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The Hare with Amber Eyes

Ondaatje Prize 2011

by Edmund De Waal

The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in nineteenth-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only...


Seven Years with Banksy

by Robert Clarke

A personal and in-depth account of the enigmatic man behind the murals, written by a friend and fan An illuminating memoir of the world's most celebrated graffiti artist, this book offers insight into Banksy's...


Picasso: A Biography

by Patrick O'brian

"The best biography of Picasso."-Kenneth ClarkPatrick O'Brian's outstanding biography of Picasso is here available in paperback for the first time. It is the most comprehensive yet written, and the only biography...


Don't Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs They Quit

by Howard Bahr, Michelle Richmond & Sonny Brewer

P. J. O'Rourke said, "Creative writing teachers should be purged until every last instructor who has uttered the words 'Write what you know' is confined to a labor camp... The blind guy with the funny little...


Emily Carr and Her Dogs: Flirt, Punk, and Loo

by Emily Carr

This delightful book combines 25 stories about dogs with 16 playful drawings by famous Canadian writer, artist, and animal lover Emily Carr. She tells of her joys and tribulations raising Old English sheepdogs,...


Van Gogh: The Life

by Gregory White Smith & Steven Naifeh

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith galvanized readers with their astonishing Jackson Pollock: An American Saga, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography, a book acclaimed for its...


Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt

by Matt Diehl & Butch Walker

The artist named by Rolling Stone as one of America’s best singer-songwriters and the 2005 Producer of the Year shares the inside story of his music career

From his days with one-hit-wonder band the Marvelous...


Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution

by Richard Brookhiser

Since 1996, Richard Brookhiser has devoted himself to recovering the Founding for modern Americans. The creators of our democracy had both the temptations and the shortcomings of all men, combined with the talents...


David Hockney: The Biography, 1975-2012

by Christopher Simon Sykes

In this fascinating and entertaining second volume, Christopher Simon Sykes explores the life and work of Britain's most popular living artist.

 

David Hockney is one of the most influential and best-loved artists...


Love Made Visible: Scenes from a Mostly Happy Marriage

by Jean Gibran, Katherine French & Charles Giuliano

Jean Gibran’s Love Made Visible is the moving story of a marriage, of Boston’s South End, and the Boston Expressionist art scene that first flourished there in the 1930s and ‘40s. A teacher in the Boston...


The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

by Andy Warhol

A loosely formed autobiography by Andy Warhol, told with his trademark blend of irony and detachment

 

In The Philosophy of Andy Warhol—which, with the subtitle "(From A to B and Back Again)," is less a memoir...


Rajesh Khanna

by Yaseer Usman & Yasser Usman

The untold story of Hindi cinema’s first superstar Obsessed female fans routinely sent him love letters written in blood. Hysterical crowds camped outside his house to catch a glimpse of the superstar. And...


Kuchh to log kahenge

by Yaseer Usman & Yasser Usman

The untold story of Hindi cinema’s first superstar Obsessed female fans routinely sent him love letters written in blood. Hysterical crowds camped outside his house to catch a glimpse of the superstar. And...


Big Eyes: The Screenplay

by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski & Tyler Stallings

WITH AN INTERVIEW WITH MARGARET KEANE

The full screenplay by award-winning Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for acclaimed director Tim Burton's film Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph...


Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter

by Patricia Albers

“Gee, Joan, if only you were French and male and dead.” —New York art dealer to Joan Mitchell, the 1950s

She was a steel heiress from the Midwest—Chicago and Lake Forest (her grandfather built Chicago’s...


A Mirror Garden

by Monir Farmanfarmaian & Zara Houshmand

In Persia in 1924, when a child still had to worry about hostile camels in the bazaar and a nanny might spin stories at her pillow until her eyes fell shut, the extraordinary and irresistible Monir Shahroudy...


Shelter: An Architect's Journey into Sustainability

by Wayne Bingham

After being trained and practicing conventional glass, steel, and concrete architecture for thirty years, an award-winning architect discovers the concept of sustainable living and embarks on a journey that...


Artists Under Hitler: Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany

by Jonathan Petropoulos

"What are we to make of those cultural figures, many with significant international reputations, who tried to find accommodation with the Nazi regime?" Jonathan Petropoulos asks in this exploration of some of...


Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design

by Jan-Christopher Horak

Iconic graphic designer and Academy Award--winning filmmaker Saul Bass (1920--1996) defined an innovative era in cinema. His title sequences for films such as Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)...


Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe: A Biography

by Philip Gefter

Biography on a grand cultural level, here is the long-awaited story of Sam Wagstaff and his indelible influence on the world of late-twentieth-century art. Sam Wagstaff, the legendary curator, collector, and...