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  • Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld
    Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld
    Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld

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    Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld

    byT. J. English

    From T. J. English, the New York Times bestselling author of Havana Nocturne, comes the epic, scintillating narrative of the interconnected worlds of jazz and organized crime in 20th century America. "[A] brilliant and courageous book." —Dr. Cornel West Dangerous Rhythms tells the symbiotic story of jazz and the underworld: a relationship fostered in some of 20th century America’s most notorious vice districts. For the first half of the century mobsters and musicians enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership. By offering artists like Louis Armstrong, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, and Ella Fitzgerald a stage, the mob, including major players Al Capone, Meyer Lansky, and Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, provided opportunities that would not otherwise have existed. Even so, at the heart of this relationship was a festering racial inequity. The musicians were mostly African American, and the clubs and means of production were owned by white men. It was a glorified plantation system that, over time, would find itself out of tune with an emerging Civil Rights movement. Some artists, including Louis Armstrong, believed they were safer and more likely to be paid fairly if they worked in “protected” joints. Others believed that playing in venues outside mob rule would make it easier to have control over their careers. Through English’s voluminous research and keen narrative skills, Dangerous Rhythms reveals this deeply fascinating slice of American history in all its sordid glory. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

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  • The July 11 Audiozine Issue
    The July 11 Audiozine Issue
    The July 11 Audiozine Issue

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    The July 11 Audiozine Issue

    byPeople

    Welcome to the July 11, 2022 issue of PEOPLE, where we bring you the inside scoop on today’s hottest celebrities, real-life heroes and true crime. In this audio edition, we start with a People Exclusive profile on Miranda Lambert’s Pursuit of Happiness. This country queen shares lessons she has earned from love, family and heartbreak. Then in true crime, a story about Leigh Ann Bauman. Is she a deadly Daughter-in-law? Police say she tried to hire a hitman to kill her ex’s mom. People looks into this shocking case. But that's not all: Bachelorette’s Ryan Sutter opens up about his fight with Lyme Disease, Emma Thompson talks about her new role, and so much more!

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • The New Female Antihero: The Disruptive Women of Twenty-First-Century US Television
    The New Female Antihero: The Disruptive Women of Twenty-First-Century US Television
    The New Female Antihero: The Disruptive Women of Twenty-First-Century US Television

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    The New Female Antihero: The Disruptive Women of Twenty-First-Century US Television

    bySarah Hagelin

    The New Female Antihero examines the hard-edged spies, ruthless queens, and entitled slackers of twenty-first-century television.   The last ten years have seen a shift in television storytelling toward increasingly complex storylines and characters. In this study, Sarah Hagelin and Gillian Silverman zoom in on a key figure in this transformation: the archetype of the female antihero. Far from the sunny, sincere, plucky persona once demanded of female characters, the new female antihero is often selfish and deeply unlikeable.   In this entertaining and insightful study, Hagelin and Silverman explore the meanings of this profound change in the role of women characters. In the dramas of the new millennium, they show, the female antihero is ambitious, conniving, even murderous; in comedies, she is self-centered, self-sabotaging, and anti-aspirational. Across genres, these female protagonists eschew the part of good girl or role model. In their rejection of social responsibility, female antiheroes thus represent a more profound threat to the status quo than do their male counterparts. From the devious schemers of Game of Thrones, The Americans, Scandal, and Homeland, to the joyful failures of Girls, Broad City, Insecure, and SMILF, female antiheroes register a deep ambivalence about the promises of liberal feminism. They push back against the myth of the modern-day super-woman—she who “has it all”—and in so doing, they give us new ways of imagining women’s lives in contemporary America.

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  • The July 2022 Audiozine Issue
    The July 2022 Audiozine Issue
    The July 2022 Audiozine Issue

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    The July 2022 Audiozine Issue

    byEntertainment Weekly

    Welcome to the July 2022 Audio Digest of Entertainment Weekly, where we update you with all the latest happenings in music, movies, TV and more. In this audio edition, we have updates on Harry Styles newest movie role, and behind the scenes interviews from Top Gun: Maverick. But that's not all: updates on the Foo Fighters tribute concert tour, unanswered questions from Obi-Wan Kenobi, and so much more!

