New Release Books by John Waters

John Waters is the author of Liarmouth (2022), Mr Know-It-All (2021), Mr. Know-It-All (2019), Self-Assessment Questions for the MRCP Part 2 (2020) and other 97 books.

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Liarmouth

release date: May 05, 2022
Liarmouth
A hilariously filthy tale of sex, crime, and family dysfunction from the brilliantly twisted mind of John Waters, the legendary filmmaker and bestselling author of Mr. Know-It-All. Marsha Sprinkle: Suitcase thief. Scammer. Master of disguise. Dogs and children hate her. Her own family wants her dead. She''s smart, she''s desperate, she''s disturbed, and she''s on the run with a big chip on her shoulder. They call her "Liarmouth" - until one insane man makes her tell the truth. John Waters''s first novel, Liarmouth, is a perfectly perverted "feel-bad romance," and the reader will thrill to hop aboard this delirious road trip of riotous revenge.

Mr Know-It-All

release date: Feb 04, 2021

Mr. Know-It-All

release date: May 21, 2019
Mr. Know-It-All
No one knows more about everything—especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling—than John Waters. The man in the pencil-thin mustache, auteur of the transgressive movie classics Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray, Cry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame, is one of the world’s great sophisticates, and in Mr. Know-It-All he serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste, from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; more important, how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and yes, how to cheat death itself. Through it all, Waters swears by one undeniable truth: “Whatever you might have heard, there is absolutely no downside to being famous. None at all.” Studded with cameos, from Divine and Mink Stole to Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner, Patricia Hearst, and Tracey Ullman, and illustrated with unseen photos from the author''s personal collection, Mr. Know-It-All is Waters’ most hypnotically readable, upsetting, revelatory book—another instant Waters classic. “Waters doesn’t kowtow to the received wisdom, he flips it the bird . . . [Waters] has the ability to show humanity at its most ridiculous and make that funny rather than repellent.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post “Carsick becomes a portrait not just of America’s desolate freeway nodes—though they’re brilliantly evoked—but of American fame itself.” —Lawrence Osborne, The New York Times Book Review

Self-Assessment Questions for the MRCP Part 2

Self-Assessment Questions for the MRCP Part 2
This pack offers a comprehensive and trustworthy solution to anybody wishing to sit, pass, and excel at the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians Part 2 examination.

Self-assessment Questions for MRCP Part 2

release date: Jan 01, 2021
Self-assessment Questions for MRCP Part 2
"Structured in the same way as the MRCP part 2 written exam, the two volumes of this self-assessment book together contain over 270 questions based on clinical scenarios which address the more difficult aspects of the medical curriculum. Chapters are divided by clinical specialties. Volume 1 includes: cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology and metabolic medicine, gastroenterology, haematology, and infectious diseases. Volume 2 includes: neurology and ophthalmology, oncology and palliative care, psychiatry and clinical pharmacology, nephrology, respiratory medicine and rheumatology. The first section of each chapter contains a clinical scenario followed by a multiple-choice, ''best-of-five'', question written in the style of the MRCP exam. The second section of each chapter contains the answer, a concise and clear explanation of the reasoning behind the given answer being correct, as well as a comprehensive tutorial on the subject matter which uses high-quality diagrams and tables to help readers absorb and retain information quickly and orderly. References for further reading are also then given for those interested in a broader review"--

It's Not about Me

release date: Aug 01, 2020
It's Not about Me
Career retrospective from award-winning celebrity photographer Greg Gorman. Stunning Hollywood portraits, including many previously unpublished images. A journey through pop culture, especially post 1970s Hollywood.

Centennial Celebration at Danvers, Mass., June 16, 1852

release date: Apr 29, 2020

Centennial Celebration at Danvers, Mass. , June 16 1852

release date: Apr 29, 2020
Centennial Celebration at Danvers, Mass. , June 16 1852
This is a reproduction of the original artefact. Generally these books are created from careful scans of the original. This allows us to preserve the book accurately and present it in the way the author intended. Since the original versions are generally quite old, there may occasionally be certain imperfections within these reproductions. We''re happy to make these classics available again for future generations to enjoy!

