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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.
Ruined by Design: How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We ...
by Mike Monteiro

Language

English

Pages

251

Publication Date

April 12, 2019

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<div><b>Paperback is coming April 12. Sadly, Amazon doesn't do pre-orders for paperbacks.</b></div><div><i></i></div><i>"As we face a crisis point where technology influences every aspect of our lives, Ruined By Design gives us reasons to be both furious and hopeful. An incredibly persuasive call to action that will help designers at every stage of their careers realise how much power they have, this thoughtful work dismantles myths and provides an uplifting, challenging framework for change." -- Sacha Judd, Diversity and Inclusion Champion
</i><br /><br /><i>"Mike's new book is exactly the right book for this exact moment and you absolutely must read it." --Ken Norton, Google GV (formerly Google Ventures)</i><br /><br /><i>"Designers are gatekeepers... or we like to believe we are. In Ruined by Design, Mike Monteiro challenges us not just to do better, but lays out the blueprint for doing so. This book is a survival guide." -- Eduardo Ortiz, Former US Digital Service
</i><br /><br />The world is working exactly as designed.<br />The combustion engine which is destroying our planet's atmosphere and rapidly making it inhospitable is working exactly as we designed it. Guns, which lead to so much death, work exactly as they're designed to work. And every time we "improve" their design, they get better at killing. Facebook's privacy settings, which have outed gay teens to their conservative parents, are working exactly as designed. Their "real names" initiative, which makes it easier for stalkers to re-find their victims, is working exactly as designed. Twitter's toxicity and lack of civil discourse is working exactly as it's designed to work.<br />The world is working exactly as designed. And it's not working very well. Which means we need to do a better job of designing it. Design is a craft with an amazing amount of power. The power to choose. The power to influence. As designers, we need to see ourselves as gatekeepers of what we are bringing into the world, and what we choose not to bring into the world. Design is a craft with responsibility. The responsibility to help create a better world for all.<br />Design is also a craft with a lot of blood on its hands. Every cigarette ad is on us. Every gun is on us. Every ballot that a voter cannot understand is on us. Every time social network's interface allows a stalker to find their victim, that's on us. The monsters we unleash into the world will carry your name.<br />This book will make you see that design is a political act. What we choose to design is a political act. Who we choose to work for is a political act. Who we choose to work with is a political act. And, most importantly, the people we've excluded from these decisions is the biggest (and stupidest) political act we've made as a society.<br />If you're a designer, this book might make you angry. It should make you angry. But it will also give you the tools you need to make better decisions. You will learn how to evaluate the potential benefits and harm of what you're working on. You'll learn how to present your concerns. You'll learn the importance of building and working with diverse teams who can approach problems from multiple points-of-view. You'll learn how to make a case using data and good storytelling. You'll learn to say NO in a way that'll make people listen. But mostly, this book will fill you with the confidence to do the job the way you always wanted to be able to do it. This book will help you understand your responsibilities.
Magicians of the Gods: Sequel to the International Bestseller Fin...
by Graham Hancock

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English

Pages

608

Publication Date

November 10, 2015

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<p>Graham Hancock's multi-million bestseller Fingerprints of the Gods remains an astonishing, deeply controversial, wide-ranging investigation of the mysteries of our past and the evidence for Earth's lost civilization. Twenty years on, Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new, scientific and archaeological evidence, which has only recently come to light...</p><p>Near the end of the last Ice Age 12,800 years ago, a giant comet that had entered the solar system from deep space thousands of years earlier, broke into multiple fragments. Some of these struck the Earth causing a global cataclysm on a scale unseen since the extinction of the dinosaurs. At least eight of the fragments hit the North American ice cap, while further fragments hit the northern European ice cap. The impacts, from comet fragments a mile wide approaching at more than 60,000 miles an hour, generated huge amounts of heat which instantly liquidized millions of square kilometers of ice, destabilizing the Earth's crust and causing the global Deluge that is remembered in myths all around the world. A second series of impacts, equally devastating, causing further cataclysmic flooding, occurred 11,600 years ago, the exact date that Plato gives for the destruction and submergence of Atlantis. </p><p>The evidence revealed in this book shows beyond reasonable doubt that an advanced civilization that flourished during the Ice Age was destroyed in the global cataclysms between 12,800 and 11,600 years ago. But there were survivors - known to later cultures by names such as 'the Sages', 'the Magicians', 'the Shining Ones', and 'the Mystery Teachers of Heaven'. They travelled the world in their great ships doing all in their power to keep the spark of civilization burning. They settled at key locations - Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, Baalbek in the Lebanon, Giza in Egypt, ancient Sumer, Mexico, Peru and across the Pacific where a huge pyramid has recently been discovered in Indonesia. Everywhere they went these 'Magicians of the Gods' brought with them the memory of a time when mankind had fallen out of harmony with the universe and paid a heavy price. A memory and a warning to the future...</p><p>For the comet that wrought such destruction between 12,800 and 11,600 years may not be done with us yet. Astronomers believe that a 20-mile wide 'dark' fragment of the original giant comet remains hidden within its debris stream and threatens the Earth. An astronomical message encoded at Gobekli Tepe, and in the Sphinx and the pyramids of Egypt,warns that the 'Great Return' will occur in our time...</p>
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
by Olivia Laing

