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  • Church Curiosities

    Church Curiosities

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Castleton, David

    In churches and cathedrals across Britain, tucked away among ordinary items such as pews, screens and pulpits, sit a plethora of fascinating and unexpected objects. From dragon-slaying spears and the ribs of monstrous cows, to pagan altars, reindeer horns and mummified skulls, these curiosities have intrigued generations of visitors. In this captivating history, David Castleton explores this fascinating world of lepers' squints, pancake bells, virgin garlands and sanctuary knockers, and unravels the tales, legends and folkloric ceremonies that lay behind these charming and often deeply unusual artefacts. more

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  • Microshelters


    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Diedricksen, Derek “Deek”

    If you dream of living in a tiny house, or creating a getaway in the backwoods or your backyard, you’ll love this gorgeous collection of creative and inspiring ideas for tiny houses, cabins, forts, studios, and other microshelters. Created by a wide array of builders and designers around the United States and beyond, these 59 unique and innovative structures show you the limits of what is possible. Each is displayed in full-color photographs accompanied by commentary by the author. In addition, Diedricksen includes six sets of building plans by leading designers to help you get started on a microshelter of your own. You’ll also find guidelines on building with recycled and salvaged materials, plus techniques for making your small space comfortable and easy to inhabit.


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  • Be in a Treehouse

    Be in a Treehouse

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Nelson, Pete

    Pete Nelson, the world’s best-known treehouse designer and builder, wants to put readers in trees—his motto is, “get ’er done, so you can BE in a TREE.†? His new book is a comprehensive source of inspiration and practical information about treehouse design and construction. To that end, he shares the basics of treehouse construction with his own recent projects as case studies. Using photographs taken especially for this project along with diagrams, he covers the selection and care of trees, and explains the fundamentals of building treehouse platforms. To ignite the imagination, Nelson presents 27 treehouses in the United States, Europe, and Africa. The book will be indispensible to anyone who aspires to have a treehouse, from the armchair dreamer, to the amateur builder, to the professional contractor.

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  • The Hotel on Place Vendome

    The Hotel on Place Vendome

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mazzeo, Tilar J.

    Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of World War II, The Hôtel on Place Vendôme is the captivating history of Paris’s world-famous Hôtel Ritz—a breathtaking tale of glamour, opulence, and celebrity; dangerous liaisons, espionage, and resistance—from Tilar J. Mazzeo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot and The Secret of Chanel No. 5

    When France fell to the Germans in June 1940, the legendary Hôtel Ritz on the Place Vendôme—an icon of Paris frequented by film stars and celebrity writers, American heiresses and risqué flappers, playboys, and princes—was the only luxury hotel of its kind allowed in the occupied city by order of Adolf Hitler.

    Tilar J. Mazzeo traces the history of this cultural landmark from its opening in fin de siècle Paris. At its center, The Hotel on Place Vendôme is an extraordinary chronicle of life at the Ritz during wartime, when the Hôtel was simultaneously headquarters to the highest-ranking German officers, such as Reichsmarshal Hermann Göring, and home to exclusive patrons, including Coco Chanel. Mazzeo takes us into the grand palace’s suites, bars, dining rooms, and wine cellars, revealing a hotbed of illicit affairs and... more

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  • Happy City

    Happy City

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Montgomery, Charles

    Charles Montgomery’s Happy City will revolutionize the way we think about urban life.

    After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks and condo towers an improvement on the car-dependence of sprawl?

    The award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness, during an exhilarating journey through some of the world’s most dynamic cities. He meets the visionary mayor who introduced a “sexy” bus to ease status anxiety in Bogotá; the architect who brought the lessons of medieval Tuscan hill towns to modern-day New York City; the activist who turned Paris’s urban freeways into beaches; and an army of American suburbanites who have hacked the design of their own streets and neighborhoods.

    Rich with new insights from psychology, neuroscience and Montgomery’s own urban experiments, Happy City reveals how our cities can shape our thoughts as well as our behavior. The message is as surprising as it is hopeful: by retrofitting cities and... more

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  • The Practical Builder

    The Practical Builder

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Pain, William

    This 1774 guidebook for English carpenters was one of the earliest \"do-it-yourself\" manuals ever published. The builders' manuals and pattern books of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries offered carpenters and other construction workers important resources for designs and techniques. Those unable to afford an architect's services could feel confident in the good taste of their residence by selecting designs from a pattern book. Employing elementary arithmetic and geometry, the guide's annotated and meticulously rendered engravings depict cross-sections of chimney-pieces, ceilings, cornices, and other architectural details.
    William Pain's manual was one of the earliest such works published in the United States. Printed in Philadelphia in 1797, it helped standardize key aspects of Federal architecture and served as a model for construction at George Washington's Mount Vernon home. Reprinted from an original 1774 edition, this is the only available version of a splendid reference for architectural historians and those with an interest in classical architecture.

