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Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250214867
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Published: Picador - May 14th, 2019

Newly released in paperback, this is a most engaging history of perhaps America's premier songwriting duo of the 20th century, Rodgers and Hammerstein. Chock full of the details of both musical geniuses' creations from their very beginnings as well as the chronology of both of their personal stories, Purdum's work is both engaging and musically astute. These are the talented icons behind the classic shows my mother lived and breathed as I was growing up and I can still see the record jackets lying on the record player; Oklahoma!, South Pacific and of course, my favorite, The Sound of Music, to name but a few. The perfect read to heighten your appreciation of this duo's brilliance before checking out this summer's local production of Oklahoma! ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France - Book Review

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250208668
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 4th, 2019

A wonderfully authentic memoir by one of the beloved Fab Five from Netflix’s Queer Eye. We get to meet the real Tan France, from his childhood growing up in the north of England, his various jobs in the fashion business, to marrying his love-at-first-sight husband and moving to Utah, and, of course, getting the dream job which has made him one of the world’s sweethearts. This reads like an intimate chat with Tan himself, his voice shines through, and you can hear it in his words, I thoroughly enjoyed it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Robin by Dave Itzkoff - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250214812
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Published: Picador - May 14th, 2019

Testimony to both Robin Williams' artistic brilliance and to this nation's utter inability to understand depression, Itzkoff's biography, Robin, characterizes the actor's intensive vitae as spirited by his creative depths, and by how Williams desired, always, to improve upon his art. Yet this desire manifested as a need to push beyond his self, which following his death left even his family and his closest friends, almost all of whom are comedic performers, as unwilling to accept his final act's role. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Typeset in the Future: Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies by Dave Addey - Book Review

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By Dave Addey, Matt Zoller Seitz (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781419727146
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - December 11th, 2018

From Eurostile to Futura, from 2001 to WALL·E, Addey's attention to detail is fascinating, and his insight, astounding. What gives a font a sci-fi connotation, and how is type used deliberately (or even accidentally) to convey a specific message? In short, how does text become "the future"? ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film by W. K. Stratton - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781632862129
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 12th, 2019

A meticulously researched history of the western film that is now ranked with "Shane" and "The Searchers." Much of the book's focus is on Sam Peckinpah, the movie's visionary, eccentric director. It was a labor of love that had been incubating in Peckinpah's mind for many years and, after the disaster of "Major Dundee,"his professional future rested upon its success. Much to the displeasure of Warner Brothers, he insisted upon assembling his own crew and hiring a cast of actors who, with the exception of William Holden, were not box-office draws. A fascinating look at the evolution of a landmark film and its brilliant creator. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror by W. Scott Poole - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781640090934
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 16th, 2018

Seeking the roots of society's fascination and obsession with horror, Poole lands on World War I. The unimaginable carnage and obliteration of life wrought by that war, according to Poole, impacted artists in their creation of horror novels and films, and, more dangerously, infected cultures, breeding Nazism, totalitarianism, and fascism. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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