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The Living Bird: 100 Years of Listening to Nature

by Garret Vin

Garret Vin's photographs in The Living Bird are captivating--a flock of red-winged blackbirds against an azure Midwestern sky, a Lapland longspur on a bright patch of moss the exact shade of its beak, a yellow-billed loon alighting on a northern lake--but the essays are equally as enchanting. In the foreword, Barbara Kingsolver escapes childhood resistance to her father's passion for birds when she moves to the "biologically hostile" Arizona desert, only to experience Christmas Bird Counts with her ornithologist

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Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story

by DK Publishing

For more than a century, musical theater productions have captivated audiences around the world, on stage and screen. DK Publishing explores the history, glamour and key figures of this celebrated art form in Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story.

Beginning with Tin Pan Alley and the influence of vaudeville, the book travels through the golden age of musicals (1940–1969) to the rock operas of the 1970s, the "mega musicals" of the 1980s (such as Les Misérables) up to the present day, highlighting

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Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

by Jens M. Daehner and Kenneth Lapatin, editors

Edited by the curators of an eponymous exhibit at the Getty Museum, Power and Pathos is both an informative study of the techniques and artistry of early Greek and Roman sculptors and a lush, prolifically illustrated panorama of the Getty show. A dozen easily accessible essays by scholars and curators explore the ways in which history unfolds through the integrated expertise of archeologists, scientists and, in this case, metallurgical engineers. We learn, for example, that unlike one-off marble sculptures,

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by Ralph Steadman, Ceri Levy

Cartoonist/writer duo Steadman and Levy offer gorgeous illustrations of critically endangered birds and imagined boids.

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Penguin: Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

Media Heat

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Diane Rehm: readers review My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786).

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Diane Rehm: Harriet Washington, author of Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We "Catch" Mental Illness (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316277808).

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fresh Air: Peter Guralnick, author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll (Little, Brown, $32, 9780316042741).

Diane Rehm: James Kaplan, author of Sinatra: The Chairman (Doubleday, $35, 9780385535397).

Thursday, November 19, 2015

KCRW's Bookworm: Gary Indiana, author of I Can Give You Anything But Love (Rizzoli Ex Libris, $25.95, 9780847846863).

: Gavin McCrea, author of Mrs. Engels: A Novel (Catapult, $16.95, 9781936787296).

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Diane Rehm: Adam Levin, author of Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves (PublicAffairs, $24.99, 9781610395878).

Conan: John Cleese, author of So, Anyway... (Three Rivers Press, $16, 9780385348263).

The Daily Show: Ted Koppel, author of Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath (Crown, $26, 9780553419962).
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