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Be My Baby: A Memoir
    Be My Baby: A Memoir
    Be My Baby: A Memoir

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    Be My Baby: A Memoir

    byRonnie Spector

    "This heartfelt, brilliantly narrated memoir — with an introduction by Keith Richards — is one of the best I have ever listened to." -Washington Post "...actress Rosie Perez stepped in to read the audiobook, and, go figure: She’s a total dream." -Vulture "With her indefatigable energy, Rosie Perez emerges as the perfect choice to read this emotional roller-coaster ride of an account." -Booklist "Rosie Perez convincingly narrates this memoir by Ronnie Spector, lead singer of the Ronettes, a complicated woman who was socially naïve, emotionally fearless, and prone to melodrama." -AudioFile Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the greatest rock memoirs of all time, Be My Baby is the true story of how Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Spector carved out a space for herself against tremendous odds amid the chaos of the 1960s music scene and beyond. With a new introduction by the late—and very great—Ronnie Spector. Ronnie Spector’s first collaboration with producer Phil Spector, “Be My Baby,” stunned the world and shot girl group the Ronettes to stardom. No one could sing as clearly, as emotively as Ronnie. But her voice was soon drowned out in Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, and lost in Ronnie and Phil’s ensuing romance and marriage. Ronnie had to fight tooth and nail to wrest back control of her life, her music, and her legacy. And while she regained her footing, Ronnie found herself recording with Stevie Van Zandt, partying with David Bowie, and touring with Bruce Springsteen. Smart, humorous, and self-possessed, Be My Baby is a whirlwind account of the twists and turns in the life of an artist. More than anything, Be My Baby is a testament to the fact that it is possible to stand up to a powerful abuser and start on a second—or third, or fifth—act. A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

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  • The July 4 Audiozine Issue
    The July 4 Audiozine Issue
    The July 4 Audiozine Issue

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    The July 4 Audiozine Issue

    byPeople

    Welcome to the July 4, 2022 issue of PEOPLE, where we bring you the inside scoop on today’s hottest celebrities, royal family, real-life heroes and true crime. In this audio edition, we have listed out the best food of the year. A group of our taste testers drank, cooked, and ranked hundreds of supermarket products to find what is truly worth adding to your shopping cart. Then in true crime, Since 1979, rural areas between Idaho and Washington were targeted by an elusive monster. Now a detective and a victim’s cousin vow to uncover the truth. But that's not all: Prince William turns 40, Burn Victim tells her story of recovery and being a mom, Kim Kardashian talks about her new Skin-care line, and so much more!

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • How You Get Famous: Ten Years of Drag Madness in Brooklyn
    How You Get Famous: Ten Years of Drag Madness in Brooklyn
    How You Get Famous: Ten Years of Drag Madness in Brooklyn

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    How You Get Famous: Ten Years of Drag Madness in Brooklyn

    byNicole Pasulka

    A madcap adventure through a tight-knit world of drag performers making art and mayhem in the greatest city on earth. Ten years ago, an aimless coat check girl better known today as Merrie Cherry sweet-talked her boss into giving her $100 to host a drag show at a Brooklyn dive bar. Soon, kids like Aja were kicking their way into the scene, sneaking into clubs, pocketing their tips to help mom pay the mortgage, and sharing the stage with electric performers like Thorgy Thor and Sasha Velour. Because suddenly, in the biggest, brightest city in America, drag was offering young, broke, creative queer people a chance at real money—and for thousands or even millions of people to learn their names. In How You Get Famous, journalist Nicole Pasulka joyfully documents the rebirth of the New York drag scene, following a group of iconoclastic performers with undeniable charisma, talent, and a hell of a lot to prove. The result is a sweeping portrait of the 21st-century search for celebrity and community, as well as a chronicle of all the struggles, fights, and disappointments along the way. A rollicking account of the quest to make a living through an art form on the cusp of becoming a cultural phenomenon, How You Get Famous offers an unmissable romp through the gritty and glamorous world of Brooklyn drag.

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  • Living and Dying with Marcel Proust
    Living and Dying with Marcel Proust
    Living and Dying with Marcel Proust

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    Living and Dying with Marcel Proust

    byChristopher Prendergast

    A New York Times Editors’ Choice A Publisher’s Weekly Most Anticipated Book of 2022 Living and Dying with Marcel Proust is the result of a lifetime’s reading of, reflection on, and love for Proust’s masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time. One of the masterpieces of twentieth-century fiction, Proust’s In Search of Lost Time describes a unique journey, combining elements drawn from the timeless narratives of great expectations and lost illusions. In this lively and entertaining book, Christopher Prendergast traces that journey as it unfolds on an arc defined by the polarities in his title: living and dying. At once a careful contemplation Proust’s masterwork and an exploration of the rich sensory and impressionistic tapestry of a lived world, Living and Dying with Marcel Proust addresses such disparate Proustian obsessions as insomnia, food, digestion, color, addiction, memory, breath and breathing, breasts, snobbism, music, and humor. Entertaining and erudite, Prendergast’s book will surely become the companion for all readers either about to reembark on Proust’s three-million-word journey or setting out for the first time. “Splendid... Reading [it] feels like, say, seeing all of Venice in a gondola, seated beside a patient, smiling, all-knowing art historian.”—Edmund White, The New York Times Book Review

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  • The June 2022 Audiozine Issue
    The June 2022 Audiozine Issue
    The June 2022 Audiozine Issue

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    The June 2022 Audiozine Issue

    byEntertainment Weekly

    Welcome to the June 2022 Audio Digest of Entertainment Weekly, where we update you with all the latest happenings in music, movies, TV and more. In this audio edition, we have updates on Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's defamation trial as Heard takes to the stand. After that, we break down the end-credit scenes in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and answer all your unanswered questions from Marvel's newest movie. But that's not all: Who will be the next James Bond?, The Chicks are going on tour, and more!

