New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

August 23, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Play all : a bingewatcher's notebook

August 22, 2016
James, Clive, 1939- author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
xiv, 200 pages ; 21 cm

The girl with the lower back tattoo

August 16, 2016
Schumer, Amy, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
viii, 323 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
A note to my readers -- An open letter to my vagina -- My only one-night stand -- I am an introvert -- On being new money -- An introduction to my stuffed animals -- Dad -- Excerpt from my journal in 1994 (age thirteen) with footnotes from 2016 -- Officially a woman -- Camp Anchor -- How I lost my virginity -- Things you don't know about me -- Can't knock the hustle -- Excerpt from my journal in 1999 (age eighteen) with footnotes from 2016 -- Faked it 'til I maked it -- Excerpt from my journal in 2001 (age twenty) with footnotes from 2016 -- Beautiful and strong -- Excerpt from my journal in 2003 (age twenty-two) with footnotes from 2016 -- How to become a stand-up comedian -- Times it's okay for a man not to make a woman come during sex -- The worst night of my life -- Things that make me insanely furious -- Athletes and musicians -- Letter to the editor -- Secret bad habits -- Mom -- NYC apartments -- Blackouts and stem cells -- An exciting time for women in Hollywood -- Mayci and Jillian -- Things that make me happy -- The sun will come out tomorrow -- What I want people to say at my funeral -- Rider for the funeral of Amy Schumer -- Forgiving my lower back tattoo.
Amy Schumer, Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star, mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationship, and sex, and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is--a woman with the courage to bare her soul and stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friend -- an unforgettable and fun adventure you wish could last forever. --from book jacket.

Powerhouse : the untold story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency

August 9, 2016
Miller, James A. (James Andrew), 1957- author.
©2016
xxxv, 707 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Rebels: 1974-1979 -- New York-London-Rome: 1980-1985 -- Gyokai wo Shihaisuru: 1986-1988 -- "Katy, bar the door!": 1989-1994 -- The Prince of Denmark: January 1, 1995-August 15, 1995 -- Partial Sid: August 16, 1995-2001 -- Bar hopping: 2002-2009 -- Cool summers: 2010-2016.
"An oral history of the forefront Hollywood talent agency through the stories of its influence on major film, television, sports, music and business ventures throughout the past half century,"--NoveList.