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  • Why We Build

    Why We Build

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Moore, Rowan

    In an era of brash, expensive, provocative new buildings, a prominent critic argues that emotions—such as hope, power, sex, and our changing relationship to the idea of home—are the most powerful force behind architecture, yesterday and (especially) today.

    We are living in the most dramatic period in architectural history in more than half a century: a time when cityscapes are being redrawn on a yearly basis, architects are testing the very idea of what a building is, and whole cities are being invented overnight in exotic locales or here in the United States.

    Now, in a bold and wide-ranging new work, Rowan Moore—former director of the Architecture Foundation, now the architecture critic for The Observer—explores the reasons behind these changes in our built environment, and how they in turn are changing the way we live in the world. Taking as his starting point dramatic examples such as the High Line in New York City and the outrageous island experiment of Dubai, Moore then reaches far and wide: back in time to explore the Covent Garden brothels of eighteenth-century London and the fetishistic minimalism of Adolf Loos; across the world to assess a software magnate’s grandiose mansion in Atlanta and Daniel Libeskind’s failed design for the... more

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  • Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II

    Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Filler, Martin

    In the first volume of Makers of Modern Architecture (2007), Martin Filler examined the emergence of that revolutionary new form of building and explored its aesthetic, social, and spiritual aspirations through illuminating studies of some of its most important practitioners, from Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright to, in our own time, Renzo Piano and Santiago Calatrava.
    Now, in Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II, Filler continues his investigations into the building art, beginning with the historical eclecticism of McKim, Mead, and White, best remembered today for New York City’s demolished Pennsylvania Station. He surveys the seemingly inexhaustible flow of new books about Wright and Le Corbusier, and continues his commentaries on Piano’s museum buildings with an essay focused on the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum in Los Angeles.
    There are less well known subjects here too, from the Frankfurt urban planner Ernst May to Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome. Filler judges Edward Durell Stone—the architect of the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, the Huntington Hartford Museum in New York City, and the Kennedy Center in Washington—to have been “a middling product of his times,” however personally interesting he... more

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  • Feck Perfuction

    Feck Perfuction

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Victore, James; LaPorte, Danielle

    \"James Victore is a dangerous man. His ideas on optimizing your creativity, doing wow work and building a life that inspires will devastate your limits. And show you how to win. Read this book fast.\"
    —Robin Sharma, #1 bestselling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

    Begin before you're ready.

    Renowned designer and professional hell-raiser James Victore wants to drag you off your couch and throw you headfirst into a life of bold creativity. He'll guide you through all the twists, trials, and triumphs of starting your creative career, from finding your voice to picking the right moment to start a project (hint: It's now).

    Bring your biggest, craziest, most revolutionary ideas, and he will give you the kick in the pants you need to make them real. No matter what industry or medium you work in, this book will help you live, work, and create freely and fearlessly.

    Here are some dangerous ideas:
    • The things that made you weird as a kid make you great today.
    • Work is serious play.
    • Your ego can't dance.
    • The struggle is everything.
    • Freedom is something you take.
    • There ain't no rules.

    Take a risk. Try them out. Live dangerously.

    More praise for Feck Perfuction:

    \"In... more

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  • Ink


    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Bishop, Ted

    A rich and imaginative discovery of how ink has shaped culture and why it is here to stay.

    Ink is so much a part of daily life that we take it for granted, yet its invention was as significant as the wheel. Ink not only recorded culture, it bought political power, divided peoples, and led to murderous rivalries. Ancient letters on a page were revered as divine light, and precious ink recipes were held secret for centuries. And, when it first hit markets not so long ago, the excitement over the disposable ballpoint pen equalled that for a new smartphone--with similar complaints to the manufacturers.     

