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Urban Landscape Strategies

by Giuseppe Marinoni

The projects illustrated here exemplify the way contemporary urban planning is moving in practice, and how it is precisely in the effective transformation of cities and landscapes that it is finding the theoretical...


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...


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...


Emily Carr

by Kate Braid

Carr defied convention by choosing art over marriage. Considered an eccentric by her contemporaries, she created an art unique to British Columbia.


Rolland Golden: Life, Love, and Art in the French Quarter

by Rolland Golden

An extraordinary recollection of how an artist lived and worked in the French Quarter before its gentrification


Conversations with Linda McCartney

by Ronald Ritter & Sussan Evermore

Linda McCartney was the wife of ex Beatle Paul McCartney. But what of her inner thoughts and her regrets. Now Listen as Linda reflects and gives advice on her breast cancer, thoughts of Heather Mills and Nancy...


Lady Parts

by Andrea Martin

Whether lighting up the small screen, stealing scenes on the big screen or starring on the stage, Andrea Martin has long entertained Canadians with her hilarious characterizations and heartwarming performances....


Turner - A Life

by James Hamilton

J.M.W Turner exhibited his work proudly but was correspondingly reticent about his private life. In 1799, aged 24, he became an Associate of the Royal Academy at the youngest possible age. While influential...


Where To?: A Hack Memoir

by Dmitry Samarov

Stories, sketches, and paintings crafted from a vantage point few people have access to: behind the wheel of a cab.


Behind the Black: A Fearless Venture Into the Darkest Corners of the Creative Mind In Search of Light

by Colleen Black & Ana Weber

C. Behind the Black

is a fearless venture into the darkest corners of a creative mind in search of light.


Modigliani: A Life

by Jeffrey Meyers

In 1920, at the age of thirty-five, Amedeo Modigliani died in poverty and neglect in Paris, much like a figure out of La Bohéme. His life had been as dramatic as his death. An Italian Jew from a bourgeois family,...


Jose Clemente Orozco: An Autobiography

by Jose Clemente Orozco, Robert C. Stephenson & John Palmer Leeper

The artistic eminence of José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949) is such that he has been called "the greatest painter the Americas have produced." In his Autobiography he also attains literary distinction. He is...