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Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War
by Hal Vaughan

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

August 16, 2011

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<b>鈥淔rom this century, in France, three names will remain: de Gaulle, Picasso, and Chanel.鈥?鈥揂ndr茅 Malraux<br /></b><br />Coco Chanel created the look of the modern woman and was the high priestess of couture.<br /><br />She believed in simplicity, and elegance, and freed women from the tyranny of fashion. She inspired women to take off their bone corsets and cut their hair. She used ordinary jersey as couture fabric, elevated the waistline, and created bell-bottom trousers, trench coats, and turtleneck sweaters. <br /><br />In the 1920s, when Chanel employed more than two thousand people in her workrooms, she had amassed a personal fortune of $15 million and went on to create an empire.<br /><br />Jean Cocteau once said of Chanel that she had the head of 鈥渁 little black swan.鈥?And, added Colette, 鈥渢he heart of a little black bull.鈥?<br /><br />At the start of World War II, Chanel closed down her couture house and went across the street to live at the H么tel Ritz. Picasso, her friend, called her 鈥渙ne of the most sensible women in Europe.鈥?She remained at the Ritz for the duration of the war, and after, went on to Switzerland. <br /><br />For more than half a century, Chanel鈥檚 life from 1941 to 1954 has been shrouded in vagueness and rumor, mystery and myth. Neither Chanel nor her many biographers have ever told the full story of these years. <br /><br />Now Hal Vaughan, in this explosive narrative鈥攑art suspense thriller, part wartime portrait鈥攆ully pieces together the hidden years of Gabrielle 鈥淐oco鈥?Chanel鈥檚 life, from the Nazi occupation of Paris to the aftermath of World War II. <br /><br />Vaughan reveals the truth of Chanel鈥檚 long-whispered collaboration with Hitler鈥檚 high-ranking officials in occupied Paris from 1940 to 1944. He writes in detail of her decades-long affair with Baron Hans G眉nther von Dincklage, 鈥淪patz鈥?(鈥渟parrow鈥?in English), described in most Chanel biographies as being an innocuous, English-speaking tennis player, playboy, and harmless dupe鈥攁 loyal German soldier and diplomat serving his mother country and not a member of the Nazi party. <br /><br />In Vaughan鈥檚 absorbing, meticulously researched book, Dincklage is revealed to have been a Nazi master spy and German military intelligence agent who ran a spy ring in the Mediterranean and in Paris and reported directly to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, right hand to Hitler.<br /><br />The book pieces together how Coco Chanel became a German intelligence operative; how and why she was enlisted in a number of spy missions; how she escaped arrest in France after the war, despite her activities being known to the Gaullist intelligence network; how she fled to Switzerland for a nine-year exile with her lover Dincklage. And how, despite the French court鈥檚 opening a case concerning Chanel鈥檚 espionage activities during the war, she was able to return to Paris at age seventy and triumphantly resurrect and reinvent herself鈥攁nd rebuild what has become the iconic House of Chanel.
Death Wins a Goldfish: Reflections from a Grim Reaper's Yearlong ...
by Brian Rea

Language

English

Pages

168

Publication Date

February 05, 2019

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Death never takes a day off. Until he gets a letter from the HR department insisting he use up his accrued vacation time, that is. In this humorous and heartfelt book from beloved illustrator Brian Rea, readers take a peek at Death's journal entries as he documents his mandatory sabbatical in the world of the living. From sky diving to online dating, Death is determined to try it all! <em>Death Wins a Goldfish</em> is an important reminder to the overstressed, overworked, and overwhelmed that everyone鈥攅ven Death鈥攄eserves a break once in a while.
Solid State: The Story of "Abbey Road" and the End of the Beatles
by Kenneth Womack

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<p>Acclaimed Beatles historian Kenneth Womack offers the most definitive account yet of the writing, recording, mixing, and reception of<i> Abbey Road.</i></p><p>In February 1969, the Beatles began working on what became their final album together. Abbey Road introduced a number of new techniques and technologies to the Beatles' sound, and included "Come Together," "Something," and "Here Comes the Sun," which all emerged as classics. </p><p>Womack's colorful retelling of how this landmark album was written and recorded is a treat for fans of the Beatles. <i>Solid State</i> takes readers back to 1969 and into EMI's Abbey Road Studio, which boasted an advanced solid state transistor mixing desk. Womack focuses on the dynamics between John, Paul, George, Ringo, and producer George Martin and his team of engineers, who set aside (for the most part) the tensions and conflicts that had arisen on previous albums to create a work with an innovative (and, among some fans and critics, controversial) studio-bound sound that prominently included the new Moog synthesizer, among other novelties. </p><p>As Womack shows, <i>Abbey Road </i>was the culmination of the instrumental skills, recording equipment, and artistic vision that the band and George Martin had developed since their early days in the same studio seven years earlier. A testament to the group's creativity and their producer's ingenuity, <i>Solid</i> <i>State </i>is required reading for all fans of the Beatles and the history of rock 'n' roll<i>.</i></p>
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the S...
by Scott Adams

