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Peggy Lee: A Century of Song

Those seeking the skinny on personal information, such as Lee’s four marriages and subsequent divorces, should look elsewhere, but those wanting to geek out on the subtleties of Lee’s jazz slides, phrasing, and vocal interpretive prowess will be richly rewarded.
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The Seven Lives of Alejandro Jodorowsky

Fans of the creative, disturbing, psychedelic, restless, and challenging Jodorowsky will find much to appreciate here, as will anyone curious about the radical and ragged edge of 1960s theatrical and cinematic experimentation.
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George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters

Harrison’s humanity, thoughtfulness, and humor are on rich display throughout, and a portrait of his entire life emerges. A fascinating addition to the voluminous catalog of Beatle-related literature.

Music Lessons

Stimulating, thought provoking, and sometimes just provoking, Wiseman’s ruminations on all things musical (and beyond) are a trip worth taking.
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The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience since the 1960s

A strong choice for libraries supporting African American studies or popular American music programs.
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Niche: A Memoir in Pastiche

Showing a prodigious awareness of the sweep of centuries of culture, this is an admirable conceit finely executed. It will have great appeal to anyone interested in new modes of autobiography as well as Anglophiles and devotees of Momus’s musical, literary, and artistic talents.
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The Films of Martin Scorsese: Gangsters, Greed, and Guilt

A clear, nuanced, and highly accessible primer to the films of one of America’s greatest directors.

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Seinfeld: A Cultural History

Lively writing, extensive research, and thoughtful analysis combine to make Arras’s book a must for those interested in taking a deeper dive into a show about nothing.

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Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television’s Groundbreaking Sitcoms

This definitive guide to the show answers every question a fan could pose, by quoting the people who created it.

Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar

Compelling, informative, and the definitive book on this musical legend.
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Queering the South on Screen

Recommend to patrons interested in film/media studies, regional/area studies, queer theory, or the South. Readers should be comfortable with cultural studies writing and its frequent use of various forms of critical theory.
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The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price

An important contribution to the study of African American composers and musicians. For scholars and listeners alike.
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Johnny Cash International: How and Why Fans Love the Man in Black

While looking at Johnny Cash fandom specifically, this sociological and pop culture studies text also sheds light on fandom in general.
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Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion

An engaging chronicle of a band that has, remarkably, retained its founding spirit and relevancy many years on. A delightful read for fans of both the early days of punk and those curious about contemporary practice.
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Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS

Most readers will appreciate this analysis and celebration of boy bands.
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Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions

Well recommended to anyone with an interest in Chopin, though those seeking a definitive study of the composer’s life and music are directed to Alan Walker’s Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times.
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Beethoven: Variations on a Life

An incisive, accessible, and witty treatment of a musical genius. For fans of all stripes, from the casual to the academic.
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Dolls! Dolls! Dolls! Deep Inside Valley of the Dolls, the Most Beloved Bad Book and Movie of All Time

Some knowledge of the book and definitely of the film is required, but go ahead: Indulge yourself. Fans will love! love! love!, and newcomers will enjoy the Hollywood insider aspect.

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The Lives of Isaac Stern

Music lovers will enjoy this celebration of a musical and cultural treasure. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/20.]
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More Than Love: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother, Natalie Wood

Nothing new here about Wood. Not an essential purchase.
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The Greatest Cult Television Shows of All Time

Olson and Reinhard’s knowledge and enthusiasm come through clearly in this fun (and sometimes frustrating) read. 

Poulenc: The Life in the Songs

Highly recommended to readers interested in the life and works of the composer, as well as to those eager to learn about the cultural and political milieu of Poulenc’s life.
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Levon: From Down in the Delta to the Birth of The Band and Beyond

This meticulously researched book offers music fans a thorough introduction and adds to current material, including Helm’s autobiography This Wheel’s on Fire, Barney Hoskyns’s Across the Great Divide, and the film Ain’t in It for My Health.
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America, the Band: An Authorized Biography

Drawing from interviews with Beckley and Bunnell, Warne has started the process of refurbishing the reputation of America. Fans will be delighted, and those who sold them short will be impressed.
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The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

This intriguing, behind-the-scenes look at a disjointed creative partnership is sure to be of interest to readers of history and cinema.

Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest

An illuminating, stirring biography of the extraordinary “Queen of American Folk.”
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Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage

A fascinating window into the creative process of an iconic songwriter, this should resonate with lovers of Amos’s music and encourage other artists.
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Vinyl Countdown

Sharpe’s enthusiasm is contagious
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Bach’s Operas of the Soul: A Listener’s Guide to the Sacred Cantatas

Students and devotees of classical music will appreciate this introduction to some of the most transcendent music in the Western canon.
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Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina

Frantz’s absorbing, vivid book will reward Talking Heads fans and those interested in the postpunk and 1980s music scene. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Life and Music of Nat King Cole

Though needlessly exaggerating its subject’s considerable accomplishments and sometimes mired in details, this well-researched, comprehensive work should became a standard biography along with Daniel Mark Epstein’s Nat King Cole.

