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The Museum Companion
Marcus Lodwick
0810944456
Mar 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
"Every picture tells a story"--but for many of us the subjects and themes of the great paintings of Western art are something of a mystery. The Museum Companion unravels the legends and symbolism behind many of the most popular and frequently painted figures. What is in Pandora's box? What are the Greek and Roman names for the ancient gods? Why does St. Catherine have a wheel by her side, and St. Jerome a lion? Beautifully illustrated with works by great artists, and containing descriptions of over 150 figures, The Museum Companion includes a Classical section that details the characters from the myths and histories of ancient Greece and Rome, and a Biblical and Religious section that describes figures from the Old and New Testaments as well as later saints. This handy, affordable, pocket-sized book will be...


All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul
Vladimir Bogdanov
087930653X
January 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
As accurate and obsessively detailed as www.allmusic.com is, its print cousins can seem somewhat redundant. This well-established entry, now in its third edition, offers biographical and listener's advisory information on artists and recordings that All Music Guide (AMG) editors Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, and Stephen Thomas Erlewine have deemed rock an all-encompassing term that includes pop, soul, R&B, rap, and easy listening. Since the last edition (1997), about 3000 album reviews and 400 artist profiles have been added. That makes for a total of 2200 alphabetically arranged artist entries and 14,000 reviews (rated on a scale of one to five stars), most of which are signed. While the contributors cover a remarkable range of new artists from Aaliyah to Weezer, they often give short shrift to those who recorded...


The Pen Is Ours
Jean Fagan Yellin
0195062035
Apr 1991
Hardcover
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Book Description
This bibliography of writing by and about African-American women provides a much needed research tool to scholars and researchers in the field. The bibliography lists writing by African-American women whose earliest publication appeared before 1910; a supplemental bibliography lists writing
published as of 1911.


Herbs and Spices: The Cook's Reference
Jill Norman
0789489392
October 2002
Hardcover
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From Booklist
More and more herbs and spices appear in American kitchens daily, encouraged by television chefs and promoted through new ethnic cuisines entering the mainstream. Jill Norman's Herbs & Spices comes at exactly the right moment to guide readers through the tangle of leaves, seeds, and berries. Norman thoughtfully organizes herbs into major classifications by their predominant bouquets. This approach immediately assists the cook looking for substitutions. Norman's tasting notes, borrowing a vocabulary identical to that used for wine, establish a standard language for characterizing each item's salient aromas and flavors. Full-color, close-up pictures aid in identification. Text outlines culinary uses and purchasing and storing data and gives information on growing one's own herbs. A short recipe section offers...


A Phrenological Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Americans
Madeleine B. Stern
0313232865
Aug 1982
Hardcover
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Review
“A brief but useful introduction leads into a massive amount of material on leading Americans of the time, from the phrenological viewpoint. The work also provides biographical information and insights on a wide variety of personalities of the nineteenth century. ... This Phrenological Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Americans is a useful addition to the bookshelf on phrenology, although it may tell more about the subscribers to the Phrenological Journal than about either the authors or the well-known subjects.”–Journal of the History of Medicine


The Portable Dorothy Parker
Dorothy R. Parker
0143039539
March 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
The second revision in sixty years, this sublime collection ranges over the verse, stories, essays, and journalism of one of the twentieth century's most quotable authors. For this new twenty-first-century edition, devoted admirers can be sure to find their favorite verse and stories. But a variety of fresh material has also been added to create a fuller, more authentic picture of her life's work. There are some stories new to the Portable, "Such a Pretty Little Picture," along with a selection of articles written for such disparate publications as Vogue, McCall's, House and Garden, and New Masses. Two of these pieces concern home decorating, a subject not usually associated with Mrs. Parker. At the heart of her serious work lies her political writings-racial, labor, international-and so "Soldiers of the Republic" is...


Palgrave Advances in Oscar Wilde Studies
Frederick S. Roden
1403921482
Jan 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Palgrave Advances in Oscar Wilde Studies is a comprehensive guide to recent critical approaches. Topics covered include Gay Studies, Feminist Criticism, Material Culture, Religion, Philosophy, Performance Studies, Aestheticism, Biography, Textual Studies and Postcolonial Theory. The book is designed to acquaint readers of all levels with the history of scholarship in a range of fields and suggest ways that Wilde's work offer new areas for research. The collection also provides a chronology and detailed bibliography.


