One of The New York Times´ 100 Notable Books of 2017 ´´A pinball machine zinging with sharp dialogue, breathtaking plot twists and naughty humor... McBride at his brave and joyous best.´´ -New York Times Book Review Exciting new fiction from James McBride, the first since his National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird. The stories in Five-Carat Soul-none of them ever published before-spring from the place where identity, humanity, and history converge. They´re funny and poignant, insightful and unpredictable, imaginative and authentic-all told with McBride´s unrivaled storytelling skill and meticulous eye for character and detail. McBride explores the ways we learn from the world and the people around us. An antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War General Robert E. Lee now sits in the home of a black minister in Queens. Five strangers find themselves thrown together and face unexpected judgment. An American president draws inspiration from a conversation he overhears in a stable. And members of The Five-Carat Soul Bottom Bone Band recount stories from their own messy and hilarious lives. As McBride did in his National Book award-winning The Good Lord Bird and his bestselling The Color of Water, he writes with humor and insight about how we struggle to understand who we are in a world we don´t fully comprehend. The result is a surprising, perceptive, and evocative collection of stories that is also a moving exploration of our human condition.
Piano Playbook: Cocktail Piano is a collection of new, elegant arrangements of jazz, pop and even classical standards, designed to be played while sipping a Martini in a dimly lit lounge. Each one of these 45 smooth pieces was written by a master of composition, whether it´s The Beatles, Duke Ellington, Rachmaninoff, Bill Evans, or Chick Corea. This book has been arranged with intermediate-advanced pianists in mind and includes an integrated Spotify playlist of the original versions for each song. Songlist: - Alfie [Burt Bacharach] - And I Love Her [The Beatles] - Arabesque No. 1 [Claude Debussy] - Black Hole Sun [Soundgarden] - The Blue Notebooks [Max Richter] - Bouncing With Bud [Bud Powell] - Dance Of The Floreadores [Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn] - Divenire [Ludovico Einaudi] - Do I Do [Stevie Wonder] - Excursions II [Richard Rodney Bennett] - Eye Of The Tiger [Survivor] - A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing [Billy Strayhorn] - Gnossienne I [Erik Satie] - Handful Of Keys [Fats Waller] - Here, There And Everywhere [The Beatles] - How My Heart Sings [Bill Evans] - I´m Just A Lucky So And So [Diana Krall] - I Want You (She´s So Heavy) [The Beatles] - Johnny Come Lately [Billy Strayhorn] - Lazy River [Hoagy Carmichael] - London Calling [The Clash] - Midnight Sun [Burke, Sonny] [Lionel Hampton] - Now He Sings, Now He Sobs [Chick Corea] - Nowhere Man [The Beatles] - Once Upon A Summertime [Michel Legrand and Eddie Barclay] - One At A Time [Michel Legrand] - Passion Flower [Billy Strayhorn] - Peau Douce [Bill Evans] - Pinball Wizard [The Who] - Prelude In G, Op.32 No.5 [Sergei Rachmaninoff] - Prelude No.2 (Blue Lullaby) [George Gershwin] - Rhapsody In Blue (Slow Theme) [George Gershwin] - Rosemary´s Waltz (From Tender Is The Night) [Richard Rodney Bennett] - Soho (from The London Suite) [Fats Waller] - So Real [Jeff Buckley] - Someday (You´ll Be Sorry) [Louis Armstrong] - Somethin´ Stupid [Frank Sinatra] - Sophisticated Lady [Duke Ellington] - Turn Me On [Norah Jones] - When Sunny Gets Blue [Frank Sinatra] - With A Little Help From My Friends [The Beatles] - Yesterdays [Dudley Moore] - Your Love Has Faded [Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn]