Staff Pick

K.K. Ottesen, whose work has appeared in The Washington Post for more than a decade, is a writer and photographer who pairs images with interviews to break down barriers and celebrate common ground. Her first book, Great Americans, explored what it means to be American through a series of portraits of people who bear the names of famous fi gures. Her new collection, Activist (Chronicle, $35), features forty change-makers of diverse ages, backgrounds, and perspectives—Bernie Sanders, Angela Davis, Bill McKibben, Alicia Garza—discussing what motivates people to take up a cause and what sustains them during the struggle. Spotlighting issues including voting and reproductive rights, the environment, and economic justice, Ottesen shows, while her subjects tell, what it means to live a life of passion and purpose.

Activist: Portraits of Courage (Civil Rights Book, Social Justice Book, Inspirational Gift) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781452182773
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 8th, 2019

Staff Pick

An internationally known photographer specializing in music, Antonia Tricarico has more than two decades of experience, including collaborating with Dischord Records, Kill Rock Stars, and Youth Action Research Group. Focusing largely on the women of D.C’s vibrant music underground from the 1990s to today, Frame of Mind (Akashic, $32.95) features more than 150 photos of classic homegrown performers such as Fugazi, Branch Manager, and the Make-Up along with bands they became or inspired—Dead Meadow, Motorcycle Wars, the Evens, and Weird War—and visiting musicians like Dutch group the Ex and Italy’s Uzeda. The stunning images are complemented by essays by some of the top female artists of the era, including Joan Jett, Amy Farina, Tara Jane O'Neil, and more.
 

Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC, and Beyond, 1997-2017 Cover Image
By Antonia Tricarico (Photographer), Joan Jett (Contribution by), Amy Farina (Contribution by)
$32.95
ISBN: 9781617757198
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Published: Akashic Books - June 4th, 2019

Staff Pick

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.

The Movie Musical! Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781101874066
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Published: Knopf - November 5th, 2019

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