Dec 09, 2013
Here's the scoop on the books that are all the rage--at least the ones that our local newspapers are writing about!
Over at the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, it's all about coffee table books, including:
The deluxe edition of This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz - A must-have collector's edition of Junot Diaz's bestseller and National Book Award finalist, brilliantly illustrated by celebrated comic artist Jaime Hernandez.
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton - Armed with his camera, Brandon Stanton began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in his attempt to capture ordinary New Yorkers in the most extraordinary of moments.
The Great War by Joe Sacco - A 24-foot-long black-and-white drawing printed on heavyweight accordion-fold paper and packaged in a deluxe hardcover slipcase.
The Libertine: The Art of Love in Eighteenth-Century France edited by Michel Delon - A delightfully illustrated literary anthology that explores the fantasies, seductions, and intrigues of the eighteenth-century French lover.
Tintin: The Art of Herge by Herge - Offers fresh insight into the story behind this iconic character, with unprecedented access to original sources from the Herge Museum in Belgium.
Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits by Vivan Maier - The life's work of recently discovered street photographer Vivian Maier has captivated the world and spawned comparisons to photography's master.
Memos: The Vogue Years, 1962-1971 - A look behind the scenes at Diana Vreeland's Vogue, showing the legendary editor in chief in her own inimitable words.
Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals by Steve Young and Sport Murphy - From the 1950s into the 1980s, American businesses commissioned a vast array of lavish, Broadway-style musical shows that were only for the eyes and ears of employees.
All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release by Philippe Margotin - Every album and every song ever released by the Beatles is dissected, discussed, and analyzed in this lively and fully illustrated work.
The Story of Film by Mark Cousins - Weaving personalities, technology, and production with engaging descriptions of groundbreaking scenes, Mark Cousins uses his experience as film historian, producer, and director to capture the shifting trends of movie history.
Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection
The Star Tribune (who also featured The Great War) highlighted Minnesota authors who write for kids and teens, including:
Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi, with graphics by Craig Phillips - Chasing Shadows is a searing look at the impact of one random act of violence.
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu - A shy boy named Oscar who works as the hand to a powerful magic worker becomes the only person who can save his village from an evil monster.
The Winter of the Robots by Kurtis Scaletta - There's something lurking in the junkyard in Jim Knox's neighborhood, and it's up to him and his friends (and science-fair rivals) to put their robot-building skills together in order to defeat it.
The Strangers by Jacqueline West - When something crucial goes missing, eleven-year-old Olive and her friends must decide how to get it back--put their faith in a strange and dangerous magic, their odd new neighbors, or someone more uncertain and terrifying than both.
The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King - Offers a deeply knowing, darkly funny, unabashedly opinionated, and utterly unconventional account of Indian-White relations in North America since initial contact.
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan - Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.
A Permanent Member of the Family by Russell Banks - A collection of twelve short works that portrays contemporary American family life visits morally complex themes in a fractured nation of inhabitants searching for connection and understanding.