Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg - Virginia M. Mecklenburg

TELLING STORIES: Norman Rockwell from The Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg (Abrams, $65) is the companion volume to the impressive exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  Essays by Virginia Mecklenburg, with help from Todd McCarthy, outline the ways Rockwell influenced his kindred spirits, Lucas and Spielberg.  All three artists produced incredible bodies of work that, taken together, document classic American images, values, history, and dreams.  Rockwell used his medium to tell stories, but unlike the filmmakers, did it in only one frame.  He built his pictures using an almost cinematic approach, creating a setting, rehearsing a scene, defining characters, and creating visual impact.  Text and photographs demonstrate how lighting, props, and costumes maximized the sense of dramatic moment.  For those who didn’t get to enjoy the collection in person, this book is a great introduction to an amazing selection of paintings.  For those lucky enough to have seen the exhibit, the catalog makes a wonderful keepsake.

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ISBN: 9780810996519
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Abrams - July 1st, 2010

Making Toast: A Family Story - Roger Rosenblatt

Making Toast (Ecco, $21.99), by Roger Rosenblatt, is a beautiful but heartbreaking account of grandparents who move in with their grandchildren and son-in-law after the unexpected death of their daughter.  They must balance the management of their grief with the need to carve out a new life in a household far more chaotic than the one they had envisioned for their golden years.  But because this is a home with young children, there are also moments of humor and wonder, and the reader is left with feelings of hope and joy.  In this tender story, Rosenblatt celebrates the life of his beloved daughter, the strength of family, and the satisfaction of being able to do a job really well.

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ISBN: 9780061825958
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Published: Ecco - February 15th, 2011

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

There has not been a more charming and witty book released in the past year than The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (Dial, $14), by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  In this epistolary novel, a published London author begins a correspondence with a book group shortly after the end of the Second World War.  As letters are exchanged, she discovers how much she admires the bravery, wisdom, and perseverance of the residents of the isle of Guernsey, and she learns a great deal about the difficult circumstances they overcame during the Nazi occupation of their island.  One is reminded of Jane Austen in the depiction of eccentric, endearing, affectionately-rendered characters and the society they inhabit.  Ultimately, the book is a celebration of love, community, and a passion for literature, and is supremely pleasurable.

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ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 5th, 2009