Thursday, December 04, 2008

Matisse in Morocco: The Paintings and Drawings, 1912-1913

N6853.M33 A4 1990

Italian Renaissance Sculpture

Italian Renaissance Sculpture! Andrew Butterfield! Description: Accompanies the exhibition from November 3, 2004 to January 8, 2005. Beautifully illustrated, featuring over 35 full page color plates. Catalogue by director Andrew Butterfield, with essays by Francesco Caglioti, Giancarlo Gentilini, Gert Kreytenberg and Jeanette Sisk. [Description provided by the publisher]

Cecilia Beaux: American Figure Painter

At the turn of the twentieth century, the celebrated American artist William Merritt Chase named Cecilia Beaux "not only the greatest living woman painter, but the best that has ever lived." While Beaux--unlike her contemporaries John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt--has not fared well in modernist-driven art history, her work has become the subject of renewed interest on the part of art historians, collectors, and general viewers on both sides of the Atlantic, and her forty-year career represents a compelling and under-examined chapter in the history of American art. Cecilia Beaux: American Figure Painter is the most comprehensive appraisal of Beaux's talent in more than three decades. This handsomely illustrated book presents a range of the artist's strongest work and offers a fresh understanding of her career by examining critical questions of gender, class, and the importance of place. It features substantive essays which examine Beaux's participation in the international portrait market of the 1890s, explore the artist's professional identity and changing fortunes through a close reading of key images, investigate Beaux's sensitivity to the framing and display of her work. An illustrated chronology of Beaux's life and work, compiled by Alison Bechtel Wexler, completes the study. [Description provided by the publisher]


Treasury of the World: Jeweled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals

Jewelry as an art form in Mughal India has probably never been surpassed by any other civilization in the history of the world. This full-colour presentation of its fabulously varied achievements, with over 300 specially-taken photographs (the great majority illustration objects never previously published), accompanies the major international exhibition of the same title. The pieces range from rings, necklaces and other body ornaments to astonishingly detailed jewelled work on objects as diverse as boxes, flasks, bowls and daggers. They are presented and analysed here in themes that include creative varieties in stone settings, precious-metal inlay in hardstones, relief decoration in hammered metals, engraved gold-backed jewels, stones set on a gold floral ground, enamelling, gold-embellished steel, three-dimensional expressions, relief carved ornament, carved set gems, the varieties of gemstone forms, and inscribed royal stones, concluding with a selection of particularly exuberant pieces that combine to create an explosion of jewelled magnificence of incomparable splendour. The result is a visual feast of almost unbelievable richness, gathered together in this book for the first time. [Description provided by the publisher]

NK7376.A1 K44

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Heritage of Power: Ancient Sculpture from West Mexico

During the years between 300 B.C.E. and 400 C.E., peoples in a western region of Mexico lived in small, economically successful communities in a land of abundant natural resources. In these communities—now the modern Mexican states of Colima, Jalisco, and Nayarit—family lineage was important and burial sites were often conjoined to hold numerous relatives. Ceramic objects were also buried to testify to the family’s wealth; some of these were large three-dimensional human figures. These compelling figural sculptures are the focus of this book.Heritage of Power features forty sculptures from the three major stylistic areas of West Mexican ceramic sculpture, each named for one of the modern Mexican states. While there are similarities among them (all areas produced Ancestor Pairs, for example), there are also interesting differences: representations of ballplayers and warriors were more common in Jalisco, and depictions of animals and birds were chiefly made in Colima. This, and much more, is explored in this beautifully illustrated volume.
]Description provided by the publisher]

Passages: Photographs in Africa

These stunning photographs are breathtaking in their astounding colour, their movement and vitality, and most of all for their intimacy. Beckwith and Fisher have managed to peel back the covers on African cultures in all their variations, and have captured them with all their energy. This is the vestige of culture in Africa - not buildings or museums, but a living experience expressed in costume, ritual and dance, which makes it all the more difficult for the outside world to see. Through these magical photographs, here's a rare opportunity to savour the dignity and beauty of Africa's cultural riches. [Description provided by the publisher]

GN645 .B43 2000 fol.

Edouard Vuillard: Painter-Decorator

Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940), one of the most admired post-impressionist artists, is best-known for his small easel paintings and their charming portrayals of everyday life. However, a major part of his work during his early life was the painting of large decorative panels in the Parisian homes of wealthy private patrons, produced between 1892 and 1912. These panels - some fifty in total - have been little studied, due principally to the inaccessibility of many of them and the impossibility of their being included in exhibitions. In this book, the author offers an overview of these large-scale projects for decorative commissions, describing how they shaped the artist's thinking about his art and methods of working and the influence they had on his later work. She also discusses the state of private patronage, the nature of Vuillard's patrons, and the understanding of decoration in public and private contexts in turn-of-the-century Paris. The book is lavishly illustrated, showing the panels in their original locations and as they appear today, and also includes other works by the artist and by his contemporaries - Bonnard, Monet and Seurat, amongst others, in order to compare and contrast Vuillard's achievements. [Description provided by the publisher]

First Seen: Portraits of the World's Peoples

Extraordinary collection of 19th century images. Memento of the time when images where first fixed on paper.

Seeker: The Art of Sohan Qadri

Sohan Qadri, one of India's unsung artistic heroes, has had exhibitions at the Tibet House, New York in 2003, and at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York 2004.
Sohan Qadri (born November 2, 1932, in Punjab, India) is a yogi, poet and a painter from India who has lived in Copenhagen for the past 30 years. His paintings result from states of deep meditation, and are informed by the colors of India: luminous, dye-infused works on meticulously serrated paper. ["Sohan Qadri." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 27 Nov 2008, 04:26 UTC. 3 Dec 2008 <>. ]

Victorian America: Classical romanticism to gilded opulence

With stunning photography of magnificent period houses, most open to the public and many never before published, Victorian America presents the finest examples of Victorian American architecture and decorative arts from the 1850s, through the Civil War, and into the turn of the century. [Description provided by the publisher]


Botticelli: Life and Work

Every aspect of Botticelli's work--his devotional and secular art, portraits, illustrations, and depictions of classical myth--are examined with a text that is a perfect complement to the magnificent art. 350 illustrations, 250 in full color.


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Debt Defaults and Lessons from a Decade of Crises

The debt crises in emerging market countries over the past decade have given rise to renewed debate about crisis prevention and resolution. In Debt Defaults and Lessons from a Decade of Crises, Federico Sturzenegger and Jeromin Zettelmeyer examine the facts, the economic theory, and the policy implications of sovereign debt crises. They present detailed case histories of the default and debt crises in seven emerging market countries between 1998 and 2005: Russia, Ukraine, Pakistan, Ecuador, Argentina, Moldova, and Uruguay. These accounts are framed with a comprehensive overview of the history, economics, and legal issues involved and a discussion from both domestic and international perspectives of the policy lessons that can be derived from these experiences.

Sturzenegger and Zettelmeyer examine how each crisis developed, what the subsequent restructuring encompassed, and how investors and the defaulting country fared. They discuss the new theoretical thinking on sovereign debt and the ultimate costs entailed, for both debtor countries and private creditors. The policy debate is considered first from the perspective of policymakers in emerging market countries and then in terms of international financial architecture. The authors' surveys of legal and economic issues associated with debt crises, and of the crises themselves, are the most comprehensive to be found in the literature on sovereign debt and default, and their theoretical analysis is detailed and nuanced. The book will be a valuable resource for investors as well as for scholars and policymakers. [Description provided by the publisher]


Shakespeare the Thinker

A. D. Nuttall’s study of Shakespeare’s intellectual preoccupations is a literary tour de force and comes to crown the distinguished career of a Shakespeare scholar. Certain questions engross Shakespeare from his early plays to the late romances: the nature of motive, cause, personal identity and relation, the proper status of imagination, ethics and subjectivity, language and its capacity to occlude and to communicate. Yet Shakespeare’s thought, Nuttall demonstrates, is anything but static. The plays keep returning to, modifying, and complicating his creative preoccupations. Nuttall allows us to hear and appreciate the emergent cathedral choir of play speaking to play. By the later stages of Nuttall’s book this choir is nearly overwhelming in its power and dimensions. The author does not limit discussion to moments of crucial intellection but gives himself ample space in which to get at the distinctive essence of each work.Much recent historicist criticism has tended to “flatten” Shakespeare by confining him to the thought-clichés of his time, and this in its turn has led to an implicitly patronizing view of him as unthinkingly racist, sexist, and so on. Nuttall shows us that, on the contrary, Shakespeare proves again and again to be more intelligent and perceptive than his 21st-century readers. This book challenges us to reconsider the relation of great literature to its social and historical matrix. It is also, perhaps, the best guide to Shakespeare’s plays available in English. [Description provided by the publisher]

Information Trapping: Real-Time Research on the Web

How many times have you run a Google search that resulted in thousands of results? With over 8 billion pages online and more posted every day, the Web more than likely contains the information you’re looking for — if only you could find it. In Information Trapping: Real-Time Research on the Web, Internet-search-engine expert Tara Calishain makes researching more efficient and rewarding for anyone for whom the Web is an indispensable tool — academics, journalists, scientists, and professionals, as well as bloggers, genealogists, and hobbyists. She does so by teaching the latest techniques for building automated information-gathering systems. As an alternative to the typical one-time search for information, Tara demonstrates how readers can use RSS feeds, page monitoring tools, and other software to set up information streams of many different data types — from text to multimedia to conversations — for capture and review. [Description provided by the publisher]

