The Force Awakens (Star Wars)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The official novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the blockbuster film directed by J. J. Abrams • Includes two tie-in short stories: “The Perfect Weapon” by Delilah S. Dawson and “Bait” by Alan Dean Foster
More than thirty years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike—beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times bestselling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.
Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning new action-packed adventure rockets us back into the world of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker, while introducing a host of exciting new characters. Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace can be fleeting, and evil does not easily relent. Yet the simple belief in good can still empower ordinary individuals to rise and meet the greatest challenges.
So return to that galaxy far, far away, and prepare yourself for what happens when the Force awakens. . . .

Praise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
“Like all the best novelizations, Alan Dean Foster’s adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens enriches the movie experience. The novel goes beyond simply giving us insight into the characters’ thoughts, with plenty of additional scenes painting a broader picture of the galaxy.”—New York Daily News
“Fast-moving, atmospheric and raises goose-bumps at just the right moments. [Foster] not only evokes entire onscreen worlds . . . he also gives us glimpses of an even more vast, unseen universe.”The Washington Post
“Was my experience of the film enriched by the book? Yes. No question. Is the novelization worth reading? Yes. . . . Foster has written a book that captures the spirit of the film, while presenting additional information that helps answer some of the questions that linger.”Coffee with Kenobi

City of Light


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It is 1901 and Buffalo, New York, stands at the center of the nation’s attention as a place of immense wealth and sophistication. The massive hydroelectric power development at nearby Niagara Falls and the grand Pan-American Exposition promise to bring the Great Lakes “city of light” even more repute.

Against this rich historical backdrop lives Louisa Barrett, the attractive, articulate headmistress of the Macaulay School for Girls. Protected by its powerful all-male board, “Miss Barrett” is treated as an equal by the men who control the life of the city. Lulled by her unique relationship with these titans of business, Louisa feels secure in her position, until a mysterious death at the power plant triggers a sequence of events that forces her to return to a past she has struggled to conceal, and to question everything and everyone she holds dear.

Both observer and participant, Louisa Barrett guides the reader through the culture and conflicts of a time and place where immigrant factory workers and nature conservationists protest violently against industrialists, where presidents broker politics, where wealthy “Negroes” fight for recognition and equality, and where women struggle to thrive in a system that allows them little freedom.

Wrought with remarkable depth and intelligence, City of Light remains a work completely of its own era, and of ours as well. A stirring literary accomplishment, Lauren Belfer’s first novel marks the debut of a fresh voice for the new millennium and heralds a major publishing event.

Prima Donna at Large (The Opera Mysteries Book 2)


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A headstrong young soprano must solve a murder to save her friend

The Metropolitan Opera has no time for illness. So when its principal baritone succumbs to a head cold on the eve of Carmen, house diva Geraldine Farrar doesn’t hesitate to recommend a replacement: the hungry young American Jimmy Freeman. He’s raw, talented, and desperately in love with her—something she doesn’t mind at all. But when Freeman is passed over in favor of Philippe Duchon, a legendary baritone fleeing World War I, the young man is shattered, and the stage is set for tragedy.

A throat spray laced with ammonia destroys Duchon’s vocal chords, finishing his career once and for all. But who poisoned his spray? While everyone in the company loathed Duchon, Freeman and Farrar are the obvious suspects. To clear their names, the thoroughly modern prima donna who brought flapper-style to the Metropolitan stage will kick up her heels and get to work.

Prima Donna at Large is the 2nd book in the Opera Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Fahrenheit 451

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Internationally acclaimed with more than 5 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury’s classic novel of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was first published nearly 50 years ago.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires…

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning … along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames… never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think… and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!

Puccini: Edgar


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Puccini – Edgar / Scotto, Bergonzi, Killbrew, Sardinero, OONY, NYCO Children’s Chorus, Eve Queler Giacomo Puccini; Opera Orchestra of New York; New York City Opera Children’s Chorus; Eve Queler; Renata Scotto; Carlo Bergonzi; Gwendolyn Killebrew and Vicente Sardinero

A Six-City Opera Potpourri: Stories of Grand Opera from Cincinnati,Washington (D.C.), New York City, New Orleans,Chicago, and Central City (CO)


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Flashbacks are not uncommon in books and movies. Flash-forwards are less common. This description of “A Six-City Opera Potpourri” begins with the final two paragraphs of the book, which constitutes a flash-forward. If you would like to know how opera has reached this point, or disagree with its portrayal, the book will be of interest. Here are the closing paragraphs. Details are in the book. “Changes have crept into the opera world since the six-city tour ended. They have accelerated since 2000 and some are startling. Just using the small sample of operas I’ve chosen to review and discuss proves the point. “The Nose” set uses a backdrop that for all the world resembles a “Movietone newsreel” from the late 1920’s to the ‘60’s. In the Met’s new production of “The Barber of Seville” we are brought right up to the present when Figaro throws open the huge doors of his traveling barber shop and surprises two homosexuals kissing. In the Royal Opera House’ “Faust”, we are transported from Gounod’s beautiful French countryside to the dingy, dark, stone streets and buildings of Paris. In ACT IV we see Mephistopheles in drag wearing a black dress with sequins and a tiara. There is a sexually explicit routine at the end of the ballet. The Met’s new “Rigoletto” is a Michael Mayer production of Verdi’s opera moved ahead centuries in time to a Las Vegas casino in 1960. It depicts (the) “Duke” as a cocaine-snorting lounge singer. The previous paragraphs describe, in some detail, Willy Decker’s “La Traviata”, which is solidly in the group of departures from the composer’s intent. This one may be the “gold standard”. These people design and produce operas but they aren’t opera people. They’re Chagall, Warhol, and Picasso people. Peter Gelb, General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera Company, speaks against going back to the “stone Ages of opera theater”. These “stone ages” are the years that the opera world has named “The Golden Age of Opera”.

500 Times: Monday, October 16, 1899 : Opera in English by the Castle Square Opera Company : at the American Theatre, New York City (1899 )


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Originally published in 1899. This volume from the Cornell University Library’s print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies. All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume.

My New York A Life in the City


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Also the author of “Into Distant Countries”. During a productive period of unemployment in 1975, I wrote a book with a friend, “The Pedestrian Revolution: Streets Without Cars” (Vintage). This gave me a confidence about writing I never had had before. Once you start writing, it is not easy to stop. Over the past 38 years, I have written 400 personal essays. In a spirit of independence, I have never sought advance approval from an editor. I choose the subject, write the essay and then find a home for it. Many of my essays have appeared on the “Home Forum Page” of “The Christian Science Monitor” and in the “New York Law Journal”. Others on the Op-Ed pages of ‘The New York Times”, “Wall Street Journal”, “Newsday” and “International Herald Tribune”. My annual income from writing has rarely exceeded a few hundred dollars. (Mother provided sound advice when suggesting I attend law school.) Yet the pleasure these essays have given me, both in the writing and publication, has been enormous. For this collection, I have selected 83 essays. Topics include: Walking, Central Park, Grand Central Terminal Basketball and Opera, Rikers Island and Potter’s Field, Bridges, Rivers, the Harbor, Whitman and Thoreau in New York, New York and Venice. These essays, and others, reflect my close ties to New York, the city forever a part of me.