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Don’t Think, Dear: On Loving and Leaving Ballet

Captures ballet’s romance as well as its dark and traumatic side.
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The Woman Who Dared: The Life and Times of Pearl White, Queen of the Serials

Sometimes there’s too much detail, but this is a well-researched biography that covers White’s life and offers a good assessment of the silent-film industry.
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I Wanna Dance with Somebody: The Official Whitney Houston Film Companion

An interesting take on the art of filmmaking and a touching tribute to Houston and her lifelong search for home.

In Living Color: A Cultural History

A must-read book on the history of a show that molded Black comedy sketches and brings together different threads of social awareness, race, entrepreneurship, comedy, resilience, and bravery in the face of a world not used to seeing “in living color.”

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The Disney Animation Renaissance: Behind the Glass at the Florida Studio

An intriguing piece of Disney lore, but only for completists.

Freedom Moves: Hip Hop Knowledges, Pedagogies, and Futures

All academic libraries as well as public libraries with high community activism should purchase this. Includes photos and an index.
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Punk: The Definitive Guide to the Blank Generation & Beyond

Though not unearthing any new material or assembling the definitive guide to his subject, Weidman offers a rock-solid, well-informed overview of punk rock and its offspring for the uninitiated.
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Harvard, Hollywood, Hitmen, and Holy Men: A Memoir

This memoir is muddled. Only for confirmed film enthusiasts.
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Oscar Hammerstein II and the Invention of the Musical

Winer’s exploration of Hammerstein’s journey is timely, respectful, and deserving of inclusion in strong performing arts collections.

Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit & Glamour of an Icon

There have been countless biographies of Elizabeth Taylor, but this one offers fascinating insight and may stand as the definitive one about the legendary actress.

Acting Naturally: The Magic in Great Performances

An intriguing book by one of the greatest living writers about film.
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Bring It On: The Complete Story of the Cheerleading Movie That Changed, Like, Everything (No, Seriously)

Libraries should have a copy for fans of the film and its (as of 2022) six movie sequels.
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The Fresh Prince Project: How The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Remixed America

While this is an entertaining chronicle of an important sitcom, its appeal is limited to die-hard fans of the original series or the new reboot, Bel-Air.
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Ain’t But a Few of Us: Black Music Writers Tell Their Story

Recommended as a secondary purchase for academic libraries, especially those with music and journalism programs.
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The McCartney Legacy, Vol. 1: 1969–73

Meticulously researching the topic and writing in a lively, conversational style, the coauthors have delivered the definitive work about the immediate post-Beatles times of Paul McCartney. It is likely to be too detailed for general readers but represents a treasure trove of information for Beatlemaniacs.
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Frank & Marilyn: The Lives, the Loves, and the Fascinating Relationship of Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe

There’s a lot of content with little substance. Billed as a largely untold story, it’s not.
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Roman Polanski: Behind the Scenes of His Classic Early Films

This scholarly interpretation of Polanski’s work will be appreciated by his most devoted fans and cinephiles who appreciate ’60s films.

Chekhov Becomes Chekhov: The Emergence of a Literary Genius

Blaisdell’s incredibly researched work is a treasure trove of insight and information for scholars and fans of Russian literature. For generations to come, it will be a staple for Chekhov studies. Highly recommended for academic libraries and Russian literature collections.
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But Have You Read the Book?: 52 Literary Gems That Inspired Our Favorite Films

This well-researched book with its 10-page bibliography and addictive compendium will likely inspire movie buffs and literature mavens alike to take her advice.

Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins

A memorable work that will become the standard biography of the saxophone giant and should be embraced by all jazz fans and general readers. Highly recommended.

Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears

This lively, gossip-rich account is ideal reading for cineastes.

Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black American Composers

A book that should be in every music lover’s library.
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Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater

This exceptional resource will be useful for students and researchers wishing to know more about the remarkable works of Asian American artists and writers over the past 150 years. A recommended purchase for large public libraries and all academic collections.

