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Steve Martin - Author

About the Author

Steve Martin is one of today's most talented performers. His huge successes as a film actor include such credits as ROXANNE, FATHER OF THE BRIDE, PARENTHOOD and THE SPANISH PRISONER. He has won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to the bestselling PURE DRIVEL, he has written several plays, and the highly acclaimed novels, SHOPGIRL and THE PLEASURE OF MY COMPANY. His work appears in THE NEW YORKER and the NEW YORK TIMES. He is an avid and knowledgeable collector of art.

 

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Featured books by Steve Martin

Other books by Steve Martin

Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.

Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.

Author: Steve Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2012

The funniest, most memorable Twitter messages from comedian and bestselling author Steve Martin, along with hilarious responses from followers.Steve Martin's uncanny ability to pack 140 characters with humor and wit has defined what it means to be a celebrity in today's world of social media. With over 8 million followers on Twitter (a number growing by the day), Martin's tweets have been covered by personal blogs, major news outlets, and everything in between.Funny illustrations complement Martin's insights on everything from celebrity culture to jury duty to Twitter itself. Perfect, light reading for your hectic commute, busy waiting rooms, or a lazy Sunday afternoon, this collection will delight avid followers and offline fans alike.

Apple Pro Video Series Final Cut Pro X

Apple Pro Video Series Final Cut Pro X

Author: Steve Martin Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 11/09/2011

Introducing the Apple Pro Video Series: Final Cut Pro X, the first Apple-Certified video on Final Cut Pro X. In this tutorial, Apple-mentor trainer Steve Martin, guides you through the new workflows, toolsets and features of Final Cut Pro X. Whether you are new to digital video editing or transitioning from another editing application, you will get a solid foundation for understanding the software. These Apple Certified videos partially prepare you to earn Apple Certified Pro - Final Cut Pro X Level One status. Level One certification attests to essential operational knowledge of the application. Apple Pro Video Series: Final Cut Pro X assumes no prior knowledge of Final Cut Pro or Mac-based video editing. The tutorials walk you through the complete post-production workflow, from initial import to final output. Along the way, learn techniques to make you more productive using Final Cut Pro X's editing tools, effects, titles, transitions and themes. Previous experience with iMovie or legacy versions of Final Cut Pro is not required. However, a solid foundation in those apps would provide a useful bridge to understanding the new workflow paradigms. Each step in the editing workflow is presented in 37 easy-to-follow learning modules with a running time of 5 hours. Media files to follow along in Final Cut Pro X are also included.

Object of Beauty

Object of Beauty

Author: Steve Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 23/11/2010

Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the NYC art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights--and, at times, the dark lows--of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

Late for School

Late for School

Author: Steve Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2010

Getting to school has never been quite this difficult--or hilarious. Celebrated writer and performer Steve Martin and dynamic artist C. F. Payne (illustrator of John Lithgow's children's books) have teamed up to tell a story of the adventure, danger, and laughs of the journey to school. Undoubtedly a new classic for readers of all ages, Late to School is the perfect gift to be read again and again.

Start and Run a Residential Letting Agency

Start and Run a Residential Letting Agency

Author: Steve Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2009

The letting industry is booming. With most properties too expensive for people to get on the housing ladder, a dearth of lending instruments, the need for a flexible and transient workforce, high divorce rates, and an increase in immigrants coming to the UK, more and more people are looking for rental accommodation. The requirement for professional letting and managing agents is high. Providing you have some business acumen and determination, you can run a successful lettings business without any specific prior knowledge. This book will provide much of the information you will need, and shows you how and where to get additional information, training and resources. The book provides a complete guide to starting and running your own residential letting agency even if you have no previous knowledge of the industry. It will also provide valuable information for anyone buying into a lettings franchise, or for people already working in the industry. Contents: Acknowlegements; Preface; 1. Background to the property letting and Management Business; 2. Where do I start?; 3. Setting up the Business; 4. Marketing; 5. Business Finance; 6. Staffing your Business; 7. Customer service and Exceeding Customer's Expectations; 8. Business Legal Requirements; 9. Complying with the Latest Letting Regulations and Legislation; 10. The Letting Process; 11. The Property Management Process; 12. Client Accounting Procedures; 13. Additional Income Sources; 14. The Next Step - Expanding and Diversifying; Index

A Stab in the Dark

A Stab in the Dark

Author: Steve Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2008

My account of my time in the Territorial army

Public Service Improvement Policies, progress and prospects

Public Service Improvement Policies, progress and prospects

Author: Steve Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/12/2007

This is an excellent new contribution to current academic and policy debates, and will be of great interest internationally to all students, researchers, public sector managers and policy makers. The improvement of public services has become a key priority for all the main political parties in the UK. Recent years have witnessed large, real terms increases in spending on public services and a plethora of new initiatives designed to drive up standards in the Heath Service, schools, the police and local government. As part of this broader picture the Government has launched major reforms that it hopes will transform local authority performance. Councils have had to develop new ways of delivering services. They have been under pressure to achieve 'stretch targets' and to work in partnership with other local agencies to provide more 'joined up' services. More recently ministers have also stepped up the pressure on them to achieve major efficiency savings through better procurement and working practices. To date relatively little has been written about these developments. This book fills this gap by bringing togther authoritative analysis of current reforms ythrough speically commisioned chapters by leading researchers, policy makers and practitioners who have been closely involved in the development and implementation of these policies. This book was previously published as a special issue of Local Government Studies.

