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1 P.,

Stanley Kubrick

by David Mikics

David Mikics

Judah S. Harris

David Mikics’s books include Bellow’s People: How Saul Bellow Made Life Into Art, Slow Reading in a Hurried Age, and The Annotated Emerson. A columnist for Tablet magazine, he teaches at the University of Houston.

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Barbra Streisand:  Redefining Beauty, Femininity and Power Preview
April 26, 2016
296 P., 5 3/4 x 8 1/4
9780300210910

Barbra Streisand:Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power

by Neal Gabler

"Gabler, the estimable journalist, pop-cultural historian and author...returns to his interest in the intersection of Jews, gentiles and Hollywood in BARBRA STREISAND: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power...The author does a neat job of weaving every thread he can pull into the cloth...This brief biography looks at a well-documented star in a new way."--Lisa Schwarzbaum, New York Times Book Review

"In this fascinating and insightful exploration of what it means to be Barbra Streisand, and what it took to become her, Mr. Gabler writes with the heart of a fan and the mind of a Freudian. He delves into Ms. Streisand’s tragic childhood and her anguish at the hand of neighborhood bullies, who taunted her for her big nose and relative poverty, and shows how they engendered in her an implacable—and stupefyingly correct—belief in the singular power of her talent as a performer."-- Rachel Shukert, Wall Street Journal

"[A] trim, insightful Streisand meta-biography....If Oscar, Tony, Grammy, Emmy, Peabody, and the rest of the polished, postured gang haven’t already persuaded you that she’s had the enormous influence Gabler claims, his careful reading of her career will."--Alexander C. Kafka, LA Review of Books

“A clear-eyed, frank, and energetic look at Streisand, filled with revealing details, that fuses her life and career into vivid focus.”—Bob Spitz, author of The Beatles: The Biography

“A book-length biographical essay, filled with context about Streisand's Jewish persona as a hindrance and, eventually, in unexpected ways, as an aid to her professional successes. . . . Fascinating details abound . . . A worthy book.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Superb . . . [Gabler] vitally anatomizes singer, actor, and director Streisand’s unique accomplishments and far-reaching influence . . . . With unabashed appreciation for her tenacious refusal to be bullied by the entertainment establishment or the media, Gabler maps the fecund artistic and social ground that the brilliant and outspoken Streisand has claimed by doing things her way, decade after decade."—Donna Seaman, Booklist, Starred Review

'I always knew I hadda be famous and rich – the best. Beautiful I'm not and never will be', Streisand is quoted in Neal Gabler's fascinating new book, Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity and Power published by Yale University Press." --Daily Mail (U.K.)

"Impassioned....Gabler, one of our leading historians of film and popular culture, offers a number of penetrating observations about Streisand’s technique as a performer."--Adam Kirsch, Tablet

"A fascinating look at an icon who achieved her status with her Jewishness--and her Brooklynness--intact." --Chicago Jewish Star

Neal Gabler

Christina Gabler

Neal Gabler is the author of four previous books. Both An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood and Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His other books include Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity, which was named nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine, and Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality.

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225 P.,

Warner Brothers

by David Thomson

David Thomson

David Thomson is a film critic and historian and author of more than twenty books, including The Big Screen.

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Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films Preview
January 3, 2017
248 P., 5 3/4 x 8 1/4
9780300186932

Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films

by Molly Haskell

"A swift and elegant introduction to Spielberg's life and work."--David Denby, New Yorker

"[A] slender, uncommonly absorbing critical biography...which chronicles with exquisite care and wonderfully animated prose the path leading from the ancestral milieu of mid-century Cincinnati...through the various triumphs (and intermittent misfires) in the Hollywood dream factories....Even if she may not like all of Spielberg’s films equally well...Haskell does not hold back her praise or her trenchant, frequently illuminating criticism."--Noah Isenberg, New Republic

"It’s a high compliment to any book that when it ends, you wish it wouldn’t....Very entertaining."--John Anderson, Newsday

"The exploration here is lively, the critic is deeply informed, and she approaches her mandate with a calmness of inquiry that is a gift often bestowed on the outsider anthropologist impervious to tribal influences."--Lisa Schwarzbaum, New York Times Book Review

"Invaluable....Spielberg's lucky to have Haskell. She's tough on him for his boyishness, for his recurring images of threatened masculinity, but she still gives him a fair, incisive reading, neither fawning nor dismissive....And we're even luckier to have her, as each page of her survey is as packed with pleasures and revelations as the best scenes in his best films."--Alan Scherstuhl, LA Weekly

"With sharp observations and wise judgments, the author discusses her subject's work with sprightly, accessible prose....Compact, incisive, and witty—a great starting point for those interested in Spielberg's life and art. " —Kirkus Reviews

"Haskell’s discussion of the childlike wonder inherent to many of the director’s films and her eloquent defense of some of his riskier, less successful movies is particularly valuable....Recommended for readers of film criticism or commentary."—Library Journal

"Legendary movie critic Haskell weaves Spielberg’s entire body of work through her captivating narrative, providing a poignant study of him as a person and a filmmaker." —Publishers Weekly

Molly Haskell

Jim Carpenter

Molly Haskell is the author of books that include From Reverence to Rape: the Treatment of Women in the Movies, and Frankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited.

