Lifestyle and Culture

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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American Art of the Twentieth Century

Treasures of the Whitney Museum of American Art

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The Whitney Museum in New York is one of the country's premier showcases for 20th-century American art.

This survey of the Whitney's Permanent Collection presents a selection of remarkable works, in a variety of media, by the most notable American artists. Among the more than two hundred images are paintings by Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frank Stella, Franz Kline, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns; sculpture by Alexander Calder, Claes Oldenburg, and David Smith; photographs by Robert Frank, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Diane Arbus; and drawings by Hopper, Philip Guston, and Jackson Pollock.

A handy companion to the Whitney's Permanent Collection, this Tiny Folio offers a century of masterpieces from a superlative institution.

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Smoothies & Juices

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In the same winning format as Abbeville's Home Spa comes a new book filled with appealing, simple recipes for both the popular new beverage — smoothies — and an enduring favorite — juices.

Combining the hottest trend in beverages since the coffee craze with a longtime health food favorite, Smoothies & Juices packs a natural punch. Featured here are easy-to-prepare, healthful recipes for drinks using a blender or a juicer. Both types of beverages are generally low in fat and calories while providing a natural, energizing pickup — the ultimate in good taste, good health, and convenience.

Smoothies are the fast food of the 90's . Healthy and delicious, they are popular, drinkable combination of fruits, vegetables, juice, and a thickening base like frozen yogurt, sherbet, or ice. This blended ambrosia can be an accompaniment to a meal, a healthy substitute for a fattening dessert, a light snack on the run, or even a meal in itself. The nutritional advantages of juice are enormous and well documented, but in order to receive the most benefits juice can offer, you must drink it fresh; now you can make your own!

Smoothies & Juices will show you how to make these delicious drinks at home inexpensively so you can treat yourself everyday without paying the high prices at juice and smoothie bars. Thanks to the useful list of supplements in the back of the book, you'll also have the tools to customize your own drinks by adding the flavors you crave and the nutrients you need. Now you can drink your veggies and move on to dessert without touching peas or green beans!

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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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The Caribbean Dive Guide

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Written by leading diving authorities, Abbeville's Dive Guides combine the best in underwater photography with the most complete, three dimensional diagrams and practical information on the world's most popular dive spots.

Three-dimensional maps in full color of each site illustrate 28 of the most spectacular dives in the Caribbean. 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), 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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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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Hugs & Kisses

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A lovely visual valentine that collects the most romantic images from the world's great photographers.

This lovely visual valentine collects the most romantic and heart-warming images from the world's great photographers. Drawn from around the globe, these moving illustrations capture the old and the young, the famous and the not-so-famous, in mid-kiss, mid-clutch, and mid-cuddle, forming an utterly captivating ode to love. xoxo

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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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Maya Color

The Painted Villages of Mesoamerica

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A tour-de-force photographic voyage into the living world of the Maya, where color is not merely a matter of preference but a powerful statement of belief.

Color-and the symbolic ways that the Maya of Mexico and Central America paint their homes, places of worship, and dwellings for their dead-is the focus of this breathtakingly beautiful and achingly poignant new book. No one who picks up this volume will ever again think of the region solely for its sunny beaches and ancient ruins, nor picture the Maya as a vanished people of the distant past. Through dazzling photographs, vivid travel tales, and the Maya's own poetic voices, readers will come to know the modern Maya as remarkable survivors who continue to sow their deified corn, commune with their gods, and paint life into their color-drenched village walls.

Nearly a decade ago Jeffrey Becom (author and photographer of Mediterranean Color) turned his attention from the Old World to the New and together with his wife, Sally Jean Aberg, discovered a realm where color is not merely a matter of preference but a powerful statement of belief. Come along as the pair trek through a steamy jungle in search of ancient murals, join a highland shaman giving birth to the soul of a house, and crisscross the parched Yucatán Peninsula as villagers celebrate the Days of the Dead with dynamite, incense, flowers, rum, prayers, and paint. In the process they discover that the colors of a corn yellow house, a blood red altar, and a jade green tomb serve as a connective cord stretching back to the painted pyramids. Maya Color is a visual and verbal feast.

New York Times critic Paul Goldberger calls Becom's images "poised between the making of art and the documentation of architecture. . . . He takes a tiny swath of the vernacular landscape and makes of it a composition with the brilliance and intensity of an abstract painting."

