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The Public Library

A Photographic Essay

by Robert Dawson

Hardcover, 191 pages, Chronicle Books, $35, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • A Photographic Essay
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Over the last 18 years, photographer Robert Dawson has crisscrossed the country documenting hundreds of libraries.

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Weeping Mary

Weeping Mary

by O. Rufus Lovett and Anne Wilkes Tucker

Hardcover, 164 pages, Univ of Texas Pr, $45, published November 30 2006 | purchase
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How Paris Became Paris

How Paris Became Paris

The Invention of the Modern City

by Joan Dejean

Hardcover, 307 pages, Bloomsbury USA, $30, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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Joan DeJean documents the century-long transformation of Paris from a medieval center to the modern city that is recognized today, revealing how the Parisian urban model was actually invented in the 17th century, when leaders tore down fortifications, created public parks and constructed streets and bridges.

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The Petropolis of Tomorrow

The Petropolis of Tomorrow

by Neeraj Bhatia and Mary Casper

Hardcover, 569 pages, Actarbirkhauser, $34.95, published November 1 2013 | purchase
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Scent & Subversion

Scent & Subversion

Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume

by Barbara Herman

Hardcover, 281 pages, Lyons Press, $24.95, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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Barbara Herman looks at the bold, sexy and downright odd smells that have defined women over the decades.

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The Art of Rube Goldberg

The Art of Rube Goldberg

A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius

by Jennifer George, Adam Gopnik, Andrew Baron, Al Jaffee and Carl Linich

Hardcover, 191 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $60, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius
  • Jennifer George, Adam Gopnik, et al

Celebrates Rube Goldberg's life and collects his body of work including his drawings, iconic inventions, comic strips, advertising work, political cartoons, and sculpture.

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The Lost Carving

The Lost Carving

A Journey to the Heart of Making

by David Esterly

Paperback, 279 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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David Esterly traces his path to becoming a forefront practitioner of Baroque artist Grinling Gibbons' forgotten woodcarving technique, including the year he spent re-creating a Gibbons piece that had been lost in a fire at the Hampton Court Palace outside London.

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Roman Pilgrimage

Roman Pilgrimage

The Station Churches

by George Weigel, Elizabeth Lev and Stephen Weigel

Hardcover, 409 pages, Perseus Books Group, $39.99, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • George Weigel, Elizabeth Lev, et al

Roman Pilgrimage presents a stations pilgrimage tour of the Eternal City during the Lenten season, discussing the faith-based practices of today's pilgrims while offering commentaries on relevant liturgies, art and architecture.

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Awkward Family Holiday Photos

Awkward Family Holiday Photos

by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

Paperback, 204 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

A celebration of how families induce embarrassment during the holidays features photographs of kids cringing in homemade Halloween costumes, an overly patriotic uncle who literally wears a flag on the Fourth of July, and a forced re-creation of a Nativity scene that is anything but peaceful.NPR Bestseller

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Humans of New York

Humans of New York

by Brandon Stanton

Hardcover, 1 volume (unpaged), St. Martin's Press, $29.99, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Brandon Stanton

In this photographic census of New York City inspired by the blog of the same name, the author showcases 400 color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories that capture the outsized personalities of New York, and pay tribute to the human side of a great city.NPR Bestseller

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Shocked

Shocked

My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me

by Patricia Volk

Hardcover, 283 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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The author shares the lessons about womanhood and personal style she learned from both her mother, an upper-middle-class New Yorker who was the polished hostess at her family's garment district restaurant, and Elsa Schiaparelli, the outrageous, iconoclastic Italian fashion designer.

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Super Graphic

Super Graphic

A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe

by Tim Leong

Paperback, 192 pages, Chronicle Books Llc, $18.95, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe
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The comic book universe is adventurous, mystifying and filled with heroes, villains and cosplaying Comic-Con attendees. This book by one of Wired magazine's art directors traverses the graphic world through a collection of pie charts, bar graphs, timelines, scatter plots and more. Super Graphic offers readers a unique look at the intricate and sometimes contradictory storylines that weave their way through comic books, and shares advice for navigating the pages of some of the most popular, longest-running and best-loved comics and graphic novels out there.

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Bough Down

Bough Down

by Karen Green

Hardcover, 186 pages, Distributed Art Pub Inc, $36, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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Karen Green explores grief, love, memory and devastating loss in the aftermath of her husband's suicide.

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