Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter by Veronica Chambers (editor)What it is: a balanced collection of 19 essays that thoughtfully celebrates and critiques Beyoncé's cultural impact.
Contributors include: Luvvie Ajayi, Brittney Cooper, Michael Eric Dyson, Kid Fury, and Lena Waithe.
Don't miss: Melissa Harris-Perry and Mankaprr Conteh debate the merits of "Beyoncé feminism" in "Grown Women: A Conversation About Coming of Age with an Icon."
I.M. by Isaac MizrahiWhat it is: the debut memoir from iconic fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.
Topics include: Mizrahi's upbringing in a conservative Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn (where he "stuck out like a chubby gay thumb"); collaborations with Calvin Klein and Liza Minnelli; his successful lines at Bergdorf Goodman and Target; his relationship with his husband.
Why you might like it: Readers will be charmed by Mizrahi's witty and unapologetic prose, which is dishy without being mean-spirited.
The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent... by Mallory O'MearaWho it's about: pioneering makeup and special effects artist Milicent Patrick, who designed the monster for Universal's 1954 film The Creature from the Black Lagoon and worked as one of the first female animators at Disney.
Why it matters: Patrick's contributions to her craft have gone largely ignored, thanks to the sexism of jealous male employers who fired her for her successes -- and then denied her credit for her work.
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece by Michael BensonWhat it's about: filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's complicated collaboration with author Arthur C. Clarke to bring the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey to the big screen.
Why you might like it: This comprehensive account of the film's production features interviews with key cast and crew, including Dan Richter, who memorably portrayed 2001's ape-man leader.
For fans of: Kubrick, Clarke, science fiction, and film history.
The Fifty-Year Mission: The First 25 Years: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized... by Edward Gross and Mark A. AltmanWhat it is: published in 2016 to commemorate Star Trek's 50th anniversary, this breathtaking oral history of the franchise's beginnings is a must-read for Trekkers.
What it covers: the original television series and its six film spin-offs.
Series alert: Don't miss the conclusion to the Fifty-Year Mission series, The Next 25 Years: From the Next Generation to J.J. Abrams.
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