Language

English

Pages

247

Publication Date

October 22, 2013

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<b>Blasting clich茅d career advice, the contrarian pundit and creator of <i>Dilbert</i> recounts the humorous ups and downs of his career, revealing the outsized role of luck in our lives and how best to play the system. </b><br /><br /> Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you鈥檝e ever met or anyone you鈥檝e even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of聽<i>Dilbert</i>, one of the world鈥檚 most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In<i>聽How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big</i>, Adams shares the game plan he鈥檚 followed since he was a teen: invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket.<br /><br /> No career guide can offer advice that works for everyone. As Adams explains, your best bet is to study the ways of others who made it big and try to glean some tricks and strategies that make sense for you. Adams pulls back the covers on his own unusual life and shares how he turned one failure after another鈥攊ncluding his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants鈥攊nto something good聽and lasting. There鈥檚 a lot to learn from his personal story, and a lot of entertainment along the way. Adams discovered some unlikely truths that helped to propel him forward. For instance:<br /><br /> 鈥?Goals are for losers. Systems are for winners.<br /> 鈥?鈥淧assion鈥?is bull. What you need is personal energy.<br /> 鈥?A combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable.<br /> 鈥?You can manage your odds in a way that makes you look lucky to others.<br /><br /> Adams hopes you can laugh at his failures while discovering some unique and helpful ideas on your own path to personal victory. As he writes: 鈥淭his is a story of one person鈥檚 unlikely success within the context of scores of embarrassing failures. Was my eventual success primarily a result of talent, luck, hard work, or an accidental just-right balance of each? All I know for sure is that I pursued a conscious strategy of managing my opportunities in a way that would make it easier for luck to find me.鈥?/div>
Picture This: How Pictures Work
by Molly Bang

Language

English

Pages

154

Publication Date

August 16, 2016

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Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary. Bang's powerful ideas鈥攁bout how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions, and how the elements of an artwork can give it the power to tell a story鈥攔emain unparalleled in their simplicity and genius. Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold? First published in 1991, <em>Picture This</em> has changed the way artists, illustrators, reviewers, critics, and readers look at and understand art.
Andy Warhol's Factory People: Welcome to the Silver Factory, Spee...
by Catherine O'Sullivan Shor...

Language

English

Pages

583

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>Based on the television documentary: A three-part oral history of the Pop Art sensation鈥檚 inner circle and their dazzling world of art, drugs, and drama.</b><br /> 聽<br /> Featuring a new introduction by the author, special to this collection, this three-part companion volume to Emmy Award鈥搘inning Catherine O鈥橲ullivan Shorr鈥檚 documentary <i>Andy Warhol鈥檚 Factory People </i>is an unprecedented expos茅 of an exhilarating and tumultuous time in the 1960s New York City art world鈥攖old by the artists, actors, writers, musicians, and hangers-on who populated and defined the Factory. 鈥淒ifferent [in] its avowed bottom-up approach: Warhol as a function of his followers is the idea. This time聽.聽.聽. it鈥檚 the interviews that tell the tale鈥?(Robert Lloyd, <i>Los Angeles Times</i>).<br /> 聽<br /><i>Welcome to the Silver Factory</i>: In 1962, frustrated with advertising work, Warhol sets up his legendary studio in an abandoned hat factory on Manhattan鈥檚 47th Street. The 鈥淪ilver Factory鈥?quickly becomes the hub of Warhol鈥檚 creative endeavors鈥攖he space where he constantly works while an ever-changing cast of characters and muses passes through with their own contributions.<br /> 聽<br /><i>Speeding into the Future</i>: In a peak period from 1965 through 1966, Warhol creates the notion of the 鈥淚t Girl鈥?with ingenuous debutante Edie Sedgwick; discovers Lou Reed, the Velvet Underground, and Nico, the gorgeous chanteuse who becomes his next 鈥淚t Girl鈥? and directs鈥攚ith Paul Morrissey鈥攈is most commercially successful film, the art house classic, <i>Chelsea Girls</i>.<br /> 聽<br /><i>Your Fifteen Minutes Are Up</i>: By 1967, it seems that the Factory has outlived its fifteen minutes of fame. Superstars like Edie Sedgwick fall victim to drugs. Factory denizens have falling-outs with Warhol, as do the Velvet Underground, who are also caught up in disputes of their own. Into the chaos comes radical feminist Valerie Solanas, who shoots Warhol and seriously injures him. He survives鈥攂arely鈥攂ut the artist, and his art, are forever changed.
Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe
by Tim Leong

