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and rehearsals, readers with an interest in music will be especially rewarded. —Sarah Grant
YA: For teens interested in classical music,
and especially those who would dare to
imagine careers for themselves in that
field, this story will encourage them not to
abandon their dreams. SG.
Waking the Spirit: A Musician’s Journey
Healing Body, Mind, and Soul.
By Andrew Schulman.
Aug. 2016. 272p. Picador, $25 (9781250055774); e-book,
$11.99 (9781250055781). 780.92.
Schulman was a fiftysomething guitarist when, on the night of July 16, 2009, he
almost died after complications following
pancreatic surgery for what was initially
thought to be a malignant mass. After he
was put in a medically induced coma, no one
expected him to survive. But he did. Some
even called him a medical miracle. But 12
days in the hospital took its toll. The slight-est movement of his fingers “took a huge
effort,” yet, miraculously, he could still play
the guitar, although he could only remember six pieces of music—all learned before he
was 20. Everything else had to be rememorized. Today, he is a resident musician in the
surgical intensive-care unit at Mount Sinai
Beth Israel hospital in New York City, where
he almost lost his life. Now he plays his
guitar—Bach and the Beatles being among
his favorites—at the bedsides of critically ill
patients, referring to himself as a “medical
musician.” Schulman offers deeply moving
testament to resiliency, perseverance, and
growing recognition of the genuine healing
power of music. —June Sawyers
Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life.
By Tracy Tynan.
July 2016. 320p. Scribner, $25 (9781501139505). 746.9.
Daughter of English theater critic Kenneth
Tynan and American novelist Elaine Dundy,
Tynan, from a very young age, stayed up
long past her bedtime surrounded by the
stars of literature, film, and stage. Witnessing her parents’ extraordinary fights, being
raised by au pairs, and attending boarding school, Tynan’s relationships with her
parents were often strained, but early on
she adopted their, particularly her father’s,
aplomb for dress. Each of the 30 or so essays in this uniquely formatted memoir is
titled with and centered around an article of
clothing. An inexpensive white T-shirt dress
represents her wedding. A leisure suit commemorates her father’s final years. A maroon
plaid dress ushers Tynan into her career as a
prominent movie costume designer. Despite
auspicious beginnings, Tynan’s success didn’t
fall in her lap, and readers will appreciate the
depth of her belief in the power of clothes
to transform films and sets but also attitudes
and impressions. Many worlds collide in this
well-written, stranger-than-fiction, London
and Hollywood who’s who of a memoir,
making it appropriate for a broad range of
readers. —Annie Bostrom
You’ll Grow Out of It.
By Jessi Klein.
July 2016. 304p. Grand Central, $26 (9781455531189);
e-book, $13.99 (9781455531196). 792.702.
Comedian, comedy writer, and television
producer Klein admits up front that she’s a
“tomman,” a grown-up version of a tomboy.
Later, she says she’s a humble feminist. Per-
haps the two are identical. Perhaps not. But
no matter, for what she real-
ly is is exceedingly clever, as
she proves in this collection
of semiautobiographical es-
says that follow, all of which
are, if not laugh-out-loud
funny, at least what the
old Liberty magazine used
to call “chucklesome.” Her
subjects—shopping for underwear (excuse
me—lingerie), dating a cad, getting engaged
(not to the cad), shopping for a wedding dress,
etc.—are vaguely quotidian but offered with a
slightly off-kilter sensibility that engages and
holds our interest, even when we don’t rec-
ognize some of the many allusions that are a
substantial part of the author’s humor (What
are Dansko clogs? Who is Charlotte Gains-
bourg? Happily, another more universally
accessible part of her humor is the droll sim-
ile: seeing a suddenly unrecognizable friend
walking down the aisle is like seeing your
beloved Chihuahua in a neon Speedo; every
Anthropologie store feels like the manger in
which Zooey Deschanel was born. If her sub-
jects are sometimes ordinary, her take is not,
for there is never a doubt that, at heart, she’s a
comedian (she writes about becoming one in
the book’s best essay), and reading her book is
like watching her—doubtless superb—stand-
up act. Enjoy. —Michael Cart
YA/M: Older teens who are fans of David
Sedaris will dote on discovering Klein,
who will become a new fave. MC.
Sports & Recreation
Swimming in the Sink.
By Lynne Cox.
Sept. 2016. 240p. Knopf, $25 (9781101947623). 797.2.
Cox was once an elite athlete, swimming
long distances in extremely cold temperatures.
But now the closest she had
come to swimming since being diagnosed with a heart
condition was plunging her
hands into the kitchen sink.
Cox achingly describes the
betrayal she felt when she discovered her once well-tuned
heart was firing erratically, just
as she was preparing to strike out on her own
after years caring for her ailing parents. Where
once she forged a path through cold and choppy waters, from the dangerous strait between
Argentina and Chile to Lake Titicaca high in
the Andes mountains, now she could barely
walk from her car to a restaurant. In contrast
to her rhapsodic descriptions of swimming,
Cox delivers the details of her medical treat-
Television historian Terrace offers readers a fun and informative look into the world of classic
TV. The basic facts of year and cast and a one-line
plot description are included
for 75 shows from the 1950s,
and 100 shows from the
1960s. An incredibly detailed
listing on each of the main
characters follows (for example, Bewitched’s Samantha
Stevens gets a full profile, including eye color, addresses,
favorite eateries, and a list of
her relatives), but the meat of
each entry is the entertaining
narrative Terrace provides.
It’s obvious he knows (and
loves) these shows inside and
out, and readers will have a
good time learning wacky facts about The Brady Bunch (Greg
and Peter were the only kids to not wear braces on the show);
Lost in Space (Penny Robinson had an IQ of 147); Father Knows
Best (Jim Anderson’s specialty is annuities); and The Many Loves
of Dobie Gillis (Maynard G. Krebs was turned down 46 times
for his driver’s license). These volumes should have broad appeal; give them to diehard fans of the shows as well as those with
a general interest in the eras or in television trivia in general.
CLASSIC TV REFERENCE
Television Series of the
1950s: Essential Facts
and Quirky Details.
By Vincent Terrace.
2016. 252p. illus. Rowman & Littlefield, $40.00
Television Series of the
1960s: Essential Facts
and Quirky Details.
By Vincent Terrace.
Sept. 2016. 727p. Rowman &
Littlefield, $40 (9781442268340);
e-book, $39.99 (9781442268357).