The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell

There’s a sleeping-sickness from across the mountain range that’s slowly infecting the kingdom. Rumors of witches, spells, and a sleeping princess in a thorn-covered castle abound. The young, raven-haired queen decides to take action, and with the help of three dwarves, goes in search of the mysterious source of the troubles. Author Neil Gaiman cleverly rings the changes on two classic fairy tales—with a powerful heroine and a shocking ending—in The Sleeper and the Spindle (HarperCollins, $19.99). Chris Riddell’s fine-lined, cross-hatched illustrations bring even more personality to the characters. From its vellum-covered jacket to the touches of gold in the drawings, this is a beautiful book, and a splendid new classic tale. Ages 12-15

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By Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062398246
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Published: HarperCollins - September 22nd, 2015

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink - Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello’s lyrics are playful, allusive (and sometimes darkly-tinged), and his music witty in referencing everything from honky-tonks and music halls to Motown B-sides and the American Songbook. So it’s no surprise that he’s written a splendid, voluminous memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (Blue Rider, $30). Foregoing straight chronology, Costello assembles chapters of tell-tale scenes and vivid set pieces about his family (his father was a big-band singer), early sixties England, and his almost forty years in show business. Costello’s lyrics course through the book, commenting on scenes of a life fully immersed in music, from the prolific “angry young man” to the mature professional realizing (dreams-come-true) collaborations with Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, George Jones, Allen Toussaint, and Diana Krall (married to Costello since 2003). 

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780399167256
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 13th, 2015

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780399185762
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 11th, 2016

Sinatra: The Chairman - James Kaplan

In 2010, James Kaplan published Frank: The Voice, ending the book with Sinatra’s 1954 Oscar triumph for From Here to Eternity. Sinatra: The Chairman (Doubleday, $35) completes the two-volume story in epic style, detailing the most productive and artistically triumphant decades, but also the end-of-the-road concerts. Kaplan sifts through a wealth of material, including his original interviews—often telling a story from two perspectives—to narrate the scenes of Sinatra’s many record sessions, movies, club and concert dates, as well as his off-stage adventures and blow-ups. Yes, the Rat Pack, Ava and Mia, JFK, and Sam Giancana are all here, but Kaplan time and again returns to the recording studio, where Sinatra escaped his insecurities and recorded some of his greatest records. Kaplan’s descriptions of  the collaborations with Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Quincy Jones, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Count Basie make you run to hear the music again.

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780307946935
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Published: Anchor - October 25th, 2016

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