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A Message of Friendship

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Each volume in this irresistible series is devoted to a different aspect of friendship &mdash comfort, sharing, trust, giving, caring, and joy.

Twenty poignant messages, each paired with a beautifully chosen photograph, capture the essence of one facet of friendship. The Messages of Friendship books make ideal gifts for any occasion — from birthdays to anniversaries to graduations — or just to let a friend know how much you care.

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Trust Yourself

A Message of Friendship

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Each volume in this irresistible series is devoted to a different aspect of friendship — comfort, sharing, trust, giving, caring, and joy.

Each volume in this irresistible series is devoted to a different aspect of friendship — comfort, sharing, trust, giving, caring, and joy. Twenty poignant messages, each paired with a beautifully chosen photograph, capture the essence of one facet of friendship. The Messages of Friendship books make ideal gifts for any occasion — from birthdays to anniversaries to graduations — or just to let a friend know how much you care.

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You Mean So Much to Me

A Message of Friendship

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Each volume in this irresistible series is devoted to a different aspect of friendship — comfort, sharing, trust, giving, caring, and joy.

Twenty poignant messages, each paired with a beautifully chosen photograph, capture the essence of one facet of friendship. The Messages of Friendship books make ideal gifts for any occasion — from birthdays to anniversaries to graduations — or just to let a friend know how much you care.

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Your Laughter Is Like Sunshine

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Each volume in this irresistible series is devoted to a different aspect of friendship — comfort, sharing, trust, giving, caring, and joy.

Twenty poignant messages, each paired with a beautifully chosen photograph, capture the essence of one facet of friendship. The Messages of Friendship books make ideal gifts for any occasion — from birthdays to anniversaries to graduations — or just to let a friend know how much you care.

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Treasures of The Uffizi

This jewel of a book presents a selection of paintings from Italy's most famous museum, home to a spectacular collection of Renaissance art as well as works by later masters.

Italy's most famous museum, the Uffizi in Florence, houses a spectacular collection of Renaissance art as well as works by later masters. In the 16th century the wealthy and powerful Medici family began amassing fine art and displaying it in the Uffizi, their showplace palace in the heart of Florence. Ruling Tuscany for another two centuries, the family continually enriched its holdings with works by the best European artists of the time, many of them commissioned or acquired from the artists themselves. When the collection was donated to the city of Florence in 1737, it was, in essence, given to the people, and this ensured that the collection would remain intact in its original building.

In this skillful and dazzling selection of paintings from the Galleria degli Uffizi are the greatest works by the early Renaissance artists-Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael-and by the later Italians such as Caravaggio, Tiepolo, and Canaletto. Artists from throughout Europe are also well represented, among them Dürer, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Boucher, and Goya, in this tiny jewel of a book.

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Nothing But The Blues

The Music and the Musicians

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The story of America's most passionate and enduring music, told through fascinating narrative and vintage photographs.

It is our most passionate music, rooted in ancient Africa but brought to blossom in America at the doorstep of the twentieth century. It is a living heritage of song born in poverty, persecution, and hard labor, born of love and love betrayed, of holiness and sin, the pleasures and the pains of the flesh, the experience of tragedy, comedy, drunkenness, despair, desolation, and pure joy. It is the blues.

At root, the blues is rich in its simplicity, but it has flowered across the years in a variety of rare complexity. Perhaps no form of popular art is more immediately appealing than the blues, yet so rewards a thorough knowledge of its finer points. In eleven authoritative essays commissioned especially for the book, Nothing But the Blues traces the African-American origins of the music, its early development as popular entertainment, its early recorded manifestations, its regional differentiation (Mid-South, Tidewater-Piedmont, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles), its many stylistic dimensions, and its contemporary manifestations. Country blues, urban blues, the evolution of rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, and the blues revival are all fully covered.

But the written history is only part of the story. Blues fans have always treasured rare photographs of their heroes, and Nothing But the Blues is gloriously illustrated with posed and candid shots of the musicians as well as photographs of such one-of-a-kind artifacts and documents as Leadbelly's NYPD rap sheet and classic recording contracts. Nothing But the Blues features an introduction by one of the genre's living legends, B. B. King, and a comprehensive "best of the best" discography, including current and rereleased recordings as well as the collectors' treasures to go after.

