Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way

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The African-American actors and actresses whose names have shone brightly on Broadway marquees earned their place in history not only through hard work, perseverance, and talent, but also because of the legacy left by those who came before them. Like the doors of many professions, those of the theater world were shut to minorities for decades. While the Civil War may have freed the slaves, it was not until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s that the playing field began to level. In this remarkable book, theater producer and historian STEWART F. LANE uses words and pictures to capture this tumultuous century and to highlight the rocky road that black actors have travelled to reach recognition on the Great…

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The Typewriter Revolution: A Typist’s Companion for the 21st Century

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What do thousands of kids, makers, poets, artists, steampunks, hipsters, activists, and musicians have in common? They love typewriters―the magical, mechanical contraptions that are enjoying a surprising second life in the 21st century, striking a blow for self-reliance, privacy, and coherence against dependency, surveillance, and disintegration. The Typewriter Revolution documents the movement and provides practical advice on how to choose a typewriter, how to care for it, and what to do with it―from National Novel Writing Month to letter-writing socials, from type-ins to typewritten blogs, from custom-painted typewriters to typewriter tattoos. It celebrates the unique quality of everything typewriter, fully-illustrated with vintage photographs, postcards, manuals, and more.   Meet the Author RICHARD POLT is the creator and webmaster of The Classic Typewriter…

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DANCE – An Illustrated History

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This book highlights both verbally and visually the development of dance through the ages. The influence of peoples’ beliefs, cultures, and lifestyles, as well as the functions of dance in various societies are discussed. This book explores the background of today’s dances: tap, ballet, modern, and jazz, while also looking into the early dances of many countries. Dance has inspired many creators of cave paintings, woodprints, paintings, sculptures, murals, music, literature, and other artistic media, as shown in the many illustrations that embellish this book and that emphasize not only dance but also the costumes and the artists of the various periods and locations. Meet the Author HELENE ANDREU is the author of “Jazz Dance – An Adult Beginner’s Guide,” “Aerobic Razzmatazz,”…

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The Steal Like an Artist Journal: A Notebook for Creative Kleptomaniacs

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work! comes an interactive journal and all-in-one logbook to get your creative juices flowing, and keep a record of your ideas and discoveries. The Steal Like an Artist Journal is the next step in your artistic journey. It combines Austin Kleon’s unique and compelling ideas with the physical quality that makes journals like Moleskines so enormously popular. Page after page of ideas, prompts, quotes, and exercises are like a daily course in creativity. There are lists to fill in—Ten Things I Want to Learn, Ten Things I Probably Think About More Than the Average Person. Challenges to take. Illustrated creative exercises—Make a Mixtape (for someone…

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The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling

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The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling displays amazing, fan-built LEGO recreations of real-life vehicles, showing off every amazing detail with high-quality photographs. You’ll love poring over dozens of models, including Formula 1 racers, construction vehicles, ships, trains, airplanes, and all kinds of trucks. Authors Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman share their own impressive LEGO models as well as highlight models from builders around the world. The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling also includes tips and tricks that describe the design and building process. Meet the Authors DENNIS GLAASKER has been building with LEGO since 1975. His Flickr page showcasing his amazing LEGO models averages 2 million views per year and his work has appeared in Hispabricks Magazine, Brickjournal, Truckstar, and Towtruck Magazine. DENNIS BOSMAN’s work has…

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Bridges of Paris

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Their love may last forever, but their locks are no more. This week, the extreme weight forced Paris to remove an estimated 45 tons of padlocks attached to the famed Pont des Arts bridge, placed there by couples to symbolically secure their love everlasting by turning the key and throwing it in Seinebelow. While the tradition encapsulates the beauty we all imagine when thinking of theCity of Love, picturing the structurally-compromised stone crumbling beneath the lovers’ feet certainly takes a bit of the romance out of the experience. To read the full article And to enter to win a copy CLICK HERE

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Tie Dip Dye

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Fancy a mai tai with your tie dye? Thanks, I think I will. Remember tie dying T-shirts on your front lawn as a child? I certainly do.  I recall thinking that I was really innovative and creative when I bunched together random parts of a white cotton T-shirt with elastic bands to make splotchy patterns. To read the full article And to enter to win a copy CLICK HERE

