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Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts

This scholarly work brings a sociologist’s perspective and rigorous methodology to survey the process of artistic legitimation. Recommended for scholars as well as general readers interested in the topic from an academic viewpoint.

Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story

This comprehensive look at one particular Basquiat work also offers an engaging take on a tragic event and the art community’s strong response.
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The Pre-Raphaelites

Art historians, students, and art enthusiasts will find this volume enlightening; however, cost will be a consideration.
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A History of New York in 27 Buildings: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis

Roberts’s wide-ranging historical research and storytelling skills should captivate New Yorkers and others. Larger photographs might have enhanced readers’ connection to these structures and their roles in the life of the city.
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Michelangelo, God’s Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece

This surprisingly engaging treatment of Michelangelo’s later, but no less influential work, will appeal to readers seeking a more personal insight into the man.
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Judy Chicago: Roots of The Dinner Party; History in the Making

Art enthusiasts interested in postmodernism and women’s studies will delight in this consciousness-raising tribute to a watershed work.
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The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art

Of considerable interest to art lovers, scholars, moon gazers, and others, this publication will both delight and educate. Recommended for large public and academic visual arts collections.

Félix Vallotton

Highly recommended for informed readers who would like an introduction to this lesser-known artist.
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Millennials in Architecture: Generations, Disruption, and the Legacy of a Profession

Of interest to both educators and architects, this timely look at how millennials are influencing architecture is also a call for harnessing the generation’s ability to transform the industry.

Gio Ponti: Archi-Designer

An important document of a protean talent that should be in all architecture and design collections.
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Bowie: The Definitive Collection with Unseen Images

Whether consumed chronologically or browsed, this is an enjoyable snapshot of a brief but important period of Bowie’s career. More than suitable for coffee tables and an essential addition to rock music photography collections.
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Frances Benjamin Johnston: The Hampton Album

While the gauzy classrooms look antiquarian enough to seem anachronistic, present-day realities of American education intrude into any viewing and will encourage individual responses from readers. A fascinating side window into a tragic history, still in progress.
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White Houses

A more substantive introductory essay outlining antecedents—such as Farnsworth, Tugendhat, and Lovell Health Houses

A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber

With 260 drawings, chapters covering “The Line of Matisse or a Doodling Child?,” “Signs of the Hard Times,” “The Thurber Dog and Other Creatures,” a chronology of solo and group exhibitions, and exhaustive back matter, this volume is worthy of readers’ holy shelf and invaluable to Thurberites everywhere.
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Supreme Glamour

The facts here will not be new to fans, but the candid photographs provide a rich visual record of the stars’ life as performers. To see the gowns alongside Wilson’s down-to-earth accounts of what it felt like to wear them will be fun for enthusiasts of 1960s pop culture and the Supremes.
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William Morris’s Flowers

For fans of the arts and crafts movement and 19th-century design, this is a beautiful, informative, and affordable work highlighting Morris’s many floral motifs.

Edvard Munch: Love and Angst

This work takes readers beyond The Scream and into Munch’s creative process and deeply felt emotions. Disturbing at times but always moving and a reminder of the human experience we all share.
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Sacred Ground: The Cemeteries of New Orleans

A focused visual celebration of New Orleans’s tomb architecture targeting well-informed readers or duotone photography aficionados.
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Berenice Abbott: Portraits of Modernity

Highly recommended for all photography and photo history enthusiasts.
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Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary: 125 Essential Stitches To Crochet in Three Ways

Readers of Betty Barnden’s The Crochet Stitch Bible will enjoy this book's new stitch offerings and excellent visual representations.

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Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern

An informative introduction to Kirstein’s generous, tempestuous relationship with MoMA, to be read alongside Martin Duberman’s biography The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein.

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Landscape Painting Now: From Pop Abstraction to New Romanticism

Despite its omissions, this is a good choice for readers seeking to expand their knowledge of contemporary painting, and for those looking to augment their library with a beautiful addition.

