Biography (228)

Judy and I

ISBN: 9781613735831

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

The third of Judy Garland's five husbands, Sid Luft was the one man in her life who stuck around. He was chiefly responsible for the final act of Judy’s meteo...


The third of Judy Garland's five husbands, Sid Luft was the one man in her life who stuck around. He was chiefly responsible for the final act of Judy’s meteoric comeback after she was unceremoniously booted off the MGM lot: he produced her iconic, Oscar-nominated vehicle A Star Is Born and expertly shaped her concert career. Previously unpublished, Sid Luft’s intimate autobiography tells his and Judy’s story in hard-boiled yet elegant prose. It begins on a fateful night in New York City when the not quite divorced Judy Garland and the not quite divorced Sid Luft meet at Billy Reed’s Little Club and fall for each other. The romance lasted Judy’s lifetime, despite the separations, the reconciliations, and the divorce. Under Luft’s management, Judy came back bigger than ever, building a singing career that rivaled Sinatra’s. However, her drug dependencies and suicidal tendencies put a tremendous strain on the relationship. Sid did not complete his memoir; it ended in 1960 after Judy hired David Begelman and Freddie Fields to manage her career. But Randy L. Schmidt, acclaimed editor of Judy Garland on Judy Garland and author of Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter, seamlessly pieced together the final section of the book from extensive interviews with Sid, most previously unpublished. Despite everything, Sid never stopped loving Judy and never forgave himself for not being able to ultimately save her from the demons that drove her to an early death at age forty-seven in 1969. Sid served as chief conservator of the Garland legacy until his death at the age of eighty-nine in 2005. This is his testament to the love of his life.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 480


Dimensions: 153 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 20-03-2017


Tags: March 2017   Biography
$59.99
Rodin Sculptures at the Legion of Honour

ISBN: 9783791356334

Author: Martin Chapman    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Auguste Rodin has been called the father of modern sculpture and on the centenary of his death this stunning book presents a fresh examination of his legacy. Ex...


Auguste Rodin has been called the father of modern sculpture and on the centenary of his death this stunning book presents a fresh examination of his legacy. Exploring the full range of the work of French artist Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), this book also reveals the deep significance of Rodin’s oeuvre to the history of the Legion of Honor inSan Francisco, which holds one of the finest collections ofRodin sculpture in the United States. The publication containsexamples from his early days as a struggling artist to his matureand most successful works, including “The Age of Bronze” (ca. 1875–1877), “Saint John the Baptist Preaching” (1878), “TheBurghers of Calais” (1885–1886), and “The Kiss” (ca. 1884). The majority of the bronzes are lifetime casts by the sculptor, making this collection a rare and significant body of Rodin’s output. Arelated group of plaster models and fragments augment thesemajor pieces, adding to the scope and breadth of this volume. Showcasing beautiful new photography of more than fifty ofRodin’s most iconic artworks alongside an illuminating essay, this book will delight and surprise readers with its novel insights into one of the greatest sculptors in art history.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 144


Dimensions: 216 x 270 mm


Publication Date: 01-02-2017


$95.00
Andy Warhol: Dark Star

ISBN: 9783791356150

Author: Douglas Fogle    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

From soup cans to car crashes, the early work of Andy Warhol is reconsidered in this illustrated collection of essays from a wide variety of scholars, writers, ...


From soup cans to car crashes, the early work of Andy Warhol is reconsidered in this illustrated collection of essays from a wide variety of scholars, writers, and artists. Andy Warhol embodied many of the paradoxes of postwar America. Emerging as a successful commercial artist during the heyday of Madison Avenue, Warhol was obsessed with consumer objects and the production of fame. His early work reveals his fascination with Hollywood stars, everyday household products, disasters, car crashes, and the Kennedy assassination. In this provocative and stimulating collection of essays, Warhol and his art illuminate the utopian promise and the dark side of what Henry Luce called “the American Century.” Stuart Morgan considers the public and private Andy Warhol; Barbara Kruger looks at the polarized responses to his work; Richard Prince offers a wry comparison between himself and his more famous predecessor; and other writers, artists, and scholars contribute their own thoughts and reactions to Warhol the man and artist. Illustrated throughout with a wide ranging series of illustrations of Warhol’s famed and lesser known works, this collection brings into clearer focus the artist’s personal struggles to make sense of the world he inhabited.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 300


Dimensions: 230 x 305 mm


Publication Date: 01-06-2017


$125.00
Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

ISBN: 9783791356013

Author: Wanda M. Corn    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

This book explores how Georgia O’Keeffe lived her life steeped in modernism, bringing the same style she developed in her art to her dress, her homes, and her...


