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My favorite thing about Karina Longworth’s biography of Howard Hughes is that it’s not about Howard Hughes at all. Seduction is really the story of the women in Hughes’s life—Katharine Hepburn, Jane Russell, among others—in all their complicated, messy glory. Readers might know Longworth from her podcast “You Must Remember This,” in which she breaks down the myths of Hollywood history from the Golden Age to today. Seduction is a perfect companion to Longworth’s podcast—the ideal balance of scandalous anecdotes and well-researched historical context that make for a compelling, satisfying read.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062440525
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Published: Custom House - November 12th, 2019

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One of our foremost film scholars, Jeanine Basinger founded both the department of film studies at Wesleyan—now ranked among the country’s top ten film schools—as well as Wesleyan’s celebrated cinema archives. She’s also the author of popular, accessible books on film, including The Star Machine and American Cinema: One Hundred Years of Filmmaking, the companion book for a ten-part PBS series. Her new book, The Movie Musical! (Knopf, $45), crowns her achievements with a comprehensive survey of the Hollywood musical from the end of the silent era through today. Written with her trademark enthusiasm and wit, the text offers analyses of both iconic and overlooked films, profiles stars ranging from Fred Astaire to Ann-Margaret to Elvis, and includes lavish spreads of both black-and-white and color photos.

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$45.00
ISBN: 9781101874066
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Published: Knopf - November 5th, 2019

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Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer for criticism, Emily Nussbaum writes about TV like the art that it is. Gathered from some fifteen years of work for The New Yorker, New York, and other publications—along with several new pieces—the essays in I Like to Watch (Random House, $28) wholeheartedly celebrate television and guide us to new ways of looking at it. Arguing that TV demands more than just watching, Nussbaum outlines her struggle with “prestige television”—an awakening she traces to Buffy the Vampire Slayer—and questions the breakdown of shows into high and low-brow. She also examines programming in the light of #MeToo, explores how fans distort their favorite shows, profiles influential figures such as Kenya Barris, Jenji Kohan, and Ryan Murphy, assesses the legacies of Norman Lear and Joan Rivers, and more.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525508960
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Published: Random House - June 25th, 2019

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