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Book Cover Image. Title: Galen Rowell: A Retrospective, Author: Galen Rowell.

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Galen Rowell
A Retrospective
Galen Rowell

Galen Rowell was beyond doubt one of our finest nature photographers, capturing the immense power and sublime beauty of the outdoor world in stunning images. From his favorite haunts in the Sierras to the high peaks of the Himalayas to the coldest reaches of the Antarctic, he took us to places most of us can only dream about. He and his wife died in a plane crash in 2002, but we are lucky that his finest work has been reproduced in this rich retrospective bursting with 175 spectacular photographs. Illuminated by essays from those who knew him best, this is a treasure that provides unimaginable treats for the eye, mind, and heart.

Book Cover Image. Title: Leonardo's Machines, Author: Domenico  Laurenza

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Leonardo's Machines
Domenico Laurenza

This beautifully illustrated book transforms original drawings from Leonardo's notebooks into amazing computer-generated mechanical graphics that allow us to visualize the actual workings of more than 30 intricate and brilliantly feasible designs -- from flying machines and weapons to theatrical devices, musical instruments, and more. Amid an onslaught of unscholarly speculation about Leonardo, this unique, affordable, and utterly intriguing book unlocks a truth far more astonishing than the wildest fiction -- an intellectual and visual feast.

Book Cover Image. Title: The Best American Comics 2006, Author: Harvey  Pekar

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The Best American Comics 2006
Harvey Pekar

The newest category in Houghton Mifflin's stable of anthologies of the best American writing in various genres is Comics. Does this confer new legitimacy on a once derided form of aesthetic expression? It seems so, from the quality of work on offer here: 30 noteworthy selections from grizzled veterans like R. Crumb and Gilbert Shelton and talented newcomers like Jesse Reklaw and Jessica Abel. Ranging from hilarious to harrowing and heartbreaking, these illustrated tales -- with their complex characters and intricate plotlines -- are a far cry from the primitive "funnies" of the past. Startlingly original and not (not at all!) for kids, they are eloquent proof of the variety and versatility of one of the fastest-growing genres in publishing today.

Book Cover Image. Title: In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine, Author: Alberto  Oliva

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In Vogue
The Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine
Alberto Oliva

After more than 100 years as America's undisputed fashion authority, Vogue strides confidently down the runway in this stylish, sumptuous retrospective -- an intriguing illustrated history chronicling the magazine's evolution from a small, struggling 19th-century society gazette to the gold standard of lifestyle publications. Filled with interviews and anecdotes, lavish photo layouts, and excerpts from the best articles and stories that have appeared over the years, the book spotlights the work of talented staff and contributors, including art director Alexander Liberman, editors Grace Mirabella and Anna Wintour, and photographers Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and Annie Leibovitz. An ab-fab must-have for all of fashion's willing slaves!

Book Cover Image. Title: Manual of Saint Germain-des-Pres: Left Bank Paris in the Fifties, Author: Boris  Vian

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Manual of Saint Germain-des-Pres
Left Bank Paris in the Fifties
Boris Vian

The beloved Boris Vian was truly a man for all seasons -- jazz musician; provocateur; poet; novelist; friend of Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Juliette Greco; the original party animal -- and a man of great humor and generosity who died tragically young. Manual of St-Germain-des-Près is a hilarious faux travel guide to the bohemian and existentialist world of the Left Bank of Paris in the 1950s. The streets are real, the people are real -- an unparalleled evocation of a world that no longer exists and, perhaps, never did.

Book Cover Image. Title: Ode to Kirihito, Author: Osamu  Tezuka

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Ode to Kirihito
Osamu Tezuka

The Japanese father of manga, Osamu Tezuka, may be best known as the creator of Astro Boy, but his importance as a writer and artist for adults has become clear with the translation and publication of the Buddha series and, now, the classic Ode to Kirihito. This is another brilliant and moving display of Tezuka's deeply humanistic vision of mankind's obligation to conquer violence and to create a society based on compassion and care for one's fellow beings, both human and animal. The story is a compelling one, but it is in the economy and strength of his graphic line, and the pure beauty of his drawings, that Tezuka remains unsurpassed.

Book Cover Image. Title: Born to Run: The Unseen Photos, Author: Eric  Meola

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Born to Run
The Unseen Photos
Eric Meola

In 1975, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band gathered to record their third album after two modest successes. Out of that session came one of rock's masterpieces, an album that stands today as one of the best ever. Born to Run: The Unseen Photos re-creates that famous session with dozens of alternates and outtakes (many seen for the first time) in stunning black-and-white quadratones, recollections by photographer Eric Meolo and rock journalist Daniel Wolf, and Springsteen's original lyrics. It's a visual spectacular that brilliantly captures history in the making. Here's a book that sings.

Book Cover Image. Title: The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing, Author: T. J. Clark

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The Sight of Death
An Experiment in Art Writing
T. J. Clark

What are we really doing when we look at pictures? How does what we grasp on a purely visual level interact with what we may know about a painting's history and iconic or mythological themes, based on patient research away from the works themselves? How might our perception of artworks change over time? T. J. Clark, the author of such classic art historical works as The Painting of Modern Life and Farewell to an Idea, spent a year at the Getty Center in daily contact with two canvases of Nicolas Poussin. This book is a diary of that encounter -- a brilliant explication of the painting themselves and a profound meditation on the relation between words and images.

Book Cover Image. Title: Picasso: Life with Dora Maar, Author: Anne  Baldassari

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Life with Dora Maar
Anne Baldassari

The fascination with Picasso and "his women" never seems to stop, as if the age-old invocation of the muses will afford some special purchase in grasping the dizzying creativity of this most mercurial of 20th-century geniuses. This book is much, much more -- an engrossing double portrait of Picasso and his putative lover/muse, Dora Maar, spanning ten years, beginning in 1935. Although Maar is most famous for her relationship with Picasso, this book amply demonstrates what a gifted and original artist she was and makes clear the vital role she played in the history of Surrealist photography. One ends by wondering who inspired whom.

Book Cover Image. Title: Glamour's Big Book of Dos and Don'ts: Fashion Help for Every Woman, Author: Cindi  Leive

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Glamour's Big Book of Dos and Don'ts
Fashion Help for Every Woman
Cindi Leive

A guilty pleasure for card-carrying and apprentice fashionistas alike, this sinfully entertaining style guide is an expanded riff on Glamour magazine's famous "Dos and Don'ts" feature. Ronny Andren's notorious on-the-street candids showcase a medley of hits and misses. (Misses include an eye-popping parade of fashion faux pas, from see-through blouses and visible panty lines to cleavage never meant to see the light of day!). But, with its practical wardrobe advice and style tips for every budget and body type, the book is also an instruction manual. As the editors point out, there's a "Do" message in every cringe-worthy "Don't"! (Black-bar eye band not included.)