This book explores how Georgia O’Keeffe lived her life steeped in modernism, bringing the same style she developed in her art to her dress, her homes, and her lifestyle. Richly illustrated with images of her art and views of the two homes she designed and furnished in New Mexico, the book also includes never before published photographs of O’Keeffe’s clothes. The author has attributed some of the most exquisite of these garments to O’Keeffe, a skilled seamstress who understood fabric and design, and who has become an icon in today’s fashion world as much for her personal style as for her art. As one of her friends stated, O’Keeffe “never allowed her life to be one thing and her painting another.” This fresh and carefully researched study brings O’Keeffe’s style to life, illuminating how this beloved American artist purposefully proclaimed her modernity in the way she dressed and posed for photographers, from Alfred Stieglitz to Bruce Weber. This beautiful book accompanies the first museum exhibition to bring together photographs, clothes, and art to explore O’Keeffe’s unified modernist aesthetic.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 230 x 270 mm


Publication Date: 01-03-2017


$125.00
Albrecht Dürer

ISBN: 9783791383453

Author: Norbert Wolf    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Now available in a new edition, this lavishly illustrated volume draws on the latest research to present an exciting new interpretation of Albrecht Dürer, both...


Now available in a new edition, this lavishly illustrated volume draws on the latest research to present an exciting new interpretation of Albrecht Dürer, both as a man and as an artist. Albrecht Durer’s prints and drawings have inspired hundreds of artists, both during his life and after his death. Yet his talent as a painter and colorist, and his enthusiasm for the scientific world have not been widely appreciated. Durer’s influence was both international and intergenerational—indeed Picasso claimed to have been inspired by the 16th-century artist. Reproduced in stunning detail and including illustrations of Durer’s most famous prints and drawings, a catalog raisonne of his paintings, and biographical research, this book presents a Durer for the 21st century. Producing more self-portraits than any other artist of his day; mass marketing his best-selling prints; even inventing his own monogram logo; Albrecht Durer was commercially astute long before today’s generation of self-promoting and financially-savvy artists. There are 55 extant Durer paintings, of which 17 are in dispute. Using scientific research, this book puts all arguments to bed resulting in the definitive catalog raisonne of the paintings. Drawing on in-depth research, this book reveals the truth behind Durer and his art.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 300


Dimensions: 222 x 320 mm


Publication Date: 01-02-2017


$100.00
Krysia

ISBN: 9781613734414

Author: Krystyna Mihulka    Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Krysia tells the story of one Polish girl's harrowing experiences during World War II as her beloved father was forced into hiding, a Soviet soldier's family to...


Krysia tells the story of one Polish girl's harrowing experiences during World War II as her beloved father was forced into hiding, a Soviet soldier's family took over her house, and finally as she and her mother and brother were forced at gunpoint from their once happy home and deported to a remote Soviet work farm in Kazakhstan.Through vivid and stirring recollections Mihulka details their deplorable conditions—often near freezing in their barrack burled under mounds of snow, enduring starvation and illness, and witnessing death. But she also recalls moments of hope and tenderness as she, her mother, her brother, and other deportees drew close together, helped one another, and even held small celebrations in captivity. Throughout, the strength, courage, and kindness of Krysia's mother, Zofia, saw them through until they finally found freedom.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 140 x 217 mm


Publication Date: 23-01-2017


$39.99
Coast Girl : A New Zealand Chronicle 1876-1979

ISBN: 9780473374013

Author: Rosemary Mercer    Publisher: Butterfly Creek Books

Rose Taylor, Nee Broughton was born on the West Coast in 1899. In the Grey Valley between Greymouth and Reefton her father had cleared land and made a farm. Ros...


Rose Taylor, Nee Broughton was born on the West Coast in 1899. In the Grey Valley between Greymouth and Reefton her father had cleared land and made a farm. Rose lived her last fifty years in Wellington. Her house in Kelburn catered for humble and distinguished alike - among them an opium addict, pacifists, musicians, philosophers, friends, family and neighbours. Many returned again and again, for cups of tea, for meals or to stay. She could never resist the challenge of a journey, in New Zealand or abroad. Nevertheless, like her four sisters, Rose was always a Coast girl at heart.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 335


Dimensions: 148 x 212 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2016


$30.00
Set Free

ISBN: 9781849539609

Author: Emma Slade    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

The man with the gun pushed me down onto the carpet. I tried to cower to make my body curl smaller, instinctively covering my head. ‘Oh God, please don’t ki...


