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Moment by Moment

978-0-500-97077-5

“The earliest picture in John Loengard's Moment by Moment was taken in 1953 when he was a Harvard undergraduate; an attractive young woman in an overcoat and scarf leads students through a snow-covered Harvard Yard to class. Mr. Loengard already knew how 'to let the camera marry reality to form' (his prescription for a successful picture), and a few years later became a LIFE staff photographer.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“It's fair to say photographer John Loengard is a LIFE magazine legend. The impressive collection of portraits includes Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall in the 1960s, Queen Elizabeth in Ethiopia, and Louis Armstrong sipping beer at a Queens barbershop…Mariah Carey lounging at a friend's apartment in the 1990s, Maya Angelou, weeks before she read a poem at Bill Clinton's inauguration, and Annie Leibovitz atop the Chrysler Building.”

— The Cut, New York Magazine

“Loengard's…subjects, whether famous or unknown, are treated with the same careful, thoughtful eye.”

— TIME

“Loengard counted everyone from monarchs to pop stars among his subjects. Vanity Fair once called him 'an oracle,' but he shrugs off such praise. 'Taking a photograph,' he says, 'is as simple as boiling an egg.'”

— The Telegraph (UK)

“'A great photographer has the knack of putting a great picture in front of his camera,' (Loengard once said). It's a mantra that's visible in this collection.”

— Huck Magazine (UK)

“The book is beautifully done…The design is excellent and complements the immediacy and strong presence of the photographs.”

— Philip Trager, photographer

“Loengard has a trained eye for the decisive moment. With material ranging from celebrities to marginalized citizens to his own family members, he takes a sweeping sojourn down memory lane, with striking juxtapositions.”

— American Photo

Moments That Made the Movies

978-0-500-51641-6

“A coffee-table book with a brain… Thomson is arguably the best American film critic since Pauline Kael, and almost everything he has to say in “Moments” is savvy and stimulating.”

— The Washington Post

Moments That Made the Movies, is cinema history cloaked as a coffee-table showpiece. It comes at 70 individual films—usual suspects and irregulars alike— by way of a defining sequence. Whichever his approach, this most offbeat of cinephiles and spot-on of writers shows how the part represents the whole. The consistent delight of Moments, which samples both the thin crust (When Harry Met Sally …) and the deep dish (The Passenger), is how Thomson makes the reader see how often the microcosm is both macro and cosmic.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“A marvelous wordsmith with a keen eye, Thomson …somehow manages to illustrate his many moments in films both obscure …and legendary.”

— The Boston Herald

“The Brit transplant's long experience with writing accessible, entertaining, idiosyncratic, erudite and enlightening movie books led him to the most delightful one of all: Moments that Made the Movies…This is a keeper.”

— IndieWire.com

“Explores iconic scenes in both classic and contemporary films that were not only enjoyable, but in some way groundbreaking.”

— The Huffington Post

Moments That Made the Movies is full of assured declarations, chatty asides and free-associative essays…both fun and not a little feverish…Moment by moment, each statement is certainly worth considering, made as it is by a highly respected critic who is appreciated exactly for such a garrulous parade of this-not-that explications.”

— New York Times Book Review

“If your imagination is captured by freeze frames …movie history might be summed up in film historian David Thomson's Moments That Made the Movies. Films are often encapsulated by single scenes — consider the boulder pursuing Indiana Jones or Joseph Cotten's endless wait at the end of The Third Man—and the ever-sharp Thomson picks several dozen to tell the story of cinema.”

— CNN.com

“The idea here is to focus on a series of moments in seventy-two films of particular significance and accompany them with wonderful stills representing those moments.”

— The Nation

“Accompanied by wonderfully evocative stills, this eminently browsable book is certain to delight film lovers.”

— Booklist/American Library Association

“[A] film-lover's treasure…The book's effect is undeniable, as the reader feels determined to hit the nearest theater.”

