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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.
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.
Proust Was a Neuroscientist
by Jonah Lehrer

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

September 01, 2008

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<DIV><B>The <I>New York Times</I>–bestselling author provides an “entertaining” look at how artists enlighten us about the workings of the brain (<I>New York </I>magazine).</B><BR />  <BR /> In this book, the author of <I>How We Decide</I> and <I>Imagine: How Creativity Works</I> “writes skillfully and coherently about both art and science”—and about the connections between the two (<I>Entertainment Weekly</I>).<BR />  <BR /> In this technology-driven age, it’s tempting to believe that science can solve every mystery. After all, it’s cured countless diseases and sent humans into space. But as Jonah Lehrer explains, science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first.<BR />  <BR /> Taking a group of artists—a painter, a poet, a chef, a composer, and a handful of novelists—Lehrer shows how each one discovered an essential truth about the mind that science is only now rediscovering. We learn, for example, how Proust first revealed the fallibility of memory; how George Eliot discovered the brain’s malleability; how the French chef Escoffier discovered umami (the fifth taste); how Cézanne worked out the subtleties of vision; and how Gertrude Stein exposed the deep structure of language—a full half-century before the work of Noam Chomsky and other linguists.<BR />  <BR /> More broadly, Lehrer shows that there’s a cost to reducing everything to atoms and acronyms and genes. Measurement is not the same as understanding, and art knows this better than science does. An ingenious blend of biography, criticism, and first-rate science writing, <I>Proust Was a Neuroscientist </I>urges science and art to listen more closely to each other, for willing minds can combine the best of both to brilliant effect.<BR />  <BR /> “His book marks the arrival of an important new thinker . . . Wise and fresh.” —<I>Los Angeles Times</I></DIV>
Ruined by Design: How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We ...
by Mike Monteiro

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English

Pages

223

Publication Date

April 10, 2019

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The world is working exactly as designed.<br /><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 /><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 /><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 /><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 /><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.
The Geometry of Love: Space, Time, Mystery, and Meaning in an Ord...
by Margaret Visser

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English

Pages

325

Publication Date

June 23, 2015

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<DIV><B>A “delightful” tour of Rome’s St. Agnes Outside the Walls, examining the stories, rituals, and architecture of this seventeen-hundred-year-old building (<I>The Christian Science Monitor</I>).</B><BR /><BR /> In <I>The Geometry of Love</I>, acclaimed author Margaret Visser, the preeminent “anthropologist of everyday life,” takes on the living history of the ancient church of St. Agnes. Examining every facet of the building, from windows to catacombs, Visser takes readers on a mesmerizing tour of the old church, covering its social, political, religious, and architectural history. In so doing, she illuminates not only the church’s evolution but also its religious legacy in our modern lives. Written as an antidote to the usual dry and traditional studies of European churches, <I>The Geometry of Love</I> is infused with Visser’s unmatched warmth and wit, celebrating the remarkable ways that one building can reveal so much about our history and ourselves.</DIV>
Flawless: Faith, Family, & Finances
by Rick Morin

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English

Pages

40

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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Businessman and speaker, Rick Morin, shares some of his best practices of what has helped him to achieve massive success in his life. Finding success in Life, family, business, and in your finances is what people are looking for. If this is you, this is definitely the book for you.
Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad
by Austin Kleon

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

April 02, 2019

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<DIV><B>Keep Working. Keep Playing. Keep Creating.</B><BR /><BR /> In his previous books <I>Steal Like an Artist </I>and <I>Show Your Work!</I>, both <I>New York Times </I>bestsellers, Austin Kleon gave readers the keys to unlock their creativity and showed them how to become known. Now he offers his most inspiring work yet, with ten simple rules for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself—for life.<BR /><BR /> The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, it’s a loop—so find a daily routine, because today is the only day that matters. Disconnect from the world to connect with yourself—sometimes you just have to switch into airplane mode. <I>Keep Going</I> celebrates getting outdoors and taking a walk (as director Ingmar Bergman told his daughter, ”The demons hate fresh air”). Pay attention, and especially pay attention to what you pay attention to. Worry less about getting things done, and more about the worth of what you’re doing. Instead of focusing on making your mark, work to leave things better than you found them.<BR /><BR /><I>Keep Going</I> and its timeless, practical, and ethical principles are for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life.<BR />  </DIV>
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 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>
Keys to Drawing
by Bert Dodson

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English

Pages

228

Publication Date

August 15, 1990

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<DIV><B>If you can hold a pencil, you can learn to draw—start today with the lessons, illustrations, and exercises in this “long-popular guide” (<I>Library Journal</I>)<I>.</I></B><BR />  <BR /> In this book, Bert Dodson shares his complete drawing system, explaining fifty-five keys that you can use to render any subject with confidence, even if you’re a beginner. These keys, along with dozens of practice exercises, will help you draw like an artist in no time. You’ll learn how to:<BR />  <BR /> Restore, focus, map, and intensify<BR /> Free your hand action, then learn to control it<BR /> Convey the illusions of light, depth, and texture<BR /> Stimulate your imagination through creative play<BR />  <BR /> “Works for artists of any age or skill level.” —<I>Draw Magazine</I></DIV>

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