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FAQ for New Fathers

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An informative, Q&A series for dads-to-be, from the best-selling author of The New Father

On one page is a fill-in-the blank statement about new fatherhood, along with four multiple choice answers. Test yourself, then turn the page to find some helpful advice drawn from the expertise of top practitioners, as well as Brott’s own background as a father of three and the real-world experience of thousands of others. With chapters on each of the 12 months in baby’s first year, the book features topics guys need to know—baby blues—and doesn’t shy away from topics guys want to know—work/life balance—all of which is told with the authority and honesty of an informed buddy.

Test your knowledge on fatherhood with this sneak peek into FAQ for New Fathers:

Question: Most OB/GYNs advise their patients to refrain from intercourse for at least after giving birth for ___________?

  • Six weeks
  • A year
  • Three days
  • An hour

Answer: Six weeks, but resuming intercourse ultimately depends on the condition of your partner's cervix and vagina, and, more important, on how you're both feeling.

Tip: Before you mark that date on your calendar, remember that the six-week rule is only a guideline. Chances are it'll be a while longer than that. A long while...

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FAQ for Expectant Fathers

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An informative Q&A series for dads-to-be, from the best-selling author of The Expectant Father

On one page is a fill-in-the-blank statement about impending fatherhood, along with four multiple choice answers. Test yourself, then turn the page to find some helpful advice drawn from the expertise of top practitioners, as well as Brott’s own background as a father of three and the real-world experience of thousands of others. With chapters on each of the 9 months of pregnancy, as well as sections on labor and delivery and infertility, the book features topics guys need to know—changes to men’s hormones during pregnancy—and doesn’t shy away from topics guys want to know—sex during pregnancy—all of which is told with the authority and honesty of an informed buddy.

Test your knowledge on pregnancy and the countdown to fatherhood with this sneak peek into FAQ for Expectant Fathers:

Question: Some research has found that the more severe the morning sickness, the _______ will be.

  • higher the baby’s IQ
  • prettier the baby
  • louder the baby
  • crankier the baby

Answer: Women who have severe morning sickness are less likely to miscarry, deliver prematurely, or have low-birth weight babies. Some research has found that the more severe the mother's symptoms, the higher the baby's IQ will be.

Tip: Telling her these things won't make her feel much better, but it might make her smile as she's leaning over the toilet bowl.

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The Civil War

1861-1865

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Take a visual journey through the events of the Civil War with the art of Mort Künstler

The Civil War takes readers on a chronological journey of the most important events of the conflict with action-packed illustrations by Mort Künstler—the most collected Civil War artist in the world—and inquiry-based text by historian James L. Robertson Jr. With close readings of Künstler’s paintings, young readers can parse the details of key moments of the war, including the Battle of Bull Run, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Gettysburg Address, to learn how it really felt to be there. A timeline and short biographies of notable figures in the war, such as generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, provide excellent supplements to each narrative chapter.

While the American Revolution resulted in the creation of a new nation, the Civil War was a battle among citizens—the Union army against the Confederate, sometimes even brother against brother. As the most popular Civil War artist in the world, Künstler presents expansive, detailed artworks that make each battle come alive. From high-action combat scenes to decorated generals deliberating in exquisitely rendered lamp-lit camps, each painting captures a historically accurate, visually rich portrait of the war from both sides. No other living artist on the Civil War has been as celebrated as Künstler, and his work continues to attract history lovers of all ages.

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The Revolutionary War

1775-1783

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Young readers learn and interact with the story of America’s war for independence through the epic paintings of America’s foremost historical artist, Mort Künstler

For the first title in this series, Künstler’s paintings bring history to life with vivid, high-action portrayals of the primary events that won Americans their freedom from Britain: the Boston Tea Party, the Siege of Yorktown, Paul Revere’s ride, and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The epic artworks faithfully chronicle these moments from history and encourage children to look again and again for special details—from the number of stars on George Washington’s flag to the style of a soldier’s uniform. Together with text by award-winning historian Alan Axelrod, these brilliantly explicit paintings engage a young reader’s attention and introduce them to American history through the visual arts.

Known for his vivid use of color, light, and shadow, Künstler is one of the most widely exhibited artists documenting American history today. His graphically detailed work and skillful portrayals have been lauded for its accuracy by historians and admired by curators in museums around the globe. From a frozen post-battle landscape to a weary Union soldier’s facial expression, he captures, in beautifully rendered detail, the geographical setting and the human spirit in each painting. Adults and children alike will see the story of the American Revolution unfold before their very eyes.

