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The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523502387
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Published: Workman Publishing - May 16th, 2017

READ THIS BOOK!  Brook Gladstone's take on the current political and social environment is scary, blunt, and appropriate.  Her historical perspective is insightful and necessary.  From Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin to Jonathan Swift and John Milton, from Arthur Schopenhauer and Walter Lippmann to Neil Postman and Ned Resnikoff, Gladstone draws observations and conclusions from a wide variety of sources to bring clarity to the world situation and especially Trump's America. The Demagogue danger to Democracy can not be understated or left to someone else to fix.  We must all be AWARE!

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Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works: 2004-2014 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419717796
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Published: ABRAMS - October 13th, 2015

I came across this review in the British magazine Outdoor Photography:

"Sculptor, photographer and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy works with nature in a truly innovative way.  Creating exquisite artworks from objects he finds in the landscape, Goldsworthy uses natural materials to question permanence, chance, materiality, growth and decay.  With his installations often being sited at the location he finds the components in, Goldsworthy leaves them to be altered or erased by the natural environment. Here he has chosen approximately 200 previously unpublished works created in the last 10 years, documented through his photographs. Thought-provoking and inspiring, this book invites you to see the landscape in a completely different way."

I couldn't have said it better myself. -Bill's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015

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Cloud Country (Pixar Animation Studios Artist Showcase) Cover Image
By Bonny Becker, Noah Klocek, Noah Klocek (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423157328
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Published: Disney Press - November 3rd, 2015

My favorite children's picture book in a long while is Cloud Country from the people at Pixar. This is the first in a series where animators at Pixar are allowed to do a picture book (write and illustrate or work with a collaborator).  This one is about a little girl cloud, Gale, who faces her cloud-making exams.  She is a day-dreamer, gazing down at earth all day.  Try as she may, her clouds all come out shaped like things she sees below.  She worries she will fail her test. The drawings are beautiful, the palette is wonderful, the story is heart-warming. -Bill's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015


Wunderkammer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300197983
Availability: Special Order
Published: Yale University Press - December 10th, 2013

Bill's Holiday Staff Pick, 2014

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Gustav Klimt: Complete Paintings XXL Cover Image
ISBN: 9783836527958
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Published: Taschen - November 30th, 2012

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