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American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell. By Deborah Solomon. 2013. Farrar, $28 (9780374113094).
Solomon turns our perception of Norman Rockwell and his meticulous, witty, and touching paintings of everyday Americans inside out in this fast-paced yet richly interpretative inquiry.
Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph. By Jan Swafford. 2014. Houghton, $40 (9780618054749).
Swafford deftly intertwines biography and musical explication in her penetrating investigative portrait into the suffering and brilliance of the world’s most consequential composer.
A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen. By Liel Leibovitz. 2014. Norton, $25.95 (9780393082050).
Leibovitz thoughtfully examines the life and music of Leonard Cohen through the angles of Judaism, Zen Buddhism, Canadian poetry, and American rock and roll in this sparkling and insightful portrait.
Cosby: His Life and Times. By Mark Whitaker. 2014. Simon & Schuster, $29.99 (9781451697971); e-book (9781451697995).
Whitaker offers a compelling look at Cosby’s personal life while chronicling his stand-up routines, best-selling albums, and pioneering and enormously influential television shows.
Even This I Get to Experience. By Norman Lear. 2014. Penguin, $32.95 (9781594205729).
In one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever written, Lear, creator of such classic TV series as All in the Family and Maude, recounts his winding path to television writing, and his revolutionary approach.
I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway. By Greg Kot. 2014. Scribner, $26 (9781451647853); e-book, $26 (9781451647877).
With an exuberance that matches the Staple Singers’ uplifting music, Kot chronicles the amazing story of their journey from a hardscrabble life in Mississippi to Chicago’s church circuit to worldwide fame.
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. By Misty Copeland. 2014. Touchstone, $24.99 (9781476737980); e-book, $24.99 (9781476738000).
Copeland, soloist for the American Ballet Theatre, writes with such candor, balance, and warmth about the racial and socioeconomic biases she had to overcome that her page-turning memoir is an inspiration to everyone.
The Parthenon Enigma: A New Understanding of the World’s Most Iconic Building and the People Who Made It. By Joan Breton Connelly. 2014. Knopf, $35 (9780307593382).
Connelly presents a bold new analysis of the true history behind the Parthenon’s standing as a universal symbol of democracy.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman. By Jill Lepore. 2014. Knopf, $29.95 (9780385354042); e-book (9780385354059).
Lepore chronicles the creation of Wonder Woman, “the most popular female comic-book superhero of all time,” in this dynamic, downright astounding work of discovery.
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce. By Bob Stanley. 2014. Norton, $35 (9780393242690).
Stanley is engagingly opinionated and funny as he expertly interprets the musical contributions of such pop stars as Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Prince, and Madonna.
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