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]


Monday, November 03, 2008

The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine

The award-winning author of How We Die and The Art of Aging, venerated physician Sherwin B. Nuland has now written his most thoughtful and engaging book.

The Uncertain Art is a superb collection of essays about the vital mix of expertise, intuition, sound judgment, and pure chance that plays a part in a doctor’s practice and life.

Nuland also recounts his most dramatic experiences in a forty-year medical career: the time he was called out of the audience of a Broadway play to help a man having a heart attack (when no other doctor there would respond), and how he formed a profound friendship with an unforgettable–and doomed–heart patient. Behind these inspiring accounts always lie the mysteries of the human body and human nature, the manner in which the ill can will themselves back to health and the odd and essential interactions between a body’s own healing mechanisms and a doctor’s prescriptions.

Riveting and wise, amusing and heartrending, The Uncertain Art is Sherwin Nuland’s best work, gems from a man who has spent his professional life acting in the face of ambiguity and sharing what he has learned.

R705 .N85 2008