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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<p><b>Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism</b></p><p><b>#1 Book of the Year from Brain Pickings</b></p><p><b>Named a best book of the year by NPR, <i>Newsweek, Slate, Pop Sugar</i>, <i>Marie Claire</i>, <i>Elle, Publishers</i> <i>Weekly</i>, and <i>Lit Hub</i></b></p><p><b>A dazzling work of biography, memoir, and cultural criticism on the subject of loneliness, told through the lives of iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of </b><b>The Trip to Echo Spring</b>.</p><p>When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her midthirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by the most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving from Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks to Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules, from Henry Darger’s hoarding to David Wojnarowicz’s AIDS activism, Laing conducts an electric, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone, illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemed.</p><p>Humane, provocative, and moving,<i> The Lonely City</i> is a celebration of a strange and lovely state, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, but intrinsic to the very act of being alive.</p>
How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency
by Akiko Busch

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English

Pages

222

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<i>It is time to reevaluate the merits of the inconspicuous life, to search out some antidote to continuous exposure, and to reconsider the value of going unseen, undetected, or overlooked in this new world. Might invisibility be regarded not simply as refuge, but as a condition with its own meaning and power? The impulse to escape notice is not about complacent isolation or senseless conformity, but about maintaining identity, autonomy, and voice.</i><br />  <br /> In our networked and image-saturated lives, the notion of disappearing has never been more alluring. Today, we are relentlessly encouraged, even conditioned, to reveal, share, and promote ourselves. The pressure to be public comes not just from our peers, but from vast and pervasive technology companies that want to profit from patterns in our behavior. A lifelong student and observer of the natural world, Busch sets out to explore her own uneasiness with this arrangement, and what she senses is a widespread desire for a less scrutinized way of life—for invisibility. Writing in rich painterly detail about her own life, her family, and some of the world’s most exotic and remote places, she savors the pleasures of being unseen. Discovering and dramatizing a wonderful range of ways of disappearing, from virtual reality goggles that trick the wearer into believing her body has disappeared to the way Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway finds a sense of affiliation with the world around her as she ages, Busch deliberates on subjects new and old with equal sensitivity and incisiveness.<br /><br /> <i>How to Disappear</i> is a unique and exhilarating accomplishment, overturning the dangerous modern assumption that somehow fame and visibility equate to success and happiness. Busch presents a field guide to invisibility, reacquainting us with the merits of remaining inconspicuous, and finding genuine alternatives to a life of perpetual exposure. Accessing timeless truths in order to speak to our most urgent contemporary problems, she inspires us to develop a deeper appreciation for personal privacy in a vast and intrusive world.
Feck Perfuction: Dangerous Ideas on the Business of Life
by James Victore

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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<b>"James Victore is a dangerous man. His ideas on optimizing your creativity, doing wow work and building a life that inspires will devastate your limits. And show you how to win. Read this book fast."</b> <br />—Robin Sharma, #1 bestselling author of <em>The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari</em><br /><br />Begin before you're ready.<br /><br />Renowned designer and professional hell-raiser James Victore wants to drag you off your couch and throw you headfirst into a life of bold creativity. He'll guide you through all the twists, trials, and triumphs of starting your creative career, from finding your voice to picking the right moment to start a project (hint: It's now).<br /><br />Bring your biggest, craziest, most revolutionary ideas, and he will give you the kick in the pants you need to make them real. No matter what industry or medium you work in, this book will help you live, work, and create freely and fearlessly.<br /><br />Here are some dangerous ideas:<br />• The things that made you weird as a kid make you great today.<br />• Work is serious play.<br />• Your ego can't dance.<br />• The struggle is everything.<br />• Freedom is something you take.<br />• There ain't no rules.<br /><br />Take a risk. Try them out. Live dangerously.<br /><br />More praise for <em>Feck Perfuction</em>:<br /><br />"In James Victore's new book, he unequivocally proves why he is the master he is. In every chapter, he challenges and inspires the reader to reach for more, to try harder and to create our best selves. It is a magnificent and momentous experience. (All true)."<br />—Debbie Millman, Host <em>Design Matters</em><br /><br />"James Victore got famous creating tough posters that shook me to the core. He now does the same using the written word. To you."<br />—Stefan Sagmeister, designer<br />
How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord: Volume 7
by Yukiya Murasaki

