An Iconic Town: Looking at Big Apple Books | LJ Reviews


A superb example of mid-century modern architecture; striking design details of 47 interiors built from 1811 to 1967; the High Line will enthrall design fanatics; fans of fine photography will find much to absorb in Store Front II

Al Hirschfeld, Hemingway in Love, Mary Louise Wilson, Comedians on Comedy | Arts & Humanities Reviews, July 2015


A brilliant volume of Hirschfeld’s work and enjoyable study of caricature; Hotchner effectively fills in giant gaps in Hemingway’s written history; Nesteroff extensively chronicles American comedy over the last 100 years

Kayne West, Biespiel’s Poetry, Literary Detectives, Buddhism for Couples | Arts & Humanities Reviews, June 15, 2015


Beaumont’s in-depth depiction of West; Stavan’s joyous insight on Quixote; Goleman’s inspirational call to train our minds and hearts; Dundas’s enthusiasm is contagious; Ward’s accessible Lost Detective

Frank Gehry, Poet Limón, the Lanterne Rouge, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, June 1, 2015


Gehry’s important role in contemporary architecture; intricate and accessible, Limón’s poems are deeply moving; an excellent first book for the novice chess player; Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture

Maupassant’s Classic Shorts, Visual Art on a Global Scale, Film Critic Schickel, Soccernomics | Arts and Humanities Reviews, May 15, 2015


Maupassant’s depictions of 19th-century France for a new generation of readers; a project showcasing the work of novices and accomplished artists alike; Keepers is a conversation starter; a broad take on the wide world of soccer

Socialist Politics in Art (1880–1940), Butler’s Impressions of Cuba, Roper Explores Nabokov in America | Arts & Humanities Reviews, May 1, 2015


An important addition to library collections focusing on art history, socialism, and 20th-century American radicalism; Butler’s Domino Diaries should have broad appeal; Roper has done an inspired job exploring Nabokov in America

18th-Century French Fashion, 20th-Century Literary History, Contemporary Painting | Arts & Humanities Reviews, April 15, 2015


Chrisman-Campbell explores the variety and novelty of 18th-century fashion trends, Jefferson ties together classical stories on how seafaring and ocean adventure influenced authors, Hudson’s well-illustrated survey of the disparate tendencies in international painting.

Poet Nickole Brown, Filmmaker John Hughes, Photographer Paul Strand, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, April 1, 2015


Brown tells the story of her grandmother Fanny; ­Honeycutt reviews Hughes’s legacy of creating memorable characters; an overdue, fitting tribute to Paul Strand, one of the great American masters of the 20th century.

The Artist’s Garden, British Literary Society, the World’s Greatest Drummers, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, March 15, 2015


An important addition to the history of American art; Perry is laugh-out-loud funny; Inkling members C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams; a poetic voice welcome in the breast cancer canon.

Eleanor Marx Bio, Local Architecture, New York School Painters & Poets | Arts & Humanities Reviews, March 1, 2015


The “foremother of socialist feminism”; a wonderful beginning reader for architecture students; a genuinely engaged, appreciative look at the work, lives, and relationships of artists; one of the most enjoyable books about Welles.