— Publishers Weekly

“It is fascinating to read why such moments as the airplane scene in North by Northwest, the initiation of Michael Corleone into the family business in The Godfather, the noir mood of the pool scene in Sunset Boulevard, and the café scene in Bonnie and Clyde …are important in the history of film…Highly recommended.”

— Library Journal

“Unafraid to stump for lesser-known and lowbrow movies …may inspire you to look at the whole medium anew.”

— The Week

“Thomson’s …moments are captured in a few pages each, with 250 glorious stills accompanying the brief analyses.”

— Shelf Awareness

“A visually thrilling tour of the magic of the movies, one special moment at a time.”

— American Profile

“This book is both a visual delight and a valuable tool for anyone who enjoys a good movie.”

— Lifestyle Mirror

“Film critic David Thomson is an artist who paints pictures with words. … What makes Moments special is Thomson’s choices. He doesn’t spotlight the obvious moments. … In doing so, Thomson reveals unique and telling moments in film history that viewers may have overlooked. Moments That Made the Movies is a treasure-trove that highlights and helps etch many of these films into the minds of cinephiles.”

— Lafayette Journal & Courier

“[Thomson’s] basic premise in this beautifully illustrated book is sound—that it is the moments from movies that we retain rather than the whole thing.”

— The Buffalo News

“A real treasure.”

— Woman Around Town

“Tells of many an incredible filmed moment.”

— Short and Sweet NYC

“A lovely visual and written pairing that will be perfect for any film or arts library.”

— The Midwest Book Review

“Remarkable…Thomson remains acutely sensitive to the motion picture’s birthplace in the world of still imagery.”

— Rangefinder

Moments That Made the Movies

978-0-500-29155-9

“A coffee-table book with a brain… Thomson is arguably the best American film critic since Pauline Kael, and almost everything he has to say in “Moments” is savvy and stimulating.”

— The Washington Post

“A marvelous wordsmith with a keen eye, Thomson …somehow manages to illustrate his many moments in films both obscure …and legendary.”

— The Boston Herald

“The Brit transplant's long experience with writing accessible, entertaining, idiosyncratic, erudite and enlightening movie books led him to the most delightful one of all: Moments that Made the Movies…This is a keeper.”

— IndieWire.com

“Explores iconic scenes in both classic and contemporary films that were not only enjoyable, but in some way groundbreaking.”

— The Huffington Post

Moments That Made the Movies is full of assured declarations, chatty asides and free-associative essays…both fun and not a little feverish…Moment by moment, each statement is certainly worth considering, made as it is by a highly respected critic who is appreciated exactly for such a garrulous parade of this-not-that explications.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“If your imagination is captured by freeze frames …movie history might be summed up in film historian David Thomson's Moments That Made the Movies. Films are often encapsulated by single scenes — consider the boulder pursuing Indiana Jones or Joseph Cotten's endless wait at the end of The Third Man—and the ever-sharp Thomson picks several dozen to tell the story of cinema.”

— CNN.com

“The idea here is to focus on a series of moments in seventy-two films of particular significance and accompany them with wonderful stills representing those moments.”

— The Nation

“Accompanied by wonderfully evocative stills, this eminently browsable book is certain to delight film lovers.”

— Booklist/American Library Association

“[A] film-lover's treasure…The book's effect is undeniable, as the reader feels determined to hit the nearest theater.”

— Publishers Weekly

“It is fascinating to read why such moments as the airplane scene in North by Northwest, the initiation of Michael Corleone into the family business in The Godfather, the noir mood of the pool scene in Sunset Boulevard, and the café scene in Bonnie and Clyde …are important in the history of film…Highly recommended.”

— Library Journal

“Unafraid to stump for lesser-known and lowbrow movies …may inspire you to look at the whole medium anew.”

— The Week

“Thomson’s …moments are captured in a few pages each, with 250 glorious stills accompanying the brief analyses.”

