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Hip Hop Raised Me

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“Well-written and engaging…The pictures alone are worth the price of entry for this weighty coffee table book [that’s] the perfect Christmas gift for any hip-hop loving friends or family. If you love hip-hop, you’ll love this–whatever era you come from!”

— LitViral

“A delightful and comprehensive study of hip-hop [and] a far-reaching analysis of the music and culture. A visual treasure trove…this volume contains over 1,000 photographs, many printed here for the first time. A historical feast, it will be treasured by longtime fans and consulted by interested newcomers.”

— Library Journal

“Unlike many hip hop books that embrace the patchwork aesthetic of fanzines, this volume treats the genre with a certain graphic elegance and scholarly heft. Text blocks range from historic timelines to in-depth pieces on major stars—Tupac Shakur, N.W.A., Jay-Z, Eminem, Nicki Minaj—while the images alternate between somber portraits, landmark album covers, and edgy memorabilia. At 450 pages, this is the reference book on the genre.”

— American Photo

Hipgnosis Portraits

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“This fascinating book showcases the photo and design talents of perhaps the most influential design collective in album art history…Powell's recollections are as charming as the final photos are intense.”

— USA Today

“Consider it a coffee table book for rock fans who bliss out on something stronger that coffee…If anything, gazing at the charged images from Hipgnosis's glory days, I'm reminded of how much we have lost. Vinyl fanatics have succeeded in reviving the LP, but I'm not sure if commercial pressures of any sort could ever bring back the free-spirited covers that, for a brief spell, created much of the mystique of classic rock.”

— The Daily Beast

“Powell's notes and curator photographs provide a personal tour of his decades-old flat file, sharing never-before-seen outtakes and mock-ups from some of the greatest albums of all time.”

— Burnaway

Hipgnosis Portraits is a collection of both seminal album covers and the lost photo shoots, as well as the stories behind them—working intimately with the bands to conceive and execute their creative visions.”

— Entertainment Weekly

“Pre-Photoshop, Hipgnosis pioneered double-exposure and montage techniques to turn photos into “Wow, dude!” moments…Along the way, Hipgnosis compiled a hefty file of music portraiture—clients ranging from the Rolling Stones to Olivia Newton-John—much of it unseen until now.”

— American Photo

A History of Ancient Greece in Fifty Lives

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“The real power of the book is the author’s ability to convey the context of the subjects’ lives and the interconnected effect of their actions on their society and one another. A highly enjoyable and accessible volume. For readers new to Greek history, it provides an excellent overview of significant events and personages, while those familiar with its subjects might find that the presentation results in an interesting perspective.”

— Library Journal Xpress Reviews

“This biographical approach represents an interesting way to tell the history of ancient Greece. …Filled with beautiful illustrations and photographs, many in color…Recommended.”

— Choice

Hockney's Portraits and People

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“This large-format paperback edition is brimming with portraits of the friends, family, and lovers in Hockney’s orbit, including the famous (Andy Warhol, Billy Wilder, Armistead Maupin), semifamous, and not so famous.”

— Library Journal

Hokusai Pop-Ups

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“Realized in jewel-like colors, Hokusai's simple views of everyday scenes in Japan, his sense of balance and harmony, and his highly stylized but ever-changing techniques seem to capture the spirit and traditions of his homeland. Hokusai Pop-Ups brings this stunning art to life.”

— The Entertainment Report

Home Work: Design Solutions for Working from Home

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“Offers a wealth of ingenious designs for multifunctional living in small spaces [which] share clever interior interventions that by opening or closing, appearing or disappearing, rolling or folding, enable compact spaces to perform multiple tasks.”

— Interior Design

Horace Walpole's Cat

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“Frayling’s essays add scholarly gravity balanced with a true love of the literature of Walpole, Gray, Johnson, and their contemporaries. Each set of illustrations emphasizes different aspects of the brief, clever, and charming poem with whimsical drawings and lively characterizations.”

— Bloomsbury Review

“Charmingly illustrated history of one of the best-loved and best-titled poems.”

— Entertainment Weekly

The House of Worth: The Birth of Haute Couture

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“With gorgeous color images of Worth designs, paintings, and archival fashion drawings and photographs, this sumptuous book is recommended for readers interested in the history of haute couture and French fashion.”

— Library Journal (starred review)

How Things Work: Facts and fun, questions and answers, things to make and do

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“Action-packed…This ambitious picture book attempts to answer questions and spark imagination about virtually every object that may be found in a child’s immediate surroundings.”

— New York Journal of Books

“An entertaining introduction to an array of useful scientific concepts.”

— Publishers Weekly

“This eye-catching book of infographics explains how different processes work…A solid addition for general collections or those in need of science-related activity books.”

— School Library Journal

“A ragtag bunch of characters help kids learn about science, the world, and a little bit of everything.”

— Portland Book Review

How to draw like a fashion designer: Tips from the top fashion designers

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“More detailed sketching instruction, and short-response interviews with fashion designers such as Anna Sui, and Valentino, target the career minded student.”

