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The Beaufort Diaries [Kindle Edition]

T Cooper , Alex Petrowsky

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Book Description

A polar bear tries to go green--in Hollywood, with Leonardo DiCaprio--in an outrageous tale that includes equally outrageous full-color illustrations.
 
JUST A SMALL TIME BEAR, LIVING A LONELY WORLD: What happens when an arctic refugee finds himself adrift in LA-LA Land? Behold Beaufort's rocket rise to stardom, his inevitable crash and burn, his enduring friendship with Leonardo DiCaprio, and his painful journey to redemption and bear-awareness.
 
Turns out when you're a dying breed in Hollywood, it's tough to go with the floe.


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"It's a sad state indeed when polar bears have nowhere to go but Hollywood after being forced from their rapidly-diminishing natural habitat. With any luck, Beaufort's epic, instructional journey will help make him the last bear on Earth to have to work for food and survival in the bear-eat-bear film industry."
—Tea Leoni, actor
 
“T Cooper is a prodigious talent, who manages not just to ‘Make it New’ but
also to ‘Make it Great.’”
Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and More Than It Hurts You
 
"T Cooper does the kind of thing that drives other writers mad: He takes the bones of stories told many times, in many ways, and shapes them into something singular and breathtaking. . . . Cooper's nearly flawless prose is the meat of this work: It's as if the author challenged himself to test his talents with a scenario that in less able hands would almost necessarily lapse into cliché and cheap satire. Instead, Cooper makes it original, humane, and deeply funny."
Austin Chronicle
 
"An unlikely premise—a polar bear makes it big in Los Angeles and then crashes—but somehow Cooper makes it work. . . . Outlandish and frequently hilarious."
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About the Author

T Cooper is the author of the novels Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes, and Some of the Parts, as well as co-editor of the anthology A Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing. His work has appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Believer, among many others. Cooper lives in New York with his family.  
 
Illustrator Alex Petrowsky is a designer who was born in Vienna, and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1283 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House (October 27, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00480OBQC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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T COOPER is the author of four novels, including the bestselling "The Beaufort Diaries" and "Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes," as well as a brand-new Young Adult series entitled "Changers." Cooper edited an anthology of original stories entitled "A Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing," and he is the author of the non-fiction Real Man Adventures (recently released in paperback from McSweeney's Books). He has also written for television, and is the co-founder of a new Empathy Project: WeAreChangers.org.

T Cooper was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Middlebury College in Vermont, and then taught high school in New Orleans before settling in New York City in 1996. He earned an MFA from Columbia University, and in addition to his books, T's work has appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Believer, CNN.com, One Story, Bomb, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Review, The Portland Review, Document, and others. His short story "Swimming" was one of "100 Distinguished Stories" in The Best American Short Stories 2008 (ed. Salman Rushdie).

T has been awarded residencies to The MacDowell Colony, Ledig House International, and The Millay Colony (where he was The New York Times Foundation Fellow). Most recently, he was a visiting faculty member at Middlebury College, and has been invited to speak and/or read at scores of colleges and universities both in the U.S. and abroad.

Cooper has also adapted and produced a short film based on his graphic novel The Beaufort Diaries. The animated short, directed by the book's illustrator Alex Petrowsky and starring actor David Duchovny, was an official selection at several film festivals, including Tribeca Film Festival, South By Southwest, The New Orleans Film Fest, The Worldwide Short Film Festival, and the Anchorage International Film Festival.

T enjoys vintage airplanes, M*A*S*H, the great outdoors, world peace, buckwheat pancakes (pictured above), and anything to do with pit bull advocacy. He lives with his wife and kids in New York and the South.

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