TK5105.888 .C345 2007

Goya: Truth and Fantasy: The Small Paintings

This is the catalogue of a major exhibition of Goya's small-scale paintings, at the Museo del Prado in Madrid in November 1993 and moving then to the Royal Academy in London in March 1994. Consisting of about a hundred works, the exhibition will survey Goya's oeuvre throughout his career. It will include all the surviving sketches for his tapestry cartoons - enchanting decorative works still in an 18th-century idiom, yet also the first paintings in which Goya began to explore a genuinely Spanish vein of realism. Sketches for his major altarpieces, dating from the 1770s to 1820, provide evidence of his ability to work out large-scale compositions on a miniature scale, yet with the same intensity of expression as the final works. The little cabinet pictures of 1793-4, painted after his recovery from a near-fatal illness, are among his most intense and personal creations. Illustrating scenes of fire and shipwreck, brigands, madmen, bull-fights and fairgrounds, they contain the kernal of the artistic language that he was to develop throughout the rest of his career. Also included will be his tragi-comic scenes of witchcraft, and more sombre scenes of violence and resistance painted as Spain came under Napoleon's domination, as well as most of his celebrated small portraits, and finally the miniature low life scenes painted in his last years while in exile in France. The title of the exhibition is taken from a letter in which Goya refers to the way in which small pictures allow him to give free reign to his "capricho [fantasy] and invention", and there is no doubt that the exhibition and accompanying catalogue will be both an important contribution to scholarship and a fascinating opportunity to see a broad selection of the work of one of the greatest and most original artists of all time. [Description provided by the publisher]

The Romantic Vision of Caspar David Friedrich: Paintings and Drawings from the U.S.S.R.

Essays by Robert Rosenblum and Boris I. Asvarishch.


From Van Eyck to Bruegel Early Netherlandish Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

From about 1425, artists in the region which is now Belgium and The Netherlands created paintings which were startling in their realism and innovative approach. Published to accompany an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, this book celebrates one of the great epochs of western art, from the work of the inventor of oil painting, Jan van Eyck, to that of the highly original genius, Peter Bruegel. More than 100 colour reproductions, with individual commentaries, present the accomplishments of the major figures of the period, including Robert Campin, Rogier van der Weyden, Gerard David and Hans Memling. Essays by specialists in the field discuss various aspects of the subject, and biographies are provided for all the artists represented, together with comparative illustrations of prints and paintings from collections other than that of The Metropolitan. [Description provided by the publisher]


Shadows of a Hand: The Drawings of Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo is justly celebrated as a great man of letters, one of France and Europe's major writers, leader of the Romantics, his Notre-Dame de Paris and Les Miserables among the greatest works of literature. He is, however, considerably less renowned as a visual artist, yet he produced an extraordinary series of breathtaking drawings. His use of materials, and ambiguity between figure and form, challenge our conceptions of 19th-century art. Mysterious castles loom out of the haze, stormy landscapes are pierced by portentous light, grotesque creatures grin from crashing waves; half-recognizable forms emerge from experiments with lace impressions, folded paper and random stains of ink, coffee or soot. Hugo's drawings have been slow to capture public appreciation; he considered them to be a private enterprise and refused to exhibit them. It was only in the 20th century that they began to emerge from obscurity. The Surrealists, such as Breton and Ernst, discovered affinities with Hugo's works; they offer uncanny parallels with Abstract Expressionism. This book is the first in English to publish Hugo's artistic repertoire, and it provides a fascinating new dimension to our appreciation both of Hugo and of visual art. (Kirkus UK)

NC248.H86 A4 1998

Spirit Capture: Photographs from the National Museum of the American Indian

Spirit Capture brings together 200 of the most compelling images from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) with essays from Native American historians, anthropologists, and curators.


Monday, December 01, 2008

Crime and Justice, Volume 36: Crime, Punishment, and Politics in Comparative Perspective

The goal of Crime and Justice, Volume 36 is to advance the understanding of the determinants of penal policies in developed countries. The contributors explore the distinctive national differences in policy in responses to rising crime rates, rapid social change, economic dislocation and increased ethnic diversity. Countries covered include Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Japan, France, Norway and the United States. [Description provided by the publisher]


America's Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War

Walt Rostow’s meteoric rise to power—from Flatbush, Brooklyn, to the West Wing of the White House—seemed to capture the promise of the American dream. Hailing from humble origins, Rostow became an intellectual powerhouse: a professor of economic history at MIT and an influential foreign policy adviser to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Too influential, according to some. While Rostow inspired respect and affection, he also made some powerful enemies. Averell Harriman, one of America’s most celebrated diplomats, described Rostow as “America’s Rasputin” for the unsavory influence he exerted on presidential decision-making. Rostow was the first to advise Kennedy to send U.S. combat troops to South Vietnam and the first to recommend the bombing of North Vietnam. He framed a policy of military escalation, championed recklessly optimistic reporting, and then advised LBJ against pursuing a compromise peace with North Vietnam.

