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In Tell Me How It Ends (Coffee House, $12.95) Valeria Luiselli gives an eye-opening account of her experience as a translator for an organization that seeks to help immigrant children during the 2014 American Immigration Crisis. As our world and our sociopolitical landscape continue to be shaped by immigration, Luiselli has given us a gift by writing a book which we can use as a tool to view the ongoing crisis through the eyes of someone personally committed to the cause. Combining anecdotal evidence with facts and figures, she crafts what is likely to be a definitive document of our current political climate. This slim volume powerfully conveys more emotion than its actual size suggests and is an indictment against the governments responsible for the crisis. Unlike Luiselli, they continually fail to show empathy for the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

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By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

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Rothko: The Color Field Paintings (Chronicle, $40) is a tribute to one of the greatest periods by a single painter in art history. Mark Rothko (1903-1970), one of the leading Abstract Expressionists, pioneered the large, flat fields of solid color that Clement Greenberg dubbed “color field painting.” He worked his way toward them throughout the 1940s, and by 1949 had “arrived,” as his son, Christopher Rothko, says in the Foreword. The artist pursued color fields for the rest of his life, arranging two, three, and four color rectangles in dramatic and shimmering patterns that establish kinetic relationships between the viewer and the canvas. Presenting fifty of Rothko’s iconic paintings in chronological order, this book allows you to watch the artist develop his style and discover what the colors and rectangles could do; you can see the shades deepen, and darken. The volume also allows you to savor the full, luminous power of each composition, giving you the images one by one, with plenty of white space for the colors to breathe. Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, provides a commentary on Rothko’s legacy.

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By Janet Bishop (Contributions by), Christopher Rothko (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781452156590
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 5th, 2017

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Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies (Quirk, $29.99) is a unique and illuminating document of some of film history’s greatest movies, from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to George Miller’s Fury Road. Andrew DeGraff has painted maps of thirty-five iconic films, including the routes taken by major characters, so one can now follow the path taken by Cary Grant’s Roger Thornhill in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest or visualize the hallways of the Overlook Hotel that Jack Torrance navigates in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. One of the most important aspects in a movie is its sense of place and geography which is why Cinemaps is a compelling and fun read: it makes the reader aware of the intricate mapping that goes into the main characters’ journeys within the films. The book also includes essays from film critic A.D. Jameson that examine the cultural importance of each film and explores why all of the thirty-five featured movies here, in their own ways, have solidly imprinted themselves in the collective imagination of everyone who has seen them.

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$29.99
ISBN: 9781594749896
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Published: Quirk Books - October 24th, 2017

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