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By Patrick Marnham, Diego Rivera. 1998
Vast in scope, this biography details the life of the late Mexican painter, best known for his complex, highly symbolic… and politically charged murals. Descriptions of his early life, participation in the Communist party of the 1920s and his marriage to artistic giant, Frida Kahlo help to bring understanding to this complex man. 1998.
By Judith Flanders. 2017
Nearly everything you know about Christmas is wrong. Do you think the proclaimed war on Christmas is a recent occurrence?… Do you think Santa is Dutch, or that his red suit was brought to you courtesy of Coca-Cola? Or are you merely dreaming of a Christmas like the one you used to know? You aren't alone: thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, a fourth-century archbishop was already complaining that his flock was spending the day dancing and feasting, not in religious observance. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically reminiscing about the vastly better Christmases in the old days. Some traditions of Christmas are relatively new--who would have thought gift-wrap was a novelty of the twentieth century? That the first holiday parade was neither at Macy's, nor even in the United States? Other elements, however, have been around for a surprisingly long time. The first known gag holiday giftbook, The Boghouse Miscellany, was advertised in the 1760s, while in 1805, the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition exchanged--what else?--presents of underwear and socks. Christmas is different things to different people: a religious festival for some, a family celebration for others, or perhaps simply a time of seasonal eating and drinking. In Christmas: A Biography, historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye over the myths, legends, and history that make up the holiday to show us the season as it really is, but rarely how it is understood. 2017. Feast of the circumcision or Holy Name of Jesus -- Twelfth Night -- Epiphany -- Candlemas -- Lady day -- Midsummer -- Michaelmas -- All Saints' Day -- All Souls' Day -- St Martin -- St. Nicholas -- St Lucy of Syracuse -- St Thomas the Apostle -- Christmas day -- St Stephen -- St John the Evangelist -- Feast of the Holy Innocents -- Sylvester.
By Desmond Seward. 1998
Biography of the Italian painter Michelangelo da Caravaggio, born in 1571. Explores what is known about his life; investigates his… world, his acclaim as an artist, the fatal duel that made him an outlaw, and his untimely death in 1610. Presents a portrait of a tortured soul. c1998.
By Maria Tippett. 2003
Bill Reid was at the forefront of the modern-day renaissance of Northwest Coast Native art, but his art, and his… life, was not without controversy. Born to a partly Haida mother and a father of German and Scottish descent, his public persona as a Haida Indian seems to have been as much a product of journalists, art patrons, museum curators, and others in the non-Native establishment as of Bill Reid himself. Reid's art also arose from the tension that existed between his Native and white artistic perceptions. 2003.
By Jacques Poitras. 2007
From humble beginnings, Max Aitken, later Lord Beaverbrook, rose to the heights of politics and business, as well as philanthropy.… In the late 1950s, he built the Beaverbrook Art Gallery as a gift to the people of New Brunswick, stocking it with a large collection of masterworks that form the core of the Gallery's prestigious collection. Today, the paintings are at the centre of a bitter battle between the Gallery and the two charitable Beaverbrook foundations - a battle that has rocked the art world on both sides of the Atlantic. Some strong language. c2007.
By Jan Wong. 2017
Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking… in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the locals teach them how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who are part of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting--and occasionally clashing--over their mutual love of cooking. 2017.
By David Adams Leeming. 1998
Biography of the African American modernist painter who was born in 1901 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and died in Paris in… 1979. Describes his family's religious background, his upbringing in the segregated South, and his later problems with alcoholism and mental illness. Traces his artistic career through Boston, New York, and Paris, where his friends included James Baldwin and Henry Miller. 1998.
By Jean Chatzky, MD, Michael F Roizen. 2017
TODAY Show financial expert Jean Chatzky and the Cleveland Clinic's chief wellness officer Dr. Michael Roizen explain the vital connection… between health and wealth--giving readers all the tactics, strategies, and know-how to live longer, healthier, more lucrative lives. The same principles that allow us to achieve a better body will allow us to do the same for our investment portfolio. For instance, physical and financial stability comes down to the same equation: Inflow versus outflow. Do we burn more calories than we ingest? Likewise, are we making more money than we spend? The authors detail scientific ways to improve our behaviour so that the answers tilt in the readers' favour. 2017.