    Curious about its impact on culture, literature, and the course of history, Ted Bishop sets out to explore the story of ink. From Budapest to Buenos Aires, he traces the lives of the innovators who created the ballpoint pen--revolutionary technology that still requires exact engineering today. Bishop visits a ranch in Utah to meet a master ink-maker who relishes igniting linseed oil to make traditional printers' ink. In China, he learns that ink can be an exquisite object, the subject of poetry, and a means of strengthening (or straining) family bonds. And in the Middle East, he sees the world's oldest Qur'an, stained with the blood of the caliph who was... more

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  • Steal Like an Artist Audio Trilogy, The

    Steal Like an Artist Audio Trilogy, The

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kleon, Austin

    An audio compilation of Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work and Keep Going.  

    Read by the author, it’s the bestselling and transformative series on how to unlock your creativity, find community and an audience in the digital age, and stay focused, creative and true to yourself—for life.  Includes full text from:

    Steal Like an Artist: The New York Times bestselling book on the ten things nobody ever told you about being creative. Including nothing is original, so embrace influence. School yourself through the work of others. Remix and reimagine to discover your own path. And forget the old cliché about writing what you know: Instead, write the book you want to read, make the movie you want to watch.

    Show Your Work: How to take that critical next step on a creative journey―getting known and finding your people. A user’s manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity, this inspiring manifesto is a blueprint for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.

    Keep Going: Timeless, practical, and ethical principles for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life. Worry less about getting things done, and more about the worth of... more

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  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Miranda, Lin-Manuel; Hudes, Quiara Alegría; McCarter, Jeremy

    The eagerly awaited follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda's new book gives listeners an extraordinary inside look at In the Heights, his breakout Broadway debut, written with Quiara Alegría Hudes, now a Hollywood blockbuster.

    \"[An] exuberant, unique, and invaluable record of dynamic, brilliant, and soulful creativity.\"-Booklist (starred review)

    In 2008, In the Heights, a new musical from up-and-coming young artists, electrified Broadway. The show's vibrant mix of Latin music and hip-hop captured life in Washington Heights, the Latino neighborhood in upper Manhattan. It won four Tony Awards and became an international hit, delighting audiences around the world. For the film version, director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) brought the story home, filming its spectacular dance numbers on location in Washington Heights. That's where Usnavi, Nina, and their neighbors chase their dreams and ask a universal question: Where do I belong?
    In the Heights: Finding Home reunites Miranda with Jeremy McCarter, co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution, and Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist of the Broadway musical and... more

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  • We Promised You a Great Main Event

    We Promised You a Great Main Event

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Hanstock, Bill

    Unauthorized. Unrestricted. No holds barred.

    In We Promised You a Great Main Event, longtime sports journalist Bill Hanstock pulls back the curtain to give a smart fan’s account of WWE and Vince McMahon’s journey to the top. Untangling the truth behind the official WWE storyline, Hanstock does a deep dive into key moments of the company’s history, from the behind-the-scenes drama at the Montreal Screwjob, to the company’s handling of the Jimmy Snuka scandal, to the real story of the Monday Night Wars.

    WWE is an extraordinary business success and an underappreciated pop cultural phenomenon. While WWE soared to prominence during the Hulk Hogan years, as the stakes grew more and more extreme, wrestlers faced steroid scandals and assault allegations. The whole story is here, good, bad, and ugly, from the heights of iconic cultural moments like Wrestlemania III to the arrival of global superstars like The Rock and John Cena.

    We Promised You a Great Main Event is an exhaustive, fun account of the McMahon family and WWE’s unprecedented rise. Drawing on a decade of covering wrestling, Bill Hanstock synthesizes insights from historians, journalists, and industry insiders with his own deep research to... more

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  • Okinum


    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Monnet, Émilie

    Émilie a un barrage dans la gorge, un cimetière d’ossements d’arbres (okinum). Un castor géant lui apparaît en songe : c’est un guide offrant sa médecine. Comment dire « aide-moi à me guérir » en anishnaabemowin? Au centre d’une scénographie envoûtante, la jeune femme cherche à déchiffrer le message du castor. En remontant le courant de son ADN, elle fait émerger les voix et les savoirs enfouis à même son corps. Les rêves sont le langage qui permet de communiquer avec les ancêtres, qui affine l’intuition. Expérience immersive en trois langues, Okinum invite au théâtre un pouvoir cérémoniel. Émilie Monnet s’élève au-dessus du barrage pour célébrer ses ancêtres et la force du rêve qui l’habite. C’est par la mémoire que passe la guérison. Le texte est suivi d’une courte postface dans laquelle l’écrivaine et chercheuse Marie-Hélène Constant, en évoquant son expérience comme lectrice et enseignante non autochtone, engage un dialogue avec cette pièce où « s’érige la vie fragile et forte ». more

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  • Orbit: Phil Knight: Co-Founder of NIKE

    Orbit: Phil Knight: Co-Founder of NIKE

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Frizell, Michael; Suryo, Yudhi

    Phil Knight, a native of Oregon and the co-founder of Nike, Inc. is a business magnate and philanthropist who built an empire by selling a dream. By stepping into the shoes of a world-class athlete, we borrow some of their power, strength, and perseverance. Explore the life of the man behind the myth in this lavishly illustrated comic book. more

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  • Welcome to Waterbury #4

    Welcome to Waterbury #4

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Rafter, Daniel; Golden, Bryon L.

