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Maddy is neither dead nor alive. Having survived a pandemic that killed millions, Maddy emerges from her grave not quite living, possibly due to her mother’s occult interventions. Trapped in a child’s body that does not age, she begins a journey that takes her from the desolation of post-war Europe to the promise of glamor in Hollywood. While her circumstances make her uniquely suited to take on challenging monster roles in the silent black-and-white films of the time, she finds her true calling behind the camera. Reminiscent of classic Hollywood monster movies, Only the Dead Know Burbank blends horror with a bizarre coming-of-age tale that delights and disturbs. -Justus
From the use of Auto-Tune by Berbers in Morocco to cumbia sonidera in NYC, Uproot captures the present-day world of digital sound that shapes our relationships across borders. Like any good DJ, Jace Clayton transforms disjointed genres into exceptional and exciting music writing with a cohesive narrative beat. As music unites people who are isolated from one another, this book explores the nuances of such community formation. Clayton takes such incredible care with the contexts and communities of his subjects; Uproot is required reading for anyone interested in how to relate with respect and imagination across the boundaries of cultures. -Mary