Epidemiologist discusses his research project on aging and the incidence of Alzheimer's disease in a stable population--nuns. Explains how the… survey is conducted and his involvement with this group of women, many of whom have become personal friends. Examines his discoveries concerning remaining mentally alert. 2001.
By Deepak Chopra. 1993
Contrary to our traditional notions of aging, we can learn to direct the way our bodies metabolize time. The author… combines mindbody medicine with current anti-aging research to show why, and how, the effects of aging are largely preventable. He believes that we can reach our full potential, as well as dramatically reshape the aging process, by intervening at the level where belief becomes biology. 1993.
By George E Vaillant. 2003
For more than five decades Harvard Medical School has studied the basic elements of adult human development, analyzing the health… and happiness of hundreds of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. In ‘Aging Well’, the director of the study draws on the data gathered and reveals why some people turn out to be more resilient than others. His conclusion is that individual lifestyle choices play a greater role than genetics, wealth, race, or other factors in determining how happy people are in later life. With step-by-step advice and revelations of scientific findings, this book is aimed to help people age well. 2003.
By Robert Levine. 2004
The Rolling Stones (now in their 60s) have sung to us for years about "what a drag it is getting… old," but it doesn’t have to be that way. This book points to well-known public figures clearly aging with dignity and vitality; shows steps we can take to age while retaining these qualities in defiance of a society that challenges this quest. Living longer is not enough for most of us; we don’t want to just survive. The quality of our life as we age is most important, and much of that depends on our attitudes and approach. Includes strategies to optimize self-esteem as well as health, including attention to nutrition, exercise, health care, education, mind stimulation, sexuality, social activities, and cosmetics and cosmetic surgery. 2004.
By John Richardson, Marilyn McCully. 1991
Spans the years before cubism, from 1881 when Picasso was born in southern Spain, to 1906 when he was about… to begin work on "Les demoiselles d'Avignon", the canvas that Richardson sees as a breakthrough of historical significance. Bestseller. 1991.
By John Richardson, Marilyn McCully. 1996
Depicts the artist's life and work during the crucial decade of 1907-17, a period during which Picasso and Georges Braque… devised cubism, and in doing so engendered modernism. Portrays Picasso as a revolutionary, but also as a compassionate man who experienced disappointments in love, as well as horror at the outbreak of World War I and the wounds it inflicted on his closest friends, Braque and Apollinaire. Sequel to "A Life of Picasso: The Prodigy, 1881-1906" (DC09677). Followed by "A life of Picasso: the Triumphant Years, 1917-1932" (DC32873). Some descriptions of sex, some strong language. c1996. The prodigy, 1881-1906 -- The cubist rebel, 1907-1916 -- Triumphant years, 1917-1932.
By John Richardson, Marilyn McCully. 1991
A life of Picasso, the Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 Covers Picasso's diverse artistic enterprises before age fifty, from his adventures with… Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and marriage to ballerina Olga Khokhlova to his welded sculptures and Surrealism. Describes Picasso's interactions with other artists and affair with young Marie-Thérèse Walter. Some descriptions of sex. Sequel to "A Life of Picasso: Volume 2, 1907-1916" (DC32872). 2007, c1991. The prodigy, 1881-1906 -- The cubist rebel, 1907-1916 -- Triumphant years, 1917-1932.
By Doris McCarthy. 1990
Doris McCarthy, a distinguished Canadian landscape artist, describes her early years. At the age of 15, she won a scholarship… to study at the Ontario College of Art. Upon graduation, she became a teacher and pioneered imaginative approaches to teaching art.