The real James Dean : intimate memories from those who knew him best

August 1, 2016
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2016.
xvi, 350 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
James Dean--the boy I loved / Emma Woolen Dean -- "My Jim is a tough boy to understand" : James Dean's father talks about his son / Richard Moore -- My case study / James Dean -- Grant County's own / Adeline Nall as told to Val Holley -- The man who would be 50 : a memory of James Dean / Mrs. Gene Nielson Owen -- There was a boy / William Bast -- There was a boy...part II / William Bast -- There was a boy...part III / William Bast -- The great white way / John Gilmore -- Blindside / John Gilmore -- I almost married Jimmy Dean / Beverly Wills as told to Helen Weller -- James Dean at UCLA / James Bellah interviewed by Ronald Martinetti -- James Dean, the hungry matador / Peter L. Winkler -- Life with Rogers : James Dean's gay mentor tells all / Ronald Martinetti -- In memory of Jimmy / Elizabeth Sheridan -- What Jimmy Dean believed / Jack Shafer -- The little prince / Frank Corsaro -- Bottle, bottle, who's got the bottle? / Hume Cronyn -- Drawing blood / Shelley Winters -- A serpent in Eden / Elia Kazan -- Just lousy with rapport / Raymond Massey -- Demon Dean / Sidney Skolsky -- "I was James Dean's Black Madonna!" / Vampira as told to Robert Rees -- Kindred spirits / Eartha Kitt -- When James Dean charmed the Gossip Queen / Hedda Hopper and James Brough -- James Dean : rebel with a cause / Joe Hyams -- Romeo and Juliet in Burbank / Peter L. Winkler -- A kind of loving / Toni Lee Scott ; edited by Curt Gentry -- Jimmy Dean : giant legend, cult rebel / Leonard Rosenman -- Chickie run on the Sunset Strip / Shelley Winters -- James Dean : the actor as a young man / Nicholas Ray -- James Dean / Jim Backus -- You haven't heard the half about Jimmy! / Natalie Wood -- A tenderness lost / George Stevens -- Trapped in Marfa / Mercedes McCambridge -- The James Dean I knew / Bob Hinkle -- Some unsentimental memories of James Dean by Rock Hudson / Ray Loynd -- This was my friend Jimmy Dean / Mike Connolly -- Along came a spyder / Alex Guinness -- The rebel and the mogul / Dore Schary -- The assignment I'll never forget : Jimmy Dean / Sanford h. Roth -- Death drive / Rolf Wütherich.
"In the decades following his death, many of those who knew James Dean best--actors, directors, friends, lovers (both men and women), photographers, and Hollywood columnists--shared stories of their first-person experiences with him in interviews and in the articles and autobiographies they wrote. Their recollections of Dean became lost in fragile back issues of movie magazines and newspapers and in out-of-print books that are extremely hard to find. Until now. The Real James Dean is the first book of its kind: a rich collection spanning six decades of writing in which many of the people whose lives were touched by Dean recall their indelible experiences with him in their own words. Here are the memorable personal accounts of Dean from his high school and college drama teachers; the girl he almost married; costars like Rock Hudson, Natalie Wood, Jim Backus, and Raymond Massey; directors Elia Kazan, Nicholas Ray, and George Stevens; entertainer Eartha Kitt; gossip queen Hedda Hopper; the passenger who accompanied Dean on his final, fatal road trip; and a host of his other friends and colleagues."-- Provided by publisher.

Feminist perspectives on Orange is the new black : thirteen critical essays

July 20, 2016
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2016.
230 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction: is orange the new black? / April Kalogeropoulos Householder and Adrienne Trier-Bieniek -- Chocolate and vanilla swirl, swi-irl": race and lesbian identity politics / Sarah E. Fryett -- We will survive: race and gender-based trauma as cultural truth-telling / Kalima Y. Young -- Jenji Kohan's trojan horse: subversive uses of whiteness / Katie Sullivan Barak -- "You don't look full ... Asia": the invisible and ambiguous bodies of Chang and Soso / Minjeong Kim -- Cleaning up your act: surveillance, queer sex and the imprisoned body / Yvonne Swartz Hammond -- The transgender tipping point: the social death of Sophia Burset / Hilary Malatino -- All in the (prison) family: genre mixing and queer representation / Kyra Hunting -- Pennsatucky's teeth and the persistence of class / Susan Sered -- Pleasure and power behind bars: resisting necropower with sexuality / Zoey K. Jones -- Anatomy of a binge: abject intimacy and the televisual form / Anne Moore -- "You don't feel like a freak anymore": representing disability madness and trauma in Litchfield Penitentiary / Lydia Brown -- Piper Chapman's flexible accommodation of difference / H. Rakes -- "Can't fix crazy": confronting able-mindedness / Sarah Gibbons.
"Since its 2013 premiere, Orange Is the New Black has become Netflix's most watched series, garnering critical praise and numerous awards and advancing the cultural phenomenon of binge-watching. Academic conferences now routinely feature panels discussing the show, and the book on which it is based is popular course material at many universities"-- Provided by publisher.

It gets worse : a collection of essays

July 20, 2016
Dawson, Shane, 1988- author.
New York : Keywords Press/Atria, 2016.
237 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
"New York Times bestselling author Shane Dawson returns with another highly entertaining and uproariously funny essay collection, chronicling a mix of real life moments both extraordinary and mortifying, yet always full of heart. Shane Dawson shared some of his best and worst experiences in I Hate Myselfie, the critically acclaimed book that secured his place as a gifted humorist and keen observer of millennial culture. Fans felt as though they knew him after devouring the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal bestseller."-- Provided by publisher.

