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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>This #1 <i>New York Times</i> best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.</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.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
The Curse of Beauty: The Scandalous & Tragic Life of Audrey Munso...
by James Bone

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

April 12, 2016

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<B>The tumultuous and heartbreaking life of a world-famous model</B><B> whose riveting story of beauty, fame, passion, murder, and madness in the Gilded Age captivated a nation.</B><BR><BR>As America was stepping into the modern era, one great beauty became the artist’s model of choice. Her perfect form became the emblem of the Gilded Age and appears on the greatest monuments of New York and the nation. Supermodel, actress, icon—her beauty paved the way for a life of glamour, passion, and ultimately tragedy. She dated the millionaires of the fashionable Newport colony, became the first American movie star ever to appear naked in a film, but her promising film career collapsed, her doctor fell in love with her and killed his own wife, and on her fortieth birthday, her mother committed her to an insane asylum. She remained there until her death in 1996 at the age of 104 and is now buried in an unmarked grave. Her name is Audrey Munson.<BR> <BR> Many readers will recognize Audrey Munson, and have walked by her in the street, without even knowing her name. She stands atop New York’s Municipal Building. She sits as “Miss Manhattan” and “Miss Brooklyn” outside the Brooklyn Museum, is immortalized on the Manhattan Bridge, the Frick Mansion, the New York Public Library, and the Pulitzer Fountain outside the Plaza Hotel. In gold, bronze, and stone, she still graces bridges, skyscrapers, fountains, churches, monuments, and public buildings across the nation, from Jacksonville to San Francisco, from Atlanta to the Wisconsin state capitol.<BR> <BR> From James Bone, the former New York Bureau Chief of <I>The Times </I>of London, this brilliantly reported investigative biography reveals, for the first time, the riveting truth of the forgotten life of an iconic beauty. 
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 />
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest ...
by Robert M. Edsel

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English

Pages

468

Publication Date

August 14, 2009

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<b> At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe.</b> <br /><br />The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised.<br />In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. <br /><br />Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.
In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Proce...
by Jessica Hische

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English

Pages

176

Publication Date

September 15, 2015

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This show-all romp through design-world darling Jessica Hische's sketchbook reveals the creative and technical process behind making award-winning hand lettering. See everything, from Hische's rough sketches to her polished finals for major clients such as Wes Anderson, NPR, and Starbucks. The result is a well of inspiration and brass tacks information for designers who want to sketch distinctive letterforms and hone their skills. With more than 250 images of her penciled sketches, this highly visual ebook is an essential—and entirely enjoyable—resource for those who practice or simply appreciate the art of hand lettering.
You Are A Genius!: How To Master The Secrets Of The Creative Elit...
by Doc Bates

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English

Pages

222

Publication Date

October 25, 2018

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You Are A Genius! is a guide to summoning the creative genius within. If you are passionate about stimulating your creativity and kicking it into the stratosphere, this book will show you the way. Whether you are a composer, writer, cake decorator, painter, choreographer, entrepreneur, or graphic designer, the strategies and skills demonstrated in this book will improve your output and accelerate your creativity to the stars and beyond. Get ready for an entertaining read full of both wit and practicum, and prepare to be amazed... with yourself.
Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L...
by Alec Nevala-Lee

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English

Pages

544

Publication Date

October 23, 2018

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<p><strong>"Enthralling…A clarion call to enlarge American literary history.” </strong>— <strong><em>Washington Post</em></strong></p><p><strong>“Engrossing, well-researched… This sure-footed history addresses important issues, such as the lack of racial diversity and gender parity for much of the genre’s history.” </strong>— <strong><em>Wall Street Journal</em></strong></p><p><strong>“A gift to science fiction fans everywhere.”</strong> — <strong>Sylvia Nasar, <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>A Beautiful Mind</em></strong></p><p><em>Astounding</em> is the landmark account of the extraordinary partnership between four controversial writers—John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard—who set off a revolution in science fiction and forever changed our world. </p><p>This remarkable cultural narrative centers on the figure of John W. Campbell, Jr., whom Asimov called “the most powerful force in science fiction ever.” Campbell, who has never been the subject of a biography until now, was both a visionary author—he wrote the story that was later filmed as <em>The Thing</em>—and the editor of the groundbreaking magazine best known as <em>Astounding Science Fiction</em>, in which he discovered countless legendary writers and published classic works ranging from the <em>I, Robot</em> series to <em>Dune</em>. Over a period of more than thirty years, from the rise of the pulps to the debut of <em>Star Trek</em>, he dominated the genre, and his three closest collaborators reached unimaginable heights. Asimov became the most prolific author in American history; Heinlein emerged as the leading science fiction writer of his generation with the novels <em>Starship Troopers</em> and <em>Stranger in a Strange Land</em>; and Hubbard achieved lasting fame—and infamy—as the founder of the Church of Scientology. </p><p>Drawing on unexplored archives, thousands of unpublished letters, and dozens of interviews, Alec Nevala-Lee offers a riveting portrait of this circle of authors, their work, and their tumultuous private lives. With unprecedented scope, drama, and detail, <em>Astounding</em> describes how fan culture was born in the depths of the Great Depression; follows these four friends and rivals through World War II and the dawn of the atomic era; and honors such exceptional women as Doña Campbell and Leslyn Heinlein, whose pivotal roles in the history of the genre have gone largely unacknowledged. For the first time, it reveals the startling extent of Campbell’s influence on the ideas that evolved into Scientology, which prompted Asimov to observe: “I knew Campbell and I knew Hubbard, and no movement can have two Messiahs.” It looks unsparingly at the tragic final act that estranged the others from Campbell, bringing the golden age of science fiction to a close, and it illuminates how their complicated legacy continues to shape the imaginations of millions and our vision of the future itself.</p>
DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing: A Journey of Self-Development Thro...
by Michal Bogin Feinberg