Blues is more popular than ever before. Not only are reissues of historical blues classics selling in unprecedented numbers, but a whole new crop of vital young blues artists is active in clubs and on record today. Nothing But the Blues is a lavishly illustrated comprehensive history of the music and the musicians, as well as the promoters, producers, and others who have shaped--and continue to shape--this powerful and enduringly popular American musical art form.

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Gardens Through History

Nature Perfected

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The gardens of the world's great civilizations are revealed through sumptuous color plates and a fascinating text.

With its sumptuous color plates, comprehensive scope, and fascinating text, this ground-breaking international history of the garden as an art form is easily the most ambitious and rewarding work of its kind. Beginning with the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, this book skillfully uncovers the evidence of gardening through the art, history, and literature of these early sites of culture, as well as later findings of archaeology. It then takes us farther afield into the later civilizations of Islam and Mughal India, reveals the important contributions of Italy and France, China and Japan, lingers in the incomparable gardens of England, and finally transports us to the New World.

Structured around themes of the international exchange of aesthetic ideas and the exciting saga of the study, cultivation, and distribution of plant life, the book's progression is both chronological and geographic; each chapter identifies and discusses the major design and horticultural contributions made to garden history in each period and by each society. Although there have been numerous garden histories, there has never been one of this historical and global scope, a history that is solidly based in the author's vast learning, both in the worlds of literature and art as well as gardening, and graced by is masterful prose.

Another factor that differentiates this comprehensive history from the others is its final section, which explores the dramatic impact on Europe of the discovery in 1492 of a new continent with its own unique flora and fauna, which led to the opening of a fresh chapter in science. The author develops this section of the book through an extensive coverage of the history of garden culture in the Western Hemisphere, beginning with the worldwide exchange of new plant discoveries starting in the seventeenth century as European plantsmen scoured the world for exotic additions to the plantings in fledgling botanical gardens. Beginning with what is known of colonial American gardens and the extraordinary efforts in this century to reconstruct them at such sites as Mount Vernon, Monticello, and especially Williamsburg, the author leads us through the accomplishments of New World gardeners, including those of South America and Mexico, ending up with a survey of the newest international developments in gardening.

From ancient Persia to the modern private estates of Europe and North America, gardening has been one of the most consistent signs of a great civilization and the most visually absorbing expression of culture.

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The Red Sea Dive Guide

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Described as "an excellent investment for divers" in the press, Abbeville's exciting scuba diving travel books combine the best in underwater photography with the most complete, in-depth, and practical information on the world's most popular diving sites.

Three-dimensional maps in full color of each site illustrating 42 of the most spectacular dives in the Red Sea. These maps offer what no book has ever before provided: the information needed to plan your dive down to the last detail. You can review the exact layout of the site--including depths, sizes, and distances between reefs and wrecks or any hazards--and even the lighting conditions for optimum underwater photography. The short chapters covering each dive provide crucial data about depths, currents, weather variables, and plant and animal life, and each book ends with a full-color visual encyclopedia of the most common fish that inhabit the area.

The experts' lively text has been vetted by Diving Science and Technology Corp. (DSAT), which is a corporate affiliate of Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), making these the most reliable guides for the expert as well as the first-time diver.

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Beyond Soap, Water, and Comb

A Man's Guide to Good Grooming and Fitness

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A lighthearted book revealing everything a man needs to know about grooming, stress relief, and mental and physical well-being.

Most men want to look good, but without a hassle. For the man who wants to look equally good in a business suit or in jeans and a T-shirt, and who wants to feel confident in all situations, Beyond Soap, Water, and Comb is the perfect guide. This comprehensive manual provides easy-to-follow tips for improving one's appearance and enjoying life. Whether a man worries about his hair—holding onto it, losing it, or styling it—or about how to keep his mind and body functioning smoothly, he'll find all the information he needs on these pages. He'll learn how best to shave with success, how to assemble and care for a classic wardrobe without spending a lot of time or money, and how to maintain healthy diet and exercise routines. He'll also learn to sleep better at home or on the road, to break bad habits, to manage time efficiently, to identify and avoid causes of stress, and to adopt international relaxation techniques like steaming Japanese baths or Swedish massages.

