Author: Steven Stolman
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Menus and anecdotes give away one man’s secrets for entertaining in style. Steven Stolman has a gregarious personality. He loves to entertain: cocktail parties in Palm Beach, football game-day gatherings in Wisconsin, family Passover Sedars in Connecticut, and dinner parties in his New York apartment. “Of all our friends, we have the smallest places, yet we seem to do more entertaining than anyone.” It’s about the people and the food, he says. He also loves old community and church cookbooks from the 1950s to the ’70s. And these are his inspirations for party food: dips and cheese spreads with crackers, family recipes for delicious roasts, breakfast casseroles, and desserts. What Stolman confesses is that he hates hostess gifts and isn’t afraid to say so. He advises women not to take a purse to a party and just “tuck it behind here” to avoid holding it—thanks for ruining my furniture arrangement! He advises about the importance of having silver serving pieces and how to dress for a cocktail party or a dinner party (at least try!). And he confesses that even when he has hired servers to pass hors d’oeuvres, he can’t help but carry a tray around himself! This book will give any novice party host ideas and confidence, and it will inspire seasoned hosts to simplify and enjoy the party. Steven Stolman is the author of 40 Years of Fabulous and Scalamandré: Haute Décor. He divides his time among homes in Palm Beach, New York, and Milwaukee.
Author: Dirk Chatelain, Chris Heady, Lee Barfknecht, Evan Bland, Sam McKewon, Tom Shatel
A must-read for every Husker fan. The extraordinary story of Nebraska coach Scott Frost a native son who, whether he knew it or not, was destined to be Tom Osborne's heir. From his mother's heroic path to the 1968 Olympics and his father's influence on the Bob Devaney era. His high school success. His falling out at Stanford. His winning over the Nebraska fan base and then the national championship. Frost's appetite to learn shared by current NFL coaches Todd Bowles, Mike Tomlin and Bill Belichick. And how while Frost was quietly bridging the gap between him and his dream job, Nebraska was drifting from the blueprint that had made it great. All told with archival photos and stories plus fresh reporting and perspectives from The World-Herald's award-winning sports writers.
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
The recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the National Book Award, the Kafka Award, and the Pushcart Prize, Ursula K. Le Guin is renowned for her spare, elegant prose, rich characterization, and diverse worlds. "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is a short story originally published in the collection The Wind's Twelve Quarters.
Author: Cayden D Sayles
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Ryan goes to the zoo and has the most wonderful day. He gets to see a number of animals. As he studies them, he slowly morphes into a wonderful creature himself.
Author: Aja Raden
As entertaining as it is incisive, Stoned is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare, and therefore precious. What makes a stone a jewel? What makes a jewel priceless? And why do we covet beautiful things? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire. What moves the world is what moves each of us: desire. Jewelry—which has long served as a stand-in for wealth and power, glamor and success—has birthed cultural movements, launched political dynasties, and started wars. Masterfully weaving together pop science and history, Stoned breaks history into three categories—Want, Take, and Have—and explains what the diamond on your finger has to do with the GI Bill, why green-tinted jewelry has been exalted by so many cultures, why the glass beads that bought Manhattan for the Dutch were initially considered a fair trade, and how the French Revolution started over a coveted necklace. Studded with lively personalities and fascinating details, Stoned tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinary.