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English

Pages

20

Publication Date

February 26, 2019

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With Diablo learning of a ritual passed down by the Dark Elves that may be able to remove the remnants of the Demon Lord's soul still slumbering within Rem's body, he tags along despite her insistence to solve her personal problems on her own (out of concern of course—it has nothing to do with the Dark Elves having gigantic breasts according to the game! R-Right...?)<br /><br />But a tragic injustice they had suffered in the past looms over them, making the Dark Elves hostile to the other races. Diablo steels himself for battle as bow and arrow are nocked against him:<br /><br />"Your petty grudges do not concern me. Obey my orders!"<br /><br />Meanwhile, Shera must marry a male Elf to become the Kingdom of Greenwood’s new queen!?<br /><br />Will the Elven Kingdom be overthrown by Diablo's great magic!?<br /><br />This is the seventh volume of the adventure of an earth-shakingly powerful Demon Lord (or at least someone who acts like one) taking on another world!
Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartiga...
by Mary Gabriel

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English

Pages

721

Publication Date

September 25, 2018

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<b>The rich, revealing, and thrilling story of five women whose lives and painting propelled a revolution in modern art, from the <i>National Book Award </i>finalist. <br /></b><br />Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, <i>Ninth Street Women</i> is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting--not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come.<br /><br /> Gutsy and indomitable, Lee Krasner was a hell-raising leader among artists long before she became part of the modern art world's first celebrity couple by marrying Jackson Pollock. Elaine de Kooning, whose brilliant mind and peerless charm made her the emotional center of the New York School, used her work and words to build a bridge between the avant-garde and a public that scorned abstract art as a hoax. Grace Hartigan fearlessly abandoned life as a New Jersey housewife and mother to achieve stardom as one of the boldest painters of her generation. Joan Mitchell, whose notoriously tough exterior shielded a vulnerable artist within, escaped a privileged but emotionally damaging Chicago childhood to translate her fierce vision into magnificent canvases. And Helen Frankenthaler, the beautiful daughter of a prominent New York family, chose the difficult path of the creative life. Her gamble paid off: At twenty-three she created a work so original it launched a new school of painting.<br /><br /> These women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation. In <i>Ninth Street Women, </i>acclaimed author Mary Gabriel tells a remarkable and inspiring story of the power of art and artists in shaping not just postwar America but the future.<br /><br />
Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo
by Stephanie Storey

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English

Pages

354

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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In her brilliant debut, Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, entering with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters, creating a stunning art history thriller. From 1501 to 1505, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti both lived and worked in Florence. Leonardo was a charming, handsome fifty year-old at the peak of his career. Michelangelo was a temperamental sculptor in his mid-twenties, desperate to make a name for himself.<BR><BR>Michelangelo is a virtual unknown when he returns to Florence and wins the commission to carve what will become one of the most famous sculptures of all time: David. Even though his impoverished family shuns him for being an artist, he is desperate to support them. Living at the foot of his misshapen block of marble, Michelangelo struggles until the stone finally begins to speak. Working against an impossible deadline, he begins his feverish carving.<BR><BR>Meanwhile, Leonardo's life is falling apart: he loses the hoped-for David commission; he can't seem to finish any project; he is obsessed with his ungainly flying machine; he almost dies in war; his engineering designs disastrously fail; and he is haunted by a woman he has seen in the market--a merchant's wife, whom he is finally commissioned to paint. Her name is Lisa, and she becomes his muse.<BR><BR>Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his youth and lack of sophistication. Michelangelo both loathes and worships Leonardo's genius.<BR><BR><I>Oil and Marble</I> is the story of their nearly forgotten rivalry. <BR><BR>Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction--novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a <I>New York Times</I> bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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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<DIV>You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, <I>Steal Like an Artist</I> is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.<BR /><BR /> When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create <I>Steal Like an Artist</I>, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.</DIV>

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