Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia [With CD (Audio)] - Fiona Ritchie, Doug Orr, Darcy Orr

Fiona Ritchie has explored the world of Celtic music on her long-running NPR program, The Thistle & Shamrock; Doug Orr is the president emeritus of Warren Wilson College, where he founded the Swannanoa Gathering music workshops. Working together, the two have produced a bountiful project, Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia (North Carolina, $39.95). The story of Appalachian music and its origins is the story of two migrations; the Scots first went to Ulster, and then to America. These pages contain treasures. Filled with photos, prints, maps, interviews—with singers, players, scholars, and song collectors—and fascinating sidebars on topics ranging from ballad types, fiddle styles, and the ceili to the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road, Cape Breton, African American string bands, and “homesick pioneers.” Best of all, the book comes with a CD of twenty songs, all expertly selected and arranged, featuring some of the musicians profiled in this volume. A glossary, timeline, bibliography, discography, and list of resource centers will lead the curious to yet more treasures.

The Jewish World: 100 Treasures of Art and Culture - Alla Efimova, Francesco Spagnolo

A museum with a special mission, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, “rather than defining objects of Jewish daily life as art, investigates Jewish material culture in its own right.” Part of the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, since 2010, the collection, founded in 1962 as the Judah L. Magnes Museum, “asks its visitors to rethink the role of materiality in Jewish culture, and its relation to art.” Now, with The Jewish World: 100 Treasures of Art and Culture (Skira/Rizzoli, $55), readers, too, can savor some of these magnificent objects and reflect on their role in Jewish history. Edited and with commentary by Alla Efimova and Francesco Spagnolo, the director and curator, respectively, of the Magnes Collection, this volume presents full-color photographs of artifacts ranging from amulets to menorahs (one crafted by Dalí, another made of guns, bullets, and steel), family portraits to carpets, Purim plates, and Ketubot from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, crafted in India and Italy. Tracing a geographical and historical span as wide as the variety of its woven, painted, sculpted, and illuminated treasures, this catalog works like a mosaic, assembling the glittering pieces of its larger story.
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By Alla Efimova (Text by), Francesco Spagnolo (Text by)
ISBN: 9780847841134
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Published: Skira Rizzoli - September 9th, 2014

David: The Divided Heart - David Wolpe

In his interpretive biography, David: The Divided Heart (Yale, $25), Rabbi David Wolpe shows us the King in all his complexity, tracing his rise from obscurity as a shepherd boy through his iconic role in slaying Goliath and on to the regretful end of his life. We see David as a troubled father, a resolute military commander, a generous political leader; witness him making cold-blooded decisions before battle as well as composing music and poetry in quieter moments. David, which means “beloved,” did love his wives yet treated them cruelly; nor could he prevent tragedy and the death of children at birth and in battle, deaths for which he bore responsibility. Wolpe captures David in ways that add to your appreciation of him even if you know only the bare bones of his story or the Book of Samuel’s apologetic version of him. Wolpe’s achievement here is a fresh recounting of the David stories in ways that help us understand why the hardships of neglect can pale beside the challenges of acclaim.
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ISBN: 9780300188783
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Published: Yale University Press - September 16th, 2014