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Her Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be
    Her Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be
    Her Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be

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    Her Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be

    byMarissa R. Moss

    The full and unbridled inside story of the last twenty years of country music through the lens of Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton, and Kacey Musgraves—their peers and inspirations, their paths to stardom, and their battles against a deeply embedded boys’ club, as well as their efforts to transform the genre into a more inclusive place for all (and not just white men in trucker hats), as told by award-winning Nashville journalist Marissa R. Moss. It was only two decades ago, but, for the women of country music, 1999 seems like an entirely different universe. With Shania Twain, country’s biggest award winner and star, and The Chicks topping every chart, country music was a woman’s world: specifically, country radio and Nashville’s Music Row. Cut to 2021, when women are only played on country radio 16% of the time, on a good day, and when only men have won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards for a decade. To a world where artists like Kacey Musgraves sell out arenas but barely score a single second of airplay. But also to a world where these women are infinitely bigger live draws than most male counterparts, having massive pop crossover hits like Maren Morris’s “The Middle,” pushing the industry to confront its deeply embedded racial biases with Mickey Guyton’s “Black Like Me,” winning heaps of Grammy nominations, banding up in supergroups like The Highwomen and taking complete control of their own careers, on their own terms. When the rules stopped working for the women of country music, they threw them out and made their own: and changed the genre forever, and for better. Her Country is veteran Nashville journalist Marissa R. Moss’s story of how in the past two decades, country’s women fought back against systems designed to keep them down, armed with their art and never willing to just shut up and sing: how women like Kacey, Mickey, Maren, The Chicks, Miranda Lambert, Rissi Palmer, Brandy Clark, LeAnn Rimes, Brandi Carlile, Margo Price and many more have reinvented the rules to find their place in an industry stacked against them, how they’ve ruled the century when it comes to artistic output—and about how women can and do belong in the mainstream of country music, even if their voices aren’t being heard as loudly. A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Co.

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  • William Blake vs. the World
    William Blake vs. the World
    William Blake vs. the World

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    William Blake vs. the World

    byJohn Higgs

    A wild and unexpected journey through culture, science, philosophy and religion to better understand the mercurial genius of William Blake. Poet, artist, and visionary, William Blake is an archetypal misunderstood genius. His life passed without recognition and he worked without reward, often mocked, dismissed and misinterpreted. Yet from his ignoble end in a pauper's grave, Blake now occupies a unique position as an artist who unites and attracts people from all corners of society—a rare inclusive symbol of human identity. Blake famously experienced visions, and it is these that shaped his attitude to politics, sex, religion, society, and art. Thanks to the work of neuroscientists and psychologists, we are now in a better position to understand what was happening inside that remarkable mind and gain a deeper appreciation of his brilliance. His timeless work, we will find, has never been more relevant. In William Blake vs the World we return to a world of riots, revolutions, and radicals; discuss movements from the Levellers of the sixteenth century to the psychedelic counterculture of the 1960s; and explore the latest discoveries in neurobiology, quantum physics, and comparative religion. Taking the reader on a wild adventure into unfamiliar territory, John Higgs places the bewildering eccentricities of a most singular artist into fascinating context. And although the journey begins with us trying to understand him, we will ultimately discover that it is Blake who helps us to understand ourselves.

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  • The Baby on the Fire Escape: Creativity, Motherhood, and the Mind-Baby Problem
    The Baby on the Fire Escape: Creativity, Motherhood, and the Mind-Baby Problem
    The Baby on the Fire Escape: Creativity, Motherhood, and the Mind-Baby Problem

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    The Baby on the Fire Escape: Creativity, Motherhood, and the Mind-Baby Problem

    byJulie Phillips

    An insightful and provocative exploration of the relationship between motherhood and art through the lives of women artists and writers. What does it mean to create, not in "a room of one's own," but in a domestic space? Do children and genius rule each other out? In The Baby on the Fire Escape, award-winning biographer Julie Phillips traverses the shifting terrain where motherhood and creativity converge. With fierce empathy and vivid prose, Phillips evokes the intimate struggles of brilliant artists and writers, including Doris Lessing, who had to choose between her motherhood and herself; Ursula K. Le Guin, who found productive stability in family life; Audre Lorde, whose queer, polyamorous union allowed her to raise children on her own terms; and Alice Neel, who once, to finish a painting, was said to have left her baby on the fire escape of her New York apartment. A meditation on maternal identity and artistic greatness, The Baby on the Fire Escape illuminates some of the most pressing conflicts in contemporary women’s lives.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot
    The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot
    The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot

