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The Lady from the Black Lagoon, by Mallory O’Meara
Milicent Patrick’s studio story doesn’t have a “happily ever after” ending; instead her tale is one of groundbreaking talent cloaked in obscurity. Milicent began her career at Walt Disney Studios where she was one of the first women animators. From there, she went to Universal Studios and designed “Gill-Man” the classic movie monster featured in 1954’s Creature from the Black Lagoon. Instead of being recognized for her trailblazing achievement, her studio boss took credit for the creature and essentially had her blackballed from future design work.
“Captivating and exhaustively researched …This is a fascinating slice of Hollywood history with a feminist slant, correcting a sexist wrong from decades ago and restoring Patrick to her rightful place of esteem.”
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“If you loved Hidden Figures, you’ll love this much-overdue biography of Disney’s first female animator, and Hollywood’s only woman (still) to design a monster for a major motion picture.”
– Town and Country
Cape May, by Chip Creek
Cheek’s debut novel begins innocently enough as a young, modest couple arrive in Cape May, New Jersey for their honeymoon in the 1950s. It’s September, off season, and the town is largely deserted and without distractions to ease them into newlywed intimacy. A chance meeting with a worldly and tangled trio – Clara, Max, and Alma – propel the couple into explosive situations and choices that will have lifelong repercussions.
“The novel’s ending is particularly startling—a memorable final note in this cogent examination of marital infidelity and betrayal.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Deceptively relaxed and simple at first, the novel seems to be an easygoing trip down Memory Lane … the propulsive plot make this very steamy debut novel about morality and desire feel like a classic.”
– Kirkus (starred review)
Asymmetry, by Lisa
Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry has received wide critical acclaim and Barack Obama’s inclusion on his list of “best books from 2018.” The story of a young, female book editor’s affair with a successful, older writer intersects with the adventure of Amar, an Iraqi-American man who is detained by immigration officers in a holding room in Heathrow Airport. Heralded as an inventive and unforgettable story about love, luck, and the inextricability of life and art.
“A beautiful debut novel … Halliday deftly and subtly intersects the two disparate stories, resulting in a deep rumination on the relation of art to life and death.”
– Booklist (starred review)
“Halliday has written, somehow all at once, a transgressive roman a clef, a novel of ideas and a politically engaged work of metafiction.”
– The New York Times Book Review
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