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The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History Behind Ordinary Objec...
by Emily Prokop

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Publication Date

October 15, 2018

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<B>Learn the fascinating history and trivia behind the everyday items we take for granted—from the host of the popular podcast <I>The Story Behind</I>.</B><BR />  <BR /> Many of us learn about the major inventions that shape our world. But we too often overlook the objects we use every day. In <I>The Story Behind</I>, Emily Prokop, creator of the Webby Award nominated podcast, explores the who, how, and <I>huh?</I> of everything from Band-Aids to bubble gum; hypnosis to Hula Hoops; and lullabies to lead pipes. Along the way, she demonstrates how the major events of history—from wars, plagues, and revolutions to historic achievements and discoveries—have influenced some of the world’s most pervasive inventions.<BR />  <BR /> Revealing fascinating new details on topics covered in the podcast, the book also explores many new subjects. Learn how lollipops got started in ancient Egypt, how Kevlar came to be, and why Comic Sans was created. Learn the torture device origins of certain exercise equipment and how some musical instruments were first developed for espionage.<BR />  <BR /> From food, fashion, and games to transit and modern technology, <I>The Story Behind</I> offers a closer look at the things closest to us.
Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany
by Chronicle Books LLC

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

September 11, 2018

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<h3><strong>Perfect gift for book lovers, writers and your book club</strong></h3><p><strong>Book lovers rejoice!</strong> In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations.</p><p><strong>Readers of Jane Mount's <em>Bibliophile</em> will delight in:</strong></p><ul><li>Touring the world's most beautiful bookstores</li><li>Testing their knowledge of the written word with quizzes</li><li>Finding their next great read in lovingly curated stacks of books</li><li>Sampling the most famous fictional meals</li><li>Peeking inside the workspaces of their favorite authors</li></ul><p><strong>A source of endless inspiration, literary facts and recommendations:</strong> <em>Bibliophile</em> is pure bookish joy and sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, aspiring writers, and any and all who identify as book lovers.</p><p><strong>If you have read or own:</strong> <em>I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life; The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization;</em> or <em>How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines;</em> then you will want to read and own Jane Mount's <em>Bibliophile.</em></p>
Embers of Childhood: Growing Up a Whitney
by Flora Miller Biddle

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b>A Look into the Privileged World of the American Aristocracy of the Early Twentieth Century</b><br /><br /> Flora Miller Biddle was born a blue-blood. The granddaughter of the Whitney museum founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, her childhood played out in a sort of Wharton landscape as she was shielded from the woes of the world. <br />But money itself is not the source of happiness. Glimpses into the elegance of a Vanderbilt ball thrown by her great-grandparents and the yearly production of traveling from her childhood home on Long Island to their summer home in Aiken, South Carolina, are measured against memoires of strict governesses with stricter rules in a childhood separate from her parents, despite being in the same house, and the ever-present pressure to measure up in her studies and lessons. As Flora steps back in time to trace the origins of her family’s fortune and where it stands today, she takes a discerning look at how wealth and excess shaped her life, for better and for worse.<br /><br />In this wonderfully evocative memoir, Flora Miller Biddle examines, critiques, and pays homage to the people and places of her childhood that shaped her life.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Declut...
by Marie Kondō

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

October 14, 2014

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<b>The #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling guide to decluttering your home and the inspiration for the hit Netflix show <i>Tidying Up with Marie Kondo</i>.</b><br /><br /> Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?<br /><br /> Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). <br /><br /> With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
The Non-Designer's Design Book (Non Designer's Design Book)
by Robin Williams

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

November 20, 2014

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<p>For nearly 20 years, designers and non-designers alike have been introduced to the fundamental principles of great design by author Robin Williams. Through her straightforward and light-hearted style, Robin has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to make their designs look professional using four surprisingly simple principles. Now in its fourth edition, <i>The Non-Designer’s Design Book </i>offers even more practical design advice, including a new chapter on the fundamentals of typography, more quizzes and exercises to train your Designer Eye, updated projects for you to try, and new visual and typographic examples to inspire your creativity. </p> <p> <br /> </p> <p>Whether you’re a Mac user or a Windows user, a type novice, or an aspiring graphic designer, you will find the instruction and inspiration to approach any design project with confidence.</p> <p> </p> <p>THIS ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO DESIGN WILL TEACH YOU </p> <p> </p> <ul> <li>The four principles of design that underlie  every design project </li> <li>How to design with color </li> <li>How to design with type </li> <li>How to combine typefaces for maximum effect </li> <li>How to see and think like a professional designer </li> <li>Specific tips on designing newsletters, brochures, flyers, and other projects </li> </ul> <p> </p> <br />
The Heart to Start: Stop Procrastinating & Start Creating
by David Kadavy