Eddie Muller’s Noir Bar: Cocktails Inspired by the World of Film Noir

An alluring and tasty drinking companion for lovers of film noir.
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Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder

Shatner’s upbeat collections of thoughtful musings is read with verve and good humor.
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Have I Told You This Already?: Stories I Don’t Want To Forget To Remember

A lighthearted look behind the curtain into the life and mind of one of today’s most down-to-earth celebrities. Highly recommended; share with fans of smart and funny celebrity memoirs such as Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo or Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).
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I’m Glad My Mom Died

McCurdy’s battle over her demons will leave many listeners exhausted, but her excellent reading makes for a compelling audiobook.
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Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an in-depth but accessible analysis of the psychological and biological basis for their favorite frights. Recommended for fans of horror fiction and films.
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Elvis and Me

Presley’s smooth, expressive, and confidential reading gives listeners the feeling that she’s revealing this very intimate portrait of a troubled man and their not-so fairy-tale marriage to their ears only.
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Scenes from My Life: A Memoir

This powerful audiobook reveals the humanity of a charismatic performer and is recommended for public libraries.

Caught in the Act: A Memoir by Courtney Act

Although Jenek’s frank discussions of sex and drug use may not appeal to all, this outrageous and affecting memoir is a must-listen. Purchase multiple copies and share widely; this delicious audio treat will not disappoint.

The Philosophy of Modern Song

This is a fascinating and personalized journey through 20th-century popular music that’s guided by one of its luminaries.

Cinema Speculation

Dynamic film commentary from a contemporary legend that is essential reading for cinephiles.

Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: That’s How the Light Gets In, Vol. 3

Readers’ tolerance for this book will depend on how they feel about its subject, but Cohen has an enormous amount of fans.
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Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir

A tale of hope for those trying to overcome addiction or in recovery. Friends fans will also likely enjoy Perry’s celebrity anecdotes.
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Have I Told You This Already?: Stories I Don’t Want To Forget To Remember

Graham’s down-to-earth stories are funny and touching; a surefire fourth best-seller.
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Sour Mouth, Sweet Bottom: Lessons from a Dissolute Life

A walk down the wild side of memory lane that music-loving baby boomers will especially enjoy.
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The Wind at My Back: Resilience, Grace, and Other Gifts from My Mentor Raven Wilkinson

An accessible read that will surely be popular with Copeland’s many fans. Also a good choice for libraries looking to broaden their Black history offerings.

Crooked, but Never Common: The Films of Preston Sturges

It’s obvious Klawans has pored over Sturges’s films. After reading his thoughtful analyses, film buffs will want to rewatch them, armed with new insights.
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Unspeakable: Surviving My Childhood and Finding My Voice

Fisher is mounting a comeback as a solo artist and receiving press attention, so there will be interest in her story. Her words will likely provide comfort to fellow survivors and encouragement to those needing to escape their own situations.
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Number One Is Walking: My Life in the Movies and Other Diversions

Martin is a hilarious physical and multiple-voiced comic whose genius arguably doesn’t convey as well in the more subtle print medium. Readers who enjoyed A Wealth of Pigeons should enjoy Martin and Bliss’s newest collaboration as well.
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No Job for a Man: A Memoir

Like the punk bands Bowie idolized as a teenager, his voice rings true in a crowded genre.
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Why Not? Lessons on Comedy, Courage, and Chutzpah

This will be of interest to fans of comedy. With Schiff’s heavy focus on faith, readers may also take from it an example of cultural and social history of American Judaism.
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Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metal Scriptures

Rock-music readers who enjoyed Halford’s first book will enjoy his second just as much, if not more.

Playing Under the Piano: From Downton to Darkest Peru

Bonneville’s delightful memoir will be enjoyed by Downton Abbey fans, Anglophiles, and aspiring actors.

Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story

Sometimes confessional, many times humorous, and always clever and entertaining, Bono has delivered a fascinating autobiography of a major force in popular music and world affairs for all readers.
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Sound Within Sound: Radical Composers of the Twentieth Century

Not intended to be comprehensive, this work whets the appetite to explore new sonorities. An essential title for academic institutions, especially ones with music programs, and useful for broadening public library collections.

The Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll: The Illustrated Story of Sun Records and the 70 Recordings That Changed the World

This beautifully designed book will captivate readers with a magnetic combination of storytelling, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and a stellar array of photographs portraying the many acclaimed artists that came to be associated with Sun Records. Unmissable and transcending time, this is the ultimate rock ’n’ roll handbook.
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Streisand: The Mirror of Difference

This is a beautifully written examination of a star’s image and voice for fans of Streisand who want more than just biographical information. However, this book best suits an academic collection, where it will be a wonderful source for more research to come.
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Prince on Prince: Interviews and Encounters

A collection of intriguing, frustrating, incisive interviews and insights into Prince’s remarkable career.
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Finale: Late Conversations with Stephen Sondheim

A loose latter-day chronicle of one of theater’s irreplaceable voices; will be cherished by scholars and enthusiasts as a testament to Sondheim’s creative process and to the man himself.
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21-Hit Wonder: Flopping My Way to the Top of the Charts

Even those unfamiliar with Hollander’s achievements will enjoy this frenetic, earthy ride told by a survivor of the dog-eat-dog music business.
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Holy Ghost: The Life and Death of Free Jazz Pioneer Albert Ayler

A flawed biography of a tantalizing subject.
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Rock & Roll in Kennedy’s America: A Cultural History of the Early 1960s

Readers will be delighted by the knowledgeable Aquila’s survey of a period not completely covered by his earlier works, though even nostalgic baby boomers might question the suggested optimism and innocence of a crisis-ridden era.
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Queer Screams: A History of LGBTQ+ Survival Through the Lens of American Horror Cinema

This well-researched and thought-provoking analysis will be a welcome addition to film studies collections.
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The Cinema of Stephanie Rothman: Radical Acts in Filmmaking

This book sheds new light on the prevalent sexism in filmmaking, both in front of and behind the camera.

Encyclopedia Madonnica: 40+ Years of Madonna

With more than 60 English-language books written about Madonna, this comprehensive and opinionated encyclopedia stands out as an essential one-stop reference tool for all fans and libraries.
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The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai: An Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion

This book is perfect for fans who can’t get enough of the drama at the dojos.
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The Meaning of Metallica: Ride the Lyrics

Though this is directed at those familiar with Metallica, there is much to ponder here, even for those those who aren’t metalheads. The spiritual, philosophical, and psychological musings will provoke debate and reward serious readers.
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The Architecture of Suspense: The Built World in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock

A truly engaging study that should appeal to fans of both Hitchcock and architecture.
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Totally Wired: The Rise and Fall of the Music Press

Gorman’s at times–exhaustive narrative of popular culture contextualizes evolving music reportage and commentary about trends in the arts.
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Shotgun Seamstress: An Anthology

A celebration of Black expressions and queer identities that are seen rarely, if at all, in mainstream media. Recommended for libraries with zine collections, as well as music enthusiasts and budding activists.

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir

Readers will want to savor the stories in this oral history-turned-autobiography and undoubtedly be motivated to watch or rewatch Newman’s many films.
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Sex and the City: A Cultural History

An interesting, well-researched summation of a piece of television history that is honest in its criticisms.
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The Number Ones: Twenty Chart-Topping Hits That Reveal the History of Pop Music

An entertaining and informative survey of some milestones of popular music. This book should delight anyone who has felt the magic only pop music can provide.
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Straight Lady: The Life and Times of Margaret Dumont, “the Fifth Marx

While comedy fans will enjoy the reprised storylines and biographical vignettes, this multileveled work also offers media scholars a deeper look into Marx Brothers films in which Dumont was epochal and reflective of the era’s gender standards and mannerisms.
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Jimi

Legions of Jimi Hendrix fans will enjoy this lushly illustrated tribute. Recommended for all popular-music collections.
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Magic To Do: Pippin’s Fantastic, Fraught Journey to Broadway and Beyond

An intimate and insightful addition for die-hard fans of Pippin, musical theater, and pop culture history.
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It Came from the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror

An excellent purchase for any film or queer studies collection.
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The World Deserves My Children

Leggero fans will enjoy the book, and new parents will likely find her candor humorous.
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It’s Not TV: The Spectacular Rise, Revolution, and Future of HBO

Media-focused readers may enjoy the executives’, actors’, directors’, and producers’ personal accounts and the abbreviated storylines that review salient aspects of popular culture and iconic shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Game of Thrones, Six Feet Under, The Larry Sanders Show, and Succession.

Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century

This book will fly off the shelves. It’s that good and the subject that absorbing.