"Molly Haskell Reads from Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films"
January 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm
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January 14, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.
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Groucho Marx by Lee Siegel Preview
January 12, 2016
176 P., 176 p., 5 3/4 x 8 1/4
9780300174458

Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence

by Lee Siegel

"Delightfully perverse." -- New York Times Book Review

"Siegel’s book is the latest entry in Yale University Press’s admirable Jewish Lives series. . . . Groucho Marx is trenchant and provocative. I would join any club that has this book in its library.”—Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post

"Spirited and revealing... An astute psychological profile of the man whose biting, nihilistic comedy broke so many barriers." --John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle

"A luminous delight... A true page-turner and a lot of fun. [Siegel] applies his own philosophical acuity to the personal and socio-political aspects of Groucho’s life." --Shon Arieh-Lerer, Slate

“A beautiful, brilliant, and persuasive reading of Marx as crypto-nihilist. A necessary and pulse-quickening work (utterly bereft of jargon or self-seriousness), linking Aristophanes to Kafka to Beckett to Groucho to Woody Allen to Amy Schumer.”—David Shields, author of Reality Hunger

“Lee Siegel’s brilliant analysis of the glorious, scary, beyond-funny humor of Groucho and his brothers made me feel as if I were watching their movies for the first time. In this hugely enjoyable and stimulating book, Siegel shows how Groucho became an impossibility: an immortal comedian.”—Ian Frazier, author of Great Plains and On the Rez

"A captivating glimpse of how Marx turned himself into a legend."-- Publisher's Weekly

"A perceptive, though dark, portrait."-- Kirkus Revews

"A must-read for all Groucho lovers and for all those who want to understand what Siegel states is 'the evolution of Jewish humor itself.'"—Jewish Book Council

"The Marx Brothers' style was a protest of sorts, wrapped up in chaos, but Groucho always stepped in to put a point on the action, jabbing it home with his cigar. It was as if he was justifying the madness, and insisting that it all made more sense than the status quo. . . . It is this man that Siegel reveals, a scornful, restless, self-educated intellectual whose world view ripens over the years more than it ages."—A Classic Movie Blog

Lee Siegel

Lee Siegel
Christina Gillham

Lee Siegel writes about culture and politics for a wide variety of publications, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, is a recipient of the National Magazine Award and author of five books.

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Jewish Lives Biography / Book on Hank Greenberg;  Baseball Player, Sports Hero Preview
March 29, 2011
192 P., 5.5" x 8.25"
978-0300136609

Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One

by Mark Kurlansky

“The prolific Kurlansky has outdone himself.”Jan Gardner, Boston Sunday Globe

“It's the best of the lot because it kept surprising me.”Steven V. Roberts, The Washington Post

“Mark Kurlansky’s scholarly slice of Hank Greenberg is always winning…Kurlansky is refreshingly outward-looking. Everything is put in context, especially the relationship of Jews to sports and sports to Jews as a path to assimilation.” Bill Scheft, New York Times Book Review

“Kurlansky's...volume puts a fascinating period of sports history into a vivid cultural context.”Publishers Weekly

“A graceful appreciation.”Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today

“Mark Kurlansky, a historian and a fan, zeroes in on Greenberg like Hammerin' Hank teeing off on a fastball."Allen Barra, San Francisco Chronicle, Newark Star-Ledger

“Kurlansky’s book is an excellent addition to the Yale University Press Jewish Lives series. It is, I suspect, no accident that most of the titles, both those already published and the projected volumes deal with secular Jewish lives. A few of those lives, like the one Kurlansky has given us in this well-written and unpretentious biography, may also speak of the need to hit."Leonard Kriegel, Forward

“This account of Greenberg's life is thorough, insightful and well-written. It achieves distinction by describing his character and career, setting them against the background of a turbulent era in Jewish history."Morton Teicher, Jewish Journal

Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky
Sylvia Plachy

Mark Kurlansky is most recently the author of The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macorís. His previous books Cod, Salt, 1968, and The Food of a Younger Land were all New York Times best-sellers.

Kurlansky's Hank Greenberg was listed as one of twenty 2012 Michigan Notable Books

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