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Autograph Album

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A daring literary hoax, and a startling fiction debut 

Autograph Album purports to be a work of social history, presenting meticulously researched biographies of everyone who signed an autograph album belonging to the author’s great-grandmother in 1890s Boston. In fact, the autograph album is real (a stranger’s, purchased on eBay), but the biographies are entirely fictional. 

The book is structured around a near-facsimile reproduction of the autograph album of one Annie McFarlane, a young girl who lived between Boston and Vanceboro, Maine, in the late nineteenth century. Autograph albums―a distinct class of artifact long since superseded by school yearbooks―were small keepsake volumes in which young people collected the signatures and well wishes (often expressed in trite sentimental verse) of their classmates, friends, and family. Like most examples, Annie McFarlane’s autograph album reveals a suggestive range of inscriptions, from the crude scrawl of Colin A. Chishom (folio 4r) to the florid swirls of Annie Reardon (22v) and the stiff, correct hand of Eva Dockham (27r). 

For each of these names and signatures, Dawes has imagined a life story, which appears beneath the corresponding facsimile page. Read together, the fictional biographies reveal the character and family history of an unreliable scholar-narrator (Dawes's alter ego) and offer a darkly humorous view of New England history and culture. 

The brilliance and perversity of this literary hoax are underscored by its fine production values: it is printed in full color throughout. Autograph Album will appeal to readers who enjoy an inventive wit, and those stamped or scarred by the city of Henry Adams and Albert DeSalvo.

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The Expectant Father

The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be (Fifth Edition)

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The Expectant Father is the best-selling pregnancy guide for men, trusted by millions of dads-to-be and their partners. 

This reassuring month-by-month overview gives you the facts and advice you need to understand your baby’s development, support your partner, and prepare for the joys and challenges of fatherhood. It concludes with two special sections: one on labor and delivery, and the other covering the first few months after your baby’s arrival. 

The fifth edition of this New York Times best seller is updated from cover to cover with the latest information about fertility, prenatal care, and delivery; work-life balance (including the lessons learned from COVID-19); financial planning; and much more. It incorporates the expertise of leading OB-GYNs and researchers, and the real-life experiences of hundreds of dads and moms. 

Illustrated throughout with stress-relieving cartoons, The Expectant Father is a friendly, readable, and inclusive companion for all dads-to-be. (Moms will love it, too!)

Order now at Bookshop.org

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PRAISE FOR THE EXPECTANT FATHER

“For fathers soon expecting the ultimate gift—a new member of the family—The Expectant Father is their best friend.” —CNN.com

“This constantly updated . . . classic reveals the myriad ways an impending pregnancy influences dad: emotional and physical effects, societal expectations, financial implications, the impact on your social and sex lives, and whether you’re really ready.”

Fatherly

“This is probably the best book geared exclusively towards expectant fathers. No lame jokes. Just straight up useful information. The Expectant Father covers the pregnancy process and how dads can help in it, as well as provides tons of useful info for dads on raising a kid. They also cover why dads are so important in the development of a child and how children influence fathers.”

The Art of Manliness

“From fertility issues to epidurals, this modern classic covers it all in an easily digestible but authoritative tone. . . . Brott and Ash have produced a no-nonsense, month-by-month guide to becoming a parent by offering a comprehensive view of physical, emotional, financial, and medical matters faced by fathers-to-be.” —Brit+Co

“Brott and Ash’s measured, experienced tone offers assurance and guidance for those new to the stresses and worries of impending fatherhood, making this a must-have for anyone expecting.”

Publishers Weekly

“Once the sperm has done the deed, men often get neglected in the birth process. But becoming a parent is as life-altering for men as it is for women, and dads deserve to know what to expect. When my friend told me she was pregnant, the first thing I did was buy The Expectant Father for her hubby. And when I diagnose a pregnancy in one of my patients, I put this book on the must-read list."

Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times best-selling author

“Don’t get pregnant without it! A first-rate guide for all dads-to-be.”

Vicki Lansky, author of Feed Me, I’m Yours

“Finally. A pregnancy book for fathers, and a very good one. It not only recognizes the deep emotions of expectant fathers, but it guides them through their emotional roller coaster with wisdom and understanding.”

Marguerite Kelly, author of The Mother’s Almanac

“The book does a great job in covering what most other books don’t: the father’s perspective during pregnancy, and the questions that might pop up there. Throughout the pages, the author inserts some levity with cartoons that sum up the situation.”

Fathercraft

“Extraordinarily helpful . . . packed with specific advice.”

The Oregonian

“Stood out immediately . . . because of its perceptive insights.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“One would be hard put to find a question about having a baby that’s not dealt with here, all from the father’s perspective.”

Library Journal

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Wristwatch Annual 2021

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With Wristwatch Annual, collectors have at hand a wealth of information on the latest offerings from today’s most important watch producers, from Swiss mainstays like Rolex and Patek Philippe to the maverick independent brands springing up across Europe and the U.S.

The book is arranged alphabetically by producer, and the movement, functions, case, band, price, and variations of each pictured watch are fully described.

This year’s edition, like its predecessors, will feature a variety of additional articles on independent watchmaking, key personalities in the watch world, and the technical aspects of horology. An illustrated glossary and a primer on watch care help acclimate the reader to the world of fine timepieces.

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Stars of Women's Soccer

Third Edition (World Soccer Legends)

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Here are the best of the best: the stars of the dominant U.S. national team—like Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz, and Rose Lavelle—and their top competitors from around the world, like Sam Kerr of Australia, Lucy Bronze of England, Wendie Renard of France, and Marta of Brazil.

This lively book features short biographies of twenty-eight athletes in all, illustrated with color photographs of the stars in action. Revised and updated from cover to cover, Stars of Women’s Soccer is sure to whet the appetite of young fans who are eager to see the titans of the women’s game battle it out (finally) at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

 

 

 

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Detailed Notes - The Trees of North America

A Detailed Notes notecard box

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A boxed notecard set featuring beautiful close-ups of the leaves, fruit, and flowers of American trees―the latest addition to the Detailed Notes line.

The Detailed Notes are luxury notecards that feature a striking close-up of a great artwork on the front, and the entire artwork on the back. Each set is housed in a presentation-quality box.

This set, The Trees of North America, reproduces details of four exquisite hand-colored plates from François-André Michaux’s classic North American Sylva, by such masters of botanical art as Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Pancrace Bessa.

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Queens

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This tiny yet majestic volume introduces us to some 250 queens who ruled in their own right—who were crowned as the sovereigns of their countries or, in some cases, decided to crown themselves.

It begins with queens of the ancient world and ends with those ruling today, encompassing along the way both household names, like Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great, and those who deserve to be better known, like Margaret I of Denmark and Ranavalona I of Madagascar. Each queen is represented by her portrait—painted, carved, engraved, or photographed—and an interesting fact about her reign. This Tiny FolioTM will be the perfect gift for the powerful women in your life.

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The Trees of North America

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This Tiny Folio presents, in modern taxonomic order, all 277 of the hand-colored plates from François-André Michaux’s classic North American Sylva, as well as the supplemental volumes by Thomas Nuttall.

These masterworks of nineteenth-century botanical illustration—by such artists as Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Pancrace Bessa—represent the leaves, fruit, and flowers of American trees with wonderful grace and clarity. Published in cooperation with the New York Botanical Garden, The Trees of North America includes a preface and introduction describing how Michaux and Nuttall’s pioneering work came to be. 

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