Category Archives: Books – non-fiction

Norman Rockwell – 332 Magazine Covers

There are few more satisfying sights on a city street than a well-stocked newsstand, hung with a hundred or more magazines and periodicals, each competing for the attention of the potential customer. The American magazine cover enjoyed a Golden Age during the period that opened with the high-speed color press, and ended when subscription sales grew to paramount importance. Dozens of gifted artists made their reputations in this field. None of them, however, achieved the immense and sustained popular success enjoyed by Norman Rockwell.

Although technically he was an academic painter, he had the eye of a photographer and, as he became a mature artist, he used this eye to give us a picture of America that was familiar—astonishingly so—and at the same time unique. The picture seemed familiar because it was everyone’s dream of America; it was unique because only Rockwell managed to bring it to life with such authority. Rockwell held up a friendly mirror to the society he lived in, and Americans have looked into this glass and seen themselves as warm, decent, hard-working citizens of a country bountiful enough to accommodate their boundless optimism.

Rockwell best expressed this vision of America in his justly famous cover illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post, painted between 1916 and 1963. All of his Post covers are reproduced in splendid full color in this oversized volume, with commentaries by Christopher Finch, the noted writer on art and popular culture.

In this latest printing of332 Magazine Covers, the thumbnail images accompanying Finch’s descriptive captions are printed in full color for the convenience of the reader, and the typography has been refreshed.

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Science in Seconds for Kids


Make lightning in your room! Keep paper dry under water! Lose weight by going upstairs! See colors that aren't there! Experience the magic of science with these quick, easy experiments and activities from Jean Potter. You can complete each activity in ten fun-filled minutes or less. Clear, step-by-step instructions and illustrations help you get it right every time. The projects help you learn about everything from why eggs aren't round to how submarines surface and submerge. You will find most of the required materials already in your home, backyard, or neighborhood, and you can perform the experiments practically anywhere. The 108 activities in this book cover twelve different subject areas, including air, animals, energy, gravity, magnetism, light, the human body, and much more. You'll make a rainbow right on your floor, pop a balloon with a magnifying glass, make a coffee can roll back to you after you've pushed it away, and bend water as it streams from your faucet--all with the help of a leading educator. Children Ages 8-12
Wiley More Info

 

 

The Art of Pregnancy Photography

Never before has the demand for images of women who are pregnant been greater. Magazines are filled with photos of celebrities proudly showing off their pregnant figures, and women everywhere want to document their beauty during pregnancy. Now, photographers everywhere are recognizing the creative and financial potential that photographing this client subset provides.

George outlines the differences between regular and pregnancy portraiture, exploring maternity photography from a conceptual and artistic point of view. She shows you how to select a meaningful location, choose backgrounds, props, and fabrics to enhance the images, and select and orchestrate poses that flatter the woman’s figure. You’ll get timeless tips for finding and modifying natural light, designing lighting setups, and finessing your images in postproduction. You’ll also get tips for developing a marketing strategy, designing marketing pieces, gaining recognition in your community, and more. The book concludes with interviews with pros acclaimed for their standout pregnancy portraits.

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Oasis of Stone: Visions of Baja California Sur


Gorgeous full-color photography by award-winning photographer Miguel Ángel de la Cueva, and evocative text by Bruce Berger (Almost an Island, There Was a River), bring the southern half of Baja California to life. Beginning with its unique geology, and moving on to the coastal, desert, and mountain ecosystems of Mexico’s little-known peninsula, this lushly decorated coffee-table book highlights the geology that created this “oasis of stone” and the flora and fauna that are make their homes here.
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Team of Rivals The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln


On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded was the result of a character that had been forged by life experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because hepossessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires. This capacity enabled President Lincoln to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to preserve the Union and win the war.
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Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow #1 on Amazon


New York Times Bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.


In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends


From roasted babies to vanishing hitchhikers to housewives in football helmets, this exhaustive and highly readable encyclopedia provides descriptions of hundreds of individual legends and their variations, examines legend themes, and explains scholarly approaches to the genre. Revised and expanded to include updated versions of the entries from the award-winning first edition, this work provides additional entries on a wide range of new topics that include terrorism, recent political events, and Hurricane Katrina.
Entries in Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, Updated and Expanded Edition discuss the presence of urban legends in comic books, literature, film, music, and many other areas of popular culture, as well as the existence of “too good to be true” stories in Argentina, China, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and several other countries. Serving as both an anthology of stories as well as a reference work, this encyclopedia will serve as a valuable resource for students and a source book for journalists, professional folklorists, and others who are researching or interested in urban legends.
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Developing Emotional Literacy with Teenagers: Building Confidence, Self-Esteem and Self Awareness

The pressures and concerns of teenagers are at the forefront of their emotional and mental health. This resource provides young men and women with guidance and tools to recognize the importance of social skills to aid their development.

The sessions and practical activities will allow students to address issues of identity, self esteem and self awareness based on the author’s research and experience. Covering issues including relationships, drugs and problem solving the new edition will also cover:

  • Gang cultures
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Future pressures
  • Eating disorders

This new resource also introduces therapeutic approaches to promote well-being including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing as well as offering easily accessible worksheets and materials available to download online. Tina Rae has once again devised an innovative and engaging program.

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Mexico From The Inside Out


The debut book from Mexico’s greatest chef, Enrique Olvera, pioneer of contemporary Mexican food and global gourmet influencer.
Olvera’s restaurant Pujol was ranked best in Mexico and 16th best in the world at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards this year.

The book includes over 65 recipes, each beautifully photographed, from the sophisticated dishes served at Pujol to the more accessible casual dishes that Olvera enjoys with his family at home.

His restaurant Cosme, opened in 2014 in New York, and has built a considerable following among discerning foodies and has been much celebrated by critics, recently receiving a 3-star rave review in The New York Times.

More than 100 atmospheric photographs capture the vivid mosaic of the Mexican landscape while tip-in pages bring the reader up close to Enrique’s vision and his philosophy around food.
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What's That Sound?

The music—front and center.

The number 1 text in the market, What’s That Sound? treats rock as music first and foremost. New co-author Andy Flory has built on the classic strengths of the book to deliver this Third Edition, which includes revamped in-text listening guides, a four-color design, a new introductory chapter, updated material on music in the twenty-first century, and new and revised in-text features designed to help students become better listeners.

WW Norton More Info