Alfred Stieglitz grew up in an upper Fifth Avenue brownstone with a view of empty lots and dirt roads—not the usual image of New York City, and not the ones he captured so magnificently in his many photographs of his home town. After some 78 years, the full collection of Stieglitz’s Gotham pictures has been put on exhibit; if you miss the show at the Seaport Museum (it closes January 10), savor these shots at your leisure with the handsome catalog, ALFRED STIEGLITZ NEW YORK (Skira Rizzoli, $25). Edited by the show’s curator, art historian Bonnie Yochelson, the book reprints pictures taken between 1893 and 1938, but these images—of the Flatiron building, of winter on Fifth Avenue, of a rainy night—are truly timeless.

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ISBN: 9780847834907
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Published: Skira Rizzoli - September 14th, 2010

When Matt’s wife, expecting their first child, asks him to find the cradle she used as a baby, he’s not sure how to respond. Taken by her mother when she abandoned her family, it could be anywhere. But Matt gamely sets out. His search takes him around the Midwest, and Patrick Somerville’s novel develops in the classical quest-tale tradition, with Matt encountering odd characters who help him after he fulfills the tasks they set. Finding The Cradle (Back Bay Books, $13.99), however, is only the first step. Matt, given away by his biological mother and growing up in a series of foster homes, isn’t looking for a symbol of family, but for the real thing. This warm, affecting novel explores the many ways connections can be strained, repressed, twisted, misunderstood---yet still not be entirely broken.

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ISBN: 9780316036115
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 12th, 2010

England in 1837 was on the cusp of huge changes. In his lyrical first novel, The Quickening Maze (Penguin, $15), short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Adam Foulds examines the shifts from traditional faith, handcrafting, and village life to an as-yet-uncertain industrial future. He focuses on the closed society of High Beach mental asylum, which counts among its inmates John Clare, the once-renowned “peasant poet” who is now out of fashion, and the young Alfred Tennyson, a promising writer about to embark on In Memoriam, the masterpiece that Queen Victoria would keep at her bedside. Foulds takes readers inside the poets’ minds as well as into the consciousness of other patients, the distracted doctor hoping to make a fortune with a new mechanical woodcarver, and the doctor’s daughter, smitten with Tennyson. Weaving fictional with historical characters and events, Foulds has created a rich tapestry of voices and visions. 

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ISBN: 9780143117797
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Books - June 29th, 2010