Born Standing Up

Born Standing Up

Author: Steve Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 20/11/2007

The Emmy and Grammy Award-winner's candid, spectacularly amusing memoir of his years in stand-up In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "e;why I did stand-up and why I walked away."e; At age ten Martin started his career at Disneyland, selling guidebooks in the newly opened theme park. In the decade that followed, he worked in the Disney magic shop and the Bird Cage Theatre at Knott's Berry Farm, performing his first magic/comedy act a dozen times a week. The story of these years, during which he practiced and honed his craft, is moving and revelatory. Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline and originality that made him an icon and informs his work to this day. To be this good, to perform so frequently, was isolating and lonely. It took Martin decades to reconnect with his parents and sister, and he tells that story with great tenderness. Martin also paints a portrait of his times: the era of free love and protests against the war in Vietnam, the heady irreverence of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the late sixties, and the transformative new voice of Saturday Night Live in the seventies.

Safety, Quality, Tricks and Lies

Safety, Quality, Tricks and Lies

Author: Steve Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2007

Public Service Improvement Policies, progress and prospects

Public Service Improvement Policies, progress and prospects

Author: Steve Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/04/2006

This is an excellent new contribution to current academic and policy debates, and will be of great interest internationally to all students, researchers, public sector managers and policy makers. The improvement of public services has become a key priority for all the main political parties in the UK. Recent years have witnessed large, real terms increases in spending on public services and a plethora of new initiatives designed to drive up standards in the Heath Service, schools, the police and local government. As part of this broader picture the Government has launched major reforms that it hopes will transform local authority performance. Councils have had to develop new ways of delivering services. They have been under pressure to achieve 'stretch targets' and to work in partnership with other local agencies to provide more 'joined up' services. More recently ministers have also stepped up the pressure on them to achieve major efficiency savings through better procurement and working practices. To date relatively little has been written about these developments. This book fills this gap by bringing togther authoritative analysis of current reforms ythrough speically commisioned chapters by leading researchers, policy makers and practitioners who have been closely involved in the development and implementation of these policies. This book was previously published as a special issue of Local Government Studies.

The Pleasure of my Company

The Pleasure of my Company

Author: Steve Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2004

From Steve Martin, one of our best-loved comedians, a fantastic new novel with an unforgettably weird, original and ultimately engaging character - Daniel Pecan Cambridge. 'Makes you laugh out loud' Sunday Telegraph Daniel Cambridge is a thirty-three-year-old man who is slightly bewildered by life. He knows the exact wattage of the bulbs in his flat, and will panic if the wattage isn't kept constant. He can't cross the street unless two opposing driveways break the kerb. And he is exercised by the colour of hat worn by the local gas station attendant. Such characteristics make it difficult for Daniel to find the right woman, but he's very keen on Elizabeth who's selling the flats across the street and Zandy who works in the local pharmacy (though he's yet to actually speak to her). There's also the murder of Bob from downstairs. Daniel has an alibi but is still a suspect, and his agreeing to a TV reconstruction of the murder inquiry could well backfire. It might also jeopardise Daniel's chances of winning the Most Average American competition which he's entered (twice).

Pleasure of My Company

Pleasure of My Company

Author: Steve Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2003

From the bestselling author of Shopgirl comes the tender story of a troubled man who finds love, and life, in the most unexpected place.Daniel resides in his Santa Monica apartment, living much of his life as a bystander: He watches from his window as the world goes by, and his only relationships seem to be with people who barely know he exists. He passes the time idly filling out contest applications, counting ceiling tiles, and estimating the wattage of light bulbs.It is through Daniel's growing attachment to Clarissa, and to Teddy, that he finally gains the courage to begin to engage the world outside, and in doing so, he discovers love, and life, in the most surprising places.Filled with his trademark humor, tenderness, and out and out hilarious wordplay, The Pleasure of My Company is a tour de force sure to delight all of Steve Martin's fans.

Pure Drivel

Pure Drivel

Author: Steve Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2003

'A mix of urbane wit and surreal extrapolations - Douglas Adams meets Flann O'Brien' Independent Who else but Steve Martin could combine irrefutable evidence that Mars is populated by kittens with a treatise on sledgehammers? In this brilliantly witty collection of pieces Steve Martin takes a subversive glimpse at the world and a sideways swipe at the conventional. From memory tips for the over-fifties to his insightful exposition of 'Wittgenstein's Banana', never has 'pure drivel' been so entertaining.

Shopgirl

Shopgirl

Author: Steve Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2000

THE BESTSELLING NOVEL BY STEVE MARTIN IS NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Mirabelle is the "e;shopgirl"e; of the title, a young woman, beautiful in a wallflowerish kind of way, who works behind the glove counter at Neiman Marcus "e;selling things that nobody buys anymore..."e; Mirabelle captures the attention of Ray Porter, a wealthy businessman almost twice her age. As they tentatively embark on a relationship, they struggle to decipher the language of love--with consequences that are both comic and heartbreaking. Filled with the kind of witty, discerning observations that have brought Steve Martin critical success, Shopgirl is a work of disarming tenderness.

Pure Drivel

Pure Drivel

Author: Steve Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/1998

Steve Martin's talent has always defied definition: an actor who's kept us riveted for over 25 years, a razor-sharp screenwriter, an acclaimed playwright. In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of The New Yorker magazine already know: that Martin is a master of the written word. Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, the audiobook's pieces, some of which first appeared in The New Yorker, feature Martin at his finest. With a playwright's ear for dialogue, a sense of irony only Steve Martin could muster, and a first-class comic ability to perfectly time the punch line, Pure Drivel will have listeners crying with laughter, and marveling at the fact that in addition to all of his many talents, Steve Martin is also a superb writer.