Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life - John Adams

John Adams started his musical career early in idyllic New Hampshire: he was playing clarinet in bands and orchestras, composing, and conducting as a teenager. Over the last twenty-five years, he’s written some of the iconic works of modern music: Shaker Loops, Harmonielehre, the operas Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, Doctor Atomic, and the oratorio El Niño. In his memoir, Hallelujah Junction (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26), Adams describes his early life and influences, finding his “voice” on the West Coast, and details his works and collaborations. The writing is as felicitous and inventive as his compositions. (Nonesuch Records has released a companion 2-CD compilation of his works, also titled Hallelujah Junction.)

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ISBN: 9780312428617
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Published: Picador - November 24th, 2009

Jamilti & Other Stories - Rutu Modan

Israeli writer and artist Rutu Modan, author of the darkly beautiful Exit Wounds, is back with Jamilti & Other Stories (Drawn & Quarterly, $19.95), a compilation of seven short works from 1998 to 2007. There is great variety in the writing, from a dark fairy tale to unique Israeli stories. The pieces show how Modan’s artwork has evolved from her delicate pencil and ink work to a more detailed Hergé-type clean-line technique.

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By Rutu Modan, Noah Stollman (Translated by), Jesse Mishori (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781897299548
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 30th, 2008

Aya of Yop City - Marguerite Abouet, Clement Oubrerie

Writer Marguerite Abouet and illustrator Clément Oubrerie give us light-hearted stories set in Abidjan during a prosperous “golden era” of the Ivory Coast in the late ’70s. In Aya (Drawn & Quarterly, $19.95), we are introduced to the title character and her friends, Bintou and Adjoua. The three are caught up in teenage romances; their stern parents, and smooth-talking suitors are very much on the scene. Aya Of Yop City (Drawn & Quarterly, $19.95) continues the girls’ stories (and solves some mysteries). Abouet’s narratives are charming, but we also witness an insider’s take on the family, class, and village tensions. Oubrerie’s authentically-detailed color drawings are done with a light touch.

Aya: Life in Yop City By Clément Oubrerie, Helge Dascher (Translated by), Marguerite Abouet, Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770460829
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 4th, 2012