— Shelf Awareness

“A visually thrilling tour of the magic of the movies, one special moment at a time.”

— American Profile

“This book is both a visual delight and a valuable tool for anyone who enjoys a good movie.”

— Lifestyle Mirror

“Film critic David Thomson is an artist who paints pictures with words. … What makes Moments special is Thomson’s choices. He doesn’t spotlight the obvious moments. … In doing so, Thomson reveals unique and telling moments in film history that viewers may have overlooked. Moments That Made the Movies is a treasure-trove that highlights and helps etch many of these films into the minds of cinephiles.”

— Lafayette Journal and Courier

“[Thomson’s] basic premise in this beautifully illustrated book is sound—that it is the moments from movies that we retain rather than the whole thing.”

— The Buffalo News

“A real treasure.”

— Woman Around Town

“Tells of many an incredible filmed moment.”

— Short and Sweet NYC

“A lovely visual and written pairing that will be perfect for any film or arts library.”

— The Midwest Book Review

“Remarkable…Thomson remains acutely sensitive to the motion picture’s birthplace in the world of still imagery.”

— Rangefinder

“Experiential…A great thing about Thomson is that he leaves things open.”

— The Key Reporter

“Fascinating.”

— Jewish Scene

Moments That Made the Movies is cinema history cloaked as a coffee-table showpiece. It comes at 70 individual films—usual suspects and irregulars alike— by way of a defining sequence. Whichever his approach, this most offbeat of cinephiles and spot-on of writers shows how the part represents the whole. The consistent delight of Moments, which samples both the thin crust (When Harry Met Sally …) and the deep dish (The Passenger), is how Thomson makes the reader see how often the microcosm is both macro and cosmic.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

Monuments of the Incas

978-0-500-05163-4

“Hemming makes good use of the indispensable work of contemporary Peruvian scholarship…The photographs are so beautiful that they satisfy entirely.”

— Scientific American

“Detailed mythical, historical, and archaeological information on many of the most important architectural works of the Inca empire …extraordinary beautiful photographs …a valuable contribution.”

— Latin American Antiquity

“Hemming’s text is impressively complimented by Ranney’s 174 stunning black-and-white photographs, which do an excellent job of demonstrating the overall splendor…. Highly recommended for both scholars and lay readers.”

— Library Journal

The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Southwest

978-0-500-51468-9

“No shortage of vivid color shots of sweeping vistas, typical architecture and iconic signs and symbols of the region. Entices you to travel to the destinations [the author and photographer] so thoroughly cover. A handsome and information-packed guide…”

— The Picture Professional

“A new coffee-table book travels through 28 towns and villages in five states…. Even if you’ve done a lot of wondering around the red rocks, ghost towns, and mining outposts of the West, chances are you’ve missed a few of these places. And as you comb through the 208 pages and 308 images here, some of the places are bound to whisper to you.”

— Los Angeles Times

“A welcome coffee table book…. Filled with interesting facts.”

— New West

The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence

978-0-500-28996-9

“A book that will whet the appetite of those who have not been there and give pleasant remembrance to those who have.”

— Booklist

“To gaze on the evocative photographs by Hugh Palmer is to dream of joining the multiplying numbers of Americans embarking for holidays there.”

— House Beautiful

Motown: The Sound of Young America

978-0-500-51829-8

“A lavishly illustrated, wonderfully written history of Motown. Balanced insider knowledge packed with fabulous photographs and album art that celebrates the record label that provided the soundtrack to exciting and changing times. Not to be missed, this is a book to get lost in. Fans should be dancing in the streets.”

— Library Journal

“Does an incredible job of examining just what happened in the building that housed America’s most influential record label. This beautifully packaged book holds a staggering amount of interviews with the label’s influencers and recording artists along with absolutely stunning photographs from all of the eras and iterations of Motown.”

— BookPage

“Thoroughly engaging… Packed with iconic photographs of Motown stars, plus album covers, posters, and so much more. Should land on music lovers’ Christmas lists.”

