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(six-year-old Jody Picoult running away to
live with Donnie Osmond); others are inspiring (James Franco on River Phoenix). A few
contributors discovered their hidden sexuality
(gay and straight) by watching their favorites.
Some were lucky enough to actually meet
their crush in person, though most loved from
afar. Reading these short, angst-packed essays
about staring at movie screens and listening
to transistor radios is like reminiscing with
old friends. Most millennials won’t know who
these heartthrobs are, but seasoned fans will
enjoy both the popular-culture references and
the reminder that first loves are always worth
recalling. —Candace Smith
Grand Illusions: American Art and the
First World War.
By David M. Lubin.
Apr. 2016. 304p. illus. Oxford, $39.95 (9780190218614);
e-book (9780190218638). 709.73.
Lubin (Shooting Kennedy: JFK and the Cul-
ture of Images, 2003) examines the effect of
the Great War on a number of American
photographers, painters, and filmmakers, in-
cluding John Singer Sargent, D. W. Griffiths,
George Bellows, Lewis Hine, and Edward
Steichen, as well as sculptor and collector
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. His purpose is
“to show how American artists of a century
ago portrayed themselves, their countrymen,
and their enemies during the world’s first
global cataclysm.” Lubin traces the origins
of such iconic images as James Montgomery
Flagg’s poster, Uncle Sam Wants YOU, and its
precursor, Alfred Leete’s Lord Kitchener Wants
You, and sets the art of this period in histori-
cal and cultural context. Representations of
war and violence are analyzed, as are examples
of art that reflected changes in American so-
ciety from women’s more public roles to the
complex effects of urbanization and modern-
ization. Literary art finds a place here, too,
as Lubin considers the influence of WWI on
Hemingway, Eliot, Stein, and Cather. The lit-
erature of American art history and popular
culture is much enriched by Lubin’s thought-
ful work. —Carolyn Mulac
In the Country We Love.
By Diane Guerrero and Michelle Burford.
May 2016. 272p. illus. Holt, $26 (9781627795272).
When actress Guerrero landed a role on
the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, it
marked the first time in her life that she could
breathe easy. While this memoir charts her
road to success, it is, above all, an account
of being born in the U.S. to undocumented
immigrants, who—despite their desperate at-
tempts to gain citizenship—were deported to
Colombia when Guerrero was just 14. Hers is
an all-too-common story, yet one that is rarely
heard. Left to fend for herself, Guerrero re-
lates her struggle to hold her life together, get
through high school and college, and find her
feet in the world—challenges that will resonate
with many readers, particularly young adults.
She begins each chapter with a personal pho-
to and writes with humor and heartbreaking
honesty. Offering readers the story she needed
to hear as a child, Guerrero shines a light on
this country’s flawed immigration system, elo-
quently calling for reform without diminishing
her appreciation for the opportunities U.S.
citizenship has afforded her. A timely and en-
lightening read. —Julia Smith
YA: Guerrero’s struggles with school,
family, and pursuing her passion will hit
home with teens—not to mention the
built-in interest from her roles on Orange
Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. JS.
Sports & Recreation
Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion, Hip-
Hop, and Street Basketball.
By Onaje X. O. Woodbine.
May 2016. 224p. illus. Columbia Univ., $30
Hoops to the nth degree. The author is a
street-basketball player himself as well as a
Yale graduate, and his book combines personal experience and city life with careful research
and quotations from Derrida, theologians,
This elegant, large-format book—with over
200 photographs and illustrations—tells the
dramatic story of the events that took place
one hundred years ago, during Easter Week,
1916, when Irish rebel leaders and their followers staged an armed uprising in Dublin in
an attempt to overthrow British rule and create
an autonomous Irish republic.
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