Role Models

release date: Oct 02, 2014
Role Models
Role Models is a wild and witty self-portrait of John Waters, America''s ''Pope of Trash'', told through intimate profiles of his favourite personalities - some famous, some unknown, some criminal, some surprisingly middle of the road. From Esther Martin, owner of the scariest bar in Baltimore, to the playwright Tennessee Williams; from the atheist leader Madalyn Murray O''Hair to the insane martyr Saint Catherine of Siena; from the English novelist Denton Welch to the timelessly appealing singer Johnny Mathis - these are the extreme figures who helped John Waters form his own brand of neurotic happiness. A paean to the power of subversive inspiration that delights, amuses and happily horrifies in equal measure...

Carsick

release date: Jun 03, 2014
Carsick
Carsick is the New York Times bestselling chronicle of a cross-country hitchhiking journey with America''s most beloved weirdo John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I''m Not Psycho," he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash? Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker''s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette. Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion—and a celebration of America''s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

Was It For This?

release date: May 24, 2012
Was It For This?
Ireland today stands at a defining moment. The prosperity of the Celtic Tiger years has given way to the sudden crash, the turbulence of the euro crisis, and the loss of our sovereignty to the faceless technocrats of Europe and the IMF. Our leaders seem impotent and rage, bewilderment and despair have swept through Irish society. Was It For This...? delves into the Irish psyche to answer the questions: What happened to our hopes and dreams? What is at the heart of the sense of betrayal that we feel? In the rush to modernity, did we throw away everything of true value? Have we lost the ideals of nationhood and patriotism set out by those who dreamt of the Irish Republic? John Waters’ remarkable new book sweeps through the pages of our recent history to get to the heart our political, social and existential identity crisis. Ranging across a vast canvas, Was It For This...? argues that the Celtic Tiger was built on a collective delusion, and that the seeds of its destruction were sown many years before it even began, when we exchanged our colonial shackles for a no-less destructive dependency for short-term gain. Ireland’s sovereignty was given up long before the IMF came to town. Along the way, Waters ponders our love/hate relationship with Fianna Fáil; the undercurrents that ran through the 2011 presidential election; why our political leaders and commentators have clung onto the remnants of 1960s revolutionary fervour long after the revolution was won; how our denial of an authoritative father figure has led to a leaderless ‘sibling society’; the emptiness of our ‘youth culture’ and the suppression of real thought and discussion through cynicism and irony; and why we have lost the very language that once enabled us to speak of ‘Ireland’ with pride.

Jiving At The Crossroads (New Edition)

release date: Oct 13, 2011
Jiving At The Crossroads (New Edition)
In 1991, Ireland was in the midst of a devastating recession; thousands of young Irish men and women had emigrated over the previous decade, and divisive social and moral debates on abortion and divorce had rocked Irish society. The great pillars of society - politics and religion - were beginning to crumble, a process that continued in subsequent years as both institutions were hit by scandal. A questioning of the values on which Ireland had been built had begun, with an apparently unbridgeable divide opening between "traditionalists" and "modernizers". At the start of the decade, the modernizers appeared to have won, with the election as President of the iconic Mary Robinson. Irish Times columnist John Waters captured the zeitgeist of the time with the hugely successful Jiving at the Crossroads, which sold over 50,000 copies. A defining book of the era, its success was partly due to its remarkable blending of social/cultural commentary with personal memoir. At the emotional core of the book was the relationship between John and his father, and the story of Ireland was intricately woven into this powerful narrative. It was the first in a long line of books to question the very notion of modern Irish identity, and to examine the deep-rooted tensions at the heart of the Irish psyche. Twenty years later, much has changed in Ireland, and yet Jiving at the Crossroads remains a deeply resonant book, particularly in the light of the remarkable rise and precipitous fall of the Celtic Tiger, and the fresh questioning of how we got where we are now. This twentieth anniversary reissue of a landmark book, with a new Afterword, will be welcomed by those who remember it, and will be a fascinating insight for a new generation of Irish people.

