Katharine Hepburn: A Stylish Life (St. Martin’s)
A biographical portrait of the screen great, featuring dozens and dozens of gorgeous black-and-white images.
Praised People: “Ryan makes a convincing case that Hepburn…will continue to serve as an icon and inspiration for future generations.”
Sylvia Plath Totally Ruins Father Knows Best: 50 Poems About TV, TV-Watching and the Existential Sadness of Conan O’Brien (Inverted Pyramid)
Fifty-plus poems about growing up and growing older, looking
back and looking ahead—and doing it all while the TV plays in the background.
30 Rock, Netflix, the A.V. Club, Gary Coleman, Star Trek lunchboxes, The Star Wars Holiday Special, Lucy Ricardo’s mother and more are duly noted.
The collection’s title poem was featured in the indie book-review magazine, Shelf Unbound.
Official site: TV Poems
Former Child Stars is “a commendably original investigation” (UK’s Uncut), tracing how the TV kid went from object of adulation to target of derision. In short: How the TV child star became “America’s Least Wanted.”
“You did a whale of a job…and from a new perspective. You did solid work on this book, Joal. Congratulations. You should be very proud of the effort. I am.”—Paul Petersen, A Minor Consideration