Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine by Thomas Andrew Denenberg - Book Review

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By Thomas Andrew Denenberg, Tim Bolton (Contributions by), James F. O'Gorman (Contributions by), Erica E. Hirshler (Contributions by), Marc Simpson (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780300184426
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Published: Yale University Press - December 11th, 2012

I am so grateful for Art - food for the eye, the heart and the soul. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan

Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People by Matt Hoyle - Book Review

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By Matt Hoyle (By (photographer)), Mel Brooks (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781452125381
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Chronicle Books - October 15th, 2013

The most important book you can buy of the year, filled with insightful ponderings of the most influential people in the world. Not really, this just makes me laugh every time I go through it. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon

Life's a Beach

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By Martin Parr (Photographer), Martin Parr
ISBN: 9781597112130
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Published: Aperture - May 31st, 2013

Wow, Parr's photos are a panic– wonderfully revealing of all kinds of human behavior in countries from Great Britain to Japan to Argentina. People everywhere on a beach somewhere: tanning, eating, frolicking, swimming, reading and enjoying themselves. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Knight

The Anatomy of Type

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ISBN: 9780062203120
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Published: Harper Design - November 13th, 2012

As booksellers and book lovers, we all understand how disappointing it is to read a beautiful novel only to be appalled by its packaging. Thankfully, most great books are accompanied by great design: however, this is not always the case. It is easy to imagine the cacophony occasioned by writing your thesis in, say, Comic Sans MS; not all, however, would cringe at a resume written in Palatino Linotype or other deceivingly "formal" or "professional" glyphs. The Anatomy of Type helps the pedestrian design fiend and font-novice alike navigate one hundred of the most well-known typefaces to avoid the aforementioned blunders. From supplying esoteric asides to lexical basics (e.g. the significance of "bracket," "bowl," "aperture," or "x-height"), Coles does a superb job of organizing a lot of data into a comprehensible, attractive package. Anatomy sorts its fonts by classification, giving readers a good feel for specialized terms which might otherwise go misunderstood or ignored: similarly, each nugget of typeface jargon is clearly explained as needed (no footnotes, no appendix.) Although totally cliche, Coles really has created a design reference--a great piece of teaching--that embodies great design. Advertisers, writers, artists, and all who have a penchant for meticulously organized information will love this book. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo

Leonardo and the Last Supper

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ISBN: 9780802717054
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Published: Walker & Company - October 30th, 2012

Leonardo da Vinci left Florence for Milan in 1482, hoping to work for Count Lodovico Sforza as an architect and military engineer, to no avail. Finally, Sforza ordered a wall painting at a small Dominican convent. This absolutely fascinating book shows the artistry, techniques and politics that created one of our most memorable works of art. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones

The Appalachian Trail

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ISBN: 9780847839032
Availability: Special Order
Published: Rizzoli - September 25th, 2012

Whether you've hiked it all, or just a piece, or simply dreamed of doing it, this lavishly illustrated volume is a worthy tribute to "The People's Path" in this its 75th year. An exploration of the legendary footpath, which includes 300 eye-popping contemporary images plus unpublished archival photos, maps and documents. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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