Sep 24, 2008

10 New Books of Interest for the New York State of Mind: On Modernism, Landmarks, the Brooklyn Genius, Pancakes, Pre-Punk History, and more

New York Dolls: Photographs by Bob Gruen (Hardcover)
by Bob Gruen (Photographer), Legs McNeil (Commentary), Morrissey (Afterword)
Abrams Image. September 1, 2008.
The New York Dolls paved the way for many of the Punk, Glam and New Wavers in the city of the 1970s. Photographer Bob Gruen has compiled the first photography collection devoted to the New York Dolls.

A Short Life of Trouble: My Forty Years in the New York Art World (Hardcover)
by Marcia Tucker (Author), Liza Lou (Editor)
Not yet released. University of California Press; 1 edition (October 22, 2008)
A memoir by the first woman to be hired as a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the founder of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. Tucker changed the way art museums think about contemporary art.

New York: A Historical Atlas of Architecture (Paperback)
by Alejandro Bahamon
Not yet released. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (October 1, 2008)
This book of 300 buildings arranged chronologically, by neighborhood, and by structure type should help the architecture enthusiast discover new gems or learn something new about favorite landmarks.

Paris-New York: Design Fashion Culture 1925-1940 (Hardcover)
by Donald Albrecht (Editor)
The Monacelli Press (September 8, 2008)
In conjunction with the forthcoming exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, the book examines the burst of creative New York-Paris interplay among artists working in various disciplines.

One Fifth Avenue
by Candace Bushnell
Voice (September 2008)
The new novel of social manners by the Sex and the City author is set in the iconic Art Deco skyscraper at the foot of Fifth Avenue.

Tara Donovan (Hardcover)
by Tara Donovan (Author), Lawrence Weschler (Author), Nicholas Baume (Author), Jen Mergel (Author)
The Monacelli Press (September 16, 2008)
Published in conjunction with a major solo exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston, this book should be an excellent book to the newly-minted genius artist and Brooklyn resident.

Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin (Hardcover)
by Kenny Shopsin (Author), Carolynn Carreno (Author)
Knopf (September 23, 2008)
Potentially a barrel of choice morsels from the irascible and lovable downtown cook who whips up hundreds of dishes for loyal customers, including the mac-and-cheese pancake, the stuff of legend.

Spring Awakening: In the Flesh
by David Cote. Simon Spotlight Entertainment (September 2, 2008)
Simon Spotlight Entertainment (September 2, 2008)
Official companion to the Broadway musical of sturm und drang und sex und folk-rock.

Remembering Yankee Stadium: An Oral and Narrative History of "The House That Ruth Built"
by Harvey Frommer (Author), Bob Sheppard (Foreword)
Stewart, Tabori & Chang (September 1, 2008)
Hard to believe it's history.

The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York (Hardcover)
by Gail Fenske (Author)
University Of Chicago Press (August 1, 2008)
A worthy subject, this skyscraper that changed Manhattan. I think of the building sometimes as the home of my guardian angels.

Image of One Fifth Avenue, as seen from the northeast corner of Washington Square Park, from September 24, 2008 by Walking Off the Big Apple.

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