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

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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

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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

Reich on Capitalism, Schiff on the Salem Witch Trials, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2015, Pt. 4

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Hotchner, A.E. Hemingway in Love: A Memoir. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2015. 176p. ISBN 9781250077486. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466889484. CD/downloadable: Macmillan Audio. MEMOIR/LITERATURE Published in 1966, Papa Hemingway offers an affecting personal portrait of Hotchner’s close friend Ernest Hemingway. But there was more to the story. Apparently, in deference to Hemingway’s fourth wife, Mary, and his […]

Eight Essential Memoirs from Barrymore, Cisneros, Fraser, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 4

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Barrymore, Drew. Wildflower. Dutton. Oct. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781101983799. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101983805. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR While 1990’s Little Girl Lost details Barrymore’s drug and alcohol abuse as a very young actress, this book covers the durable actress’s life since age 14, when she found herself living on her own. How it’s all come […]

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

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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.

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

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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.

Julianna Baggott, Alice Hoffman, Adam Johnson, John Scalzi, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2015, Pt. 1

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Baggott, Julianna. Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders. Little, Brown. Aug. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780316375108. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316375092. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316337694. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. WOMEN’S FICTION Author of the “Pure” trilogy, a bleak and gorgeously rendered dystopian tale, Baggott here does something arrestingly different. Reclusive author Harriet Wolf is long dead, but rumors […]

Black Artists, Pope Francis, Favorite Heroines, David Lynch, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, February 1, 2015

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The final volume in the monumental study of the image of and contributions of black people in the history of art; an author nostalgic for her favorite heroines, an important contribution to literary scholars, White’s passion for Dutch painting.

Hughes’s Letters, Poetry from Sleigh, Michelangelo, Contemporary Art, Film | Arts & Humanities Reviews, January 2015

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Correspondence that shows Hughes’s kindness, generosity of spirit, and commitment to craft; driven, muscular poems that wrestle with violence, love, and the hybrid self; Unger’s Michelangelo captivates the reader from the first sentence.

Bukowski, Dylan, von Furstenberg, Robots, & the New American Generation | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2015, Pt. 2

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Bukowski, Charles. On Writing. Ecco. Jul. 2015. 112p. ISBN 9780062396006. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062395986.LITERATURE/LETTERS The great cultural iconoclast Bukowski hasn’t been with us for two decades, but you can still hire him on as a writing teacher by reading this collection of his correspondence with publishers, editors, friends, and fellow writers. Lots of insights into […]