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Private Hong Kong

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An exclusive look behind the closed doors of Hong Kongs most extravagant and unusual homes, this elegant photographic book reveals the interior style that has given the island its reputation for excess, exoticism, and masterful application of East-Meets-West aesthetics.

Few places on earth match the island of Hong Kong for visual drama. Its setting is stunning, and its architecture of contrasts is irresistible-a melding of authentic Chinese elements, colonial charm and tiger economy. Nowhere is this stylistic mix more evident than in the homes of Hong Kongs most influential and colorful personalities.

In addition the book includes a special "Visitors Guide" section, listing the places to see and be seen while staying in the city, and a Chinese Decorative chapter which will be of interest to all readers, and will inspire even the most knowledgeable of collectors.

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Whisk(e)y

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Featuring more than 1,000 entries, hundreds of illustrations and an impressively detailed text, this is the ultimate handbook for whisk(e)y lovers.

The traditional whisk(e)y-producing nations are Scotland and Canada, where the spelling is "whisky," and Ireland and the United States, where it is spelled "whiskey." Featuring more than 1,000 entries covering every conceivable topic on whisk(e)ys from around the world, Whisk(e)y is the comprehensive handbook for the whisk(e)y aficionado and novice alike.

Stefan Gabányi's fascinating text presents information alphabetically by subject, including both the traditional and new whisk(e)y-producing regions of the world, different types of whisk(e)y, production methods, distillers, bottlers, parent companies, and individual brands-from single malts and classic blends to increasingly popular single-barrel bourbons.The intriguing history of whisk(e)y is woven throughout, as is the most up-to-date information, including the most recent developments in the industry and a complete listing of brands and companies by country.

With so much information, and more than 500 charming illustrations by Günter Mattei, this handsome volume is a must-have for all whisk(e)y lovers.

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Big League Dreams

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The captivating new novel by the author of Small Worlds chronicles the loves and unbounded dreams of the villagers from Krimsk, now thriving in America.

In St. Louis, it is the summer of 1920 and the day is the Sabbath, but there is little rest for the Jews from Krimsk and less reverence for the wondrous Krimsker Rebbe, who led them to the New World seventeen years before. The rebbe's former hasidim have embraced America to discover that the vision of "gold in the streets" evokes larceny in the heart. Matti Sternweiss, the ungainly, studious child wonder in Krimsk, now the cerebral catcher for the St. Louis Browns, is scheming to fix Saturday's game against the pennant-contending Detroit Tigers.

It is an American Sabbath: Prohibition, bookies, the criminal syndicate, the Hiberian fellowship of the police brass, hometown blondes, a bootlegging rabbi, and big league baseball. It is also Krimsk in America: Boruch Levi, the successful junkman, confiscates his zany, crippled brother-in-law Barasch's sizable bets; Barasch's lusty wife, Malka, has her own connubial reasons for wanting to stop the gambling; the chief of police fatefully inspires his loyal disciple, Boruch Levi, to bring Matti before the Krimsker Rebbe on the Sabbath in order to preserve the purity of the national pastime.

Recluse and wonder-worker, messianist and pragmatist, the Krimsker Rebbe navigates the muddy Mississippi River, haunted by a recurring prophetic vision of Pharaoh's blood-red Nile. In the final, decisive innings, with Matti crouched behind home plate, it will come down to Ty Cobb versus the kabbalah.

Richly imagined, populated with robust, complex characters, Big League Dreams is a profoundly original, inspiring, and comic creation. It is the second volume in the series Small Worlds, which follows the people of Krimsk and their descendants in America, Russia, Poland, and Israel. In each volume Allen Hoffman draws on his deep knowledge of Jewish religion and history to evoke the finite yet infinite "small worlds" his characters inhabit.

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Pottery by American Indian Women

The Legacy of Generations

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This book provides a very personal look at three generations of American Indian women who made--and are still making--the 20th century's most beautiful and important traditional pottery.

Primarily a women's art, American Indian pottery reflects a heritage of powerful social, religious, and aesthetic values. Even now, modern American Indian women use the clay, paint, and fire of pottery making to express themselves, creating designs that range from dutifully traditional to strikingly original. This book--written in conjunction with one of the most important exhibitions of American Indian pottery ever mounted--provides an in-depth look at a unique North American art form.