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Currier & Ives’ America

From a Young Nation to a Great Power

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The best-selling collection of Currier & Ives Americana, now available at an unbeatable price

In the 1800s—long before the days of photojournalism and cable news—vibrant, contemporary depictions of news events, portraits of prominent political and social figures, and scenic views of the American wilderness were circulated throughout the growing nation. From the beginning of the exciting century that saw a small nation expand into a mighty world power, the famous lithographic firm of Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives produced over 7,000 prints, capturing scenes of American life in vivid detail.

Currier & Ives prints were each colored individually, by hand, and collectors have prized their skilled craftsmanship and keen sense of composition for generations. This timeless collection, complete with more than three hundred illustrations in full color and a masterful text by historian Walton Rawls, captures a beloved piece of Americana. With festive holiday scenes, watershed historical moments, and idyllic depictions of the American countryside, this book will hold perennial appeal for lovers of history, art, and a classic take on the American experience.

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Mycenae

From Myth to History

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The extraordinary story of the loss and rediscovery of the city that fought Troy, told through archaeology, literature, and poetic black-and-white photography

The Mycenaean civilization flourished more than 800 years before the classical Greeks, with a complex society, strong artistic tendencies, and a distinct system of writing. Famous for its lion gate and citadel, Mycenae was long believed to be the city that fought Troy in Homer’s epic, the Iliad. But after flourishing nearly three thousand years ago the society vanished, becoming nothing more than a legend. Mycenae brings readers into the heart of this mystery, as it was being solved, through lively text, stunning photographs, and an original take on Greek history and mythology.

Using the pivotal summer of 1954—a year after Linear B, the mysterious language present on all Mycenaean artifacts, was decoded—as her entry point, author Athina Cacouri reveals the fascinating archaeological history of the site, from the pioneering work of Heinrich Schliemann to the discovery of hundreds of “seal stones,” marked with an unknown language. Cacouri’s text is complemented by the photographs of Robert McCabe, whose lens captured the site before it was opened to the general public, giving his atmospheric images a poignant, unmatched immediacy. An original play, commissioned for this volume from renowned American playwright John Guare, sets the mythological stage for the archaeological discoveries to come by recounting the history of the House of Atreus and King Agamemnon’s Trojan War, while commentary on the photographs from archaeologist Lisa Wace French ties those myths to very real discoveries at the site. An essay by Daniel Fallu, detailing the importance of Mycenae’s geology, rounds out this unparalleled survey of one of Greece’s treasured archaeological sites.

A multifaceted look at a brilliant civilization and the tireless work that led to its rediscovery, Mycenae is a fast-paced, lushly illustrated exploration of one of the most intriguing mysteries of antiquity that is sure to delight lovers of classical civilization, photography, and travel.

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Women Who Read Are Dangerous

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An elegant survey of over 70 works of art featuring women reading throughout history.

What is it about a woman reading that has captivated hundreds of artists over the centuries? Stefan Bollmann’s Women Who Read Are Dangerous explores this popular subject in more than 70 artworks—drawings, paintings, photographs, and prints—by iconic artists such as Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Suzanne Valadon, August Sander, Rembrandt, and many more.

As the book’s provocative title indicates, a woman reading was once viewed as radical. In chapters such as “Intimate Moments” and “The Search for Oneself,” Bollmann profiles how a woman with a book was once seen as idle or suspect, and how women have gained autonomy through reading over the years. Bollmann offers intelligent and engaging commentary on each work of art in Women Who Read Are Dangerous, telling us who the subject is, her relationship to the artist, and even what she is reading. With works ranging from a 1333 Annunciation painting of the angel Gabriel speaking to the virgin Mary, book in hand, to twentieth-century works, such as a stunning photograph of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses, this appealing survey provides a veritable slideshow of the many iterations of a woman and her book—a compelling subject to this day.

An excellent gift for graduates, teachers, or Mother’s Day, this elegant book is a must read for anyone interested in art, literature, or women’s history.

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Wally the Wolf

Talking Back

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What happens when a storybook character encounters the illustrator who drew him—and talks back? In this imaginative series, four animals engage with the illustrator's hand in amusing—and sometimes infuriating!—ways.

Wally the Wolf is on the prowl for food when he stumbles upon his book's illustrator, who is sharpening a pencil. When Wally discovers he can't eat the drawing implements, he grows increasingly cross with the artist, who tries to please him with a number of edible proposals. His final offering--a delectable treat that pleases the wolfe--may remind the readers of another fairy tale...

