Rainn Wilson is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman, and producer. He is best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC sitcom The Office, for which he earned three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

  • A Giacometti Portrait

    Alberto Giacometti was born in Switzerland and became a student of the arts early in life. He travelled to Paris in his early twenties and became a painter, sculptor and printmaker. Throughout his life and work he focused on three core themes, standing women, busts and a man in movement. He experimented with surrealism and cubism and kept a riotously colourful list of acquaintances and contemporaries including Picasso and Mir??.,Giacometti was in many ways the perfect subject for a study on the creative process. He was bohemian but still driven. James Lord, an author and his biographer, agreed to sit for a portrait by the artist and this book is the result of his recording of those days. He did not merely experience the day to day activity in the studio or Giacometti’s many idiosyncrasies, Lord recorded the artist’s emotional state and the tribulations and distractions that occurred over the 18 days of sitting. Lord shows us a man who seems irritable but warm, engaging but absorbed in his work.,’Giacometti’s Portrait’ details Alberto’s fixation on his younger brother as a model for his work, his messy surroundings and the cigarette ash dropping to the floor as he became distracted. Creatives of all kinds will appreciate the reliance of Giacometti on the ritual and instinctive in striving to create a meaningful work of art. The two eggs the artist needed to eat, the two glasses of beaujolais and the two cups of coffee that were required are familiar to all of us from the student writing an essay to the artist creating a masterpiece. The earthly fortifications that surround the creation of art which is supposed to transcend them remain fascinating.

  • Big Cats

    Big Cats opens with “Charlotte,” in which a young girl with a broken pelvis spies on her voluptuous neighbor during a long, hot summer night, setting the tone of irrepressible curiosity and yearning that is evident throughout the collection. In “Get Away from Me, David,” a bank manager tries to overcome his haunted past as he deals with the aftermath of a minor earthquake and the body of a customer who died in the lobby. “Big Cats” pits two teenage girls against each other in an escalating catfight at the zoo where they work, culminating in a blowout in front of the lion cage.

  • Narrow Road to the Interior

    A beautiful translation of one of the most-loved classics of Japanese literature.,Bash?? (1644???1694)???a great luminary of Asian literature who elevated the haiku to an art form of utter simplicity and intense spiritual beauty???is renowned in the West as the author of Narrow Road to the Interior, a travel diary of linked prose and haiku recounting his journey through the far northern provinces of Japan. This edition features a masterful translation of this celebrated work. It also includes an insightful introduction by translator Sam Hamill detailing Bash?????s life and the art of haiku, three other important works by Bash?????Travelogue of Weather-Beaten Bones, The Knapsack Notebook, and Sarashina Travelogue???and two hundred and fifty of his finest haiku, making this the most complete single-volume collection of Bash?????s writings.,This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series. ??,The Shambhala Pocket Library is a collection of short, portable teachings from notable figures across religious traditions and classic texts. The covers in this series are rendered by Colorado artist Robert Spellman. The books in this collection distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life.

  • The Family Virtues Guide

    Bring compassion, generosity, and kindness into your home with this essential interfaith parenting guide to raising kids in a virtuous and spiritual household, with week-by-week strategies for living your best lives. ,The most important job parents have is to pass basic virtues on to their children, and this invaluable book is designed to help make that job a little easier. Compiled by The Virtues Project, an international organization dedicated to inspiring spiritual growth in young and old alike, this multicultural, interfaith handbook shows parents and teachers how to turn words into actions and ideals into realities.,Drawn from the world???s religions, the 52 virtues included here???one for each week of the year???nurture togetherness in family life. The simple strategies, which explain what a virtue is, how to practice it, and signs of success, will engage children of all ages in an exciting process of growth and discovery. This important book shows you how to:,The Family Virtues Guide gives adults and children the tools for spiritual and moral growth. Join the thousands of families discovering simple practices for bringing out the best in each other by sharing The Family Virtues Guide.

  • The Seven Mysteries of Life

    “All life in all worlds” -this was the object of the author’s seventeen-year quest for knowledge and discovery, culminating in this book. In a manner unmistakably his own, Murchie delves into the interconnectedness of all life on the planet and of such fields as biology, geology, sociology, mathematics, and physics. He offers us what the poet May Sarton has called “a good book to take to a desert island as sole companion, so rich is it in knowledge and insight.”

  • This Is a Book

    From the renowned comedian, creator and star of Comedy Central’s Important Things with Demetri Martin comes the paperback debut of his bold, original, New York Times best-selling humor book.,THIS IS A BOOK was an instant and long-lasting New York Times best seller, and is the renowned comedian’s hilarious foray into prose comedy. In these pages, Martin expands on the sensibility he’s developed on stage as an award-winning stand-up comedian and on television as a writer-performer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and his own Comedy Central series, Important Things with Demetri Martin.,Featuring narrative essays, short stories, and conceptual pieces (such as “Protagonists’ Hospital,” where doctors treat only the shoulder wounds of Hollywood action heroes) as well as Martin’s signature drawings, absurdities, and one-liners, THIS IS A BOOK delivers sharp jokes, colorful characters, and interesting surprises.,Martin takes readers to places as far-off as Ancient Greece (“Socrates’s Publicist”) and the distant future (“Robot Test,” where everyone must take a test to prove that they are not robots). He recounts a lonely man’s visit to a strip club in the form of a five-hundred-word palindrome (“Palindromes for Specific Occasions”). And he examines the human condition (“Human Cannonball Occupational Hazards”) and the competing world-views of divergent groups (“Optimist, Pessimist, Contortionist”).,Martin’s material is varied, but his unique voice and brilliant mind will keep readers in stitches from beginning to end.