The Complete Peanuts

release date: Sep 18, 2018
The Complete Peanuts
Vol. 9 of the newspaper strip introduces Franklin and Snoopy''s original owner, Lila, returns; in Vol. 10, Peppermint Patty runs afoul of her school''s dress code, Lucy declares herself a "New Feminist," and Snoopy returns to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm on a speaking engagement!

Give Us Back the Bad Roads

release date: Jan 01, 2018

Make Trouble

release date: Sep 21, 2017
Make Trouble
So what if you have talent? Then what? When John Waters delivered his gleefully subversive advice to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, the speech went viral, in part because it was so brilliantly on point about making a living as a creative person. Now we can all enjoy his sly wisdom in a manifesto that reminds us, no matter what field we choose, to embrace chaos, be nosy, and outrage our critics. Anyone embarking on a creative path, he tells us, would do well to realize that pragmatism and discipline are as important as talent and that rejection is nothing to fear. Waters advises young people to eavesdrop, listen to their enemies, and horrify us with new ideas. In other words, MAKE TROUBLE! Illustrated with slightly demented line drawings by Eric Hanson, Make Trouble is a one-of-a-kind gift, the perfect playbook for gaming the system by making the system work for you.

John Waters

release date: Jan 01, 2011
John Waters
The films of John Waters (b. 1946) are some of the most powerful send-ups of conventional film forms and expectations since Luis Bu-uel and Salvador Dali''s Un Chien Andalou. In attempting to reinvigorate the experience of movie-going with his shock comedy, Waters has been willing to take the chance of offending nearly everyone. His characters have great dignity and resourcefulness, taking what''s different or unacceptable or grotesque about themselves, heightening it and turning it into a handmade personal style. The interviews collected here span Waters''s career from 1965 to 2010 and include a new one exclusive to this edition. Waters began making films in his hometown of Baltimore in 1964. Demonstrating an innate talent at capturing the hideous and crude and elevating it to art, he reached international acclaim with his outrageous shock comedy Pink Flamingos. This landmark film redefined cinema and became a cult classic. Appearing in this and many of Waters''s early films, his star Divine would consistently challenge gender definitions. With Polyester, Waters entered the mainstream. The film starred Divine as an unhappy housewife who romances a former teen idol played by Tab Hunter. Waters''s commercial breakthrough, Hairspray, told the story of Baltimore''s televised sock-hop program, The Corny Collins Show, and how one brave girl (Ricki Lake) used her platform as a dancer to end segregation in her town. From Serial Mom and Pecker to Cecil B. Demented, Waters continued to infiltrate the mainstream with his unique approach to filmmaking. As a visual artist, he was given a retrospective at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 2004, which was shown at galleries around the world.

Beyond Consolation

release date: Apr 22, 2010
Beyond Consolation
Waters explores the process by which the hope of a society was sabotaged and plundered in the name of a mis-defined freedom.

Calistoga

release date: Jan 01, 2008
Calistoga
Calistoga is a name unlike that of any other city in America, first uttered by a man who had intended to develop the "beautiful land"--or Tu-la-halusi as the land at the foot of Mount St. Helena was known to the region''s native Wappo tribe--into a resort area rivaling that great eastern resort of similar geological character, Saratoga Springs, New York. During a promotional event, the developer, Samuel Brannan, was about to declare that he would make his hot springs resort community the Saratoga of California, when he transposed the names and declared he would make it the Calistoga of Sarafornia--and the town''s name was born. The name resonated with locals at the time and has come to represent the pioneer spirit, optimism, and determination of those who would make their way to this secluded region of northern Napa County. Men and women have come in pursuit of their dreams--farming, bottling the local mineral water, and building a community in the spirit of early Calistoga.

Crackpot

release date: Nov 01, 2007
Crackpot
An outrageous collection from the uniquely legendary John Waters, updated with new material—including Waters’s 2002 New York Times article, “Finally, Footlights on the Fat Girls.” Crackpot, originally released in 1986, is John Waters’s brilliantly entertaining litany of odd and fascinating people, places, and things. From Baltimore to Los Angeles, from William Castle to Pia Zadora, from the National Enquirer to Ronald Reagan’s colon, Waters explores the depths of our culture. And he dispenses useful advice along the way: how not to make a movie, how to become famous (read: infamous), and of course, how to most effectively shock and make our nation’s public laugh at the same time. Loaded with bonus features, this special edition is guaranteed to leave you totally mental.