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Illuminated Paris: Essays on Art and Lighting in the Belle Époque

Blending theory from art and anthropology, this erudite work is recommended primarily for readers with a solid academic background in 19th-century art history.

Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away

Whether readers have visited the Auschwitz museum or are experiencing it here for the first time, this comprehensive yet accessible work presents a sobering history. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.

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Lee Krasner

With this work, a new generation of students, feminists, and art lovers will discover one of the first women to have a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art as well as better understand her relevance and appeal today. This should sit nicely next to earlier retrospective catalogs by Barbara Rose and Robert Carleton Hobbs.

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Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light, 100 Art Writings 1988–2018

A compendium of piquant art prose from a happy, hungry omnivore, and great for aesthetes of all kinds.

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In Montparnasse: The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dalí

Of the many books published on surrealism, Roe’s has a breadth of coverage and vivacity of observation that make it special. Art lovers will find much to appreciate and ponder, and Francophiles will enjoy this distinctive “tour.”
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Vitamin T: Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art

This is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary art or textiles and beautiful documentation for those familiar with the artists. It’s also an excellent introduction to the diversity of the fiber art medium. The textured cover, however, while in keeping with the theme, could be a concern for libraries.

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The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists

An informative, gorgeously illustrated history of a lesser-known art movement. Best suited for libraries that have strong art history collections.

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Anja Niemi: In Character

An excellent introduction to the intriguing work of a talented contemporary photographer.

Flowers for Lisa: A Delirium of Photographic Invention

Using collage, multiple exposure, mixed media, and making reference to art traditions classic and modern, Morell’s images are a delight for both fans of the genre and for those interested in how this singular contemporary artist pursues his craft.

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Body: The Photography Book

Recommended for all photography and art history enthusiasts.

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Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico

An excellent brief introduction to a photographer not well enough known in the United States.

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Double Take: The World’s Most Iconic Photographs Meticulously Re-created in Miniature

A delightful take on photography history and process.New York.

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NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy 1932–1960

Will appeal to students of Italian film and photography history, and to those who enjoy browsing black-and-white photographs that are both dramatic history and quite beautiful.

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The World Exists To Be Put on a Postcard: Artists’ Postcards from 1960 to Now

A solid addition to any library’s contemporary art collection. The combination of engaging images and detailed art history will hold value for students, professionals, or casual readers.

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Mexico, Masks & Rituals

Students of ethnography, dance, and even costume design or fashion will value this title. The intensely colorful images, aided by the attractive graphic design, will captivate photography enthusiasts.

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Lost Anatomies: The Evolution of the Human Form

While technique and scientific knowledge are clearly demonstrated, it is Gurche’s artwork that brings an extraordinary vision and emotional resonance that will both inform and move readers.

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We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation

Will engage both serious students of the LGBT movement and those who appreciate simply browsing the photos, which are by turns fierce, joyful, spirited, determined, and celebratory.

The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal, and Architecture in Gilded Age New York

Hinman observes the complex lives of her subjects with assurance in this accessible study that will appeal to readers interested in late 19th-century American architecture and sculpture, New York City, and LGBTQ history.

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Berthe Morisot | Fine Arts Reviews

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The Modernists | Fine Arts Reviews

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California Architecture | Fine Arts Reviews

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Promote, Tolerate, Ban: Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary

With its depth of detail, historical perspective, illustrations, and extensive footnotes, this will be of real interest to readers exploring Soviet-bloc art and the Hungarian experience in particular.
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Know-It-All Fashion: The 50 Key Modes, Garments, and Designers, Each Explained in Under a Minute

Sort of a Cliff's Notes for fashion fans, this is great fun for younger readers all the way up to grandparents needing a refresher course.
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Ruby: The King of Gems

With an elegant silky red fabric cover, gorgeous photographs, and archival drawings of precious jewels, this is recommended for jewelry enthusiasts and collectors.
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Vogue on Jean Paul Gaultier

