American Utopia

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Bloomsbury Publishing
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6.3 X 9.4 X 0.8 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

David Byrne was born in Scotland in 1952 and is now an artist, writer, and musician who since 1974 has lived in New York City. He has a daughter and a grandson.
Maira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv in 1949 and is now an artist, writer, and designer who since 1954 has lived in New York City. She has a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.


"Uplifting . . . an argument for the reincarnation of hope in the American project. -

"A comforting work of art in troubled times." --Kirkus Reviews

"Like the Dadaists, Byrne often uses absurdity and humor to make sense of a chaotic world. With its themes of freedom, uncertainty, and inclusivity, American Utopia speaks to the present moment as Byrne calls for seeking common ground despite the world's miseries." --Booklist

"This selection of Byrne's lyrics accompanied by Kalman's illustrations captures the spirit of the show. As readers page through the book and savor the words, the pictures fairly leap off the page. Byrne's afterword sums it up best: "Here is the hope and joy that I believe emanates from the show itself in something you can hold in your hands." VERDICT Whether or not readers are fans of Byrne, they'll enjoy this colorful and playful presentation." --Library Journal

"In this frothy amuse-bouche of a book, snippets of Talking Heads frontman Byrne's lyrics jump and skip across pages, illustrated with watercolor sunniness by Kalman." --Publishers Weekly

Paging through this book when your mood falters is sure to help cheer you up and make your day a little brighter. - Bookloons