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Anthem: Rush in the ’70s

A must for Rush fans and an intriguing examination of how small musical groups coalesce. Also a fitting memorial to drummer Neil Peart, who died this past January.
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Bring That Beat Back: How Sampling Built Hip-Hop

Though occasionally dense with details, this work comprises meticulous discographic research and nuanced descriptions of songs evoking each artist’s raw creativity. Aficionados will rejoice.
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I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death

For those who enjoy memoir, music, or tales of 1970s and 1980s New York.

Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline

Add this to Lynn’s longer-than-a-country-mile list of accomplishments, and, while you’re at it, add it to your collection.
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To Hell and Back: My Life in Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers, in the Words of the Last Man Standing

A readable backstage pass to the early days of the punk rock movement, when the sex and drugs overwhelmed the rock and roll.

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The Ox: The Authorized Biography of The Who’s John Entwistle

Solidly researched and written, and fleshed out with the recollections of Entwistle’s son, Chris, this biography of one of the genre’s finest bass players and most intriguing personalities will strike a chord with serious fans of classic rock.
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Sonic Warrior: My Life as a Rock n Roll Reprobate (Tales of Sex, Drugs, and Vomiting at Inopportune Moments)

Brutus estimates that he’s attended more than 3,000 music events; it’s wonderful that he’s able to share some of his best memories with readers. Recommended for music fans, especially those with a metal bent.
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Sunny Days: The Children’s Television Revolution That Changed America

Researchers and nostalgic Sesame Street fans alike will appreciate this thorough, compelling overview of a pivotal period of TV history. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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Ray by Ray: A Daughter’s Take on the Legend of Nicholas Ray

This contemplative, deeply personal portrait of both Rays will appeal to readers interested in mid-century Hollywood.
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Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir

Told in a distinctively heavy voice, this warts-and-all account of addiction’s effect on one’s body and self-worth comes with heft and hits like a ton of bricks.
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Play the Way You Feel: The Essential Guide to Jazz Stories on Film

Jazz fans will find much of interest
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Nothing General About It: How Love (and Lithium) Saved Me on and off General Hospital

Benard’s honest work is realistic yet inspiring. Soap opera fans will relish the behind-the-scenes insight, but overall this will resonate with anyone attempting to overcome life’s hurdles. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/19.]
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Always the Queen: The Denise LaSalle Story

LaSalle’s recollections ramble a bit, and not all memories are necessarily complete. Still, this is the only LaSalle autobiography available, so libraries that focus on American music will want to consider.
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Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier

This funny, wise, and touching memoir will resonate with fans of comedy and anyone seeking an intimately told life story.
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Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer

This well-crafted biography will have film buffs applauding.
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Hamilton: Portraits of the Revolution

A reflective look at Hamilton’s vibrant characters and cast, told through the subtle art of portraiture. Recommended for super fans of the musical, but with appeal for anyone who loves Broadway and those interested in Lehrer’s technique.
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Dancer Interrupted: A Memoir

Both a cautionary tale for aspiring dancers and a stirring story of grappling with mental illness, this offering will find an audience in many public libraries.
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Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me: A Search for Soul in the Power Pits of Rock and Roll

A lively and soulful rant for music and entertainment readers, if shambolically told.
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Louder Than Bombs: A Life with Music, War, and Peace

This intriguing, at times poignant, contemplation will resonate with music fans of all stripes.
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Bach’s Musical Universe: The Composer and His Work

Students, musicians, and serious aficionados of Bach will be the most appreciative audience for this artfully composed work.
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The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached

This thoughtfully researched book will be best appreciated by true fans of the band, as well as devotees of 1960s rock and pop.
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Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music

An excellent addition for those interested in the nuts and bolts of the recording process and the triumphs and tribulations of the bands and solo artists of the time.
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Fairytale: The Pointer Sisters’ Family Story

By turns lovely and sad, and given the Pointers’ popularity and longevity, this moving chronicle of a profoundly talented family singing group will make a solid addition to all music collections.
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Cinema ’62: The Greatest Year at the Movies

Despite Farber and McClellan’s valiant efforts, overall this is a book best left to film students and critics.
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Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother: Memoirs of a Neurotic Filmmaker

While film enthusiasts will appreciate Sonnenfeld’s witty anecdotes, this self-deprecating memoir will also resonate with anyone seeking an inspirational story.
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Weird Al: Seriously

This engaging read skillfully documents the hard work that goes into being silly; readers will emerge with a newfound respect for Yankovic.
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Brother Robert: Growing Up with Robert Johnson

Cutting through the mythos that has long surrounded this iconic artist, this is an intriguing addition to the history of 20th-century blues.
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Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture

This exhaustive history will please fans of obscure indie movements, though readers with a more general interest in the groups should try Robert Dean Lurie’s Begin the Begin.
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This Is Not My Memoir

This rare, beautiful book toes the line between life and work; a must for Andre fans and theater lovers. [Prepub Alert, 11/1/19.]
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Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time

Though needlessly skipping around the Brubeck chronology, Clark offers a rock-solid biography of a musical legend that will appeal to jazz fans and expands on works such as Fred M. Hall’s It’s About Time.
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London, Reign over Me: How England’s Capital Built Classic Rock

