Drink In This Just Published Stunning Salvador Dali Wine Book

A beautiful companion piece to Les dîners de Gala, the Salvador Dali illustrated cookbook we previously featured, is Dali’s The Wines of Gala. Just published, the hardcover epicurean guide to wine is 296 pages and filled with more than 140 illustrations of Salvador Dali’s surrealistic art. Read more

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This $625 Book About Bread Is Worth The Dough.

Bread. One of the largest and most important staples of the human diet. Who doesn’t love it? So many types, so many flavors, so many origins. Now, there’s a set of the most comprehensive books ever written on the subject -Modernist Bread: The Art and Science Book Set – only the suggested $625 price tag ($554 on Amazon) may be a little hard to digest. Read more

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The Phenomena of Goodnight Moon, Its Parodies and Bisexual Author.

Today I’m going to enlighten you about the phenomena of the children’s storybook Goodnight Moon, its parodies and bisexual author. I would suspect that anyone reading this post has either owned, read the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown or has had it read to them. And there’s a reason for that. Beyond the charming illustrations* and the catchy, easy-to-read prose, the book was breakthrough for its time. It has continued to entertain generations since its publication because, unlike other children’s books published in the 30s and 40s, it was about ‘the present’ as opposed to being about some 19th century Princess. Nor did it preach life lessons like Aesop’s fables, ordinarily a turn-off to children. Read more

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The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop Is A Gift To Art & Movie Lovers

This beautiful hardcover book, The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop by Richard M. Isackes and Karen L. Maness, has just been announced as one of the winners in the book design category by Communication Arts. For those who love both movies and set design, the book is as entertaining as it is informative. Read more

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Sam Shepard Was The Right Stuff In So Many Ways (Tons of great photos)

photo by Larry Busacca, 2014

He was cool. He was smart. He was sexy. He was Sam Shepard, a brilliant playwright, talented actor and all around badass who he lost his life to ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, yesterday at the age of 73. We take a look back at his impressive career, life, loves and accomplishments. Read more

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Awakening Beauty, A Book and Exhibition of Disney Artist Eyvind Earle.

Hired by The Walt Disney Studios in 1951, Eyvind Earle is best known for his illustrative work on Disney’s highly acclaimed 1959 feature, Sleeping Beauty. The distinctive styling of Earle’s background art for Disney has influenced artists for decades and now a new book of his life’s work, Awakening Beauty, coincides with an exhibition of the same name at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Read more

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Ten Great Coffee Table Books For Mom

With Mother’s Day coming up on May 14th it’s time to show your appreciation to the woman who gave birth to you, suffering pain equal to that of passing a pot roast through a nostril. These ten great coffee table books for Mom are guaranteed to be inspiring, coveted and as they were meant to be, enjoyed. Beautiful, well-reviewed hardcover books about women, by women or celebrating women. Read more

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The Ghastlytrump Tinies: A Parody by 26 Illustrators

The Ghastlytrump Tinies is a parody of Edward Gorey’s classic alphabet book The Gashlycrumb Tinies, but with the children representing what we’d lose in a Trump administration. Written by game designer Mike Selinker, and illustrated by 26 different artists, only 1,000 copies of the softcover book have been published. Read more

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Walking, Traveling, Dressing and Coloring With Your Octopus

Fun for the Octopus-Obsessed. If you’re not familiar with the illustrated books and activity books featuring Otto and Victoria by illustrator Brian Kesinger – then you’re doing your love of cephalopods a disservice. Drawn in his animated illustration style with a steampunk edge, Brian has published hardcover books, a coloring book, a paper doll book and more featuring the adventures of Victoria Psismall and her pet land octopus Otto. Read more

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Remembering Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Remembering Amy Krouse Rosenthal
photo by Kevin Nance Photography

Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away on March 13, 2017. So much more than an author, a mother or a wife. More than a copywriter, a creative soul, a generous friend. Amy was beautiful, brave and filled with wisdom beyond her 51 years. She leaves behind a treasure trove of her creativity and insight: books, articles, photos, projects, videos and more. Here are just a few of my favorites. Read more

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