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Dream State: California in the Movies

A thoroughly entertaining and perceptive conversation with someone who truly loves the movies and California.

Breaking It Down: Audition Techniques for Actors of the Global Majority

Everyone involved in the performing arts, from professors to casting directors to actors to students, especially those just starting out, should read this eye-opening work.
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Cack-Handed

A tremendously funny and touching memoir that readers will want to finish in one sitting, whether they’re fans of Yashere or newcomers to her work.
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Punks in Peoria: Making a Scene in the American Heartland

This title will interest punk devotees, or readers interested in the intersection of music and sociology in America from rock and roll’s emergence to the present.
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Inside Comedy: The Soul, Wit, and Bite of Comedy and Comedians of the Last Five Decades

Steinberg hits the history harder than the comedy and presents himself as a pivotal figure. Comedy fans who remember his onscreen work will likely agree with his self-assessment and enjoy his book.
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The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia

Pender’s expansive reporting on Sondheim’s productions, cohorts, and collaborators goes beyond biography to give readers a wider historical view of American musical theater. The book is ostensibly a reference work aimed at enthusiasts (of which Sondheim has many), but casual theater and performing arts fans will find much to appreciate as well.
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The Double Life of Bob Dylan: A Restless, Hungry Feeling, 1941–1966

Dylan remains an enigmatic figure. Heylin’s book will be appreciated by devoted fans and is another valuable addition to a puzzle that might never be completed.

Cracking Up: Black Feminist Comedy in the Twentieth & Twenty-First Century United States

Wood expertly examines Black feminist comics who blend humor with resistance and rebellion in this important work. It deserves a place in all performing arts and women’s history sections.

Americanaland: Where Country & Western Met Rock ’n’ Roll

It would have been impossible for Milward to pack any more information into this well-researched, comprehensive book. Recommended to anyone and everyone interested in the history of American music.

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