The next rollicking 300 pages detail, in masterful prose, the rise of Glass as a musician/composer/entrepreneur and simultaneously the avant-garde art scene that exploded in New York City in the '50s and '60s, where Glass was the red-hot epicenter of the music world.
Summer is in full swing, and that means some downtime to unwind (if we're lucky) and get wrapped up in a good book. Here are six women-focused reads on my list this year, some political, some personal and one perennial favorite to celebrate the season.
Most fanboys will go to their grave swearing up and down Batman is. He's certainly been shown in the comics to be capable of devising schemes to defeat all of Earth's most powerful superhumans time and time again. But when you look at the evidence, there's a more than strong enough case to be made that Superman has the superior intellect.
Why tout a bunch of lukewarm reviews, I figured? But they have begun to pile up slowly, and a new one just appeared yesterday.
He takes a refreshingly balanced approach as he criticizes American government for being dysfunctionally and even menacingly intrusive in the life of society. He says that surveillance of our citizens has gone too far - something with which liberals and libertarians will agree.
Recently on a trip to Arizona I found myself in a new-age store full of incense and cool stones and crystals, lots of books on Jesus, and spirituality right next to tarot decks and ruins made out of wood or crystals.
When I went to South Africa in 2010 to lead a creative writing club for teenage girls, I made sure to emphasize that word: club. I had never taught writing before, didn't have a teaching assistantship as I earned an MFA in nonfiction. I would not be correcting their grammar, nor assigning homework. Besides, how could I persuade girls to spend their Saturday afternoons in a writing class?
This cookbook was written for novice vegetarian cooks seeking to learn learn vegetarian cuisine and the seasoned veteran chefs looking to raise the bar on their vegan cooking skills.
Even if you don't follow the world of high fashion, Dana Thomas' dual biography of British designers John Galliano and Alexander McQueen is one of the nonfiction titles of the year.
It was 20 years ago that Amy Heckerling's film Clueless updated Jane Austen's Emma, with Alicia Silverstone as a Beverly Hills teenager who thinks she can fix everyone. It is an enduring favorite thanks to its iconic fashions, quotable dialogue and irresistible young performers.
Bull Mountain is an emphatic win for the somewhat niche genre of Southern Noir, spliced with the poignancy of literary fiction that comes together to create one of the best multi-generational family sagas in years.
Yes, James Earl Hardy's book B-Boy Blues helped lots of people imagine a different kind of world, a world that twenty years later we are closer to creating.
For the last thirteen years, the DC Comics imprint Vertigo has been putting out a comic book called Fables. It's set in a world where the storybook fables of folklore, books, and nursery rhymes are real and they've been displaced from their homelands, living amongst us in our "mundane" world.
It has taken Bob Roberts a quarter of a century - during which time he was heavily preoccupied running California's ski industry as President and CEO - to get his father Mike's life story into print. The result is a fascinating glossy tome called Wish You Were Here...The Life And Times of America's Postcard King.
Imagine my dismay this week to discover that one of the Big Five houses has a policy that bars its authors from endorsing print-on-demand books. Sadly, it's not surprising.
I don't think it is much of a stretch to say that narrative voice is the single most important element in fiction.
When I handed my 8 year-old son a personalized, autographed copy of the children's book Black Day: The Monster Rock Band, I told him the author, Marcus Sikora, was a 25 year-old man with Down syndrome.
Holding my own country to different -- lower -- standards would be the real offense. I expect more, not less, of Brazil.