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Lin-Manuel Miranda, the visionary behind the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton shared his reading list with The New York Times. For his full list of favorites and inspirations, check out our collection below. You can also read the full article at http://www.nytimes.com/.
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  • Alexander Hamilton

    By Ron Chernow

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143034759
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: March 2005
    A biography fully commensurate with Hamilton's character which captures his life with judiciousness and verve, tracing the totality of his unflaggingly active life. Chernow situates Hamilton as the founding figure without whose political and financial strategic brilliance the United States may not have survived its early, operational days. Hamilton, our creator of public finance, was also a man of titanic disputes and countless exploits. From his over-wrought upbringing his `honor above familial obligation', fatal duel with the sitting Vice-President Aaron Burr, Hamilton arrives through this lensing a man of controversial and tragic genius.
  • Between Riverside and Crazy

    By Stephen Adly Guirgis

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781559365154
    • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
    • Published: November 2015
    Winner, 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama"Completely compelling . . . Galvanizing but not importunate. You could cry (I did), but you are always free simply to laugh instead." Jesse Green,New YorkGuirgis, like other storytellers who explore the sacred and the profane, is most interested in how grace transforms us. His empathetic, poetic tales of ex-cons, addicts, and other men whom society would label losers return us, again and again, to a world that Guirgis, by virtue of his particular religionthe church of the streetsilluminates with the bright and crooked light of his faith.” Hilton Als, New Yorker"A nuanced, beautifully written play about a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death." - Pulitzer Prize CitationWritten with humor, tenderness, grit and wonderment by acclaimed playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis,Between Riverside and Crazy is an extraordinary new play: a dark comedy about a man trying to maintain control as the world unravels around him.City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the Landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed, and the Church won’t leave him alone. As ex-cop and recent widower Walter Pops” Washington struggles to hold on to one of the last great rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive, he must also contend with with old wounds, new houseguests, and a final ultimatum. It seems the old days are dead and gone after a lifetime living between Riverside and Crazy.Stephen Adly Guirgis's other plays include Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train,Our Lady of 121st Street, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,The Little Flower of East Orange, Den of Thieves, Race Religion Politics, andDominica: The Fat Ugly Ho. He is a former co-artistic director of LABryinth Theater Company. Awards include the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Yale Wyndham-Campbell Prize, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Whiting Award and a 2014 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.
  • The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed

    By Shea Serrano

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781419718182
    • Publisher: Abrams Image
    • Published: October 2015
    The Rap Year Book takes readers on a journey that begins in 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, and comes right up to the present. Shea Serrano deftly pays homage to the most important song of each year. Serrano also examines the most important moments that surround the history and culture of rap music—from artists’ backgrounds to issues of race, the rise of hip-hop, and the struggles among its major players—both personal and professional. Covering East Coast and West Coast, famous rapper feuds, chart toppers, and show stoppers,The Rap Year Book is an in-depth look at the most influential genre of music to come out of the last generation.  Complete with infographics, lyric maps, hilarious and informative footnotes, portraits of the artists, and short essays by other prominent music writers,The Rap Year Book is both a narrative and illustrated guide to the most iconic and influential rap songs ever created. 
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    By Jon Meacham

    Our Price: $11.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812979480
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: October 2013
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion presents a richly detailed portrait of the third President that considers his early life, roles as a Founding Father and considerable achievements as a master politician. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.) 250,000 first printing.

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