Author: Gretchen E. Henderson
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Ugly as sin, the ugly duckling—or maybe you fell out of the ugly tree? Let’s face it, we’ve all used the word “ugly” to describe someone we’ve seen—hopefully just in our private thoughts—but have we ever considered how slippery the term can be, indicating anything from the slightly unsightly to the downright revolting? What really lurks behind this most favored insult? In this actually beautiful book, Gretchen E. Henderson casts an unfazed gaze at ugliness, tracing its long-standing grasp on our cultural imagination and highlighting all the peculiar ways it has attracted us to its repulsion. Henderson explores the ways we have perceived ugliness throughout history, from ancient Roman feasts to medieval grotesque gargoyles, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to the Nazi Exhibition of Degenerate Art. Covering literature, art, music, and even the cutest possible incarnation of the term—Uglydolls—she reveals how ugliness has long posed a challenge to aesthetics and taste. She moves beyond the traditional philosophic argument that simply places ugliness in opposition to beauty in order to dismantle just what we mean when we say “ugly.” Following ugly things wherever they have trod, she traverses continents and centuries to delineate the changing map of ugliness and the profound effects it has had on the public imagination, littering her path with one fascinating tidbit after another. Lovingly illustrated with the foulest images from art, history, and culture, Ugliness offers an oddly refreshing perspective, going past the surface to ask what “ugly” truly is, even as its meaning continues to shift.
Author: Willa Cather
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Splendid early novel (1918) evokes the Nebraska prairie life of the author's childhood, and touchingly commemorates the spirit and courage of the immigrant pioneers who settled the land.
Author: R. Tripp Evans
He claimed to be “the plainest kind of fellow you can find. There isn’t a single thing I’ve done, or experienced,” said Grant Wood, “that’s been even the least bit exciting.” Wood was one of America’s most famous regionalist painters; to love his work was the equivalent of loving America itself. In his time, he was an “almost mythical figure,” recognized most supremely for his hard-boiled farm scene, American Gothic, a painting that has come to reflect the essence of America’s traditional values—a simple, decent, homespun tribute to our lost agrarian age. In this major new biography of America’s most acclaimed, and misunderstood, regionalist painter, Grant Wood is revealed to have been anything but plain, or simple . . . R. Tripp Evans reveals the true complexity of the man and the image Wood so carefully constructed of himself. Grant Wood called himself a farmer-painter but farming held little interest for him. He appeared to be a self-taught painter with his scenes of farmlands, farm workers, and folklore but he was classically trained, a sophisticated artist who had studied the Old Masters and Flemish art as well as impressionism. He lived a bohemian life and painted in Paris and Munich in the 1920s, fleeing what H. L. Mencken referred to as “the booboisie” of small-town America. We see Wood as an artist haunted and inspired by the images of childhood; by the complex relationship with his father (stern, pious, the “manliest of men”); with his sister and his beloved mother (Wood shared his studio and sleeping quarters with his mother until her death at seventy-seven; he was forty-four). We see Wood’s homosexuality and how his studied masculinity was a ruse that shaped his work. Here is Wood’s life and work explored more deeply and insightfully than ever before. Drawing on letters, the artist’s unfinished autobiography, his sister’s writings, and many never-before-seen documents, Evans’s book is a dimensional portrait of a deeply complicated artist who became a “National Symbol.” It is as well a portrait of the American art scene at a time when America’s Calvinistic spirit and provincialism saw Europe as decadent and artists were divided between red-blooded patriotic men and “hothouse aesthetes.” Thomas Hart Benton said of Grant Wood: “When this new America looks back for landmarks to help gauge its forward footsteps, it will find a monument standing up in the midst of the wreckage . . . This monument will be made out of Grant Wood’s works.” From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Gilbert Vicario
This mid-career retrospective showcases Sheila Pepe's range as an artist comfortable with both the everyday and also the extraordinary. Shoelaces, nautical ropes, bits of string. For two decades Sheila Pepe has been transforming these items into transcendent works that can fit on a lap or fill a room. Her versatility, humor, and feminist perspective are on brilliant display in this book that traces her development over the past twenty years. Essays look at how the artist plays with feminist and craft traditions to counter patriarchal notions, and the site-specific nature of her work. Arranged both chronologically and thematically, this lushly illustrated book focuses on an artist doing important work in the fields of queer theory, craft making, and personal geography.
