The American Way, by Helene Stapinski and Bonnie Siegler

Staff Pick

Who needs Kevin Bacon to play the six degrees of separation game?  Using memoir, pop culture, and family lore, this gem of a book proves that serendipity is real and that everyone's personal story is connected to someone else's. This is a fun read all around--and one that will put you on high alert to the consequences of chance encounters.

The American Way: A True Story of Nazi Escape, Superman, and Marilyn Monroe By Helene Stapinski, Bonnie Siegler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982171667
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 14th, 2023

Misfits, by Michaela Coel

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As with everything she touches, this lecture-turned-manifesto by the Ghanaian British creator of HBO's I May Destroy You is a powerful exercise in using humor not to mask pain, but to stand beside it. Exploring the divide between voices we're allowed to hear and those too often sidelined, Coel examines the power structure behind both TV and the larger culture it helps shape, showing how "misfits," by learning to "embrace as many perspectives" as possible, an knock down the pillars that keep themselves in place at the expense of others.


Misfits: A Personal Manifesto By Michaela Coel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250843432
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - October 11th, 2022

Shooting Midnight Cowboy, by Glenn Frankel

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Midnight Cowboy--the first (and only) X-rated film to win the Best Picture Academy Award--is truly a movie that you couldn’t make now, and Frankel’s wonderful book demonstrates that you almost couldn’t make it back in the 1960s.This account explores how a taboo-busting novel about an unlikely friendship attracted an equally unlikely group of people--including a gay British director, a blacklisted screenwriter, the star of The Graduate, an unknown blonde, a  Fifth Beatle and a cohort of Warhol superstars—for a drama in a Manhattan on the verge of total collapse. Their stories and insight provide a fascinating glimpse of a time when art and sex and success and creativity were being redefined in ways that still reverberate today.


Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic By Glenn Frankel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250829498
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Published: Picador - March 15th, 2022