The text and lavish illustrations focus on the American Indian women who have maintained and expanded the art in the twentieth century: the craft's six well-known matriarchs (including Lucy M. Lewis and Maria Martinez), family members who followed in their footsteps, and women working in the avant-garde. The author-herself a potter, with longstanding personal ties to the century's most important American Indian clay artists-personally introduces these remarkable women. In informal interviews, they explain their working methods and their aesthetic visions, allowing rare and surprisingly intimate glimpses into the fulfillment they gain from working the stuff of the earth into beautiful new forms.

Featuring specially commissioned color photographs of the exhibition works and the contemporary artists, as well as archival photo-graphs of ancient pots and potters now lost to us, this book is sheer delight. With its thorough discussion of the cultural history of Indian pottery and a detailed explanation of traditional pottery-making processes, it is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the vibrant (and still-flourishing) tradition of American Indian pottery.

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Treasures of 19th and 20th Century Painting

The Art Institute of Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago houses some of the most celebrated European and American paintings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Included in this collection are numerous masterpieces of realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, and other aspects of modernism. Today a number of these paintings are revered as icons of modern Western culture, emblems of the inspired experimentation that has taken place on both sides of the Atlantic.

For the last century, the Art Institute has supported the achievements of the most distinguished artists from Europe and America, acquiring and exhibiting now-beloved works of Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and others. This folio is presented as both an introduction to this collection and as a survey of the styles, subjects, and themes of Western art of the last two centuries, from the linear classicism of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres through the optical studies of Claude Monet and the Impressionists; from the lyrical, colorful abstractions of Vasily Kandinsky to the fractured picture planes of Pablo Picasso and the Cubists; from the enigmatic compositions of Salvador Dali and the Surrealists to the media-appropriated Pop-art portraits of Andy Warhol. These magnificent paintings eloquently narrate the discussions of the nature of art, quality, innovation, style, and form that have defined the modern era in art history.

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Home Spa

Recipes and Techniques to Restore and Refresh

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Whether you have five minutes or several days, this book has just the right recipe or technique for pampering yourself from head to toe.

Healthy, balanced living begins with the right attention to your body and mind. Although most of us know this is true, we ignore the need to treat ourselves well in the face of hectic schedules and daily responsibilities. Home Spa is a secret weapon against the drudgery of home and office routine, offering a variety of ways to relax and to look and feel better — from softening skin and removing toxins to improving circulation and lowering blood pressure.

By using simple, natural ingredients that are readily available it's possible to recreate easily and inexpensively the formulas and techniques found in luxurious spas. Sesame yogurt face masks, almond-and-honey moisturizers, and simple self-massages are only a few of the many recipes provided that you can use to revitalize yourself in your own home. By taking the time to take care of yourself, you can ease life's pressures, clear your minds, and create a new sense of calm.

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Gargoyles Postcard Book

Thirty mischievous gargoyles have been captured in these delightful and frightfully amusing postcards.

From their lofty perches they spit, stick their tongues out, threaten, and even laugh at us. Ugly and grotesque, gargoyles may have once been used to terrify all those who came near them. Today, however, their entertaining expressions and often bawdy behavior are frightfully amusing. Thirty of these mischievous devils are presented here in these delightful postcards from Abbeville Press.Inspired by the Abbeville Press book Holy Terrors: Gargoyles on Medieval Buildings.

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Golf at the Water's Edge

Scotland's Seaside Links

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An irresistible celebration of the seaside links of Scotland, with charming watercolor illustrations and a lively text.

Golf had its origins in Scotland, and that country's beautiful but daunting terrain make the game very different from the cushy version played elsewhere. In Scotland golfers battle not only the willfulness of the ball but also the elements — sandy grounds with bristly gorse, unpredictable winds, and ocean-sized water hazards.

Golf at the Water's Edge offers a delightful anecdotal history and tour of Scotland's seaside courses, divided into five regions: East Lothian, West Scotland, Fife, the North East, and the Highlands. Within each region are sections devoted to some of the most revered links in the world--among them, Turnberry, Royal Troon, Carnoustie, Royal Dornoch, and of course, St. Andrews. Lovely watercolor illustrations accompany each course, complemented by a labeled course plan. The book closes with an appendix of information for the traveler, including addresses, phone/fax numbers, months and hours of operation, and unusual course rules.

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