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The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy

Ursus Wehrli · Chronicle Books
Format: Book

The modern world can get messy. Fortunately, Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli is a man of obsessive order, as he demonstrates with eye-catching surprise in The Art of Clean Up. Already a bestseller in Germany, this compulsive title has sold more than 100,000 copies in less than a year, and the fastidiously...
 
 
The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

Richard Kurin · Penguin Press HC, The; Book Club Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Now Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin, aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, has assembled a literary...
 
 
Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap

Ben Westhoff · Hachette Books
Pages: 432
Format: Print book

"Invaluable... Westhoff's] book will stand as a comprehensive guide to an inner-city movement that conquered the world. """---"Publishers Weekly "A monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast...
 
 
The Jewelry Recipe Book: Transforming Ordinary Materials into Stylish and Distinctive Earrings, Bracelets, Necklaces, and Pins

Nancy Soriano · Artisan Publishers
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

The Jewelry Recipe Book takes materials available at large craft stores (as well as specialty shops and artisan shops on Etsy) - beads, shrink plastic, leather, lace, pearls, sequins, polymer clay, yarn, and pinecones, to name a few - and transforms them into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry....
 
 
Figure Drawing Methods for Artists: Over 130 Methods for Sketching, Drawing, and Artistic Discovery

Peter Boerboom · Rockport Publishers
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback

Simple methods teach how to draw figures. When we try to draw a person, we are quickly confronted with various challenges. The proportions need to be correct, the attitude must be clear and vivid, the face should show resemblance and also be expressive. Such a task takes courage. Yet a little...
 
 
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood

William J. Mann · Harper; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

New York Times BestsellerEdgar Award winner for Best Fact CrimeThe Day of the Locust meets The Devil in the White City and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in this juicy, untold Hollywood story an addictive true tale of ambition, scandal, intrigue, murder, and the creation of the modern...
 
 
Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation

Questlove · Harper Design

From Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the award-winning hip-hop group the Roots, comes this vibrant book commemorating the legacy of Soul Train—the cultural phenomenon that launched the careers of artists such as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, Lenny...
 
 
In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art

Sue Roe · Penguin Press
Format: Hardcover

A lively and deeply researched group biography of the figures who transformed the world of art in bohemian Paris in the first decade of the twentieth century In Montmartre is a colorful history of the birth of Modernist art as it arose from one of the most astonishing collections of artistic...
 
 
Yoga: The Art of Transformation

Debra Diamond · Smithsonian Books
Format: Print book

An exploration of yoga's meanings and transformations over time; the discipline's goals of spiritual enlightenment, worldly power, and health and well-being; and the beauty and profundity of Indian art.
 
 
Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars

Neil Young · Blue Rider Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Neil Young's first memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, was an international bestseller and critical sensation. The Wall Street Journal wrote that it was "terrific: modest, honest, funny and frequently moving," while The New York Times found it "as charismatically off the wall...
 
 
Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions

Sandra Blakeslee · Henry Holt and Co.; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

"This book doesn't just promise to change the way you think about sleight of hand and David Copperfield—it will also change the way you think about the mind." —Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide and Proust Was A Neuroscientist Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde,...
 
 
How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City

Joan DeJean · St Martins Pr
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

At the beginning of the seventeenth century, Paris was known for isolated monuments but had not yet put its brand on urban space. Like other European cities, it was still emerging from its medieval past. But in a mere century Paris would be transformed into the modern and mythic city we know...
 
 
Last Chain On Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top

Carol Bradley · St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Against the backdrop of a glittering but brutal circus world, Carol Bradleys Last Chain on Billie charts the history of elephants in America, the inspiring story of the Elephant Sanctuary and the spellbinding tale of a resilient elephant who defied the system even as she struggled to conquer...
 
 
The Birth of Rock and Roll

Joe Bonomo · Dust-to-Digital
Format: Hardcover

In The Birth of Rock and Roll, Americana collector Jim Linderman has arranged a storyboard of sorts that dramatizes the spirit of rock and roll in its early days-when "a juke-joint with fifty patrons was a big show," as Linderman writes in his introduction. "A church with...
 
 
1963: The Year of the Revolution: How Youth Changed the World with Music, Art, and Fashion

Ariel Leve · It Books
Format: Hardcover

Ariel Leve and Robin Morgan's oral history 1963: The Year of the Revolution is the first book to recount the kinetic story of the twelve months that witnessed a demographic power shift—the rise of the Youth Quake movement, a cultural transformation through music, fashion, politics,...