Lapsed Agnostic

release date: Oct 03, 2008
Lapsed Agnostic
Lapsed Agnostic tells the story of one man''s journey from belief to un-belief and back again. John Waters explores his own spiritual and religious adventure and observes how this has been echoed in contemporary society. John Waters was born in the west of Ireland into a small town community steeped in Catholic tradition. As a young man disillusioned by Irish society and the Church he abandoned the idea of becoming a priest. Instead he took to the rock and roll life as a kind of surrogate vacation, moving into music journalism and eventually finding his way to Dublin. This is just part of the story recounted in this book.

Westmore Justice

release date: Nov 15, 2016
Westmore Justice
The Westmore Justice Franchise is a series so far beyond the characterization of unique that it is singular. Westmore Justice is a provocative blueprint for unearthing criminal activities that profoundly alter the balance of a human life - activities that at the time have no particular importance, but when pieced together crystallize into a web of intrigue. From the sunny beaches of Malibu, California, to the corridors of power in Washington, DC, Westmore Justice exposes the kind of truths where countless careers are ruined and many lifetimes wasted. As the clues unfold, Grant Westmore goes with gut intuition and hunches, and not by standard police procedures. A former LAPD detective-turned-Beverly Hills-private-investigator, Grant hasn''t come this far without learning that to catch a killer you have to think like one. As a team, Grant, Marlene Wilson and Carmela Gambini do more than they ever achieved alone. No stranger to wrestling problems head-on, they fight their way through each fiendish scheme, fitting the many jagged fragments into a single, appalling truth, while they cross paths with unscrupulous prosecutors, crime lords, savvy impostors, murderers, and adulterers. In each mystery, Grant and his crew struggle to make what they know to be the truth prevail against swelling and unsettling evidence to the contrary as a Pandora''s Box of crime, legal trickery, and deception slowly opens before their eyes - eyes that never look the other way and usually reveal less than what the guilty hope for. Make no mistake about it, Grant did not grow up the heir apparent to any family fortune. He is proud to have earned his financial rank himself, by toiling hard to build an enviable roster of high-profile criminal defense attorney clients and unjustly prosecuted individuals, unwilling to settle for anything but the truth. Although life is ever-changing, one often says, "nothing like that could ever happen to me." Well, it can and it does in Westmore Justice.

Privilege

release date: Nov 03, 2016
Privilege
Using a blend of reality and fiction, Privilege is a ripped-from-the-headlines slice into the ever evolving, and sometimes finicky, world of privilege, where reality is pushed to the point of no return, and some stars go to jail, some die from their excesses, or merely fade away.Accidentally launched into superstardom when her estranged co-star leaked some sleazy sex photos of the two of them to the public via Facebook, billionaire heiress Allie Dolanne is at the top of the paparazzi A-list. Talk about dumb luck. Like it or not, the self-proclaimed iconic redhead is an entity the world can''t escape.With the paparazzi in their speed dial, and trumping world news, Allie and her Best Friends Forever celebutantes, singer-actress-starlet Lara Tait, once-cute kid star Sheli Lange, and fashion model-actress-singer Kela Ryan, Allie and her singer-starlet sister Tary, feed the celebrity gossip tabloids and Internet sites daily with one shocking shenanigan after the other.Captured on film by a prominent paparazzo, an unexpected sexual indiscretion between two of the BFFs forever changes their lives. This leads Grant Westmore to the breakthrough discovery of a blackmail plot by the paparazzo and his adult film goddess wife, and that there''s a serial killer on the loose in Tinseltown.Grant Westmore mixes the intuitive spirit of the beloved sleuths of classic detective tales with the irony, wit and creativity of a postmodern private eye in Tinseltown. In this gripping mystery, Grant struggles to make what they know to be the truths prevail as a Pandora''s box of crime, trickery, and deception under the color of privilege slowly opens before his eyes.

