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The Book of the Tree: Trees in Art by Angus Hyland - Book Review

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781786276544
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - March 9th, 2021

This is a magical little tome, a review of different artists' art works of trees with poetry and some tree lore included. This book is a gem perfect for meditation or to keep handy in your own creative space. Beautifully presented elegant and eloquent in its simplicity. A perfect gift as well. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


How to Read Medieval Art (The Metropolitan Museum of Art - How to Read) by Wendy A. Stein - Book Review

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781588395979
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Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art - October 25th, 2016

Richly illustrated, clearly written introduction to Medieval art. The sculptures, tabernacles, tapestries, plates, ivory, and other artifacts of the era, created with meticulous, delicate workmanship, frequently convey deeply religious themes, and their preservation provides a window into cultures that belie the term "Dark Ages." ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Old Ireland in Colour by Sarah-Anne Buckley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781785373701
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Published: Merrion Press - June 11th, 2021

Old Photographs have an inner life, maybe it's the patina but I think early photography has a spiritual "echo". These photographs literally leap off the page. Brilliant, vibrant and engrossing you see De Valera age from one picture to the next. The AI used to color these archival prints is amazing and lends a whole new element to the period of Irish Rebellion (1916 ) and the birth of the Republic. Pair this with Say Nothing by Keefe and there is a different perspective of the Troubles and Brexit. Absolutely Brilliant! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Look of the Book: Jackets, Covers, and Art at the Edges of Literature by Peter Mendelsund - Book Review

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$50.00
ISBN: 9780399581021
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 6th, 2020

Cowritten by the most acclaimed designer of book jackets working today, The Look of the Book should be labeled an illicit substance for any and all bibliophiles! Gorgeously designed and sumptuously illustrated, this is a deep dive into history and development of the book jacket, specifically the novel’s. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Humans by Brandon Stanton - Book Review

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781250114297
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 6th, 2020

The photographer who produced the blockbuster, Humans of New York, broadens his mission to a global scale. Images and stories from over forty countries create a rich and rewarding monograph to dip into when you need a little perspective. These simple pictures of average people, aka humans, from all over the world is a welcome and heartening reminder of what we all have in common. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design by Roman Mars - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780358126607
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Published: Mariner Books - October 6th, 2020

Fans of the podcast 99% Invisible are in for a special treat. Released ten years after Roman Mars first enchanted the podcasting world, this book is an illustrated compendium of the fascinating tidbits he's gathered about the seemingly mundane. Focusing on what makes a city tick, Mars does what he does best, chronicling stories about the hidden design behind everyday objects citywide. Here you'll learn the evolution and humble origins of the water fountain, the purpose and consequence of hostile architecture, the reason Syracuse has the nation's one and only upside-down traffic signal, why some homeowners paint their dying lawns green, how guerilla gardening subverts authority, and why staircases that lead nowhere are named after a former baseball player. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


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