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Graffiti School: A Student Guide and Teacher Manual

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“Its aim is not only to educate …gives …insight into the practical and theoretical aspects of graffiti.”

— Complex: Art & Design

“This in-depth volume supplies readers with a lion’s share of knowledge on the often-marginalized art form of graffiti.”

— School Library Journal

“Public perception of graffiti has changed radically in the past 50 years. Here now is a textbook to teach students not only the history of graffiti, but also how to create it.”

— Public Art Review

The Grammar of Spice

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The Grammar of Spice is one of the world’s missing books. It will change the way we understand spices and the role they play in defining not only our food but also our place in the world… The book is beautiful to look at and hold, packed with well-researched material, and will change the way a generation appreciates the incredible world of flavors and tastes that spices open up to us.”

— Books about Food

“Featuring custom illustrations for each of the more than sixty spices featured here… this beautifully illustrated, impressively, informative book, exceptionally well organized and presented volume celebrates the world of flavors that spices open up to us… Unreservedly recommended for personal and professional cookbook collections, no community library cookbook collection can be considered complete without the inclusion of a copy of Caz Hildebrand's The Grammar of Spice.”

— Midwest Book Review

The Granny Alphabet

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“With its array of octogenarian subjects clad in nubby cardigans, sensible shoes, croc handbags and whimsical hats — not to mention a still life of fake teeth and the pattern from a plastic polka-dotted rain bonnet used as the book’s endpaper — The Granny Alphabet takes a droll view on aging.”

— The New York Times

“A sweet two-volume tribute to grandmothers.”

— New York Daily News

“Photographer and artist Tim Walker turns his kooky eye toward a subject close to everyone’s heart…A celebration of the surreal styling and over-the-top scenes for which Walker has gained a cultish following.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“Walker photographs real grandmothers with their most prized possessions, and the results are whimsical and surprisingly compelling.”

— GoodMorningAmerica.com

“Though photo shoots with grannies might seem a reach for a fashion photographer, subject and artist turn out to be a surprisingly good fit…Walker’s work is at its most playful and opulent, with images of bubblegum pink dentures next to a pink-walled bathroom; a nana reclining among towering hat boxes; another dressed to the nines in a faux puma coat.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Now, according to the new book, The Granny Alphabet, [Tim] Walker has chosen to pay homage to ‘the dying breed of little old ladies who live down the lane.’”

— Fast Co.Create

“A tribute to gray-haired glamazons everywhere.”

— Fast Co.Design

“The charmingly dotty ‘Granny Alphabet’ …introduces a parade of willfully eccentric old ladies”

— The New York Times

“An ode to …the beauty and clarity of old age.”

— Portland Book Review

“A playful look at aging and frailty.”

— Library Journal

Grayson Perry

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“With an articulate, insightful text and large color photographs, Klein (an art historian with a contemporary focus) places this eccentric, controversial British artist and his art into cultural and historical perspective.”

— Choice

The Great Archaeologists

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“Unique in not only its scope, but also its presentation of varying personal fortunes and unique contributions to the field.”

— Ancient History Encyclopedia

“Accessible and often entertaining…Offers a useful overview of the development of archaeology…Recommended.”

— Choice

The Great Archaeologists presents an incomparable survey of the discipline.”

— Crave

The Great Builders

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“The writing …is uniformly accessible and intelligently distills major achievements.”

— Choice

“This book contains much well-known information, but its historical architectural continuum could inspire architecture, engineering, and construction students.”

— Library Journal

“The study fascinates most when detailing dreams deferred—for example, Schinkel’s unbuilt Crimean palace for Tsarina Alexandra and the 'Plan for Tokyo' by Kenzo Tange that’s hard to fathom.”

— Architect Magazine

The Great Cities in History

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“The book is packed with such savory detail, relayed by writers and historians who appear to eat, sleep and breathe their cities.”

— Tunku Varadarajan The Wall Street Journal

“[T]his collection stimulates serious reflection.”

— Booklist

“Accessible, well indexed…this is not simply a reference work; the essays on each city and on each historical age are worth close reading. Highly recommended.”

— Choice

“A careful historian’s vision of a man’s metropolitan history. There are 68 cities here included. Each is accorded a short chapter written by contributors…. The cities under discussion range from the primordial Uruk to modern monsters like Sao Paulo, taking in, along the way, a host of conurbations from the ancient, the medieval, and the early modern periods… Packed with such savory detail, relayed by writers and historians who appear to eat, sleep and breathe their cities.”

— The Wall Street Journal

Great Discoveries in Medicine

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“This book is engrossing, informative and leaves you appreciating the era in which we now live …”

— Portland Book Review

“A striking and informative history, this book should be the go-to gift for many medical professionals this holiday season.”

— Library Journal

“Recommended.”

— Choice

“From the Battle of Bull Run to Seal Team 6 armchair historians have a wide range of really great gifts this year.”

— Portland Book Review

Greek Art

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“[Greek Art’s] strength lies in that it dispels old, incorrect, and widely held notions dating from the time of the European Renaissance about Greek art… The attention to detail that Boardman imparts to each facet of ancient Greek art will further facilitate an enhanced and enriched discussion about the culture and society that produced some of the world’s most iconic and beloved works of art in and outside classrooms.”