How Reading Changed My Life
Anna Quindlen
0345422783
August 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
A recurring theme throughout Anna Quindlen's How Reading Changed My Life is the comforting premise that readers are never alone. "There was waking, and there was sleeping. And then there were books," she writes, "a kind of parallel universe in which anything might happen and frequently did, a universe in which I might be a newcomer but never really a stranger. My real, true world." Later, she quotes editor Hazel Rochman: "Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but, most important, it finds homes for us everywhere." Indeed, Quindlen's essays are full of the names of "friends," real or fictional--Anne of Green Gables and Heidi; Anthony Trollope and Jane Austen, to name just a few--who have comforted, inspired, educated, and delighted her throughout her life. In four short essays Quindlen shares her...


Portraits in Print
Helen Benedict
0231072260
Jan 1991
Hardcover
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Review
"A series of interviews as easy to engage in as a conversation on a park bench. Portraits in Print is shaped with intelligence and affection." -- New York Times Book Review

Review
A series of interviews as easy to engage in as a conversation on a park bench. Portraits in Print is shaped with intelligence and affection.

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The Hal Leonard Pocket Music Dictionary
Hal Leonard Corporation
0793516544
January 1993
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
...includes over 2,000 musical terms and provides more than 400 capsule biographies of composers and other musicians


Edmund Thornton Jenkins
Jeffrey P. Green
0313232539
Nov 1982
Hardcover
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Review
“This biography, based on original and detailed research, makes an important contribution to the history of black American music. But beyond that, it presents a vivid social history (albeit with some dangling minutiae). A worthy addition to music and black studies collections.”–Library Journal

From the Publisher
This biography, based on original and detailed research, makes an important contribution to the history of black American music. But beyond that, it presents a vivid social history (albeit with some dangling minutiae). A worthy addition to music and black studies collections.


Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium
Carl Sagan
0345379187
June 1998
Paperback
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From Library Journal
It is doubtful that there is anyone unfamiliar with noted astronomer and science writer Sagan's ability to convey the wonder, excitement, and joy of science. This book is a wonderful, if eclectic, collection of essays, some reprinted from magazines of national prominence, covering a wide range of topics: the invention of chess, life on Mars, global warming, abortion, international affairs, the nature of government, and the meaning of morality. Writing with clarity and an understanding of human nature, Sagan offers hope for humanity's future as he illuminates our ability to understand ourselves and to change the world for the better. The last chapter is an account of his struggle with myelodysplasia, the illness that finally took his life in December 1996. An epilog written by his wife is a personal account of the...


Anton Rubinstein
Larry Sitsky
0313254974
Sept 1998
Hardcover
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Review
“Mainly a well-constructed, easy to use reference source, this book's extensive biography offers something for general readers.”–Choice
“[H]ighly recommended for all academic and public libraries with extensive music collections. Also, it will be an extremely valuable source for individual pianists who wish to have a handy reference to the piano works of Rubinstein.”–ARBA

Book Description
Anton Rubinstein, a seminal figure in Russian music, was not only a great pianist but also a monumental influence in Russian music education. Rubinstein is responsible for laying the groundwork for Russia's tertiary educational system for the training of musicians and for establishing the use of Western structural forms in Russian music. He later became the...


Make Your Own Damn Movie!: Secrets of a Renegade Director
Lloyd Kaufman
0312288646
April 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The experience of low-budget filmmaking is so bad it's good. This is the central bit of wisdom writer/producer/director Kaufman (his credits include The Toxic Avenger; Class of Nuke 'Em High; Tromeo and Juliet) gives in this riotous book. Equal parts how-to, memoir and shrewd marketing stunt, it tells young filmmakers to lower their expectations. Taking a reverse-inspirational tack, Kaufman admits indie films probably won't make you rich, famous, happy or very many friends. For emphasis, he begins with an image of him shoveling rat poop from the basement of Troma Studios and closes with a suicide dream sequence. It is to the tremendous credit of Kaufman's profane, self-deprecating, caustic but charismatic sense of humor that the book's opening, closing and everything else in between manages to make the low-budget...


