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The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD
by Simon Schama

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

March 18, 2014

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<p>In this magnificently illustrated cultural history鈥攖he tie-in to the pbs and bbc series <em>The Story of the Jews</em>鈥攕imon schama details the story of the jewish people, tracing their experience across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the new world in 1492</p><p>It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance in the face of destruction, of creativity in the face of oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life despite the steepest of odds.</p><p>It spans the millennia and the continents鈥攆rom India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.</p><p>In <em>The Story of the Jews</em>, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with gems and spices founder at sea.</p><p>And a great story unfolds. Not鈥攁s often imagined鈥攐f a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.</p><p>Which makes the story of the Jews everyone's story, too.</p>
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Declut...
by Marie Kond艒

Language

English

Pages

226

Publication Date

October 14, 2014

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<b>The #1聽<i>New York Times</i>聽bestselling guide to decluttering your home and the inspiration for the hit Netflix show <i>Tidying Up with Marie Kondo</i>.</b><br /><br /> Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?<br /><br /> Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you鈥檒l never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo鈥檚 clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).聽<br /><br /> With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house 鈥渟park joy鈥?(and which don鈥檛), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo鈥檚 newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home鈥攁nd the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Wa...
by , Robert Fabricant

Language

English

Pages

400

Publication Date

November 19, 2019

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<p>In <i>User Friendly</i>, Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant reveal the untold story of a paradigm that quietly rules our modern lives: the assumption that machines should anticipate what we need. Spanning over a century of sweeping changes, from women鈥檚 rights to the Great Depression to World War II to the rise of the digital era, this book unpacks the ways in which the world has been鈥攁nd continues to be鈥攔emade according to the principles of the once-obscure discipline of user-experience design.</p><p>In this essential text, Kuang and Fabricant map the hidden rules of the designed world and shed light on how those rules have caused our world to change鈥攁n underappreciated but essential history that鈥檚 pieced together for the first time. Combining the expertise and insight of a leading journalist and a pioneering designer, <i>User Friendly</i> provides a definitive, thoughtful, and practical perspective on a topic that has rapidly gone from arcane to urgent to inescapable. In <i>User Friendly</i>, Kuang and Fabricant tell the whole story for the first time鈥攁nd you鈥檒l never interact with technology the same way again.</p>
Tell Me Who I Am: The Story Behind the Netflix Documentary: Now ...
by , Marcus Lewis

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

July 04, 2013

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<p>Imagine waking up one day to discover that you have forgotten everything about your life. Your only link with the past, your only hope for the future, is your identical twin.</p><p>Now imagine, years later, discovering that your twin had not told you the whole truth about your childhood, your family, and the forces that had shaped you. Why the secrets? Why the silences? You have no choice but to begin again.</p><p>This has been Alex's reality: a world where memories are just the stories people tell you, where fact and fiction are impossible to distinguish. With dogged courage he has spent years hunting for the truth about his hidden past and his remarkable family. His quest to understand his true identity has revealed shocking betrayals and a secret tragedy, extraordinary triumph over crippling adversity and, above all, redemption founded on brotherly love.</p><p>Marcus his twin brother has sometimes been a reluctant companion on this journey, but for him too it has led to staggering revelations and ultimately the shedding of impossible burdens. </p><p>Their story spans continents and eras, from 1950s debutantes and high society in the Home Counties to a remote island in the Pacific and 90s raves. Disturbing, funny, heart-breaking and affirming, Alex and Marcus's determination to rebuild their lives makes us look afresh at how we choose to tell our stories.</p>
Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

Language

English

Pages

503

Publication Date

November 14, 2019

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Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there鈥檚 tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there鈥檚 Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Together they are the March sisters. Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures 鈥?including Laurie, the boy next door. And through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.<br />Based on Louisa May Alcott鈥檚 childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.<br /><br />A wonderful story... As a child, I strongly identified with Jo because she is a writer. 鈥擩acqueline Wilson<br />The American female myth. 鈥擬adelon Bedell<br />It is an essential American novel, perhaps the essential American novel for girls鈥?Girls come to it on their own. 鈥擩ane Smiley<br />In 鈥淟ittle Women鈥? Alcott anticipated realism by twenty or thirty years. 鈥擥. K. Chesterton
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creat...
by Austin Kleon

Language

English

Pages

140

Publication Date

February 28, 2012

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<b>Unlock your creativity.</b><br /><br /> An inspiring guide to creativity in the digital age, Steal Like an Artist presents ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life.<br /> 聽<br /> Nothing is original, so embrace influence, school yourself through the work of others, remix and reimagine to discover your own path. Follow interests wherever they take you鈥攚hat feels like a hobby may turn into you life鈥檚 work. Forget the old clich茅 about writing what you know: Instead, write the book you want to read, make the movie you want to watch.<br /> 聽<br /> And finally, stay Smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring in the everyday world so that you have the space to be wild and daring in your imagination and your work.<br /><br /> 聽鈥淏rilliant and real and true.鈥濃€擱osanne Cash<br /> 聽
Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartiga...
by Mary Gabriel