Roots of Film Noir: Precursors from the Silent Era to the 1940s

Between his introductory essay and his reviews, Grant provides an extremely helpful commentary on a major film genre. Film buffs will adore this book.
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Folk Music: A Bob Dylan Biography in Seven Songs

An informative, if impressionistic, reflection on one of the 20th century’s greatest artists, by one of his biggest advocates.
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Working Girls: Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Professional Womanhood

For librarians serious about building up both their modern humor sections and their selections of books written by drag queens, this sequel is a must.
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Maybe We’ll Make It: A Memoir

Grammy-nominated for Best New Artist in 2018, Price’s star is on the rise, and her relatable stories will have widespread appeal.
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Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop: The Team That Changed Children’s Television

Anyone who loved Lamp Chop as a child (or an adult) will likely enjoy this biography of Lewis. It may be also of interest to readers of the history of Jewish entertainment and early television.
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Lawrence Tierney: Hollywood’s Real-Life Tough Guy

A sad look at a promising career derailed and how the Hollywood establishment dealt with it.
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Transformer: A Story of Glitter, Glam Rock, and Loving Lou Reed

Doonan’s blend of personal reflection and cultural history offers a unique, entertaining, and fascinating portrait of a rock masterpiece that will be appreciated by music fans as well as those interested in LGBTQ+ social history.
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Anatomy of 55 More Songs: The Oral History of 55 Hits That Changed Rock, R&B, and Soul

Pop-music fans of a certain age will enjoy this collection and might even use it as a playlist.

Lady Director: Adventures in Hollywood, Television and Beyond

A strong, engaging read that offers insight into Chopra’s life and career and the all-too-familiar struggles of women professionals in misogynistic workspaces.
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David Bowie Rainbowman: 1967–1980

This book has been postponed and will be significantly revised when published...

FrightFest Guide to Vampire Movies

Although some of the sumptuous images contain gore and nudity, this splendid encyclopedia of vampire films is an essential reference for horror film fans.

Chuck Berry: An American Life

This account may become the standard biography that may appeal to general readers. Smith lauds Berry’s accomplishments in music but also characterizes him as a lonely, self-destructive, moody, and aggressively sexual man.

Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder

This is not just for dedicated Star Trek fans. Shatner is an inspiring figure with valuable life lessons to share.

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Don Rickles: Merchant of Venom

A fun biography that should appeal to Don Rickles fans and those interested in the history of stand-up comedy.

The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series

This extensive and enjoyable oral history of The Big Bang Theory will make fans feel nostalgic for its glory days.
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From Connery to Craig: The James Bond Film Series

Seven billion dollars in box office receipts guarantees a built-in audience for this well-written and nostalgic exploration of one of the most successful film series ever.
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Crazy Old Ladies: The Story of Hag Horror

Solidly and exhaustively researched and entertaining coverage of a horror subgenre. The lack of an index may limit its use for film studies.

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Claude Rains: An Invisible Man

With extensive photographs, notes, and bibliography, this is a notable and detailed tribute to an actor who deserves to be remembered.

The Columbo Companion 1968–78: Investigating Every Detail of All 45 “Classic Era” Columbo Adventures

An affectionate, critical, and immensely entertaining guide to the classic TV series.
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The Choreography of Everyday Life

A thoughtful addition to a dance library collection.
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The Lives of Brian: A Memoir

This will definitely be a popular book with any library’s rock fan patrons. It’s also an inspiring story for all readers.
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Best Seat in the House: An Assistant Director Behind the Scenes of Feature Films

This unpretentious memoir about filmmaking will appeal to anyone in love with the big screen.
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Invasion ’51: The Birth of Alien Cinema

Useful for film scholars or sociologists, yet still accessible for general sci-fi fans, Kotz’s book is a fascinating look at the debut of an extraterrestrial movie menace that’s still popular today.
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Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard

An honest, at times humorous, and entertaining memoir that movie buffs, especially Harry Potter fans, will enjoy.
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Dying of Politeness: A Memoir

For admirers of Davis, film, or anyone who believes women deserve an equal voice in their industry. In particular, her take on the appeal of Thelma and Louise is spot on.
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Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir

Wheaton’s memoir is packed with insights about celebrity culture, Hollywood, and the fight to destigmatize mental health to keep even the least Trekkie listener absorbed.
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Pipeline

With a running time of just over an hour, this brief but captivating audio play is highly recommended. Share with listeners who appreciate YA crossover titles by authors such as Jason Reynolds, Angie Smith, and Nic Stone.
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Out of the Corner: A Memoir

A good mix of honesty and humor with lots of celebrity name-dropping. Recommended for all collections.
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