David Milne examines one man’s impact on the United States’ worst-ever military defeat. It is a portrait of good intentions and fatal misjudgments. A true ideologue, Rostow believed that it is beholden upon the United States to democratize other nations and do “good,” no matter what the cost. America’s Rasputin explores the consequences of this idealistic but unyielding dogma.


Comprehending Columbine

On April 20, 1999, two Colorado teenagers went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School. That day, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve fellow students and a teacher, as well as wounding twenty-four other people, before they killed themselves. Although there have been other books written about the tragedy, this is the first serious, impartial investigation into the cultural, environmental, and psychological causes of the massacre. Based on first-hand interviews and a thorough reading of the relevant literature, Ralph Larkin examines the complex of factors that led the two young men to plan and carry out their deed. For Harris and Klebold, Larkin concludes, the carnage was an act of revenge against the "jocks" who had harassed and humiliated them, retribution against evangelical students who acted as if they were morally superior, an acting out of the mythology of right-wing paramilitary organization members to "die in a blaze of glory," and a deep desire for notoriety. Rather than simply looking at Columbine as a crucible for all school violence, Larkin places the tragedy in its proper context, and in doing so, examines its causes and meaning. [Description provided by the publisher]


The Intimate Interiors of Edouard Vuillard

Chapters include: Self portraits / The Sewing Paintings / The Artist's Family / Homages to Misia / chronologies / selected bibliography.


The Impressionist and the City: Pissarro's Series Paintings

Camille Pissarro is perhaps best known for the landscape paintings of his early career, yet in the final decade of his life (1893-1903) he began to depict urban scenes and his paintings from this period, of Paris, Rouen and the busy ports of Dieppe and Le Havre formed an important component of his artistic output. At this time Pissarro, like Monet, started to work on canvases in series, ofthen pointing several simultaneously and discarding one temporarily when the light, the weather or his mood altered. He started all of them at the scene and worked with extraordinary speed and deftness. In this book, the authors set Pissarro's cityscapes in their broad art-historical context, looking also at contemporary treatments of the urban scene by Vuillard, Bonnard and Toulouse-Lautrec. Using Pissarro's extensive correspondence from this period, they reveal the artist's own attitude towards his final works. The book includes a catatogue of Pissarro's urban series, each one introduced by an overview covering the history of the cityscape pictured and the production, exhibition history and early critical reception of the series. This book is the catalogue for an exhibition of Pissarro's cityscape paintings at the Dallas Museum of Art (November 15, 1992 - January 31, 1993). The exhibition will then be shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from March 7 to June 6, 1993 and at the Royal Academy in London from July 2 to October 10, 1993. [Description provided by the publisher]

ND553.P55 A4 1992

Paul Klee: The Berggruen Klee Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The German painter Paul Klee (1879-1940) has become one of today's most popular artists. Ninety works by Klee - including drawings, watercolors, and oils, either serious, comical, capricious, or dramatic - have recently been given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by one of the postwar era's leading art dealers and collectors, Heinz Berggruen, and are now published together in this volume for the first time.

Paul Klee was a Swiss painter of German nationality. His highly individual style was influenced by many different art trends, including expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He was a student of orientalism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually mastered color theory, and wrote extensively about it. His works reflect his dry humor and his sometimes child-like perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and his musicality. He and his friend, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, were also famous for teaching at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture. ["Paul Klee." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 1 Dec 2008, 14:22 UTC. 1 Dec 2008 <>. ]


Classic Italian Garden

Overview of gardens in the different regions of Italy: Piedmont; Lombardy; Veneto; Tuscany; Marche' Latium; Campania. Includes bibliography.

Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre, and Elsewhere

In Portraits, Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic for The New York Times, speaks with eighteen of today's important artists as they view some of the world's great art. Kimmelman's engaging, informal profiles of Chuck Close, Wayne Thiebaud, Brice Marden, Kiki Smith and others reveal not only what they said about the art they chose to look at in various museums and elsewhere, but also what they revealed about themselves and their work in the process.

Paul Cezanne: the bathers

Paul Cezanne: The Bathers brings all the paintings and drawings together in this lushly illustrated volume, the first to concentrate on the bather figures which appeared in some 200 of the artist's works. Author Mary Louise Krumrine's original scholarship relates these works to literature of the period, to Cezanne's friendship with Emile Zola, to his changing relationships with women, and to the milieu of 19th-century France. The result is a revealing portrait of the artist's complex personality and a groundbreaking study of his artistic development. [Description provided by the publisher]


Oskar Kokoschka

Kokoschka's unique contribution to the history of twentieth century art is becoming ever more apparent. This monograph contains a broad selection of Kokoschka's finest paintings, in all genres and from all periods of the artist's remarkably long and productive career, including his lesser known but no less significant later works. [Description provided by the publisher]