This hip, friendly, and appealing find is a pleasure to look at and to use. No man can afford to be without this lively manual of essential information.Included are essential tips on:

Grooming - Shaving and saving face- Maintaining and improving skin tone- Tanning salons and tanning lotions

Hair Care- Getting a good haircut- Balding basics- Hair removal basics

Exercise and Health- Picking a gym and a routine- Weight maintenance and diet- Avoiding sexually transmitted diseases

Clothing- Wardrobe basics - Shopping for clothes- Choosing the right clothes for every occasion- Tips for clothes care

Recharging Your Life- Tuning up your daily routine - Reducing stress- Sleeping better - Realistic time management

Social Encounters- Getting a (social) life - Basic etiquette- Sex and enhancing sexual energy

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Henry Clay Frick

An Intimate Portrait

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For the first time a great-granddaughter of Henry Clay Frick, world famous art collector and steel tycoon, has assembled an intimate, pictorial biography that reveals the triumphs and tragedies of Frick's life.

With unprecedented access to personal letters, private family diaries, and the Frick archives at the Frick Collection in New York City and at family residences in Pittsburgh, Martha Frick Symington Sanger has written a unique and penetrating account of the life and times of Henry Clay Frick and his family. In addition, the author explains in this meticulously researched book the reason why Frick and his daughter Helen selected the paintings, sculpture, and other items that are included in the collection.

Since 1935 the magnificent art treasures of the Frick Collections have been open to the public in the New York City mansion that the family occupied. This book will enrich any visitor's experience of the Frick Collection in a way that had not been possible in previous books. The intriguing topics covered here include Frick's complex relationship with Andrew Carnegie and with other well-known business magnates; his harsh personal life darkened by the deaths of a younger daughter and infant son; and a sensitive portrayal of his daughter Helen, who was a Frick Collection trustee and chairman of the Art Acquisitions Committee after her father's death.

Illustrating this book are 370 pictures ranging from paintings and sculpture in the Frick Collection to family portraits and historical images. This biography of a key figure in the development of American industry will appeal to both art history lovers and to historians, offering a singular and compelling reading and visual experience.

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Treasures of The Prado

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The Prado is internationally renowned for its unsurpassed collection of masterpieces by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, and Peter Paul Rubens.

When it opened on November 19, 1819, the Prado Museum, in Madrid, consisted entirely of works from the Spanish royal collections. Numerous treasures have been added since opening day, but the unique strengths of the Prado's collection can still be traced to that original core of remarkable works-many acquired or commissioned from the artists themselves during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries.

The Prado is internationally renowned for its unsurpassed collection of masterpieces by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, and Peter Paul Rubens. As this richly illustrated little volume makes clear, it also possesses a brilliant collection of paintings and drawings by other artists throughout Europe as well as fascinating decorative arts and notable sculptures.

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Two for the Devil

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This searing third novel in the critically acclaimed Small Worlds series records the cruel fate of the villagers of Krimsk as they encounter the twentieth century's greatest agents of evil: Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler.

It is Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish New Year and Day of Judgment — in Moscow during the Stalinist purges of 1936. In the Lubyanka secret police prison, senior investigator Grisha Shwartzman masterfully pursues the rigorous logic and obsessive legalism of the Soviet witch-hunt. Facing an extraordinary prisoner, Grisha realizes that the Soviet system he has faithfully served is murderously corrupt and that he himself will be the next victim — but not an innocent one. In despair, he flees to his home, where his deranged wife and an unexpected Rosh Hashanah letter from his father-in-law, the enigmatic Krimsker Rebbe in America, await him. The Day of Judgment proves to be a startling experience as Grisha, the once idealistic radical, judges himself, accepts his responsibilities, and is guided to sublime passion and possible redemption by his mad wife, who for twenty years has been patiently awaiting him in a closed wardrobe.

