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In their elegant folio, The Art of Movement (Black Dog & Leventhal, $50), photographers Ken Browar and Deborah Ory use agile lighting, premier color separation, and gorgeous black-and-white contrast to capture the graceful line and flow of dancers’ limbs, costumes, and torsos. Over the course of some three-hundred dazzling pages, these amazing photos are accompanied with insightful quotations on their principals—artists of such premier companies as The Royal Ballet, The Martha Graham Company, New York City Ballet, and Alvin Ailey, with solos by Misty Copeland, Robert Fairchild, Masha Dashkina Maddux, PeiJu Chien-Pott, and Lloyd Knight. The art of dance is an art of transcendence, and these images not only take bodies beyond their own immediate spaces, they fill space with a stunning suspension. These are dancers in an elemental state—appearing to be floating simultaneously in air and water. Anchored with choice design and weighted paper, The Art of Movement is a prime holiday selection for any dance enthusiast.

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ISBN: 9780316318587
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 25th, 2016

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The moment the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, cameras converged off-field around Bill Murray, whose unwavering fandom of the tormented team heralded the end of their one-hundred-eight-year Billy Goat curse. In The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing (Random House, $26), Gavin Edwards uses The Ten Principles of Bill (my favorite being The Second: Surprise is golden; Randomness is lobster), to examine the endearing zen of this actor/comedian/everyman. In addition to highlighting these principles, Edwards attempts to reconcile Murray’s mythic man with his true identity. In doing so, the author aptly assesses Caddyshack, Stripes, and Ghostbusters as developing an onscreen persona where “the wiseass slacker gets the girl,” while revealing Murray’s off-screen identity as an actor who “throws away the script, only to improvise the best scene in the movie.” Edwards also considers the phenomenon of random Bill Murray sightings at archeological digs, weddings, and, most dramatically, at red lights—when fingers cascade to cover the eyes of a waiting pedestrian, only to disappear and reveal our beloved clown who jokingly says, “No one will believe this happened.”

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ISBN: 9780812998702
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Published: Random House - September 20th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780812988086
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 24th, 2017

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The muse of dance extends her grace in Zadie Smith's kinetic novel, Swing Time, wherein it launches and lands passages engaging the complexities of racial identity, class privilege, and the psychic half-life of adolescence. Swing Time revolves around it's nameless protagonist/narrator and her childhood friend Tracey—both of whom are bi-racial brown girls, of similar means, who share a burgeoning love of dance's varied forms. These bonds, however, also mark the fault lines of their simpatico sisterhood, which reverberate into other familial and professional relationships developing in the novel. With uncanny rhythm, the narrative's order of time whirls out, back, and through the nineties to the aughts, tumbling temporal order as its setting arches across Europe, America, and Africa. Drawing upon plot devices from musical cinema, Swing Time also has an intertextual link to several routines and iconic dancers, including Ali Baba Goes to Town (Jeni LeGon), Thriller (Michael Jackson), and of course Swing Time (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers). Via technical form and plotted arc, the dance-inspired fiction of Zadie Smith's Swing Time is a steady lead for a spellbinding read.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781594203985
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Published: Penguin Press - November 15th, 2016

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