The man with the gun pushed me down onto the carpet. I tried to cower to make my body curl smaller, instinctively covering my head. ‘Oh God, please don’t kill me.’ My words clung to my teeth and now my whole body was so cold. All I had left were these words. ‘Please. Please don’t kill me. Jesus. God. Please.’ Emma Slade was a high-flying debt analyst for a large investment bank, when she was taken hostage in a hotel room on a business trip to Jakarta. She thought she was lucky to come out of it unscathed, but over the ensuing weeks and months, as the financial markets crashed, Emma became her own distressed asset as the trauma following the event took hold. Realising her view on life had profoundly changed she embarked upon a journey, discovering the healing power of yoga and, in Bhutan, opening her eyes to a kinder, more peaceful way of living. From fast-paced City life to the stillness of Bhutan’s Himalayan mountains, Set Free is the inspiring true story of Emma’s astonishing life lived to extremes and all that that entails: work, travel, spirituality, Buddhism, relationships, and the underlying question of what makes a meaningful life.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 06-04-2017


Tags: April 2017   Travel   Biography
$24.99
Taken

ISBN: 9780473340728

Author: Sue O'Callaghan    Publisher: Getaway Publishing

A mother's incredible story of how she got 'mugged' by the Child Services system, how she got her kids back and the price she had to pay SHE FOUGHT THE LAW, A...


A mother's incredible story of how she got 'mugged' by the Child Services system, how she got her kids back and the price she had to pay SHE FOUGHT THE LAW, AND THE LAW LOST Sue O’Callaghan was one of us. Just an ordinary mum, living an ordinary life, in a nice house with her husband and family. Ordinary, that is, until the day her husband took the children for a walk and never came home. Like any mother, she was worried: Had her family been in a terrible accident? Had they been the victims of a crime? Little did Sue know that her ‘loving’ husband and his parents had been corresponding for months behind the scenes with Child Protection Services and his psychiatrist, plotting a way to leave his wife and secure custody of their children in one fell swoop. They did it by fabricating mental illness—hers! It was all there—documented in writing for Social Services, chapter and verse—but she wasn’t ill! The diagnosis had been written by a psychiatrist who had never treated her. It got worse—officials told Sue they would seize custody of Sue’s unborn baby as well, and she was forced to give birth under guard. Taken is the incredible, gripping story of a young mother who had to fight the courts, Social Services and her husband to get her children back. Sue O’Callaghan went to the Gates of Hell. And won. An inspirational true story that reads like a thriller and feels like a movie. It really is possible to beat City Hall...Taken is a must-read for parents everywhere.."


Bind: paperback


Pages: 222


Publication Date: 14-11-2016


$38.99
Wimps In Waders

ISBN: 9780473375447

Author: Tony Walsh    Publisher: Tony And Noreen Walsh

These angling stories will whet your appetite to be out on the river again. From one end of New Zealand to the other, these short chapters introduce the reader ...


These angling stories will whet your appetite to be out on the river again. From one end of New Zealand to the other, these short chapters introduce the reader to some of our country’s fabulous wild waters and the cunning brown and rainbow trout lurking in them. With beautiful photographs of New Zealand’s back country rivers this could almost be a travel book as much as a set of fishing yarns. As author Tony and his wife wander from one river to another you will be introduced to the wild, untamed beauty of our nation. You will experience Tony’s love of nature and the tranquillity of the back country rivers as much as the thrill of landing some of those big trout. Written by the author of The Black Singlet Brigade and Boots ’n’ All, Wimps in Waders is a book for any-one who enjoys a lazy afternoon on a riverbank as much as the adrenaline rush brought on by the hunt for that worthy adversary, New Zealand’s well-schooled trout. Experiences gained in 50 years of fishing make for an enthralling read as Tony grows from a tentative spin fisherman to a fully-fledged angler. A chance encounter with another river bed angler led to Tony’s introduction to the local fishing club and as he confesses his membership led to growth in his skills. This can be noted from the explanations of fishing techniques and fly tying guidelines found throughout the book. These short stories explore some of our relatively unknown streams and are beautifully illustrated with full colour photographs.


Bind: paperback


Publication Date: 28-10-2016


$30.00
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