Horror films by subgenre : a viewer's guide

July 20, 2016
Vander Kaay, Chris, author.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2016]
viii, 234 pages ; 25 cm
"This primer and reference guide defines and explores 75 alphabetically listed subgenres of horror film, from Abduction to Witchcraft. Each chapter provides a critical survey of the subgenre, a detailed examination of its characteristic elements and themes, and a discussion of 3-4 exemplary titles as well as other titles of interest"-- Provided by publisher.

The Star trek book

July 20, 2016
Ruditis, Paul, author.
©2016
336 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Space, the final frontier -- Starfleet -- Federation allies and enemies -- Science and technology -- New life and new civilizations.
Celebrate 50 years of one of the longest running and beloved sci-fi franchises with "The Star Trek Book." This comprehensive guide to the series delves into the myriad worlds and different dimensions visited by the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Perfect for fans of the various "Star Trek" TV series, including "The Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine," "Voyager," and "Enterprise," "The Star Trek Book" details everything you need to know about 50 years of excitement and adventure on the final frontier.

There goes my social life : from Clueless to conservative

July 7, 2016
Dash, Stacey, author.
©2016
xviii, 254 pages ; 24 cm
The Tweet That Changed My Life -- The Pretentious Unpretentious -- Why Black People Should Vote Republican Every Time -- The Voice No One Heard -- The Decision Maker -- Education, the Great Integrator -- The Power of Family -- Searching for a Fairy Tale -- Life and Death -- Not Really Clueless -- God's Way -- You Shall Tweet the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free -- Love.
"In 2012, actress Stacey Dash posted a tweet that changed her life. Up until that moment, Dash had lived a typical Hollywood life: Best known for playing Dionne in the 1995 teen classic Clueless, Dash had close friends in the upper echelons of the movie and music industries-and she had an Obama bumper sticker on the back of her BMW. But in 2012, sick of being disappointed by the Obama White House and growing more certain of her conservative beliefs, Dash endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Twitter. The backlash was swift and brutal. In There Goes My Social Life, Stacey Dash explains how she became a conservative, sharing incredible stories of her rough upbringing in South Bronx and her tumultuous Hollywood career to movingly illustrate her strong opinions about the value of a good education, the importance of family, the inanity of political correctness, and the power of personal responsibility"-- Provided by publisher.

You'll grow out of it

July 5, 2016
Klein, Jessi, 1975-
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
viii, 291 pages ; 22 cm
Tom man -- The bath -- Walking through the cloud -- Dale -- How to get older -- All the cakes -- Bar method and the secrets of beautiful women -- Poodle vs. wolf -- The cad -- Anthropologie -- Types -- The bachelor -- Connie -- Carole King and the saddest to-do- list ever -- The lingerie dilemma -- How to get engaged -- The wedding dress -- Long day's journey into porn -- Leap of faith -- Ma'am -- How I became a comedian -- Dogshit -- Get the epidural -- The infertility chapters.
"YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT hilariously, and candidly, explores the journey of the twenty-first century woman. As both a tomboy and a late bloomer, comedian Jessi Klein grew up feeling more like an outsider than a participant in the rites of modern femininity. In YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT, Klein offers-through an incisive collection of real-life stories-a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics she has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond."-- Provided by publisher.

