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Live Fast, Love Hard: The Faron Young Story

by Diane Diekman

One of the best-known honky-tonkers since Hank Williams, Faron Young was a popular presence on Nashville's music scene for more than four decades. The Singing Sheriff produced a string of Top Ten hits, placed...


Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

by Joseph Mai

For well over a decade, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have produced highly original and ethically charged films that immerse their audiences in an intense and embodied viewing experience. Their work has consistently...


A Great Big Girl Like Me: The Films of Marie Dressler

by Victoria Sturtevant

In this study of Marie Dressler, MGM's most profitable movie star in the early 1930s, Victoria Sturtevant analyzes Dressler's use of her body to challenge Hollywood's standards for leading ladies. At five feet...


Kaija Saariaho

by Pirkko Moisala

This book is the first comprehensive study of the music and career of contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho. Born in Finland in 1952, Saariaho received her early musical training at the Sibelius Academy, where...


George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait

by Walter Rimler

A dynamic, fast-paced biography of George Gershwin that has the verve and staccato drive of a book the composer himself might have written. Rimler gives us a fuller, more complex, more humorous, and more vulnerable...


Mike Leigh

by Sean O'Sullivan

In this much needed examination of Mike Leigh, Sean O'Sullivan reclaims the British director as a practicing theorist--a filmmaker deeply invested in cinema's formal, conceptual, and narrative dimensions. In...


Emily Greene Balch: The Long Road to Internationalism

by Kristen E. Gwinn

Emily Greene Balch was an important Progressive Era reformer and advocate for world peace whose opposition to WWI resulted with the board of trustees at Wellesley College refusing to renew her contract as a...


George Szell: A Life of Music

by Michael Charry

This book is the first full biography of George Szell, one of the greatest orchestra and opera conductors of the twentieth century. From child prodigy pianist and composer to world-renowned conductor, Szell's...


Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J. D. Crowe

by Marty Godbey

In this first biography of legendary banjoist J. D. Crowe, Marty Godbey charts the life and career of one of bluegrass's most important innovators. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Crowe picked up the...


D.A. Pennebaker

by Keith Beattie

This volume is the first book-length study of the extensive career of D.A. Pennebaker, one of the pioneers of direct cinema, a documentary form that emphasizes observation and a straightforward portrayal of...


Carla Bley

by Amy C. Beal

This is the first comprehensive treatment of the remarkable music and influence of Carla Bley, a highly innovative American jazz composer, pianist, organist, band leader, and activist. Amy C. Beal gives fastidious...


Dario Argento

by L. Andrew Cooper

Commanding a cult following among horror fans, Italian film director Dario Argento is best known for his work in two closely related genres, the crime thriller and supernatural horror, as well as his influence...


Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock 'n' Roll Pioneers

by John Broven

This volume is an engaging and exceptional history of the independent rock 'n' roll record industry from its raw regional beginnings in the 1940s with R & B and hillbilly music through its peak in the 1950s...


Travels of the Mind

by Ettore Grillo

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A retired lawyer, Ettore Grillo was born in Enna, Sicily in 1946 and has coped with many difficult situations. This is his autobiography and the story of his struggle to live normally.

"Paranoid...


David Livingstone: Explorer and Missionary

by Sam Wellman

For challenge and encouragement in your Christian life, read the life stories of Corrie ten Boom, Amy Carmichael, Billy Graham, and David Livingstone.

 

 


American Bread: Chronic Lyme Disease and the Tao of the Open Road

by Nick Vittas

This book chronicles the author's battles with Lyme disease over 14 years, as well as the cross-country adventures these battles inspired during times when he was healthy enough to travel. Taoist and Zen philosophies...


A Kiss Before You Go: An Illustrated Memoir of Love and Loss

by Danny Gregory

After the loss of his wife in a tragic accident, beloved artist Danny Gregory chronicled his grief in the medium he knows best—the pages of his illustrated journals. This intimate reproduction of his journal...


A Woman Of No Importance

by Kate Konopicky

If there's one thing that everyone has an opinion about it's how to bring up a child - especially your child. Kate Konopicky found herself an embattled mother, knowing that however hard she worked everything...


A Life of Picasso Volume II

by John Richardson

John Richardson draws on the same combination of lively writing, critical astuteness, exhaustive research, and personal experience which made a bestseller out of the first volume and vividly recreates the artist's...


Mary Magdalen

by Susan Haskins

A dramatic, thought-provoking portrait of one of the most compelling figures in early Christianity which explores two thousand years of history, art, and literature to provide a close-up look at Mary Magdalen...