For readers wanting a complete introduction to each fashion designer's work at a reasonable price.
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The Hidden History of American Fashion: Rediscovering 20th-Century Women Designers

With copious notes, a few photos, and lengthy bibliographies following every chapter, this volume is especially useful for fashion historians and others who want to know more about the industry in the 20th century—and the women who helped it grow.
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Love, Cecil: A Journey with Cecil Beaton

More of a supplement to other works on Beaton, this is primarily for readers already familiar with him.
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John Galliano: Unseen

As this book is not a general introduction of the designer's career, it is only recommended for Galliano aficionados or lovers of striking fashion photography.
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Fashion and Versailles

With beautiful color photographs and a chronology, this volume will enthrall Francophiles, especially those fascinated by French fashion and design.
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Norell: Master of American Fashion

Highly recommended for anyone curious about this pioneering designer and the history of American fashion.
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Designed in the USSR: 1950–1989

Will appeal equally to serious students of Soviet-era consumer products and of the design profession in the USSR, as well as to readers who enjoy browsing photos of design from this period of Soviet history.
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18th-Century Fashion in Detail

Recommended for clothing designers and anyone interested in 18th-century attire.
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Rebel Threads: Clothing of the Bad, Beautiful & Misunderstood

Striking color images of clothing as well as vintage film stills and street photography complement this intriguing read, perfect for those interested in alternative fashion and subcultures.
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Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Visually stunning and beautiful, this is recommended for French fashion and history buffs.
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Consumptive Chic: A History of Beauty, Fashion, and Disease

Drawing on medical treatises, beauty manuals, fashion periodicals, and other literature of the period, this thoroughly researched and erudite work will satisfy those interested in social and cultural history.
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Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent

This handsome book will appeal to readers interested in Loulou de La Falaise and Yves Saint Laurent and their professional and social milieu.
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Bulgari: Treasures of Rome

Not a general history or overview of the house of Bulgari, but for those who already know about the jeweler and want to learn more about specific clients and their collections, this is a keeper.
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Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Paris Between the Wars

A basic understanding of the artistic movements of the period is helpful but not required to enjoy this thoroughly illustrated and researched tome illuminating the formerly forgotten Latin American artists of 1920s and 1930s Paris.
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Gio_Graphy: Fun in the Wild World of Fashion

Lighthearted and upbeat. For fashionistas everywhere.
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Vogue Essentials:

Thoughtfully juxtaposed layouts, brief, pithy descriptions, and a reasonable price make these little black books essential for those who desire a quick but quality look at fashion history.
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Tudor Fashion: Dress at Court

Well researched with exquisite images, this is a solid choice for people interested in the dress and cultural history of this period.
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Modern Masters from Latin America: The Perez Simon Collection

Will appeal to students and serious collectors. Those interested in dissecting the category of "Latinx artist" will value the complex texts and conversations.
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The Masterpiece

Davis (The Dollhouse; The Address) has written another paean to a New York City landmark. Historical fiction fans will love the compelling dual narrators and time periods perfectly captured in this novel based on the history of one of the busiest transportation hubs in the world. [See Prepub Alert, 2/19/18.]
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Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings

This thought-provoking and stimulating work presents the familiar made new and the new made clear.
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Frederic Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage

This lavishly illustrated and well-researched catalog will intrigue artists, art historians, art history students, and interested general readers.
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Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party

By explicating the pictorial representation of Renoir's circle, this book provides a renewed appreciation for its milieu and highlights both history and aesthetics. Highly recommended for all art collections containing impressionist studies.
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Renoir: An Intimate Biography

White's readable, intriguing study sheds new light on misconceptions regarding Renoir's personality. Readers with prior knowledge of the artist will love to learn more, while those interested in the impressionists will enjoy peeking into the lives of artists such as Monet, Cézanne, and others.
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Renoir: Intimacy

Familiar paintings take on a new aura in this volume and may be of interest to those who appreciate the work of Renoir.
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Gene Smith's Sink: A Wide-Angle View

