Top Art Books of the Year

Out of the ShadowsBooklist magazine, the reviewing source from the American Library Association, listed the Top 10 Art Books of the year in the November 1, 2012 issue. Steele Library owns many of them and I have ordered the rest so they will be available shortly. If you want to consider buying one of these for an art lover on your holiday shopping list, call 733-8603 and ask to speak to me; I’ll give you the entire list. The ones that are available to browse at the library, right now are:

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams

This is the story of an unknown nanny who took over 100,000 snapshots of street life in NYC and Chicago documenting urban America in the last half of the twentieth century. After her death, the negatives which were the contents of her storage locker came to light and a star was born!

How Music Works by David Byrne

This book affirms the power of all types of music, including birdsong, whale calls, the recording industry and the work of author, painter, photographer and producer Byrne.

Marilyn: The passion and the paradox by Lois Banner

Could it truly be fifty years since Marilyn died? Feminist Historian Banner celebrates the star’s genius and elucidates her suffering.

I’m Your Man: the Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons

This is the biography of singer-songwriter, poet and novelist Cohen.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library