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Saints in Art and History

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A book of saints at once beautiful and profound

Saints in Art and History presents the lives of some 150 saints in chronological order, from the family of Jesus and the early Christian martyrs, to the founders of the great religious orders, to modern holy figures like Mother Teresa. This arrangement reveals the tremendous impact that the saints have had on the history of the Catholic faith, and on world history. The lives of the saints are illustrated not only with works of great art—by Memling, Raphael, and Bernini, among many others—but also by popular images, such as folk carvings and votive postcards. 

A thoughtful introduction explores the nature of sainthood, the role of saints in Catholicism, and the significance of their images. Other special features include a visual dictionary of the saints’ attributes, and a map showing the patron saints of the nations of the world. This attractive volume is at once a valuable resource for art historians and other scholars, and a splendid gift for Easter or any occasion.

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The New Father

A Dad's Guide to the First Year

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More than 500,000 copies sold!  

This reassuring month-by-month overview gives you the facts and advice you need to understand your baby’s development, support your partner, and establish the best possible father-child relationship. Written in a friendly and accessible tone, it incorporates the expertise of leading pediatricians and researchers, and the real-life experience of hundreds of dads and moms.  

The fourth edition of The New Father is revised and updated from cover to cover, and features a new, easy-to-use design with handy navigation tabs. It includes the latest information on child development, healthcare, and work-life balance and childcare (including lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic). And, like the other volumes in the best-selling New Father series, it’s illustrated throughout with stress-relieving cartoons.

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Build-a-Bug

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From the best-selling illustrator of Flip-a-Feather, Mix-a-Mutt, Flip-o-saurus, and Flip-o-storic comes another book with charming artwork and die-cut pages for flip-and-flop fun—this time with insects! Build-a-Bug lets you create wacky combinations of ten types of insects, including a curious beetle, a climbing caterpillar, and a buzzing honey bee. Each flap includes a fun fact about the pictured species, and inside the front cover is a chart showing the relative sizes of the insects featured, from the ant to the praying mantis.

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Fruit

Selections from the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection

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Between 1886 and 1942, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pomology Division—pomology being the study of fruit growing—commissioned an illustrated register of fruits. These watercolor illustrations were invaluable to growers, who used them as records of prized varieties that were in danger of being stolen or counterfeited by competitors. The illustrations realistically portrayed fruit in all conditions, showing not only immaculate pomegranates fit to eat off of the page but bruised bananas as well. These watercolors, most of which were painted by women, chronicle an agricultural landscape at the turn of the twentieth century and provide a visual time capsule of many fruit varieties now lost.

This book highlights 250 vibrant, mouthwatering watercolors from the Pomological Watercolor Collection, showing fruit from all fifty states and around the world, from apples and oranges to gooseberries and plums. As small as an apple or avocado you would hold in your hand, this miniature book will entice both gourmets and art lovers.

 

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Fruit

Selections from the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection

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This notecard set, Fruit: Selections from the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection, reproduces sixteen individual watercolors—including an apple, an avocado, an orange, and a strawberry. These vibrant and lifelike watercolors were commissioned by the US Department of Agriculture as a national register of fruits, featuring varieties from the United States and around the world.  

This scrumptious notecard set comes housed in a presentation-quality box.

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You Bet Your Life

Your Guide to Deadly Risk

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What are your chances of living through the next 24 hours? This week? This month? This decade? Will your job kill you? Your car kill you? Your spouse kill you? Will your own bad habits kill you? Or will a rogue asteroid just kill us all?

Each time you lay your head on the pillow at night or set your feet on the floor come morning, you bet your life. Exactly what odds do you face 24/7?

You Bet Your Life applies to you, the individual, the analytical approach insurance companies use to calculate risk: actuarial science. The result is a comprehensive, encyclopedic, real world assessment of more than 1,000 of the risks we take every day of our all-too-finite lives, from boarding an airplane to tempting a shark attack by dipping a toe in the ocean.

You Bet Your Life is introduced by an authoritative essay explaining how professional actuaries calculate risk and how less objective entities—in government, finance, science, technology, and religion—apply their own competing calculi of risk and reward.

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The Global Elite

Who Really Runs the World?

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Who really has the power to write laws, start and end wars, shape the economy, and sway public opinion? You’ll find more than 200 of them here. In this book’s four sections, you will meet:

The Power Elite: The political and military leaders and influencers who wield law, regulation, and lethal force to set the boundaries of our lives. The Money Elite: The bankers, investors, and philanthropists who allocate the world’s stored value, past and future.

The Money Elite: The bankers, investors, and philanthropists who allocate the world’s stored value, past and future.

The Maker Elite: The government and corporate leaders who build our infrastructure and control the global supply chain, from natural resource extraction to retail storefronts and home delivery.

