The Chronicles of Downton Abbey - Jessica Fellowes

It will be a dual of the dowagers: Dame Maggie Smith vs. Shirley MacLaine. Who will be the last dowager standing? Can’t wait for season three of Downton Abbey to find out? Then you must pick up The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era (St. Martin’s $29.99). This is the perfect gift for every fan of the BBC drama. World War I has ended and it’s a fresh start for the Crawley family and for the social order in general. How will life at Downton be affected? This book is full of pictures, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the upcoming season, insight into how the series is made and into the actors who portray our favorite (and maybe not so favorite) characters. Jessica Fellowes, niece of the show’s creator Julian Fellowes, has unique access to the show’s producers. She also incorporates lots of historical detail into this book, giving a deeper sense of the period in which our Downton friends lived. And may the best dowager win!
The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era (The World of Downton Abbey) By Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis, Julian Fellowes (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250027627
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 13th, 2012

Hollywood Sketchbook - Deborah Nadoolman Landis

This deliciously gorgeous book of costume designs gathered and with commentary by Academy Award-nominated costume designer and professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis will have you enthralled for hours. In Hollywood Sketchbook (Harper Design, $75) Landis gives detailed and witty background to these 500-plus drawings of outfits from Hollywood movies. Not only does the volume spotlight the previously overlooked art of costume illustration, but the introduction gives a comprehensive history of the role the craft has played since Hollywood began. Landis brings firsthand accounts, experience, and affection to the project, endowing it with the authority and pleasure such an undertaking deserves. The portfolios she examines will change the way you look at the runway and how you watch movies.

Broadway Musicals - Ben Brantley

Ben Brantley’s Broadway Musicals: From the Pages of The New York Times (Abrams, $50) will have you praising Jesus and Noel Coward that the Times has such a fantastic archive. Bright, bursting, and large, this coffee table book is the one-stop shop for learning about America’s greatest gift to theatre, the musical. Broadway has long done it bigger and brighter than anywhere else, and Brantley’s history carries us from the Follies of the teens to the glamour of the ‘20s and ’30s and the disillusionment of the ‘50s. Each decade and its defining shows are given due prominence with photos, original reviews, and Brantley’s commentary. The revivals, passion, and grit documented in fantastic color will send you to the theater in a hurry.
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ISBN: 9781419703379
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Published: Abrams - October 9th, 2012