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The Weekly Roundup, July 21, 2021
Illustrating Public Paint Day, folk music at People’s Light, and writing with Chet’la Sebree
Painting with Mural Arts, discovering folk with People's Light, and the Wilmington Writers Conference highlight the week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Artists of Wyeth Country by W. Barksdale Maynard
Art icons of the Brandywine
Artists of Wyeth County explores three icons of the Brandywine Valley: Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, and Andrew Wyeth, honoring their techniques as well as the reasons for their fame. Pamela Forsythe reviews.
‘Fifty Words for Rain’ by Asha Lemmie
The bonds of family
In Asha Lemmie's debut novel set in post-World War II Japan, a young girl with a Japanese mother and an African American father struggles to find acceptance in a family that despises her. Helene Cohen Bludman reviews.
‘The Natural Mother of the Child’ by Krys Malcolm Belc
Redefining the parenthood memoir
In his new memoir, Philly writer Krys Malcolm Belc writes about his journey as a nonbinary gestational parent. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
‘Norman Jewison: A Director’s Life’ by Ira Wells
Jewison finally gets his due
Norman Jewison, director of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ and ‘Moonstruck,’ is one of the most prolific filmmakers of the second half of the 20th century. A new biography by Ira Wells finally gives him his due. Stephen Silver reviews.
‘The Diamond Cutter’s Daughter: A Poet’s Memoir’ by Elaine Terranova
Facets of family life
Poet Elaina Terranova has more in common with her father than she knew. ‘The Diamond Cutter’s Daughter’ explores power, fear, and longing in a Philadelphia Orthodox Jewish family. Anndee Hochman reviews.
‘Finished Business: My Fifty Years of Headlines, Heroes, and Heartaches’ by Ray Didinger
Head of a journalist, heart of a fan
Famed Philadelphia sports journalist Ray Didinger shares 50 years of a historic career in his new memoir, ‘Finished Business.’ Pamela Forsythe reviews.
'Crying in H Mart’ by Michelle Zauner
The love language of food
In Michelle Zauner’s debut memoir, Crying in H Mart, grief and loss run parallel to heart and humor as a daughter comes to terms with her mother’s death and her Korean American identity. Emily Savidge reviews.
‘The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes’ by Xio Axelrod
Women who rock
In Xio Axelrod’s new novel, love and ambition collide when a young guitarist joins an up-and-coming rock band. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
‘Philadelphia Builds: Essays on Architecture’ by Michael J. Lewis
The future of a modest utopia
‘Philadelphia Builds,’ architectural historian Michael J. Lewis’s latest book, is a new look at this old city, just in time for everyone who’s sick of their own four walls. Gail Obenreder reviews.