The Media Elite: The propagandists, tech and media moguls, as well as the teachers—secular and religious—who control what we think and what we think we know.

Introduced by an incisive essay defining what it means to be “elite,” this book shuns murky Deep State mythologizing to reveal the true sources of might and influence, often hidden in plain sight. The reality of the global elite is stranger (and far more interesting) than any conspiracy theory.

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Coach

The Greatest Teachers in Sports and Their Lessons for Us All

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Coaches are critical to achieving top performance from individual athletes and teams. Coach profiles the 150 most successful of them—in every major sport—providing ample biographical background but lasering-in on their most teachable ideas and methods. Rich in quotations, each profile ends with a list of lessons that readers can apply not only to the sports they love but also to their own lives and careers.

Profiles range from Béla Károlyi (who coached 9 Olympic and 15 world champion gymnasts), to Bill Belichick (the take-no prisoners coach of the Boston Patriots), to Pat Summitt (who racked up 1,098 wins as coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team from 1974 to 2012), to Marian Vajda (the coach behind tennis phenom Novak Djokovic).

Guided by the numbers—for all competitive sports keep score—this book finds the teachable moments, settling some arguments while starting others, in delineating the lives and careers of coaches who win with brains, heart, and the force of character.

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Larry Poons

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Larry Poons (b. 1937) shot to fame while still in his twenties, on the strength of his “dot paintings,” in which dots or ellipses were meticulously arranged on brightly colored fields, creating a rhythmic, pulsating effect. But within a few years, Poons first loosened the hard-edged precision of the dot paintings and then abandoned them entirely for an organic mode of abstraction based on vertical drips of flung paint. This marked the beginning of an uncompromising five-decade evolution that has finally led the artist back to a more intimate mode of painting with brushes—and his own hands. At every stage, Poons's career has compelled the attention of critics and, in particular, other artists.

This handsome volume, the first full-length biocritical monograph on Poons, reproduces more than 140 of his most important works in full color, some as spectacular gatefolds. The incisive text—a collaboration between four leading critics and historians—traces the development of the artist’s extraordinary career. Larry Poons is a necessary addition to the library of anyone with an interest in American art

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The Art of Arousal

Revised Edition

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This irresistible volume presents 130 of the most engagingly erotic paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings from diverse eras and cultures, coupled with revealing commentaries about their sexual and aesthetic content.

In its organization, The Art of Arousal traces the course of a sensual relationship. It begins by examining the elements of eroticism, and then progresses from flirtation and seduction through kisses and other foreplay before ultimately arriving at consummation and blissful exhaustion. The irrepressible Dr. Ruth explores every element of sexuality in these provocative works of art, including the pleasures of looking, creative fantasizing, and the effects on male and female pleasure of the various positions depicted. All the art in this book has been chosen to meet two essential criteria: everyone portrayed must be having a good time, and each image must satisfy the high aesthetic standards of Dr. Ruth and an art historian friend, who writes with witty scholarship about the artistic aspects of these works.

Now available in a revised edition that includes delightful new works by contemporary artists, The Art of Arousal is a stimulating gift for art lovers.

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Baobab

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Baobabs are one of Africa’s natural wonders: they can live more than 2,500 years, and their massive, water-storing trunks can grow to more than one hundred feet in circumference. They also serve as a renewable source of food, fiber, and fuel, as well as a focus of spiritual life.

But now, suddenly, the largest baobabs are dying off , literally collapsing under their own weight. Scientists believe these ancient giants are being dehydrated by drought and higher temperatures, likely the result of climate change. Photographer Beth Moon, already responsible for some of the most indelible images of Africa’s oldest and largest baobabs, has undertaken a new photographic pilgrimage to bear witness to this environmental catastrophe and document the baobabs that still survive.

In this oversize volume, she presents breathtaking new duotone tree portraits of the baobabs of Madagascar, Senegal, and South Africa. She also recounts her eventful journey to visit these fantastic trees in a moving diaristic text studded with color travel photos. Baobab is not only a compelling photo book and travel narrative, but also a timely ecological warning.

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Stars of The NBA

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Here are the best of the best, from legends like LeBron James and Chris Paul to rising stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic.

This lively book features illustrated profiles of some twenty-eight of the greatest players on the court—point guards, shooting guards, small forwards, power forwards, and centers. Stars of the NBA is filled with action-packed photos and colorful graphics, showing what it takes to be at the top of the game.

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How to Live Like a Monk

Medieval Wisdom for Modern Life

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We know that they prayed, sang, and wore long robes—but what was it really like to be a monk? Though monastic living may seem unimaginable to us moderns, it has relevance for today.

