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New Books in the Adrian G. Marcuse Library

10/20/2010

Learn about some of the newest titles available to you

Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood’s Greatest Costume Designer, Jay Jorgensen
Call number: DES HEA 
“Edith Head created looks for icons like Mae West and Grace Kelly and helped define five decades' worth of style. This hefty volume by writer-photographer Jay Jorgensen tells the stories behind Head's prize pieces, from Kim Novak's white trench in Vertigo to Audrey Hepburn's little black number in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The book features hundreds of sketches and photos, but the art direction is ho-hum. Still, as a document of fashion in film, this is a coffee-table star.”  --LA Times

Advertising and the Mind of the Consumer, Max Sutherland      
Call number: 659.1019 SUT
"...makes for enjoyable as well as enlightening reading...can serve as an introduction to advertising for general readers." -- Choice Magazine
"A rich source of information and expert comment...the scope and power of advertising is rescued from the exaggerated claims..." -- Journal of Brand Management

Holding up Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, N. Kristof & S. WuDunn 
Call number: 331.4887 BAO
“New York Times columnist Kristof and his wife, WuDunn, a former Times reporter, make a brilliantly argued case for investing in the health and autonomy of women worldwide. More girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century . . . Far from merely making moral appeals, the authors posit that it is impossible for countries to climb out of poverty if only a fraction of women (9% in Pakistan, for example) participate in the labor force. The authors reveal local women to be the most effective change agents.” --Publisher’s Weekly.   

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, M. Alexander
Call number:  364.973 ALE
“Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.” –Publisher’s Weekly

Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory, P. Hessler 
Call number: 303.48 Hes
“In his latest feat of penetrating social reportage, New Yorker writer Hessler (Oracle Bones) again proves himself America's keenest observer of the New China. Hessler investigates the country's lurch into modernity through three engrossing narratives. In an epic road trip following the Great Wall across northern China, he surveys dilapidated frontier outposts from the imperial past while barely surviving the advent of the nation's uniquely terrifying car culture. He probes the transformation of village life through the saga of a family of peasants trying to remake themselves as middle-class entrepreneurs. Finally, he explores China's frantic industrialization, embodied by the managers and workers at a fly-by-night bra-parts factory in a Special Economic Zone. The result is a fascinating portrait of a society tearing off into the future with only the sketchiest of maps.” –Publishers Weekly

Wicked Appetite, J. Evanovich 
Call number: 813.54 Eva
“Fans of Evanovich have a new series to revel in, although a few characters are familiar. Lizzy Tucker has a way with cupcakes, and she’s inherited a great-aunt’s 1740 saltbox house in Salem, Massachusetts, plying her trade at Dazzle’s Bakery in town. Who should turn up in her living room but Diesel, who is extremely handsome, very strong, and not entirely human. Diesel is locked into a cosmic battle with his cousin Wulf, specter-thin with more than an air of sulfur about him. Lizzy, who may or may not have a secret, is needed by Wulf and Diesel to recognize objects of magical power. What follows is a romp that careens wildly between impossibly silly and impossibly adorable. Lizzy gamely attempts to make sense of oddly magical occurrences, while simultaneously dealing with some fairly specific threats involving Wulf and resisting Diesel’s obvious affection and attraction..” --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

A Life of Style, R. Moses
Call number: 746.92 Mos
Both playful and thoughtful, Rebecca Moses brings a wonderfully light touch to her serious sense of style." — Anna Wintour
"Rebecca Moses’s A Life of Style is a charming personal analysis of that most elusive of gifts . . . style . . . and of how mysterious and captivating true style really is. Rebecca’s passion for all things design and her talent for illustration make this book a unique voyage into the life of a passionate devotee of the art of living!" — Vera Wang

Yoshimito Nara: Nobody’s Fool, Y. Nara
Call number: 709.2 Nar
“In September the work of the contemporary Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara will fill New York City's Asia Society Museum in an unprecedented one-man show. This catalogue also pulls out all the stops. Mimicking the windows in Nara's installations, an elaborate slipcase has cutouts with several of Nara's captivating characters peeking out. The essays, of uneven quality, place Nara in the company of animator Walt Disney, indie rock, and Margaret Keane, a painter of kitschy, wide-eyed child-people. Nara speaks best for himself in 300 illustrations and in several blog entries. He describes his love of album jacket art: "Once I spilled coffee over a jacket. It didn't affect the sound, but I ended up buying the same record again (laugh...)." These excerpts represent Nara as a truly contemporary artist engaged with social media and unafraid to pop up on mass merchandise. With its punk music influences and Morton-salt-girl-meets-David-Lynch aesthetic, Nara's work has an irresistible appeal well represented here.”—Publishers Weekly

“A rising publishing industry star trashes his life during a bender in this intense but callow confessional. Clegg, a literary agent with William Morris Endeavor, tells the story of a two-month crack binge in which he smoked away his literary agency partnership, his $70,000 bank account, 40 pounds (he's forever cutting new holes in his belt to cinch it to his wasting frame), and his relationship with his devoted long-suffering boyfriend. Though richly rendered, Clegg's crack odyssey feels like an epic bout of self-indulgence.”  —Publishers Weekly

Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, L. Murray
Call number: 362.74092 MUR
“From runaway to Harvard student, Murray tells an engaging, powerfully motivational story about turning her life around after growing up the neglected child of drug addicts. Murray and her sister grew up in a Bronx apartment that gradually went to seed, living off government programs and whatever was left after the parents indulged their drug binges; Murray writes that drugs were the "wrecking ball" that destroyed her family-- prompting her mother's frequent institutionalization for drug-induced mental illness and leading to her parents inviting in sexual molesters. By age 15, with the help of her best friend Sam and an elusive hustler, Carlos, she took permanently to the streets, relying on friends, sadly, for shelter. With the death of her mother, her runaway world came to an end, and she began her step-by-step plan to attend an alternative high school, which eventually led to a New York Times scholarship and acceptance to Harvard. In this incredible story of true grit, Murray went from feeling like "the world was filled with people who were repulsed by me" to learning to receive the bountiful generosity of strangers who truly cared.” —Publishers Weekly

Street View, Nylon
Call number: 646.3083 NYL
"The book covers the hottest street style in seven cities: Montreal, Stockholm, Barcelona, Tokyo, Los Angeles, London, and of course, New York. It proves that no matter where you go, stylish people are everywhere." ~MTV.com

Supreme, A. Bondaroff
Call number: 746.9209 BON
"The eponymous new book Supreme pays homage to the brand's forward-thinking invention and seamless representation of skate culture" ~CoolHunting.com
"Supreme's first monograph, published by Rizzoli, is a notably polished effort: an elegantly packaged, 304 page visual history of the brand in all its dirty, sweaty, explicit glory." ~New York Times

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