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Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia

A gripping production that bears repeated listening.
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Smart Pop Explains Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Movies

Sure to entertain and enlighten The Hobbit and LOTR fans and settle arguments on details large and small.
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Sex, Drugs and Pilot Season: Confessions of a Casting Director

A fun and fascinating addition to the showbiz-memoir genre that will be of interest to celebrity mavens and serious film students alike.

The American Way: A True Story of Nazi Escape, Superman, and Marilyn Monroe

Should appeal widely.

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir

This gripping and emotionally wrenching memoir is given a top-notch multi-narrator production.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Stoppard’s play was meant to be performed just like this, with relish and verve. An outstanding production that makes the most of the audio medium.

Dying of Politeness: A Memoir

Will appeal to listeners seeking a humorous, heartwarming memoir teeming with Hollywood stars and stories. Recommended for fans of amusing, empowering movie-star memoirs like Betty White’s and Lauren Graham’s.
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Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood’s Master of Macabre

Fans of classic cinema will relish this well-researched and illuminating biography of an important filmmaker.

Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story

Bono’s epic, introspective memoir is given an impressive music-filled production. It’s certainly one of the best audiobooks of the year.

House Concert

Provides a revealing look into the mind of a thoughtful, searching, driven artist navigating a world in which the old rules of performance have lost their validity. Like a Levit musical performance, this book lingers long after the last note is sounded.
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The Way We Were: The Making of a Romantic Classic

This study of the iconic 1973 film will fly off the library shelves.

Bang Bang Crash

This poignant memoir will not only be loved by music fans but will also likely appeal to readers who want to go on a journey of love, ambivalence, and acceptance.

The Wife of Willesden

A triumph of dramatic creativity, this slim volume is a total delight. Highly recommended.

Black Rodeo: A History of the African American Western

This carefully crafted academic treatment will enhance library shelves, although this book’s conceptual language may challenge lay readers. Still, it’s worth the effort.
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Why Dance Matters

A thoughtful and engaging look at dance and its place in the human experience that will likely appeal to readers with an interest in dance, culture, and forms of human expression.
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The Annotated Abbott and Costello: A Complete Viewer’s Guide to the Comedy Team and Their 38 Films

A useful and valiant effort that sadly falls short.
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Nothing To Fear: Alfred Hitchcock and the Wrong Men

Come for the Hitchcock, stay for the history. Fascinating.
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The Way They Were: How Epic Battles and Bruised Egos Brought a Classic Hollywood Love Story to the Screen

With 26 pages of notes, this is a detailed and well-researched biography of a popular film that avid fans and film students will likely find fascinating.

Stomp and Shout: R&B and the Origins of Northwest Rock and Roll

In a tour de force, Blecha offers all music fans the definitive book about the highly significant but much neglected story of Northwestern U.S. rock.
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The Taylor Mac Book: Ritual, Realness and Radical Performance

Some entries are more successful than others in fleshing out who Taylor Mac is and what Mac is trying to accomplish. Nonetheless, this eclectic, no-holds-barred exposition represents an important addition to theater and gender studies.

The Black Guy Dies First: Black Horror Cinema from Fodder to Oscar

A must-have reference with a near encyclopedic, yet readable, survey of nearly 1,000 horror movies containing more than 1,500 appearances by Black characters, from minor, nonspeaking roles to the exploration of Black films that have progressively broadened Black roles in horror and in cinema as a whole.
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Pat in the City: My Life of Fashion, Style, and Breaking All the Rules

A nostalgic dive into a slice of fashion history, a behind-the-scenes look at famous TV and film costuming, and a celebration of the contributions of LGBTQIA+ culture. Readers from several points of entry will appreciate Field’s accomplishments and her perspective.
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Love, Pamela

Anderson fully takes control of her own story, addressing the salacious aspects but also sharing inspiring tales of survival, motherhood, and activism.
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The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book

Seinfeld collects funny and introspective conversations with several generations of world-class comedians. Ideal for those interested in stand-up comedy orclever observations about the world.
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Betty White’s Pearls of Wisdom: Life Lessons from a Beloved American Treasure

A heartwarming read. Fans of Betty White will not be disappointed.
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Blues on Stage: The Blues Entertainment Industry in the 1920s

Though this book doesn’t unearth much new material, Clark admirably assembles information about the era that will appeal to blues scholars.

I Was a Teenage Monster Hunter! How I Met Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing & More!

Irvin is an engaging raconteur with a star-studded cast of interview subjects. A terrific reference resource for horror movie fans.
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Parks and Recreation Galentine’s Day: The Official Guide to Friendship, Fun, and Cocktails

This is everything readers would expect in an official guide composed of recipes and crafts from the show. Gather some friends, and enjoy!

Red Carpet Oscars

A delectable compilation, sure to please fashion and film devotees.

TCM Underground: 50 Must-See Films from the World of Classic Cult and Late-Night Cinema

Adventurous film buffs will enjoy the keen-eyed observations and backstories about these obscure, odd, and underappreciated films.
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The Man Born To Be King: Wade Annotated Edition

Readers interested in Sayers’s religious writings or in general religious literature will find this book to be informative and useful.

Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands

Ronstadt celebrates her roots in this engaging, personal and entertaining hybrid family memoir/cookbook and social history.
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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.

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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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.
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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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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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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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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.

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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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.

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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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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Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder

Shatner’s upbeat collections of thoughtful musings is read with verve and good humor.

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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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.
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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.

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.

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.

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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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.
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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.

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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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.

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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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.
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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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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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Prince on Prince: Interviews and Encounters

A collection of intriguing, frustrating, incisive interviews and insights into Prince’s remarkable career.
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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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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.
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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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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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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.

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 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 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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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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