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    The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot

    byCharles Baxter

    The Art Of series, edited by Charles Baxter, is a new series of brief books by contemporary writers on an important craft issue. Each book investigates an aspect of the craft of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry by discussing works by authors past and present. The books in The Art Of series are not strictly manuals, but serve readers and writers by illuminating aspects of the craft of writing that people think they already know but don't really know. The first book in The Art Of series of books on the craft of writing, fiction writer and essayist Charles Baxter's The Art of Subtext discusses and illustrates the hidden subtextual overtones and undertones in fictional works haunted by the unspoken, the suppressed, and the secreted. As Baxter notes in one essay, "A novel is not a summary of its plot but a collection of instances, of luminous specific details that take us in the direction of the unsaid and unseen."Using an array of examples from Melville and Dostoyevsky to contemporary writers Paula Fox, Edward P. Jones, and Lorrie Moore, Baxter explains how fiction writers create those visible and invisible details, how what is displayed evokes what is not displayed.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • The End Times
    The End Times
    The End Times

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    The End Times

    byThe Millions

    Global warming, zombies, and widespread viruses; what in the world are we meant to do to survive? The apocalypse, in all forms, has been a topic widely discussed by artists and writers as they imagine ways in which we deal with the worst possible scenarios.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times
    Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times
    Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times

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    Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times

    byAzar Nafisi

    The New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran returns with a guide to the power of literature in turbulent times, arming readers with a resistance reading list, ranging from James Baldwin to Zora Neale Hurston to Margaret Atwood. "[A] stunning look at the power of reading. ... Provokes and inspires at every turn." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) What is the role of literature in an era when one political party wages continual war on writers and the press? What is the connection between political strife in our daily lives, and the way we meet our enemies on the page in fiction? How can literature, through its free exchange, affect politics? In this galvanizing guide to literature as resistance, Nafisi seeks to answer these questions. Drawing on her experiences as a woman and voracious reader living in the Islamic Republic of Iran, her life as an immigrant in the United States, and her role as literature professor in both countries, she crafts an argument for why, in a genuine democracy, we must engage with the enemy, and how literature can be a vehicle for doing so. Structured as a series of letters to her father, who taught her as a child about how literature can rescue us in times of trauma, Nafisi explores the most probing questions of our time through the works of Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, James Baldwin, Margaret Atwood, and more.  Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Lightning Striking: Ten Transformative Moments in Rock and Roll
    Lightning Striking: Ten Transformative Moments in Rock and Roll
    Lightning Striking: Ten Transformative Moments in Rock and Roll

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    Lightning Striking: Ten Transformative Moments in Rock and Roll

    byLenny Kaye

    “We have performed side-by-side on the global stage through half a century…. In Lightning Striking, Lenny Kaye has illuminated ten facets of the jewel called rock and roll from a uniquely personal and knowledgeable perspective.”  –Patti Smith An insider’s take on the evolution and enduring legacy of the music that rocked the twentieth century Memphis, 1954. New Orleans 1957. Philadelphia 1959. Liverpool, 1962. San Francisco 1967. Detroit 1969. New York, 1975. London 1977. Los Angeles 1984 / Norway 1993. Seattle 1991. Rock and roll was birthed in basements and garages, radio stations and dance halls, in cities where unexpected gatherings of artists and audience changed and charged the way music is heard and celebrated, capturing lightning in a bottle. Musician and writer Lenny Kaye explores ten crossroads of time and place that define rock and roll, its unforgettable flashpoints, characters and visionaries, how each generation came to be, how it was discovered by the world. Whether describing Elvis Presley’s Memphis, the Beatles’ Liverpool, Patti Smith’s New York or Kurt Cobain’s Seattle, Lightning Striking reveals the communal energy that creates a scene, a guided tour inside style and performance, to see who’s on stage, along with the movers and shakers, the hustlers and hangers-on, and why everybody is listening.  Grandly sweeping and minutely detailed, informed by Kaye’s acclaimed knowledge and experience as a working musician, Lightning Striking is an ear-opening insight into our shared musical and cultural history, a carpet ride of rock and roll’s most influential movements and moments. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office
    Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office
    Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office

