3 Cool Books to Know This Week

First crushes, a teamster's moviemaking memoirs and a behind-the-scenes look at 'Hamilton' top the week.
Courtesy of William Morrow

The cool books debuting in mid-April include a hilarious and informative memoir of the movie business by a veteran teamster, a collection of essays on first crushes and the Hamilton script with backstage "making of" information as well. Read on to read on:

It Takes More Than a Donut to Make a Movie by David Marder (Amazon Createspace)
Marder, a teamster who has been in the business for over 40 years, has written a funny and informative memoir of his moviemaking life. The list of films he’s worked on includes everything from Moon Over Parador to The Shawshank Redemption to Thirteen Days. But his specialty was action movies, especially action movies with car chases, and his stories about what it takes to make an action movie are fabulous.

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter (Hachette/Grand Central)
The Broadway musical is a huge hit and touring productions are set to start soon, but this book (and the soundtrack) are about as close as most Americans are going to get to the story of the Treasury secretary who was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr. This tie-in book includes the script, photos, cast interviews and lyrics annotated by Miranda himself.

Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush by Cathy Alter and Dave Singleton (William Morrow) 
You never forget your first crush, as these essays from writers as diverse as Jodi Picoult (crush: Donny Osmond) and James Franco (River Phoenix) demonstrate in this book about what else? First crushes. Editors Alter and Singleton got 30 writers to wax prosaic about their first crushes and the answers are all over the board (some crushes are same-sex but not sexual, some are sexual, someone even picked Speed Racer) and at their best the essays are charming reflections on the nostalgia of youthful longing.