The media offerings putting a spell on us this holiday

Music, magic, mmm …

Songs of Experience

U2

The upcoming 14th studio album by Irish rock band U2 is intended to be a companion piece to U2’s previous record, Songs of Innocence (2014). Whereas its predecessor explored the group members’ adolescence in Ireland in the 1970s, Songs of Experience thematically will be a collection of letters written by lead vocalist Bono to people and places closest to his heart. Releases December 1.

 

Coco

Disney/Pixar

Despite his family’s baffling, generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Opens November 22.

 

Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S’more

by Todd Masonis, Greg D’Alesandre, Lisa Vega & Molly Gore

Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony

From nationally lauded San Francisco chocolate maker Dandelion Chocolate comes the first-ever complete guide to making chocolate from scratch. From the simplest techniques and technology—like hair dryers to rolling pins—to the science and mechanics of making chocolate from bean to bar, Making Chocolate holds everything the founders and makers behind San Francisco’s beloved chocolate factory have learned since the day they first cracked open a cocoa bean. Available November 14.

 

The Art of Harry Potter

by Mark Sumerak

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Bursting with hundreds of rare and unpublished works of art—including production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints and more—this collectible book is the definitive tome on the visual legacy of the Harry Potter films. Fans will recognize beloved characters, creatures, locations and more as they embark on a journey through the wizarding world, from the depths of Gringotts to the heights of Hogwarts Castle. Available November 21.

 

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