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    Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office

    byBrian Baumgartner

    Join the entire Dunder Mifflin gang on a journey back to Scranton: here's the hilarious inside story of how a little show that barely survived its first season became the most watched series in the universe. Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with the cast and creators of The Office—the actors, writers, producers, directors, network execs, and crew, and read by Brian Baumgartner, Ben Silverman, Greg Daniels, Bronson Pinchot, Marin Ireland, MacLeod Andrews, Brittany Pressley, Prentice Onayemi, Gabra Zackman, James Meunier, Alister Austin, Michael Crouch, Bryson Carr, James Fouhey, Graham Halstead, Gary Tiedemann, Curt Bonnem, Oliver Wyman, James Patrick Cronin, Joel Froomkin, Rainn Valdez, Patricia Santomasso, Laruen Fortgang, Stacey Glemboski, Andi Arndt, Amy Landon, Lisa Flanagan, and Robin Miles “This book is full of the memories and stories of the cast and crew and how we all found our way to each other, from everyone’s point of view. ... It’s pretty great.” —GREG DANIELS In this definitive oral history—including the voices of the actors, writers, producers, directors, network execs, and crew—Welcome to Dunder Mifflin pulls back the curtain as never before on all the absurdity, genius, love, passion, and dumb luck that went into creating the beloved show. Featuring a foreword by Greg Daniels, who adapted the series for the U.S. and was its guiding creative force, and narrated by star Brian Baumgartner (aka “Kevin Malone”) and executive producer Ben Silverman, here at last is the indispensable Office book. Includes original interviews with Steve Carell, John Krasinkski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, Oscar Nunez, Amy Ryan, Ellie Kemper, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, Greg Daniels, Ben Silverman, Mike Schur, Ricky Gervais, and many more. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather
    Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather
    Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather

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    Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather

    byMark Seal

    This “wickedly pacey page-turner” (Total Film) unfurls the behind-the-scenes story of the making of The Godfather, fifty years after the classic film’s original release. The story of how The Godfather was made is as dramatic, operatic, and entertaining as the film itself. Over the years, many versions of various aspects of the movie’s fiery creation have been told—sometimes conflicting, but always compelling. Mark Seal sifts through the evidence, has extensive new conversations with director Francis Ford Coppola and several heretofore silent sources, and complements them with colorful interviews with key players including actors Al Pacino, James Caan, Talia Shire, and others to write “the definitive look at the making of an American classic” (Library Journal, starred review). On top of the usual complications of filmmaking, the creators of The Godfather had to contend with the real-life members of its subject matter: the Mob. During production of the movie, location permits were inexplicably revoked, author Mario Puzo got into a public brawl with an irate Frank Sinatra, producer Al Ruddy’s car was found riddled with bullets, men with “connections” vied to be in the cast, and some were given film roles. As Seal notes, this is the tale of a “movie that revolutionized filmmaking, saved Paramount Pictures, minted a new generation of movie stars, made its struggling author Mario Puzo rich and famous, and sparked a war between two of the mightiest powers in America: the sharks of Hollywood and the highest echelons of the Mob.” “For fans of books about moviemaking, this is a definite must-read” (Booklist).

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B. B. King
    King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B. B. King
    King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B. B. King

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    King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B. B. King

    byDaniel de Visé

    The first full and authoritative biography of an American—indeed a world-wide—musical and cultural legend “No one worked harder than B.B. No one inspired more up-and-coming artists. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues.”—President Barack Obama “He is without a doubt the most important artist the blues has ever produced.”—Eric Clapton Riley “Blues Boy” King (1925-2015) was born into deep poverty in Jim Crow Mississippi. Wrenched away from his sharecropper father, B.B. lost his mother at age ten, leaving him more or less alone. Music became his emancipation from exhausting toil in the fields. Inspired by a local minister’s guitar and by the records of Blind Lemon Jefferson and T-Bone Walker, encouraged by his cousin, the established blues man Bukka White, B.B. taught his guitar to sing in the unique solo style that, along with his relentless work ethic and humanity, became his trademark. In turn, generations of artists claimed him as inspiration, from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to Carlos Santana and the Edge. King of the Blues presents the vibrant life and times of a trailblazing giant. Witness to dark prejudice and lynching in his youth, B.B. performed incessantly (some 15,000 concerts in 90 countries over nearly 60 years)—in some real way his means of escaping his past. Several of his concerts, including his landmark gig at Chicago’s Cook County Jail, endure in legend to this day. His career roller-coasted between adulation and relegation, but he always rose back up. At the same time, his story reveals the many ways record companies took advantage of artists, especially those of color. Daniel de Visé has interviewed almost every surviving member of B.B. King’s inner circle—family, band members, retainers, managers, and more—and their voices and memories enrich and enliven the life of this Mississippi blues titan, whom his contemporary Bobby “Blue” Bland simply called “the man.”

