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The Public Library

A Photographic Essay

by Robert Dawson

Hardcover, 191 pages, Chronicle Books, $35, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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Over the last 18 years, photographer Robert Dawson has crisscrossed the country documenting hundreds of libraries.

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Weeping Mary

Weeping Mary

by O. Rufus Lovett and Anne Wilkes Tucker

Hardcover, 164 pages, Univ of Texas Pr, $45, published November 30 2006 | purchase
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How Paris Became Paris

How Paris Became Paris

The Invention of the Modern City

by Joan Dejean

Hardcover, 307 pages, Bloomsbury USA, $30, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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Joan DeJean documents the century-long transformation of Paris from a medieval center to the modern city that is recognized today, revealing how the Parisian urban model was actually invented in the 17th century, when leaders tore down fortifications, created public parks and constructed streets and bridges.

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The Petropolis of Tomorrow

The Petropolis of Tomorrow

by Neeraj Bhatia and Mary Casper

Hardcover, 569 pages, Actarbirkhauser, $34.95, published November 1 2013 | purchase
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Scent & Subversion

Scent & Subversion

Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume

by Barbara Herman

Hardcover, 281 pages, Lyons Press, $24.95, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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Barbara Herman looks at the bold, sexy and downright odd smells that have defined women over the decades.

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The Art of Rube Goldberg

The Art of Rube Goldberg

A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius

by Jennifer George, Adam Gopnik, Andrew Baron, Al Jaffee and Carl Linich

Hardcover, 191 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $60, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Jennifer George, Adam Gopnik, et al

Celebrates Rube Goldberg's life and collects his body of work including his drawings, iconic inventions, comic strips, advertising work, political cartoons, and sculpture.

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The Lost Carving

The Lost Carving

A Journey to the Heart of Making

by David Esterly

Paperback, 279 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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David Esterly traces his path to becoming a forefront practitioner of Baroque artist Grinling Gibbons' forgotten woodcarving technique, including the year he spent re-creating a Gibbons piece that had been lost in a fire at the Hampton Court Palace outside London.

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Roman Pilgrimage

Roman Pilgrimage

The Station Churches

by George Weigel, Elizabeth Lev and Stephen Weigel

Hardcover, 409 pages, Perseus Books Group, $39.99, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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Roman Pilgrimage presents a stations pilgrimage tour of the Eternal City during the Lenten season, discussing the faith-based practices of today's pilgrims while offering commentaries on relevant liturgies, art and architecture.

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Humans of New York

Humans of New York

by Brandon Stanton

Hardcover, 1 volume (unpaged), St. Martin's Press, $29.99, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Brandon Stanton

In this photographic census of New York City inspired by the blog of the same name, the author showcases 400 color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories that capture the outsized personalities of New York, and pay tribute to the human side of a great city.NPR Bestseller

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Awkward Family Holiday Photos

Awkward Family Holiday Photos

by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

Paperback, 204 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

A celebration of how families induce embarrassment during the holidays features photographs of kids cringing in homemade Halloween costumes, an overly patriotic uncle who literally wears a flag on the Fourth of July, and a forced re-creation of a Nativity scene that is anything but peaceful.NPR Bestseller

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Shocked

Shocked

My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me

by Patricia Volk

Hardcover, 283 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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The author shares the lessons about womanhood and personal style she learned from both her mother, an upper-middle-class New Yorker who was the polished hostess at her family's garment district restaurant, and Elsa Schiaparelli, the outrageous, iconoclastic Italian fashion designer.

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Super Graphic

Super Graphic

A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe

by Tim Leong

Paperback, 192 pages, Chronicle Books Llc, $18.95, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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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 Wired magazine's art directors traverses the graphic world through a collection of pie charts, bar graphs, timelines, scatter plots and more. Super Graphic 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.

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Bough Down

Bough Down

by Karen Green

Hardcover, 186 pages, Distributed Art Pub Inc, $36, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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Karen Green explores grief, love, memory and devastating loss in the aftermath of her husband's suicide.

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Walkable City

Walkable City

How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

by Jeff Speck

Paperback, 312 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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Jeff Speck, a city planner and architectural designer, delves into what it means to make a city pedestrian-friendly. Packed with observations and real-world examples, his book tackles the challenges of city life, advocating for smart growth and sustainable design while presenting a plan for making American cities safe and efficient.

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Detroit City is the Place to Be

Detroit City Is the Place to Be

The Afterlife of an American Metropolis

by Mark Binelli

Paperback, 326 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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Mark Binelli grew up in a Detroit suburb in the 1970s. The city used to embody the American dream — the auto industry, consumer culture, Motown — but the Detroit he knew was a study in decline. When Binelli was offered a magazine assignment to write about the Detroit auto show in January 2009, he jumped on it. But he didn't stop there. He moved back to his hometown to chronicle the city, tracing Detroit's demise and recovery efforts while evaluating plans to transform it into a viable, desegregated and economically diverse post-industrial region.

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American Mirror

American Mirror

The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

by Deborah Solomon

Hardcover, pages cm, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $28, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell
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The critic and author of Utopia Parkway presents a portrait of the classic 20th-century American artist that explores his achievements and influence as a long-time illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post, sharing additional insights into his unexpectedly complex private life.

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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

by Simon Singh

Hardcover, 253 pages, St Martins Pr, $26, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Simon Singh

Based on interviews with the writers of The Simpsons and accompanied by images from the show, facsimiles of scripts, paintings and drawings and other imagery, this fascinating book reveals the meaningful mathematical concepts behind the most successful show in TV history.

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Sketching Guantanamo

Sketching Guantanamo

Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013

by Janet Hamlin

Hardcover, 171 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $28.99, published October 18 2013 | purchase
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  • Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013
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The only sketch artist to cover the courtroom proceedings in Guantanamo, Cuba from 2006 to the present showcases 150 of her revealing sketches of the trials of alleged terrorists along with her running commentary of the proceedings.

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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

Kind of the Story of My Life

by Scott Adams

Hardcover, 248 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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The creator of the popular Dilbert comic strip presents a lighthearted memoir of what his failures have taught him about success, recounting his journey from a hapless office employee to a world-famous cartoonist while describing the career and monetary setbacks that led to counter-intuitive realizations.

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Roy G. Biv

Roy G. Biv

An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color

by Jude Stewart

Hardcover, pages cm, St Martins Press, $22, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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A design expert and writer provides readers with a whole new way of looking at the world around us, bringing it all vividly to life, from Sweden's "black socks of envy" to Britain's pink-colored machismo.

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