Éric Rohmer : a biography

June 30, 2016
Baecque, Antoine de, author.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]
vi, 637 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 26 cm
Translated from the French.
The mysteries of "le grand momo" -- Maurice Schérer's youth: 1920-1945 -- From Schérer to Rohmer: 1945-1957 -- Under the sign of Leo: 1959-1962 -- Under the sign of cahiers: 1957-1963 -- The laboratory period: 1963-1970 -- Four moral tales: 1966-1972 -- Of Germany and the pleasure of teaching: 1969-1994 -- In pursuit of Perceval: 1978-1979 -- Six comedies and proverbs: 1980-1986 -- The Rohmer of the cities and the Rohmer of the countryside: 1973-1995 -- In the rhythm of the seasons: 1989-1998 -- Filming history: 1998-2004 -- A winter's tale: 2006-2007 -- In pain: 2001-2010.
"The director of twenty-five films, including My Night at Maud's (1969), which was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, and the editor in chief of Cahiers du cinéma from 1957 to 1963, Éric Rohmer set the terms by which people watched, made, and thought about cinema for decades. Such brilliance does not develop in a vacuum, and Rohmer cultivated a fascinating network of friends, colleagues, and industry contacts that kept his outlook sharp and propelled his work forward. Despite his privacy, he cared deeply about politics, religion, culture, and fostering a public appreciation of the medium he loved. This exhaustive biography uses personal archives and interviews to enrich our knowledge of Rohmer's public achievements and lesser known interests and relations. The filmmaker kept in close communication with his contemporaries and competitors: François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, and Jacques Rivette. He held a paradoxical fascination with royalist politics, the fate of the environment, Catholicism, classical music, and the French nightclub scene, and his films were regularly featured at New York and Los Angeles film festivals. Despite an austere approach to life, Rohmer had a voracious appetite for art, culture, and intellectual debate captured vividly in this definitive volume." -- Publisher description.

The fifty year mission : the complete, uncensored, unauthorized oral history of Star trek

June 28, 2016
Gross, Edward (Edward A.), author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2016.
xv, 560 pages ; 25 cm
"Forword by Seth MacFarlane" --Cover.
What a long strange trek it's been -- Reflections on the trek of a lifetime -- Dramatis personae -- Birth of a (trek) nation -- Uncaged -- These were the voyages -- Family feud -- Boldly going -- The end of the beginning -- Life after death -- Reanimated -- Lost in space -- The next phase -- Slow motion -- Khan game -- In search of -- A whale of a tale -- God complex -- Up the academy -- The final roundup.
An incisive, no-holds-barred oral history, told exclusively by the people who were there during the first 25 years of Star Trek, in their own words, sharing the inside scoop they've never revealed before, unveiling the oftentimes shocking true story of the history of Star Trek, and chronicling the trials, tribulations--and tribbles--that have remained deeply buried secrets--until now.

The perfect stage crew : the complete technical guide for high school, college, and community theater

June 28, 2016
Kaluta, John.
New York : Allworth Press, [2016]
Includes index.
Ready -- Get set -- Go. scene painting workshop -- Go. build the thing already -- Go. fix the lights -- Go. fix the sound -- Go. publicity -- Go. rehersals, and life -- Go. working backstage -- Go. patching the lights -- Go. more on sound -- Go. setting cues -- Go. the week before the show -- Go. curtain up -- Go home, the show's over -- The newest lighting systems, digital mixing, and serious theater upgrades.
The Perfect Stage Crew explains the pitfalls to avoid and provides solutions to the most common—and the most complex—stage performance problems, even for theaters with a lack of resources. An invaluable guide for middle and high school theaters, college theaters, and community theaters.

Mad Men : a cultural history

June 21, 2016
Booker, M. Keith, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
xxii, 293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Part I : Mad Men as America -- Who is Don Draper? -- Mad Men and the American dream -- Mad Men, bad men : American vices -- Part II : Mad Men and culture -- A Mad Men reading list -- The music of Mad Men : satisfaction not guaranteed -- Mad Men and the movies -- The science fiction of Mad Men -- Part III : Mad Men and history -- Mad Men and nostalgia -- Mad Men vs. the youth counterculture of the 1960s -- Mad Men goes west : California dreamin' -- Joan : the feminine ideal? -- Peggy : creating the modern woman -- Betty : diary of a mad housewife.