The Nabis: Bonnard, Vuillard, and Their Circle

Les Nabis were a group of Post-Impressionist avant-garde artists who set the pace for fine arts and graphic arts in France in the 1890s. Initially a group of friends interested in contemporary art and literature, most of them studied at the private art school of Rodolphe Julian (Académie Julian) in Paris in the late 1880s. In 1890, they began to successfully participate in public exhibitions, while most of their artistic output remained in private hands or in the possession of the artists themselves. By 1896, the unity of the group had already begun to break: The Hommage à Cézanne, painted by Maurice Denis in 1900, recollects memories of a time already gone, before even the term Nabis had been revealed to the public. Meanwhile, most members of the group - Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard - could stand, artistically, on their own. ["Les Nabis." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 7 Nov 2008, 04:17 UTC. 1 Dec 2008 <>. ]

Whistler: a retrospective

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), though an American by birth, chose London as the arena for his spirited campaign to free art from its inhibiting identification with Victorian morality and commerce. It was these values and preoccupations of nineteenth-century England that the prominent art critic John Ruskin hastened to identify as Whistler's when he accused the artist of "flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." Whistler's now-famous lawsuit against Ruskin for his libellous statement, and the resulting trial, make up but one episode in the career of this great modern artist - and but one of the fascinations offered by this stunning book. [Description provided by the publisher]

N6537.W4 W45 1989

Ferdinand Hodler: Views & visions

"Art captures the spirit of the age." These words, emblazoned above the entrance to the "Secession" building in Vienna could serve as a rallying cry for Swiss art in general and for the works of Ferdinand Hodler in particular. A 1904 exhibition of Hodler's works at the "Secession", a shrine to the avant garde, was met by a huge wave of enthusiasm. And now, 90+ years after his first success outside his home country, a retrospective exhibition of his work is being shown in North America where, thanks to his William Tell, Hodler is one of the most well-known Swiss painters. [Description provided by the publisher]

ND853.H6 A4 1994

O'Keeffe: The Life of an American Legend

A biography of the controversial painter chronicles her emergence in the art world in the 1920s, her fame in the 1930s, her sexually charged flower paintings, her relationships with Alfred Stieglitz and with a much younger man, and more. [Description provided by the publisher]


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

From Schongauer To Holbein

Early German and Swiss drawings from the internationally renowned print collections of the Offentliche Kunstsammlung Basel and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin-Preussicher Kulturbesitz. Includes bibliographical references.


Cover art hardcover edition.

Rembrandt's Eyes

This book moves far beyond the bounds of conventional biography or art history. With extraordinary imaginative sympathy, Schama conjures up the world in which Rembrandt moved -- its sounds, smells and tastes as well as its politics; the influences on him of the wars of the Protestant United Provinces against Spain, of the extreme Calvinism of his native Leiden, of the demands of patrons and the ambitions of contemporaries; the importance of his beloved Saskia and, after her death (Rembrandt was later forced to sell her grave, so complete was his ruin), of his mistress Hendrickje Stoffels; and, above all, the profound effect on him of the great master of the immediately preceding generation, the Catholic painter from Antwerp, Peter Paul Rubens: "the prince of painters and the painter of princes" with whom Rembrandt was obsessed for the first part of his life, and whose career was the shaping force that drove Rembrandt to test the farthest reaches of his own originality.

Rembrandt's Eyes shows us why Rembrandt is such a thrilling painter, so revolutionary in his art, so penetrating of the hearts of those who have looked for three hundred years at his pictures. Above all, Schama's understanding of Rembrandt's mind and the dynamic of his life allows him to re-create Rembrandt's life on the page. Through a combination of scholarship and literary skill, Schama allows us to actually see that life through Rembrandt's own eyes. In overcoming the paucity of conventional historical evidence, it is the most intelligently true biography of Rembrandt that has ever been written. [description provided by the publisher]

ND653.R4 S24 1999

The Bulfinch Guide to Art History: A Comprehensive Survey and Dictionary of Western Art and Architecture

The Bulfinch Guide to Art History is one of the most innovative, current and affordable art reference books available today. Its approach is unique, for it combines a comprehensive survey - in the form of thirteen essays - with a substantial dictionary of art terms. [Description provided by the publisher]

N380 .B78 1996

Caspar David Friedrich to Ferdinand Hodler: A Romantic Tradition : Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Oskar Reinhart Foundation

This book accompanies an international exhibition of paintings and drawings from the Oskar Reinhart Foundation in Winterhtur, one of the finest collections of German, Austrian and Swiss art in Europe. [Description provided by the publisher]

Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America 1927-1944

Covers 43 significant artists, some of them as American as Stuart Davis, Ad Reinhardt, and David Smith, others masters from the rest of the world, including Josef Albers, Fernand Leger, and Piet Mondrian. Photographs and biographies of the artists accompany their work.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration

Richly illustrated and delightfully written, Journey to the Ants combines autobiography and scientific lore to convey the excitement and pleasure the study of ants can offer. Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson interweave their personal adventures with the social lives of ants, building, from the first minute observations of childhood, a remarkable account of these abundant insects' evolutionary achievement. [Description provided by the publisher]


Painting on the Left: Diego Rivera, Radical Politics, and San Francisco's Public Murals

The boldly political mural projects of Diego Rivera and other leftist artists in San Francisco during the 1930s and early 1940s are the focus of Anthony W. Lee's fascinating book. Led by Rivera, these painters used murals as a vehicle to reject the economic and political status quo and to give visible form to labor and radical ideologies, including Communism.