— Ancient History Encyclopedia

The Greeks in Asia

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“An in-depth and fascinating look at the results of the mingling of ancient cultures [and] a focused exploration of how the spread of Greek populations to Asia affected the existing civilizations in numerous regions including modern-day China and India… Boardman’s wealth of knowledge and numerous excellent photographs make this a fine work for student and specialist alike. ”

— Library Journal

“Richly illustrated…A fascinating glimpse into the interaction of Greek and Asian culture.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Insightful, timely, and extremely important….Boardman’s sound judgment of Greek art makes his lavishly illustrated book extremely valuable. He paints a vast cultural panorama of Greek life in Asia.”

— HuffingtonPost

Grids: A Drawing Book for Squares

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“If your child thinks of a blank page as an artistic challenge, and if he or she can imagine a shape, face, animal or building, this book has the perfect grid for it. It’s perfect for both structured and free and uninhibited art work.”

— Picture Book Depot

“activities that encourage children to use their imaginations”

— San Diego Family

Hair: Fashion and Fantasy

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“A startlingly fresh way to cut through a swath of history…Alongside famous shots of Kate and Naomi, there are gems to rediscover, like an Avedon of Jean Shrimpton, her asymmetrical hair magically aloft.”

— Vogue

“A collection of hair porn unlike anything you’ve seen on Pinterest.”

— Allure

“Entire selections dedicated to the most stunning examples of braids, curls, wigs, and chignons from fashion history fill the pages, with essays about memorable dos sprinkled throughout.”

— New York Magazine

“[A] stunning tour de hair.”

— Fast Co.Design

“A book that celebrates the art and craft of hair styling with a collection of stunning photographs and commentary.”

— Modern Salon

“One of the best surprises of the gift giving season.”

— New York Journal of Books

“The ultimate guide to fantasy tresses.”

— New York Daily News

“A dazzling exploration of styles from fashion history and film …we’re not sure 320 pages will be enough space to satisfy our hunger for all the things Philippon wants to show us.”

— Refinery29

“What comes across strongest in the expansive new tome …is [Philippon’s] enthusiasm.”

— Style.com

“Philippon celebrates the sculptural element of the female crowning glory with this fun perhaps even inspiring exploration of the history of hair. Fashionistas and hairstylists alike will flock to this book.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Examines key hair trends through history with chapters on Braids, Curls, Chignons, Wigs, etc., and celebrates the unmitigated artistry of each category through Laurent’s informed and appreciative perspective.”

— Behind the Chair on Paper

“A modern history on the art of hair with photographs by Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton, Robert Mapplethorpe, David LaChapelle and Nan Goldin. Need we say more?”

— Harper's Bazaar

The Handmade Life

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“This hefty compendium of craft techniques seeks to provide an introduction, examples, design notes, tools, instructions, and a beginner-level project for each of 33 crafts. The authors recommend taking whatever approach to the book the crafter feels comfortable with, whether that be reading cover-to-cover or dipping in and out to learn or expand knowledge of a particular craft. The projects are designed to be simple, attainable, and often useful items.”

— Booklist

The Happy Prince: A Tale by Oscar Wilde

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“Shearring’s illustrations are attractive and interesting… This adaptation of Wilde’s well-known tale of friendship between a beloved prince’s statue and a swallow on the way to its winter home in Egypt emphasizes the fantasy of the original.”

— School Library Journal

Harry Gruyaert

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“While the colors might pull you in, what is happening within the frame of Gruyaert’s photographs stand alone primarily because his intent is to create a narrative within a single image.”

— Slate—Behold Photo Blog

“Graphic, charged, documentary-style color photographs…Spans Mr. Gruyaert’s evolution as an artist.”

— Lens: The New York Times Photography Blog

“Demonstrates that color can indeed be employed to compose exceptional photographs… Ideal for anyone curious about contemporary photography, photojournalism, and, of course, color photography.”

— Library Journal

“Seamless and transporting… Gruyaert is in many ways kin to Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander, but he works in bold saturated color… In a world filled with street photographers, these days working mostly in color, Gruyaert's is a singular vision.”

— The New York Times Book Review

Hats by Madame Paulette: Paris Milliner Extraordinaire

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“A stunning account of the life and work of the famed Parisian milliner. With clientele like Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly, she set the standard for petite pillboxes and over-the-top chapeaux.”

— MarthaStewart.com

“One of those gems that you come across when you least expect it…Intelligently written.”

— New York Journal of Books

“Lovely.”

— Vogue

“An elegant collection of photographs illustrating the life’s work of the ‘Queen among milliners.’”

— L’oeil de la Photographie

“An essential guide on the most indispensable fashion item of the mid-twentieth century.”

— The Arts by Karena

“Paints a charming but uncompromising portrait of a charming but uncompromising woman who was taken to task in convent school for snipping overwhelming white satin rosettes off her school chums’ hats (as well as her own) in a gesture of independence and, no doubt, good taste.”

— WAG

Head to Toe: My Body and How It Works

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“The offbeat graphics and play-focused style of learning give parents or teachers a variety of lively way to engage kids in the discussion of their bodies.”

— Publishers Weekly

“I think other people would enjoy it because it has fun hands on activities that encourage kids to learn more about how the human body works.”

— American Mensa

“…examines the body inside and out.”

— Publishers Weekly