— Hour Detroit

“A visual history of the pride of Detroit, this book has behind-the-scenes photographs, album art, essential images and interviews with Motown legends that will have fans dancing in the street.”

— Los Angeles Times

“In the first official visual history of the label, new research and unprecedented access lend new insight to the legend.”

— Billboard

“With more than 1,000 color and black-and-white photographs, this 400-page history deserves an honored space on your coffee table--if you can tear yourself away from this meticulously documented saga of autoworker Berry Gordy's brilliant business strategies and knack for identifying a hit song.”

— Downbeat

Mountain Modern: Contemporary Homes in High Places

978-0-500-51746-8

“While the urge to head for the hills goes way back, when it comes to high-altitude dwellings, contemporary designers are looking forward, as illustrated by the bright, clean-lined homes in Mountain Modern.

— Wall Street Journal

“Though we rarely categorize designs by their altitude, here it makes for an interesting collection.”

— Interior Design

“Examines the current trends and challenges of creating newly constructed homes in mountains…A detailed look at contemporary domestic architecture.”

— Library Journal

“Packed with photos of sleek homes high in the mountains around the world.”

— Country's Best Cabins

“The interiors are filled with expensive and tasteful contemporary artwork, yet the personal touch clearly shows that these are homes.”

— Portland Book Review

“Capture[s] cabins, chalets, and villas, all built along breathtaking perches.”

— Architectural Digest

Mountains: Mapping the Earth's Extremes

978-0-500-51889-2

Mountains: Mapping the Earth's Extremes…features 13 of the world's most magnificent mountains in an entirely new way. Using high-resolution satellite data, scientists have created a series of 3D maps of mountain landscapes. The breathtaking results provide virtual landscapes from previously impossible viewpoints.”

— Mountain Living

Mr. Classic

978-0-500-51402-3

“Written in a tone as sharp as his bow tie, Hackett's book muses on everything from the ideal length of a sock to proper dress for a hunting party.”

— Zink

Mumbling Beauty Louise Bourgeois

978-0-500-09391-7

“This collaboration serves as a primal and poignant extension of Bourgeois’s art. Her theatrical spirit seems to defy the incredible frailty of her frame. These photographs are a record of one of our great modern artists, fading in body, still inventing with fervor while she can.”

— The New Yorker Photo Booth

My Animal Book: Facts and fun, Questions and answers, Things to make and do

978-0-500-65024-0

“The eye-catching digital graphics, engaging characters, and many reader-directed prompts pair well to keep children flipping pages.”

— Publishers Weekly

“The illustrations are lovely, yet simple, and truly draw children into the learning experience.”

— Smart Books for Smart Kids

“This fun-filled introduction to the world of animals provides hands-on learning experience that combines reading with a series of activities to reinforce what kids have learned.”

— Portland Book Review

“The book's standard nonfiction features along with its sparse, accessible text make it ideal for browsers, while a 'How to Use This Book' page will help children figure out where they'll need adult guidance.”

— School Library Journal

My Big World

978-0-500-65016-5

“The quirky digital graphics give personality to this wide-ranging introduction to the way the world works.”

— Publishers Weekly

My Fashion Lookbook

978-0-500-65003-5

“Cynthia Merhej’s illustrations have a cheerful, hand-drawn appeal, and deserve kudos for depicting natural figures and varying body shapes as models. This hands-on title is likely to be a wildly popular gift idea, a lesson-plan resource for teachers, or an art club selection for middle grade girls.”

— School Library Journal

Mythomania: Tales of Our Times, from Apple to Isis

978-0-500-29258-7

“A deft updating of Parisian semiotics and midcentury cultural criticism for our own time. If you're a fan of Barthes and of the Umberto Eco of How to Travel with a Salmon, you'll likely enjoy this entertaining rejoinder, [a] look at the hidden structures and unacknowledged tendencies of our day.”

— Kirkus Reviews