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The Art and Times of Tamara De Lempicka

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A daughter's intriguing look at the life and times of Tamara de Lempicka, a remarkable artist, personality, and icon of the Jazz Age and Art Deco style.

Tamara de Lempicka captured the whirlwind decade of the 1920s on canvas, painting (and charming) the rich and famous of Europe in Art Deco portraits. The threat of a second world war sent Tamara packing to America, where she reveled among the famous in Hollywood and the wealthy of New York, In the 1970s she was rediscovered when a gallery owner in Paris mounted a retrospective of her work, and today paintings that were unsellable for three decades fetch many hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Much of the story of de Lempicka's amazing life is told in moving detail by her daughter, whose recollections are amplified by anecdotes from others who knew the artist. The is illustrated by dozens of photographs from Tamara's personal album and by 50 full-color reproductions of her evocative paintings.

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Treasures of The Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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Tour one of the world's greatest encyclopedic museums

This little volume gathers together the finest treasures of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, one of the oldest museums in America and one of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world.

Founded in 1870, the museum features Classical antiquities of exquisite beauty, rare and beautiful Egyptian works, Asian holdings unrivaled in the West, and an outstanding French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection. With notable examples of contemporary art and photography, and many of the most important works of American decorative arts, including an unsurpassed Revere silver collection, this tiny yet comprehensive book offers a visual feast of world art.

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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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Treasures of The National Gallery, London

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The National Gallery has one of the most magnificent — and the most beloved — collections of paintings in the world.

Founded in 1824, the National Gallery houses a rich and comprehensive range of European painting from the Middle Ages to the 1920s. Among the works represented in this colorful and compact survey of the Gallery's collection are masterpieces by Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, and Paul Cézanne, as well as some lesser-known delights.

Located on Trafalgar Square, in the heart of London, the original Wilkins Building has recently been extended by the handsome new Sainsbury Wing, which contains some of the world's greatest paintings.

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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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Cats Up Close

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This charming book presents nearly 200 irresistible cats, in a variety of seasons, locales, and activities, that are certain to captivate cat lovers of all stripes.

Cats Up Close brings the feline world into beautifully sharp focus. Arranged thematically, the book begins with a chapter that shows cats playing and exploring in winter, spring, summer, and fall; subsequent chapters features kittens and cats napping; cats in action; the well-traveled cat; and the social cat (the pedigreed kitty that is able to communicate with other animals). An engaging and entertaining introduction describes the amazing activities of these beloved pets. Celebrating cats that are cuddly and adventurous, lounging on fire escapes or leaping across streams, cavorting with cows or nuzzling up to other furry friends, this appealing compendium provides a fresh, surprising portrait of cats and kittens.

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100 Classic Cocktails

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A delicious, portable illustrated guide to potables that unlocks the mystery of mixed drinks.

With this colorful, portable guide, aspiring mixmasters and veteran barkeeps alike have a handy source that satisfies all bartending needs. From all-time favorites like the Martini and Manhattan to modern classics like the Cosmopolitan, this Tiny Folio presents one hundred easy-to-follow recipes for the most essential mixed drinks. Cheers!

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Dogs Up Close

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This delightful photographic romp celebrates, in more than 200 color photos, the woolly charms of man's best friend.

Unlike the more sedate feline, dogs are shameless hams. Hungry for love, affection, or often just for food, they will stop at nothing in their quest for their owner's undivided attention. This, of course, makes them ideal photographic subjects. In Dogs Up Close hundreds of our canine companions are presented in a variety of scenes, seasons, and poses, turning a fresh eye on all things doggie. By turns wise and goofy, bashful and brash (though never catty), these playful creatures are sure to warm the hearts of all readers, be they dog owners or simply dog friendly.

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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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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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