Support
provided by:
close
 

archive

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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • This Will End in Tears
  • 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.

News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Art of the Illusion
  • 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.

News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Age of Insight
  • 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.

News and Reviews
The Burning House

The Burning House

by Foster Huntington

Paperback, 265 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published July 10 2012 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Burning House
  • 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.

News and Reviews
The Hare With Amber Eyes

The Hare With Amber Eyes

A Hidden Inheritance

by Edmund De Waal

Paperback, 354 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published August 2 2011 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Hare With Amber Eyes
  • A Hidden Inheritance
  • Edmund De Waal

Traces the parallel stories of 19th century art patron Charles Ephrussi and his unique collection of 264 miniature netsuke — Japanese ivory carvings — documenting Ephrussi's relationship with Marcel Proust and the impact of the Holocaust on his cosmopolitan family.NPR Bestseller

News and Reviews
Dear Photograph

Dear Photograph

by Taylor Jones

Hardcover, 247 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published May 8 2012 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Dear Photograph
  • Taylor Jones

This beautiful collection of more than 140 never-before-seen Dear Photographs displays photos from the past to the present that evoke childhood memories, lament difficult losses and celebrate the universal nature of love. 75,000 first printing.

News and Reviews
Blown Covers

Blown Covers

New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See

by Francoise Mouly

Hardcover, 128 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $24.95, published April 1 2012 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Blown Covers
  • New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See
  • Francoise Mouly

In Blown Covers, Françoise Mouly — The New Yorker's art editor since 1993 — explains how she selects each issue's topical, iconic cover image and gives readers a glimpse at some of the juicier images that didn't make the cut.

News and Reviews
Bookshelf

Bookshelf

by Alex Johnson

Hardcover, 272 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $24.95, published May 1 2012 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Bookshelf
  • Alex Johnson
News and Reviews
Children's Picturebooks

Children's Picturebooks

The Art of Visual Storytelling

by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles

Paperback, 192 pages, Chronicle Books Llc, $35, published February 8 2012 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Children's Picturebooks
  • The Art of Visual Storytelling
  • Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles
News and Reviews
Prom

Prom

by Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell

Hardcover, 162 pages, J Paul Getty Museum Pubns, $49.95, published April 3 2012 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Prom
  • Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell

Provided by publisher.

News and Reviews
Abstract City

Abstract City

by Christoph Niemann

Hardcover, 267 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $24.95, published April 1 2012 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Abstract City
  • Christoph Niemann

A collection of posts from illustrator and designer Christoph Niemann's visual blog for The New York Times. Niemann turns mundane experiences such as riding the subway or trying to get a good night's sleep into flights of visual fancy.

News and Reviews
The Lady in Gold

The Lady In Gold

The Extraordinary Tale Of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer

by Anne-Marie O'Connor

Hardcover, 349 pages, Random House Inc, $30, published February 7 2012 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Lady In Gold
  • The Extraordinary Tale Of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer
  • Anne-Marie O'Connor

Shares the events that shaped the creation of the painter's most famous portrait, covering such topics as the story of the salon hostess who was his model, contributing factors in turn-of-the-century Vienna and the painting's fate.

News and Reviews
Jack Robinson on Show

Jack Robinson on Show

Portraits 1958-72

by Jack Robinson and Cybill Shepherd

Hardcover, 192 pages, Trafalgar Square, $39.95, published November 21 2011 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Jack Robinson on Show
  • Portraits 1958-72
  • Jack Robinson and Cybill Shepherd
News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Da Vinci's Ghost
  • 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.

News and Reviews
PostSecret

PostSecret

Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives

by Frank Warren

Hardcover, 276 pages, Harpercollins, $28.99, published December 1 2005 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • PostSecret
  • Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives
  • Frank Warren

Offers illustrated postcards from the PostSecret website sent in by people who anonymously reveal secrets from their past which they have never told to anyone, presenting a full range of emotions.

News and Reviews

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Podcast + RSS Feeds

Podcast RSS

  • Books