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Amazing book on the Gothic World

Gothic: Imagery of the Middles Ages 1150-1500 Hardcover by Achim Bednorz (Author), Rolf Toman (Editor) H.F.Ullmann Publishing Gmbh (October 15, 2012), 568 pages. 3.2 x 13.2 x 17.2 inches, Shipping Weight: 16 pounds I’ve seen many fine books on European … Continue reading

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Caravaggio; a life sacred and profane

by Andrew Graham-Dixon. Penguin. 2011. 444 pages. Colour illustrations. footnotes, index, notes on further readings. Paperback. Caravaggio’s life appears to confirm that maxim attributed to Heraclitus:  “Character is Destiny”. There are few artists in history who had such brilliant abilities, strong … Continue reading

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Steal Like an Artist …. Show Your Work.

Two great, short, fun and irreverant books by Austin Kleon. Workman Publishing. 2012 and 2014.    Inspiring and challenging contemporary ideas for artists, writers and anyone about finding, reusing, sharing, working collaboratively in so many interesting ways. Absorbing his message encouraged me to … Continue reading

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Syllabus; Notes from an Accidental Professor.

by Lynda Barry. Drawn and Quarterly. 2014. 200 pp. illustrated. Read this book for the engrossing wild-ride – an illustration style – heavily/heavenly laden with cartoons, hand-written text, constantly varying page formatting and border designs,decoupage, watercolour sketches and exciting typographic ideas. it … Continue reading

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Show and Tell; how everybody can make extraordinary presentations.

by Dan Roam. Penguin/Portfolio. 2014. 260 pp. fully illustrated. A business-oriented book with practical ideas for development of stories and use of pictures and graphics to convey ideas to listeners.  The author differentiates 4 kinds of presentations, namely those designed to: … Continue reading

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Tenth of December. by George Saunders. Random House. 2013.

Wonderful short stories. The kind of book you pick up and read right through – I did. Strange mental musings of ‘Everyman’.  Depictions of our mysterious inner lives. People thrust into highly-charged, weird situations. Places where we stumble and run … Continue reading

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Grant and Sherman; the Friendship that Won the Civil War. Charles B Flood. Harper, 2006.

A highly readable and rich exposition of the development of Union strategy during the American Civil War and how Grant and Sherman rose from near-obscurity and failure to become the major military leaders of that conflict on the Union side. … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Autocrat; the Life of Edwin Stanton. William Marvel. The University of North Carolina Press 2015

I listened to this as a full text talking book on a free library service called “Hoopla” over 20+ hours in June and July.  ) This is a long and impressive biography of a strange and powerful 19c American public … Continue reading

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Inside The Kingdom; My Life in Saudi Arabia.

 by Carmen bin Laden.   2005. Grand Central Publishing. A Swiss woman of Persian origin, Carmen was married well before 911 to one of the 29 brothers of the infamous UBL. The author tells of a promising marriage gone bad. … Continue reading

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An American Requiem; God, My Father, and the war that came between us. James Carroll. 1996. New York, Houghton-Mifflin.

Another family rent by war. The obedient hero-worshipping son ( the author of the book ) becomes a Catholic Paulist priest essentially to fulfill the wishes of his family while the Vietnam war presses more and more on his and … Continue reading

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