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Giacomo Meyerbeer: The Deliberately Forgotten Composer

Accessible and illuminating, this is required reading for anyone interested in opera and its complete history.
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60 Stories About 30 Seconds: How I Got Away with Becoming a Pretty Big Commercial Director Without Losing My Soul (Or Maybe Just Part of It)

For film students and celebrity mavens alike.
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Emerald Street: A History of Hip Hop in Seattle

This enjoyable and encyclopedic treatment of a thriving and still-growing culture will appeal to listeners and scholars of Seattle hip-hop and the genre in general.
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The Sanity of Satire: Surviving Politics One Joke at a Time

Punch lines and favorite riffs, interspersed with a more academic discussion of political satire, all in about 175 pages before endnotes, make this an interesting but not overbearing choice for humor collections.
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Laura’s Ghost: Women Speak About Twin Peaks

Followers of the convoluted drama series will have an easier time following the conversation. While it’s easy to embrace Twin Peaks for its quirkiness, Stallings successfully centers the conversation on its darkest secrets. The work includes trigger warnings for sexual assault, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, as it embraces difficult topics that are sadly as relevant today as when the show first aired.
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Love Her Madly: Jim Morrison, Mary, and Me

Die-hard Morrison fans might enjoy this, but it’s a marginal addition for even the largest music or biography collection.
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Sax Appeal: Ivy Benson and Her All-Girls Band

A satisfying look at a trailblazer and noteworthy role model.
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Fast Forward, Play, and Rewind

It’s hard to say who this book is for, exactly, as the musical era of the late Sixties and early Seventies recedes further into the past. But there’s something more than nostalgia here: It’s documentation of a particular period of pop music, from a time whose documents are less than readily accessible. An appealing slice of pop music history for fans and researchers of the era.
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Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend

An excellent portrait that emphasizes the man more than the movie star.
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