The Strange Case of Edward Gorey

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ISBN: 9781606993842
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Published: Fantagraphics - February 14th, 2011

This is the best sort of biography. Written like a thoughtful introduction of one friend to another.

Year of Our Lord

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Year of Our Lord: Faith, Hope and Harmony in the Mississippi Delta Cover Image
By T. R. Pearson, Langdon Clay (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780982852828
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Published: Mockingbird Publishing - October 1st, 2010

T. R. Pearson's new book focuses on a young man named Lucas McCarty whose life, according to Pearson, is "often difficult, always determined" because he has cerebral palsy. Now in his early twenties, Lucas spent the first part of his life as an Episcopalian. Dissatisfied with the tame nature of that brand of worship he became involved with an African-American congregation in Moorhead, Mississippi called the Trinity House of Prayer Holiness Church where he was embraced without so much as a raised eyebrow. On Sundays Lucas does not sit quietly in a pew. He sings in the choir. His condition prevents him from actually singing (Lucas cannot speak), but that does not stop him from making a joyful noise. Year of Our Lord is a moving testament to a remarkable young man and his place in a remarkable community. It is also a fascinating snapshot of an utterly unique region in America. Pearson paints a vivid portrait of the history, culture, and economy of the Mississippi Delta. Langdon Clay's accompanying photographs contribute beautifully to a book unlike any other you will find on our shelves. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

High Style

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High Style: Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300212310
Availability: Special Order
Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art - February 10th, 2015

If I could own a single piece of fashion history, it would be a gown from the House of Worth, and many have never even heard the name. The dresses pictured by all of the accomplished designers in this beautiful collection are legendary, and many are being revealed to the world at large for the first time. Now anyone who does not have firsthand access to the collection of the Metropolitan Museum can appreciate the sumptuous fabrics and details that made these designers true pioneers in the worldwide landscape of haute couture. ~ Reviewed by Meghan Goodwin

Man with a Blue Scarf

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Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780500289716
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Thames & Hudson - September 9th, 2013

The art critic Martin Gayford has been friends with Lucien Freud for years. But it was only in the early 2000s that he decided to ask if he could sit for a portrait. Sitting for the master is quite an undertaking in itself. Freud's methods means that the subject can often sit before his easel for months - even years. That gives Gayford plenty of time to observe his pal at work. Freud is determined to paint the individual not as they are, but as he discovers them to be. That involves a conversational process that's akin to one of his grandfather's sessions and what can seem like endless fidgeting with the brush and canvas. Along the way, Gayford and Freud share their thoughts on portraiture and cover an even wider range of subjects--such as why Freud prefers Michelangelo to Da Vinci and the relationship between food and paint. It's a delightful account that will engage even those who have no idea who Lucien Freud is. He's a bit of an eccentric character as well - who knew that he might interrupt a painting session so that he can take a refreshing bath? ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


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ISBN: 9780711231375
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Frances Lincoln - July 29th, 2010

Photographer Pollet circled the world seeking the most beautiful tree barks. His pictures transform a nature guide into an astounding work of art. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones

The Gardner Heist

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The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061451843
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 16th, 2010

Boser carefully interviews everyone from the only FBI agent on the case to all the unsavory characters seemingly associated with the theft, which included a Vermeer and Rembrandt's only maritime painting, and he has his suspicions. Here's fact that reads like fiction. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones


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