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March 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Arts Books
Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today. By Simon Morrison. 2016. Norton/Liveright, $35 (9780871402967).
Morrison vibrantly details the dramatic history of Moscow’s globally influential Bolshoi Ballet, from the reigns of czars and czarinas and the wars and invasions right up to the present.
Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs. By Robert Kanigel.
2016. Knopf, $35 (9780307961907).
Kanigel’s zestful biography tells the remarkable story of Jane Jacobs, the independent and industrious visionary who changed our perception of cities and civilization.
Kill ’Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul. By James McBride. 2016. Spiegel & Grau, $28 (9780812993509).
National Book Award winner McBride presents a powerfully incisive biography of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, covering his complex family tree, phenomenal influence, struggles, and decline.
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone. By Olivia Laing.
2016. Picador, $26 (9781250039590); e-book, $12.99 (9781250039590).
Laing imaginatively entwines memoir with profiles and astute interpretations as she looks to visual art in an effort to understand the true nature of loneliness.
Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies.
By Ross King. 2016. Bloomsbury, $30 (9781632860125).
With deep knowledge and mesmerizing skill, King tells the little-known story behind Monet’s 30-year effort to paint his magnificent Water Lilies at Giverny.
Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes. By Paul Staiti. 2016. Bloomsbury, $30 (9781632864659); e-book, $19.99 (9781632864673).
Staiti vividly profiles the five artists whose paintings helped inspire the vision of independence and unity that generated the American Revolution and the forging of a new nation.
A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism. By Paul Youngquist.
2016. Univ. of Texas, $27.95 (9780292726369).
Pianist and composer Herman Poole Blount was always ahead of his time, and Youngquist finally catches us up in this superb chronicle of Blount’s transformation into Sun Ra and elevation of jazz to an Afrocentric cosmic force.
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll. By Peter Guralnick. 2015. Little, Brown, $32 (9780316042741).
In his exciting, definitive biography of Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, Guralnick considers Phillips’ seminal role in music history and belief that music could help break down racial barriers.
Sinatra: The Chairman. By James Kaplan. 2015. Doubleday, $35 (9780385535397); e-book (9780385535403).
The second, concluding volume in Kaplan’s remarkably insightful and eloquent Sinatra biography reveals the epic complexities of the temperament and life of this iconic singer and undervalued actor.
Walk through Walls. By Marina Abramović. 2016. Crown Archetype, $28 (9781101905043).
Daring, radical, and profound performance artist Abramović tells the full story of her extraordinarily adventurous artistic and spiritual quest.
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