Several murals, and details of others, are reproduced here for the first time. Of special interest are works by Rivera that chart a progress from mural paintings commissioned for private spaces to those produced as a public act in a public space: Allegory of California, painted in 1930-31 at the Stock Exchange Lunch Club; Making a Fresco, Showing the Building of a City, done a few months later at the California School of Fine Arts; and Pan American Unity, painted in 1940 for the Golden Gate International Exposition.
Labor itself became a focus of the new murals: Rivera painted a massive representation of a construction worker just as San Francisco's workers were themselves organizing; Victor Arnautoff, Bernard Zakheim, John Langley Howard , and Clifford Wight painted panels in Coit Tower that acknowledged the resolve of the dockworkers striking on the streets below. Radical in technique as well, these muralists used new compositional strategies of congestion, misdirection, and fragmentation, subverting the legible narratives and coherent allegories of traditional murals.

Lee relates the development of wall painting to San Francisco's international expositions of 1915 and 1939, the new museums and art schools, corporate patronage, and the concerns of immigrants and ethnic groups. And he examines how mural painters struggled against those forces that threatened their practice: the growing acceptance of modernist easel painting, the vagaries of New Deal patronage, and a wartime nationalism hostile to radical politics. [Description provided by the publisher]


Cuban Exiles on the Trade Embargo: Interviews

First implemented in 1962, the American embargo against Cuba is one of the most enduring anti-trade measures in human history, having outlived most of the original government and military leaders responsible for its creation. But has it benefited the United States as intended, by weakening Fidel Castro's grip on his country? Or has it, instead, strengthened his position? This unique work draws upon interviews with Cuban exiles to provide broad-ranging insights on the embargo's effects on the Cuban people, and an evaluation of its diminishing role as an effective political tool. [Description provided by the publisher]


[Image: the flag of Cuba]

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life

Growing up in California, Craig Venter didn’t appear to have much of a future. An unremarkable student, he nearly flunked out of high school. After being drafted into the army, he enlisted in the navy and went to Vietnam, where the life and death struggles he encountered as a medic piqued his interest in science and medicine. After pursuing his advanced degrees, Venter quickly established himself as a brilliant and outspoken scientist. In 1984 he joined the National Institutes of Health, where he introduced novel techniques for rapid gene discovery, and left in 1991 to form his own nonprofit genomics research center, where he sequenced the first genome in history in 1995. In 1998 he announced that he would successfully sequence the human genome years earlier, and for far less money, than the government-sponsored Human Genome Project would— a prediction he kept in 2001.

A Life Decoded is the triumphant story of one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in science today. In his riveting and inspiring account Venter tells of the unparalleled drama of the quest for the human genome, a tale that involves as much politics (personal and political) as science. He also reveals how he went on to be the first to read and interpret his own genome and what it will mean for all of us to do the same. He describes his recent sailing expedition to sequence microbial life in the ocean, as well as his groundbreaking attempt to create synthetic life. Here is one of the key scientific chronicles of our lifetime, as told by the man who beat the odds to make it happen. [Description provided by the publisher]

On Human Nature

In his new preface E. O. Wilson reflects on how he came to write this book: how "The Insect Societies led him to write "Sociobiology, and how the political and religious uproar that engulfed that book persuaded him to write another book that would better explain the relevance of biology to the understanding of human behavior.


Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge

One of our greatest living scientists--and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for On Human Nature and The Ants--gives us a work of visionary importance that may be the crowning achievement of his career. In Consilience (a word that originally meant "jumping together"), Edward O. Wilson renews the Enlightenment's search for a unified theory of knowledge in disciplines that range from physics to biology, the social sciences and the humanities.

Using the natural sciences as his model, Wilson forges dramatic links between fields. He explores the chemistry of the mind and the genetic bases of culture. He postulates the biological principles underlying works of art from cave-drawings to Lolita. Presenting the latest findings in prose of wonderful clarity and oratorical eloquence, and synthesizing it into a dazzling whole, Consilience is science in the path-clearing traditions of Newton, Einstein, and Richard Feynman. [Description provided by the publisher]


Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization

Bestselling author Nicholson Baker, recognized as one of the most dexterous and talented writers in America today, has created a compelling work of nonfiction bound to provoke discussion and controversy -- a wide-ranging, astonishingly fresh perspective on the political and social landscape that gave rise to World War II.

