Four Key Arts Titles: Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2021, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Insights into opera, band music, TV, and film. 

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Aucoin, Matthew. The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera. Farrar. Dec. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9780374175382. $28. OPERA

Duchin, Peter & Patricia Beard. Face the Music: A Memoir. Doubleday. Dec. 2021. 304p.cover of Gottlieb's Garbo ISBN 9780385545877. $26.95. Downloadable. MUSIC

Gless, Sharon. Apparently There Were Complaints: A Memoir. S. & S. Dec. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781501125959. $27. TV

Gottlieb, Robert. Garbo: Her Life, Her Films. Farrar. Dec. 2021. 464p. ISBN 9780374298357. $40. FILM

A composer, conductor, and pianist, MacArthur Fellow Aucoin helps us better understand opera—The Impossible Art—by chronicling the creation of his opera Eurydice from its beginnings to its premiere at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Son of celebrated bandleader Eddy Duchin and a famed bandleader himself, Duchin decided after enduring both a stroke and a case of COVID-19 to Face the Music and relate not just his glamorous life but the sorrow of never getting to know his busy father and the mother who died when he was six days old. Two-time Emmy Award winner Gless recounts her five decades in Hollywood in Apparently There Were Complaints (75,000-copy first printing). Former Knopf and New Yorker editor Gottlieb’s Garbo offers not just a biography of the iconic movie star but a study of her far-reaching impact on film and culture (25,000-copy first printing).

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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