Language

English

Pages

196

Publication Date

July 16, 2013

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The comic book universe is adventurous, mystifying, and filled with heroes, villains, and cosplaying Comic-Con attendees. This book by one of <em>Wired</em> magazine's art directors traverses the graphic world through a collection of pie charts, bar graphs, timelines, scatter plots, and more. <em>Super Graphic</em> offers readers a unique look at the intricate and sometimes contradictory storylines that weave their way through comic books, and shares advice for navigating the pages of some of the most popular, longest-running, and best-loved comics and graphic novels out there. From a colorful breakdown of the DC Comics reader demographic to a witty Venn diagram of superhero comic tropes and a Chris Ware sadness scale, this book charts the most arbitrary and monumental characters, moments, and equipment of the wide world of comics.
Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Tee...
by Gabrielle Moss

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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<b>For fans of vintage YA, a humorous and in-depth history of beloved teen literature from the 1980s and 1990s, full of trivia and pop culture fun.</b><br /> 聽<br /> Those pink covers. That flimsy paper. The nonstop series installments that hooked readers throughout their entire adolescence. These were not the serious-issue novels of the 1970s, nor the blockbuster YA trilogies that arrived in the 2000s. Nestled in between were the girl-centric teen books of the 鈥?0s and 鈥?0s鈥攕hort, cheap, and utterly adored.聽<br /><br /> In <i>Paperback Crush</i>, author Gabrielle Moss explores the history of this genre with affection and humor, highlighting the best-known series along with their many diverse knockoffs. From friendship clubs and school newspapers to pesky siblings and glamorous beauty queens, these stories feature girl protagonists in all their glory. Journey back to your younger days, a time of girl power nourished by sustained silent reading. Let <i>Paperback Crush </i>lead you on a visual tour of nostalgia-inducing book covers from the library stacks of the past.
Meggs' History of Graphic Design
by , Alston W. Purvis

Language

English

Pages

704

Publication Date

May 16, 2016

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<b>The bestselling graphic design reference, updated for the digital age</b> <p><i>Meggs' History of Graphic Design</i> is the industry's unparalleled, award-winning reference. With over 1,400 high-quality images throughout, this visually stunning text guides you through a saga of artistic innovators, breakthrough technologies, and groundbreaking developments that define the graphic design field. The initial publication of this book was heralded as a publishing landmark, and author Philip B. Meggs is credited with significantly shaping the academic field of graphic design.</p> <p>Meggs presents compelling, comprehensive information enclosed in an exquisite visual format. The text includes classic topics such as the invention of writing and alphabets, the origins of printing and typography, and the advent of postmodern design. This new sixth edition has also been updated to provide:</p> <ul> <li>The latest key developments in web, multimedia, and interactive design</li> <li>Expanded coverage of design in Asia and the Middle East</li> <li>Emerging design trends and technologies</li> <li>Timelines framed in a broader historical context to help you better understand the evolution of contemporary graphic design</li> <li>Extensive ancillary materials including an instructor's manual, expanded image identification banks, flashcards, and quizzes</li> </ul> <p>You can't master a field without knowing the history. <i>Meggs' History of Graphic Design</i> presents an all-inclusive, visually spectacular arrangement of graphic design knowledge for students and professionals. Learn the milestones, developments, and pioneers of the trade so that you can shape the future.聽</p>
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discove...
by Austin Kleon

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

March 06, 2014

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<p>In his <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Steal Like an Artist</i>, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by 鈥渟tealing鈥?from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey鈥攇etting known.<br /><br /><i> Show Your Work!</i> is about why generosity trumps genius. It鈥檚 about getting <i>findable</i>, about using the network instead of wasting time 鈥渘etworking.鈥?It鈥檚 not self-promotion, it鈥檚 self-discovery鈥攍et others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, <i>Show Your Work!</i> offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.<br /><br /> In chapters such as<b> You Don鈥檛 Have to Be a Genius</b>; <b>Share Something Small Every Day</b>; and <b>Stick Around</b>, Kleon creates a user鈥檚 manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity鈥?what he calls the 鈥渆cology of talent.鈥?From broader life lessons about work (you can鈥檛 find your voice if you don鈥檛 use it) to the etiquette of sharing鈥攁nd the dangers of oversharing鈥攖o the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it鈥檚 an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.</p>

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