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Best Books 2014: E. S. Curtis study celebrates centennial of B.C. project

Year in Review: John Goodman Top 10 Books
Original advertising card depicting “The Bridal Party” from In the Land of the Head Hunters, ca. 1914. Return to the Land of the Head Hunters brings together leading scholars and artists from a wide range of fields to reassess the impact of the Edward S. Curtis film, as well as the restoration project itself.

1. Return to the Land of the Head Hunters: Edward S. Curtis, the Kwakwaka’wakw, and the Making of Modern Cinema by Brad Evans (editor) and Aaron Glass (editor) (University of Washington Press)

2. Limber by Angela Pelster (Sarabande Books)

3. Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War by Amanda Vaill (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

4. Madam: A Novel of New Orleans by Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin (Plume)

5. American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light by Iain Sinclair (Faber & Faber )

6. The Life and Art of Harry and Jessie Webb by Adrienne Brown (Mother Tongue)

7. Capital: The Eruption of Delhi by Rana DasGupta (Penguin)

8. The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration by Bernd Heinrich (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

9. Unreal City: Las Vegas, Black Mesa, and the Fate of the West by Judith Nies (Nation Books)

10. Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival by Peter Stark (Ecco)