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Arts, Crafts, & Photography from the 2013 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our <a href="">2013 Winter Newsletter</a>.

Heretics and Heroes by Thomas Cahill

From the best-selling author Thomas Cahill (How the Irish Saved Civilization), another popular history, this one focusing on the Renaissance and Reformation and how this innovative period changed the Western world. “Cahill writes passionately about the era’s transformational art, the unexpected benefits of the Black Plague, and the intellectual struggles over secular and papal power, resulting in an entertaining yet thought-provoking examination of Western civilization.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385495578
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 29th, 2013

More Modern Top-Down Knitting by Kristina McGowan

How do I love top-down knitting? Let me count the ways. Trying on a garment as I knit is invaluable to me, allowing simple corrections to avoid later frogging nightmares. (I also particularly love the look of raglan sleeves—it does wonders for slimming my shoulders!) But seriously, you could make an entire wardrobe out of Kristina McGowan’s second volume of top-down patterns: uniquely styled hats, skirts, sweaters, cardigans, and even pants (no joke!).

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More Modern Top-Down Knitting: 24 Garments Based on Barbara G. Walker's 12 Top-Down Templates Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617690334
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 5th, 2013

Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton & John Armstrong

What is art’s purpose? In this engaging and lively new book, best-selling philosopher Alain de Botton (How Proust Can Change Your Life) and art historian John Armstrong propose a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that they can be useful, relevant, and—above all else—therapeutic for their viewers. Chapters on love, nature, money, and politics outline how art can help with these common difficulties by guiding us, consoling us, and helping us better understand ourselves.

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ISBN: 9780714865911
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Phaidon Press - October 14th, 2013

Learn to Knit, Love to Knit by Anna Wilkinson

Wilkinson’s cute and fun style is so refreshing to see in a knitting book! While most of the patterns in here aren’t really for beginners, they are perfect for novices ready to move to the next level. The fun colors and innovative patterns make this book stand out. If you’re looking for some ideas for gifts or a great book for someone who loves knitting, this is perfect for you.

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ISBN: 9780804136808
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Potter Craft - November 19th, 2013

Lena Corwin's Made by Hand

Gone are the days of a crafter only having a single interest. Between Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Pinterest, and thousands of gorgeous blogs, today’s makers are constantly inspired to make things by hand. All a crafter really needs are inspirational examples and excellent step-by-step instructions. Made by Hand provides plenty of both. The talented Lena Corwin shares a wide array of crafts—including advanced screen-printing, beginner’s embroidery, simple sewn dresses, beaded jewelry, candle making, and soap making—in her new book, which is packed with gorgeous photos. A great gift for any crafter.

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ISBN: 9781617690594
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 15th, 2013

Before I Die by Candy Chang

What do you want to do before you die? Artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned building with chalkboard paint and asked her neighbors this question. Within a day of the wall’s completion it was covered, as people stopped and reflected on their lives. Since then, more than 200 walls have been created by people all over the world. Filled with our hopes, fears, humor, and heartbreak, this inspiring book is a celebration of these walls. “Through a series of large-scale projects that combine installation art with social activism, Chang has encouraged people to engage with public spaces to let their voices be heard.” —O Magazine

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ISBN: 9781250020840
Availability: Out of Print
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 5th, 2013

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