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This is a brilliantly written and constructed portrait of a true icon of the cinema.

The Lie About the Truck: Survivor, Reality TV, and the Endless Gaze

A light and diverting read, but only for devoted fans of the show.

Leonard Cohen: The Mystical Roots of Genius

An intriguing and specific look at the traditions and stories that influenced a brilliant songwriter.


This review has been edited to correct a sentence that originally erroneously stated that all of Cohen's compositions were religious in nature.


Women and Mixed Race Representation in Film: Eight Star Profiles

An excellent and thought-provoking look at racial representation on screen and in American society.

Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres

A thoroughly enjoyable and perceptive book that champions the art of popular music.

Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather

Combining extensive research with insightful new interviews, this chronicle of The Godfather could be the definitive look at the making of an American classic.


Dance or Die: From Stateless Refugee to International Ballet Star

An important story about the transformative power of the arts, and the generational struggles of being a refugee.

Martin Scorsese and the American Dream

An intriguing approach to the work of an American master.

Leonard, Marianne, and Me: Magical Summers on Hydra

Despite Scott’s engaging story of a romantic and heady time, this one is best left for Cohen completists.

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