An exploration of how French culture during the reign of Louis XIV has had an enduring influence on modern traditions and style cites the French origins of such practices as haute cuisine, interior design, and the consumption of celebratory champagne. 40,000 first printing.
Citing the 2003 looting of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad that resulted in the destruction of countless antiquities, a lavishly illustrated volume seeks to reconstruct the museum and its lost ancient treasures, discussing how numerous pieces offered insight into ancient Mesopotamian life. 25,000 first printing.
A rich compilation of photographs and text captures the lives, culture, and community of the Parsis, a religious and ethnic minority of India and South Asia who continue to follow the ancient religion of Zarathustra.
Presenting a series of remarkable images from around the world, an expansive collection of 280 color photographs from National Geographic, representing the work of more than 150 acclaimed photographers, captures portrait images of people from around the world, accompanied by insights from the photographers.
More than twenty short works by the Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder include a profile of film director Roman Polanski, a furniture designer's struggles with Parkinson's disease, and David Hockney's unusual experiments with photography. 25,000 first printing.