Before Hollywood: Film & Music History in Florida

From silent films to soul music, Jacksonville to St. Augustine; readers who are interested in the beginning of film-making in Florida, or are well-versed in soul music and want to learn more about its history, will find what they need right here

LJ Reference Reviews: December 2016

This important work helps to develop community engagement in the field of ethnic studies; a multifaceted look at specters and their stories; a solid resource for African American Folklore; libraries serving serious film researchers will be interested in Alexander Street’s Criterion Collection

Legendary Ladies | Arts & Humanities Reviews, October 1, 2016

Wagner’s wonderfully readable book of wise love letters to the great actresses is like enjoying an intimate chat with an old friend and highly recommended; Star is strictly a browsing item

Queen Victoria, Pixar, Space Travel, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2016, Pt. 4

Alvarez, Walter. A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves. Norton. Nov. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780393292695. $26.95. SCIENCE/COSMOLOGY If you’re familiar with the “Impact Theory,” which blames dinosaur extinction on a crash-landed asteroid, then you’re familiar with Berkeley geologist Alvarez; he originated the idea. Here he argues that Big History, which […]

Cynthia Ozick & Marcella Hazan | Audio in Advance July 2016 | Nonfiction

Nonfiction audiobooks releasing in July 2016

LJ Reference Reviews: December 1, 2015

The African American experience; the history of law without the legalese; movies that stimulate discussion and debate; plus databases that feature conversations with researchers and technology-related video lectures

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