Language

English

Pages

945

Publication Date

September 25, 2018

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<b>Five women revolutionize the modern art world in postwar America in this "gratifying, generous, and lush" true story from a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist (Jennifer Szalai, <i>New York Times</i>).</b><br /><br />Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, <i>Ninth Street Women</i> is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting--not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come.<br /><br /> Gutsy and indomitable, Lee Krasner was a hell-raising leader among artists long before she became part of the modern art world's first celebrity couple by marrying Jackson Pollock. Elaine de Kooning, whose brilliant mind and peerless charm made her the emotional center of the New York School, used her work and words to build a bridge between the avant-garde and a public that scorned abstract art as a hoax. <br />Grace Hartigan fearlessly abandoned life as a New Jersey housewife and mother to achieve stardom as one of the boldest painters of her generation. Joan Mitchell, whose notoriously tough exterior shielded a vulnerable artist within, escaped a privileged but emotionally damaging Chicago childhood to translate her fierce vision into magnificent canvases. And Helen Frankenthaler, the beautiful daughter of a prominent New York family, chose the difficult path of the creative life. Her gamble paid off: At twenty-three she created a work so original it launched a new school of painting.<br /><br /> These women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation. In <i>Ninth Street Women, </i>acclaimed author Mary Gabriel tells a remarkable and inspiring story of the power of art and artists in shaping not just postwar America but the future.<br />
The Heart to Start: Stop Procrastinating & Start Creating
by David Kadavy

Language

English

Pages

140

Publication Date

December 03, 2017

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<p><strong>It鈥檚 a terrible feeling.</strong></p><p>To know you have a gift for the world.</p><p>But to be utterly paralyzed every time you try to discover what that gift is.</p><p><strong><em>Enough with the aspiration procrastination. Get the heart to start!</em></strong></p><br /><p>In <em>The Heart to Start</em>, blogger, podcaster, and award-winning designer David Kadavy takes you on his journey from Nebraska-based cubicle dweller to jet-setting bestselling author, showing you how to stop procrastinating, and start creating.</p><p>The original and battle-tested tactics in <em>The Heart to Start</em> eliminate fear in your present self, so you can finally become your future self:</p><ul><li><strong>Tap into the innate power of curiosity.</strong> Find the fuel to propel you through resistance.</li><li><strong>Catch yourself 鈥淚nflating The Investment.鈥?lt;/strong> Prevent self-destructive time sucks and find the time to follow your art, even if you feel like you have no time at all.</li><li><strong>Bust through 鈥淭he Linear Work Distortion.鈥?lt;/strong> Inspire action that harnesses your natural creative style.</li><li><strong>Supercharge your progress with 鈥淢otivational Judo.鈥?lt;/strong> Lay perfectionism on its back while propelling your projects forward.</li></ul><br /><p>Inspiring stories weave these techniques into your memory. From Maya Angelou to Seth Godin. From J. K. Rowling to Steven Pressfield. You'll hear from a Hollywood screenwriter, a chef, and even a creator of a hit board game.<p><p>Whether you鈥檙e writing a novel, starting a business, or picking up a paintbrush for the first time in years, <em>The Heart to Start</em> will upgrade your mental operating system with unforgettable tactics for ending procrastination before it starts, so you can make your creative dreams a reality.</p><p><strong><em>Take your first step and click the buy button. Download</em> The Heart to Start<em>, and unlock your inner creative genius today!</em></strong></p>
Mastering Color Knitting
by Melissa Leapman

Language

English

Pages

176

Publication Date

July 13, 2011

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One of the reasons knitting and colorwork master Melissa Leapman first learned to knit was her wish to make one special project鈥攁 sweater using Fair Isle technique. Now, for the first time, she brings her passion for advanced color knitting to knitters who want to knit with any and every color of yarn they can wrap around their needles. <br />聽<br />Conquer classic stranded knitting, 鈥渄raw鈥?images in yarn using intarsia, and make two projects in one with reversible double knitting. Leapman鈥檚 clear instruction proves that knitting with multiple colors may appear more complex, but it doesn鈥檛 have to be difficult. She includes the quickest, easiest, and most intuitive methods for each technique, using knowledge honed over years of color knitting workshops with knitters from across the country.<br />聽<br />Once you鈥檝e learned the basics, practice your new skills by creating projects for yourself, your friends, and everyone on your gift list. Each chapter includes a handful of sample projects to get you started, a Designer Workshop that teaches you important concepts in every designer鈥檚 toolbox, and a pattern treasury of unique patterns to apply to projects of your own creation鈥攎ore than 50 patterns and 12 projects in all. <br />聽<br />Throughout, Leapman鈥檚 helpful collection of how-tos, diagrams, tips, and hints (including a refresher course in color theory to help you choose the perfect color combinations) makes <i>Mastering Color Knitting</i> the book you鈥檒l turn to for information and inspiration time and time again.
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discove...
by Austin Kleon

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

March 06, 2014

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<p>In his <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Steal Like an Artist</i>, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by 鈥渟tealing鈥?from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey鈥攇etting known.<br /><br /><i> Show Your Work!</i> is about why generosity trumps genius. It鈥檚 about getting <i>findable</i>, about using the network instead of wasting time 鈥渘etworking.鈥?It鈥檚 not self-promotion, it鈥檚 self-discovery鈥攍et others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, <i>Show Your Work!</i> offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.<br /><br /> In chapters such as<b> You Don鈥檛 Have to Be a Genius</b>; <b>Share Something Small Every Day</b>; and <b>Stick Around</b>, Kleon creates a user鈥檚 manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity鈥?what he calls the 鈥渆cology of talent.鈥?From broader life lessons about work (you can鈥檛 find your voice if you don鈥檛 use it) to the etiquette of sharing鈥攁nd the dangers of oversharing鈥攖o the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it鈥檚 an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.</p>

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