Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: Anchor Canada
From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language, a vivid, nostalgic and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the middle of the United States in the middle of the last century. A book that delivers on the promise that it is “laugh-out-loud funny.” Some say that the first hints that Bill Bryson was not of Planet Earth came from his discovery, at the age of six, of a woollen jersey of rare fineness. Across the moth-holed chest was a golden thunderbolt. It may have looked like an old college football sweater, but young Bryson knew better. It was obviously the Sacred Jersey of Zap, and proved that he had been placed with this innocuous family in the middle of America to fly, become invisible, shoot guns out of people’s hands from a distance, and wear his underpants over his jeans in the manner of Superman. Bill Bryson’s first travel book opened with the immortal line, “I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.” In this hilarious new memoir, he travels back to explore the kid he once was and the weird and wonderful world of 1950s America. He modestly claims that this is a book about not very much: about being small and getting much larger slowly. But for the rest of us, it is a laugh-out-loud book that will speak volumes – especially to anyone who has ever been young. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Jay Pridmore
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Des Moines boasts a remarkable architectural portfolio rich in depth and quality. The town drew wide attention in the nineteenth century with structures like the Iowa State Capitol and the Terrace Hill mansion. Des Moines embraced the City Beautiful movement in the twentieth century and became home to well-known work by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, notably the city’s innovative Art Center. A contemporary architectural renaissance produced lauded landmarks like the Meredith Headquarters, the Des Moines Public Library and the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Author Jay Pridmore crafts an illustrated survey of the architecture and design of Iowa’s largest city.
Author: Anne Balay
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Even as substantial legal and social victories are being celebrated within the gay rights movement, much of working-class America still exists outside the current narratives of gay liberation. In Steel Closets, Anne Balay draws on oral history interviews with forty gay, lesbian, and transgender steelworkers, mostly living in northwestern Indiana, to give voice to this previously silent and invisible population. She presents powerful stories of the intersections of work, class, gender, and sexual identity in the dangerous industrial setting of the steel mill. The voices and stories captured by Balay--by turns alarming, heroic, funny, and devastating--challenge contemporary understandings of what it means to be queer and shed light on the incredible homophobia and violence faced by many: nearly all of Balay's narrators remain closeted at work, and many have experienced harassment, violence, or rape. Through the powerful voices of queer steelworkers themselves, Steel Closets provides rich insight into an understudied part of the LGBT population, contributing to a growing body of scholarship that aims to reveal and analyze a broader range of gay life in America.
Author: Rick Moody
Publisher: Little, Brown
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: NPR, National Post BEST BOOKS FOR GIFTING 2015: Vanity Fair "This is Moody's best novel in many years...a book of irony and wit and heartbreak." --Dwight Garner, New York Times From the acclaimed Rick Moody, a darkly comic portrait of a man who comes to life in the most unexpected of ways: through his online reviews. Reginald Edward Morse is one of the top reviewers on RateYourLodging.com, where his many reviews reveal more than just details of hotels around the globe--they tell his life story. The puzzle of Reginald's life comes together through reviews that comment upon his motivational speaking career, the dissolution of his marriage, the separation from his beloved daughter, and his devotion to an amour known only as "K." But when Reginald disappears, we are left with the fragments of a life--or at least the life he has carefully constructed--which writer Rick Moody must make sense of. An inventive blurring of the lines between the real and the fabricated, Hotels of North America demonstrates Moody's mastery ability to push the bounds of the novel.
Author: Margareta Magnusson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life. In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming. Margareta suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you’d ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children’s art projects). Digging into her late husband’s tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.
Author: Dan Barry
With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives. In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom. Drawing on exhaustive interviews, Dan Barry dives deeply into the lives of the men, recording their memories of suffering, loneliness and fleeting joy, as well as the undying hope they maintained despite their traumatic circumstances. Barry explores how a small Iowa town remained oblivious to the plight of these men, analyzes the many causes for such profound and chronic negligence, and lays out the impact of the men’s dramatic court case, which has spurred advocates—including President Obama—to push for just pay and improved working conditions for people living with disabilities. A luminous work of social justice, told with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is more than just inspired storytelling. It is a clarion call for a vigilance that ensures inclusion and dignity for all.
Author: Mario Gandelsonas
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
For most of his career, architect Mario Gandelsonas has been exploring the American city through his writings, designs, lectures, and, above all, through a series of remarkable analytical drawings. X-Urbanism raises questions about the form of the city by examining various configurations of urban space, analyzing them in ways that blur the traditional opposition between figure and ground. This title serves as a visual lexicon of the formal properties of American urbanism-fabric, void, grid, wall-that reveal the hidden structure of the cities New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, New Haven, Des Moines, and Atlantic City. In the process, X-Urbanism confounds our expectations: it shows us the subtle order of chaotic Los Angeles, and the disruptions of New York's rigorous grid. X-Urbanism carefully reproduces Gandelsonas's drawings, which range from crisp, elegant pen-and-ink to colorful computer renderings and are as beautiful as they are instructive.
