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Brittany's Reviews

101 Things to Learn in Art School by Kit White

Written by a painting professor, this little gem promises to be a necessity for both artist and art enthusiast alike. To make her ideas more accessible and applicable, White pairs each of her 101 tips for discarding the constraints often associated with art with a small piece of her own art. Throughout this tiny, succinct book, she strives to support her first and most important lesson, “Art can be anything.”

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ISBN: 9780262016216
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MIT Press - October 21st, 2011

Craft Activism by Joan Tapper

This book is perfect fuel for the fire of any crafter ready to take DIY to the next level. Joan Tapper is all about fostering a crafting community, be it yarn bombing or putting together a kick-butt craft faire. This collection of pointers and projects from Tapper and several other well-known designers is sure to inspire the artist within, and encourage crafters to come together, share, and create

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ISBN: 9780307586629
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Potter Craft - September 27th, 2011

The Best Homes from This Old House by Kevin O’Connor

This beautiful book highlights some of the most amazing makeovers that O’Connor and his team have given to houses, barns, and mansions across the nation. O’Connor’s award-winning TV series, This Old House, has documented all of the gutting and rebuilding, and in this book he expounds on the choicest properties. The very best parts are the before and after pictures, and the daydreams that ensue.

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By Kevin O'Connor, Michael Casey (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9781584799351
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Stewart, Tabori & Chang - September 1st, 2011

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

I love this book because Franzen paints such a shockingly accurate portrait of American society today; the kind of accuracy that is often difficult to put into words. To say that he tells the story of the trajectory of a dysfunctional (a.k.a. average) family would only be skimming the surface of the depth and life he gives to his characters. Their flaws and shortcomings allow them to maintain that humanness that is both raw and beautiful.

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ISBN: 9780312576462
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - September 27th, 2011

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

In this page-turner, Bender paints a picture of a contemporary suburban family with an odd twist. At a very young age, the daughter discovers a hidden talent that is both a blessing and a curse: She can taste the emotion of the cook in any food she eats. Although fantastical, this tale of family and coming of age poses very real struggles with love and accepting who you are.
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ISBN: 9780385720960
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Anchor - April 19th, 2011

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