous details to discover in the illustrations on their own."--BCCB
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Froggy Bakes a Cake

Author: Jonathan London,Watty Piper

Publisher: Paw Prints

ISBN: 9781442057753

Category: Baking

Page: N.A

View: 1204

Since it is his mother's birthday, Froggy decides to bake a cake all by himself, but after he gathers up all the ingredients, what he ends up making is a big mess. Original.
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The Memory Palace

A Memoir

Author: Mira Bartok

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439183325

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 305

View: 3214

The daughter of piano prodigy Norma Herr describes how she and her sister were forced by their mother's violent schizophrenic episodes to discontinue contact with her until the author's debilitating injury changed her sense of the world and enabled a healing reconciliation.
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Change of Seasons

A Memoir

Author: John Oates,Chris Epting

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250082668

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 3660

John Oates was born at the perfect time, paralleling the birth of rock ‘n roll. Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, he was exposed to folk, blues, soul, and R&B. Meeting and teaming up with Daryl Hall in the late 1960s, they developed a style of music that was uniquely their own but never abandoned their roots. John uncovers the grit and struggle it took to secure a recording contract with the legendary Atlantic Records and chronicles the artistic twists and turns that resulted in a DJ discovering an obscure album track that would become their first hit record. This is not your typical rock and roll story. John was focused creating great music. Along the way he achieved incredible success, battling the ever-changing pop music landscape and coming to terms with complex managerial, business, and personal challenges. Daryl Hall and John Oates have over 20 albums together, more than 60 million records sold, and 29 Top 40 hits. They are the most successful pop duo in the world and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And yet John’s story has never been told. Relying on his many hand-written journals, he brings to light many fascinating stories spanning his entire life with a journalist’s eye and a poet’s heart. In Change of Seasons, John shares his highs, lows, triumphs, and failures. He takes the reader on a wild ride through all the eras, personalities and music that has shaped him into what he is.
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The Impressionist

Author: Hari Kunzru

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 9780143029762

Category: East Indians

Page: 490

View: 2298

An Epic Story Of A Boy S Search For Identity In A World Which Seems To Have No Place For Him. At The Turn Of The Century In A Remote Corner Of India, An English Civil Servant And A Reluctant Hindu Bride Cross Paths During A Cataclysmic Rainstorm. Nine Months Later A Boy Is Born& Pran Nath S Startling Whiteness Is Regarded As A Sign Of Nobility Till His True Parentage Is Revealed. Ejected From His Father S House, He Begins A Haphazard Journey Through The Bizarre Dark Side Of The British Empire. As He Travels Across The World, From Bombay To London, From A Mouldering Norfolk Public School To Oxford And Paris, Everyone Sees Him With A Different Eye. The Impressionist Is A Comic Saga About History, Identity And Home. It Is The Epochal Debut Of An Exceptional Writer.
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