Author: Marques Vickers
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Author Marques Vickers' "Promoting Your Self-Published Book: An Independent Author's Guide To Marketing and Exposure" is a concise reference guide for authors to market their independently published paperbacks and electronic books. The book offers valuable tips to maximize the expanding sales capabilities of the Internet. This edition details important exposure strategies, existing and emerging sales opportunities and valuable promotional outlets. Nearly 300 useful reference websites are provided to enhance social media strategies, website design, revenue outlets, email marketing, soliciting book reviews and media coverage. "Promoting Your Self-Published Book" stresses a current transformation supplanting the traditional publishing industry. Fresh and innovative creative and revenue opportunities are emerging for entrepreneurial savvy authors, writers, and journalists. The guide stresses the importance and urgency of cultivating a vibrant social media presence via active postings and participation with content, social networking and weblog websites. These activities supplement an author website with videos, feedback capabilities and resources to cultivate new and return buyers. The book stresses the importance of personalization and a writer's online articulation of their creative vision. Practical advice and supplementary consulting sources are offered on every aspect of website design, effective promoting through media exposure, email marketing and the cultivation of a potential and existing client base to establish long-term sustainability. Chapter #1: The Essential Economics of the Publishing Industry Evaluating the Financial Realities Behind a Traditional Publishing Contract The Changing Economic Landscape for Publishers Substantive Reasons For Self-Publishing The Precarious Future Facing Traditional Publishing Outlets Online Reading Habits Printed Media Versus Electronic Media Creating An Environment of Success and Self-Determination Chapter #2: A Fresh Dependency and Integration of Social Media Maximizing Social Media Reach The Importance of Hashtags as Reference Beacons How to Personalize Social Media The Categories of Social Media Best Suited For Authors Weblogs Automating All of Your Social Media Outlets Together Chapter #3: A Writer's Website Attractive Packaging Your Role in Creating The Design Concept Designing and Personalizing Your Own Website Evaluating Your Website Host Memorable Domain Name Clarity of Vision Make Your Site Simple to Navigate How The Cellular Phone and Tablets Affect Website Layouts Chapter #4: Drawing Traffic To Your Social Media Pages and Website Qualifying Your Website Viewers Search Engines and Indexes Where and How Often Should You Submit Your Website Pages Buying Traffic and Ad Words Programs Electronic Magazines and Weblogs Chapter #5: Soliciting Book Reviews Print Media Book Editors Seeking Out Diverse Coverage and Reviews How to follow-up with Media Interest Chapter #6: Cultivating Media Exposure and Email Marketing Strategies For Sending Out Press Releases Bulk Email Press Releases Specific Media Submission Guidelines Purchasing Mailing and Media Contact Lists Additional Review Outlets and Their Cumulative Effect Chapter #7: Cultivating Revenue Streams Amazon Publishing Keyword Adverting Programs Bidding For Placement Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Google Play Books Dropshipping Pre-Printing Books For Resale Reference Category Listings Amazon Related Resources, Author Industry Mailing List Services, Automated Social Media Marketing, Bulk Email Services, Content Community, Currency Converters, Digital and Video Imaging Software, Domain Name Brokers & Registration Services, E-Commerce Shopping Carts, Social Networking Websites, News Media Search Engine Submission Sources, Pay Per Click Traffic, Press Release Services, Search Engines, Self-Publishing Outlets, Weblogs, Website Design Software and Related Services.
Author: Emily Henderson
"The stylist's genius is in making a space look inviting, personal, and unique. She often does this in just minutes, meaning that a small investment pays off with big rewards. Emily Henderson now draws the curtain on the interior stylist's secrets. This playful yet practical book features 1,000 highly visual, highly enviable, eminently doable ideas-more than any other decor book on the market. First up, Emily walks readers through her Stylist's Toolkit, which helps them discover their signature styles, talk like a stylist, and learn the styling process in 10 easy steps. Then, Emily takes us inside 25 homes, grouped into rooms and themes for the reader, revealing how to get your place ready for its close-up-and your long-term happiness-without it looking contrived. With advice on mixing patterns, visually balancing a space, and scoring great deals on furniture and accents, this is an irresistible inspiration resource for the interior decor enthusiast, as well as anyone looking for help styling a home."
Author: Annette Lynch, Mitchell D. Strauss
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
A concise and systematic exploration of 150 distinct items of ethnic dress, their history, and their cultural significance within the United States.
Author: Philip Roth
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh, in a nationwide radio address, publicly blamed the Jews for selfishly pushing America toward a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but upon taking office as the thirty-third president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, whose conquest of Europe and virulent anti-Semitic policies he appeared to accept without difficulty. What then followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new book by Pulitzer Prize–winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family — and for a million such families all over the country — during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst.
Author: Mary Emmerling
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
In this memoir/design book, Emmerling takes her readers sleuthing and partying at Round Top antiques fair; reminisces on her days at Mademoiselle, House Beautiful and other top magazines; shares oodles of her favorite things; and shares personal, fresh country decorating in her own home and those of a few close friends. MARY EMMERLING is an iconic innovator of American Country style. She has authored 30 previous books, including Art of the Cross, Turquoise, Skull, Heart, and Buckle and most recently The American Flag: Art, Design, Fashion. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. REED DAVIS is an editorial and commercial photographer living in Los Angeles and New York.
Author: Diana Agrest, Mario Gandelsonas
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Documents some 40 of the architects' urban projects, interiors, and theoretical projects with plans, renderings, and color photos and sketches. Includes interviews with the architects, biographies, and essays on architectural issues
Author: Judith Tometczak
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
From the jail cell that once held John Dillinger to quaint shops with dark beginnings, the restless spirits of Crown Point purportedly result from a century-old hex. Legend had it that a caravan of gypsies found themselves unfairly exiled from town. Forced to leave their beloved dead behind in unmarked graves, they invoked a venomous curse on the townspeople and vowed that no ancestor would be allowed eternal peace. Paranormal researcher Judith Tometczak exposes evidence of this deceptively quiet towns dark side.