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A Bowl of Olives

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From the author of the international bestseller In and Out of the Garden and the wondrous sketchbook Sara Midda’s South of France comes a long-awaited treasure of a book. Drawn from the artist’s wealth of impressions and memories, it is a book for lovers of food and art and fine gift books—a book for anyone who, upon arriving in a new town, seeks first the local market, or who believes the best thing to do on a given night is to share a table with friends. Sara Midda is a watercolorist whose delicate and beautiful paintings shine like jewels, evoking the sweet purple taste of a summer raspberry or the silvery greens and gnarled burnt umber of an olive grove. And she is…

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Your Life Isn’t For You

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In this book, Seth Adam Smith expands on the philosophy behind his extraordinarily popular blog post “Marriage Isn’t for You”—which received over 30 million hits and has been translated into over twenty languages—and shares how living for others can enrich every aspect of your life, just as it has his. With a mix of humor, candor, and compassion, he reveals how, years before his marriage, his self-obsession led to a downward spiral of addiction and depression, culminating in a suicide attempt at the age of twenty. Reflecting on the love and support he experienced in the aftermath, as well as on the lessons he learned from a difficult missionary stint in Russia, his time as a youth leader in the…

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100 Paintings: An Artist’s Life in New York City

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Equal parts monograph and memoir, 100 Paintings: An Artist’s Life in New York City is one man’s artistic journey from his native Chicago to a pioneering residency in Manhattan’s storied neighborhood of Tribeca. Rob Mango, as much an athlete as an artist, has explored New York City on foot since 1977–its architecture and its denizens, its streets and its harbors providing the former track star with the inspiration for much of his highly individualistic work. As noted in the foreword by art critic Robert Mahoney, ”Mango’s paintings can be seen as being produced by a man whose body was fed oxygen to a fantastical high while running through the city.” With more than 200 full-color artworks and photographs, this book documents Mango’s…

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The Unbreakable Boy

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Like any other teenage boy, Austin loves pizza, movies, dancing, and girls. But unlike most other eighteen-year-olds, he has a rare brittle-bone disease, was locked in a mental ward as a child, and is autistic. Yet Austin doesn’t let any of that stop him. His is a world where suffering a broken back is a minor inconvenience and the quest for the ultimate strawberry shake just might be the best day of his life. Written with remarkable candor by Austin’s father, Scott, and New York Times best-selling author Susy Flory, The Unbreakable Boy weaves the beautiful and often humorous tale of how Austin teaches his father—and everyone else he encounters—to have faith in God and trust that one day life’s messes will all make…

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Study of Pose: 1,000 Poses by Coco Rocha

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A groundbreaking, in-depth exploration of the movement and flexibility of the human body, featuring 1,000 stunning black-and-white photographs that showcase the unique collaboration between international supermodel Coco Rocha, “The Queen of Pose,” and world-renowned photographer Steven Sebring. Supermodel Coco Rocha’s uncanny ability to strike distinctive, camera-ready poses at an astounding speed has earned her international fame throughout the fashion industry—and made her the muse of celebrated photographer Steven Sebring. In Study of Pose, Sebring and Rocha have documented 1,000 unique poses—theatrical, vibrant, elegant, dramatic, and unlike anything the fashion or art worlds have seen before. Study of Pose features Rocha in a simple white leotard—bending, jumping, sitting, standing, and everything in between. The result is a gorgeous and arresting look at the…

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Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe

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A hand-drawn path to inner peace! Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe will set you free on a visual journey of self-discovery. Set against a surreal backdrop of intricate ink illustrations, you will find nine metaphysical lessons with dreamlike instructions that require you to open your heart to unexplored inner landscapes. From setting fire to your anxieties to sharing a cup of tea with your inner demons, you will learn how to let go and truly connect with the world around you.   Whether you need a little inspiration or a completely new life direction, Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe provides you with the necessary push to find your true path—and a whimsical adventure to enjoy on…

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The Last of the Blacksmiths

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Michael Harm is a farmer’s son in the Bavarian Rhineland who dreams of excitement and freedom—the sort of life enjoyed by Uncas, the hero in his favorite novel, The Last of the Mohicans. Every day Michael toils beside his brother in the vineyards wishing he could be a blacksmith, a singer, or an adventurer. One day the Harm family receives a letter from America offering a blacksmithing apprenticeship in his uncle’s Cleveland, Ohio wagon-making shop to the eldest son. Michael begs to take his brother’s place, and at age fifteen, leaves his family behind for America. On a storm-tossed Atlantic crossing, he meets Charles Rauch, the son of a Cleveland wagon-maker, his future rival in carriage-making and love. Michael arrives…

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