Magic is Dead by Ian FrischBehind the curtain...journalist Ian Frisch follows members of the52, a secret club of young magicians hoping to redefine the craft.
...and down the rabbit hole: Frisch hobnobs with Penn Jillette and U.K. magician Dynamo, goes behind the scenes of a Netflix magic show, and performs with the52 in Las Vegas.
Read it for: The author's infectious enthusiasm for his newfound hobby.
K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches by Tyler KepnerWhat it is: A lively history exploring the origins and evolution of baseball's ten major pitch types.
Why pitches? New York Times national baseball writer Tyler Kepner argues that "pitches are the DNA of baseball [and that] the pitcher controls everything."
Featuring: More than 300 interviews with coaches and players (including 22 Hall of Famers); a gripping discussion of science's role in pitching.
I.M. by Isaac MizrahiWhat it is: The debut memoir from iconic fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.
Topics include: Mizrahi's upbringing in a conservative Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn (where he "stuck out like a chubby gay thumb"); collaborations with Calvin Klein and Liza Minnelli; his successful lines at Bergdorf Goodman and Target; his relationship with his husband.
Why you might like it: Readers will be charmed by Mizrahi's witty and unapologetic prose, which is dishy without being mean-spirited.
The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'MearaWho it's about: Pioneering makeup and special effects artist Milicent Patrick, who designed the monster for Universal's 1954 film The Creature from the Black Lagoon and worked as one of the first female animators at Disney.
Why it matters: Patrick's contributions to her craft have gone largely ignored, thanks to the sexism of jealous male employers who fired her for her successes -- and then denied her credit for her work.
Era of Ignition: Coming of Age In a Time of Rage and Revolution by Amber TamblynWhat it's about: Actor-author Amber Tamblyn's journey towards feminist activism and her involvement in the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.
Don't miss: Welcome insights from poet Airea D. Matthews and journalist Meredith Talusan, whose discussions of race and gender identity elevate marginalized perspectives.
Reviewers say: "required reading for the resistance, and nothing short of sensational" (Booklist).
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Monsters of the Week : The Complete Critical Companion to the X-files
by Zack Handlen
What it is: On the occasion of the show's 25th anniversary, TV critics Zack Handlen and Todd VanDerWerff unpack exactly what made this haunting show so groundbreaking.
Don't miss: Witty and insightful reviews of every episode of the series-- and the two motion pictures-- that leave no mystery unsolved and no monster unexplained. Included are exclusive interviews with some of the stars and screenwriters, as well as an original foreword by X-Files creator and showrunner Chris Carter.
What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy by Jo WaltonWhat it is: 130 short essays championing Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Jo Walton's favorite science fiction and fantasy novels.
Who it's for: Science fiction/fantasy fans and genre newcomers alike will find their reading lists growing after browsing this engaging collection.
Why you might like it: Walton has a deep love for speculative fiction, and she discusses her favorite books as a fan rather than a critic.
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