Life moves pretty fast : the lessons we learned from eighties movies (and why we don't learn them from movies anymore)

June 15, 2016
Freeman, Hadley, author.
©2015
viii, 339 pages ; 22 cm
"An earlier edition of this work was published in Great Britain in 2015."--Title page verso.
"From Vogue contributor and Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman, a personalized guide to eighties movies that describes why they changed movie-making forever--featuring exclusive interviews with the producers, directors, writers and stars of the best cult classics"-- Provided by publisher.

Is you okay?

June 13, 2016
Green, GloZell, 1972-
New York, NY : HarperOne, [2016]
243 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Everyone's a little diff-uh-rent -- Age is just a number -- No excuses -- Always have faith -- Be yourself, be open to the path -- Haters gonna hate -- Find your Abby -- You're #1 -- Learn from your mistakes -- Stand out to break out.
"A fun, inspiring memoir from 'the Queen of YouTube' about her journey from anonymity in Florida to massive popularity on the Internet, filled with the unlikeliest of stories that are as poignant as they are hilarious."-- Provided by publisher.

Well played : the ultimate guide to awakening your family's playful spirit

June 13, 2016
Sinclair, Meredith, author.
©2016
273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

I'm just a person

June 13, 2016
Notaro, Tig, author.
©2016
240 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, some color ; 22 cm
In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C-diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Days after her diagnosis, Tig took her grief onstage, opening an unvarnished set with, "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer." The set went viral instantly and was later released as an album, Live, and was nominated for a Grammy. This book takes stock of that no good, very bad year, with an inspired combination of deadpan silliness and open-hearted vulnerability. A moving and often hilarious look at Notaro's journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.

My voice

June 9, 2016
Martinez, Angie, 1971- author.
New York : Celebra, 2016.
x, 274 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm
"Radio icon Angie Martinez is "The Voice of New York." Now that voice speaks out about her experiences at the helm of the #1 radio show in the country and her unlikely path to the heart of hip-hop music. In her twenty years behind the mic at New York City's two biggest hip-hop stations--Hot 97 and Power 105.1--Angie Martinez has become an entertainment legend. From one-time presidential hopeful Barack Obama to Jay-Z and Beyonce to post-prison Tupac, her intimate and candid interviews with the leading names in the music business, hip-hop culture, and beyond have grabbed headlines and changed the conversation. In the same no-holds-barred style of her radio show, Angie shares stories from behind-the-scenes of her most controversial interviews and reflects on her climb to the top of the radio business. And for the first time, Angie opens up about her personal life, exploring how her experiences have shaped her into the strong and outspoken woman that she is today. The Power of a Voice brings together New York City's one-of-a-kind urban radio culture, the changing faces of hip-hop music, and Angie Martinez's rise to become the Voice of New York"-- Provided by publisher.

Television series of the 1950s : essential facts and quirky details

June 8, 2016
Terrace, Vincent, 1948- author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xii, 211 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Get the callback : the art of auditioning for musical theatre

June 8, 2016
Flom, Jonathan, 1977- author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xiii, 193 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Acknowledgments -- Foreword by Joy Dewing, CSA -- Before the audition -- Building the actor's repertoire book: a detailed guide -- Walking through the audition -- Callbacks -- Job offers -- Headshots, resumes, and cover letters -- Auditioning for colleges -- Conclusion: some dos and don'ts -- Glossary -- Appendix A: repertoire genre lists -- Appendix B: sample repertoire by actor type -- Appendix C: recommended reading -- About the author.