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Bali

Sustainable Visions

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Discover how visionary architects and designers are pioneering a new, environmentally sustainable style of tropical living

Justly famous for its artistic expressions, Balinese culture is also uniquely adapted to the natural conditions of this small volcanic island just a few degrees south of the equator. The subak system, maintained cooperatively for more than a millennium, channels fresh water from high in the mountains to the terraced rice fields below. And the vernacular architecture, made from renewable materials like wood and bamboo, is designed to accommodate the indoor-outdoor tropical lifestyle—and to withstand the extremes of tropical weather.

Today, even as Bali's ecosystem is challenged by a continued influx of foreign tourists, a handful of inspired creators are rediscovering the island's long tradition of environmental sustainability. This gorgeous and eye-opening volume introduces us to their most innovative projects on Bali and other islands, including luxurious private homes built from traditional and reclaimed materials; the Suarga Resort, which boasts the world's largest bamboo-shingled roof; and the Green School, an international primary and secondary school where students learn to be stewards of the earth.

Illustrated throughout with stunning new color photographs and animated by a deep ecological consciousness, Bali: Sustainable Visions is an essential book for everyone who cares about the future of architecture, design, and the natural environment.

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American Indian Women

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A wide-ranging visual history of American Indian women, from pre-Columbian times to the present

Despite their important roles in religious, political, and family life, the stories of American Indian women have remained largely untold, or else have been obscured by the glamorizing eye of popular culture. American Indian Women weaves together history, anthropology, folklore, and rich visuals to provide a fascinating introduction to a widely overlooked group.

This attractive volume is divided into three parts. The first explores American Indian cultures before the arrival of European colonists, delving into tribal mythologies, the role of the Clan Mother in society and religion, family customs, and the complex and varied artistic endeavors of American Indian women. The second part examines encounters between American Indian peoples and the Spanish, British, and French colonists, discussing intermarriage, acculturation, and the lives of prominent female figures—including Pocahontas and Sacagawea. Attention is also devoted to the later portrayal of American Indian women in Hollywood and the fetishization of their cultures. The final section celebrates the American Indian Renaissance, exemplified by a new generation of female sachems, or chiefs, as well as warriors, negotiators, educators, and advocates for the civil rights of native peoples.

Abundantly illustrated with archival photographs, period illustrations, film stills, and tribal objects, American Indian Women is a meaningful contribution to American history and a tribute to some of its unsung heroines.

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James Rodriguez

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Soccer's brightest new star

For the past decade, the same remarkable players have been dominating the headlines for soccer, but, finally, they have met their match! Colombia's young star James Rodriguez burst onto the scene in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he was awarded the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer, with six impressive goals—he is the one to watch. In this entertaining and informative book, we follow Rodriguez from his humble beginnings in Ibagué, Colombia, to his meteoric superstardom as a midfielder with Spain's Real Madrid. Learn about his personality, family, and favorite hobbies, along with his strengths and playing style. Get to know the major star of tomorrow—James Rodriguez!

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Ping and Pong the Penguins

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Two stubborn birds quarrel upon meeting, each wanting to be the sole star of the book. Gradually, their competitiveness turns to camaraderie as they encounter an artist wielding an eraser--threatening their very existence!

What happens when a storybook character encounters the illustrator who drew him—and talks back? In this imaginative series, four animals engage with the illustrator's hand in amusing—and sometimes infuriating!—ways.

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Rudy the Reindeer

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What happens when a storybook character encounters the illustrator who drew him—and talks back? In this imaginative series, four animals engage with the illustrator's hand in amusing—and sometimes infuriating!—ways.

Rudy the Reindeer is out strolling when he stumbles upon a pencil, and ultimately, his illustrator. Delighted, Rudy asks the artist for a comforting drawing, but the artist chooses instead to tease his young friend. The sulky reindeer perks up when the artist finally reveals a surprise: a jolly visitor, who even offers Rudy a job!

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The Art of the Pastel

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The only comprehensive history of pastel art, beautifully illustrated with works both celebrated and little known

The Art of the Pastel traces the evolution of this most appealing medium from the fifteenth to the early twentieth century—from its humble origins as a tool for sketching to the height of its popularity in Rococo portraiture, and its embrace by the Impressionists and Symbolists. Authors Thea Burns and Philippe Saunier, both leading experts on the subject, shed new light on the acknowledged masters of the pastel, such as Maurice Quentin de la Tour and Jean-Etienne Liotard, who used these magical sticks of color to capture the character of their sitters; Edgar Degas and Mary Cassat, who used them to reveal the unexpected beauties of the everyday; and Odilon Redon, who used them to explore the inner mysteries of the spirit. But Burns and Saunier consider the pastel work of many other artists as well, from forgotten—yet pleasing—society portraitists to such important names as Delacroix, Whistler, and Picasso.

