The Look of the Book: Jackets, Covers, and Art at the Edges of Literature

The Look of the Book: Jackets, Covers, and Art at the Edges of Literature

The Look of the Book: Jackets, Covers, and Art at the Edges of Literature
Peter Mendelsund and David J. Alworth
$50.00

As the outward face of the text, the book cover makes an all-important first impression. The Look of the Book examines art at the edges of literature through notable covers and the stories behind them, galleries of the many different jackets of bestselling books, an overview of book cover trends throughout history, and insights from dozens of literary and design luminaries. Co-authored by celebrated designer and creative director Peter Mendelsund and scholar David Alworth, this fascinating collaboration, featuring hundreds of covers, challenges our notions of what a book cover can and should be.

Truth Bomb: Inspiration from the Mouths and Minds of Women Artists

Truth Bomb: Inspiration from the Mouths and Minds of Women Artists

Truth Bomb: Inspiration from the Mouths and Minds of Women Artists
Abigail Crompton
$34.95

If anyone can teach readers how to pursue the life and work of an artist, it is the twenty-two amazing artists included in Truth Bomb.

This colorful compilation of pioneering and established women artists from around the world motivates and empowers. Their stories and artworks in this volume challenge readers to find solace in the shared human experiences of birth, death, love, anger, joy, and sadness. Truth Bomb offers the best commentary and insight into the incredible formation of diverse women artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Miranda July, Mickalene Thomas, and the Guerrilla Girls while uncovering the power of taking a chance, pushing the envelope, and ultimately not being afraid of making a mark. Each artist tells a story of resilience, tenacity, sacrifice, and steely determination. The result is a magical visual mash-up of images, memories, historic moments, interviews, and inspirational beginnings as told by artists themselves. Truth Bomb is an ode to art and artists and an attempt to decipher the mystery of creativity.

GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty

GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty

GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty
Kahran Bethencourt
$30.00

With stunning images of natural hair and gorgeous, inventive visual storytelling, GLORY puts Black beauty front and center with more than 100 breathtaking photographs and a collection of powerful essays about the children. At its heart, it is a recognition and celebration of the versatility and innate beauty of black hair, and black beauty. The glorious coffee-table book pays homage to the story of our royal past, celebrates the glory of the here and now, and even dares to forecast the future.

It brings to life past, present, and future visions of black culture and showcases the power and beauty of recognizing and celebrating oneself. Beauty as an expression of who you are is power. When we define our own standards of beauty, we take back that power. GLORY encourages children around the world to feel that power and harness it.

Matisse: The Books

Matisse: The Books

Matisse: The Books
Louise Rogers Lalaurie
$75.00

The livre d’artiste, or “artist’s book,” is among the most prized in rare book collections. Henri Matisse (1869–1954) was one of the greatest artists to work in this genre, and he created his most important during a period of intense personal and physical suffering. Brimming with powerful themes and imagery, these works are crucial to understanding Matisse’s oeuvre.

With deftness and sensitivity, Louise Rogers Lalaurie reintroduces us to Matisse by considering how in each volume, Matisse constructed an intriguing dialogue between word and image. Examining this page-by-page interplay, translating key sequences, and discussing the books’ distinct themes and production histories, Lalaurie offers the thoughtful analysis these works deserve. Together Matisse’s artist books reveal his deep engagement with questions of beauty and truth; his faith; his perspectives on aging, loss, and inspiration; and his relationship to his critics, the French art establishment, and the women in his life. In addition, Lalaurie illuminates Matisse’s often misunderstood political affinities—though Matisse was vilified in his time for choosing to live in the collaborationist Vichy zone, his wartime books reveal a body of work that stands as a deeply personal statement of resistance.

Lavishly illustrated, Matisse: The Books showcases a rich group of underappreciated works and brings unprecedented clarity to a controversial period in the artist’s life.

The Party

The Party

The Party
Tomi Ungerer
$19.99

Created in the 1960s, The Party takes place in the Hamptons. It’s attended by captains of industry, tycoons, magnates, moguls, and various undistinguishable fat cats, luxuriating in their tuxedos, evening gowns, and prattling small talk. The depiction of one grotesquerie after another ― often couples ― cavorting through the haze of booze and caviar, with the occasional wanton display of sybaritically libidinal impulse. Ungerer accompanies each full-page image with a hilarious, hand-lettered caption, which provides the characters’ names and a brief deadpan description of their social standings, creating a dissonance between image and text. Two-color illustrations.

Marvelous Machines: A Magic Lens Book

Marvelous Machines: A Magic Lens Book

Marvelous Machines: A Magic Lens Book
Jane Wilsher, Illustrated by Andres Lozano
$19.99

In this eye-catching book, readers can explore the hidden inner workings of machines and inventions, from everyday objects such as toasters and bicycles, to cutting edge technologies such as pill-sized medical robots and super-fast maglev trains. Readers use the see-through “magic lens” to reveal how things work and the elements hidden within machines—everything from wires and pipes to the magnetic and gravitational forces machines rely on to function.

Accompanying text explains how these machines function, how they affect our daily lives, and the physical and chemical phenomena that enable them to work.