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A Life in Parts

By Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
A poignant, intimate, funny, inspiring memoir - both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft - from Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history's most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father cast him in a United Way commercial. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny, until one day his father disappeared. Destiny suddenly took a backseat to survival. Now, in his riveting memoir, Cranston maps his zigzag journey from abandoned son to beloved star by recalling the many odd parts he's played in real life - paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, lover, husband, father. Cranston also chronicles his evolution on camera, from soap opera player trying to master the rules of show business to legendary character actor turning in classic performances as Seinfeld dentist Tim Whatley, "a sadist with newer magazines," and Malcolm in the Middle dad Hal Wilkerson, a lovable bumbler in tighty-whities. He also gives an inspiring account of how he prepared, physically and mentally, for the challenging role of President Lyndon Johnson, a tour de force that won him a Tony to go along with his four Emmys. Of course, Cranston dives deep into the grittiest details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most memorable performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin. Discussing his life as few men do, describing his art as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. But ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.
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  • Little Giant Encyclopedia of Lucky Numbers

    By Group Diagram
    Group Diagram
    Numerology can help us fathom the nature of the human soul, enrich our relationships and guide us towards a happier future. Within these many pages you will find in-depth information on lucky numbers for each sign of the zodiac, the geography of numbers, dividing the future with cards, dice, or dominoes, and using numbers to choose the right day for particular activities. Through calculations that refer to birth dates and given names, you can identify personal traits and influences that will increase your own self awareness and help determine when friends and family are at their most receptive.
  • Little Giant Encyclopedia of Etiquette

    By Michael Macfarlane
    Michael Macfarlane
    Lots of manuals tell you what¿s currently socially acceptable behaviour, but now you can get a truly encyclopaedic view of etiquette that explains the historical reasons for a particular faux pas, as well as the differences in etiquette from one culture to another. You¿ll find essential information, whether you¿re dating someone from another social background, or whether your life put you in contact with people from other cultures. Every social situation is covered, from formal dinners to intimate settings, and from weddings and funerals to successful business etiquette. You also learn to cope fast with fast changing new rules for the internet, mobile phones, pagers, and other creations of technological revolution.
  • Little Giant Encyclopedia Of Proverbs

    By David Macfarlane
    David Macfarlane
    For your amusement, for your edification and inspiration, for livening up that speech you have to give: proverbs have an irresistible power. These little pockesots of wisdom say volumes about a culture ¿ so take a tour around the world in words.. You¿ll encounter the lively and colourful sayings from all around the world: Africa and its diaspora (Haiti, Jamaica, and African-American); Central and South America; Mexico; Native American; China, Japan; Italy; Ireland; Scotland; Israel; and the Arab nations..