RaveShelf Awareness... heartbreaking and scorchingly frank ... a loving but clear-eyed biography ... Wagner\'s compelling memoir rejects the tragic and doomed legend surrounding her mother and recasts her as a vibrant woman who was devoted to her profession, friends and family. Wagner also speaks out against the decades of tabloid fabrications of cover-ups and foul play conspiracy theories, often fanned by her aunt Lana Wood for attention and profit. This beautifully written memoir will appeal to movie fans, but Wagner\'s long search for emotional stability also makes it a compelling tool for those crippled by grief.
Jerome Robbins, Ed. by Amanda Vaill
RaveShelf AwarenessWith access to the letters, journals, essays and unfinished memoir of Jerome Robbins (1918-98), biographer Amanda Vaill creates a compelling autobiography of the director and choreographer. Vaill...is skilled and savvy about arranging eight decades of Robbins\'s archival writings into a coherent and compelling chronology. She also offers succinct overviews at the beginning of each chapter, and her annotations at the bottom of each page clarify and enrich ... This superbly assembled Jerome Robbins autobiography is nirvana for Broadway fans.
Lou Sullivan, Ed. by Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma
RaveShelf AwarenessSullivan\'s diaries are fascinating and eye-opening as well as educational, informative and refreshingly raunchy as he tries to find his place on the sexual landscape ... Sullivan\'s heartbreaking, self-effacing and inspiring diaries are a roadmap and history for trans people.
RaveShelf Awareness...a tightly written nail biter with so many twists and turns that it successfully keeps readers riveted, yet slightly off-balance, until its genuinely surprising conclusion ... This clever thriller complements its intricate plot by filling it with a number of fascinating, damaged characters who are keeping secrets ... Stevenson\'s engaging and sure-footed whodunit...is a twisty delight.
PositiveShelf AwarenessMany of the same characters appear in several of Stella Maris\'s eight stories, creating a strong tapestry and community ... Carroll\'s spare but evocative prose cast a haunting spell. Although death and dying is the uniting factor in all of these tales, there\'s still humor, passion and desire simmering below
PositiveShelf AwarenessAbandoning the oral history format of his previous books, The Sky Is Falling is a dizzying ideological treatise on how extremist politics has changed films and TV shows ... The Sky Is Falling eloquently chronicles pop culture\'s pervasive role in mainstreaming extremism ... a fast-paced and eloquent ideological treatise on how radical politics has normalized extreme behaviors in films and TV shows.
RaveShelf AwarenessMatthew Polly\'s Bruce Lee: A Life is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like its subject, moves with lightning speed and grace ... Polly\'s meticulously researched and superbly written biography is a delight. (Even his 100 pages of footnotes are pithy and revelatory.) Bruce Lee: A Life is a spectacularly entertaining and candid biography that separates the myth and the man.
RaveShelf AwarenessFilm buffs will delight in discovering the lives and careers of Oscar-winning film editors Anne Bauchens (who edited every Cecil B. DeMille film from 1918 to 1956) and Barbara McLean (All About Eve), producer/writer Virginia Van Upp (Gilda) and many others. Smyth\'s appreciation of producer/screenwriter Joan Harrison (Rebecca) removes her from the shadow of her mentor, Alfred Hitchcock. Nobody\'s Girl Friday is an energetic, surprising and vital book that uncovers and celebrates the accomplishments of women who created film history from the 1920s to the 1960s
PositiveShelf AwarenessDoherty smoothly marshals his material and sets the stage well with colorful and knowledgeable backgrounds on all those involved ... Doherty\'s concise background and the actual testimonies of the witnesses freshen the book. Show Trial is an important and valuable study that illuminates a dark period of American history.