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English

Pages

140

Publication Date

December 03, 2017

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<p><strong>It’s a terrible feeling.</strong></p><p>To know you have a gift for the world.</p><p>But to be utterly paralyzed every time you try to discover what that gift is.</p><p><strong><em>Enough with the aspiration procrastination. Get the heart to start!</em></strong></p><br /><p>In <em>The Heart to Start</em>, blogger, podcaster, and award-winning designer David Kadavy takes you on his journey from Nebraska-based cubicle dweller to jet-setting bestselling author, showing you how to stop procrastinating, and start creating.</p><p>The original and battle-tested tactics in <em>The Heart to Start</em> eliminate fear in your present self, so you can finally become your future self:</p><ul><li><strong>Tap into the innate power of curiosity.</strong> Find the fuel to propel you through resistance.</li><li><strong>Catch yourself “Inflating The Investment.”</strong> Prevent self-destructive time sucks and find the time to follow your art, even if you feel like you have no time at all.</li><li><strong>Bust through “The Linear Work Distortion.”</strong> Inspire action that harnesses your natural creative style.</li><li><strong>Supercharge your progress with “Motivational Judo.”</strong> Lay perfectionism on its back while propelling your projects forward.</li></ul><br /><p>Inspiring stories weave these techniques into your memory. From Maya Angelou to Seth Godin. From J. K. Rowling to Steven Pressfield. You'll hear from a Hollywood screenwriter, a chef, and even a creator of a hit board game.<p><p>Whether you’re writing a novel, starting a business, or picking up a paintbrush for the first time in years, <em>The Heart to Start</em> will upgrade your mental operating system with unforgettable tactics for ending procrastination before it starts, so you can make your creative dreams a reality.</p><p><strong><em>Take your first step and click the buy button. Download</em> The Heart to Start<em>, and unlock your inner creative genius today!</em></strong></p>
How to Draw What You See
by Rudy De Reyna

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English

Pages

178

Publication Date

September 07, 2011

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<b>The 35th anniversary edition of the classic how-to book that has helped millions of artists learn to draw.</b><br /><br />When it was originally published in 1970, <i>How to Draw What You See</i> zoomed to the top of Watson-Guptill’s best-seller list—and it has remained there ever since. “I believe that you must be able to draw things as you see them—realistically,” wrote Rudy de Reyna in his introduction. <br /><br />Today, generations of artists have learned to draw what they see, to truly capture the world around them, using de Reyna’s methods. <i>How to Draw What You See</i> shows artists how to recognize the basic shape of an object—cube, cylinder, cone, or sphere—and use that shape to draw the object, no matter how much detail it contains.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creat...
by Austin Kleon

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

February 28, 2012

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<b>Unlock your creativity.</b><br /><br /> An inspiring guide to creativity in the digital age, Steal Like an Artist presents ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life.<br />  <br /> Nothing is original, so embrace influence, school yourself through the work of others, remix and reimagine to discover your own path. Follow interests wherever they take you—what feels like a hobby may turn into you life’s work. Forget the old cliché about writing what you know: Instead, write the book you want to read, make the movie you want to watch.<br />  <br /> And finally, stay Smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring in the everyday world so that you have the space to be wild and daring in your imagination and your work.<br /><br />  “Brilliant and real and true.”—Rosanne Cash<br />  
Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

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English

Pages

284

Publication Date

September 12, 2019

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Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there’s tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there’s Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Together they are the March sisters. Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures — including Laurie, the boy next door. And through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.<br />Based on Louisa May Alcott’s childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.<br /><br />A wonderful story... As a child, I strongly identified with Jo because she is a writer. —Jacqueline Wilson<br />The American female myth. —Madelon Bedell<br />It is an essential American novel, perhaps the essential American novel for girls… Girls come to it on their own. —Jane Smiley<br />In “Little Women”, Alcott anticipated realism by twenty or thirty years. —G. K. Chesterton
The Guggenheims: A Family History
by , Irwin Unger

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English

Pages

562

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p>A portrait of a great American dynasty and its legacy in business, technology, the arts, and philanthropy</p><p>Meyer Guggenheim, a Swiss immigrant, founded a great American business dynasty. At their peak in the early twentieth century, the Guggenheims were reckoned among America's wealthiest, and the richest Jewish family in the world after the Rothschilds. They belonged to Our Crowd, that tight social circle of New York Jewish plutocrats, but unlike the others -- primarily merchants and financiers -- they made their money by extracting and refining copper, silver, lead, tin, and gold.</p><p>The secret of their success, the patriarch believed, was their unity, and in the early years Meyer's seven sons, under the leadership of Daniel, worked as one to expand their growing mining and smelting empire. Family solidarity eventually decayed (along with their Jewish faith), but even more damaging was the paucity of male heirs as Meyer and the original set of brothers passed from the scene.</p><p>In the third generation, Harry Guggenheim, Daniel's son, took over leadership and made the family a force in aviation, publishing, and horse-racing. He desperately sought a successor but tragically failed and was forced to watch as the great Guggenheim business enterprise crumbled.</p><p>Meanwhile, "Guggenheim" came to mean art more than industry. In the mid-twentieth century, led by Meyer's son Solomon and Solomon's niece Peggy, the Guggenheims became the agents of modernism in the visual arts. Peggy, in America during the war years, midwifed the school of abstract expressionism, which brought art leadership to New York City. Solomon's museum has been innovative in spreading the riches of Western art around the world. After the generation of Harry and Peggy, the family has continued to produce many accomplished members, such as publisher Roger Straus II and archaeologist Iris Love.</p><p>In <em>The Guggenheims</em>, through meticulous research and absorbing prose, Irwin Unger, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize in history, and his wife, Debi Unger, convey a unique and remarkable story -- epic in its scope -- of one family's amazing rise to prominence.</p>

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