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have spent an afternoon chatting with their
closest friend. —Laura Chanoux
YA: Teens may relate to Kendrick’s
feelings of being an outsider at school
and appreciate her frank discussions of
romantic relationships. LC.
Searching for John Hughes; or,
Everything I Thought I Needed to Know
about Life from Watching ‘80s Movies.
By Jason Diamond.
Nov. 2016. 304p. Morrow, paper, $15.99
Growing up in the idyllic Chicago suburbs
where director John Hughes set so many of
his movies, Diamond was first introduced
to Hughes when his babysitter showed him
Sixteen Candles on video. Though it launched
a lifelong love of the director’s work for Dia-
mond, his own childhood didn’t mesh with the
life Hughes glorified. Diamond’s father was
brutally abusive to him, and his mother (who
eventually won sole custody) abandoned him
by moving away while he was in high school.
Diamond managed to couch surf before be-
ing taken in by a sympathetic teacher. After
graduation, Diamond relocated to New York
and found work as a barista while his desire to
be a writer and pen a biography of Hughes,
his idol, crystallized. But as Diamond labored
on the manuscript, he struggled with depres-
sion and insecurity about his career and life in
comparison with those of the privileged peers
he grew up with. Children of the 1980s and
anyone who has worked for years to make a
dream come true will recognize themselves in
Diamond’s candid, grounded, relatable mem-
oir. —Kristine Huntley
The Sick Bag Song.
By Nick Cave.
Oct. 2016. 128p. HMH, paper, $21 (9780544814653).
In one’s head, or on paper, a cyclical map
can be drawn based on musician Cave’s lat-
est book, which follows his novel, The Death
of Bunny Munro (2009). What began as a
series of notes jotted on airplane motion-
sickness bags during Cave’s 2014 tour with
the Bad Seeds morphed into a radical odys-
sey of interaction and influence that is part
poetry and part diary. Each North American
location on Cave’s journey inspired a pas-
sage of reflection, witness, or imagination.
These significant human moments are ones
of loneliness, inspiration, and encounter,
and Cave never shies away from making
these experiences glitter, not so that they are
rendered more pure or beautiful but rather
in a way that makes them more realistic.
Many are viewed through his perception as
a performer, even as he reminds us that the
performer is not an icon but a human be-
ing. It makes perfect sense to call this book
a “song”; it is sung with a voice of memory
and yearning. —Danielle Susi
REFERENCE BOOKS IN BRIEF
Crime in the United States, 2016.
Ed. by Shana Hertz Hattis.
2016. 690p. illus. Bernan, $105 (9781598888263).
Updated for 2016 (with information from
2014, the latest data currently available),
this volume breaks down statistics from the
FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program,
with information on violent and property
crimes, hate crimes, offenses cleared,
persons arrested, and law-enforcement
personnel; and it includes national as well
as state, city, county, and agency numbers.
Graphs supply a visual perspective of major
offenses. Suitable for most public libraries,
and those owning previous editions will
want to update with this one. An essential
purchase for academic and special libraries
focusing on law enforcement or criminal
justice. —Rebecca Vnuk
Distilled Knowledge: The Science
behind Drinking’s Greatest Myths,
Legends, and Unanswered Questions.
By Brian D. Hoefling.
Oct. 2016. 208p. illus. Abbeville, $21.95
Liquor before beer, in the clear? Does
expensive booze actually taste better? This
delightfully upscale trivia book focuses on
all things alcohol and covers production
and preparation as well as the science
behind everything from how people (and
animals!) get drunk to whether or not your
martini is best served shaken, not stirred.
Entertaining infographics accompany the
lively narrative. Though this certainly be-
longs in the circulating stacks—where your
trivia lovers and drinkers alike can find it—
there are cross-references and an index,
making this a handy (if cheeky) reference
source. —Rebecca Vnuk
Experiencing Broadway Music: A
By Kat Sherrell.
Oct. 2016. 232p. Rowman & Littlefield, $45
(9780810889002); e-book, $44.99 (9780810889019).
This entry in the Listener’s Companion
series covers 15 American musicals, including such classics as Anything Goes,
Showboat, and Porgy and Bess as well as
the contemporary Rent, Wicked, and
Hamilton. Musician Sherrell uses these shows
to illustrate why Broadway musicals are
so significant in modern popular culture.
Chapters cover the plot and songs of each
show profiled, and Sherrell intersperses
discussion of musical styles and themes
throughout the narrative—her various
explanations of the music of Hamilton are
nothing short of dazzling. There are many
glossy coffee-table guides and encyclopedic works on musicals, but this close-lens
look will appeal to both Broadway fans and
music lovers in general. —Rebecca Vnuk
Music of the First World War.
By Don Tyler.
2016. 293p. illus. Greenwood, $68.50
(9781619259447); e-book (9781440839979). 780.9.
The latest title in Greenwood’s American
History through Music series, a survey
of the music of the time, sails through
popular hits; patriotic songs; stage mu-
sic (including vaudeville, operettas, and
musicals); blues and rags; jazz; and clas-
sical music. Stops along the way include
background information, alphabetical and
chronological lists of songs, and explo-
rations of numerous songs and music
genres. Accompanying the stories of
individual songs are links to sheet-music
covers, recordings, and performances,
and the book concludes with a selected
bibliography (including web resources),
suggested readings, and films. This is a rich
resource for specialized music and Ameri-
can-history collections. —Carolyn Mulac
Vital Statistics of the United States:
Births, Life Expectancy, Deaths, and
Selected Health Data. 7th ed.
Ed. by Shana Hertz Hattis.
2016. 408p. illus. Bernan, $408 (9781598888546).
Statistical information from the Centers
for Disease Control, the National Center for
Health Statistics, the Census Bureau, and
the Bureau of Labor Statistics are gathered
here and presented in 225 tables. Sections
cover “Birth” (with data through 2014);
“Mortality”; “Health”; and “Marriage.” Examples of health coverage include tables on
cancer survival rates, obesity prevalence,
smoking, vaccinations, and health-care
expenditures. There is a topical index and
a glossary. Public and academic libraries
with a need for statistical information of
this nature will want to acquire this updated
resource. —Rebecca Vnuk