In 1942 a train of imprisoned Jews leaves the Warsaw ghetto for "resettlement in the East." It is Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the Jewish year. In a crowded cattle car stands a lonely, defeated individual who is ashamed that he cannot even remember his own name. During the tortuous journey Yechiel Katzman will overhear a talmudic debate and meet a dull-witted giant who turns out to be none other than Itzik Dribble, also from Krimsk. As they arrive in the death camp of Treblinka, Yechiel remembers not only his name but also the Krimsker Rebbe's prophetic curse that exiled him from Krimsk forty years earlier. Yet as death approaches, that curse will prove a blessing.

Stalin and Hitler decree certain death, but Grisha and Yechiel discover Jewish fates. The devil incites loneliness, degradation, despair, and even complicity; through memory, the victims elicit community, dignity, and the awareness of sanctity. Grisha's "Soviet" Rosh Hashanah and Yechiel's "Nazi" Yom Kippur are truly "Days of Awe." Even when death is certain, life can be lived.

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Animal: Dolce & Gabbana

Following the success of 10 Years of Dolce & Gabbana, this new book showcases the animal patterns of these witty and ironic designers.

Dolce & Gabbana take a walk on the wild side with the help of their spotted friends. Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Ellen von Unwerth, and Bruce Weber are just a few of the photographers whose shots of stars and models illustrate this second book on the most exciting team on the international fashion scene, the pairing of Italians Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

In oversized photos and full color, this lavish volume presents a stunning collection of designs by Dolce & Gabbana worn by Andie Macdowell, Naomi Campbell, Sheryl Crow, Claudia Schiffer, Shalom Harlow, Annabella Sciorra, Christy Turlington, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elizabeth Hurley. Famous fans of D & G—from Isabella Rossellini, Cindy Crawford, Madonna, and Demi Moore to Luciano Pavarotti—contribute their thoughts in brief quotes. Anyone involved in the world of fashion, from designer to store-buyer to consumer, will be amazed by the diversity and originality of this team's work and fascinated by the images presented in this book.

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Venice and the Veneto

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In awesome photographs that reviewers have said look like paintings, Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo have captured the enchantment of Venice and the allure of the nearby area, the Veneto.

While scores of artists have portrayed this watery realm and the fascinating region beyond, Bullaty and Lomeo provide a unique vision with their singular style, skill, and sense of humor. In dreamlike pictures of well known vistas and captivating images of less familiar places, their photographs reveal the incomparable light, textures, and colors of Venice and the Veneto.

Organized thematically, the pictorial chapters include: shimmering views of the city of reflections and gondolas, with its buildings rising from the Adriatic; the heralded Piazza San Marco where the scene is both timeless and ever changing; and the beckoning lagoon islands, among them Murano, known for its hand-blown glass. In addition, two chapters reveal the beauty of the Veneto, which encompasses Palladian palaces, medieval villages, vineyards, and the Dolomite mountains.

The photographers have admired Venice for three decades, and in this remarkable collection they present their most outstanding images.The evocative text features impressions of Venice over the centuries by notable artists, writers, musicians, and others, including Canaletto, Turner, Casanova, Le Corbusier, Henry James, and D. H. Lawrence. As Henry James observed, in Venice "the mere use of one's eyes is happiness enough..".

This is the ideal gift book for those who have experienced the magic of Venice and long to return, as well as those who look forward to exploring this magical city and discovering the Veneto.

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International Design Yearbook 13

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This thirteenth unique showcase is an authoritative guide to contemporary design.

Showcasing the work of more than two hundred designers from around the world, this thirteenth edition of The International Design Yearbook presents varied and creative approaches to domestic design, uncovering a rich seam of examples from the contemporary culture of objects. The book provides a cross-section of design from the past eighteen months, including both established designers — Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, Michele de Lucchi, Achille Castiglioni, Ingo Maurer, Jean Nouvel, Enzo Mari, Ross Lovegrove — and the latest technology from JVC, Canon, and Sony. Also featured are newer names such as the young Swiss design group N2; Olgoj Chorchoj and the small but intense design scene focused around Prague; the dryly witty Dutch collective Droog Design; the innovative designs of London-based Inflate; and a new furniture line from film director David Lynch.

