Ellen Forney's memoir is funny, touching, and heartbreaking. It takes full advantage of the graphic novel format to tell the story of her battles with mania and depression in a visually exciting and innovative way.
Book Genre: Art
Written by the founders of IDEO design firm, this book is a great exploration of how to develop your own creativity (we all have it!) and build teams and processes for designing user-centric services and products. It has a lot of practical exercises.
One of the best things about stories set in space is the feeling of limitless possibility and discovery. Unfortunately Hisae Iwaoka's Saturn Apartments takes that sense of possibility and discovery and turns it on its head, making what should be interesting dull and what is...
I am a BIG fan of the books published by Abrams Books for Young Readers and quickly pounced on their new biography about Chuck Close, an American painter best known for his BIG paintings of the human face. Face Book is a massaged and amped up presentation based on an...
This is beautiful and strange, moments of the absurd. Honestly I didn't even read any of the text because I was so distracted by the amazing collection of images. I will be purchasing a copy of this for my home library.
The collection kicks off with a quote from Louis Armstrong. When asked to define jazz he reportedly responded, "If you have to ask, you'll never know." The poets represented provide a taste; vamping, swinging, and sharing sounds of tributes to musicians and singers who did...
In a 2011 interview with The Guardian, Maurice Sendak said "I refuse to lie to children." Were he alive today, Sendak would be very pleased with Matthue Rothm and Rohan Daniel Eason's retelling of three...
The House Girl is a masterful debut novel, weaving the lives of Lina Sparrow, a present-day attorney and Josephine, a seventeen-year-old house slave in an unforgettable tapestry. As Lina researches documents to uncover a "face" for a class-action lawsuit to which she's been assigned, she begins...
You don't need to "get" David Lynch to be wowed by this book. He describes the process of trolling the waters of consciousness via meditation to catch the big idea. I picture Lynch, however, surfing an undulating wave and art happens when he rides the crest. Either way, discipline is the core of...
Sean Lennon found the unpublished version of An Invisible Flower in his mother's closet and fortunately for all us daydreamers, he published the tale. Ono, a conceptual artist, wrote the story after she was evacuated to the Japanese countryside as a child during WWII. Not just a...
If you ever wondered about what goes on behind the scenes of the contemporary art world, you may enjoy this ethnographic romp. Thornton's research, compiled through interviews between 2004-2007, provides glimpses of a day in the life of artists and people who make art...
Wenzel covers a wide breath of sculpture with concise descriptions, plenty of pictures and a thorough glossary in this fun introduction to the world of sculpture. She includes works from antiquity and others from the present; they come from all over the world and are made out of everything from...
A compilation of black and white photographs by Barbara Sparks that were part of an exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, it includes pictures from Nepal, Turkey, Italy, Taos, and our own backyard here in Colorado. The photos are exquisite and the background information is...
This is a short, simple story that is excellent for younger children who are still experimenting with the world around them. It provides ideas for them (and their parents!) of things they can do with their outdoor-made creations besides eating them. At the end of the story, the...
When she was in her late 20s, cartoonist Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. While she was open to the idea of treatment, she also worried that the drugs--and having her disorder more under control--would impede her creativity, her very livelihood. In this graphic memoir, she...
This is a whole new level of street art with intricacies and creativity that will leave you shaking your head well after you put the book down.
The oversize hardback is a pleasure to read, tracing Ms. Vionnet's progression from a child seamstress to "queen mother of haute couture." A true unexpected treasure is the inclusion of complete patterns for Ms. Vionnet's sumptuous designs. A b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l book about an amazing French...
From the 1950’s to the 1990’s, Vivian Maier quietly photographed her surroundings creating hundreds of thousands of photos that she didn't tell anyone about. These images are more than snapshots, although they do have that feeling about them. Her composition is breathtaking and she truly...
Just discovered this as I was shelving new non fiction this morning. Global Model Village is a witty and wry take on art in public spaces. The pieces are tiny—you may not see them unless you’re the type to look at the minutiae in your everyday environment. Part social commentary, part...
In Sandow Birk’s Dante’s Inferno, Birk’s starkly beautiful drawings show a street kid Dante carrying his skateboard through hell, following after a Virgil who often looks like a street bum in his robes. Together they negotiate a Los Angeles-like hell of tattered alleyways, ATMs,...
A fun and fast read that makes you rethink all the printed text around you.
This beautifully written and illustrated collection of poems follows the changing seasons and introduces children to natural processes like bulbs sprouting in spring and dandelions turning to seed: “Dandelions bloom like little suns./but the flowers don’t last long-/they fold up like furled...
For such a short book this one is full of mindblowing prose, inspiring moments and touching truths about the writing life. Read it, then read it again!
This beautifully illustrated mystery follows Helen Martin on a very strange journey. An expert in antique anatomical illustrations she goes on a trip to track down her missing husband, all the while feeling not quite herself. She goes through several strange transformations a little like poor...
oh I wish I were brave enough to dress like a loligoth, first of all I am too old, second of all it involves way too much consideration to your actual appearance, I like: cardigan, shirt, pants, bam I'm dressed... not so much into the "does my bow match my wig match my bloomers coordinate with...
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