— School Library Journal

“Celia Joicey and Dennish Nothdruft have assembled practical drawing exercises from workshops held at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum.”

— Woman Around Town

“This accessible book provides ‘Inspiration’ by including interviews with and illustrations by well-known designers such as Zandra Rhodes, Christian Lacroix, and Anna Sui. Drawing basics are covered step-by-step from choosing medium, to sketching a “croquis” (figure shape), to successfully rendering shapes and details. The final section takes readers through the stages utilized by professionals [to create] a fashion collection.”

— School Library Journal (online)

How to draw vintage fashion

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“Especially dynamic…This fun survey of 20th century fashion is surprisingly informative, particularly for tweens and teenagers.”

— Library Journal

“Lays a solid foundation for our future designers to get inspired and get started doing something extraordinary.”

— Smart Books for Smart Kids

“Joicey and Nothdruft do a pretty good job of giving a brief but accurate timetable for fashion with respect to designers, trends, fabrications, key silhouettes, icons, accessories, and more as well as some firsthand assessments of each era as told by a participant or authority of each era.”

— New York Journal of Books

“Look[s] at trendsetting 20th-century designers and their work, covers how-to-draw basics with a decade-by-decade focus on historical styles, and provides tips for researching vintage and designing. Attractively formatted with a retro vibe… [Offers] clear information and instructions, while emphasizing the importance of practicing skills and sketching constantly to develop and refine ideas.”

— School Library Journal

How to Write About Contemporary Art

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“Finally. A book that teaches you how to write and think clearly about art. I can imagine this book inspiriting future generations to write legibly and intelligently art criticism, a field that's become too hermetic and convoluted for its own good. Revolutionary, radical and long overdue. Bravo!”

— Kenneth Goldsmith, poet and founder, UbuWeb

“In outlining exactly how an auction catalogue differs from a museum’s wall label and a magazine review, down to the vocabulary and tone each should accommodate, Williams gives insight to the inner workings of very different industries: academia, auction houses and mainstream and professional press. Her systematic analysis of the current state of art writing is a first [and her] methodology is flawless.”

— frieze

“Fantastic… a straight-forward must-read for every writer, reader, artist and designer. Williams holds your hand, explaining why you need to do it, what you need to do, and how to do it.”

— FullScream.com

“Thrillingly clear … a beautifully formed guide to writing […] should be required reading across every creative discipline. Essential!”

— Dressingtheair.com

“A thoroughly sensible and accessible guide to writing that could almost be applied to any subject.”

— artbookreview.com

“Illuminates contemporary art writing, providing insights into what we write about when we write about art…[Williams] reenvisions what it means to be a professional art writer and outlines the methods, ethics and even the financing that could see the role of the writer codified and professionalized in a new and important way in the art world of tomorrow.”

— Burnaway

A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel

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“An object both jaggedly modern …and densely wondrous as a medieval illumination.”

— Newsday

“A more thorough lifting of layers reveals linguistic, artistic, metaphysical issues that are as many and various and essential as those in a text by Aristotle…The field of collage, of color and line …releases outbursts of words that find themselves in an altogether new syntactical space; and there, like notes, they sing a painted music.”

— William Glass Artforum

“One of the most winning and witty artistic experiments of recent times.”

— Washington Post

“A wonderful entertainment …full of humor, visual invention, and the peculiar poignancy of unnoticed meanings in the very lay and spelling of printed words.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

I See a City: Todd Webb's New York

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“An evocative post-World War II tribute to the photographer's body of work in black-and-white [and a] feast for historians and sentimentalists.”

— The New York Times

I See A City: Todd Webb's New York shows an upbeat, down-market post-World War II Manhattan, filled with sidewalk vendors and one-story sheds and hand-painted signs… His pictures present a vividly comestible pedestrian-eye view, one that invites you to walk into that pawnshop, take a seat on that streetcar.”

— The New York Times Book Review

The Iconic House: Architechural Masterworks Since 1900

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“A stunning array of the past century’s architectural masterpieces…. Tells the intimate stories of these remarkable buildings and their architects and clients. Informative texts, specially commissioned photographs, and a wealth of floor plans and drawings offer detailed documentation”

— Architectural West

“Stunningly conveys a sense of momentum of the past century of architectural history…. Thrilling…”

— Architectural Record

“Intelligent text, several pages of photographs and what really sets this book apart: floor plans. A keeper.”

— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“An insightful tour of 100 remarkably innovative houses designed during the past century by architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas.”

— Wall Street Journal

“A chronological survey of 100 cutting-edge dwellings by great architects, including Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Rem Koolhaas, illuminating each with photographs, floor plans, and a biography of its creator.”

— Elle Decor

If I Had a Dinosaur

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“A fantastic story conveyed through the vivid imagination of a child. Perfect for storytime or for newly independent readers… Dinosaur enthusiasts and young children will love it.”

— School Library Journal

“This book is perfect for building rhyming skills in young readers. The cheerfully thoughtful and detailed illustrations by Alex Barrow make this an instant bedtime classic.”

— ArtDesk