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  • The Mirror and the Palette
    The Mirror and the Palette
    The Mirror and the Palette

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    The Mirror and the Palette

    byJennifer Higgie

    A dazzlingly original and ambitious book on the history of female self-portraiture by one of today's most well-respected art critics. Her story weaves in and out of time and place. She's Frida Kahlo, Loïs Mailou Jones and Amrita Sher-Gil en route to Mexico City, Paris or Bombay. She's Suzanne Valadon and Gwen John, craving city lights, the sea and solitude; she's Artemisia Gentileschi striding through the streets of Naples and Paula Modersohn-Becker in Worpswede. She's haunting museums in her paint-stained dress, scrutinising how El Greco or Titian or Van Dyck or Cézanne solved the problems that she too is facing. She's railing against her corsets, her chaperones, her husband and her brothers; she's hammering on doors, dreaming in her bedroom, working day and night in her studio. Despite the immense hurdles that have been placed in her way, she sits at her easel, picks up a mirror and paints a self-portrait because, as a subject, she is always available. Until the twentieth century, art history was, in the main, written by white men who tended to write about other white men. The idea that women in the West have always made art was rarely cited as a possibility. Yet they have - and, of course, continue to do so - often against tremendous odds, from laws and religion to the pressures of family and public disapproval. In The Mirror and the Palette, Jennifer Higgie introduces us to a cross-section of women artists who embody the fact that there is more than one way to understand our planet, more than one way to live in it and more than one way to make art about it. Spanning 500 years, biography and cultural history intertwine in a narrative packed with tales of rebellion, adventure, revolution, travel and tragedy enacted by women who turned their back on convention and lived lives of great resilience, creativity and bravery.

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  • Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist
    Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist
    Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist

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    Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist

    bySesali Bowen

    “Sesali Bowen is poised to give Black feminism the rejuvenation it needs. Her trendsetting writing and commentary reaches across experiences and beyond respectability. I and so many Black girls still figuring out who they are in this world will gain so much from whatever she has to say.”—Charlene A. Carruthers, activist and author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements “Sesali perfectly vocalizes the inner dialogue, and daily mantras needed to be a Bad Bitch.”—Gabourey Sidibe, actor, director, and author of This is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare “A powerful call for a more inclusive and 'real' feminism.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Bowen writes from an authentic space for Black women who are often left out of feminist conversations due to respectability politics, but who are just as deserving of the same voice and liberation.”—Booklist (starred review) From funny and fearless entertainment journalist Sesali Bowen, Bad Fat Black Girl combines rule-breaking feminist theory, witty and insightful personal memoir, and cutting cultural analysis for an unforgettable, genre-defining debut. Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Sesali Bowen learned early on how to hustle, stay on her toes, and champion other Black women and femmes as she navigated Blackness, queerness, fatness, friendship, poverty, sex work, and self-love.  Her love of trap music led her to the top of hip-hop journalism, profiling game-changing artists like Megan Thee Stallion, Lizzo, and Janelle Monae. But despite all the beauty, complexity, and general badassery she saw, Bowen found none of that nuance represented in mainstream feminism. Thus, she coined Trap Feminism, a contemporary framework that interrogates where feminism meets today's hip-hop. Bad Fat Black Girl offers a new, inclusive feminism for the modern world. Weaving together searing personal essay and cultural commentary, Bowen interrogates sexism, fatphobia, and capitalism all within the context of race and hip-hop. In the process, she continues a Black feminist legacy of unmatched sheer determination and creative resilience. Bad bitches: this one’s for you.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream
    I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream
    I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream

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    I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream

    byRichard Antoine White

    Includes original music from the documentary R.A.W. Tuba, as well as the author playing. From the streets of Baltimore to the halls of the New Mexico Philharmonic, a musician shares his remarkable story in I'm Possible, an inspiring memoir of perseverance and possibility. Young Richard Antoine White and his mother don't have a key to a room or a house. Sometimes they have shelter, but they never have a place to call home. Still, they have each other, and Richard believes he can look after his mother, even as she struggles with alcoholism and sometimes disappears, sending Richard into loops of visiting familiar spots until he finds her again. And he always does—until one night, when he almost dies searching for her in the snow and is taken in by his adoptive grandparents. Living with his grandparents is an adjustment with rules and routines, but when Richard joins band for something to do, he unexpectedly discovers a talent and a sense of purpose. Taking up the tuba feels like something he can do that belongs to him, and playing music is like a light going on in the dark. Soon Richard gains acceptance to the prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts, and he continues thriving in his musical studies at the Peabody Conservatory and beyond, even as he navigates racial and socioeconomic disparities as one of few Black students in his programs. With fierce determination, Richard pushes forward on his remarkable path, eventually securing a coveted spot in a symphony orchestra and becoming the first African American to earn a doctorate in music for tuba performance. A professor, mentor, and motivational speaker, Richard now shares his extraordinary story—of dreaming big, impossible dreams and making them come true.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling
    Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling
    Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling

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    Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling

    byEsi Edugyan

    An insightful exploration and moving meditation on identity, art, and belonging from one of the most celebrated writers of the last decade.  What happens when we begin to consider stories at the margins, when we grant them centrality? How does that complicate our certainties about who we are, as individuals, as nations, as human beings? Through the lens of visual art, literature, film, and the author’s lived experience, Out of the Sun examines Black histories in art, offering new perspectives to challenge us. In this groundbreaking, reflective, and erudite book, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and internationally bestselling author Esi Edugyan illuminates myriad varieties of Black experience in global culture and history. Edugyan combines storytelling with analyses of contemporary events and her own personal story in this dazzling first major work of non-fiction.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern
    Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern
    Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern

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    Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern

    byCharles Dellheim

    The story of dealers of Old Masters, champions of modern art, and victims of Nazi plunder.   Since the late-1990s, the fate of Nazi stolen art has become a cause célèbre. In Belonging and Betrayal, Charles Dellheim turns this story on its head by revealing how certain Jewish outsiders came to acquire so many old and modern masterpieces in the first place – and what this reveals about Jews, art, and modernity. This book tells the epic story of the fortunes and misfortunes of a small number of eminent art dealers and collectors who, against the odds, played a pivotal role in the migration of works of art from Europe to the United States and in the triumph of modern art. Beautifully written and compellingly told, this story takes place on both sides of the Atlantic from the late nineteenth century to the present. It is set against the backdrop of critical transformations, among them the gradual opening of European high culture, the ambiguities of Jewish acculturation, the massive sell-off of aristocratic family art collections, the emergence of different schools of modern art, the cultural impact of World War I, and the Nazi war against the Jews.  

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  • Shakespearean: On Life and Language in Times of Disruption
    Shakespearean: On Life and Language in Times of Disruption
    Shakespearean: On Life and Language in Times of Disruption

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    Shakespearean: On Life and Language in Times of Disruption

    byRobert McCrum

    * A Washington Post Best Book of the Year * "A remarkable book that takes us to the heart of Shakespeare's art and influence."—James Shapiro When Robert McCrum began his recovery from a life-changing stroke, he discovered that the only words that made sense to him were snatches of Shakespeare. Unable to travel or move as he used to, the First Folio became his "book of life"—an endless source of inspiration through which he could embark on "journeys of the mind" and see a reflection of our own disrupted times. An acclaimed writer and journalist, McCrum has spent the last twenty-five years immersed in Shakespeare's work, on stage and on the page. During this prolonged exploration, Shakespeare’s poetry and plays, so vivid and contemporary, have become his guide and consolation. In Shakespearean he asks: why is it that we always return to Shakespeare, particularly in times of acute crisis and dislocation? What is the key to his hold on our imagination? And why do the collected works of an Elizabethan writer continue to speak to us as if they were written yesterday? Shakespearean is a rich, brilliant and superbly drawn portrait of an extraordinary artist, one of the greatest writers who ever lived. Through an enthralling narrative, ranging widely in time and space, McCrum seeks to understand Shakespeare within his historical context while also exploring the secrets of literary inspiration, and examining the nature of creativity itself. Witty and insightful, he makes a passionate and deeply personal case that Shakespeare’s words and ideas are not just enduring in their relevance – they are nothing less than the eternal key to our shared humanity.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park with George
    Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park with George
    Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park with George

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    Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park with George

    byJames Lapine

    Putting It Together chronicles the two-year odyssey of creating the iconic Broadway musical Sunday in the Park with George. In 1982, James Lapine, at the beginning of his career as a playwright and director, met Stephen Sondheim, nineteen years his senior and already a legendary Broadway composer and lyricist. Shortly thereafter, the two decided to write a musical inspired by Georges Seurat’s nineteenth-century painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Through conversations between Lapine and Sondheim, as well as most of the production team, the two Broadway icons lift the curtain on their beloved musical. Putting It Together is a deeply personal remembrance of their collaboration and friendship and the highs and lows of that journey, one that resulted in the Pulitzer Prize–winning classic.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina
    Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina
    Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina

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    Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina

    byGeorgina Pazcoguin

    This program is read by the author. "Don't expect just tulle and toe shoes. In this fascinating insider's tale, NYCB dancer Pazcoguin reveals her world. . . . A striking debut." —People Award-winning New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin, aka the Rogue Ballerina, gives listeners a backstage tour of the real world of elite ballet—the gritty, hilarious, sometimes shocking truth you don’t see from the orchestra circle. In this love letter to the art of dance and the sport that has been her livelihood, NYCB’s first Asian American female soloist Georgina Pazcoguin lays bare her unfiltered story of leaving small-town Pennsylvania for New York City and training amid the unique demands of being a hybrid professional athlete/artist, all before finishing high school. She pitches us into the fascinating, whirling shoes of dancers in one of the most revered ballet companies in the world with an unapologetic sense of humor about the cutthroat, survival-of-the-fittest mentality at NYCB. Some swan dives are literal: even in the ballet, there are plenty of face-plants, backstage fights, late-night parties, and raucous company bonding sessions. Rocked by scandal in the wake of the #MeToo movement, NYCB sits at an inflection point, inching toward progress in a strictly traditional culture, and Pazcoguin doesn’t shy away from ballet’s dark side. She continues to be one of the few dancers openly speaking up against the sexual harassment, mental abuse, and racism that in the past went unrecognized or was tacitly accepted as par for the course—all of which she has painfully experienced firsthand. Tying together Pazcoguin’s fight for equality in the ballet with her infectious and deeply moving passion for her craft, Swan Dive is a one-of-a-kind account that guarantees you'll never view a ballerina or a ballet the same way again. A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting
    Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting
    Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting

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    Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting

    byMary Gauthier

    This program is read by the author and includes original music and a bonus conversation with Amy Ray of Indigo Girls. From the Grammy nominated folk singer and songwriter, an inspiring exploration of creativity and the redemptive power of song Mary Gauthier was twelve years old when she was given her Aunt Jenny’s old guitar and taught herself to play with a Mel Bay basic guitar workbook. Music offered her a window to a world where others felt the way she did. Songs became lifelines to her, and she longed to write her own, one day. Then, for a decade, while struggling with addiction, Gauthier put her dream away and her call to songwriting faded. It wasn’t until she got sober and went to an open mic with a friend did she realize that she not only still wanted to write songs, she needed to. Today, Gauthier is a decorated musical artist, with numerous awards and recognition for her songwriting, including a Grammy nomination. In Saved by a Song, Mary Gauthier pulls the curtain back on the artistry of songwriting. Part memoir, part philosophy of art, part nuts and bolts of songwriting, her audiobook celebrates the redemptive power of song to inspire and bring seemingly different kinds of people together. A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Essentials "Generous and big-hearted, Gauthier has stories to tell and worthwhile advice to share." —Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True "Gauthier has an uncanny ability to combine songwriting craft with a seeker’s vulnerability and a sage’s wisdom.” —Amy Ray, Indigo Girls

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Intelligence for Dummies: Essays and Other Collected Writings
    Intelligence for Dummies: Essays and Other Collected Writings
    Intelligence for Dummies: Essays and Other Collected Writings

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    Intelligence for Dummies: Essays and Other Collected Writings

    byGlenn O'Brien

    “Enclosed in this beautiful package, please find: an agile mind, a perfect style, a canny and undeceivable heart, and a welcome, enduring presence in the reader’s life.” --Michael Chabon A portrait of a keen social observer at the center of the last 50 years of cultural life, captured through a vivid selection of O’Brien’s own writings on music to fashion to downtown art and, just as importantly and unexpectedly, the political temperature of America. Glenn O’Brien collaborated with visual artists, writers, fashion houses, and musicians throughout his almost 50-year career. Intelligence for Dummies gathers Glenn O’Brien’s essays, aphorisms and tweets, to create a portrait of the artist as cultural bellwether, complimented by artwork and photographs from his collaborators. A full color, hardcover edition, Intelligence for Dummies is a deeply personal aperçu into Patti Smith and Jean Michel Basquiat’s New York, and the culture of money that ensued. It also reveals O’Brien’s incisive and prescient understanding of America’s political culture, and of our current president.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Letters to Camondo
    Letters to Camondo
    Letters to Camondo

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    Letters to Camondo

    byEdmund De Waal

    "With deep appreciation for Camondo's generosity and taste, de Waal takes listeners on a journey they won't forget." -- AudioFile Magazine This program is read by the author A tragic family history told in a collection of imaginary letters to a famed collector, Moise de Camondo Letters to Camondo is a collection of imaginary letters from Edmund de Waal to Moise de Camondo, the banker and art collector who created a spectacular house in Paris, now the Musée Nissim de Camondo, and filled it with the greatest private collection of French eighteenth-century art. The Camondos were a Jewish family from Constantinople, “the Rothschilds of the East,” who made their home in Paris in the 1870s and became philanthropists, art collectors, and fixtures of Belle Époque high society, as well as being targets of antisemitism—much like de Waal's relations, the Ephrussi family, to whom they were connected. Moise de Camondo created a spectacular house and filled it with art for his son, Nissim; after Nissim was killed in the First World War, the house was bequeathed to the French state. Eventually, the Camondos were murdered by the Nazis. After de Waal, one of the world’s greatest ceramic artists, was invited to make an exhibition in the Camondo house, he began to write letters to Moise de Camondo. These fifty letters are deeply personal reflections on assimilation, melancholy, family, art, the vicissitudes of history, and the value of memory. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
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