By Eric H Cline. 2015
" Un réchauffement climatique suivi de sécheresse et de famines, des séismes, des guerres civiles catastrophiques, de gigantesques mouvements de… populations fuyant leurs terres d'origine, des risques systémiques pour les échanges internationaux... Nous ne sommes pas en 2015, mais bien au XIIe siècle avant J.-C. ! Toutes les civilisations de la Méditerranée grecque et orientale (de la Crète à l'Égypte, de Canaan à Babylone, etc.) se sont en effet effondrées presque simultanément, il y a plus de trois mille ans. Des régions entières ont été désertées, des villes détruites et définitivement vidées de leurs habitants. L'Égypte ne sera plus que l'ombre d'elle-même. Comment un ensemble de civilisations florissantes a-t-il pu disparaître aussi brutalement ? Le grand archéologue américain Eric H. Cline mène l'enquête et nous raconte la fin de l'âge du bronze sous la forme d'un drame en quatre actes. Il fait revivre sous nos yeux ces sociétés connectées qui possédaient une langue commune, échangeaient de multiples biens (grains, or, étain et cuivre, etc.), alors que les artistes circulaient d'un royaume à l'autre. Les archives découvertes témoignent de mariages royaux, d'alliances, de guerres et même d'embargos. En somme, une mondialisation avant l'heure, confrontée notamment à des aléas climatiques qui pourraient avoir causé sa perte... Une passionnante plongée dans le passé qui nous oblige à réfléchir. " -- 4e de couv.
By Carol Allain. 2008
"La génération Y est issue des années 1980. On dit des jeunes adultes qui la composent qu'ils aiment s'affirmer, se… distinguer et aussi avoir du bon temps. Ils sont parfaitement à l'aise avec les nouveaux médias et les nouvelles technologies, auront probablement voyagé aussi loin que leurs parents avant d'avoir vingt-cinq ans et occuperont vraisemblablement une bonne dizaine d'emplois dans leur vie. Bien souvent, leurs parents (les baby-boomers) ont du mal à les comprendre. L'auteur pose ici un regard comparatif sur cette génération et celles qui l'ont précédée. Il définit les caractéristiques de la génération silencieuse (1900-1945), de celle du baby-boom (1946-1965) et de la génération X (1966-1978), avant de les confronter pour interroger la nature des tensions entre elles et les modes d'accommodement possibles. L'ouvrage met aussi en lumière les jeux de pouvoir, les alliances, les conflits, les glissements de valeurs entre les générations qui forment les strates de notre société, en pleine mutation. Le lecteur est invité à saisir la combinaison unique de curiosité et de diversité, d'originalité et de polyvalence qui caractérise la génération Y. L'auteur, Carol Allain, s'engage à faire surgir de cet ouvrage une réflexion significative qui aidera parents et employeurs à mieux comprendre les Y afin de développer avec eux la meilleure synergie possible." -- 4e de couv.
By David Dosa, Blandine Roques. 2010
Sur la Côte Est des États-Unis, il est un établissement accueillant des patients en phase terminale qui compte un hôte… un peu spécial : Oscar. Un chat on ne peut plus ordinaire. En apparence. Ce félin très indépendant est en effet doté d'un étrange talent... Les infirmiers et les médecins ont remarqué que, lorsqu'il se couche sur le lit d'un patient, celui-ci décède peu après. Si ce don a donné lieu à une nouvelle procédure (l'équipe médicale prévient la famille dès qu'Oscar s'endort au côté d'un malade), il a également suscité le débat chez les scientifiques. Comment expliquer une telle prescience ? David Dosa raconte ici l'histoire extraordinaire d'Oscar, en même temps que sa vie quotidienne au côté des personnes en fin de vie. -- 4e de couv. Titre uniforme: Making rounds with Oscar.
By André Brassard, Guillaume Corbeil. 2010
Lorsqu'on naît d'une fille-mère, qu'on se trouve indigne d'amour et qu'on fréquente les cinémas et les toilettes de la Gare… centrale pour compenser, on est un bâtard et on s'appelle André. Lorsqu'on monte 88 spectacles en quarante ans, dont plusieurs ont tracé le chemin de la modernité pour la dramaturgie québécoise, qu'on est le bras droit de Michel Tremblay pour de nombreuses productions théâtrales, on est metteur en scène et on s'appelle Brassard. Mais lorsqu'on s'appelle André Brassard, on vit le drame d'être les deux à la fois. -- 4e de couv.