April 2016

Tuesday Nights in 1980

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ISBN: 9781501121043
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 5th, 2016

Whether you remember 1980 or not and whether you lived in New York or not, this terrific debut gives a vivid sense of art scene in the city at that time.  You feel you've been dumped right into it.  The three principal characters' stories intertwine serendipitously and effortlessly, and by the time it's over you can't believe it's been only a year start to finish.  A book you just about feel compelled to read in one (long) sitting.




Classy Crooks Club

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ISBN: 9781481446372
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Published: Aladdin - March 29th, 2016

AJ is being forced to stay with her prim and proper Grandma Jo for the summer, but it isn't long before AJ realizes that her grandma's afternoon gathering of octogenarians is more than meets the eye--they're a geriatric heist club! And they want to get AJ in on the action. Zany, hilarious, and so dang fun.   



Jazz Day

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By Roxane Orgill, Francis Vallejo (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763669546
Published: Candlewick - March 8th, 2016

Jazz fans, would-be jazz fans, poetry lovers, photographers or just folks who appreciate ingenious picture books – this one is for you. The making of the Harlem 1958 photo is presented in a unique and totally interesting way. One of a kind!!



The Girl in the Well is Me

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ISBN: 9781616205690
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

Kammie is trying to navigate the social hierarchy of her new school after her old life fell apart. When she finds herself stuck in a well after an outing gone wrong, she has to reexamine the circumstances and choices that landed her there. River’s novel weaves together a number of important issues in an original story with some surprisingly quirky twists. It’s a story that starts out simple, but grows in complexity and emotional depth, until readers find themselves falling down the well of Kammie’s emotions. The only way out is to keep reading!



Pretentiousness: Why It Matters

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By Dan Fox
ISBN: 9781566894289
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 5th, 2016

This is a smart and elegantly argued essay about the necessity of failure, experimentation, and pretending in art and life. Reading Fox is like watching a gymnast perform a floor routine. He lofts ideas and arguments through the air, seamlessly incorporating art criticism, pop culture, and personal narrative into the somersaults, and sticks landing after landing. A celebration of the weird, the challenging, the ambitious, and everything that makes art, music, pop culture, and life interesting.





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