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English

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Publication Date

September 30, 2018

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-The book "DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing" deals with the process and the meaning of the development of drawing in children aged one-and-a-half to six. This new way of observing the drawings - with curiosity, enthusiasm, and excitement from experiencing the moment and acceptance – grants the child the validation of being loved and understood, and increases his desire for creation, self-expression and communication.<br />-In language suitable for everyone, the book exposes the reader to the secret of the fixed order of the development of children's drawings, of all its stages and meanings. Understanding the stages of the motor and emotional development of children's drawings, and unraveling the encounter, as well as the connection between them, will generate a new interest in observing your child's drawings, and also provide you with the tools to understand his emotional world. It is an important tool for every parent who wants to raise a child who can communicate with the world openly, and with confidence. Even though this is considered a "childlike" process, this unique observation also contributes to understanding the emotional world of the adult, as it is reflected in mature drawings, and even, occasionally, opens a window to the experience of observing the art of drawing in general.<br />
Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World
by Aja Raden

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English

Pages

373

Publication Date

December 01, 2015

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<p>As entertaining as it is incisive, <em>Stoned</em> is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare, and therefore precious.</p><p>What makes a stone a jewel? What makes a jewel priceless? And why do we covet beautiful things? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire.</p><p>What moves the world is what moves each of us: desire. Jewelry—which has long served as a stand-in for wealth and power, glamor and success—has birthed cultural movements, launched political dynasties, and started wars. Masterfully weaving together pop science and history, <em>Stoned</em> breaks history into three categories—Want, Take, and Have—and explains what the diamond on your finger has to do with the GI Bill, why green-tinted jewelry has been exalted by so many cultures, why the glass beads that bought Manhattan for the Dutch were initially considered a fair trade, and how the French Revolution started over a coveted necklace.</p><p>Studded with lively personalities and fascinating details, <em>Stoned</em> tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinary.</p>
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
by Edmund de Waal

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

August 31, 2010

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<p>The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who "burned like a comet" in nineteenth-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox.</p><p>The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.</p><p>The netsuke—drunken monks, almost-ripe plums, snarling tigers—were gathered by Charles Ephrussi at the height of the Parisian rage for all things Japanese. Charles had shunned the place set aside for him in the family business to make a study of art, and of beautiful living. An early supporter of the Impressionists, he appears, oddly formal in a top hat, in Renoir's <i>Luncheon of</i><i> the Boating Party</i>. Marcel Proust studied Charles closely enough to use him as a model for the aesthete and lover Swann in <i>Remembrance of Things Past</i>.</p><p>Charles gave the carvings as a wedding gift to his cousin Viktor in Vienna; his children were allowed to play with one netsuke each while they watched their mother, the Baroness Emmy, dress for ball after ball. Her older daughter grew up to disdain fashionable society. Longing to write, she struck up a correspondence with Rilke, who encouraged her in her poetry.</p><p>The Anschluss changed their world beyond recognition. Ephrussi and his cosmopolitan family were imprisoned or scattered, and Hitler's theorist on the "Jewish question" appropriated their magnificent palace on the Ringstrasse. A library of priceless books and a collection of Old Master paintings were confiscated by the Nazis. But the netsuke were smuggled away by a loyal maid, Anna, and hidden in her straw mattress. Years after the war, she would find a way to return them to the family she'd served even in their exile.</p><p>In <i>The Hare with Amber Eyes</i>, Edmund de Waal unfolds the story of a remarkable family and a tumultuous century. Sweeping yet intimate, it is a highly original meditation on art, history, and family, as elegant and precise as the netsuke themselves.</p>

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