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Da Vinci's Ghost

Da Vinci's Ghost

Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image

by Toby Lester

Paperback, 275 pages, Free Press, $16, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
  • Toby Lester

Da Vinci's Ghost recounts the intellectual journey behind the creation of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and how the drawing represents the momentous period in Western history when the Middle Ages gave way to the Renaissance.

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What Are You Looking At?

What Are You Looking At?

The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art

by Will Gompertz

Hardcover, 435 pages, Dutton Adult, $28.95, published October 25 2012 | purchase
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  • The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art
  • Will Gompertz

Will Gompertz presents an irreverent narrative tour of modern art that explains its cultural relevance and why it is so compelling, tracing a century's worth of movements, achievements and masterpieces that have reshaped the art world.

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James Bond

James Bond

50 Years of Movie Posters

by Dennis Gassner and Alastair Dougall

Hardcover, 315 pages, Dk Pub, $50, published September 3 2012 | purchase
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  • 50 Years of Movie Posters
  • Dennis Gassner and Alastair Dougall

Collects a gallery of rare and sought-after posters, as well as unused concept artwork, and unique teasers, and lobby cards from virtually every country where Bond movies have screened.

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The Highwaymen

The Highwaymen

Florida's African-American Landscape Painters

by Gary Monroe

Hardcover, 149 pages, University Press of Florida, $34.95, published October 1 2001 | purchase
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  • Florida's African-American Landscape Painters
  • Gary Monroe

Gary Monroe tells the story of a group of African-American landscape artists in Florida who sold their idealized, candy-colored paintings by the thousands.

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The Day in Its Color

The Day in Its Color

Charles Cushman's Photographic Journey Through a Vanishing America

by Eric Sandweiss

Hardcover, 237 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $39.95, published February 28 2012 | purchase
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  • The Day in Its Color
  • Charles Cushman's Photographic Journey Through a Vanishing America
  • Eric Sandweiss

Introduces Charles Cushman's extraordinary photography, a recently unearthed archive of photographs that is the largest known body of early color photographs by a single photographer, which included portraits, landscapes, children playing, laborers working, thousands of street scenes and more.

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Planetfall

Planetfall

New Solar System Visions

by Michael Benson

Hardcover, 208 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $55, published October 1 2012 | purchase
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  • New Solar System Visions
  • Michael Benson

"Thanks to the photographic output of a small squadron of interplanetary spacecraft, we have awakened to the beauty and splendor of the solar system. Since Michael Benson's masterful book Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes, new, more powerful cameras in probes with greatly improved maneuverability have traversed the wheeling satellites of Jupiter; roamed the boulder-strewn red deserts of Mars; studied Saturn's immaculate rings; and shown us our own ravishing Earth, a blue-white orb with a disturbingly thin atmosphere, as it plunges deeper into ecological crisis. These new images are the subject of Benson's Planetfall, a truly revelatory book that uses its large page size to reproduce the greatest achievements in contemporary planetary photography as never before"--

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Just My Type

Just My Type

A Book About Fonts

by Simon Garfield

Paperback, 356 pages, Gotham, $16, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • A Book About Fonts
  • Simon Garfield

Just My Type documents the history of typefaces from the early days of Gutenberg to the modern applications of digital fonts, tracing the impact of font usage in business and pop culture while explaining what favorite fonts reveal about personality.NPR Bestseller

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Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk

Portraits of Country Music

by Henry Horenstein and Eddie Stubbs

Hardcover, 143 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $50, published September 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Portraits of Country Music
  • Henry Horenstein and Eddie Stubbs

Presents more than 100 of the photographer's best images from 1972 through 2011 that document the country music scene in Nashville, from the Grand Ole Opry to dive bars and featuring legends Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ralph Stanley and Tammy Wynette.

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Caveat Emptor

Caveat Emptor

The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

by Ken Perenyi

Hardcover, 314 pages, Pegasus, $27.95, published August 15 2012 | purchase
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  • The Secret Life of an American Art Forger
  • Ken Perenyi

Ten years after the case was closed by the FBI, an artist with an uncanny ability to mimic the work of the old masters confesses and describes his 30-year career as a professional art forger.

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The Factory of Dreams

The Factory of Dreams

Inside Televisa Studios

by Stefan Ruiz and Pablo Helguera

Hardcover, 89 pages, Distributed Art Pub Inc, $50, published July 31 2012 | purchase
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  • Stefan Ruiz and Pablo Helguera
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Colors of Confinement

Colors of Confinement

Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II

by Eric L. Muller and Bill Manbo

Hardcover, 122 pages, Univ of North Carolina Pr, $35, published August 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II
  • Eric L. Muller and Bill Manbo
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This Will End in Tears

This Will End in Tears

The Miserabilist Guide to Music

by Adam Brent Houghtaling

Paperback, 368 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published August 7 2012 | purchase
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  • The Miserabilist Guide to Music
  • Adam Brent Houghtaling

Including an A-Z list of entries of the masters of melancholy, this compendium of the greatest sad songs and artists of the modern era is accompanied by essays that explain the power of particular songs and artists, the particular types of sad music and their effects on the listener.

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The Art of the Illusion

The Art of the Illusion

Deceptions to Challenge the Eye and the Mind

by Brad Honeycutt, Terry Stickels and Scott Kim

Hardcover, 224 pages, Charlesbridge Pub Inc, $24.95, published July 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Deceptions to Challenge the Eye and the Mind
  • Brad Honeycutt, Terry Stickels, et al

Presents over two hundred optical illusions that defy reality, featuring works by M.C. Escher, as well as pieces from Octavio Ocampo, Rob Gonsalves, and Andre Martins de Barros.

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The Age of Insight

The Age of Insight

The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present

by Eric R. Kandel

Hardcover, 636 pages, Random House Inc, $40, published March 27 2012 | purchase
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  • The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present
  • Eric R. Kandel

A Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist and author of In Search of Memory documents the work of five leading minds including Sigmund Freud and Gustave Klimt in 1900 Vienna, revealing how their critical breakthroughs in science, medicine and art laid the groundwork for present-day discoveries in brain science.

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The Burning House

The Burning House

by Foster Huntington

Paperback, 265 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Foster Huntington

Setting in motion a thought-provoking debate between the practical, the valuable and the sentimental, this unique book asks a simple question-- "What would you save from your burning home?" Original. 50,000 first printing.

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