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Starring Red Wing! The Incredible Career of Lilian M. St. Cyr, the First Native American Film Star

Too few people know St. Cyr’s name
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Say What Happened: A Story of Documentaries

Viewers who count The Sorrow and the Pity or Paris Is Burning on their top ten film list will welcome this contemplative exploration of documentaries.
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Rocket Man: The Life of Elton John

Whether readers have been listening to Elton John since Goodbye Yellow Brick Road or know him only from the film Rocketman, they’ll find this a comprehensive biography, infused with a satisfying dose of dishy gossip.

The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood

On par with Wasson’s exceptional Fosse, this portrait of a neonoir classic will weave a spell over cinephiles.
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The Wrong Kind of Woman: Inside Our Revolution To Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood

An intriguing read about how influence works in the film industry, for people in it; also relevant for the way it spun conversations around #MeToo.
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Song and System: The Making of American Pop Music

A solid premise in need of greater depth and polish.
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Wendy Carlos: A Biography

Sewell’s nuanced biography of an overlooked composer is our best look yet at this groundbreaking artist, and a reminder that art can and should speak for itself.
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Friends: A Cultural History

Serious Friends fans looking for a deep dive will appreciate this scholarly though accessible chronicle--and will enjoy arguing over whether Dunn got it right with her list of the 25 best episodes.

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

Despite poor editing at times, this candid memoir will resonate with fans. This isn’t a tell-all, but a tender remembrance. Readers will see Houston in a new light: as an exceptional artist who had few people in her life she could genuinely trust.

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