Covering dozens of bands in a variety of styles, Tow pens a sweeping look at a pivotal period of music history.
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Nobody Does It Better: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of James Bond

The title says it best
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Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking

Only dedicated film buffs will read this volume from cover to cover, but they will have a blast. Recommended for comprehensive film history collections.
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Doomed To Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-Metal

Anselmi’s conversational tone, fervid storytelling, and passion for his subject combine for a fascinating piece of music history that the obsessive cult of metal fans will devour.
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Bowie’s Bookshelf: The Hundred Books That Changed David Bowie’s Life

With illustrations and suggestions for read-alikes and Bowie songs to listen to while reading each book, this is a fun peek at what stirred and shaped a legend. For Bowie fans and devotees of offbeat reading guides.
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Raising Hell: Backstage Tales from the Lives of Metal Legends

Metal devotees will devour, casual fans will enjoy browsing, but all music lovers will have a blast.
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Horror Stories: A Memoir

Fans of the author and those who enjoyed Patti Smith’s memoirs will relish this book.
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The History of American Literature on Film

Although slow going for most film buffs, this dense, scholarly work will appeal to academics interested in cinema studies.
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The New Book of Opera Anecdotes

Entertaining, if esoteric at times. Opera fans, longtime and neophyte alike, will appreciate having an exciting tale or two to trot out while waiting on line at the bar during intermission.

Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More

Hough writes with wit, grace, and a singular point of view. His book offers rare insight into the mind of one of the leading performers of classical music.

Living in Color: What’s Funny About Me

This heartfelt memoir of an expansive career will resonate with fans of In Living Color, stand-up, sketch shows, and entertainment biographies.

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Brother & Sister: A Memoir

Immersive and haunting, this is a must for Keaton’s fans and for those seeking to comprehend the nuances of sibling and family relationships.

Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock

Harrison’s story is a compelling one. This superbly written, absorbing biography of a woman succeeding on her own terms will resonate with fans of Hollywood stories, as well as those who appreciate celebrations of previously unsung women.

The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s

Greene’s affectionate tribute will satisfy Office devotees eager for a behind-the-scenes look at this beloved sitcom.

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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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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--Waggoner rectifies that wrong, training a spotlight on an icon of early film who broke through barriers.

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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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Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love

Van Ness’s signature wit and charm shines throughout this fiercely honest and heartfelt memoir. Pop culture fans will love the openness on full display.

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Easy Rider: 50 Years Looking for America

A chatty and comprehensive account that successfully chronicles both the origins of this cult classic and its lasting legacy.
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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

This long-running work remains an achievement, yet its recent move to annual updates means that the difference between this edition and the previous one is negligible. Libraries owning the earlier iteration need not replace it.

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography

Intimate, with brushes of gossip and hard-won wisdom, this compelling work joins the ranks of other masterly rock memoirs. A must-read for John’s many devotees, it will also make fans out of those new to his music.
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Not Afraid: The Evolution of Eminem

Bozza’s eloquent tribute to Eminem will resonate with fans of hip-hop and enthusiasts of popular music biographies.

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From Aphra Behn to Fun Home: A Cultural History of Feminist Theatre

A solid, accessible overview of feminist theater from a Western, mostly 20th-century perspective. Recommended as an introduction to the subject, or for general fans of cultural histories.
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1973: Rock at the Crossroads

Deeply sourced and entertainingly informative, Jackson’s chronology of a transformative year in music, culture, and society may prompt debate (as well as playlist creation) and will appeal to a wide swath of readers.

Jay-Z: Made in America

This is more than a hip-hop bio; Dyson is giving us something larger, and we are sitting in a classroom under the spell of a captivating teacher.
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Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War Through the Cold War

A clear-eyed and perspicacious work for classical music scholars and fans and anyone interested in the intersection of politics and culture.
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Better Days Will Come Again: The Life of Arthur Briggs, Jazz Genius of Harlem, Paris, and a Nazi Prison Camp

This carefully crafted biography bears witness to the power of music and the human spirit and will inform and inspire music fans everywhere.

For Kids of All Ages: The National Society of Film Critics on Children’s Movies

This compelling meditation on cinematic representations of childhood is a must for film buffs.
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Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History

For general readers as well as scholars in film and/or gender studies looking for biographical information about women in film history.
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The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler’s Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood

This is a study of a complex, openhearted woman who had a key role in saving the displaced while shaping mid-20th century Hollywood. Rifkind has penned a perceptive, exhaustively researched contribution to social and film history.
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Ballet Class: An American History

Of interest to dance historians and dedicated ballet aficionados. Consider for academic libraries.

Movies (and Other Things)

Serrano knows how to craft a think piece, and his perspective is illuminating. With essays on Get Out, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Booksmart, this is also a timely read to be enjoyed by film buffs and general audiences alike.

Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever

All readers will find inspiration in this uplifting book, particularly in today’s complex world. Pair with Maxwell King’s The Good Neighbor for a multifaceted look at an innovator of children’s television. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]
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