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Wonder Man-A Memoir of a Craftsman Who Is Recognized As an Artist

by Hannah K

Masaaki Hiroi is an extremely renowned craftsman, who earned his status to be recognized as an artist. Masaaki Hiroi makes Edo tops, toys played by both adults and children not only in present-day Japan but...


Show Me a Story!: Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World's Most Celebrated Illustrators

by Leonard S. Marcus

In compelling interviews by the acclaimed Leonard S. Marcus, twenty-one top authors and illustrators reveal their inside stories on the art of creating picture books. Max and Mickey; Miss Nelson; Pack, Quack,...


Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun

by Wafaa Bilal & Kari Lydersen

Award-winning Iraqi artist's life story and reflections on his highly provocative interactive art piece.


The Noble Approach: Art and Designs of Maurice Noble

by Tod Polson

This extraordinary volume examines the life and animation philosophy of Maurice Noble, the noted American animation background artist and layout designer whose contributions to the industry span more than 60...


Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

by Chris Greenhalgh

Coco Chanel and Composer Igor Stravinsky.

Their love affair inspired their art.

Their art defined an era.

In 1913, at the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, the young couturiere Coco Chanel witnesses...


The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera

by Betram D. Wolfe

A visionary painter best known for his murals, Diego Rivera explored Paris, Spain, San Francisco, New York, Moscow and his native Mexico, and counted Picasso, Cocteau, Trotsky and Rockefeller among his coterie...


Charles Dickens' Favorite Daughter: The Life, Loves, and Art of Katey Dickens Perugini

by Lucinda Hawksley

As the daughter of the most famous writer of the time, Katey Dickens enjoyed a high profile in Victorian society. She pursued her love of painting, acted in her father’s plays, socialized with the Thackerays,...


Nothing Is True-Everything is Permitted: The Life of Brion Gysin

by John Geiger

The multimedia artist, poet and novelist Brion Gysin may be the most influential cultural figure of the twentieth century that most people have never heard of.Gysin (1916–1986) was an English-born, Canadian-raised,...


Miss O'Keeffe

by Christine Taylor Patten & Alvaro Cardona-Hine

This intimate account of the year of Patten's employment offers a rare glimpse of O'Keeffe's daily life when she could no longer see well enough to paint.


Al Jaffee's Mad Life: A Biography

by Mary-Lou Weisman & Al Jaffee

Jaffee’s inventive work has enlivened the pages of MAD since 1955. To date he has pickled three generations of American kids in the brine of satire, and continues to bring millions of childhoods to untimely...


Life of Richard Wagner

by Louis Nohl & George P. Upton

The classic biography on the Bavarian maestro, Richard Wagner. Covers his life from birth and youth to death.


Tiepolo Pink

by Roberto Calasso & Alastair Mcewen

The eighteenth-century Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo spent his life executing commissions in churches, palaces, and villas, often covering vast ceilings like those at the Würzburg Residenz in Germany...


The Red Man's Bones: George Catlin, Artist and Showman

by Benita Eisler

The first biography in over sixty years of a great American artist whose paintings are more famous than the man who made them. George Catlin has been called the “first artist of the West,” as none before...


Dawn French

by Alison Bowyer

Undoubtedly the doyenne of British comedy, Dawn French has had an outstandingly successful career, beginning in the 1980s when she was part of the innovative troupe The Comedy Strip. But it was as one half of...


Survivors

by The Nolans

Four sisters, four very different characters. But they have always been there for each other, through the hard times as well as the good. Now they describe growing up performing from as young as two, what it...


Pulling Myself Together

by Denise Welch

One of our most popular actresses, Denise Welch got her television break in the BBC's Spender opposite Jimmy Nail and followed it by achieving success in ITVs worldwide hit drama Soldier Soldier. She really...


Upfront and Personal

by Coleen Nolan

Writing with the warmth and humour that have made her so popular, Coleen describes her eventful life, from joining her sisters' band The Nolans when she was only nine to growing up in the spotlight as they went...


Double Take: A Memoir

by Kevin Michael Connolly

Double take

A rapid or surprised second look, either literal or figurative, at a person or situation whose significance has not been completely grasped at first.

Kevin Michael Connolly is a twenty-three-year-old...


Rajinikanth

by Naman Ramachandran

Rajinikanth is, quite simply, the biggest superstar cinema-crazy India has ever seen. His stylized dialogues and screen mannerisms are legion, and his guy-next-door-cum-superhero image has found a hysterically...


The Allure of Chanel

by Paul Morand & Euan Cameron

Coco Chanel invited Paul Morand to visit her in St Moritz at the end of the Second World War when he was given the opportunity to write her memoirs; his notes of their conversations were put away in a drawer...