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The Gershwins and Me

The Gershwins and Me

A Personal History in Twelve Songs

by Michael Feinstein

Hardcover, 351 pages, Simon & Schuster, $45, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • Michael Feinstein

A five-time Grammy nominee presents an illustrated tribute to the lives and legacies of the Gershwins that is presented through the stories of 12 of their most enduring songs, including "Strike Up the Band" and "Love Is Here to Stay," in a volume that is complemented by a CD of original recordings.

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MP3

The Meaning of a Format

by Jonathan Sterne

Paperback, 341 pages, Duke Univ Pr, $24.95, published August 6 2012 | purchase
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Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin

The Life And The Legend

by Susan Orlean

Paperback, 324 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published October 9 2012 | purchase
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  • The Life And The Legend
  • Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean chronicles the rise of the iconic German shepherd character, sharing the stories of the real World War I dog and canine performer and exploring Rin Tin Tin's relevance in military and popular culture. NPR Bestseller

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Luck or Something Like It

Luck or Something Like It

by Kenny Rogers

Hardcover, 294 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Kenny Rogers

The country music legend shares the story behind his meteoric rise to fame, including the highs and lows, and the secrets behind his biggest hits.

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Waging Heavy Peace

Waging Heavy Peace

A Hippie Dream

by Neil Young

Paperback, 502 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • A Hippie Dream
  • Neil Young

Neil Young presents the story of his career against a backdrop of 40 years of history. He discusses such topics as his collaborations with fellow artists, his creative process and his activist work with Farm Aid and The Bridge School.NPR Bestseller

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How Music Works

How Music Works

by David Byrne

Paperback, 352 pages, Pgw, $20, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • David Byrne

David Byrne, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and co-founder of Talking Heads, presents a celebration of music as he knows it. He draws on his own experiences to explore everything from Balinese performance techniques to the acoustics of CBGB, deal structures and Celia Cruz — and, of course, the band that first made him famous.NPR Bestseller

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Seriously--I'm Kidding

Seriously ... I'm Kidding

by Ellen DeGeneres

Paperback, 241 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $14.99, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • Ellen DeGeneres

The stand-up comedian, television host, bestselling author and actress candidly discusses her personal life and professional career and describes what it was like to become a judge on American Idol.NPR Bestseller

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James Bond

James Bond

50 Years of Movie Posters

by Dennis Gassner and Alastair Dougall

Hardcover, 315 pages, Dk Pub, $50, published September 3 2012 | purchase
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  • 50 Years of Movie Posters
  • Dennis Gassner and Alastair Dougall

Collects a gallery of rare and sought-after posters, as well as unused concept artwork, and unique teasers, and lobby cards from virtually every country where Bond movies have screened.

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Do the Movies Have a Future?

Do the Movies Have a Future?

by David Denby

Paperback, 347 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • David Denby

New Yorker film critic David Denby considers the future of America's troubled movie industry. He explores film as both an art and a business, tackling topics from the "fandom" phenomenon and the work of critics James Agee and Pauline Kael to the global marketplace's increasing demands for spectacle and digitalization.

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Sleepwalk With Me

Sleepwalk With Me

And Other Painfully True Stories

by Mike Birbiglia

Paperback, 191 pages, Simon & Schuster, $14, published August 21 2012 | purchase
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  • And Other Painfully True Stories
  • Mike Birbiglia

The comedian offers a humorous memoir about first love, denial, sleepwalking, and the perils and pitfalls of being himself.

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Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide 2013

Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide 2013

The Modern Era

by Leonard Maltin, Darwyn Carson, Luke Sader, Mike Clark and Rob Edelman

Paperback, 1640 pages, Penguin Group USA, $9.99, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Leonard Maltin, Darwyn Carson, et al

Offers readers a comprehensive reference to the world of film, including more than thirteen thousand DVD titles, along with information on performers, ratings, running times, plots, and helpful features.

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Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk

Portraits of Country Music

by Henry Horenstein and Eddie Stubbs

Hardcover, 143 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $50, published September 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Henry Horenstein and Eddie Stubbs

Presents more than 100 of the photographer's best images from 1972 through 2011 that document the country music scene in Nashville, from the Grand Ole Opry to dive bars and featuring legends Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ralph Stanley and Tammy Wynette.

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This Will End in Tears

This Will End in Tears

The Miserabilist Guide to Music

by Adam Brent Houghtaling

Paperback, 368 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published August 7 2012 | purchase
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  • The Miserabilist Guide to Music
  • Adam Brent Houghtaling

Including an A-Z list of entries of the masters of melancholy, this compendium of the greatest sad songs and artists of the modern era is accompanied by essays that explain the power of particular songs and artists, the particular types of sad music and their effects on the listener.

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