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: Alastair Fuad-Luke
Design academics and practitioners are facing a multiplicity of challenges in a dynamic, complex, world moving faster than the current design paradigm which is largely tied to the values and imperatives of commercial enterprise. Current education and practice need to evolve to ensure that the discipline of design meets sustainability drivers and equips students, teachers and professionals for the near-future. New approaches, methods and tools are urgently required as sustainability expands the context for design and what it means to be a 'designer'. Design activists, who comprise a diverse range of designers, teachers and other actors, are setting new ambitions for design. They seek to fundamentally challenge how, where and when design can catalyse positive impacts to address sustainability. They are also challenging who can utilise the power of the design process. To date, examination of contemporary and emergent design activism is poorly represented in the literature. This book will provide a rigorous exploration of design activism that will re-vitalise the design debate and provide a solid platform for students, teachers, design professionals and other disciplines interested in transformative (design) activism. Design Activism provides a comprehensive study of contemporary and emergent design activism. This activism has a dual aim - to make positive impacts towards more sustainable ways of living and working; and to challenge and reinvigorate design praxis,. It will collate, synthesise and analyse design activist approaches, processes, methods, tools and inspirational examples/outcomes from disparate sources and, in doing so, will create a specific canon of work to illuminate contemporary design discourse. Design Activism reveals the power of design for positive social and environmental change, design with a central activist role in the sustainability challenge. Inspired by past design activists and set against the context of global-local tensions, expressions of design activism are mapped. The nature of contemporary design activism is explored, from individual/collective action to the infrastructure that supports it generating powerful participatory design approaches, a diverse toolbox and inspirational outcomes. This is design as a political and social act, design to enable adaptive societal capacity for co-futuring.
Author: Temple Grandin
In this innovative book, Dr. Temple Grandin gets down to the REAL issues of autism, the ones parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum face every day. Temple offers helpful do’s and don’ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her “insider” perspective and a great deal of research. These are just some of the specific topics Temple delves into: How and Why People with Autism Think Differently Economical Early Intervention Programs that Work How Sensory Sensitivities Affect Learning Behaviors Caused by a Disability vs. Just Bad Behaviors Teaching People with Autism to Live in an Unpredictable World Alternative Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine Employment Ideas for Adults with Autism And many more! This revised and expanded edition contains revisions based on the most current autism research, as well as 14 additional articles including: The Role of Genetics and Environmental Factors in Causing Autism Understanding the Mind of a Nonverbal Person with Autism Finding Mentors and Appropriate Colleges And many more!
Author: Linda Lum DeBono
Have yourself a colorful little Christmas! From popular designer Linda Lum DeBono, this handmade-holiday collection offers an exciting array of decorating ideas. Fill your sleigh with 21 fun and whimsical projects, including wall hangings, place mats, ornaments, stockings, table runners, a tree skirt, an Advent calendar, and more Indulge in bright novelty prints; projects also work nicely in a more traditional palette Find a host of cheery home-decor items and gift ideas for Christmas
Author: Stephen Cassell, Adam Yarinsky, Architecture Research Office
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
"The process of investigation, analysis, and testing makes Architecture Research Office (ARO) as much a laboratory as a design firm. For Stephen Cassell, Adam Yarinsky, and their team, the starting point of each commission is not the development of an abstract "idea" for the project, but an intensive, hands-on occupation with a project's conditions, with its physical, economic, and social contexts. This practical approach to making architecture, to shrinking the distance between thinking and building, is much evident in their work, which manages to be simultaneously thoughtful and sensual." "The seven projects featured in this, the first monograph on the work of this firm, range from self-directed research (ARO's paper wall project), to private living spaces (the SoHo Loft), to commercial interiors (the Qiora Store and Spa), to the popular U.S. Armed Services Recruiting Station in Times Square, to the stunning Colorado House in Telluride. All of these projects challenge design conventions, while delighting the senses with their unusual materials, careful detailing, and unexpected spatial discoveries." "With essays by Stan Allen, Philip Nobel, Guy Nordenson, and Sarah Whiting."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved