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Chances are pretty good that if you’ve watched any TV comedy shows over the past 30 years, you’ve laughed at a line written by Nell Scovell. In Just the Funny Parts, Scovell recounts how she came to Hollywood as a bookish, Harvard-educated New Englander and worked her way up from low-level comedy writer to major contributor on some prominent shows, taking on additional roles along the way as creator, producer, and director. While she generally stayed behind the scenes, she stepped forward nine years ago, at the time of the David Letterman scandal, and spoke out about gender bias on late-night TV writing staffs. A couple of years later, she collaborated with Sheryl Sandberg on Lean In, helping to further public debate about diversity in male-dominated work environments. She continues that discussion in her candid, engaging, instructive, and very funny memoir. Nell has compared her book to Unbroken, only “funnier and with slightly less torture.”

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By Nell Scovell, Sheryl Sandberg (Foreword by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062473486
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Published: Dey Street Books - March 20th, 2018

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In his popular 2011 work, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Steven Pinker argued that violence has declined over the course of human history and he sought to explain why. Expanding on that claim in Enlightenment Now, Pinker—an experimental psychologist and Harvard professor—contends that human life today is better than it’s ever been. This may seem counter-intuitive in an age of conflict, climate change, resource depletion, and renewed authoritarian populism. But Pinker argues that pessimism about where we’re headed and cynicism about our institutions aren’t warranted. He compiles an enormous amount of data—and presents dozens of charts and graphs—in making the case that we’re living longer, healthier, better educated, more prosperous, and more fulfilling lives. As for such major threats as overpopulation, terrorism, or potential nuclear war, Pinker suggests viewing them not with dread and fear but with determination as problems to be solved. And he advocates holding fast to Enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780525427575
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Published: Viking - February 13th, 2018

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During his more than three decades in the publishing industry, Peter Ginna has held a range of editing positions. He’s worked with a small independent publishing firm and a venerable scholarly one as well as with large commercial houses. Most of his time has been spent in trade publishing, most recently as publisher and editorial director at Bloomsbury Press, an imprint he founded. For What Editors Do, Ginna gathered essays from more than two dozen contributors across the publishing field and wrote a couple of pieces himself. The articles take readers through every phase of book production—from acquisition to the editing process to publication and marketing. Later chapters provide case studies and a look at pursuing a career in publishing. The book comes at a time of significant and fast-paced change in the publishing business. As Ginna observes, the rise of Amazon, the advent of e-readers, and the growth of self-publishing all have contributed to shaking up the industry more in the past 15 years than in the previous 50.

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By Peter Ginna (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780226299976
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 6th, 2017

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