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Cruel To Be Kind: The Life and Music of Nick Lowe

An enjoyable and personal look at a cult hero who is more working artist than rock star.


Drawn from Life: Tips and Tricks for Contemporary Life Drawing

A great way for beginning- and intermediate-level artists to dip a toe into figure drawing without attending art school.

Orphans of the Carnival

A secondary purchase for larger collections, though readers interested in performance or stage history will find the main story line intriguing. ["Memorable and affecting": LJ 11/15/16 review of the Doubleday hc.]

Orphans of the Carnival

Though the main character remains somewhat of a cipher, this memorable and affecting novel illuminates a sad and strange forgotten historical figure. [See Prepub Alert, 5/2/16; a LibraryReads November pick.]

The Facefaker's Game

This debut series opener is a natural fit for fans of Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora and Brandon Sanderson's The Alloy of Law, although the supernatural system is not as well-developed, and the differences in magic types, while repeated several times, never really gels.

Freehand: Sketching Tips and Tricks Drawn from Art

There is something in this guide for advanced, intermediate, and beginning artists alike.

Jamrach's Menagerie

A young lad dashing through the streets of Victorian London runs smack into an escaped circus animal and nearly becomes its dinner...

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