    Chapter 4: Sacrifice. We learn it all her not without a couple of huge sacrifices. Who will live and who will meet their bitter end at the hand of the scarecrows. It is a race to the finish line and will Audrey’s demons finally be at rest. This is a finale that will leave you guessing to the last page. more

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  • TidalWave Artist Showcase: Dave Ryan

    TidalWave Artist Showcase: Dave Ryan

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ryan, Dave

    Dave Ryan is an American comic book artist who runs Red Anvil Comics with creator owned titles such as “War of the Independents” and the upcoming “World Wide Warriors”. At TidalWave, Ryan’s cover art has been showcased on many biography comic books such as Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Dolly Parton and Stormy Daniels. His art has been showcased in mass media such as on CNN, The FOX News Channel and in Time Magazine. This 25-page gallery showcases never before seen images and covers from the legendary artist. more

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  • The New Oil Painting

    The New Oil Painting

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Brooks, Kimberly

    Here is everything you need to know about getting into oil painting—and maintaining a safe, solvent-free oil painting practice—in a slim, sophisticated guide.

    Oil painting is an exciting and adventurous medium, but aspiring artists can feel daunted by complex setups and the thought of using harsh chemicals. All of that changes now. The New Oil Painting walks you step-by-step through oil painting fundamentals—which materials you actually need, how to mix paint, how to set up your painting space—and, most revolutionary of all, how to eliminate harmful solvents from your work and replace them with safe, effective substitutes. This instructional handbook is organized into chapters with helpful diagrams throughout illustrating various techniques and tools. Whether you're a true beginner or have been painting with oils for years, you will find that this book has everything you need to build a new, thriving, toxin-free practice.

    • UNIQUE APPROACH: Not only does this book help aspiring artists build a repertoire of skills and materials, it also offers all artists, regardless of their experience levels, methods for eliminating solvents and other toxic substances from their oil painting practices. What was once a dangerous pastime is now a guilt-free,... more

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  • Listening Path, The

    Listening Path, The

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Cameron, Julia

    **An AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award-winning production**

    A 6-week Artist’s Way Program from legendary author Julia Cameron

    \"A book on better listening seems particularly suited for audio, and careful listeners will be rewarded.\" -- Booklist

    The newest audiobook from beloved author Julia Cameron, The Listening Path is a transformational journey to deeper, more profound listening and creativity. Over six weeks, listeners will be given the tools to become better listeners—to their environment, the people around them, and themselves. The reward for learning to truly listen is immense. As we learn to listen, our attention is heightened and we gain healing, insight, clarity. But above all, listening creates connections and ignites a creativity that will resonate through every aspect of our lives.

    Julia Cameron is the author of the explosively successful book The Artist’s Way, which has transformed the creative lives of millions of readers and listeners since it was first published. Incorporating tools from The Artist’s Way, The Listening Path offers a new method of creative and personal transformation.

    Each week, listeners will be challenged to expand their ability to listen in a new... more

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  • Live Beautiful

    Live Beautiful

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Calderone, Athena

    From celebrated design expert and interior designer Athena Calderone, a look into how creatives decorate their spaces
    Beautiful design isn’t just pleasant to look at; it improves the quality of our lives. In Live Beautiful, the highly anticipated design book by Athena Calderone, the EyeSwoon creator taps into her international network of interior decorators, fashion designers, and tastemakers to reveal how carefully crafted interiors come together. She also opens the doors to two of her own residences.
    With each homeowner, Calderone explores the initial spark of inspiration that incited their design journey. She then breaks down the details of the rooms—like layered textures and patterns, collected pieces, and customized vignettes—and offers helpful tips on how to bring these elevated elements into your own space. Filled with gorgeous photography by Nicole Franzen, Live Beautiful is both a showpiece of exquisite design and a guide to creating a home that’s thoughtfully put together.

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