Violin Music by Women Composers
Rose-Marie Johnson
0313266522
Nov 1989
Hardcover
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Review
“Provides convenient access to a body of solo, recital, concerto, and chamber music literature that will enrich the repertoire of the violinist. Includes a biographies section which briefly summarizes the life and work of women composers from the Baroque to 20th century American and International. The music section identifies and describes compositions in 12 genre categories. The discography organizes recorded works by composer and by title”–Reference & Research Book News

Book Description
"Provides convenient access to a body of solo, recital, concerto, and chamber music literature that will enrich the repertoire of the violinist. Includes a biographies section which briefly summarizes the life and work of women composers from the Baroque to 20th century American and...


Kana Pict-O-Graphix: Mnemonics for Japanese Hiragana and Katakana
Michael Rowley
1880656183
September 1995
Paperback
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-Wired Magazine
"Rowley has created a visual vocabulary that is striking and, most importantly, memorable." -Wired Magazine

Review
"Rowley has created a visual vocabulary that is striking and, most importantly, memorable." -Wired Magazine

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Les Fauves
Russell T. Clement
0313283338
May 1994
Hardcover
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Review
“...This annotated bibliography's organization will prove particularly useful to art historians. A section on each Fauve artist presents a biographical sketch, a chronology, and a primary and secondary bibliography on the artist....This user-friendly sourcebook will be an invaluable asset to scholars researching the Fauve movement. No college or university reference department should be without it.”–Choice
“This impressive volume covers the literature on Fauvism in general as well as on its major artists. A scholarly sourcebook on the Fauves that any library supporting research on the subject will want to purchase.”–Reference Book Review
“After reviewing this book I cannot imagine a fine arts library, maybe even a general reference library, functioning without a copy of Les...


50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time
David H. Lowenherz
0517223333
January 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
"The act of writing," proposes Lowenherz, "gives us a chance to reflect in private before exposing our heart." Hence the value of the love letter as an abiding expression of the writer's feelings in all their depth and complexity. A prominent collector and dealer in letters and historical memorabilia, Lowenherz presents letters (or fragments thereof) that collectively express the full range of amorous passion, from blind adoration to angst-ridden vituperation. Included are the romantic outpourings of celebrated writers George Sand, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald whose literary talents make their correspondence a model for any aspiring lover. Perhaps less gifted in their command of language, but certainly no less heartfelt, are selections from such notables as Harry Truman, Abigail...


The Polysyllabic Spree
Nick Hornby
1932416242
December 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
"Books are, let's face it, better than everything else," writes Nick Hornby in his "Stuff I've Been Reading" column in The Believer. "If we played cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go 15 rounds in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books would win pretty much every time. Go on, try it. The Magic Flute v. Middlemarch? Middlemarch in six. The Last Supper v. Crime and Punishment? Fyodor on point And every now and again you'd get a shock, because that happens in sport, so Back to the Future III might land a lucky punch on Rabbit, Run; but I'm still backing literature 29 times out of 30." This book collects Hornby's popular columns in a single, artfully illustrated volume with selected passages from the novels, biographies, collections of poetry, and comics under discussion. ...


Classical Singers of the Opera and Recital Stages
Robert H. Cowden
0313293325
June 1994
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Nearly a decade has passed since the appearance of Cowden's Concert and Opera Singers: A Bibliography of Biographical Materials (Greenwood, 1985). Since then, more than 150 additional collective works and related titles have appeared. In this new work, Cowden has heavily reworked and expanded the earlier effort to account for these new titles and, in the process, has once again produced a superb reference tool.Classical Singers is divided into three major sections. Section 1, "Collective Titles: Books on Singers," lists 157 books devoted entirely or primarily to classical vocalists. Section 2, "Collective Titles: Related Books," includes 283 books with additional material on many of the singers. The main body of the volume is section 3, "Individual Singers," in which bibliographic entries are listed under...

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