Friday, May 23, 2014

Staff Picks

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead is one of the most satisfying novels I've read in the past year.  It's about a ballet dancer named Joan who helps a Baryshnikov-like ballet star defect from the Soviet Union in 1975.  And that's just the beginning of the story.
Continuing with the dance theme, I next read Fosse by Sam Wasson.  I have a weakness for big biographies of artists who led lives of great creativity and excess, and this book about Bob Fosse, the director and choreographer of films and stage shows such as Cabaret, Chicago, and All That Jazz, did not disappoint at all.

Stephen Kight
Assistant Director for Public Services