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The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Master...
by Anne-Marie O'Connor

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English

Pages

370

Publication Date

February 07, 2012

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<div><span><b>The true story that inspired the movie <i>Woman in Gold</i> starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.</b></span></div> <b>The Award-Winning Nazi Art Theft Saga<br />Winner of the Marfield National Award for Arts Writing<br /> Winner of a California Book Award</b><br /> Library Journal Top 10 Book of 2012  <br /> Christian Science Monitor Top 15 Nonfiction of 2012<br /> Best Huffington Post Art Book 2012<br /> Top 12 Nonfiction 2012 of Examiner.com<br /><br />The spellbinding story, part fairy tale, part suspense, of Gustav Klimt's <i>Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer</i>, one of the most emblematic portraits of its time; of the beautiful, seductive Viennese Jewish salon hostess who sat for it; the notorious artist who painted it; the now vanished turn-of-the-century Vienna that shaped it; and the strange twisted fate that befell it.<br /> <i> </i><br /> <i>The Lady in Gold,</i> considered an unforgettable masterpiece, one of the twentieth century's most recognizable paintings, made headlines all over the world when Ronald Lauder bought it for $135 million a century after Klimt, the most famous Austrian painter of his time, completed the society portrait.<br />  <br /> Anne-Marie O'Connor, writer for<i> The</i> <i>Washington Post</i>, formerly of the <i>Los Angeles Times,</i> tells the galvanizing story of the Lady in Gold, Adele Bloch-Bauer, a dazzling Viennese Jewish society figure; daughter of the head of one of the largest banks in the Hapsburg Empire, head of the Oriental Railway, whose Orient Express went from Berlin to Constantinople; wife of Ferdinand Bauer, sugar-beet baron.<br />  <br /> The Bloch-Bauers were art patrons, and Adele herself was considered a rebel of fin de siècle Vienna (she wanted to be educated, a notion considered "degenerate" in a society that believed women being out in the world went against their feminine "nature"). The author describes how Adele inspired the portrait and how Klimt made more than a hundred sketches of her--simple pencil drawings on thin manila paper.<br />  <br /> And O'Connor writes of Klimt himself, son of a failed gold engraver, shunned by arts bureaucrats, called an artistic heretic in his time, a genius in ours. <br />  <br /> She writes of the Nazis confiscating the portrait of Adele from the Bloch-Bauers' grand <i>palais;</i> of the Austrian government putting the painting on display, stripping Adele's Jewish surname from it so that no clues to her identity (nor any hint of her Jewish origins) would be revealed. Nazi officials called the painting, <i>The Lady in Gold</i> and proudly exhibited it in Vienna's Baroque Belvedere Palace, consecrated in the 1930s as a Nazi institution. <br />  <br /> The author writes of the painting, inspired by the Byzantine mosaics Klimt had studied in Italy, with their exotic symbols and swirls, the subject an idol in a golden shrine.<br />  <br /> We see how, sixty years after it was stolen by the Nazis, the <i>Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer</i> became the subject of a decade-long litigation between the Austrian government and the Bloch-Bauer heirs, how and why the U.S. Supreme Court became involved in the case, and how the Court's decision had profound ramifications in the art world. <br />  <br /> A riveting social history; an illuminating and haunting look at turn-of-the-century Vienna; a brilliant portrait of the evolution of a painter; a masterfully told tale of suspense. And at the heart of it, the Lady in Gold--the shimmering painting, and its equally irresistible subject, the fate of each forever intertwined.
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>
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Offici...
by , Jack Thorne

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

July 25, 2017

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<p><b>The official playscript of the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.</b></p><p>It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.</p><p>While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.</p><p>The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a 'special rehearsal edition' alongside the opening of Jack Thorne's play in London's West End in summer 2016. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller.</p><p>This definitive and final playscript updates the 'special rehearsal edition' with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.</p>
Just Jessie: My Guide to Love, Life, Family, and Food
by Jessie James Decker

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<p>Whether she is belting out one of her number one hit country songs, cheering on her NFL-star husband in the stands, working on her fashion label, Kittenish, or making dinner for her hubby and three children, Jessie James Decker is constantly on the move. For years she has been performing and singing for fans, while also bringing people into her life through her hit E! show, <em>Eric & Jessie</em>, and Instagram, where she posts about family, food, and whatever else happens to be on her mind. Now, in <em>Just Jessie</em>, she invites you into her home, her marriage, and her kitchen like never before, sharing the stories that have mattered the most and the secrets of how she balances everything with a smile—and often a forkful of comfort food to go along.</p><p>From following her childhood music dreams, to her struggles with bullying, to finding her soul mate, Jessie doesn’t hold anything back in this exclusive peek into her life, going behind the scenes of the best and the hardest moments and providing the lessons to help you survive yours as well. With the honesty and humor that have made her one of the most supportive voices out there, she offers warm, practical advice about dating, decor, fashion, beauty, parenting, fitness, keeping romance alive—and so much more. In addition, <em>Just Jessie </em>features fifteen of her favorite go-to recipes, going step by step through her most Instagrammable and delicious dishes. </p><p>Whether at home or on the red carpet, Jessie always finds a way to make it work—and does so with style and charm. Gorgeously illustrated with never-before-seen childhood photos and original photography, <em>Just Jessie </em>is the essential guide to living life the way it works for Jessie, inspiring your dreams as you learn how Jessie made hers a reality.</p>
Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic ...
by David Meyer