Human Smoke delivers a closely textured, deeply moving indictment of the treasured myths that have romanticized much of the 1930s and '40s. Incorporating meticulous research and well-documented sources -- including newspaper and magazine articles, radio speeches, memoirs, and diaries -- the book juxtaposes hundreds of interrelated moments of decision, brutality, suffering, and mercy. Vivid glimpses of political leaders and their dissenters illuminate and examine the gradual, horrifying advance toward overt global war and Holocaust.

Praised by critics and readers alike for his exquisitely observant eye and deft, inimitable prose, Baker has assembled a narrative within Human Smoke that unfolds gracefully, tragically, and persuasively. This is an unforgettable book that makes a profound impact on our perceptions of historical events and mourns the unthinkable loss humanity has borne at its own hand.


Building powerful and robust websites with Drupal 6

This book updates the bestselling Drupal: Creating Blogs, Forums, Portals, and Community Websites for Drupal 6, the latest, much improved version of this popular open-source Content Management System. Targeting readers with little experience in website design, unfamiliar with PHP, MySQL or HTML, and with little to no experience of Drupal, it looks pragmatically at the steps needed from knowing you want a website right through to designing and building it like a pro, and then successfully managing and maintaining it. Experienced author David Mercer uses a friendly, engaging style that is clear and concise, allowing readers to advance rapidly until they can tackle any problem with confidence. Drupal is an elegantly designed, well-supported and flexible open-source CMS platform that empowers anyone to create a website or blog and is rapidly becoming first choice of people in the know. With this powerful tool you need not pay professionals to design a site; you can do the job yourself. [Description provided by the publisher]

TK5105.8885 D79 M4 2008

Extreme Bodies: The Use and Abuse of the Body in Art

This thought-provoking volume presents an original, theoretical reflection on the use of the body in art. It analyses the ways in which the body has always been manipulated: from its relationship with cultural, religious and political institutions to current trends of self-decoration mutation.
The first section focuses on images of the body as it has endured extreme hardship, a kind of iconography of pain. The second section looks at how bodies have been altered as they have been controlled, from prisoners' scars to the effects of electroshock therapy, and even the subtle, psychological effects of the continuous surveillance and data gathering of today. The book concludes with an analysis of some of the major practices of body alteration, bordering on self-mutation (and mutilation), via plastic surgery, transplants and implants to the point that there is a generation today incapable of distinguishing between real forms and a manipulated reality. [Description provided by the publisher]

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Cambridge Companion to E. M. Forster

This new collection of essays, each one by a recognized expert, both brings Forster studies up to date and provides lively and innovative readings of every aspect of his wide-ranging career. It includes substantial chapters dedicated to his two major novels, Howards End and A Passage to India, and further chapters focus on A Room With a View and Maurice. Forster's connections with the values of Bloomsbury and the lure of Greece and Italy in his work are assessed, as is his vexed relationship with Modernism. Other essays investigate his role as a literary critic, the status of his work within the genres of the novel and the short story, his treatment of sexuality and his attitude to and representation of women. This is the most comprehensive study of Forster's work to be published for many years, providing an invaluable source of comment on and insight into his writings. [Description provided by the publisher]

PR6011.O58 Z64545 2007

The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen

This Companion offers a multi-disciplinary approach to literature on film and television. Writers are drawn from different backgrounds to consider broad topics, such as the issue of adaptation from novels and plays to the screen, canonical and popular literature, fantasy, genre and adaptations for children. There are also case studies, such as Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the nineteenth-century novel and modernism, which allow the reader to place adaptations of the work of writers within a wider context. An interview with Andrew Davies, whose work includes Pride and Prejudice (1995) and Bleak House (2005), reveals the practical choices and challenges that face the professional writer and adaptor. The Companion as a whole provides an extensive survey of an increasingly popular field of study. [Description provided by the publisher]

Blogging, Citizenship and the Future of Media

This collection of original essays addresses a number of questions seeking to increase our understanding of the role of blogs in the contemporary media landscape. It takes a provocative look at how blogs are reshaping culture, media, and politics while offering multiple theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to the study.

Americans are increasingly turning to blogs for news, information, and entertainment. But what is the content of blogs? Who writes them? What is the consequence of the population’s growing dependence on blogs for political information? What are the effects of blogging? Do readers trust blogs as credible sources of information?

The volume includes quantitative and qualitative studies of the blogosphere, its contents, its authors, and its networked connections. The readers of blogs are another focus of the collection: how are blog readers different from the rest of the population? What consequences do blogs have for the lives of everyday people?Finally, the book explores the ramifications of the blog phenomenon on the future of traditional media: television, newspapers, and radio.

