New Books! 11/17/15

Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home by Jackson Galaxy (speaking & signing at BookPeople this Friday, 11/20!)

Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat from Hell, and Kate Benjamin, cat design wizard, show cat guardians everywhere how to use home design tricks to address everyday cat care issues. Does your feline friend like to pee everywhere but in his or her litter box? Does your kitty have a thing for your furniture that has left your beloved couch in tatters? With simple DIY design projects and hacks, Catify to Satisfy is the ultimate guide to creating a happy home for cat guardian and cat alike.

The Spectacle of Skill: New and Selected Writings of Robert Hughes

“I am completely an elitist, in the cultural but emphatically not the social sense. I prefer the good to the bad, the articulate to the mumbling, the aesthetically developed to the merely primitive, and full to partial consciousness. I love the spectacle of skill, whether it s an expert gardener at work, or a good carpenter chopping dovetails…”

Robert Hughes is widely held as the greatest art critic of our times. He wrote with brutal honesty about art, architecture, culture and religion, always holding himself to the same rigorous standards of skill, authenticity, and significance that he did his subjects. This selection shows his enormous range and gives a cohesive view of both the critic and the man.

The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free by Alex Perry

Africa has long been misunderstood–and abused–by outsiders. Correspondent Alex Perry traveled the continent for most of a decade, meeting with entrepreneurs and warlords, professors and cocaine smugglers, presidents and jihadis….Beautifully written, intimately reported, and sure to spark debate, The Rift passionately argues that a changing Africa revolutionizes our ideas of it, and of ourselves.

Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane by Patrick McGilligan

“I don’t care what the 2010 Sight + Sound poll had to say, Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane is still the greatest movie. Patrick McGilligan’s Young Orson focuses on his childhood and the years in theatre before he made the film that forever hung like an albatross around his neck.. A well-researched read that is a must own for all fans of the late, great Orson Welles.” -Joe T.

438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin

On November 17, 2012, a pair of fishermen left the coast of Mexico for a weekend fishing trip in the open Pacific. That night, a violent storm ambushed them as they were fishing eighty miles offshore. Fourteen months later, captain Salvador Alvarenga washed ashore on a nearly deserted island on the far side of the Pacific. 438 Days is the first-ever account of one of the most amazing survival stories in modern times, based on dozens of hours of exclusive interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search-and-rescue officials, the remote islanders who found him, and the medical team that saved his life.

Memory Theater by Simon Critchley

A French philosopher dies during a savage summer heat wave. Boxes carrying his unpublished papers mysteriously appear in Simon Critchley’s office. Rooting through them, Critchley discovers a brilliant text on the ancient art of memory and a cache of astrological charts predicting the deaths of various philosophers, including his own. With nothing left to hope for, Critchley devotes himself to one final project before his death: the building of a structure to house his collective memories and document the remnants of his entire life.

A Visual Guide to Drink: An Infographic Exploration of Beer, Wine, & Spirits by Ben Gibson, Patrick Mulligan

Pull this book off your shelf to create thoughtful cocktails and keep your guests entertained while you shake and stir. Designer Ben Gibson and editor Patrick Mulligan founded the design studio Pop Lab with the single goal of rendering all human experience in chart form. Here, they use maps, graphs, and charts to represent the history, geography, and culture of beer, wine and spirits. Discover the variety of vessels used to contain beer; mix up the famous cocktails of film and literature; run circles around the martini wheel. Cheers!

First Bite: How We Learn to Eat by Bee Wilson

Beloved food writer Bee Wilson draws on the latest research from food psychologists, neuroscientists, and nutritionists to reveal that our food habits are shaped by a whole host of factors: family and culture, memory and gender, hunger and love. An exploration of the extraordinary and surprising origins of our tastes and eating habits—from people who can only eat foods of a certain color to an amnesiac who can eat meal after meal without getting full—First Bite also shows us how we can change our palates to lead healthier, happier lives.

 

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