Music, Arts, & Literature To Soothe the Savage Breast | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Beastie Boys. Beastie Boys Book. Spiegel & Grau. Oct. 2018. 592p. ISBN 9780812995541. $50; ebk. ISBN 9780812995558. Downloadable. MUSIC
Remaining band members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz tell the story of the New York City hardcore band Beastie Boys, of which LJ editor-at-large John Berry’s son John was a founding member. With contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, and more.

Caine, Michael. Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life. Hachette. Oct. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780316451192. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316451161. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316451178. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. FILM/MEMOIR
Now 85, two-time Academy Award winner Caine looks back over his 100-plus movies.

Chernaik, Judith. Schumann: The Faces and the Masks. Knopf. Sept. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780451494467. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780451494474. MUSIC
Author of The Lyrics of Shelley and four novels, plus a contributor of essays on Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Chopin to the English journal Musical Times, Chernaik takes a new look at the Romantic composer.

Daltrey, Roger. Untitled. Holt. Oct. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250296030. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781250296047. CD. MUSIC/MEMOIR
“It’s taken me three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon’s 21st birthday,” says Daltrey, frontman for The Who. His story and theirs.

Edim, Glory, ed. Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves. Ballantine. Oct. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780525619772. $20; ebk. ISBN 9780525619789. Downloadable. LITERATURE
Founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates black literature and sisterhood, Edim curates original essays by black women writers on the joys and the importance of seeing themselves in books.

Idle, Eric. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography. Crown Archetype. Oct. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781984822581. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781984822604. CD/downloadable. PERFORMING ARTS/MEMOIR
Since this memoir comes from a founding member of Monty Python and the creator of Spamalot, expect lots of humor and behind-the-scenes entertainment.

Katakis, Michael. Ernest Hemingway: Artifacts from a Life. Scribner. Oct. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9781501142086. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781501142109. LITERATURE
Drawing on documents, photographs, and miscellany, the manager of the Hemingway estate offers 400 striking images that reveal the author’s life. With a foreword by Hemingway’s son Patrick and an afterword by his grandson Seán.

Lennon, John & Yoko Ono. Imagine. Grand Central. Oct. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781538747155. $50. MUSIC
Including archive photos, artifacts, and outtake film footage, this book re-creates the intensely productive period when Lennon and Ono conceived and recorded the earth-shattering album Imagine. The lyrics of its title track were inspired by Ono’s “event scores” in her 1964 book Grapefruit, and she was officially co-credited as writer in June 2017

Plath, Sylvia. The Letters of Sylvia Plath. Vol. 2. Harper. Oct. 2018. 1280p. ISBN 9780062740588. $45; ebk. ISBN 9780062740601. LITERATURE
Editors Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil wrap up the definitive edition of iconic poet Plath’s correspondence, which moves from the early years of her marriage to Ted Hughes to the days preceding her 1963 suicide.

Smith, Patti. Just Kids Illustrated Edition. Ecco. Oct. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780062873743. $39.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062873804. ARTS/MEMOIR
A National Book Award winner, Smith’s fabulous memoir Just Kids has sold reams since its 2010 publication. This edition is updated with a new introduction by Smith and never-before-seen photographs. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Tóibín, Colm. Mad, Bad, Dangerous To Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce. Scribner. Oct. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9781476785172. $26. LITERATURE
Who better to tell the story of Irish culture, history, and literature than Irish author Tóibín, winner of Costa and Los Angeles Times Book honors and three times short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

Waleson, Heidi. Mad Scenes and Exit Arias: The Death of the New York City Opera and the Future of Opera in America. Metropolitan: Holt. Oct. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781627794978. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781627794985. MUSIC
Opera critic of the Wall Street Journal, Waleson relates events leading to the October 2013 collapse of the New York City Opera, the beloved “people’s opera” that once held sway across the Lincoln Center plaza from the glittery Metropolitan Opera.

Walker, Alan. Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times. Farrar. Oct. 2018. 736p. ISBN 9780374159061. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780374714376. MUSIC
Walker won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in Biography and the Royal Philharmonic Society Book Award for his three-volume Franz Liszt, but he’s a Chopin expert, too, as this hefty volume shows

Walsh, Stephen. Debussy: A Painter in Sound. Knopf. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781524731922. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781524731939. MUSIC
Emeritus Professor of Music at Cardiff University, former deputy music critic for the Observer, and a prize winner for his two-volume biography of Igor Stravinksy, Walsh paints a portrait full of analyses of Debussy’s ineffable, groundbreaking music.

 

 

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.

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