Secret Circle

release date: Nov 03, 2016
Secret Circle
The center of conversation during coffee breaks around office water coolers, at bars and restaurants, on talk shows and in newspapers, is the FBI''s number three national priority only after terrorism and counterintelligence - computer crime. Grant Westmore discovers a secret brotherhood operating under the color of authority within the highest level of the federal government, but not before Grant himself becomes the target of the secret circle that will use all their power to stop him - dead. Proving his client is not a master criminal within a worldwide syndicate involved in extortion, fraud, money laundering, and murder, catapults Grant into the midst of the secret circle, whose members are as cunning as they are formidable. Grant''s run-of-the-mill case soon leads to dangerous discoveries, woven into a vile whirlpool of criminality far beyond conspiracy theories that only Judith Osborne, the Attorney General of the United States, can stop before his last chance of clearing his longtime friend Kyle Miller of the multi-count federal indictment is ripped away. Now with only days remaining to prove Miller is innocent, Grant and the Attorney General are hurled into a chase of surprising jeopardy, and toward the volatile reality about the secret circle''s true identity. In the end, and without warning the unthinkable occurs in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles, as Grant and the Attorney General are about to perform one of the most incredible stings in American judicial history. Regrettably, His Honor will never see the final chapter close in each of the brethren''s personal world as the secret circle is finally decapitated.

Tinseltown Deception

release date: Nov 03, 2016
Tinseltown Deception
A love triangle goes bad on the movie set for Secret Desires when a determined killer prowling Crystal Dreams Pictures brutally murders two Academy-Award-Winning stars under exclusive contract with the Hollywood studio. The film''s leading actor, Lance Vaughn is rising to the top with unprecedented speed. His fairytale romance with Natalie Baldwin, the film''s makeup artist, begins to fade when his stunning co-star, Kela Ryan, faces the critical decision to play her part opposite Vaughn and to become his secret lover. When Lance doesn''t show up for publicity photos the morning after the mega-budget picture wraps, Natalie finds Lance in the guesthouse of his Bel Air mansion, dead with a .38 caliber revolver next to the body. Within hours of the discovery of Vaughn''s body, the LAPD reluctantly arrest Jake Baldwin, a decorated veteran detective with LAPD based on circumstantial but troubling evidence: the gun found at the crime scene is his. The next day Natalie, who also just happens to be Jake''s daughter, thinks of only one person who could possibly beat the rap against her father - Grant Westmore, Jake''s former partner on the Job. As the days pass in Grant''s exhaustive search for the real killer, Kela is found murdered in her Beverly Hills estate. At the crime scene, Grant uncovers a startling fact: Kela died in the same manner as Lance. Except this time the killer did not leave behind the murder weapon. Inching closer toward the explosive truth about the killer''s identity, the police, along with Grant and his investigative dream team, soon realize they''ve all glossed over one person: Natalie Baldwin. Having known Natalie since she was a little girl, Grant doesn''t want to believe the possibility that she''s capable of two cold-blooded murders. Grasping at a faint hope that they''re all wrong about Natalie, Grant orders a full-court press to find out one way or the other.

Unwatchable

release date: Jan 01, 2006

Another Agenda

release date: Nov 03, 2016
Another Agenda
Another Agenda?Those words conjure scenes of warped fairness, biased equity, grotesque frame-ups, stacked juries, prearranged courses of actions and events. Everyone deals with the day-to-day incidents and experiences of their lives, rarely speculating whether if what occurs is somehow being controlled or created by outside forces.Like the rest of us, Grant Westmore never wondered if there was an elite group of masterminds out there mysteriously plotting against him and his friends. Until one night when Rob Moretti placed a collect call from a federal prison in California to Grant, a former LAPD detective-turned-Beverly Hills-private-investigator and one of Rob''s oldest friends.How did Rob, an ordinary citizen on the verge of success in his life, become the target of this meritocracy? Why, in the eyes of the secret society controlling his fate, did he have to be brought down by an illegal federal prosecution and incarceration?Another Agenda reveals how the evil activities of a self-appointed and pontifical meritocracy, driven by power and greed, surreptitiously operated for decades completely above the law. In most cases, its tampering effect crystallized into the most monumental fall in anyone''s lifetime - a fall that would essentially be impossible to recover from.Finally, an unorthodox and improbable team tries to persuade the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America to reverse the white-collar criminal case against Rob Moretti before it''s too late.Will the White House endorse the Attorney General''s plan to see true justice prevail, and can that plan work before there''s an assassination at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