Writer and documentarian Stephenson has already produced two outstanding titles about mid-20th-century Life magazine photographer and photojournalist W...
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Blind Spot

Highly recommended as a project expanding our sense of what it means to create and look at photographs.
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Through Darkness to Light

An inventive, heartfelt, and worthy contribution to literature about the Underground Railroad.
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The Many Lives of Erik Kessels

Kessels combines a photo editor's knack for eye-catching concepts with an artist's ability to bend our perception in fresh directions. Recommended for readers interested in photography, graphic design, and fine art.
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San Francisco Noir

A wonderful browse that invites armchair time travelers to experience a bygone era.
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Irving Penn: Centennial

With hundreds of photographs from every phase of Penn's career, together with informative essays on his life and work by Hambourg and other Met curators, this title's quality of the printing does justice to the superb caliber of Penn's originals.
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Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory

A thought-provoking addition to the literature on sites of public memory, complementing titles such as Kenneth Foote's Shadowed Ground: America's Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy.
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Dronescapes: The New Aerial Photography from Dronestagram

With its glossy, high-quality color images, this is a great introduction to a refreshing style of picture making.
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Generation Wealth

This body of work is extraordinary, fascinating, and an almost anthropological look at the ways in which wealth and status are displayed.
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Looking Backward: A Photographic Portrait of the World at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century

Photography scholar, author, and professor of literary journalism Lesy (Hampshire Coll...
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Wild Is the Wind

Highly recommended.
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Ernest Haycox and the Western

Etulain, whose career has focused on the history and culture of the American West, provides a readable, thoughtful study of a prolific writer in a genre that may be wrongly identified as lowbrow work, showing the tenacity needed by creators across every field to stay true to their craft.
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Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend

This well-written work transcends one woman's story to present keen insights into the complex fabric of American culture and history. It should appeal to a broad audience.
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The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the End of Baseball's Golden Age

Devoted baseball fans will appreciate this story from one of major league's best years.
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Hunter of Stories

A swan song from one of Latin America's greatest storytellers, this work is rich with social conscience, humor, insight, outrage, and love. Recommended to all.
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Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World

Landau's motivation is unique, and general audiences may be satisfied with his advice, but those seeking a more complete study should look elsewhere.
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The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse

Baseball fans will devour this all-too-brief review of the Cubs' frustrating history yet joyous present.
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The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn

Despite its flaws, this is a pleasant survey of the life and times of two fascinating individuals.
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Helio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium

A necessary revival of an overshadowed, mysterious pioneer.
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Vivian Maier: A Photographer's Life and Afterlife

This extraordinary work is recommended for all art history and photography enthusiasts.
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Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How "The Graduate" Became the Touchstone of a Generation

Highly recommended for serious cineastes and fans. [See Prepub Alert, 5/15/17.]
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Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe

Amply illustrated with examples of work from John Murphy and other artists, this heartfelt look back at this still-beloved Sunday morning staple will be appreciated by readers nostalgic for the comic strips of their youth and for fans of contemporary graphic media. [See Prepub Alert, 5/15/17.]
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Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process

Bibliophiles and writers alike will embrace the narratives and literary references, which offer much in the way of inspiration. It will be particularly useful for book clubs or discussion groups.
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Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks

This title may attract curious new or casual fans looking to learn about Nicks's life, but die-hard admirers of the performer will find little new in its pages. [See Prepub Alert, 5/15/17.]
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Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at London's National Theatre

An unqualified rave for this title. The theater crowd is the obvious audience for this book, but the intelligence, wit, and humor throughout expands the scope of readership to anyone interested in the arts. Well done, Sir Nicholas. [See Prepub Alert, 5/15/17.]
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The Secret Life: Three True Stories of the Digital Age

A thought-provoking, eminently readable sui generis examination of selfhood from a master storyteller; highly recommended for all collections. [See Prepub Alert, 5/3/17; "Editors' Fall Picks," 9/1/17.]
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Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling

A candid memoir for fans of WWE, professional wrestling, and those who root for the underdog.
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