This year's selection has been made by inter-nationally acclaimed designer Richard Sapper, product design consultant for the IBM Corporation and resident professor of industrial design at the Academy of Art in Stuttgart. From his perspective as a designer with forty years of experience, Sapper draws attention to the revolution currently being brought about by technical and scientific developments. Deploring the current climate of relentless consumerism, he makes an impassioned plea for the design and production of objects that genuinely enhance our lives and improve the future of our planet.

Focusing as in past editions on the areas of furniture, lighting, tableware, textiles, and products, the book also draws attention to the increasingly blurred boundaries between the domestic and the industrial, and between home and work, evidenced by the current use of the car as an extension of the home and by advances in communication technology that allow telephones, faxes, computers, and pagers to invade all spheres of our lives. General editor Michael Horsham sees the opportunity for a redefinition of domesticity and calls for a return to the idea of quality in domestic design.

Full technical data are provided for each object, and a comprehensive reference section includes designers' biographies, a list of suppliers and their addresses, and an update of design acquisitions at major international museums.

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Mediterranean Style

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Discover how to decorate with the informality, exuberance, color palette, and style of homes on the Mediterranean.

Vibrant, informal, and above all refreshingly simple, Mediterranean Style presents a world synonymous with relaxed living. From Provence and Tuscany to Marrakech, an imaginative sense of color and pattern prevails, as well as a creative use of natural material and local designs. Floors are natural wood or tiled with terra-cotta, ceilings have exposed beams, and the imperfections of brick and plaster can be highlighted with a light wash of color.Inspiring photographs of Mediterranean places and a practical text guide us through the parts of a large or small home, with chapters devoted to walls, floors, windows, doors, furnishings, and outdoor spaces.

In addition, there are 12 illustrated projects with clear instructions showing how to incorporate this style into a contemporary home.Packed with ideas, this original book explains how to achieve a simplicity that both reflects individual taste and is in tune with the current popularity for a unpretentious, informal, stylish home to relax in, whether a city apartment or a country house.

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A Short History

Thumbnail Sketches of 50 Little Giants

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Celebrating short people and offering proof that height has no bearing on success, this volume features lighthearted biographical profiles and caricatures of 50 towering personas.

A Short History cheers on short people and gives proof that height has no bearing on success. Featuring fifty lighthearted biographical profiles and caricatures showing their towering personas, this is the perfect gift for anyone who is short of stature.

Importance is often equated with height in our society. Author Joan Slomanson aims to do away with such misguided thinking and pays homage to those who have achieved greatness in spite of, or perhaps because of, their shortness.

Fifty celebrities and personalities from all walks of life-business and industry, philanthropy, politics, sports, and the arts-are featured in this entertaining celebration of the short among us. Clever biographical profiles highlight the achievements and careers, as well as the heights, of such notables as Ludwig van Beethoven, Queen Victoria, Tyrone (Muggsy) Bogues, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Mother Teresa, Truman Capote, Auguste Rodin, Danny DeVito, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Playful and attractive black-and-white caricatures further illustrate these people and their mighty endeavors.

If you are short of stature or if you know someone who is, you can't afford to pass up this homage to the accomplishments of the "vertically challenged"!

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Antiquespeak

A Guide to the Styles, Techniques, and Materials of the Decorative Arts, from the Renaissance to Art Deco

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Continuing the popular and illuminating "Speak" series, this handsomely designed volume offers a user-friendly lexicon of the decorative arts.

Understanding antiques requires knowledge of a specialized vocabulary that tells initiates what something is, where it came from, and when it was made. AntiqueSpeak provides this essential information in concise but illuminating essays that cover almost a millennium of styles (such as Baroque and Art Deco), materials (glass, ivory), types of objects (furniture, toys and games), specialized areas of collecting (folk art, Judaica), and concerns involved with acquiring and caring for antiques (auctions, condition, marks and signatures).

In addition, the book includes a handy one-page StyleChart; a section of color plates (one for each major style); an album of ornaments and classical orders, represented by line drawings; labeled drawings of selected furniture types; an introduction that explains how to use the book; and an invaluable index that provides dates and nationalities for all the designers, craftsmen, artists, and others discussed in the entries.

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