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English

Pages

596

Publication Date

January 29, 2008

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<b>“A terrific biography of a rock innovator that hums with juicy detail and wincing truth. . . . Page after page groans with the folly of the ’60s drug culture, the tragedy of talent toasted before its time, the curse of wealth and the madness of wasted opportunity.”<b><i>—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution</i></b><br /><br />NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE LOS ANGELES TIMES </i></b>• <b>NAMED ONE OF THE FIVE BEST ROCK BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>ROLLING STONE</i></b><br /><br />As a singer and songwriter, Gram Parsons stood at the nexus of countless musical crossroads, and he sold his soul to the devil at every one. His intimates and collaborators included Keith Richards, William Burroughs, Marianne Faithfull, Peter Fonda, Roger McGuinn, and Clarence White. Parsons led the Byrds to create the seminal country rock masterpiece <i>Sweetheart of the Rodeo</i>, helped to guide the Rolling Stones beyond the blues in their appreciation of American roots music, and found his musical soul mate in Emmylou Harris. Parsons’ solo albums, <i>GP</i> and <i>Grievous Angel</i>, are now recognized as visionary masterpieces of the transcendental jambalaya of rock, soul, country, gospel, and blues Parsons named “Cosmic American Music.” Parsons had everything—looks, charisma, money, style, the best drugs, the most heartbreaking voice—and threw it all away with both hands, dying of a drug and alcohol overdose at age twenty-six.<br /><br /> In this beautifully written, raucous, meticulously researched biography, David N. Meyer gives Parsons’ mythic life its due. From interviews with hundreds of the famous and obscure who knew and worked closely with Parsons–many who have never spoken publicly about him before–Meyer conjures a dazzling panorama of the artist and his era. <br /><br /> <b><i>Praise for Twenty Thousand Roads</i></b><br /><br /> “Far and away the most thorough biography of Parsons . . . skewers any number of myths surrounding this endlessly mythologized performer.”<b><i>—Los Angeles Times</i><br /></b><br /> “The definitive account of Gram Parsons’ life–and early death. From the country-rock pioneer’s wealthy, wildly dysfunctional family through his symbiotic friendship with Keith Richards, Meyer deftly illuminates one of rock’s most elusive figures.”<b><i>—Rolling Stone</i><br /></b> <br /> “Meticulously researched . . . Though Meyer answers a lot of long-burning questions, he preserves Parsons’ legend as a man of mystery.”<b><i>—Entertainment Weekly</i><br /></b> <i><br /> </i>“Meyer gives Parsons a thorough, Peter Guralnick-like treatment.”<b>—<i>New York Post</i><br /></b>
Hamilton: The Revolution
by , Jeremy McCarter

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

April 12, 2016

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<b>A backstage pass to the groundbreaking, hit musical <i>Hamilton, </i>winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including the award-winning libretto, behind-the-scenes photos and interviews, and exclusive footnotes from composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda.</b><div><br />Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical <i>Hamilton</i> is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation.<br /> <br />HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages--"since before this was even a show," according to Miranda--traces its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.<br /> <br />Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sond­heim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by Presi­dent Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shot.<br /> </div>
Not Dead Yet: The Memoir
by Phil Collins

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English

Pages

373

Publication Date

October 25, 2016

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<b>Phil Collins pulls no punches—about himself, his life, or the ecstasy and heartbreak that’s inspired his music. </b><br /><br />In his much-awaited memoir, <i>Not Dead Yet</i>, he tells the story of his epic career, with an auspicious debut at age 11 in a crowd shot from the Beatles’ legendary film <i>A Hard Day’s Night. </i>A drummer since almost before he could walk, Collins received on the job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960s swinging London before finally landing the drum seat in Genesis. <br /><br />Soon, he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel and begin to stockpile the songs that would rocket him to international fame with the release of <i>Face Value</i> and “In the Air Tonight.” Whether he’s recalling jamming with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, pulling together a big band fronted by Tony Bennett, or writing the music for Disney’s smash-hit animated <i>Tarzan</i>, Collins’s storytelling chops never waver. And of course he answers the pressing question on everyone’s mind: just what <i>does</i> “Sussudio” mean?<br /> <br /><i>Not Dead Yet</i> is Phil Collins’s candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines. As one of only three musicians to sell 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air, but has never lost his touch at crafting songs from the heart that touch listeners around the globe. That same touch is on magnificent display here, especially as he unfolds his harrowing descent into darkness after his “official” retirement in 2007, and the profound, enduring love that helped save him. <br /><br />This is Phil Collins as you’ve always known him, but also as you’ve never heard him before.
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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<div>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.</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 />
Center of Gravity
by K.K. Allen

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<i> "If I could rewrite the rules, I'd do it for you."</i><br /><br />LEX<br />I came to L.A. with dreams bigger than me.<br />To learn from the best choreographers in the business and secure a professional dance gig working for Hollywood's elite.<br />Everything was going according to plan--until I was literally shoved into the arms of the one man who could make or break my career.<br />Come to find out, it wasn't my career I had to worry about.<br />It was my heart.<br /><br />THEO<br />Everything about Alexandra "Lex" Quinn screamed amateur, save for the way she moved across the dance floor.<br />She was athleticism and grace, precision and passion, and she had a stage presence I couldn't tear my eyes from.<br />I wanted her...on my team, in my bed.<br />There was only one problem...<br />I couldn't have both.

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