As a rare achievement, their graceful yet authoritative text is matched by the color plates in this volume, which reproduce the harmoniously blended hues of more than 330 choice pastels, from collections around the world. For reasons of conservation, most of these works are exhibited only rarely, and then only in low light. Now they can be admired all together, without interruption, in this museum between two covers.

A delight for the eyes as well as an important work of art history, The Art of the Pastel will be eagerly welcomed by artists, scholars, and art lovers alike.

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Treasures of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

2nd Edition

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A pocket-sized tour of one of the world's great museums

The collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, encompasses more than 450,000 works of art, from ancient coins, gems, and mummies to work by some of today' s most celebrated contemporary artists. This attractive little volume provides an illustrated springboard into the heart of the MFA.

Included are highlights of the museum's famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, its unrivaled collection of Asian art, spectacular works from all eras of American history, and much more. The perfect memento of the MFA, this best-selling Tiny FolioTM has been updated throughout and features all-new color photography.

Art of the Americas • Art of Europe • Contemporary Art • Prints, Drawings, and Photographs • Arts of Egypt, Nubia, and the Near East • Art of the Classical World • Arts of Asia, Africa, and Oceania • Textile and Fashion Arts • Musical Instruments

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Wristwatch Annual 2016

The Catalog of Producers, Prices, Models, and Specifications

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The must-have guide for the collector of mechanical wristwatches. Complete information--including prices--on over 1,400 models made by more than 130 international brands

The Wristwatch Annual has become the ultimate resource for aficionados of fine watchmaking. Now in its eighteenth edition, it is a one-stop shop for exquisite timepiece buying, offering complete specs while also tracking the latest developments in the watch industry. This year, in addition to its classic, easy-to-browse A–Z section with many new entries, the guide boasts more long-form articles, including features on jewelry-setting techniques and watch prototyping trends by senior editor Marton Radkai.

Presenting a wide range of wristwatches, including exquisite color photographs and complete specifications for each timepiece, Wristwatch Annual provides collectors with a wealth of information close at hand. The book is arranged alphabetically by producer, and within each producer's section are a brief history of the brand (with contact information), as well as specifications and materials for each watch, including price, movement, special features, complications, case, dial, band, and variations. Also included are a glossary and a guide to watch maintenance.

This year, the creators of the Wristwatch Annual are launching a free, bimonthly e-mail newsletter to offer the latest news and insider information on current watch trends and products. Each Wristwatch Annual includes information on how to sign up, so collectors, both novices and veterans, will be able to learn about new products year-round.

With the guide's revised and expanded content and up-to-date listings, along with a new e-newsletter subscription offer, watch lovers will be more informed than ever, and will continue to be so throughout the year.

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The New Art of the Fifteenth Century

Faith and Art in Florence and the Netherlands

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A fresh look at the early Renaissance, considering Florentine and Netherlandish art as a single phenomenon at once deeply spiritual and entirely new.

Adam and Eve are driven from the Garden of Eden into a rocky landscape, their naked bodies lit by a cold sun, their gestures and expressions a study in shame and anguish.

A serious man, well attired, kneels in prayer before the Virgin and Child, close enough to touch them almost, his furrowed brow setting off the saintly perfection of their features.

In fifteenth-century Florence and Flanders, painters were using an arsenal of new techniques—including perspective, anatomy, and the accurate treatment of light and shade—to present traditional religious subjects with an unprecedented immediacy and emotional power. Their art was the product of a shared Christian culture, and their patrons included not only nobles and churchmen but also the middle classes of these thriving commercial centers.

Shirley Neilsen Blum offers a new synthesis of this remarkable period in Western art—between the refinements of the Gothic and the classicism of the High Renaissance—when the mystical was made to seem real. In the first part of her text, Blum traces the emergence of a new naturalism in the sculpture of Claus Sluter and Donatello, and then in the painting of Van Eyck and Masaccio. In the second part, she compares scenes from the Infancy and Passion of Christ as rendered by artists from North and South. Exploring both the images themselves and the theological concepts that lie behind them, she re-creates, as far as possible, the experience of the contemporary fifteenth-century viewer.

Abundantly illustrated with color plates of masterworks by Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Rogier van der Weyden, and others, this thought-provoking volume will appeal equally to general readers and students of art history.

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