This book illuminates the day-to-day of medieval European monasticism, showing how you can apply the principles of monastic living—like finding balance and peace—to your life. With wit and insight, medievalist and podcaster Danièle Cybulskie dives into the history of monasticism in each chapter and then reveals applications for today, such as the benefits of healthy eating, streamlining routines, gardening, and helping others. She shares how monks authentically embraced their spiritual calling, and were also down to earth: they wrote complaints about being cold in the manuscripts they copied, made beer and wine, and even kept bees.

This book features original illustrations by Anna Lobanova, as well as more than eighty color reproductions from medieval manuscripts. It is for anyone interested in the Middle Ages and those seeking inspiration for how to live a full life, even when we’re confined to the cloister—or our homes.

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Japanese Screens

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Japanese screens (byobu, meaning “barrier against the wind”) are made of wooden lattices with two to twelve panels, covered with a paper or fabric canvas. They are unique for being beautiful artworks as well as portable furnishings, acting as backdrops for court ceremonies or partitions for intimate tea services. Artists have embraced screens as three-dimensional objects, creating dynamic compositions that guide the viewer’s eye from one panel to the next.

This sumptuous book explores the 1,300-year history of Japanese screens. The authors, leading experts on Japanese art and culture, describe how screens developed from the eighth to the twenty-first century, from their ceremonial use in palaces and temples to their functional and decorative use in ordinary Japanese homes. They examine the stylistic evolution of screens and the wide variety of subjects, such as animals, the seasons, The Tale of Genji, and calligraphic designs.

Bound in the Japanese style and housed in a handsome clamshell box, this volume also comes with a poster-sized reproduction of an exceptional screen, suitable for framing. Japanese Screens will be an essential addition to any art lover’s library.

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Shoes

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Christian Dior famously noted that “the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” From the surprisingly sexy boots hiding under Victorian crinolines to the glittering T-strap heels worn by flappers dancing the Charleston, a woman’s shoe choice has long been far more than a mundane practicality. Indeed, a beautifully shaped shoe can be a statement of wealth, style, or sexuality—and often all at once.

This petite volume presents 250 eye-catching examples from the seventeenth century to the present, including many of today’s top designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Roger Vivier, and Nicholas Kirkwood. Fashion historian Raissa Bretaña introduces each new era with a concise overview of the period’s fashionable styles and innovations. A must for shoe collectors and a delight for any fashionista, this Tiny Folio™ will inspire you to put your best foot forward.

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Treasure Island and Kidnapped

Two-volume boxed set

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N. C. Wyeth’s illustrations to Treasure Island and Kidnapped— first published in 1911 and 1913, respectively, by Charles Scribner’s Sons—made his artistic reputation. With a bold mastery of light and color, Wyeth brilliantly conveyed action, character, and setting, lending an extra excitement to Robert Louis Stevenson’s tales of pirates and buried treasure, and intrigue in the Scottish Highlands. Now readers can enjoy this classic author-illustrator pairing in a handsome two-volume set with a new introduction by Christine B. Podmaniczky, a leading expert on N. C. Wyeth.

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An Almanac of New York City for the Year 2022

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This attractive little volume, the first in an annual series, offers a day-by-day guide to the coming year in New York City: cultural events, sports, holidays, historical anniversaries, weather predictions, the night sky, and much more. Each week gets its own spread, with enough space to record your own appointments.

At the front of the book are several special features, including a 2022 horoscope for New York City and an overview of emerging trends in dining, culture, and fashion. At the back of the book is a digest of useful information for each of the five boroughs.

Printed on creamy, high-quality paper with a sewn binding, this almanac is the perfect way to celebrate the reopening of the Big Apple. It will make a delightful gift for residents and visitors alike.

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A History of American Tonalism

Third Edition, 1880-1920 Crucible of American Modernism

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This magnificent volume, featuring more than 750 illustrations, is the first definitive account of the Tonalist movement. Based on original research, it tells how the progressive Tonalist landscape dethroned the Hudson River School in the late 1870s and remained the dominant school in American art until World War I. More provocatively, it also argues that Tonalism gave rise to American modernism, laying the groundwork for the artists of the Stieglitz Circle, and subsequently Milton Avery, Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, Barnett Newman, Helen Frankenthaler, Wolf Kahn, and Richard Mayhew.

A History of American Tonalism places the key figures of the movement—such as George Inness, James McNeill Whistler, and John Henry Twachtman—in their cultural context, which was influenced by such thinkers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, John Burroughs, and William James. It also examines the careers of more than sixty other Tonalist painters, lesser known but highly talented.

This new edition of A History of American Tonalism includes more than one hundred new illustrations, as well as a new overview of the stylistic principles of Tonalism. It will continue to be essential for art lovers, artists, scholars, and anyone seeking a better understanding not only of the Tonalist movement but American art as a whole.

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