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A Masterpiece in Disarray: David Lynch’s Dune; An Oral History

The story behind Lynch’s Dune is both unique and indicative of the struggles faced when mounting an epic film production. A treasure trove for Dune and Lynch aficionados.


Crooner: Singing from the Heart from Sinatra to Nas

While some of Coles’s conclusions are arguable, this is an intriguing study of a wide array of vocalists who were inspired by Sinatra. A fresh and educational look at an influential element of popular music.

Dreams in Double Time: On Race, Freedom, and Bebop

This would make an excellent accompaniment for an advanced course in musical or racial history, but it’s not for general readers.


A well-designed and attractive book that skims only the surface.

Freaks, Gleeks, and Dawson’s Creek: How Seven Teen Shows Transformed Television

An enjoyable look at a key era in youth representation on television.

Warner Bros.: 100 Years of Storytelling

A visual treat for movie lovers everywhere.

Uncle of the Year: & Other Debatable Triumphs

A candid and thoroughly enjoyable read.

Gays on Broadway

Mordden’s book is authoritative proof that the legacy of American theater is eternally indebted to gay culture.

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