Two Books of Interest

Who would’ve thought it: two Ink Spill appearances by Truman Capote in less than a month (see the March 15th post “Truman Capote and New Yorker Cartoons”). Portraits and Observations is due out from Random House April 23.

From the publisher’s notes:

Portraits and Observations is the first volume devoted solely to all the essays ever published by this most beloved of writers. Included are such masterpieces of narrative nonfiction as “The Muses Are Heard” and the short nonfiction novel “Handcarved Coffins,” as well as many long-out-of-print essays, including portraits of Mae West, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe. From his travel sketches of Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Hollywood, written when he was twenty-two, to the author’s last written words, “Remembering Willa Cather,” composed the day before his death in 1984…

 

And from Peter Kuper, Drawn To New York (with an introduction by New Yorker cover artist, Eric Drooker), is out June 1st from PM Press.

From the publisher’s note:

A declaration of love to Peter Kuper’s adoptive city in which he has lived since 1977, this diary is a vibrant survey of New York City’s history. Through Kuper’s illustrations, this book depicts a climb to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge, the homeless living in Times Square, roller skaters in Central Park, the impact of September 11, the luxury of Wall Street, street musicians, and other scenes unique to the city.

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