The world according to Star Wars

June 7, 2016
Sunstein, Cass R., author.
New York : Dey Street Books, [2016].
xii, 223 pages ; 20 cm
Introduction: Learning from Star Wars -- I am your father : the heroic journey of George Lucas -- The movie no one liked : an expected flop becomes the defining work of our time -- Secrets of success : was Star Wars awesome, well-timed, or just very lucky? -- Thirteen ways of looking at Star Wars : of Christianity, Oedipus, politics, economics, and Darth Jar Jar -- Fathers and sons : you can be redeemed, especially if your kid really likes you -- Freedom of choice : it's not about destiny or prophecy -- Rebels : why empires fall, why resistance fighters (and terrorists) rise -- Constitutional episodes : free speech, sex equality, and same-sex marriage as episodes -- The Force and the monomyth : of magic, God, and humanity's very favorite tale -- Our myth, ourselves : why Star Wars gets to us.
"In this fun, erudite, and often moving book, Cass R. Sunstein explores the lessons of Star Wars as they relate to childhood, fathers, the Dark Side, rebellion, and redemption. As it turns out, Star Wars also has a lot to teach us about constitutional law, economics, and political uprisings. Sunstein tells the story of the films; wildly unanticipated success and explores why some things succeed while others fail. Ultimately, Sunstein argues, Star Wars is about freedom of choice and our never-ending ability to make the right decision when the chips are down. Written with buoyant prose and considerable heart, The World According to Star Wars shines a bright new light on the most beloved story of our time."--Adapted from dust jacket.

Twin peaks FAQ : all that's left to know about a place both wonderful and strange

June 7, 2016
Bushman, David, 1955- author.
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2016.
xvii, 374 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

My Elizabeth

June 6, 2016
Zahedi, Firooz, photographer.
New York : Glitterati Incorporated, 2016.
206 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 34 cm
Includes index.
A letter from Elizabeth -- Preface: Unmoderated passion / Liz Smith -- Foreword: Illuminating Elizabeth / Bob Colacello -- Introduction: Always, always / Firooz Zahedi -- The Embassy -- Iran -- New York and Andy Warhol -- Vienna -- Washington to Hollywood -- Bel Air -- Vanity Fair -- Amsterdam -- Cannes -- Venice -- The White House -- Husband number nine -- The last sitting -- The museum show.
As a young man, photographer Zahedi became friends with Elizabeth Taylor, and the relationship changed his life. Now he shares his unforgettable photographs of Taylor, collected for the first time. Text explores her facets, and document her playful, carefree side away from movie sets and crowds.

The eternal party : understanding my dad, Larry Hagman, the TV star America loved to hate

June 6, 2016
Hagman, Kristina, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2016.
256 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Dad's Last Day -- A Forensic Study: The Search for My Father -- Pot and Friends to Share It -- Two Stars -- Real Texas Roots -- Dad Goes into the Family Business -- The Eternal Party --- Set Free in the Wide-Open Country -- Life Above the XXX Cinema -- Taking Art in a New Direction -- Dreaming of Jeannie -- LSD Trips of Another Kind -- A Trip with Dad to Nowhere Land -- Malibu -- Finding Work, Dallas, and Fame -- Real Life -- Parents -- The Miracle of Medicine -- A Double Life and Alzheimer's -- Forgiveness.
"When you have a very famous father, like mine, everyone thinks they know him. My Dad, Larry Hagman, portrayed the storied, ruthless oilman JR on the TV series Dallas. He was the man everyone loved to hate, but he had a personal reputation of being a nice guy who fully subscribed to his motto: Have Fun, Don't Worry, Be Happy. Dad had a famous parent too, Mary Martin, known from many roles on Broadway, most memorably as Peter Pan. Off-stage she was a kind, elegant woman, who maintained the down home charm of her Texas roots. Both were performers to the core of their beings, masters at crafting their public images. They were beloved. And their relationship was complex and often fraught. My father never apologized for anything, even when he was wrong. But in the hours before he died, when I was alone with him in his hospital room, he begged for forgiveness. In his delirium he could not tell me what troubled him but somehow I found the words to comfort him. After he died I was compelled to learn why he felt the need to be forgiven. As I solved the troubling mystery of why my happy-go-lucky, pot-smoking, LSD-taking Dad had spent his last breaths begging to be forgiven, I also came to know my father and grandmother better than I had known them in life."

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