Pink Flamingos, and Other Filth

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Pink Flamingos, and Other Filth
Here are three of the filthiest-and yet, in their own way, sweetest—screenplays ever written: Pink Flamingos, Desperate Living, and Flamingos Forever. Intermixed with the scripts are dozens of classic stills from the films. In Pink Flamingos, Waters''s muse and leading lady, Divine, a 300-pound cross-dresser who could turn your stomach in one scene and break your heart in the next, competes with her family for the title of "filthiest people alive"—as readers will see, it''s really anyone''s game. Desperate Living is a perverse fairy tale featuring gun-toting lesbians, leather-clad castle guards, and a repulsive queen who has her own daughter gang-raped among other atrocities. Flamingos Forever is the unproduced sequel to Pink Flamingos, set fifteen years after the original, when the rivalry for "filthiest people alive" is revived; it was never filmed, Waters tells us, because by the time it was written, too many of the original cast had died—this book is the only chance for Water''s fans to read it.

The Real Business of Web Design

release date: Jan 01, 2004
The Real Business of Web Design
Written by a veteran Web designer, The Real Business of Web Design goes beyond the usual philosophy of simply creating a better customer experience online. Instead, it provides an array of visual design practices and tested business principles for clarifying and simplifying the Web development process and making a Website more customer friendly. Filled with anecdotes from the author’s own experiences in the web design trenches, this guide shows readers how to use the Web in crucial ways to streamline communications, speed up transactions, boost profits, and much more. Anyone who wants to use the Internet as a valuable business tool should not be without this visionary resource! • Author is a well-known and highly respected designer • Combines visual design insights and proven business practices at a reasonable price Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don''t aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

The Politburo Has Decided that You are Unwell

release date: Jan 01, 2004
The Politburo Has Decided that You are Unwell
Through the 1990s and into the twenty-first century, John Waters has been a dissident voice writing in his weekly column for The Irish Times, invariably confronting the conventional wisdom on issues ranging from fatherhood and the official denial of the rights of parents and children, to the absurdity of Ireland''s seemingly endless tribunals, to the misunderstood meaning of the life of Charles Haughey. His first book for seven years contains some of his most controversial and highly charged pieces from The Irish Times and elsewhere. In The Politburo Has Decided That You Are Unwell he revisits his principal themes from a most turbulent decade in Ireland and the world. The Politburo Has Decided That You Are Unwell is an analysis of contemporary Irish society from one of its most original and outspoken commentators.

Hairspray, Female Trouble, and Multiple Maniacs

release date: Sep 08, 2005
Hairspray, Female Trouble, and Multiple Maniacs
Here are three more of John Waters''s most popular screenplays — for the first time in print, including an original introduction by Waters and dozens of fun film stills. John Waters, the writer and director of these movies, is a legendary filmmaker whose films occupy their own niche in cinema history. His muse and leading lady was Divine — a 300-pound transvestite who could eat dog shit in one scene and break your heart in the next. In "Hairspray," a "pleasantly plump" teenager, played by Ricki Lake, and her big-hearted hairdresser mother, played by Divine, teach 1962 Baltimore about race relations by integrating a local TV dance show. "Female Trouble" is a coming-of-age story gone terribly awry: Dawn Davenport (again, Divine), progresses from loving schoolgirl to crazed mass murderer destined for the electric chair — all because her parents wouldn''t buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas. In "Multiple Maniacs," dubbed by Waters a "celluloid atrocity," the traveling sideshow "Lady Divine''s Cavalcade of Perversions" is actually a front for a group of psychotic kidnappers, with Lady Divine herself the most vicious and depraved of all — but her life changes after she gets raped by a fifteen-foot lobster.
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