Amanda Westfall

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It’s Garry Shandling’s Book

It’s fitting that a comic whose best-known role deconstructed the late night talk show host should have a book that obsessively deconstructs him. Shandling’s determination to pursue authenticity through his work will appeal to comedy fans and mindfulness practitioners. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]
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Gilmore Girls: A Cultural History

Gilmore Girls is a worthy subject for this series, but only readers with a serious enthusiasm for the show will want a book-length study of the its themes.

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Blue: The Color of Noise

Despite its flaws, this account of an artist’s rise will touch readers who also discovered community and solace in music.

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A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons

Folds’s memoir is much like his songwriting-straightforward, wickedly smart, and with a heavy dose of self-deprecating humor.

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Begin the Begin: R.E.M.’s Early Years

Lurie’s investigation of R.E.M.’s beginnings challenges established myths about the group that will interest fans, and provides a valuable history of Athens’s arts scene in the early 1980s, when R.E.M shared the spotlight with bands such as Pylon, Side Effects, and Love Tractor.

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Gift

Recommended for art and philosophy lovers. This film is especially valuable for its profile of the late Alfred (1981–2016).
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Serving the Servant

Fans of Cobain will devour this recollection of life with the artist, even when it gets heavy on the business and legal side of the story. [Prepub Alert, 10/22/18.]
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I Am Another You

Both Olsen and Wang unveil a growing awareness before viewers' eyes in this absorbing portrait of a young man.
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

This smart and well-researched analysis of a cult classic is recommended for horror fans.

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