HM851 .B59 2007

The Cambridge Companion to Camus

Albert Camus is one of the iconic figures of twentieth-century French literature, one of France's most widely read modern literary authors and one of the youngest winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature. As the author of L'Etranger and the architect of the notion of 'the Absurd' in the 1940s, he shot to prominence in France and beyond. His work nevertheless attracted hostility as well as acclaim and he was increasingly drawn into bitter political controversies, especially the issue of France's place and role in the country of his birth, Algeria. Most recently, postcolonial studies have identified in his writings a set of preoccupations ripe for revisitation. Situating Camus in his cultural and historical context, this Companion explores his best-selling novels, his ambiguous engagement with philosophy, his theatre, his increasingly high-profile work as a journalist and his reflection on ethical and political questions that continue to concern readers today. [Description provided by the publisher]

PQ2605.A3734 Z6258 2007

Monday, November 17, 2008

Black on Black: Twentieth-Century African American Writing about Africa

The author of this work uses the concept of Ethianopianism - the biblically-inspired belief that black Americans would lead Africans and people of the diaspora to a bright future - to offer an analysis of the African-American literary response to Africa.

Black on Black provides the first comprehensive analysis of the modern African American literary response to Africa, from W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folks to Alice Walker's The Color Purple.

PS159.A35 G78

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks won her first major award in 1943 at the Midwestern Writers' Conference. In addition to several other honorariums (among which are two Guggenheim awards, her appointment as Poet Laureate of Illinois, and the National Endowment for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award), Brooks was the first African-American writer to both win the Pulitzer Prize (1949) and to be appointed to the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1976). Brooks received more than fifty honorary doctorates from colleges and universities. In 1969, the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center opened on the campus of Western Illinois University. After a lifetime of proficient verse writing, Brooks died of cancer in December 2000. She was 83 years old. [SOURCE]

This first full-scale biography of one of America's premier poets, written by a leading black literary scholar, reveals the many influences that formed the background to Brook's poetic output: the Harlem Renaissance, the Chicago literary scene from the 1930s on, historical developments in black culture and consciousness, and the significant figures and activities that impressed the poet's life and art. [Description provided by the publisher]


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gender, Class, Race, and Reform in the Progressive Era

With its massive industrialization, rapid urban growth, and immense social change, the Progressive Era as a period of reform marks the birth of contemporary American institutions, policies, and values. In this collection of informative essays, Noralee Frankel and Nancy S. Dye bring together work by such notable women scholars as Ellen Carol DuBois, Alice Kessler-Harris, Barbara Sicherman, and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn to illuminate the lives and labor of American women from the late nineteenth century to the early 1920s. Revealing the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class, the authors of these essays explore women's accomplishments in changing welfare and labor legislation; early twentieth-century feminism and woman suffrage; women in industry and the work force; the relationship between family and community in early twentieth-century America; and the ways in which African-American, immigrant, and working-class women contributed to progressive reform. This challenging collection not only displays the dramatic transformations women of all classes experienced, but also begins constructing a new scaffolding for progressivism in general. [Description provided by the publisher]


Thursday, November 06, 2008

Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities: Freud and Beyond (The Blazer Lectures, 1990)

Can psychoanalysis move beyond a monolithic account of normal gender and sexuality to address questions of diversity and variability in gender development and gender identity? Can its practitioners and theorists render nonpathologizing accounts of variation in sexual orientation? In her first extended treatment of sexuality and love, Nancy Chodorow, author of The Reproduction of Mothering, and a preeminent feminist theorist, addresses these and other questions that continue to trouble feminists, gay and lesbian theorists, cultural and historical critics, and contemporary psychoanalysis. [Description provided by the publisher] [IMAGE SOURCE: The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis]


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Elementary Teacher's Discipline Problem Solver: A Practical A-Z Guide for Managing Classroom Behavior Problems

Elementary Teacher’s Discipline Problem Solver is a ready-to-use resource filled with practical, concrete, and teacher-tested strategies that will help you maintain order in your classroom while preserving your students' dignity. Each of the book's proven techniques has been designed with the goal of helping you maximize your teaching time and minimize the time you spend disciplining. The strategies included here may be used on an as-needed basis for occasional discipline problems or in a more formal Response-to-Intervention (RTI) framework.

Elementary Teacher's Discipline Problem Solver gives you the information and the down-to-earth strategies you need to handle 63 wide-ranging classroom problems including:

Aggressive Behavior * Angry Outbursts * Attention Deficit * Backtalk * Bathroom Problems * Bullying * Calling Out * Cheating * Complaining * Crying Frequently * Disorganization * Disruptive Behavior * Homework Problems * Hyperactivity * Lack of Motivation * Low Self-esteem * Lunchroom Problems * Masturbation * Perfectionism * Playground Problems * Rude Behavior * Seatwork Problems * Shyness * Spitting * Talking Excessively * Teasing * Vandalism * Whining . . . and many more. [Description provided by the publisher]